Today's Quiet-Time Bible Notes. December 15th, 2017

Genesis 1.14 ... Lord, give me a sign Then God said, ôLet 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." ... Anyone heard of the rapper DMX? In one of his tracks he raps, "Lord, give me a sign." If you've seen the movie, 'Bruce Almighty' you'll know that at one point Bruce asks God for a sign. A lorry with signs goes past and other things but Bruce still doesn't listen to God. This is very much like so many people in the world - they want a sign, despite all that God has done as the Creator of the Universe! Did you know that God has given us signs already? Psalm 19 tells us that "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." The created world around us was made by God and it shouts God's identity and praise every day to people of every tribe and tongue across the globe. The world and the heavens are actually living witnesses, testifying to the truth of God. In our main Bible verse (Genesis 1.14), the word for 'sign' can also be translated as 'pledge' or a kind of 'witness'. So we learn how God created the earth and put stars and other heavenly bodies up there as both a witness and pledge of who he is. The word 'seasons' can be translated 'feasts' / 'festivals' / or 'appointed time'. So Genesis 1.14 informs us that God created the world; that he put signs in the heavens that point the world to him; and he did this to show that he is involved and interested in the world and people he created. If anyone tells you God doesn't exist, take them outdoors at night and get them to look up! They may not believe in God but they have no excuse not to!!

-- Myfishbites