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Today's Creation Moment

James Ussher’s Education
Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it
James Ussher is famous, or infamous, depending on your point of view, for his work on creation. It was Ussher who calculated that the Earth was created at 6 pm on the evening before October 23rd 4004...

The Faithful Witness in the Sky

Genesis 1:16
“The lesser light to rule the night...”

The Moon has always fascinated me, as it hangs there in the sky, the only extra-terrestrial world where some of its surface features can be seen with the naked eye.

The Faithful Witness in the SkyThe Bible tells us that the Moon is a faithful witness (Psalm 89:37). In what way could it be a faithful witness? Australian Aborigines have a story about the Moon dying in a fight with a character of evil. Then the Moon rose from the dead on the third day. New Moon, when the side of the Moon facing the Earth is in shadow, lasts for 3 days. 

In Psalm 89:35-37, David prophesies: “Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David. His offspring shall endure forever, his throne as long as the sun before me. Like the moon it shall be established forever, a faithful witness in the skies.” The seed of David must refer to Jesus. Jesus’ death and resurrection took place at Passover, which always happens around the time of the New Moon.

I find it endlessly fascinating that the creation itself exists to point us to Christ. Paul says in Romans 1:20 “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” Little wonder that he goes on to warn us that we are all “without excuse”.

Some cultures have tried to worship the Moon – New Agers still want us to do something similar. But like every other object of creation, the Moon exists to point us to Christ, through whom alone there is salvation.

Thank You, Lord, for making the greater and lesser lights. They are part of Your universe, and are there to show forth Your Glory. Amen.