Biblical Moons

It’s 1958. Satellites are in the sky. The Moon seems within our grasp. Life runs a spread about the Moon in its 15 December issue. Lunar science, photos of the Army’s new Moon rocket, an essay about how the Earth is affected by the Moon… They commission the great Boris Artzybasheff, famous for his grotesque covers for Time, to paint an illustration of history’s great Moon stories. It’s a two-page spread. Take a better look at the illustration or read the articles here.

As part of my “considerations” for my consider moon let moon consider you assignment, I researched all the mentions of the moon throughout the bible.

“The day is yours and also the night; You established the sun and the moon!”

Psalm 74:16

“God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.”

Genesis 1:16

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place…”

Psalm 8:3

“He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations.”

Psalm 72:5

“And God said, ‘Let there be light in the heavens to divide day from night, let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years…”

Genesis 1:14

“He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it.”

Job 26:9

“Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you shining stars!”

Psalm 148:3

“If I have regarded the sun in it’s radiance or the moon moving in splendor, so that my heart was enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage, then these also would be signs to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.”

Job 31:26-28

“Who is this that appears like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, majestic as the stars in procession?”

Song of Songs 6:10

“The sun stood still and the moon stopped till the nation avenged itself on its enemies.”

Joshua 10:13

“His throne will endure before me like the sun, it will be established forever like the moon – the faithful witness in the sky.”

Psalm 89:37

“The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted.”

Isaiah 30:26

“The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another, and the stars another… and star differs from star in splendor.”

1 Corinthians 15:41

“The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.”

Acts 2:20

“Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more, the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.”

Isaiah 60:20

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the raring and tossing of the sea.”

Luke 21:25

Facts about the moon according to the Bible:

  • The moon did NOT always exist (it was created)
  • The moon will NOT always exist (it will turn to blood and God will be the light)
  • The moon is NOT constant (it wanes, it will be bright as the sun, or darkened, 1/3 will fall away)
  • The moon CAN be stopped
  • The moon HAS stopped before
  • The moon is NOT to be worshiped, but in fact was created to worship God

Why the moon was created, according to the bible:

  1. To divide the day from the night
  2. for signs and appointed times
  3. for seasons
  4. for days
  5. for years
  6. to give light upon the earth
  7. to rule over the night
  8. to praise the Lord (Psalm 148:3)
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