What is “influence”? The word found its earliest use back in the 14th century. But it’s been used in what is considered the oldest books of the Bible, the book of Job. The meaning of influence is to bond or to tie, as the verse in Job goes, “Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? ” (Job 38:31) What God is asking Job is if he can keep the stars together. Mr. Webster says influence is “an ethereal (light, airy) fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of humans!” An influence lacks a material substance but we see the effects of it. Dr. Eric Christian, a scientist with NASA, said, “Stars do give off light, that’s why we can see them far away. The Sun, which is just an ordinary star, gives off the light that allows life to exist on Earth. Stars give off light the same way the filament in a light bulb does.”
I see; the first effect from opening my eyes when the light is turned on, and my thinking is influenced by all I see because of the light! Can we say that light has a material substance? The Pleiades is also known as The Seven Stars or Seven Sisters which is interesting because the Holy Bible talks about the mystery of the seven stars, seven golden candlesticks, and the seven churches. (Revelation 1:20) It also talks about how Jesus is coming back for His bride which is symbolic of light and the covenant church (Matthew 25:10) and not to hide the light that He gives us, but to put it on the lamp stand for all to see! There is a good chance that the Pleiades, the cluster of stars’ name is derived from Plein which means “to sail” because the clusters are important in the sailing season in the Mediterranean, the sea around the biblical sites.
This is a divine influence. We can see God’s handy work intertwined in everything. Acts 17:24 says God made the world and everything in it. What are we influenced by? What airy fluid, what lack of substance is setting our course in life? Do we trust ourselves? Can we save ourselves? I look at myself and the death I felt, the trouble I brought to myself by prideful decisions. Do we trust the God of the Holy Bible, who raises the dead, that sets the oppressed free, that promises us eternity through Jesus Christ? My son asked me what spirits are. I told him there are good and bad spirits, love and hate spirits, and the ones we feed by the influence we choose will be the ones that set our course in life. I pray that we accept the spirit of Jesus Christ and to continue influencing our life with the God who gave us His life so we could have one.
The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.