Consider the stars of the night sky. I love to go out at night when there is no moon and no lights from the city. The night is so black, but when I look up at the night sky to consider the stars, I can’t help but stand in awe at the sight above me. With just my eye, I can see thousands of stars. Some are bright and some are very faint. Some join others to forms shapes and others seem to stand alone.
As I stand there, I remember that the Bible says that God created these wonders to mark the passage of time and to declare His glory. As the earth spins, the stars rise and set with clockwork precision. Explorers of land and sea have studied the stars so well that they can use them to navigate across vast oceans and new lands. Farmers know when to plant crops and when to harvest them by the stars.
Stars are incredible sources of energy, glowing, hot globes of hydrogen and helium gas. Our own sun puts out more energy every second than one hundred billion nuclear bombs. Man has been developing solar panels that collect the sun’s energy and converts it into electricity. Many people use a box, piece of glass and a mirror to make a solar oven to cook their food.
But our sun is only one speck in an enormous galaxy of stars called the Milky Way, estimated to contain over one hundred billion stars. When you look up at the night sky, you often see a wide ribbon of stars that reach across the heavens above. This ribbon of stars is part of our Milky Way galaxy.
But the Milky Way is only a grain of sand amidst a sea of galaxies. An estimated one hundred billion galaxies are in the visible universe alone. Except for the moon, planets, occasional comet and asteroid, virtually all of the stars you see in the night sky are not stars but galaxies, each containing millions and millions of stars
Just imagine the power displayed every night produced by one hundred billion galaxies each with millions to trillions of blazing stars. If only we could harness the incredible energy source of our star, the sun, and the millions of other stars in the heavens.
Yet, not only did God just speak them into existence and created them to be signs of months, years and seasons for us here on earth, they are special to Him.
God uses the number of stars to impress upon Abraham and Isaac how many descendents he would have:
And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Gen. 15:5
I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies. Gen. 22:17
I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. Gen.26:4.
David looked to the heavens and wrote;
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8:3
And in Psalm 147:4, we read:
He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
The next time you look up at the night sky, imagine trying to number and name every star. Only an infinite God could number and name hundreds of billions of stars.
Christians will NOT win the Culture War until they remove their children from Government Schools. Watch these DVDs and give them to friends, family, and most importantlyyour pastor.
In the first presentation (Whoever Controls the School Controls the World), Dr. Voddie Baucham knows what most parents are too quick to dismiss: whoever is teaching our children is also discipling them. Voddie persuasively argues that Christian parents need to take the initiative in their children’s education and stop turning them over to the anti-God environment of the government school. Using Scripture, statistics, and sound reasoning, Voddie powerfully makes the case that whoever controls the schools does indeed control the world.
In the second presentation (Getting Your House In Order), Dr. Baucham turns his attention to the Christian home and explains what an orderly home should look like. Expounding on the Old Testament text of Deuteronomy 6, Voddie highlights six characteristics of a properly ordered home. Through personal testimony and biblical instruction, Voddie educates and motivates Christian parents to rise to the challenge of changing the worldone household at a time.