Monthly Archives: December 2013

STAR OF WONDER

                                                     stars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiilNhApyQM

I  want to whet your appetite spiritually so you will begin to look at the following scripture and many others surrounding the birth of the Lord in a new way.

  Matt. 2:2  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.

A beginning study of the original word for star according to Strong’s is awesome to me.   The word for star used in many or maybe all of the scriptures is a masculine noun.   I leave that little tidbit for your sanctified thinking.

 

King:   Probably from βάσις (G939) (through the notion of a foundation of power)

Star:    Root Word (Etymology)  a Prolongation from a still simpler stroo {stro’-o} (used only as an alternate in certain tenses, probably akin to στερεός (G4731) through the idea of positing) verb

                        strong, firm, immovable, solid, hard, rigid
Please spend a little time looking at the words for yourself and see what the Spirit of our Lord will say to you.

 

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year.  As a child I was just like all other children anticipating getting my favorite gifts, which I knew Santa did not bring, but waited anxiously for him on Christmas eve anyway.  I remember singing to myself to keep myself awake on Christmas eve.  Mom didn’t care but wanted us to go to sleep so they could bring out the gifts that were hidden (they thought–my older brother always found, opened and re-wrapped them no matter where they were hidden).

We always learned the Christmas Carols and sang them in school in those days.  I believe the message of some  the songs got into our hearts and minds in that way and helped in making us not forget what Christmas was really about.   As I have been pondering the content of our study together for this month my mind has gone back to a carol we sang many times.  Please take time to click on the link provided above if you want to re-listen to this old song.

My mind and studying never goes far away from our subject of light and darkness and I know in my spirit that there is something so awesome in the way the birth of our Lord was revealed on the earth.

Have you ever wondered how they could follow the star?  

Didn’t they travel in the day time?  

How bright must that star have been?    

What does that star really say?    

Why has there always been such interest in the lights in the sky?

Oh yes, and why is Abraham’s seed as numberless as the stars.  

Is there an end to the power, strength, and vast number of stars, why?  

Where do stars get their light?  (Look at the difference between the light of the moon and where that light comes from)

This was undoubtedly the brightest star they had ever seen. This is such a mind absorbing study for me.  I know it is leading us to further understanding about us and our powerful presence on this earth.

Stars give light…One of our favorite things used as a way to celebrate Christmas is lights of all colors and sized.  I have noticed that as people begin to celebrate other so called holidays, they have borrowed from us, and have begun to string lights of other colors to celebrate with.

There is an ever increasing effort on the part of the devi,l as he moves through people who are unaware they are being used by him, to try to extinguish the Christ of Christmas the same way the ruler of old did when he sent forth his soothsayers to find that child at the end of the great star.   How absurd.   He can not be extinguished, He can not be put to death and He has placed within each of us His Spirit which gives forth light.  His Spirit that shines day and night as a beacon to the lost pointing them to the Resurrected Son of the Living God.

Mat 5:14

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Jhn 8:12
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Jhn 9:5
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

My prayer for us is that our lives will be a shinning light that causes others to seek Him.  That we will be a beacon both in the day and night of the lives of others to lead them to the one who can make their lives shine.  I am convinced that there is so much more here than I can understand.

Christmas is not just a time for giving and receiving of gifts but is a time for us to consider the gift of eternal life we have been given and the purpose of that gift.  It is not just for us personally but to produce something so wonderful in our hearts and lives as we begin to live “heaven on earth”.

Give some time to answering the questions I posed and please make comments that can be shared as we stir up our minds and hearts together.

 

Floyd and I wish each one of you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year as we move forward for the Lord.  Be blessed and have a great time with your family and impart into them the spirit of Christmas

 Floyd and Alice