THE SUN, THE MOON, & THE STARS
Glories in the Heavens
"The Spiritual Side of Creation, Part II"
by: Ted Roberts
July, A.D. 2007, updated 2015
Seeking the Everlasting Gospel Ministries, Houston, TX
©copyright 2015 by Ted Roberts
NOTE: All Scriptural quotes are from The King James Version, unless otherwise noted. The passages or words are sometimes in CAPITALS or BOLDING for emphasis. Words in italics, however, within quoted scriptures, are not for emphasis, but were placed within by the King James editors, who 'added' these words for sentence flow, which were not in the original autographs. Text [within brackets] are the authors own thoughts inserted into the biblical text for teaching purposes.
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DISCLAIMER: This writing has not been updated since 2015, and some of what you are about to read has recently appeared in part 1 of this series - which is now published in book form under the title of 'In the Beginning.' Obviously, I haven't updated this since, and what you will be reading is a rough, rough draft, from back when this was to be part 2, but has now been dropped to part 3. I have now slipped in a new book title for part 2, called 'Adam and Eve,' which is in such a primitive state that I am not going to be showing any of its chapters just yet. But, seeing as part 1 now tackles chapter 1 of Genesis, part 2 will mainly focus on chapter 2-4 of that same Biblical book. Therefore, the Sun, Moon and Stars (this present title - which, again, is now part 3 in this series) will only focus on those topics. Which, the other chapters in this upcoming book are actually focused on. Here, on this webpage, you will see the beginning thoughts that led up to them; but (like I said), has now appeared in a different format in part 1 ... I will update this title as soon as possible.
I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
– Sir Isaac Newton
This will be, as the title suggests, part II of “In the Beginning,” as we will not only continue our topic of elements that were created in the very beginning of God’s present work, but also to continue the thought of what true parables are all about (which has been already expressed, however, and in even greater detail in my writing: “Metaphorically Speaking: What Exactly are Parables, Allegories, Proverbs, and Idioms?”
1 Corinthians 15:41
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differs from another star in glory.
To fully understand the treatment of the Sun, Moon, Light, Darkness, Day and Night, in "Biblical language," it is of great need to slowly delve into the scriptures to see how "Bible language" treats certain subjects of "metaphorical nature."
Now, to say that the Bible does not refer to these objects in a natural manner in many places in the scriptures is surely a mistake! But also to say that the Bible does NOT also refer to these objects in a metaphorical manner is also a mistake. For the sake of better understanding, I will try and not refer to these type of passages as PARABLES (as that at times seems to confuse issues to some extent, as many people have different ideas as to what that word truly means), but we will simply call these types of deeper understanding scriptures as "METAPHORS," which may give a better understanding between us.
That being said, let's see what the Bible says, and along the way, I will ENLARGE text to better emphasize where I am going with the understandings:
And God saw the LIGHT, that it was good: and God divided the LIGHT from the DARKNESS. And God called the LIGHT DAY, and the DARKNESS he called NIGHT.
Now that is a very good beginning to our Bibles. And most Christians who read these passages will imagine our natural beginnings of this planet, and the surrounding skies that God created. After all, God did indeed create this natural world, and all that live therein, and all that surrounds it - including the very universe - which is absolutely correct, and of which I totally agree with. We have some very good creation scientists who were raised by God in order for us to have good refutes to they 'theory' of Evolution. I, like many other Christians, love to hear them, and to learn from them.
However, and I tell you honestly, that the more you read the text of the Bible, the more you will discover in the text that you had never seen before. It does not matter how long you have been reading the Bible, something new will pop up that you either read over too fast before, or the Lord just didn't open your eyes to it the first 300 times that you read it.
"In the Bible there is enough clarity to enlighten the elect, and enough obscurity to humble them."
− Blaise Pascal
Now, on to the beginning:
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Here, again, we see the very beginning of things, but as I have pointed out on numerous occasions, we have a two-fold meaning here (that is, both a natural interpretation, and a spiritual interpretation). What do I mean? Can we determine its meaning, figuratively, by reading and comparing with other scripture, and understand the metaphoric underlines? Let's observe:
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
Now here we have an insight to the children of
I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Now, what's going on here? Is Jeremiah having a senior moment? He can't keep his mind on one subject at a time? Nay, but what I do declare is that verse 23 was no accident, because it was actually speaking about the very same subject as verse 22. How can this be? As we continue to learn "Bible Language," we will gain a better understanding. Let's define a few terms, again, and see if they have any connections:
LIGHT / DARKNESS
DAY / NIGHT
SUN / MOON
Any connections? Well, first of all, we see that we have perfect balances here, for LIGHT is the opposite of DARKNESS. But let's go even further:
SEEING EYE / BLINDNESS
HEARING EAR / DEAF
ENLIGHTENMENT / DARKNESS IN
AWAKE / ASLEEP
ALIVE / DEAD
And many other such like comparisons ... As we go along, we will see how all this ties in together. However, let's try and concentrate on the similarities of the passages in Jeremiah to Genesis, and see what the connection is between those two. And, to do so, we need help with the scriptures themselves. But, first, let's see the differences between LIGHT and DARK in the Bible:
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the KNOWLEDGE of him: The EYES of your UNDERSTANDING being ENLIGHTENED; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.
