On June 30, 2015 a couple of “monumental” things took place. Things that don’t normally happen, but we actually got to witness them (no, this isn’t about the U.S. Women’s World Cup team making the World Cup Finals...that seems to happen regularly!).
Every so often some scientist somewhere determines that the Earth has slowed down to the point that we must add a “leap second.” So, for the first time in three years, this past Tuesday, we had a 61 second minute! (6:59:59 was held for an additional second, if you wanted to know.)
So, because of something some scientist said, we “made time stand still” for a full second and, at some undetermined point in the future, we will do this “Herculean hold up of time” again!
Yet in Joshua 10 we read of Joshua, without prompting from NASA, asking the sun and moon to stand still and the sun and moon honoring his request...for about a day (Joshua 10:13)!
Then in Isaiah 38, we are told that, as a sign Hezekiah would recover from an illness, the shadow cast by the sun went back ten steps on the stairway of Ahaz (Isaiah 38:8).
Was Joshua or Hezekiah (or Isaiah, for that matter) really responsible? NO. God was responsible for time standing still for Joshua and time going backward in Isaiah. God was in control then and He is in control now.
Also on Tuesday evening, “The Star of Bethlehem” appeared in the sky! That’s right, Jesus was born on Tuesday! Actually Jupiter and Venus were about 1/3° apart in the twilight sky. This, apparently has not happened since 2-3 BC (only then, according to sources, Regulus (a nearby star) was included). This formation is known as “The Star of Bethlehem.”
So, again, science is attempting to “explain away” the Bible. According to Matthew 2, the star that guided the Magi to Jesus actually led them (i.e. the star moved) until it stopped over the place where Jesus was: no “normal” star would behave in such a way.
It is my belief that the “Star of Bethlehem” (the one in the Bible that guided the Magi) was a special, miraculous star that God provided to guide a group of sincere “seekers” to Jesus.
I do not believe it was Jupiter, Venus, and Regulus all so “close” that they appeared as one big, bright star in the sky. I do not believe it was anything that ever had been or will be reproduced.
It was nothing less than a special “miracle star” created by God Himself to announce the birth of His Son!
My point with both of these is that despite whatever is “legal” or “illegal” in our country and in our world, God is still in control. He has control of the planets and stars. He has control over time as well. He is Sovereign. He reigns supreme. He is in control. May He be praised forever more!