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Theology of the Solar Eclipse

Updated on August 22, 2017
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks: Ordained Minister of Christian Education, BA English; MA Christian Education; M.Div. Divinity, Writer since 2011.

People looking up

Millions of people looked up and saw the total solar eclipse that was over 14 states on Monday, August 21, 2017. The eclipse started in Oregon and went through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and ended at South Carolina. It will be just on the very tip of Montana and Iowa, but they were still included.

Millions looked up and saw the partial eclipse over the rest of the states. People prepared for years in advance to be in the path of the best view to see the eclipse.

While looking up and watching God's creation unfold, how many thought about God, the Creator of everything according to Psalm 24:1?

The Diamond Ring

Some couples got married at the time of the eclipse, especially at the time of the diamond ring that happened at the end when the moon and sun resembled a diamond ring.

The couples wanted to mark the day as an extra special day for them to remember.

Looking Up

Throughout the Bible, the scriptures tell readers to look up and see God. While they were looking up, did people remember it was God who created the moon and the sun? Did they remember it was only God who could create such a phenomenon in the sky at the precise moment that scientists had predicted?

Did Christian believers think about other accounts in the Bible when God allowed something like this to happen?

  • When the sun stood still
  • When Jesus was born
  • When Jesus died

When the Sun Stood Still

According to Joshua 10:13, the sun stood still, and the moon stopped. The Bible says the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day so Joshua could continue fighting Amorites.

There was no day like that before it or after it when the sun stood still.

When Jesus Was Born

It was at night when Jesus was born, but it became day. The shepherds had been in the fields watching their flocks when an angel appeared before them to tell them about the birth of Jesus. Even though it was night, the shepherds looked around and saw Jesus' star in the sky that provided light all around them.

When Jesus Died

It was another phenomenon when Jesus died on the cross. Eyewitnesses reported that it was in the middle of the day when Jesus died, but it became dark just like it did during the total eclipse.

All four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John record the event. During the last three hours of Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross, a darkness fell over the land.

Seeing the Eclipse

Did you look up and see the eclipse?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the theological perspective on the solar eclipse, for pointing us to the Creator and other phenomenal events featuring objects He created.