Monday Miscellanies: Planets

A guest post by Jonathan Edwards

1303. Planets

The uncertainty of their being inhabited: That some of the planets are such huge things, so vastly bigger than the globe of the earth, is no certain sign of their being inhabited. This planet we dwell upon may, nevertheless, be as it were elected to infinitely greater and more important purposes. Such an election there is with regard to the seed of plants and animals. Where there is one that is used for the purposes for which they are fitted, to produce a future plant or animal, vast multitudes are, as it were, thrown away in divine providence. Those seeds are as great a work of God, perhaps, as the bodies of Saturn or Jupiter, notwithstanding their vast bulk. The greatness of the bulk is but a shadow of greatness or importance. Nevertheless, they may [be], as it were, rejected and neglected of God, when a far lesser body may be chosen before them, as ’tis with divine election as exercised among mankind. A poor child may be infinitely more made of by God than some mighty potentate that rules over a large empire, though such a prince is like a vast, huge body in comparison with the other. But truly his greatness is but the shadow of greatness.


What Astronauts See When They Are in Space

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Ps. 19:1).

“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Rom. 1:20).


True Joy is Found in Insignificance

This morning I read about Jesus feeding the five thousand and walking on water from Mark 6.  The disciples didn’t understand.  In fact, Mark says that their hearts were hardened.  What the disciples didn’t get was the fact that the God who created water, fish, bread, and the world was sitting and talking with them.

Then I began to think about molecules, atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons and the like.  I’m not scientific at all, but when you let your mind wander into the vast complexities of these invisible structures that make up the universe, you don’t feel important anymore.  Actually, I would argue that it’s impossible to think about such things and feel significant in yourself.

But I didn’t feel this way because of the atoms or protons themselves.  It’s ultimately the result of knowing and loving the infinite God who, with a single word, created those things and everything else — including me — in the universe.

That will make you feel small.  That will give you true joy.

Life Theology

Heaven: God’s Unpacking of His Glory for Eternity

While worshiping the Lord this morning, I was reflecting on the idea of being like God.  It was one of the factors of Adam and Eve’s first sin.  “You will be like God,” the serpent said.  The fact is, though, that we already were like God.  He made us in his image.  Now, we seek to make ourselves our own God.  However, if you are born again and have a new spirit, a new heart, a new mind, and a new will, you want to become more like Christ and less like yourself.  We call this sanctification.

So, I thought about my asking God to give me grace to “be like Jesus.”  Then, I thought about meeting Jesus face to face for the first time.  He will look at me and say, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Rev. 21:5).  And on that day, I will begin the final process of becoming like him.

But, I began to think about the size of God.  People say, “We serve a huge God!”  No we don’t.  We don’t even serve a big God.  Galaxies are huge.  Planets are big.  God is unsizeable. He holds the galaxies in the tip of his finger.  First Kings 8:27 says, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!”  God is not bound by time or space.  He is holy and his holiness is manifested in his glory.  That glory will be unpacked for eternity in heaven.  We will never see the end of it.  And for us, those who are being “transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another,” it will take an eternity to become like the greatest manifestation of his glory, namely Jesus.  In other words, it will never, ever, ever happen.

Let the weight of that sink into your heart.  God is altogether infinitely higher and loftier then we are.  It will take forever for us to become like him.  In other words, it will never, ever, ever happen.


Hawking Says Alien Life May Exist

Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking claims that there is most likely life in the universe outside Earth.  He said, “if the human race is to continue for another million years, we will have to boldly go where no one has gone before.”  This is the best quote of the short article though:

Hawking compared people who don’t want to spend money on human space exploration to those who opposed the journey of Christopher Columbus in 1492.

“The discovery of the New World made a profound difference to the old. Just think we wouldn’t have had a Big Mac or KFC.”

I’m so happy that Columbus discovered the New World, just so I can stuff my face with a greasy Big Mac.  Yum!  No wonder we celebrate Columbus Day!   Maybe in the new “New World” we’ll find more fast food that can vastly fuel our addiction to angioplasties.