You’ve been at this a long time. Surely something will work. 13 I know you’re exhausted trying out remedies, but don’t give up. Call in the astrologers and stargazers. They’re good at this. Surely they can work up something! 14 “Fat chance. You’d be grasping at straws
Isaiah 47: 13-14
The story behind this verse is that God is confronting his people on all the different things they try to fill the gaping hole of their hearts with. Instead of going to the fountain of living water (John 4)they were continually going to drink out of broken cisterns that can hold no water (Jer.2).
It’s amazing how God designed the universe and how the moon can block out the sun at a certain angle because they are the perfect distance apart and each just the right size. I know God has used the stars to fill us with wonder and even give us a compass we can see on a clear night. He even guided the shepherds to Jesus the night he was born by a star. As far as I can see in scripture full eclipses are related to being a timer or countdown to remind us the time short and this is not our home. However, they do not pronounce judgment and doom. There have been many full eclipses over history.
Some people get into astrology which is a form of idolatry and read what their day or life will bring based on their birthday. “I’m a Scorpio” they say and this means such and such for my life. Like God said it’s just grasping at straws. When we look up to the sky it should humble us. It’s meant to humble us. It’s way beyond me. David wrote in Psalm 8:3…
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
These unique events should humble us and fill us with wonder. Perhaps all the millions of people who gaze at the eclipse today will become a shade more humble than they were yesterday.