Sun and Moon, Stand Still “How we thank God for all of this! It is he who makes us victorious through Jesus Christ our Lord!” 1 Corinthians 15:57 The Facts, Please! God Created the sun and then moon to make day and night on earth and to divide our seasons and years. Without them, every living thing would die. More Facts, Please! The solar system is made up of the sun, the planets, and all the other heavenly bodies-such as moons, asteroids, and many meteors. The planets and smaller bodies are held in place by the pull of the sun, as they travel around it and receive and reflect its light and heat. Each has a regular path (orbit) around the suns. More, and More Facts! The diameter of the sun is 865,400 miles, which is 109 times the diameter of the earth and 400 times the diameter of the moon. If the sun were a two-foot ball, the earth would be the size of a pea. The earth makes one revolution around the sun in a year’s time. At the same time, it spins once around its axis daily, giving us light (day) and darkness (night). More Facts! Our solar system is a small part of a galaxy called the Milky Way, which consists of 100 billion stars. Some are 10 miles in diameter; some are as big as 330 times the size of our sun. Today’s telescopes can identify more than one billion galaxies n the universe. More Facts If God can make this huge universe and keep it all running in place and in order, he can also change any part of it if he chooses to do so. The Bible tells an incredible story about a day when he did that-the day the sun stood still. How did this come about? Did God stop the rotation of the earth, so that the sun appeared to stand still? Did he cause the whole solar system to stop in place for a day? It doesn’t matter how to happened, but we know it did because the Bible says so. Verse Maze: No one can defeat God. Do you have friends or family members who oppose you in your Christian life? Are temptations, sinners, or Satan making it difficult for you to right? Romans 8:31 says, “If God be with us, who can be against us?” On the handout, with a pencil, trace these words, in order through the maze five times, going up, down, right, and left.