Reflections On The Moon

Chase has been more conversational lately, but sometimes he comes across as being a little bit arrogant. Many times when I ask him “Do you know how to … ?” Without thinking, he would reply, “Know!” (「識!」).

So a couple of times at night during the past week I carried him to our backyard screen door and we both looked at the moon together. “Wow, look at the moon!” I would say. “Do you know how to put the moon up there?” Chase just stared at the moon in amazement. I asked, “Who put the moon up there?” No answer from Chase. The moon just fascinates him. “Can you reach the moon? Who can reach the moon?” After looking at the moon, Chase would say “Moon! Moon!” (「月亮!月亮!」) all evening long.

So I went to the Bible to study passages about the moon. The Lord cautions us not to idolize the sun and the moon:

“And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.” (Deuteronomy 4:19)

Instead, the sun and the moon are actually our “model worshipers.” They model worship by pointing to their Creator and worshiping Him continually:

“Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all stars of light!” (Psalm 148:3)

So when we look at the beauty of the sun and the moon, we must look beyond them and see the beauty of the Lord. Harold Best once defined “witnessing” as “overheard worship.” While the sun and the moon don’t literally speak, they’re really witnessing and speaking volumes about the Lord.

But we’ll have to enjoy the sun and the moon while they last on this earth. Because, in heaven, we won’t get to see them:

“And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:23)

The light of God’s glory will be infinitely more awe-inspiring than the sun and the moon and the stars. Look forward to it.

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