Deu. 33:13-14, And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath, (13) And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon, (14) As the sun provides radiant heat during the day for earth’s precious fruit, the moon provides needful moisture in the night to nourish these precious fruit. God’s own Goodness provides His creation a nightly drink! God goes one step further and gives us the dew, (sparkling like diamonds in the morning sun) to behold just because He can! Our Father paints a picture for us so beautiful, so intricate, so delicate! Ps. 139:14, “Marvellous are thy works.”
The moon’s light is viewed in many ways, isn’t it? Couples view its romantic aspect – Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, (Son 6:10a). Meteorologists and farmers watch it for seasons – He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. (Psa 104:19). While the child of God sees God’s handiwork – When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; (Psa 8:3) God created the moon for our enjoyment – for us to gaze upon, to draw us closer to Him. Surely one cannot look at a lake with the moon’s light reflecting upon it and not be drawn closer to the Creator! Be still, and know that I am God: (Psa 46:10a)
Mankind attributes the wonders of the skies to science, but God will be exalted in the end – the truth will be revealed to all. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. (Isa 2:11) Remember when Joshua asked God to make the sun still? God did cause the sun to be still but little do we hear that the moon was also made still. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. (Josh 10:13a) I never noticed that before – God’s Word always has something in there to take notice!
One day, these lights will be gone – their purpose no longer needed. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. (Isa 60:20) We will no longer need the lights in the skies because God will be all the light we need. I can’t even imagine this in my finite little mind! For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (Isa 55:8 ) But God says it will be so and, therefore, it will be so. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (Rev 21:23)
A lunar eclipse is a phenomenon that is beautiful to witness, isn’t it? I’ve seen a few in my life time and each time I’m filled with wonder. Prior to salvation, I viewed it as a scientific wonder. But after salvation, I could not help but see God in it – beholding His wonder!
Brother Jerry Bouey brought out this topic even further for me. He shared some notes that he had written in his Bible next to Matthew chapter 5. What a blessing!
“Like the moon reflects the light of the sun – we are to reflect the light of the Son of God, the Sun of Righteousness.
When the world comes between the sun and the moon, it creates an eclipse (darkness) and the sun’s light is not reflected. Even so, the world (worldliness) coming between us and Christ causes His light not to be reflected through us because there is spiritual darkness in our lives. Also, the moon (our flesh) coming between us and the sun (the Son) creates an eclipse.”
Amen, Brother Jerry! We can see God’s Goodness throughout His Word and throughout all of His creation!
Lastly, I thought it appropriate to end today’s topic with one of Noah Webster’s definition of the word eclipse, “All the posterity of our first parents suffered a perpetual eclipse of spiritual life.” What a wonderful use of God’s handiwork in the sky to reveal the spiritual condition of mankind!
Your hand has placed a lovely moon
On Your canvass in the sky
As Your children look up below
Your Name do they glorify