Original Entry Date 12/22/2015: Let’s read about the Wise Men from the East who come to find the Messiah.
Matthew 2:1-11 NKJV:
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
3 When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Messiah would be born.
5 “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they told him, “because this is what was written by the prophet:
6 And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the leaders of Judah:
because out of you will come a leader
who will shepherd My people Israel.”
7 Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, report back to me so that I too can go and worship Him.”
9 After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen in the east! It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed beyond measure. 11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
This shining star the wise men followed symbolizes us, nowadays, leading people to Christ. We emit the Light of Christ upon the dark skies, leading those who are wise out of the darkness of the world into His beautiful Light.
Now let’s flip to Luke 1 and read a small portion of Zechariah’s prophecy after his tongue was loosed and he was able to speak again..
Luke 1:78-79 HCSB:
Because of our God’s merciful compassion,
the Dawn from on high will visit us
79 to shine on those who live in darkness
and the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Christ Jesus is the Light, He shines through us. We are His Body, a mechanism used to bring salvation to those who are perishing.
Throughout scripture, stars are used to describe people anywhere from
Here is a snippet from my Symbols book about Stars:
Final thing I’d like to do is look up the Hebrew Word used for Stars in the following verse.
He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names
Stars comes from the word kowkab
1a) of Messiah, brothers, youth, numerous progeny, personification,
God’s omniscience (fig.)
probably from the same as 3522 (in the sense of rolling) or
3554 (in the sense of blazing); a star (as round or as
shining); figuratively, a prince:-star((-gazer)).