The significance of the star that the wisemen saw is mentioned through out scripture. I wanted to include the correlation of the star between the Old and the New Testaments because it speaks to the continuity of God’s plan.
As early as the book of Numbers (the fourth book of the Old Testament) the star is mentioned and given great significance. The first five books of the Old Testament are known as The Pentateuch and it is believed all five books were passed down by Moses. The Pentateuch is significant because it contains the law and explanation of events before and after the law given to the children of Israel.
The Book of Numbers is significant because it covers the children of Israel in the wilderness before they entered the Promised Land. Numbers 24:17 is attributed to the evil prophet of Moab, Balaam. Ungodly King Balkan of Moab called Balaam in to ask him to put a curse on Israel. Balaam was promised he would be rewarded for issuing the curse.
While Balaam was a true prophet he was definitely willing to sell his services. His prophet for hire business didn’t always pay off as expected. In Numbers 24:17, instead of being able to curse Israel, the One trueGod prevented him from cursing Israel three times.
All told, instead of cursing Israel, Balaam ended up speaking blessings to them seven times. (https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/numbers-24-17)
In Numbers 24:17 (NKJV), Balaam spoke these works for and about Israel:
“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,
And batter the brow of Moab,
And destroy all the sons of tumult.”
The beginning of the prophecy made it clear what Balaam saw was not in the near future. He saw events that were far down the road. We know that because he said it was “not near.”
The star and the scepter referred to a king or ruler...a redeemer that would rise out of the seed of Jacob. Then instead of issuing a curse on Israel, Balaam actually issued a curse on Moab. That curse was executed by King David when in 2 Samuel 8:2 he destroyed two parts of Moab.
That didn’t work out quite like King Balak planned. While the curse was further down the road than expected, it was real and it was placed on Moab.
The prophecy of the star also was further down the road than King Balak expected.
In Matthew 2:2 (NKJV) we read, “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.”
The wisemen from the east saw the star, the redeemer that Balaam prophesied would come. They saw a King, born from Israel and they traveled from the east to worship the king. They found, a child wrapped in cloth laying in a manger. They believed the child was the redeemer.
Finally, in the book of Revelation, chapter 22, verse 16 (NKJV) Jesus said “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 was the redeemer Balaam saw. Jesus was the redeemer child the wisemen traveled to worship. Jesus was the root of David. Jesus is the bright and morning star.
I don’t know about you, but reading these three scriptures give me chills. It makes me stand before God in awe and wonder. Even though Balak and Balaam intended evil, God brought about eternal good for you and for me. God sent His Son to redeem us. For all eternity, Jesus IS the bright and morning STAR!
Today’s Spiritual Practice is: Worship the Star
Spend time sitting in silence before God to worship Him for His mighty deeds, for sending His Son, and for including you in His plan!
In God, Deb
Deborah Ireland Douglas Jones