1. Who hasn’t looked up in the sky at night and ponder about the myriads of stars and their constellations?
2. Who hasn’t realized that some of those same stars are in fact planets in themselves?
3. Who hasn’t been moved through contemplation by the vastness and greatness of the heavens?
4. It all begins with the very first verse in the Bible. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” Genesis 1:1.
I. The Infinite Universe.
A. I use the word infinite instead of finite when speaking of the universe with all of its galaxies, stars and planets, because man has never been able yet to number them all.
B. Consider the multitude of stars.
1. Ptolemy (90-169 AD) was a Greek-Egyptian mathematician, astrologer, geographer and astrologer, who once thought he could indeed count the stars in the sky. He came up with about 3000.
2. The total number of individual stars in both northern and southern hemisphere is about 6000. So Ptolemy in his given circumstance was somewhat correct as giving the total as 3000 stars. Yet he was ignorant of the two hemispheres.
3. With the advent of telescopes, Galileo Galilel (1564-1642 AD) had the sum total to be 30,000.
4. Through the help of such land based observatories on our planet and the traveling mobile Hubble telescope, it has been determined by NASA that there are about 100 to 200 billion stars-suns in the Milky Way Galaxy alone.
5. Three more galaxies can be seen with the naked eye. The Two clouds of Magellan, and the Andromeda Galaxy.
6. Furthermore it has been estimated there are about 1 trillion galaxies that consist in the universe. Can any man really know how many stars and galaxies and planets there are in the universe? How does God’s glory figure in all of this?
7. Our scientists have calculated the total number of stars in the observable universe is estimated to be 1025 followed by 25 zeros!
8. “And He brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell (count) the stars; if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness” Genesis 12: 5-6, Genesis 22:17.
9. “As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the seed of David My servant” Jeremiah 33:22.
C. Consider the planets.
1. Our planet earth with all of its mountains, plains, deserts, flat lands, oceans, rivers, streams. With its minerals, ores, specific properties in regards to the makeup of this blue marble.
2. Our planet with all of its different animal species, insects, as the Bible says, every living creature, of the water, winged fowl, cattle, creeping thing made after its own kind, did God create and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:20-25.
3. Even man who God formed from the dust of the ground, and God breathed into man’s nostrils and man became a living soul. Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:7-8. God then saw that everything He had made was very good! Genesis 1:31.
4. Our planet with all of its gravity, and electro- magnetic qualities, with its 4 seasons, and with its two satellites, the sun and moon in which the tides and seasons of the year control. All this and more God Gave!
5. What a wonderful world we have been given to exist in!
II. Some Scriptures That Address Our Study.
A. Genesis 1: 1, 14-16, Psalm 8:3, 19:1, 104:5, 19, 147:4-5, Job 9:7-9, 38: 4, Isaiah 40:26, Nehemiah 9:6, Amos 5:8, Colossians 1:16.
B. Let us read Psalm 148.
C. There is only One who can be the creator of all things. God the Almighty. No fluke, no big bang theory, no god element, no millions of years of evolution. Only God! In six days created He all things!
D. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” Genesis 1:1.
E. Consider the following article.
Who Made It?
Sir Isaac Newton had a friend, who like himself was a great scientist – but the friend was an infidel, while Newton was a devout Christian, and they often discussed their views concerning God.
Newton had a skillful mechanic make him a replica of our solar system. In the center was a large, gilded ball representing the sun, and revolving in their proper order around this were small balls fixed in the ends of arms of varying lengths, representing the planets. These balls were geared together by cogs and belts, so they moved in perfect harmony when turned by a crank.
One day as Newton sat reading in his study with this mechanism on a large table near him, his infidel friend stepped in. Stepping up to it, he slowly turned the crank, and with undisguised admiration watched the heavenly bodies move in their relative speed in their orbits.
Standing off a few feet, he exclaimed, “My! What an exquisite thing this is! Who made it?”
Without looking up from his book, Newton answered, “Nobody.”
Quickly turning to Newton, the infidel said, “Evidently you did not understand my question. I asked you who made this”.
Looking up now, Newton solemnly assured him that nobody made it, but that the aggregation of matter so much admired, had just happened to assume the form it was in.
The astonished infidel replied with some heat, “You must think I am a fool! Of course somebody made it. He is a genius and I’d like to know who he is.”
Laying aside his book, Newton arose and laid a hand on his friend’s shoulder. “This thing is but a puny imitation of a much grander system whose laws you know, and I am not able to convince you that this mere toy is without either a designer or maker! Now tell me, by what sort of reasoning do you reach such an incongruous conclusion?”
The infidel was convinced and became a firm believer that “The Lord, He is the God!” I Kings 18: 39.
1. “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God” Psalm 14:1.
2. If every man would just look up into the sky and ponder the making of the sun, moon, stars and planets, the human body, plants and trees, and the animal kingdom there would never be any doubt or speculation that God Is!
3. Wouldn’t hurt any of us to thank God profusely always for all that He has given us! In fact it is very much needed! I Thessalonians 5:18.