Thank you Jo for this heavenly scriptural meditation. May all who read be deeply blessed…
It’s winter here in New Zealand and Matariki, the Maori New Year. Matariki is marked by the appearance of the Pleiades Star Cluster. In the night sky, the Pleiades can be spotted with the naked eye as a dim cluster of stars above Orion’s left shoulder.
For the Maori, Matariki literally means “eyes of God” (Mata Ariki) or “little eyes” (Matariki.) They’re not far wrong, for the prophet Zechariah, writing about his vision of a lampstand with seven lamps, tells of the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth.
“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?” Zechariah 4:10
Job 38:31-32 declares that only the Lord can ‘bind the chains of the beautfiul Pleiades’ and bring them forth in their season.
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