Christmas Light

The Light, this year has been on my mind – the Star and the Light.

The Star– There is no end of ideas about the Star of Bethlehem. I have given one this year in the post Light and Dark.  Well, here is another thought.  I can get wrapped up in the time frame that Herod used when he killed the Innocents of Bethlehem, two years.  Since Herod was just mean he may have cushioned that number to make sure the Magi were not lying.  

We use Christmas Day for when the Star/Light appeared.  What if we have the Star appearing when Mary was told she would bear the Son (That was the actual birth.)!  I like to think that it was Gabriel standing guard over the Child.  If you are hung-up on time that would add nine months to the “great light” shining over the land of Galilee and those living in the “shadow of death”. This helps the travel time of the Wise Men since we do not know where they started from.   

The Light– JESUS (no darkness, no shadow) wants you to be part of the light.  He surrounds you, envelops you so there is no shadow or darkness.  I tend to think of light as having a point source, like the sun or a candle.  But if we are “found in Christ” why can’t we be completely enveloped in Light?  No part of us would make or cast a shadow.  The darkness that covered Egypt could be felt, it makes you wonder if light can be felt?  If darkness can cause fear and uncertainty, light surely would be the opposite and bring perfect peace! 

Christmas Verses – The First Coming #6

Numbers 24:17 NIV

“I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near.
A star will come out of Jacob;
a scepter will rise out of Israel.
He will crush the foreheads of Moab,
the skulls of all the people of Sheth.

The speaker of this verse is Balaam. He is noted as one who walked in the Abrahamic covenant, but he uses sorcery to conjure himself into the presences of God.  He was supposed to be cursing Israel instead he predicts the Messiah and the defeat of Edom and Seir.

The unique aspect of this is that God will use you He chooses.  Balaam has a vision and sees Jesus.  The Star of Bethlehem, I think, is mentioned here as well as a repeating of Jacob’s word to Judah about the “Scepter” belonging to Jesus.