As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, these passages remind us of its significance in Scripture.
Posted in , Jul 16, 2019
It's hard to believe it's been nearly 50 years since Apollo 11 landed and the world watched in wonder as Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. Reflecting on these Scriptures can remind us of the awe of God's lunar creation.
1) “And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; He made the stars also.” (Genesis 1:16)
Sunlight is constant but moonlight changes with the days. When a cloud covers the sun, we can still know the sun’s illumination. We can see by it. But when the moon shrinks from the sky, it is gone. Indeed a lesser light.
2) “Like the moon it shall be established for ever; it shall stand firm while the skies endure.” (Psalm 89:37)
The moon here is a metaphor for something that is everlasting. What is especially lovely about our moon is that it is permanent and yet changing. When I look to the sky and see a new sliver of a moon on a cloudless night, I’m thrilled by the discovery. As though I were seeing it for the first time.
3) “Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day when the Lord binds up the hurt of His people, and heals the wounds inflicted by His blow.”(Isaiah 30:26)
These are the words of a prophet and no prophecy is complete without acknowledging the daily power of what we see in the sky.
4) “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations…”(Luke 21:25)
Jesus, too, made His prophecies, warning His followers of the troubles to come, trying to tell them about His own horrible death and the destruction of Jerusalem. Such things are never easy to hear. And yet we are always to look to the heaven for signs. Perhaps the mere act of looking up is the key sign of our willingness to trust what we can never fully know.
5) “When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast established; what is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him?” (Psalm 8:3)
In the end, gazing at the moon can only remind us of the magnificent smallness of humanity and the overwhelming magnificence of God. And to marvel how we are prized by the divine.