God's Glory in
reverence of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom." Only the foolish
say in their heart, "There is no God." "Day unto day
uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge." "The
heavens declare the glory of God."--Psalms 111:10; 14:1; 19:1,2
of the infinite Power of the Creator and of our own littleness should make
us teachable. The study of Creation is the "Key of Knowledge."
Using this Key we begin to realize that the only worthy ambition is to
co-operate with our Creator's beneficient designs respecting His Creation.
The planets of our System
compared with our Sun are as nothing. Imagine the Sun's diameter that of a
large flour barrel: Jupiter would compare as a small orange, Earth and
Venus as peas, and Mercury and Mars as raspberry seeds.
The Sun is three hundred
thousand times the size of our Earth. A train at thirty miles an hour
could go around the Earth in one month, but three hundred and forty years
would be required for it to travel the circumference of the Sun.
Our day and night are the
result of the Earth's rotation on its own axis, while its motion around
the Sun marks our year. Planets nearer the Sun have shorter orbits, and
hence, shorter years, while remote ones have longer years. A year on the
planet Mercury would equal three of our months. On Neptune, farthest off,
a year equals 164 of Earth's years.
Yet our Sun is only one
of the fixed stars, of which the most up-to-date astronomical
methods estimate there are one hundred and twenty-five millions. Around
each of these fixed stars undoubtedly revolves a planetary
System like our own. Thus reckoned, there are one thousand million worlds.
Even this is not the limit. If we should stand upon the farthest and
dimmest star, we should no doubt from there see as many more beyond. We
are appalled at the greatness of the Universe.
The zodiacal signs illustrate
various sections of the heavens, visible at different seasons.