Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion? Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth? (Job 38:31-33)
The Majesty Of God In The Heavens
There is nothing more incredible than to stand in the darkness of a moonless night and gaze into the heavens filled with innumerable beacons of light as the tapestry of heaven shows forth the glory of God in the stars. From the moment Adam and Eve first gazed upon the sun, moon and stars, a fascination of the heavenly bodies has captured the imagination of man. It has only been in recent history that man has filled the earth with so much light few people realize there are heavenly bodies swirling around the earth. The time when people gazed into the darkness of space with wonder is less seldom. Yet the majesty of God in the heavens shows forth His handiwork, power and abundant revelation of His nature. Astronomy has always been in the mind of man as he discerns the pattern and flow of the heavenly bodies. Finding patterns and designs among the clusters of stars, names were given to describe the groupings that are still used today. The book of Job predates the days of Moses and probably finds its place among the patriarchs like Noah and Abraham. Regardless of the dating of the book, Job reminds us of how ancient people could see God among the stars and believe there was a God that ruled the universe. Job acknowledged the constellations of the Great Bear, Orion and the Pleiades. These star clusters are some of the more clearly defined patterns in the night sky visible in our day as clearly as the days of Job.
Job had suffered a great deal from the hand of Satan that was tempered by the will of God. He struggled to retain his faith as the bands of persecution increased his desire to know why such tragedies had befallen him. His friends were often the source of his continued despair as he argued with them over his righteousness. At the end of the book it is God who returns to Job with a scathing rebuke of the justice of the Lord to allow such things to happen. Job had declared early on that God had fashioned the stars by His own hand naming the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades and the chambers of the south as proof of God’s majesty. Now the Lord reminds the righteous Job that no one can determine the path of the stars but the Lord God Himself. Binding the seven stars of the Pleiades is impossible for man but the Lord can do it with ease. How can Job loose the belt of Orion suggesting how men saw a man among the constellations of the heavens? The Lord is the one who established the Great Bear with its cubs that refers to the pattern called today Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. God poses the question to Job of the majesty of God in the heavens. How can anyone challenge the one who put these stars in the heavens? The heavens declare the glory and majesty of God.
Man has barely placed a drop in the incredible bucket of God’s universe to understand how grand and majestic the work of His hand is among the stars. He can see the beauty of the darkened heavens glistening with the sprinkles of lights representing billions and trillions of stars so vast they are uncountable. The prophet Isaiah tells us God has a name for every star. What is man that God is mindful of him? It would do well for all men to spend time gazing into the heavens and contemplating the majesty of the Lord God who created all things. It helps to reminds us how small we are. With all the technology man has thrown into space there is nothing that can compare to the canvas God paints each night. One of the great inventions of our time is the International Space Station which at times is visible with the naked eye. If you are able to pick it out of the night sky it will thrill the imagination. Stop for a moment and look at what surrounds the reflective light of ISS and you will see GOD in all His glory. There is no comparison. He is so majestic.