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Bright Morning Star
I ride my bike down the River Road before dawn each morning until snow or ice stops my path. This seems like the ancient paths that Jeremiah 6:16 describes, where the good way is; and walk in it.” I say this because as the first light of the sun begins to brighten the sky with pinks, purples and gold, the lake I pass begins reflects His dawn light like precious jewels. My morning devotion time led me to a study of the Morning Star, which is Christ Jesus our Lord.
I first opened nearly the last verse of the Old Testament Malachi 4:2 saying, “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing on its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, say the Lord of hosts” (ESV).
What an amazingly powerful personification of the rising Son of God prophesied nearly 400 years before the New Testament was penned. I saw it this morning and sang a new song to Him who made it, a song of praise to my God.
Then I remembered Numbers 24:17 saying, I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel. It shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth.” Moses is talking about Messiah.
Next I read from Isaiah 9, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they were glad when they divide the spoil.” He is prophesying as he began in chapter 7 the Son of God being born of a virgin who shall be called Immanuel, our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Faith and Prince of Peace (v.6).
Onward into the New Testament references we start in 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God who said, “‘Let light shine out of the darkness,’” has shown in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” This passage connects to Isaiah’s prophecy and goes beyond bringing His light into the hearts of believers.
In 2 Peter 1:19 we can read, “And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” Oh, I am so glad the Morning Star has risen and is shining in my heart.
Revelation 22:16 we can hear, ‘“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.’”In case we didn’t get it before out of prophetic words, Jesus is proclaiming that He is the Bright Morning Star, there is no other. And just three verses later He says, “‘Surely, I am coming soon.”’ Yes, come quickly Jesus, we need you to rule and reign in this dark world where you have come to shine brightly.