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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Not These! But the Maker of These!

July 15, 2010

Genesis 1:14-19
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 years, 15and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so. 16And God made the two great lights--the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night--and the stars. 17And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

Matthew Henry: “2. Learn from all this, (1.) The sin and folly of that ancient idolatry, the worshipping of the sun, moon, and stars, which, some think, took rise, or countenance at least, from some broken traditions in the patriarchal age concerning the rule and dominion of the lights of heaven. But the account here given of them plainly shows that they are both God’s creatures and man’s servants; and therefore it is both a great affront to God and a great reproach to ourselves to make deities of them and give them divine honours…See Deu. 4:19.

Deuteronomy 4:19
And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.

Clay Miller: I am short on time tonight but wanted to get an entry in. Sun worship, moon worship, astrology…it is all bad. We need to focus on the message of the Creator of those entities. They are created. The Creator is not. He is the only one worthy of worship. He is the Maker of these things. As a matter-of-fact, God created them for us. They have no necessity but the purpose God designed them for us. If He was not going to create man, there would be no reason to create those entities. So when you look at the sun (after you get your sight back from its brightness J), or the moon or the stars or consider the beauty and vastness of this universe or anything in it, think, “Not these, but the Maker of these be the glory!”.