How Big Are We?

“Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”” Genesis 15:5, NKJV.

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,” Psalms 8:3-6, NKJV.

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  1. Bill…

    You may know that the mystery of the “666” glyph points toward the deification of man. That is, the world-zeitgeist leaves us with the impression that “god” is us — i.e., we are the form and substance of god — thus we can directly improve the world or completely destoy it. Only “god” has this kind of power.

    The biblical imagery of the heavens and stars (and our relative magnitude of insignificance) remind us of the opposite, i.e., that our flesh is but ephemeral (“the flower of the grass”) and that the cosmos — both earthly and planetary — is transitory (“the earth and heavens will be rolled up as an old garment”).

    The point here is that faith operates on belief in that “which is not seen with eyes or made with hands.” I just finished teaching the Book of Hebrews to some Christian men, and the idea toward the end of the book was that the current world system is just a gig. Like a rock group that performs at a club, nothing is more sensational or more real for those few hours than that rock concert performance, but it’s just a gig. It does not continue. It is relatively short.

    What seems forever are the stars and planets. What is more immovable (or timeless) than the permanence of the galaxies? Yet the author of Hebrews even says that these galaxies and solar systems will be replaced by something better. In Hebrews 12:27, the author amplifies “yet once more” to actually mean that what is seen will be removed (and Hebrews 1:11 actually says that these heavens “will be changed like an old garment”).

    What (or Who) then can we then say is timeless, and is the same yesterday, today, and forever? I think you know the answer.

    Grace,
    Joseph

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