He Calls Them Each by Name

Before the invention of the telescope, Hippocrates (190-120 B.C.) charted and numbered 1,022 stars.

A few years later, Ptolemy (~170-100 B.C.) upgraded that number to 1,056, but suggested there might actually be more than 3,000 hidden somewhere out there.

Astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) believed the universe possessed only 777 stars.

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) had counted 1,005.

But it was not until 1608 that Galileo, using his home-made telescope, was able to declare the stars were innumerable.

Today, scientists estimate there are 125 billion galaxies in the universe, and each galaxy contains hundreds of millions of stars. All the stars visible to the naked eye belong to earth’s galaxy, the Milky Way.

The Bible said that the stars cannot be numbered 3000 years before astronomers figured it out:  “As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured:” Jeremiah 33:22 (see also Genesis 15:5, Genesis 22:17). The “host of heaven” are stars.

For humans, the number of stars truly is innumerable; however God knows how many there are …He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.” Psalm 147:4. Wow! God not only knows how many stars He made, but has a name for each and every one!

Once again the Bible reveals a great deal of scientific truth written hundreds, and sometimes thousands of years before being “discovered” by modern scientists.


Lanny Johnson

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