Angels as Star-Light

December 23, 2015

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     This Wednesday we are completing our series on some of the Bible angels who were part of that heavenly chorus at Jesus’ birth, and we’ll be distinguishing the different gospel stories – how the wisemen in Matthew looked in the night sky and saw a star; how the shepherds in Luke looked into the same night sky and saw angels; and how the very other-worldly John looked into the night sky and saw no darkness at all — only Light. Our subject is Angels as Star-light (sorry, not Star-wars.)
     Since light is used as a symbol throughout the Bible, I’ve included a photograph and physical explanation of why a flame doesn’t cast a shadow.  Symbols like these have really helped me understand Jesus’ statement about being “the light of the world” (John 8:12), and John’s statement about “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (I John 1:5). Think how quickly the people in Bible times would have understood that symbol of light since their world was very dark at night, lit up only by starlight, fires, and candlelight.
     According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, the word “daystar” means light-bringer; and it may refer to the planet Venus, seen as a morning star, herald of the dawn; but it may also refer to the sun itself. Jesus called himself the “bright and morning star” (Rev. 22:16), and that is a wonderful symbol of the dual nature of Jesus Christ since the planets reflect light, and the sun is the source of light. Or as Mrs. Eddy wrote, “Man shines by borrowed light”  (Ret. 57:15).
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