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The Stars

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Greetings everyone. Today, we delve into another fascinating aspect of God's creation that graces the night sky—the stars. Our exploration aims to align biblical teachings with our contemporary understanding.


Let us commence with Genesis, specifically Genesis 1:16, which states: "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." Initially, we observe that God created the stars on the fourth day, positioning them to illuminate the sky, a point where our perspectives diverge from scientific explanations.


Science asserts that the sun, our closest star, is approximately 26 trillion miles away. The Bible, however, distinguishes the sun, moon, and stars as distinct entities despite their shared luminosity. This difference prompts reflection on the vastness of celestial bodies and the incredible distances involved, challenging our comprehension.


Consider the verse from Mark 13:25 where Jesus speaks of the stars falling from heaven, echoed in Revelation. If a single star surpasses the earth's size many times over, contemplating the notion of multiple stars descending raises thought-provoking questions.


Job further emphasizes the expanse of the stars in Job 22:12, stating, "God lives in the heavens above the highest stars, where he sees everything." This reinforces the biblical narrative of God's majestic throne residing above the celestial bodies.


Throughout history, stars have served as navigational aids, guiding travellers at sea and helping determine directions. Notably, the North Star, or Polaris, offers a fixed point for orientation. Acts 27:20 even depicts a situation where the absence of visible celestial bodies leaves individuals feeling lost, underscoring the importance of stars in navigation.


Turning to Isaiah 14:12-13, we encounter a reference to Lucifer's fall, expressing a desire to ascend above the stars of God. This prompts contemplation about the significance of different translations and interpretations. For example, Contemporary English Version reads: You, the bright morning star, have fallen from the sky! You brought down other nations; now you are brought down. You said to yourself, "I'll climb to heaven and place my throne above the highest stars. I'll sit there with the gods far away in the north.


Intriguingly, Revelation 22:16 sees Jesus identifying Himself as the "bright morning star," aligning with the biblical theme of referring to Jesus as a star, as seen in Numbers 24:17. It says: I am Jesus! And I am the one who sent my angel to tell all of you these things for the churches. I am David's Great Descendant, and I am also the bright morning star. Numbers 24:17 says: "What I saw in my vision hasn't happened yet. But someday, a king of Israel will appear like a star. He will wipe out you Moabites and destroy those tribes who live in the desert.


So, we should compare different Bible translations, because here Contemporary English Version, among others, gives Satan the name of Jesus. Satan is actually “son of the morning”, not “the morning star.” However, what we wanted to determine here is that Lucifer/Satan said he wanted to “climb to heaven” and put his throne “above the highest star,” again showing the heaven where God’s throne resides is above the stars.


Furthermore, the Bible extends the metaphor of stars to angels, as indicated in Revelation 1:20, where the seven stars symbolize the angels of the seven churches. Judges 5:20 adds another layer, describing stars fighting against Sisera, suggesting a celestial battle.


Jude 1:13 introduces the concept of "wandering stars," linking them with a dark fate. This aligns with Greek terminology and invites reflection on astronomical perspectives that correlate planets with "wandering stars."


The Psalms affirm God's intimate knowledge of the stars, declaring in Psalms 147:4, "He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names."


Scripture also provides names for specific stars, as seen in Job 9:9 and Job 38:31-32, identifying Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades. These names, when compared to astronomical designations, reveal the poetic beauty of biblical descriptions.


Ultimately, stars, as part of God's creation, declare His glory and point us towards the Creator. They played a role in guiding the Magi to Jesus' birthplace, inviting us to consider whether we allow the stars to guide us toward our Savior.