October 08, 2015

Creation’s Voice

I recently attended a cowboy church that held worship services in a barn. A stall in the barn held an injured horse, Charlie, who had to be separated from the other horses. I took a seat next to the stall gate and throughout the services the mare munched hay over the top of my head, snorted down my neck and spit water on me after drinking water. As though on cue Charlie punctuated praise songs, prayers and the message with whinnies and neighs that resembled Amen! Hallelujah! and Praise the Lord! I was reminded that the Pharisees wanted Jesus to silence his disciples, but Jesus let them know that even God’s creation has a voice. “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40 NIV).

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Steve Corey said...


-----“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are here words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.” (Ps 19:1-4) This Psalm was penned possibly a thousand years after Job 38:31-33, “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion? Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish their rule on the earth?” Mazzaroth? What’s that?
-----“Let God be true though every man be false.” (Rom 3:4) It isn’t that every man is totally false. We are all flawed. Those flaws interact not only within us, but also amongst us. Their roots extend so deep into the individual and culture that it is easy for a relatively good person (Jesus said none were good except God) to perceive himself as pretty much right about everything. But the first and most major flaw every man has is the lack of true knowledge. While people tend to repress the guilt and sense of its lack in them, they tend to bristle at the very term “true knowledge”. But since there is God, there is true knowledge. He has it totally, we don’t have it mostly.
-----So, lost go such tidbits of precious information as the fact that the bull painted on the Grand Hall of the Lascaux caves is a precise representation of Taurus, complete with the Pleiades on its back, the belt of Orion before its charge, and the stars of the Haiades in its face. Paleontologists love to boast these cave paintings up as being fifteen thousand years old, or more. What were people so early doing with such well developed representations of the zodiac? Why do three of the four faces of the cherubim circling God’s throne in Revelation and Ezekiel’s vision correspond to the corner constellations of the Spring equinox sky of 4000BC, the fourth being Aquila, the eagle, the enemy of the scorpion, Scorpio, being the fourth corner constellation of that sky? Why are the signs of the twelve constellations appearing on the ensigns of the twelve tribes of Israel moving through the desert a rabbinic tradition? And why are these same four signs, the man (Aquarius,) the lion (Leo,) the ox (actually an aurochs, Taurus,) and the eagle (actually a deacon of Capricorn, Aquila,) upon the banners of the four lead tribes on each side of the tabernacle?
-----The Mazzaroth is the zodiac. The meaning of “zodiac” is as distorted with Greek concept as the Greeks themselves distorted Biblical concepts. The pop thought is that “zoe” is the Greek heart of the term, thus meaning the circle of living things. But “zo” is an ancient Hebrew root for “way”. “Zodiac” actually means the way of the sun from Hebrew heritage, not Greek.
-----In the absence of these lost concepts, Christians struggle with the zodiac’s presence in the Bible. The Jews taken to Babylon in captivity also struggled with the zodiac they met there. But Jeremiah reassured them, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the peoples are false.’” (Jer 10:2-3) As the falseness of man is always wont to do, the meaning of the zodiac was thoroughly twisted by 586BC.
-----The Mazzaroth, the zodiac, is a most wondrous telling of the gospel. The medieval Muslims preserved the names of many of its stars, the meaning of which proclaim many of the Lord’s attributes. The truth about the gospel in the stars became popular again in the nineteenth century. But the ebb of man’s falsehood once more blanketed this truth. And to this day Christians still balk at the idea God named His story into the stars. But He did. And there they are! Proclaiming! Praise the Lord!

Love you all,
Steve Corey