Creation is the beginning — it sets the stage for the rest of history. What happens here is no accident. There is purpose and planning, and the execution is vital. We learn from the first chapter of Genesis that God created a world and people to inhabit it. Later, as man strays from God, he reveals his plan to redeem our relationship with him, a plan that is evident from the beginning.
One might say the two great lights are equal but the Sun is more equal. The other great light, the lesser, is called the Moon, with an important function as well to be sure. But interestingly it is not actually the source of the light it provides; it simply reflects that of the Sun. How prophetic this is of Man’s relationship to God!
Of course that incredible sight spanning the night sky is composed of more than just the moon. Stars without number are hung in variegated patterns, some boldly asserting themselves, others mere whispers of fluttering luminescence. Celestial ornamentation is displayed in an orchestration of designs easily beheld by a child yet simultaneously beguiling to the scientific observer. Viewing this spectacular tableau provides a surprisingly animated kaleidoscopic drama. Individually, each pinpoint of light may represent another sun, another world, another galaxy. Together, the overall panorama is potentially overwhelming, proclaiming a beauty and vastness beyond our grasp, both literally and cerebrally.
The story of Creation is central to life itself and to our very existence on this spinning ball so crucial to us (if but a seeming speck in the looming infinity of the great universe). The few descriptions of the process are, in themselves, quite remarkable. But there is more, so much more, just below the surface.