Monday, August 7, 2017

The Humility In the Face of the Eclipse

A prophecy against Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw...See the day of the Lord is coming...For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light. 11I will punish the world for its evil,  the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. 12I will make people scarcer than pure gold,  more rare than the gold of Ophir. 13Therefore I will make the heavens tremble;  and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the Lord Almighty,  in the day of his burning anger. (Isaiah 13)

Thoughts: Isaiah and Amos lived at the same time and likely spoke of the same eclipse (6/15/763 BC) in different ways.  The Babylonians were fascinated with the heavens and the stars.  Isaiah was saying that God would black out the sun and stars so that the Babylonians would know the Lord is God.  God was going to humble the haughty and proud- the star gazers who believed they were in control.  God makes the heavens tremble and the earth shake.  The stars and the great brightness of the sun should cause us to humble ourselves, not think we are in control.  We should ask (Psalm 8) when I consider the heavens the work of your fingers, the moon and stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him?  Yet the God who made the mighty stars not only made us, in His great knowledge He knows us and more than any computer or google search engine- He loves us.  The stars teach us His majesty but if you look deeper you see that we can appreciate them and praise God for humility. 

Prayer: Lord, you made all I see and have given me the ability to see and appreciate the beauty of the stars, sun, and moon.  Thank you for their light which you gave them that enables me to see beauty and light.  

(Patagonia Eclipse 7/11/2010)

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