Next in our series through the solar system is Jupiter, the king of the planets, and the first gas planet in our series.
Jupiter is five times further out from the sun! It’s the largest planet, and as such it’s only fitting that it has the biggest moon in our Solar System. Ganymede, one of Jupiters 69 known moons, is actually larger than Mercury. We could do a full series on just the moons of Jupiter, they are fascinating!
Jupiter is a gas planet and as such, theoretically, you could pass right through it without ever hitting land, although a minority of astronomers have suggested a rocky core. As big as it is, it still manages to spin rapidly, with a 10-hour rotation.
The clearest and most obvious fact about Jupiter that disputes the secular models for creation is its energy output. As I already mentioned, Jupiter is really far from the sun. However, it still puts out twice as much energy as it receives. If it were millions, or even billions of years old, it would be old, cold, and dead. It’s external heat, and energy output, make it impossible for Jupiter to be 4.5 billion years old. There is no model from evolutionism that can explain this enigma.
What was Gods purpose in creating Jupiter? I think we’ve been able to see in recent years that God’s sovereign purpose for creating this magnificent planet was for the protection of His people. Jupiter often catches comets in its orbit, as we’ve seen, effectively destroying objects that could be disastrous for life on Earth. It also shows Gods majesty, His creativity, and His sovereignty as Jupiter is a bright part of the sky that’s for signs, seasons, and times.