Genesis 1: 14-19: Throwaway line.

’14 And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so. 16 God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning – the fourth day.” NIV UK

It almost seems a throwaway line: ‘’He also made the stars’’ (16b).

‘’When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?’’ (Psalm 8:3,4).

A little while ago, one clear night, Jilly and I braved the cold and went on to Melmerby Moor, in the Dales, to look at the stars. It’s not officially ‘dark sky’ up there, but there is less light pollution than most of us experience. It was magnificent in its immeasurable expansiveness. Almost immediately I saw (I think!!) a shooting star. It was there one moment and gone the next. The more clearly we see the night sky, the more we wonder, and the more we are put in our place. Yet how briefly and beautifully the creation story deals with the making of the stars. It’s like a shooting verse!

In the spiritual universe, Jesus is ‘’the greater light’’. We are like the moon and stars: ‘’lesser’’ lights to ‘’govern the night’’. We do have an authoritative role in the world, and it is linked to our holiness. The more light in our lives, the greater the likeness to Jesus, the more will be our impact. Jesus shines with His own inherent light, but what a privilege to be able to reflect Him (Philippians 2:14-16).