30 Bible Verses About Science + constellation verses

Understanding the natural world through the lens of scripture offers a profound appreciation for God’s creation. I’ve always been fascinated how the Bible, while not a scientific textbook, contains so many verses that reflect the wonder of the universe, from the vastness of the cosmos to the intricate cycles of seasons, as well as the water cycle, later named the hydrologic cycle.

Scientists from centuries-past have discussed their own observations about Science and God. Famous astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) said:

The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics.

Galileo Galilei (Il Saggiatore, 1623)

This blog post explores a selection of Bible verses that illuminate the harmony between God’s Word and the scientific aspects of His creation, reminding us of the Creator’s power, wisdom, and majesty.

Bible Verses About Science

Job 26:7

“He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.”

This verse marvels at the suspension of the Earth in space, a concept that aligns with our understanding of the planet’s position in the vastness of the universe. It’s a poetic reflection on God’s creation that predates modern astronomy.

Genesis 1:14-19

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so.”

These verses from Genesis describe the creation of celestial bodies, highlighting their role in marking seasons, days, and years. It’s a testament to the order and precision in God’s creation, reflecting the cycles and rhythms that science seeks to understand.

Check out Louie Giglio’s video to see how expansive the heavens actually are (and how small earth is):

Job 36:27-28

“For he draws up the drops of water; they distill his mist in rain, which the skies pour down and drop on mankind abundantly.”

Here, the process of evaporation and precipitation is poetically described, showcasing the cycle of water that sustains life on Earth. This process, fundamental to Earth’s climate and weather systems, is beautifully encapsulated in these verses.

Ecclesiastes 1:6-7

“The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again.”

These verses reflect on the cycles of wind and water, phenomena that scientists study to understand weather patterns, ocean currents, and the water cycle (hydrologic cycle). The passage speaks to the perpetual motion and balance within creation.

Psalm 19:1

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

This verse celebrates the beauty and vastness of the universe, acknowledging the heavens as a testament to God’s creative power. It invites reflection on the order and complexity of the cosmos, which science explores and marvels at.

Jeremiah 33:25

“Thus says the Lord: ‘If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed order of heaven and earth…'”

God’s covenant includes the consistent and reliable order of the natural world, from the alternation of day and night to the laws governing the heavens and the earth. This verse underscores the dependability of the natural laws created by God.

Psalm 104:14-15

“He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate—bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.”

This passage reflects on the provision and sustenance that come from the earth, highlighting the interconnectedness of all living things and the earth’s resources. It speaks to the agricultural and ecological cycles that science helps us understand and steward.

Isaiah 40:22

“It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;”

This verse speaks to the vastness of the universe and the earth’s place within it, suggesting a spherical shape of the earth long before it was common knowledge.

Psalm 8:3-4

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”

A reflection on the humbling scale of the universe compared to humanity, highlighting the meticulous care and attention God pays to all of creation, including each individual.

Job 28:25-26

“When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm,”

These verses from Job describe God’s sovereignty over the weather, including the dynamics of wind, water cycles, and storms, showcasing His control over the natural forces.

Psalm 104:19-20

“He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. You make darkness, and it is night, when all the beasts of the forest creep about.”

This passage highlights the celestial bodies’ role in marking time and seasons, as well as the daily cycle of day and night that governs the rhythm of life on earth.

Genesis 1:9-10

“And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry ground ‘land,’ and the gathered waters he called ‘seas.’ And God saw that it was good.”

The creation account of the separation of land and sea outlines the foundational elements of earth’s geography and the establishment of the planet’s environments.

Job 38:31-33

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion? Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you establish their rule on the earth?”

God challenges Job with questions about the constellations and the laws of the heavens, emphasizing human limitations in understanding the full scope of the universe’s workings.

Psalm 135:7

“He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who makes lightnings for the rain and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.”

A depiction of God’s control over the hydrological cycle and weather patterns, from the formation of clouds to the generation of wind and lightning.

Genesis 8:22

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

God’s promise to Noah after the flood, ensuring the continuity of the earth’s seasons and cycles, essential for life and agriculture.

Psalm 147:16-18

“He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes. He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold? He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.”

This passage poetically describes the process of precipitation and melting, showcasing God’s power over the seasons and temperature changes.

Amos 5:8

“He who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the Lord is his name;”

A recognition of God as the creator of the constellations and the one who controls the day-night cycle and the distribution of water on the earth, underscoring His dominion over all creation.

Which Stars and Constellations are named in the Bible?

The Bible mentions several celestial bodies by name, reflecting the knowledge and observations of the ancient world. Here are a few notable examples:

Pleiades and Orion

Pleiades and Orion are specifically mentioned in the Bible. Pleiades, known as a cluster of stars, and Orion, a prominent constellation, are mentioned together in Job 9:9 and Amos 5:8, highlighting the majesty and mystery of the cosmos that God created.

Charles Spurgeon built an entire sermon about “The Pleiads and Orion“.

Mazzaroth

In Job 38:32, the term “Mazzaroth” is mentioned, which is often interpreted as a reference to the zodiac or the constellations. The exact meaning is not clear, but it suggests a broader awareness of the celestial order.

Arcturus

Also in Job 38:32 (in some translations), the name “Arcturus” is used for a star or constellation. Some translations use the term “Bear” or “Great Bear,” referring to the constellation Ursa Major, of which Arcturus is a part, though Arcturus is actually in the constellation Boötes.

The Morning Star

The term “morning star” appears in several passages, such as Isaiah 14:12 and Revelation 22:16. While not a planet’s name in the modern sense, the “morning star” has historically been associated with Venus due to its bright appearance in the morning sky before sunrise. In Isaiah, it is used metaphorically, and in Revelation, Jesus refers to Himself as the “bright morning star.”

The Sun, Moon, and Stars

Throughout the Bible, the sun, moon, and stars are frequently mentioned, serving various symbolic and literal roles. Genesis 1:16 speaks of God creating the two great lights—the greater light (the sun) to govern the day and the lesser light (the moon) to govern the night—along with the stars.

Final Thoughts about Science Verses in the Bible

The Bible offers a perspective that complements scientific inquiry, celebrating the order, beauty, and complexity of the universe God created. It encourages a sense of wonder and stewardship towards the natural world, acknowledging that science and faith together can deepen our appreciation for the Creator’s work.

  • How do these verses inspire your understanding of the natural world?
  • In what ways do you see the harmony between scientific discovery and biblical truth?
  • How can we be stewards of God’s creation in light of these scriptures?

In exploring the relationship between the Bible and science, I find no conflict, but a deeper sense of awe for the majesty of God’s creation. These verses should remind us that every aspect of the natural world, from the smallest raindrop to the vast expanse of space, is a testament to God’s power, creativity, and love for us.

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