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The Moon in the Bible

The Moon in the Bible

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God made the moon for important purposes, but there is also peril connected with it in Scripture.
God made the moon for important purposes, but there is also peril connected with it in Scripture.

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THE MOON IN THE BIBLE Based on Gen. 1:14-19By Pastor Glenn PeaseBruce Barton said, “When you’re though changing, you’re though.”Change is inevitable, and one might just as well refuse to accompany the earth inrotating on its axis as to refuse to accept change. Robert Burns said, “Lookabroad thro’ Nature’s range, Nature’s mighty law is change.” Longfellow pointsout, “There are no birds in last year’s nest.” Change is constant, and RobertBrowning feels we should be excited about this fact of reality, for he writes,“Rejoice that man is hurled, from change to change unceasingly, his soul’s wingsnever furled.”Change is essential to progress, and as man’s concepts of reality keepchanging and expanding, he draws nearer to the Author of reality, and the Godwho changes not. Truth in any realm points to the Author of truth. When manstopped centering his thoughts on himself alone, and took the whole world intoconsideration, he became geocentric. When he realized that the earth was not thecenter of the solar system, but that the sun was, he became heliocentric. Thenman learned that the sun is just one of billions of stars in the galaxy, and hebecame galactocentric. The final stage of growth is when man learns that the onewho made all of the vast universe is a Person, and then they becomeChristocentric. When we study space and objects like the moon we are studyingthe handiwork of Jesus our Savior. This changes how we see everything.There were many who objected to man’s going to the moon, and many evensaid the Bible taught that it was impossible. They said that it was not God’s willfor man to go into space. But Wernher Von Braun, the Christian who wasgreatly responsible for man getting to the moon said, “..don’t tell me he doesn’tbelong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go.” Man is made to be anadventurer and climb every mountain just because God put it there. The Bibledoes not settle all issues dealing with the moon, even though it refers to the moon34 times in the Old Testament and 9 times in the New Testament. Our interestin this message is to just learn all we can about what the Bible says about themoon.I. THE PURPOSE OF THE MOON.Our text makes it clear that the moon was no mere accident. God created itfor a definite purpose. The God of light filled His creation with lights, and Heprepared the earth to have a lighting system for both day and night. Thecreation of the moon was an act of God’s love for man, even before man wascreated. If there was no moon or stars, man would be plunged into total
 
darkness each night. Total darkness, however, is reserved for those who rejectcompletely the light of God, and especially the light of the world-Jesus Christ.The most simple and obvious purpose of the moon is to give light to theearth at night. It is the secondary of the two great lights. The first reference tothe moon in the Bible in verse 16 does not name it, but it simply calls it the lesserlight. Lesser is an understatement, for it would take 600 thousand full moons toequal the splendor of the sun. The moon always plays second fiddle to the sun.In Buddhist thought the sun is spirit and the moon is matter. The ancient feltthat when man died his spirit went to the sun and his body to the moon. Beinginferior to the sun lead the ancients to think of the moon as female, and the sunas male. We think of the man in the moon, but the people of the East think of amaiden in the moon. We shall see that the Bible followers the Eastern imagery,and it refers to the moon as the Queen of heaven. Verse 16 says a greater light isto rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night. It follows then logically thatthe sun is king and the moon queen. George Croly wrote,How like a queen comes forth the lovely moon,From the slow opening curtains of the clouds,Walking in beauty to her midnight throne!In Gen. 37:9 Joseph had a dream that the sun, moon and eleven stars boweddown to him. The sun was his father, the moon was his mother, and the elevenstars were his brothers. We see the moon is associated with the female. Laterwe shall we that poets always refer to the moon as female. The moon is second tothe sun, but it is superior to the stars. In Joseph’s dream the stars are thechildren. Here in Gen. 2 it the great lights that are stressed and the stars aremerely mentioned. Elsewhere the stars are made much of, but in terms of visibleand practical light the moon is superior to the stars. Sir Henry Wotten wrote,You meaner beauties of the night,That poorly satisfy our eyes,More by your number than your light;You common people of the skies.What are you when the moon shall rise?The stars then are the common people of the skies, and the sun and moonare the royalty. The Bible supports this image, and Milton in Paradise Lostgives a beautiful picture of it.Now glow’d the firmamentWith living sapphires; Hesperus, that ledThe strong host, rode brightest, till the moon,Rising in clouded majesty, at lengthApparent queen, unveil’d her peerless light,And o’er the dark her silver mantle threw.
 
 The sun, the moon, the stars, in that order is there glory, for in that order Godmade them for the purpose of giving light to the earth.In verse 14 we see another purpose of the moon, and that is to be a sign.God expected man to be an astronomer. No one puts signs where they will neverbe read. God put the sun, moon and stars in the sky for signs, and He expectedman to read these signs and learn how they regulate the days, months andseasons. Man got the point of God’s purpose almost universally. TheChaldeans, Persians, Hindus, Chinese and Egyptians all named the 7 days of theweek after the sun, moon and the planets, just as we do. We begin with sun-day,then moon-day, and then Tuesday from the name for Mars, Wednesday fromWoden, which is the same as Mercury, then Thursday for Thor, who was alsoJupiter, then Friday for Friga, who was also Venus, and finally Saturday fromSaturn. There are two females out of the seven, and they are the queen moonand Venus Friday.The moon is God’s calendar in the sky. Psa. 104:19 says, “The moon marksoff the seasons…” The movements of the moon determined all of the holy daysof the Jews. Their whole ritual and ceremonial life was guided by the moon.Marking the seasons made the moon the sign by which men judged seed timeand harvest. Many of us are old enough to remember the song, Shine OnHarvest Moon. The moon played such an important role as a sign of change thatit became the weather-woman. Weather-man sounds more normal to us, but themoon played the role first as female. Virgil, the ancient Latin writer, said, “If unheard cheeks you see the maiden’s blush, the ruddy moon foreshadows thatwinds will rush.” The people of the old world took weather reports based on themoon very seriously. It could be a matter of life and death for those on the sea.Aratus wrote,Pale moon doth rain, red moon doth blow.White moon doth neither rain nor snow.If with deep blush her maiden cheek be red,Then boisterous wind the cautious sailors dread.Farmers the world over have considered the moon a sign by which theyregulate their activities. The moons influence on the tides connects it with water.In Egypt the moon means moisture. In Peru at the time of the full moon theyhave a festival to the deities of water. The moons connection with waternaturally makes it important to farmers since they depend on moisture for theirlivelihood. You can get to much of a good thing however. In Scotland they havethis advice in poetry:If the moon shows like a silver shield,You need not be afraid to reap your field;But if she rises haloed round,

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