The moon is our only natural satellite going around the earth every 29 days, changing phases as it goes from new moon (not visible) to a bright full moon. It would take almost forty-nine moons to fill the earth. The moon has no atmosphere and no wind, so the footprints left by Neil Armstrong and the eleven other Americans who walked on the moon will remain for centuries to come. The moon's gravity is 1/6 that of earth. So, if you weigh 30 pounds on earth, you would weigh only 5 pounds on the moon!
The moon rotates or turns in such a way that as it orbits the earth it shows only one side. Only the astronauts have actually seen with their eyes the far side of the moon. The moon is both hot and cold, ranging in temperature from more than 250 degrees F in the sunlight to more than 350 degrees F below zero in the dark. Though nearly 250,000 miles away from us (It would take 153 days to drive to the moon at 65 mph nonstop!) the moon affects our oceans, causing them to rise and fall twice each day in tides.
God gave us the moon to rule the night and for times and seasons. It helps in our counting of time-months. It helps us to know when to plant and when to harvest. But the moon has no light of its own. It reflects the light of the sun. Facing the sun, it picks up the light and sends it on to us.
God created the moon and God also created us. Just like the moon, facing the sun, reflects the light of the sun, even so God, Who created us in His image, wants us to reflect Him, showing the wonder of His glorious Person. God wants us to reflect His Son!
God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts,
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ . .
. We all, with open face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are
changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord
. . . You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar
people; that you should show forth the praises of Him Who has called you out of
darkness into His marvelous light . . . Let your light so shine before men, that
they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
2 Corinthians 4:6, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 1 Peter 2:9, Matthew 5:16.
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