Therefore is judgment far from us, neither does justice overtake us: we wait for LIGHT, but behold OBSCURITY [Darkness]; for BRIGHTNESS, but we walk in DARKNESS. We grope for the wall like the BLIND, and we grope as if we had no EYES: we stumble at NOON DAY as in the NIGHT; we are in desolate places as DEAD men.
Wow! There is a lot of understanding to be gained in this one passage alone. Here we have the comparisons spelled out for us, and see how the two opposites are compared one to another. Here Isaiah is describing a people who are walking in darkness to understandings of God's ways, and he uses these comparisons:
LIGHT / OBSCURITY
BRIGHTNESS / DARKNESS
BLIND / EYES [to see]
NOON DAY / NIGHT
Please bare with me, these are important to our understandings of "Biblical Language."
I Thessalonians 5:4-8
But you, brethren, are not in DARKNESS, that that DAY should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of LIGHT, and the children of the DAY: we are not of the NIGHT, nor of DARKNESS. Therefore let us not SLEEP, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that SLEEP sleep in the NIGHT; and they that be drunken are drunken in the NIGHT. But let us, who are of the DAY, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
He [God] reveals the deep and secret things: he knows what is in the DARKNESS, and the LIGHT dwells with him.
In him [Jesus] was life; and the life was the LIGHT of men. And the LIGHT shines in DARKNESS; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lights every man that cometh into the world.
The people which sat in DARKNESS saw great LIGHT [i.e. the words of Jesus]; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
For you will LIGHT my candle: the LORD my God will ENLIGHTEN my darkness.
Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness...
Then I saw that wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness.
Also see Isaiah 5:20; 9:2; 59:9; Jeremiah 13:16; Luke 11:35; and Acts 26:18a.
We can see that this is a recurring theme in the Bible (comparing Light and Darkness to Enlightenment and Non-Understanding), and God, surely, loves to use this comparison. Even Paul adopted this theme for his messages:
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to AWAKE out of SLEEP: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The NIGHT is far spent, the DAY is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of DARKNESS, and let us put on the armour of LIGHT. Let us walk honestly, as in the DAY; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
And also see Romans 2:19 and Ephesians 5:8.
But, again, what does all this have to do with the beginning? Well, in order for us to understand that DARKNESS means to have NO UNDERSTANDING and that LIGHT means to have UNDERSTANDING (in metaphorical biblical language), we have to know that there must FIRST be a natural occurrence in history in order for us to compare them with spiritual matters. In other words, it must first happen in history before it can happen in the mystery! Again, God used such natural words as: LIGHT / DARKNESS / DAY / NIGHT / SLEEPING / AWAKENESS, and all such like references for us to compare these things by. This is obvious, for we have seen this pattern in the very scriptures. And the natural light and darkness was created in the beginning - therefore in order for us to understand these meanings, we have to have a natural meaning to compare them by - hence the SUN will produce the LIGHT and the MOON will produce the shadowy LIGHT in the DARKNESS. The Moon merely being a reflection (or just a hint) of the true light:
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
Can the Sun and the Moon really be involved in these "metaphorical" meanings to gain understandings by? Let's see:
Praise you him, sun and moon: praise him, all you stars of light.
Now, this is a curious verse. Can the natural sun and moon and stars actually praise God? It takes a "living being" to be conscience enough for that to happen. Now I know that modern scientific study reveals that our natural stars in the natural heavens can actually “sing” with musical tones; and in the pre-flood atmosphere (with the icy-liquid canopy that covered the entire planet) the occupants of the earth were more than likely able to hear them sing. Yet David, the writer of most of the Psalms, and indeed all other participants of the Psalms (few in number as they were), were NOT alive during pre-flood days to be able to witness such an event as singing stars, so they more than likely were not even writing about a natural occurrence, but were stating “spiritual” matters instead. The singing of the natural stars, however, is some phenomenon caused by a non-conscious effort, and is merely by scientific alignment. Actually they cannot really praise God as a human can. And the point here in Psalms is to illustrate that the Sun and Moon CAN be used metaphorically.
Let's observe another:
Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in
Here again, the Sun and Moon are having "human" emotions. Can this be speaking of the natural Sun and Moon, but not metaphorically? Going all the way back to the verses in Jeremiah, we have to wonder why Jeremiah was using such "metaphorical" language to describe the obscurity of the people's understandings. Also, why he chose to use the same language as the first of Genesis to do so. There just has to be a reason other than it just sounded good.
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
If God's statutes and commandments are enlightening to the eyes [i.e. shining light on the subject], we have to know what first are the statutes and commandments, and how they shined in the viewer’s eyes; and if we find out that answer, we will get a better understanding of why Jeremiah used such language to speak to the people. First of all, we just have to know that his statutes and commandments are the very scriptures themselves. Truly? Yes, as we learned in my writing "Brotherly Love". Honestly, what else can they be? The first Covenant was the very law of Moses, and the new Covenant are those statutes and commandments in the law of Christ, the New Testament Covenant...
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