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Isaiah’s Challenge to the Great Men of the Earth

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“Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
And meted out heaven with the span,
And comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure,
And weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
With whom took he counsel,
And who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment,
And taught him knowledge, and showed to him the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket,
And are counted as the small dust of the balance:
Behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing…
All nations before him are as nothing;
And they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?…
Have ye not known? have ye not heard?
Hath it not been told you from the beginning?
Have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth,
And the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers;
That stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain,
And spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
That bringeth the princes to nothing;
He maketh the judges of the earth as vanity…
And he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither,
And the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these [stars],
That bringeth out their host by number:
He calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might,
For that he is strong in power; not one faileth.”       (Isaiah 40:12-26)

To celebrate its 24th year in orbit, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has released this beautiful new image of part of NGC 2174, also known as the Monkey Head Nebula. NGC 2174 lies about 6400 light-years away in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter). Hubble previously viewed this part of the sky back in 2011 — the colourful region is filled with young stars embedded within bright wisps of cosmic gas and dust. This portion of the Monkey Head Nebula was imaged in the infrared using Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3.

W.E. Vine (1873-1949), commenting on Isaiah’s challenge to the
great men of the earth, states that God causes the stars “to come
forth, so to speak, night after night, as a general brings out his
armoured host to the field. Not one is absent from the muster roll.
Omnipotence alone is requisite for the whole constant, glorious and
orderly procedure. The heavenly host exists and moves, not simply
by natural laws. The Son of God is Himself the sustaining Centre,
Upholder and Controller of all: “all things have been created through
Him, and unto Him: and He is before all things, and in Him all things
hold together” (Col 1:16, 17). He upholds “all things by the word of
His power” (Heb 1:3).”

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