by Kristen C. Strocchia
“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 for years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon 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 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.” Genesis 1:14-19 [ESV]
It’s so awe inspiring that God created light first and then bodies to govern that light second. And by the Genesis account, when the earth was being formed, it didn’t start on a planetary orbit with eight sibling planets. By these verses it is evident that God literally formed the earth in the palm of His hand then created a galaxy and universe in which to hang it.
The greater light–known as sun– of course marks our days, seasons and years just as God purposed it from its beginning on Day 4. By its light, man measures the passage of time and the planetary systems sustain themselves.
The lesser light–known as moon–also marks time, directs the oceans and even affects plant growth and animal life cycles.
Both serve during their appointed times, in their own God-given ways. But even as the moon’s light is just a reflection of the sun peeking around the earth, I suspect the sun is just a reflection of the greatness of God–Who Is Light–peeking through the universe.
God also made the stars on this day. I believe that includes the other eight planets which, for thousands of years, the naked eye would perceive as nothing but bright stars.
I can just see God hanging each star and planet with its moon/s in place–adjusting the earth to rotate on its access just perfectly as it began its first orbit around the sun. Not too close and not too far. Just the right distance for life to be possible on this planet and no other.
And God saw that it was good that the galaxy and universe was now self-regulating and that His special planet–earth–was self-sustaining for the work He was soon to do.
After three days of evenings and mornings, this was the first time that the sun set, dying the three-day old sky with colors of flowers and fruit still to grow, while a crisp white moon stretched into its brand new orbit. Both to rise and set in perfect harmony and perpetuity until God gives them eternal rest. Both giving light and exposing darkness on the earth until He returns in the last days.
Are you amazed by God? Do you worship Him with awe and reverence? Do you proclaim the great things He has done to everyone you encounter?