“Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.” (Genesis 1:14-19)
Again, these verses demonstrate that God said, God made, God set them, and God saw, confirming that God alone is in control. On the fourth day, we see that God created the lights. These lights are luminaries, which are objects that shine, such as the sun, the moon, and the stars. God was very intentional in His creation. These lights served the purpose of seasonal signs, including days and years.
Later on, one of the neighbors of Israel who were the Babylonians, with their great leader Nimrod instead of worshiping the true God, Nimrod and his followers decided to worship the creation. The apostle Paul describes in Romans 1:18-32 how these ancient people became morally and spiritually away from the true God, or the Creator. Instead, these ancient people began worshiping the creation, leading them to pantheism, polytheism, and idolatry.
In verse 16, the author of Genesis emphasizes referring to God, “He made the stars also.” In the ancient Near East, many worshipped the stars, and again many of Israel’s neighbors worshiped them and sought guidance from their stars. Today, many people seek guidance through astrology in our modern world, a method well known in the ancient world. Unfortunately, the answers that many seek through astrology are in vain; the answers are in the Bible.
Today, the sun, moon, and stars are still positioned as God intentionally created them. Still, they serve as signs for the seasons, the days, and the years. It serves to recognize the times we are living. When Jesus, the Messiah, came to earth, many did not distinguish the time of his arrival (Luke 12:56). The Lord Jesus himself told his disciples that “there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars” (Luke 21:25); then, beloved listeners, we see that the creation of the lights confirms that God created and that His creation confirms that the word of God upholds the truth.