Sun with Moon

By Pastor Mitch
December 20, 2011

Did you know the moon “rises and sets”  like the sun? Yes, it does. Have you also wondered why sometimes we see the moon during the day instead of the night? According to “how everything works” website, the reason is that the moon sets one hour later every day. The moon orbits around the earth every 27.3 days. And so its position relative to the Sun changes on a daily basis. When the moon is on the sun side of the earth, it rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. When the moon is on the opposite side of the sun, it rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. Of course, it makes things worse that we cannot see the moon 14 days of the month. It is interesting to note that people from ancient times have used the moon phases as their basis for the seasons of the year (Calender). The rising and setting of the sun is their basis for a day. When God created the sun and the moon, the Lord truly had a special design for them.


“He appointed the moon for seasons; the Sun knows its going down. You make darkness, and it is night, in which all the beasts of the forest creep about.  The young lions roar after their prey and seek their food from God. When the sun rises, they gather together and lie down in their dens. Man goes out to his work and to his labour until the evening.” 
– Psalm 104:19-23

It is through God’s perfect design of the sun and moon that He provides food for both man and beast. The Lord appointed the time for the sun to set every day in the evening so that animals can come out to hunt at night in the darkness. The lions are nocturnal predators and they seek their food from God, the provider for all animals. When the sun rises, the lions would return to their den to sleep. Then man can safely come out to work and labour to provide for his own till the evening. What great wisdom shown in God’s appointment of day and night! He provides for both man and beast. Truly, like the psalmist, we can acknowledge and stand in awe of the Lord’s great wisdom shown in His manifold works.

“O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In Wisdom You have made them all.” 
– Psalm 104:24