Moses terms the moon a great light, only according to its appearance and the use it is for us. For there is abundant proof, most of the stars are much greater than the moon.
16 “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,”
God made two great lights, the creations of God, and were placed by him in the heaven to serve some purposes on earth beneficial to men, but not to be worshipped. These two “great lights” are the sun and the moon.
The greater light is to rule the day; not to rule men but to give light by dimmer way, by reflecting it from the sun.
“The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.“
But the vast numbers of stars with which the heavens are bespangled, which reflect some degree of light upon the earth. Perhaps no part of the material universe more irresistibly demands a supreme Intelligence as its only proper origin and cause.
When you turn from the physical level to the spiritual level of these functions that you come to a full understanding of why they act as they do.
In the Scriptures we find the sun repeatedly used as a symbol of Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament with the promise, “the Sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in his wings.
The relationship between these two; if the sun is Christ figured for us, then the moon is the people of God. Apostle Paul tells us that Christ and his church are seated together in the heavenly places. As here we are told that the sun and moon were placed in the firmament to perform functions upon the earth.
The moon has no light of its own; it shines only by the reflected of the sun. So the church has no light of its own to give; it has absolutely nothing to say to this world, except to reflect the message which God has given it.
Therefore the light of the church is for the darkness of lost humanity. It is in the moral darkness of this age that the church is to shine, reflecting the light of God. God, in a sense, hides himself in his people.
We must remember that we are the church, and as the individual Christian shines, so the church shines.
We must not be like the world around in its blindness, its darkness, its hostility, its obscurity.