I had said that I was going to do an article about Jesus movies, and I still want to do that - everything from 'The Passion of the Christ' to 'The Last Temptation of Christ' - but I need to do it later in the week when I can devote more time to writing everything down that I want to say.
Yesterday was an eventful day, to say the least, and it was an eventful day on this blog. The continued interaction between everyone here is very interesting, and I think that we have just scratched the surface of communication as it relates to revelation which brings edification and casues illumination (did that just sound like something the Rev. Jesse Jackson would say?)
For the first weeks that the blog was up, I had a slideshow posted at the top of the page with the theme "Look Up and Count the Stars". When I launched the site, we had just finished a series about that, but we never discussed it here. I believe that it is a very important concept, and I'd like to open a conversation about it.
Did you know that on a clear, moonless night about 3,000 stars are visible with the unaided eye. A small telescope will increase the number to around 100,000 stars. But this is just the beginning! The stars we can easily see are all in our corner of the Milky Way Galaxy. The entire galaxy numbers about 100 billion stars. And beyond the Milky Way are other galaxies with many shapes and sizes. Around 100 billion such galaxies are known to exist.
Taking the Milky Way as an average galaxy, the total number of known stars is thus (100 billion)2=(1011)2=1022. These estimated stars number 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, when we write this number out. This figure would be pronounced as "ten billion trillion" stars.
Suppose these stars were divided up among the world's total population of 6 billion people. Then each person on Earth would receive more than 1 trillion stars!
Yet all these stars may be only one page in God's catalog of the heavens. New instruments continue to probe deeper into space, with no end in sight. What an excellent way for the Creator to show his glory!
Whatever the number he has created, God calls all the stars by name, and he keeps count of them…PRAISE THE Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God, for He is gracious and lovely; praise is becoming and appropriate. The Lord is building up Jerusalem; He is gathering together the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows]. HE DETERMINES AND COUNTS THE NUMBER OF THE STARS; HE CALLS THEM ALL BY THEIR NAMES. Great is our Lord and of great power; His understanding is inexhaustible and boundless. (Psalms 147:1-4 AMP)
So—who is like me?
Who holds a candle to me?" says The Holy.
Look at the night skies:
Who do you think made all this?
Who marches this army of stars out each night,
COUNTS THEM OFF, CALLS EACH BY NAME
—so magnificent! so powerful!—
and never overlooks a single one? (Isaiah 40:25, 26 – The Message)
Today, when you're tempted to think small, or to feel overwhelmed by the current events of your life, come out of your "tent", and look up at the sky. God's universe is very big. Look up and count the stars...if you can!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Look up And Count The Stars! (Re-post)
He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars — if indeed you can count them.” (Genesis 15:5 – TNIV)