Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with Matthew 16:19. Haha.
It does have to do with a post I published last week! This is the continuation of what I learned from a zealous shuttle driver who loved apologetics and astronomy.
It all has to do with Job 38:31,
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?KJV
Just in case you weren’t amazed enough already at the significance of God challenging Job to bind the Pleiades, let me show you why I was blown away at the idea of loosing the bands of Orion.
The bands of Orion are three stars we English speakers call Orion’s belt.
Bear with me; explaining why this is super cool requires a bit of… well, explaining.
Imagine you’re outside at night with several friends, and everyone has a flashlight. All you can see are those flashlights. Everyone’s running around, and you suddenly call out, “Guys, stop!”
All those flashlights are suddenly pointed at you. And with a zing of amusement, you realize that if you connected the dots formed by all of those flashlights, you would have a tuba.
(You have a vibrant imagination.)
This isn’t like a 2D dot-to-dot. Although you can imagine a flat image being made from all of those points of light, in reality, some flashlights are closer to you and some are further away.
Typically, this is how constellations (pictures in the sky formed by stars) work. The constellation known as the Big Dipper looks flat, but some of those stars are much closer to the earth and some are much further away. Their extreme distance makes the entire constellation look flat.
These stars, that are different distances from the earth, are in motion. Because of that, the night sky thousands of years from now will look different from the sky we know today. Eventually, Polaris won’t be the North Star anymore!
But in the case of Orion’s belt, the three stars are relatively the same distance from earth and moving together.
Thousands of years from now, the constellations will be too scrambled to see the same shapes we see now. But three stars will stay aligned just as they are now: the stars of Orion’s belt.
“Can you loose the bands of Orion?” What God had bound together, can you separate?
After blowing my mind with the exact wording in Job and how it matches what Pleiades and Orion are like, my shuttle driver concluded that only God could have inspired Job 38:31, because man couldn’t possibly have known that the Pleiades will not be bound and Orion’s belt will not be loosed.
I’m of the opinion that ancient man was a lot smarter than we give him credit for, and might have known this. However, if they did already realize that the Pleiades is separating and Orion’s belt will never separate, they would have been able to look at this verse and go, “WHOA DO YOU SEE WHAT GOD DID THERE.” And maybe that’s exactly what God was going for.
And I hope that what you’re able to walk away from these two posts with. Ours is a God who worketh wonders, who communicates through word, and whose word all of reality conforms to. There are more treasures to find in His Word than we’ll ever be able to dig up, and the more we learn about this world that He has created, the more connections we can find between His Word and His world!
So let’s seek Him out, beloved friends, and make everything we do and study all about knowing Him.
There’s no greater treasure.
Cheering you on as you chase after Jesus,