The Milky Way – our galaxy Credit: Wade Hilmo 2007
Gods Excellence - in the Stars God Set his Glory in the Heavens Romans 1:20 - For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualitieshis eternal power and divine naturehave been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse
God Set his Glory in the Heavens Psalm 8:1 - O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens What do you think of when you see the stars?
God Set his Glory in the Heavens Psalm 8:2 - From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. Look up and see that God is awesome! God wants you to praise Him
Gods Excellence - in the Stars Gods Work can be seen in the Heavens Psalm 8:3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
Northern Cross in Swan Constellation (Cygnus) Harp Constellation (Lyra)
Northern Cross In Swan Constellation (Cygnus)
Cygnets - baby swans Swan - Cygnus
Solar Eclipse the Suns light blocked by the moon Solar Flares - red Corona - white
Sun eclipsed by moon – animation
God Set his Glory in the Heavens Psalm 104:19 - The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down
Gods Work can be seen in us Ps 8:4-6 What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet : All flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field
Bengal Tiger Australian Merino Sheep
Gods Work can be seen in us Ps 8:8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
Migration of Bar-tailed Godwit (bird) migrating north from New Zealand to China 6,615 miles non-stop in 9 days
Oceanic Whitetip Shark Carcharhinus longimanus Pilot Fish Naucrates ductor Elphinstone Reef in Egypt in the Red Sea Credit Thomas Ehrensperger
Gods Excellence - in the Stars Gods Work can be seen in us Ps 8:9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Crab Nebula M1
Gods Excellence - in the Stars God is excellent Part of his excellent plan is to care for you.
Barred Spiral Galaxy
Part 2 – God is Talking
Boeing booster Rocket IUS Sends Magellan spacecraft to Venus
Venus hot Surface - camera sees through clouds
God is Talking God is still talking yo us God Planned the path of the Sun The one who planned the Sun shows us how to live our life: what path we should take
God is talking Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
God is talking Psalm 19:2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge
God is talking Psalm 19:3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard God is speaking to all people
Miao people China
Miao People Creation Story Miao story: On the day God created the heavens and earth, On that day He opened the gateway of light. In the earth then He made heaps of earth and of stone. In the sky He made bodies, the sun and the moon.
Miao People Creation of Man Miao story: On the earth He created a man from the dirt. Of the man thus created, a woman He formed…
God is talking God Planned the Sun –the path it takes Newtons Laws of Motion –are really Gods Laws of Motion
God is talking Psalm 19:4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
God is talking Psalm 19:6 The Sun rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.
God is talking God, who planned the Sun, shows us how to live our life: What path we should take
God shows the Path to take Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD [Yahweh] is Perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
God shows the Path to take Law of Gravity is not just a good idea – ignore it, jump off a roof and youll suffer Laws of God are also not just a good idea They are warnings – ignore them by lying or greedily coveting or stealing and youll suffer
God shows the Path to take Psalm 19:8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. Gods perfection in the stars and planets
Moon in the Pleiades Star cluster bound strongly by gravity – chains as God said to Job, 38:31
Betelgeuse star - red (cool) giant star Rigel star – blue (hot) star Orion the Hunter constellation Stars loosely bound by gravity – like cords as God said to Job, 38:31
God shows the Path to take Psalm 19:9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. the one who planned the universe has a plan for you – We should be listening to God in His Word
Apollo 15 Moon Landing David R. Scott, commander Alfred M. Worden, command module pilot James B. Irwin, lunar module pilot Landed on Moon: 30 July 1971 Jim Irwin spoke about his faith in Christ and the Bible in Seattle 1985 He wrote his life story: To Rule the Night
Lunar Rover - Apollo 15 on Moon
God Watches the Path you Walk Psalm 121:1-3 Quoted by Astronaut Jim Irwin on Moon I lift up my eyes to the hills where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip he who watches over you will not slumber
Orion Nebula M42
God is Talking The Heavens declare the Glory of God Psalm 19:1 The Heavens declare His righteousness For God Himself is Judge (Psalm 50:6, 97:6) The heavens will praise thy wonders, O LORD Thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy Ones (Psalm 89:5) When He established the Heavens, I [Wisdom] was there (Proverbs 8:27)
Part 3 – Gods Care for Us
Have you not Heard God Cares for us He wants you to hope in Him Have you not heard? –He is able to know you –and all that is going on in your life.
