October 22, 2014

Jesus the ‘Star’!

Part 2 of 10 – Christmas Bible Study on the 10 ‘S’ Names of Jesus in the OT:

Old Testament Bible Verses about Jesus the Star!

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Born this Day star
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“Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star
Most of us are familiar with that little children’s rhyme.  My two year-old certainly loves singing it at the present.  Most of us probably are not familiar with the rest of the rhyme.

“In the dark blue sky so deep,
Through my curtains often peep,
For you never close your eyes,
Til the morning sun does rise,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!”

Most of us adults still ‘wonder’ at the stars, don’t we?
Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star

For thousands of years, people have been pulling back the curtains to peep at the stars … to watch them twinkle, to watch them move, to watch them and wonder.

Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star
And what a ‘wonder’ they are.  At first glance, stars seem insignificant. Tiny. Way out of reach from our world.  Yet, as our glance turns to a gaze, stars become much more significant.  They are indeed massive.  Great balls of fire and energy that put out an amazing amount of heat and light.  And, it is only because of their great size and energy that we can see them at all on our tiny, little world.

Stars are no small matter, no insignificant thing.

They are big.  They are beautiful.  They are bright, and for thousands of years they have entertained us, guided us, and helped us track time. As we continue our Merry Christmas Bible Study, the 10 S’s Names of Jesus in the Old Testament. We turn our attention to the Star of the Bible.

According to the Bible …
Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star

Jesus is the Christmas ‘Star’!  He is the Star that shines until the Sun rises.

Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star
Most of us are familiar with another song that’s sung throughout this season.

“We three kings of Orient are ,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.”

This song comes from the Christmas story found in the New Testament Gospel of Matthew, approximately two years after Jesus was born.
Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star

Matthew 2:1-2,9-11

“Now after JESUS was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king,
behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying,
‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?
For we have seen His STAR in the East and have come to worship Him’,
and behold, the Star which they had seen in the East went before them,
till it came and stood over where the young Child was.
When they saw the Star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
And when they had come into the house,
they saw the young Child with Mary His mother,
and fell down and worshiped Him.
And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him:
gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star

But, the Story of the Star began long before Jesus’ birth.

Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star
The Wise Men from the East had ‘seen’ His Star before it ever appeared on the horizon.  They had ‘seen’ the Star ‘shining’ on the pages of the Old Testament before it ever shone in the skies above.  Way back in the Book of Numbers, a prophet named Balaam was ‘seeing stars’ … actually, he found himself seeing a vision from God about A STAR.  He recorded the vision with these words:
Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star

Numbers 24:16-17,19

“The utterance of him who hears the words of God,
and has the knowledge of the Most High,
who sees the vision of the Almighty, with eyes wide open:
‘I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near;
a STAR shall come out of Jacob; a Scepter shall rise out of Israel …
Out of Jacob One shall have dominion …”

God told Balaam thousands of years ago that a ‘Star’ would shine.  A Star out of Jacob (Judea, Bethlehem).  So, it was no surprise to the Wise Men to see a BRIGHT NEW STAR shining in the East on that first Christmas morn’.  They knew exactly what it meant.  They knew the reason it shone with ‘royal beauty’ and ‘perfect light’.  That STAR foretold in Numbers had entertained their mind for years.

For years, they had peeped from behind the curtains looking for that distant ‘Star’.  And now, the time had arrived. The ‘Star of Wonder’ shined and guided them on their way, right to place where Jesus lay.
Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star

Jesus is that Bright and Morning ‘Star’.

Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star
God promised long ago that He would send a Star … a Star to shine on us … a Star to show us the way … and a Star to signal God’s time on earth. It is this ‘Star’ that led the Wise Men to Him, and it is this same ‘Star’ that will lead us to Him if we too are wise.  Come and worship the ‘Star’!

You no longer have to wonder … or even wander in the ‘night’.
Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star

Revelation 22:16

 “I, JESUS, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches.
I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

Jesus is here to shine in the deep blue dark of night until the Sun rises.

A Star is for night, and the Sun is for day.

Jesus the ‘Star’! and one day, perhaps one day soon …

He will be the ‘Sun’.

Old Testament Bible verses about Jesus the Star
Other related Bible Studies:
Jesus the ‘Seed’!
Jesus the ‘Scepter’!
Jesus the ‘Son’!
Jesus the ‘Savior’!
Jesus the ‘Servant’!

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