Utterly stunned by creation and marveling in awe at the design of the solar systems, Isaac Newton (1642-1727), the great English physicist, astronomer, natural Philosopher and alchemist, implicitly wrote: “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”
There are approximately 100 billion stars in our galaxy, and the average distance between those stars is believed to be about 30 trillion miles. If one could get into a Space-ship/Shuttle and travel through space at nearly five miles per second, it would take 201,450 years to travel 30 trillion miles. Incredibly breathtaking!
One wonders as to how many stars there are in the entire universe! At a quick guess, the number of stars in the universe is probably about equal to the number of sand grains on all the beaches on the surface of this earth. At five miles per second it would take us over 200,000 years to go from one grain of sand to another. If we want to get a glimpse or an idea of what God is like--- "lift up your eyes." The heavens are simply awesome and breathtaking, revealing to us something about the glory of God!
Long before Isaac Newton, David, the prophet, wrote in Psalm 19: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” A couple of centuries later from that of Davids` time, prophet Isaiah raised this deep and powerful-penetrating question as he heard from God: “ To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?` says the Holy One”(40:25). Then he gives us the answer in the next verse: “Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? (v.26).
The heavens gives us a glimpse of who this infinite God is;how incomparable his splendor and majesty is in creation, reminding us that we are just one tiny piece,small and finite-beings of a much larger picture!
There is no room for ignorance even for the Atheist when one vigorously embarks on a philosophical upward climb. The Atheist,after years of exhaustive study, will only find that Theologians have been sitting at the precipice of conclusions, basking in the sunlight, and enjoying the breathtaking view for ages.
One is captured by the passage imagery of the biblical text as we lift our "eyes on high and SEE" that it is God who created these! We then move one step further to embrace the glory of God, climaxing in the crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, by faith alone.
To speak of such awesome wonder is like a tiny finger pointing to a moon; but to really see the moon one has to look beyond the finger. Then the human-soul becomes silent and still as the glory of Christ in the gospel shines in his heart giving light to the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.(2 Corinthians 4:6).
Therefore, the person who embraces this "treasure in earthen vessels" finds with a deep inner conviction "that the excellence of the power" is of God and not of us (v.7), because he knows that it is the same God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in his heart (v.6).
1. This same light shone upon the persecutor Saul on the road to Damascus; "...a light from heaven, brighter than the sun" (Acts 26:13) transforming him into the greatest missionary that ever walked the surface of this earth.
2. The three disciples, Peter, James and John, were specially privileged to see this glory on the Mount of Transfiguration as "His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light" (Matthew 17: 1,2).
3. Moses, the greatest spiritual leader of Israel, under the Old-Covenant tasted this glory at Mt.Sinai,YET the light of the glory which shone through his face eventually faded away.
"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the GLORY of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2Corinthians 3:18).
One can only imagine and wonder as to how much more glorious will it be under this New Covenant, built upon better promises, when then what is "part" shall be done away with! For we know only in part and we prophesy in part; but then it shall be face to face with Christ!