Friday, September 02, 2011

The Cycle Of The Seasons (Part 2) - Genesis 8:22 Bible Commentary

This is the second part in a two part series, click here to go to part one.

God made the sun, moon, and stars in order to keep track of time:
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. (Genesis 1:14-15)
There has only been one extended period of time in all of history when it has been globally impossible to track the days with the sun, moon, and stars. When was that extended period of time? It was during the flood.

For forty days, rain fell, and water burst from the surface of the earth. It must have been a very dark planet in those days— literally. The thick clouds would have blocked out any light from coming in above. During those days, it would not have mattered where you were on the planet, because the conditions the same: water was everywhere— the normal seasonal schedule had been interrupted.

Chapter 8 of Genesis closes with God assuring the reader that while the earth remains the seasons will never again be interrupted:
While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.
(Genesis 8:22)
The day, however, is coming when the earth will no longer remain: it is called the day of judgment. And on that day, the seasons will once again be interrupted. Why? Because the earth will be destroyed! The old earth will be replaced with the new earth! In that new earth, Christ will be the source of light, not the sun (Revelation 21:23). How will seasons work in that new world? We can only wonder.

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Related Posts:
How The Relationship Between Man And Animal Changed - Genesis 9:1-3
Summary of Genesis 8
Noah's Flood: The Historian's Best Friend - Genesis 8
A New Year, A New Era, A New World - Genesis 8:13
The Long Expected Rain - Genesis 7:10-12

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