“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place” (Psalm 8:3 ESV)
Who owns what you see when you look up into the night sky? That is an absurd question. Yet, humans are obsessed with ownership. We want to own because ownership gives control and security. Look at a political map of the world. How many countries are there? Some count 193 while others count over 200. Some places that recognize themselves as a nation are not recognized as a true nation by many other nations. There are physical places in the world where countries fight over ownership. But, does anyone fight over ownership of the Sun or Moon or any other star or planet?
God created everything. Does this not mean everything belongs to Him? In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in the universe and on the planet, He made Man in His image. He made Man with the ability to study creation so Man might know God, both intellectually and intimately by examining Creation.
It is arrogant to suggest and believe God does not own all that He created. Yet, sin has corrupted the thinking of everyone. God’s enemies, His foes, speak about Him in ways that reveal their complete misunderstanding of who He is. Their machinations and hatred for God do not affect Him and cannot change anything about Him. “You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”? (Isaiah 29:16 ESV).
People have intelligence and reasoning ability superior to animals, birds and fish. There is no other physically created being given the ability to intimately know God and thoroughly examine and understand His creation. Man has built equipment that can examine the heavens in the vast array of galaxies, solar systems, stars and planets. Man has built equipment that examines the smallest particles of matter. Yet, the heavens contain more than any one Man could ever know. Though we have seen the smallest particles there are things even smaller. God knows everything in the vast universe down to the hidden things only He can see and know. Still, even with these vast differences, Man, all people, can know God both intellectually and intimately.
But we do see. God gave man eyes to see and ears to hear and a mind to think. When Isaiah was commissioned as a prophet God told him what to expect from the people. He would speak and teach and rebuke and call to repentance, like every other prophet sent by God, but the people would not respond.
“Go, and say to this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:9-10 ESV)
People refuse to see and hear God. Jesus raised Lazarus from death, witnessed by many people. The evidence was a man walking around who had been in a tomb four days. Yet, though the people, especially the Jewish religious leaders could see the evidence firsthand, God closed their eyes because they refused to know the truth of who Jesus is.
Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said, “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.” Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. (John 12:39-41 ESV)
God owns all of creation. Those created in His image have the unique ability to intellectually and intimately know Him. Does creation rebel against God? People do. Those who can know Him do not want to know Him. God wants us to know Him, making Himself knowable in all of His creation.