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17th MESSIANIC SYMBOL for the Advent Season: Moon

December 16, 2009

December 17:  Psalm 89:35b-37

I will not lie to David. His offspring shall endure forever, his throne as long as the sun before me. Like the moon it shall be established forever, a faithful witness in the skies (ESV).

Yesterday we saw God’s promise that as long as the earth lasts, day and night would always keep on following each other—the sun would come up every day. That promise also includes the fact that night will come at the end of each day. Just as the sun is a symbol of daytime, the moon is a symbol of night. The Bible also uses the moon as a symbol of permanence, as something that lasts forever. Psalm 72:5 says, “He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations.”

These verses talk about the permanence of King David’s throne. God promised King David that one of his descendants—his great-great-great- (as many greats as you want to add) grandchildren—would always be king. Today there is no king in the nation of Israel. But that does not mean that God has forgotten His promise. When Jesus came, He became the king that would last forever. All of the other kings of Israel died, but Jesus came back to life after He died and lives today. He will always be king over a new kingdom, a kingdom much bigger than just one country. One of Jesus’ disciples understood right away when he first met Jesus that He was the promised king. Nathaniel said, “You are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” (John 1:49) The disciples knew that Jesus would be king forever. Peter called Jesus’ kingdom “eternal” (2 Peter 1:11).

Just as the moon is a faithful witness in the sky, so God expects all who are in His kingdom, under His King Jesus, to witness what He has done in our lives. In His great love God wants to invite all people into His kingdom. And He has given us the task of inviting others into His kingdom. God wants us to be faithful witnesses to Himself.

The next time you see the moon, remember it as a sign that God keeps His promises, and that we are a part of Jesus’ eternal kingdom.

For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies:

Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon, and stars of light:

For Thyself, blest Gift Divine!
To our race so freely given;
For that great, great love of Thine,
Peace on earth, and joy in heaven:

Folliot Sanford Pierpoint (1835-1917)

Thank God for reminding us that Jesus is our eternal King and that He has made it possible for us to live in His kingdom.

Ask God to make us faithful subjects of His kingdom and to give us opportunities to invite others into His kingdom.

Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And mighty to the listening earth
Repeats the story of her birth;
Whilst all the stars that round her burn,
And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,
And spread the truth from pole to pole.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719)