Written in the Stars

Most of us are aware of the Greek mythological symbols of the stars in the sky, such as Orion, Virgo, Capricorn, and so on, but did you know that the Creation Story of the Bible and the birth of the Christ Child are also revealed in the stars? This was a surprise discovery to me that I made while I was a student at Baylor University. I was deeply involved in some study that I had to do a report on, a feat that didn't happen too often while I was a student there, and so to rest my weary mind, I took a break. As I strolled around trying to see who else was so deeply entranced in their studies, I happened upon a rather large dictionary about the size of any document written within the United States halls of congress! As I thumbed through its pages, I came upon two full sized pictures of the constellations that I spoke of above. But when I turned the page, lo and behold, there were two full sized pages of the Biblical story depicted in the night stars that we see every evening! Now, I know that even in ancient Biblical days, the sailors used the constellations to guide their way at night, much like we used to do before the days of radars and Doppler instruments, but I never knew that the Biblical story was also written in the stars. I don't know why not, especially since it was God who created this universe that we live in. Why wouldn't He put His story there, especially in the light of Psalm 19:1 that says, "The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork," and Psalm 97:6, that says, "The heavens declares His righteousness and all the people see His glory." Did you know that God even knows the names of the stars? Psalm 147:4, says, "He counts the number of the stars and gives names to all of them." He counts their number? He knows how many there are? I get lost after I count ten of them! And not only that, but each one of those thousands of stars has a name! Can you imagine that? How many of us can remember the names of ten people we've met this week? If God knows their number and their names, then surely He can put His story in the sky, don't you think?

To illustrate this, let me tell you a true story of a missionary who had gone deep into the heart of Africa where no missionary had ever been, to carry the gospel message. Now this was some time ago, when there were no TV's nor electricity available to this area; there were no computers or i-pads available, and the only way into the territory was by someone acting as the missionary's guide, and they were on foot! No jeeps, camels, or elephants. Just man-made foot work into brand new territory, as far as missionary work was concerned. When he came to a tribal village, the one he was hoping for, he met the chieftain of the tribe and asked to speak to the people. As he was speaking and as his guide was interpreting, the native people began to grin and shake their heads in agreement to what he was saying. Why were they doing that? What was going on? I mean, the guy was somewhat puzzled, especially when the chieftain interrupted his story and said, "We know." "You know what," the missionary asked? "We know the story you are telling us," said the chief. "But how? How can you know? Has another missionary already told you about God's love," inquired the missionary? "No. No one has told us, but we know," assured the chieftain. "How do you know," again inquired the missionary. And here's what the chief told him. "We have see His story in they stars. They have told us about His love."

Listen, God has so revealed Himself in His creation that we have to be spiritually blind not to see it! And if you don't believe that, then let me ask you the questions that God asked of Job when he grew tried of hearing Job's belly aching. "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, since you think you know so much (my translation). Did you determine its dimensions, did you stretch out the survey line? And what do you suppose supports its foundations, and were you around when the cornerstone was laid as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?" I don't think Job had an answer. But of this we can be glad, the God of all creation cared enough about you and me that He set His love right before us where we could see it, and He gives us the opportunity to believe and receive His salvation. How great is our God?

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