Genesis 1:14-19 ESV
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
As I already explained in a previous post, the lights in the sky were created prior to the fourth day, but were not seen because of early Earth’s hazy atmosphere. A clearer translation of Genesis 1:16 might be that God “had made” the two great lights and the stars. In other words, the great light and the lesser lights had been created previously. The creation account in Genesis was written from the point of view of someone standing on the earth. On the fourth day the haze cleared and the sun, moon, and stars could be seen.
Since I’ve already posted about this concept recently, I’m not going over this again in detail.
The sun, moon, and stars were created for signs and seasons, and to help humanity measure time. Many advanced civilizations observed the sky to help them determine specific dates and times, celebrate holidays, plant crops, measure the lengths of time people lived, and the reigns of their rulers. Some civilizations measured time more accurately than others, but they all used the cycles of the sun, moon, and stars to measure it.
Many of these sky observing civilizations also watched the sky for signs of things to come. Some bastardized God’s signs by using occult techniques like astrology, but apart from these superstitions, many people made accurate predictions from signs in the sky.
Even today we have the saying, “Red sky at morning, sailor’s warning; red sky at night, sailor’s delight.” We know from the sign of a red sky in the morning that bad weather is on the way. There is nothing occult about that.
Signs in the sky, especially stars, were also used for navigation. Ancient sailors and explorers were guided by Polaris, the North Star, and other stars and constellations. The signs in the sky kept them from losing their way because they were fixed in the heavens, reliable and sure.
Jesus criticized the Pharisees because they could not interpret the signs of the times (Matthew 16:1-4). The Gospel of John tells us that He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him (John 1:11, ESV). This was after He had spent time among them, teaching with authority and wisdom, and performing numerous miracles.
In stark contrast, when Jesus was a young child, foreign kings had come to worship Him as messiah. They did not come on the basis of His great teachings or miraculous healings, but on the basis of a sign they saw in the sky.
Matthew 2:1-2 ESV
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
One of the major purposes of this blog is to observe signs–
i.e. evidence–supporting the classical Christian worldview. Consider this passage in Romans:
Romans 1:18-22 ESV
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools.
Think about this passage from the Psalms:
Psalm 19:1-4 ESV
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
God will not appear to all in a way that indisputably proves
He exists because this would override man’s free will. He has provided abundant evidence in His creation which, if followed, will lead to the knowledge of God.
John 17:3 ESV
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
My prayer is that through the evidence presented in this blog you will come to the knowledge of God and eternal life.