I am thrilled to share these moving words Melissa wrote about what it means that we call Jesus our Morning Star in this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday!
The Morning Star
Bright-Strong’s G2986 lampros– shining, brilliant, splendid, magnificent
Morning– Strong’s G3720 orthrinos- relating to the dawn, Venus most brilliant in the morning just before dawn
Star– Strong’s G792 aster-star
Here in the last chapter of the last book of the Bible, John’s vision comes to a close and we read the final words of the prophesy spoken by the angel, John, and Jesus. In verse 16 Jesus himself speaks.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”Revelation 22:16
The Last “I Am”
This is the last “I am” name of Jesus in the Bible, and for good reason. This list of seemingly repeated names, when put together, give us a name for Jesus full of depth, significance, and hope. Morning Star is probably one of the least referenced names of Jesus, but in it is the power of Jehovah, the humanity of Christ, and the hope of heaven.
But first, let us go back to the Old Testament in Numbers 22-24 when this star was first prophesied. Balaam, a pagan prophet, was used by the Lord to communicate his will to Balak of Moab when the Israelites camped in the plains of Moab, beyond the Jordan River at Jericho. The Lord used Balaam to prophesy blessing on Israel, judgement of Israel’s enemies, and a remarkable prediction of the Messiah.
“I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near;
a star shall come out of Jacob,
and a scepter will rise out of Israel;
it shall crush the forehead of Moab,
and break down all the sons of Sheth.
Edom shall be dispossessed.
Israel is doing valiantly and one from
Jacob shall exercise dominion
and destroy survivors of cities.”Numbers 24:17-19
Definition of Morning Star
The Hebrew word for “star” is strong’s H 3556 Kokab– star
a. of Messiah, brothers, youth, numerous progeny, personification, God’s omniscience (fig.)
Origin: probably from the same as H3522 (in the sense of rolling) or H3554 (in the sense of blazing)
Jesus as the bright morning star in Revelation gives a vision final closure to this prophecy at the end of time. When he comes again he will reign in total dominion, blazing and omniscient.
But perhaps the best part of this “I am” name is the full context of the verse with the other two names listed.
Jesus is the Morning Star
If you parse this sentence and find the core structure, you see Jesus is the root, Jesus is the descendant, and Jesus is the star.
Jesus is the root of David. He is the source and author of life. David existed because God created him. This shows Jesus as Jehovah, God and Creator. Jesus is the descendant of David. Being born in the likeness of men, taking the form of a servant, he was fully man. This shows us Jesus’ humanity. And finally, Jesus is the bright morning star.
Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines morning star as – the planet Venus when it precedes the sun in rising and shines in the morning. It is the brightest star announcing the arrival of the day.
The Morning Star Brings Light from Darkness
The morning star represents the first light of day out of the darkness of night. Jesus’ second coming will be the brightness shining into the darkness of man’s night, heralding the dawn of God’s Glorious Day.
“And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, 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.”2 Peter 1:19
We still live on this side of Christ’s second coming and are in constant spiritual warfare. The Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Though his grace has already dawned in our hearts, someday we will have him in his full glory. A bright star ushered others to witness his incarnation at his birth, and in the end, he will usher in the everlasting day of glory. It will have an external transforming impact on the entire universe and an internal impact on the hearts of believers. The perfect revelation of Scripture will finally be replaced by the perfect revelation of Jesus Christ. All will be complete. The Scriptures will be fulfilled, and the prophecies abolished. Believers will be made like Christ and have perfect knowledge of who he is and who we are in him.
But for now…
But for now, our hope is in his Word. And in his final words to us is his personal invitation to come share in the eternal glories in heaven.
“They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”Revelation 22:5
His very last words after this are a promise,
“Surely, I am coming soon.”Revelation 22:20
Dearest readers, it is not for us to know the times or seasons, but to be ready in the night, for the dawn is coming. The next time you are up before the sun rises, look to see the morning star and remember Jesus is coming soon. Have hope.What does it mean to you that we call Jesus the Morning Star? #morningstar #jesus #wordnerdwednesday Click To Tweet
Melissa King is a homeschooling mother of five and Army wife of 15 years. She is now settled permanently with her family in Louisville, Kentucky since her husband went from Active Duty to the Reserves. Their Home is their greatest ministry through foster care. Though she has a degree in Art Education and is the Director of her local Classical Conversations campus, her most rewarding job is that of wife and mother.
In those rare moments when she is not teaching, cleaning, or cooking she enjoys painting, reading, and knitting. She enjoys various mediums of arts and crafts and the occasional inspired post on her blog, Abiding Hearts at Home. She has an immense passion for Bible Study, especially women’s ministries such as Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) and Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), both of which have given her the opportunity to serve as a leader and facilitator. She has written an inductive Bible Study on Psalm 119 that she hopes to publish someday.