Sun, Moon & Stars ~ Genesis 1:14-19
Genesis to Revelations Series

Scripture Readings
:  Genesis 1:14-19

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.  And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.  And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.  I told you that not all of the Bible studies would be long and scientific and today is an example.

The fourth day of creation is quite simple now that we have laid the foundation of creation within the hands of an Intelligent Creator.  It was on the fourth day that God created the sun, moon, stars and whatever else we may find producing or reflecting light in the atmosphere above our planet.  By speaking He brought these things into existence.  What a magnificent Creator, that with just His voice He could bring something as amazing as the sun into existence.  Think about this for just a moment.  The mass of the sun is figured at being about 2 trillion trillion trillion tons.  The Earth receives 94 billion megawatts of energy from the Sun. This is equivalent to 40,000 times the power requirement of United states.  The reaction taking place in Sun is nuclear fusion, same as a Hydrogen bomb.  The Sun's temperature at its core is 14 million Kelvin. If a drop sized piece of matter from the core of the Sun were placed on the surface of the Earth, no living organism would survive for a distance of about 93 miles from that drop.  The diameter of the sun equals the diameter of 109 earths.  The Sun makes up 99.86% of the mass of the discovered solar system. The sun is completely gaseous, there is no solid surface to the sun yet it has always been and remains in one controlled working function of a circular shape.  The light takes 8.3 minutes to travel from the sun to earth.  The sun's gravitational pull is so strong that, even Pluto, a "dwarf planet" 3.6 billion miles away from sun, is kept within it's orbit.  The list of interesting facts can go on and on and on, but you can clearly see that the sun is a creation of magnificent design.  The formation and maintenance of this magnificent design must have come from an even more magnificent designer.  Can we even begin to imagine the greatness of God? 

In our scripture reading we see that the sun and moon and stars were created for a purpose.  Their purpose was to give light upon the earth and to be used for signs, seasons, days and years.  It is important to understand there is a difference between astrology and astronomy.  Astronomy is the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole.  Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs.  One is a science of the universe and the other is merely an interpretation of movements within the universe to have meaning on human affairs.  Many people believe that they can know the future through the location of the stars and planets.  The problem with astrology is that people are trying to get answers about life's questions from a source other than God.  Astronomy simply studies the science of the sun, moon and stars.  Astronomy is based on observation and experimentation while astrology is mere speculation.  The creation of the sun, moon and stars was for light and for the purposes of astronomy.  The Bible makes mention of using them for the purposes of astrology and it is always negative and forbidden.  Astrology has no power to predict.  In Daniel 2:27-28, Daniel is telling King Nebuchadnezzar that the magicians and diviners were unable to tell him what his dreams and visions meant but that God is the one who reveals mysteries.  In Jeremiah 8:2, Deuteronomy 4:19, 2 Kings 17:16-18, Isaiah 47:12-15, and Acts 7:42-43 we see judgment for those who practice astrology.  The heavens declare the glory of God, but they do not proclaim the gospel. The gospel was revealed to man by God Himself, who spoke through the prophets and came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ.  If you want to know what the future holds for you, it is always best to seek the One who holds your future in His hands.  And when we look up to heavens and see the stars and all their beauty, we should simply remember how magnificent is the One who created them.