Yareah - hebrew for moon.
There’s a full moon tonight. I’ve spent some time at the office reading the Bible with a sleeping baby next to me, writing a list of prayers all while the air diffuser has been brewing a comforting synergy of essential oils.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the moon. It has always felt a little like magic to me. An astrological body that has been used as a light source during harvests, a celestial body that orbits our earth and affects our waters. I will never forget when my Astronomy teacher in secondary school told us about the full moon making kids crazier. I always kept my eyes open for extra wilderness during full moons. I have to admit, I still do.
Tonight, for many, this is a night of worshipping the moon. I however adore this creation but leave it be a reminder of the God I believe created it for us.
Here are some beautiful scripture including the moon to meditate on tonight. So tomorrow, “when you look up to see the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars - all the heavenly array”, perhaps you’ll feel the comfort of the working and loving hand behind the creation, too.
Psalm 74:16, A psalm of Asaph.
Both day and night belong to you; you made the light* and the sun.
*or Moon; Hebrew reads light.
Praise Him, sun and moon! Praise Him, all stars of light.
God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
1 Corinthians 15:40-41
There are also bodies in the heavens and bodies on the earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the glory of the earthly bodies.The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. Andeeven the stars differ from each other in their glory.
Psalms 8:3-5, A psalm of David which he sang to the Lord.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers - the moon and the stars you set in place - what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.