24 Feb 2018

1.       Attractive Stars

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

Matthew 2:2-3.

That shining star was in the western sky, but it was seen from as far away as in the east. It did not have to travel to the eastern sky to be seen by the wise men in the east. If a star has to sail to the sky over those who should see it, then it might be a meteor or a falling star. Stars are fixed, they do not travel, unless they are shooting or falling stars with a prominent but momentary galactic brightness.  Jesus was where He was, yet His star was seen in places He had never been to, and would never be. They came from those far places to seek Him where He was, rather than the star going to seek them where they were, for their worship and their gifts.

One does not have to be everywhere to be ‘seen’ and be blessed by everyone. A star can be seen from anywhere without having to go everywhere. May they come from where they are to seek you where you are, as you maintain your brightness in a night that conceals others while providing you a rare backdrop for shining. Keep shining, the world is coming where you are, without your having to travel far to seek them where they are.

4 John did baptize in the WILDERNESS…

5 And there went out unto him ALL THE LAND of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins (Mark 1:4-5).

John was in the wilderness, yet “all the land” went out to meet him in that very unlikely place. You do not need to pursue the world for their gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  Shine where God has placed you, and the world will come looking for you where you are, with their honour and their precious gifts. Amen.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:10-11).


2.       Visible Stars

The wise men said, “We have seen his star in the east, and are come….”  Being a star is not enough; nobody goes after a star they have not seen; nobody follows a star they cannot see.  “We have seen… and are come….”  If they have not come from the east or from the west, it could be because they have not yet seen your star – from where they are.   The Queen of Sheba with many gifts travelled all the way from the south, (according to tradition, from Africa) to see King Solomon in Israel, because she ‘saw’ his ‘star’ in the south. Stars are very eloquent, intercontinentally eloquent. They speak every language; they speak to every race, to every age, to every gender, to every class.   Their voice at times does not discriminate even religion.

6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I HEARD IN MINE OWN LAND of thy acts and of thy wisdom.

 7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

10 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon (1 Kings 10:6-7, 10).

She “heard” the “report” far away in her “own land,” and travelled with gold, precious stones, and “abundance of spices.”  If she had never heard, she would have never come; she would have never brought those superlative gifts. She went with her gifts to greet the star where it was. People do not usually visit stars empty handed, even when the stars are already studded with much gold of their own.

Who has hidden your star? I pray for you: May every evil cloud covering your star be cleared off now by storm, that the world will see and come to you where you are, in Jesus name. Amen.


3.       Puzzling Stars

 

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy (Matthew 2:2-3).

The distant wise men were glad at the star; the more neighbourly Herod was troubled at the same star. The nearer was the enemy; the far away strangers were the friends. Puzzling. The wise men saw a star, Herod saw a threat; they came to worship, he sought to kill. I pray again for you, May God hide your tender star from those who should not see it, even if they be kings.  Amen.

From The Preacher’s diary,

February 24, 2018.


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