Okay, so we know to leave astrology and the fortune telling that goes along with it all alone. With that being said, are there good things to learn by studying not astrology, but astronomy? Can God’s Word be found up in the sky?
Astrology: The study of the positions and aspects of celestial bodies in the belief that they have an influence on the course of natural earthly occurrences and human affairs.
Astronomy: The scientific study of matter in outer space, especially the positions, dimensions, distribution, motion, composition, energy, and evolution of celestial bodies and phenomena.
If stars weren’t created to be signs for us how else do we explain the bright star God put in the sky that led the wise men to baby Jesus?
Matthew 2:2“’Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’”
The bible also has these verses about signs in the sky:
Genesis 14 & 15 “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, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so.”
Genesis 9:12-13 “And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.'”
Luke 21:25 & 28 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves . . . Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Psalm 19: 1-4 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; Night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
The stars definitely move in pattern and for ages people have used the stars to guide them to safety and to know when to plant their crops. Could this reliability of the stars really be an accident? I doubt it. I worship a God who intelligently designs and gives purpose.
I’ve also wondered if the constellations we see in the sky are purely coincidental. Did God not mean to create the big and small dipper, the bear, and other constellations? I don’t think they were created by chance either.
Did you know the bible does speak about constellations and even names a few?
Isaiah 13:10 “For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light.”
Job 9:9 “He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.”
Here is an interesting site about what the bible says about the stars and their meaning: http://www.horizonenergycorp.com/hpo/constellations/bible.htm
I have wondered if there were older names than “Scorpio,” “Libra,” etc. for the stars. The link above tells us there are, and they sound very neat but the site doesn’t explain how we “know” these are names of constellations. For me to believe what they’re saying about these older names and meanings are true I’ll need more evidence than “These names are preserved from the most ancient of times.”
I want to know more about the stars and what they could mean to us but I don’t want to read anything into them and make them into more than they are.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject. I have a lot of questions and only a few answers right now.