Introduction to the Forth Day of Creation
Genesis 1:14-19 states: “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.” In this post, I will discuss the fourth day of Creation.
God created the sun and the moon. They both provide light by different means. The sun provides light through nuclear fusion, and the moon provides light by reflection. God is starting to populate the second layer of heaven with celestial bodies. Many will argue that the moon is not a light. Although it is not a source of light, it does provide light at night. There are many ways to provide light. A campfire does not use nuclear fusion, but it does provide light by combustion. A flashlight provides light by heating an element in a light bulb. The moon simply provides light by reflection.
These celestial bodies raise our curiosity, and make us wonder about the heavens! The moon is 400 times smaller than the sun, but is 400 times closer to the earth. Therefore during an eclipse it is the only moon in our solar system that almost perfectly covers the sun. The moon is perfectly positioned in an orbit around our planet with it’s perfect orbital velocity. The moon raised our curiosity so much that we’ve traveled to the moon. This allowed us the satisfaction of standing on another body, and to gather samples for further study.
Secular scientists attempt to explain how the moon came into existence. Again, all they need to do is look in the Bible. It wasn’t captured by the earth, and it didn’t get blown off the earth in a collision with a meteor (they always use this explanation). The moon was created by God. The visible was formed by that which is invisible.
The Bible simply states that “He made the stars also”. Again much research has gone into studying the stars, and they also raise our curiosity. One question that many ask is, “How can we see the stars if the universe is young?”. It takes light to travel from one place to another. There are many things we will not understand in this life, but God is capable of anything. Light can travel faster than the speed of light if the space around it is expanding. The Bible does teach that God stretched out the heavens. Job 9:8 “He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.” Several other verses discuss God stretching out the heavens. There would have been a gravitational problem if the stars were close enough for us to see, so God had to stretch out the heavens. Click here for another document I wrote on this.
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— Ricky Bryce