Bible Study: Genesis 1
For a couple of weeks now I have been studying the Bible in a more theological way (shoutout to my Bible Study Mentor Olivia) and really learning about the background, history and meaning behind the creation of the Bible. One of the things I've learned through this process has been the meaning behind the chronology in which the books in the Bible were written and it has led me to start reading the Word in chronological order from Genesis to Revelation.
To some this may seem like a no-brainer, but my previous approach to reading the Word has been picking books randomly that had quotes that I liked and reading them. There's nothing wrong with that approach, I'm just now choosing to go the chronological approach and I wanted to share some of the things I'm learning through that study so we can continue to grow in faith together.
I've noticed that many questions are popping up during my study that I'm finding myself looking up and researching further for understanding, so I would love to hear some of your insights and takeaways if you have already read these books and/or have had the same questions come up and answered for you.
Genesis 1 goes over the creation of the world and overall the main verse that caught my attention and led me into further research is Genesis 1:14 "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."
This verse made me think of astrology, with the mention of the lights in the sky serving as signs to mark sacred times, and how astrologers see things like the new moons and the stars to be meaningful. I know, I know, Astrology is a practice condemned by God. But before studying the Word and fellowshipping with other Christians, I didn't know that. I've been into Astrology my whole life and finding out it was a practice condemned by the Word involved me making huge adjustments in my life (I'm still a work in progress in that area). So when I read about how God created the sun, the moon and the stars to serve as signs to mark sacred times, it made me hopeful that maybe it wasn't a sin after all. But I knew better than to twist the Word to fulfill my own purpose so I decided to dig deeper into this.
I found a Facebook page called Christian Answers for the New Age that broke it down pretty well for me and they supported their explanation with verses from the Bible which I appreciated. So to anyone else who hoped this was the loophole that would make practicing astrology ok, sorry to disappoint but that is not what the passage is reffering to.
When the passage says that the lights in the sky will be used as signs to mark sacred times, we actually see this fulfilled in later parts of the Bible. Examples include:
- Exodus 10:21-23 where the sun was darkened for 3 days as a punishment to Pharaoh when Moses was trying to get the Israelites out of Egypt and Pharaoh wouldn't listen.
"Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt --darkness that can be felt" So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived" - Exodus 10:21-23
-There are also passages predicting that when Christ returns the sun will be darkened, the moon will turn into blood, and the stars will fall.
"See, the day of the Lord is coming - a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger - to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light." - Isaiah 13:9-10
"The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord."- Joel 2:31
These passages show us what is actually meant by Genesis 1:14 when it is written that the lights in the sky will serve as signs to mark sacred times.
Also, God clearly condemns Astrology in:
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 "Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead."
and in Isaiah 47:13 "All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you."
If I needed any proof that He's not a fan of astrology, then these passages clearly answered that for me.
So... that was Genesis 1 for me!
Did anything else stand out to you from this chapter? Have you had questions regarding astrology and it being a sin? If you were/are someone who believes in astrology and you had to make adjustments in your life, how has that process been for you? Let me know!
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