Sometime last week while driving to work I caught a glimpse of the morning sky, which looked like it was on fire. Maybe it’s particularly this time of year because it wasn’t the only morning where the sun was setting the morning clouds aflame.
I couldn’t help but think of Psalm 19:
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
For those who have never read Scripture or been exposed to the Good News, merely looking up at the sky on any given day provides a glimpse of the Artist behind the view. The fact that it’s vast and stretches as far as the eye can see in all directions, and is held in place by gravity so that everything doesn’t spin off out into space…well, that says to me that when God makes something, it works. The system that we call the atmosphere, the sky, hasn’t malfunctioned since the dawn of creation. That’s a 100% record.
There’s so much more to what we can deduce about God from studying the sky, but as the infomercials intone, ‘that’s not all’.
Psalm 19 switches up a gear from referring to God (of creation) and proceeds to explain the One who made a covenant with people, as seen in Scripture. Deeper, more detailed, more information, more intimate. The law (Old Testament) shows HaShem, Adonai who reveals Himself to His people:
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The sky is awesome and revealing but Scripture takes it many steps further. He tells us his Name, but as the infomercials continue, ‘that’s not all’.
God shows us what He has done (sky/the heavens).
Then He tells us His Name and gives us commands (Scripture).
Then He becomes flesh and shows us He is our father (Christ).
We come to the incarnation: God assuming flesh and living on earth. And He reveals to us that He is our heavenly Father. To the Jews living in the 1st Century this was frankly unthinkable. But it turns out to be true.