Summary: What was special about this star and why did the three wise men make such a long journey?

Num 24:17 "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

Remember Jacob’s name was changed to Israel by God

Because he was changed from cheating schemer into the seed where from Christ would come

Reading Matt 2:1-10

Chapter 2 follows the genealogy in chap 1 where Jesus was announced as the rightful son of David to the throne

Isaiah 11:1 The Root and offspring of David

This is a precious Messianic

Jesus also called the Bright and Morning Star

This is another Messianic title in the Old Testament: Numbers 24:17

And the New Testament Revelation 2:28

Just as the Morning Star shines and welcomes the new day, so does Jesus

Christ, as the morning star, heralds the coming day in His role as the One who comes for the church in the rapture at the end of the age

Matt 2:2 "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."

2 Pet 1:19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts

We have a more sure word of prophecy…

Matt 2:1 after his birth the wise men came where he was

But why and how did they arrive at the place where the Christ was?

This star was put in commission to do the Lord’s work, to be his herald to men from far off

To usher to them to his presence

Earth, too, is stirred.

These men made a long and difficult journey

But a journey worth taking

They were representatives of the Gentiles. Lo! the kings of Seba and Sheba offer gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh

Wise men, the leaders of people

Yet they bow down before him

They gave up their royalty to worship another who was more majestic than they

Today he is still distinguished by his star

We all may pay reverence to him of whom we sing, "Unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given."

Let those of us who have worshipped Him for years, worship anew with more reverence and intense love

We all need to do two things:

• First, let us get light from this star

• Secondly, let us get wisdom from the wise men


This star was supernatural, perhaps not a star, or a comet of the ordinary kind

It was not a constellation, or a singular conjunction of planets

Nothing in Scripture supports this speculation

It was probably not a star in the sense in which we know

Because it moved and the wise men followed

It could not have been a star like others

Such movement would not have been possible

Some have supposed that the wise men went in the direction in which the star shone in the heavens, and followed the changes of its course

But it said that it stood over the place where the young child was

If the star was at its high point over Bethlehem, it would have been in its high point over Jerusalem too because the distance was too small to observe any difference in the position of the star in the two places

It must have been a star in another sphere from that which we know

We believe it to have been a shining appearance in mid-air

It was probably like that which led the children of Israel through the wilderness, a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night

Whether it was seen in the daylight or not, we’re not sure

The early writers say that this star was so bright it was visible all day long

If so, we can imagine the wise men travelling day and night

In darkness the light of Christ shines so much brighter

In our darkest times, look to the One who is the Bright Morning Star

You can be sure he will lead you in the correct way

When we find His star we come out of the night of sin and into the daylight of His presence

He is the Shekinah light

No light, no matter how bright, can compare to Him

We are not told what colour the star was, or the shape, or to what magnitude it had reached; these items are not recorded

But what is recorded is much more important

The wise men said, "We have seen his star."

Then the star which the Lord uses to lead men to Himself is none other than Jesus

If He lives in us then we too because shining lights pointing to the place where He can be found by those seeking Him

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