Lightning Storm Isaiah 40:21a Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Aurora Australius Isaiah 40:21b Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
Isaiah 40:22a He (God) sits enthroned above the circle (horizon) of the earth
The Great Bear- Ursa Major Isaiah 40:22b – He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
Have you not Heard Do you know Isaiah said: Our problem is that we dont listen sometimes We dont know about God.
Have you not Heard From the beginning of creation God has shown himself by what he created the heavens declare the Glory of God: God has shown himself to us
Have you not Heard Isaiah said - God knows all the stars by name So we know that He knows you by name also
Is 40:26a Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these stars? Our own Milky Way Galaxy
Is 40:26b He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.
Isaiah 40:26c Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
Isaiah said that God knows all the stars and planets by name (Isaiah 40:26) Planet is Greek for Wanderer, it moves among the stars
What are these planets names?
Venus Earth Mars Mercury
What are these planet names?
Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune
In 2006 Pluto was demoted from being called a planet It is now a dwarf planet
What is this newly discovered dwarf planet? It is larger than Pluto and has a moon
Eris – a dwarf planet, bigger than Pluto Dysnomia - a moon of Eris
The Big Dipper Constellation - Latin: Ursa (Bear) Major (Great)
Big Dipper Little Dipper (upside down)
Have you not Heard God is able to know you and all that is going on in your life God who has all this power is able to help you
Comet Hale-Bopp Isaiah 40:27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel,
Martin Fireball – large meteor Isaiah 40:27b My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God?
Bar-tailed Godwit Does God feed this bird enough so it can fly 6,600 miles from New Zealand to China?
Blue Morpho Butterfly People complain that God doesnt love them. Does God love this butterfly?
Is 40:28: Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. Small Magellanic Cloud of Stars
Isaiah 40:28b; He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Cats Eye Nebula
Is 40:29a He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak Children in Southern Sudan - Africa
Isaiah 40:30 - Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; Students in Ghana Africa
Is 40:31b but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength Students in Southern Sudan - Africa
Isaiah 40:31c:They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
God is able to help us God doesnt tire God is always there for you God wants you to put your hope in Him
North American Nebula
Scriptures The Heavens declare His righteousness For God Himself is Judge (Psalm 50:6, 97:6) The heavens will praise thy wonders, O LORD Thy faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy Ones (Psalm 89:5) When He established the Heavens, I [Wisdom] was there (Proverbs 8:27)
Part 4 - The New Heaven
The New Heaven The New Heaven – Stars and Earth are going to cease to exist God wants us to live in that heaven – called the New Jerusalem Now we see the glory of God in the stars, Then we will behold his glory directly
The New Heaven What will happen to the Earth and the stars?
2 Peter 3:10 – The earth will be burned up 1 - Jasper
2 Peter 2:10 - The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare Astronomers believe that someday the sun will become a red giant, expand and burn up the earth
1 - Jasper Rev. 21: 1 - Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
1 - Jasper Rev. 21: 2 - I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
Rev. 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
The New Heaven How can we know for sure we will go to the new heaven?
1 - Jasper Rom. 3:23 – all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Rom. 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 - Jasper Rom. 5:8 - But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Blue Morpho Butterfly Rom. 10:9 - if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
The New Heaven What will the New Heaven be like:? Revelation 21:19-21 Foundations Stones 1 - Jasper, 2- Sapphire, 3- Chalcedony 4 – Emerald, 5- Sardonx, 6- Sardius 7 – Chrysolite, 8 – Beryl, 9 – Topaz 10 – Chrysoprase, 11 - Jacinth, 12 – Amethyst
The New Heaven What will the New Heaven be like:? Revelation 21:19-21 Twelve Gates of Pearls Streets of City pure gold, like transparent glass
1 - Jasper New Heaven – Twelve Gates of Pearls
1 - Jasper New Heaven - Streets of Gold Gold Nugget 156 ounces 10 pounds
1 - Jasper Rev. 21:23 - The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
Rev. 21:3- And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
Rev. 22:7 And Behold I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.