SOLAR ECLIPSE - Month of September

By Judy Nichols

September 4, 2017


 Recently much of the US was treated to the spectacular display of a total solar eclipse. My locale in Ohio was not in the path of totality but the news articles leading up to it assured us that even here it would be a sight to behold, with eighty-five percent of the sun covered by the moon. I had intended to make myself a pinhole viewer the day before, but the time got away from me, leaving me unprepared.

    The thing that struck me, though, was that, contrary to what the newspaper articles predicted, it really didn’t get all that dark during the eclipse. I was expecting it to look like evening or twilight but it didn’t even get as dark as when it rains. How powerful, how bright is our sun if only fifteen percent of it is enough to keep it daylight!

    This made me think of the glory of God. The Scripture speaks of His glory in several ways. When Moses was on Mt. Sinai, the glory of God covered the mountain, appearing as a consuming fire (Exod. 24:17). It appeared as a cloud covering the tabernacle (Exod. 40:34) and later filling the temple (2 Chron. 7:1). His glory is reflected in what He said to Moses: "No one can see Me and live" (Exod. 33:20).

    The Christmas carol "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" contains the line, "Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity." When Jesus came to earth to be the Savior, the human flesh He took on concealed His deity like the moon concealed the sun in the eclipse.

    But even in an eclipse’s totality, the sun’s corona is visible. And in like manner, I believe the miracles Jesus did, and His authority over the demons, and certainly His resurrection were glimpses of God’s glory that His veil of flesh could not conceal. And if the "corona" of God’s glory that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ demonstrated was powerful enough to turn water into wine, calm storms, feed thousands, heal the sick, the blind, the deaf, and the lame, cast out demons, and overcome the curse of death, I can’t fathom how great the full revelation of God’s glory will be.

    No wonder no one can see Him in His full glory and live! A consuming fire will be as the flicker of a candle in comparison. I do not want to be unprepared for that day!

© Judy Nichols 2017

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