Mat 2:1-10 ” Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet,6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.“
There was a story about the wise men that were searching for the king that was born. Being from the country in the east, they saw the star afar. These wise men were not Israelite but Gentiles who inquired about the new born King of the Jews. They were looking for Him to pay homage. They were not kings and they were probably guided by prophesy (Num.24:17) concerning the Star of Jacob. That is why after their searching they have concluded that it was His star.We do not know what interest them to search for the Star.But wise man study and search for what has become the talk of the town or what is important to somebody,like the Israelites.
Aside from the prophetic utterance in the book of Numbers, we were not given exact details about this star. But as far as “stars‟ and Astronomy are concerned, we are taught that God created them all to serve as light in the night (Gen.1:16) not as a symbol to worship (Deut.4:19).They were numerous (Gen.22:17; Ps.8:3 & Deut.1:10) yet the Lord can count them all and even knew each names (Ps.147:4). They are located high above the sky (Jo 22:12) sealed and set in place (Job 9:7).
The stars differ in glory (1 Co.15:41).There is a star called Acturus which is the brightest star. The Orion which is a constellation of 80 stars .The Pleiades which is the cluster of 7 stars (Job.9:9) and the Wormwood (Rev.22:16) which is a star connected to destruction in the last days.
There is also a counterfeit star which is the devil (Isa.14:12) who even transformed himself as an angel of light (2 Co.11:14), but our Lord is called the bright morning star (Rev.2216) as distinct from the fallen one. He is the true Light that shines to all. But concerning the star that the wise man saw
IT WAS HIS STAR:(v.2)
The star that we are going to talk about was called as His star. The very remarkable things about this star is that among all stars, this one seems more evident than the others shining distinctly to signal the birth of our Lord. Second, it was “His star”. In the Scripture, other gods were symbolized by stars like Moloch and Chiun (Amos 5:26) and Remphan (Acts 7:43), but this star was His. Like the stars, we have to be reminded that if we believed already we are His (2 Tim.2:19;1 Co.6:19-20;Rm.8:9). We are created by Him and for Him (Col.1:16).The very purpose of ownership is exclusivity. We are not owned by anybody else but by Him.
IT APPEARS: (v.7)
It is common that stars appeared when the Sun already set. Stars are lesser lights to rule the nights and here we can see that their time of appearance is when things seem dark. This is because of the fact that the beauties of the stars are visible not where the situation is visible for all, but when things seems dark. It is something that symbolizes hope and when you couldn’t see it at night it seems as if heavy rains will fall, or typhoons are coming. Or when you are experiencing heavy rains or typhoons its appearance would mean a relief.Take a look in this situation;
Act 27:20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.
As a believer we have to be like stars. When people around us seem loosing hope then our appearance would bring a relief, comfort. And that is we are going to tell them about our Lord Jesus which could encourage them all the more.
THE STAR WENT BEFORE THEM: (v.9)
The very goal of this star is to lead these seekers to the Lord Jesus ,and not to deceive people, although in some case many were deceived that they still worship it (Deut.4:19).On the other hand, we are to remember that we are to serve as lights ( Php.2:15) and that we should shine ( Mt.5:16;2 Pet.1:19).We are to serve as light to lead others out of darkness and not like blind guides (Rm.2:19) unto destruction.
IT CAME AND STOOD WHERE THE LORD JESUS IS: (v.9)
This star remained where the Lord Jesus is. Unlike the world and even some Christians, when they reached what they long for, they left Jesus behind. They were overcome by their circumstances and goals. But the star is not overcome by darkness even if it stands alone it still shines. It just remains as a star in place even if at times clouds covered their beauties. But there are stars that never stood in place and you called them as falling stars or those God caused to shine no more. But we have to be in place, and that is where the Lord Jesus is because He is our foundation (1 Co.3:11; Eph.2:22).No building is strong enough if it is separated from its foundation. But we have to remain steadfast and unmovable (1 Co.15:58). We must stand in the foundation, we must be like branches remaining in the Vine, the Lord Jesus(Jn.15:1-7).
WHEN THEY SAW THE STAR THEY REJOICED: (v.10)
Nowadays, only few people appreciate the stars in the sky. Not only because there are many synthetic lights that caught their attentions, but because many are afraid of light lest their deeds be exposed (Jn.3:19-22).These three wise men, we knew that they were three men (Mt.2:11) because of their gifts, were ordained to caught the attention of its light. There were some who inquired but it does not interest them to look for the treasure behind its existence (Mt.2:7).This passage also tells us that this star was not appreciated by Millions but only by few. Like us, we may not lead many others to appreciate our being a in Christ ,but at least if we are believers, our lives will bring impact to them, to few people and to whom it is least expected, that we may lead them to Christ. When we fulfilled the purpose that God has for us, when they know the saving grace of our Lord Jesus, indeed others are led to rejoice.
2Co 1:14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
LET US BE LIKE HIS STAR
As believers in Christ, let us be like His Star and one who is exclusively His and for His purpose. One who brings hope and lead others, not a wandering one (Jude 1:13) but one which is evident for others not to see only us, known and read by all man (2 Co.3:2) and that we may lead them to see the Lord Jesus in us (Php.1:20).The world around us and its people are excelling in many ways and they were considered as “Stars”. But we are stars that excel for our Lord Jesus. Let us not withhold the light that is in us. It was His light and we just have to let it shine not just for a moment but as long as we have breath.
Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament;
and they that turn many to righteousness
as the stars forever and ever.
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