Numbers – Revealing Our Morning Star

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Numbers 24:17a – I shall see him {this is a prophecy of Jesus Christ}, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, . . .

The “Star out of Jacob” is a reference to the birth and life of Jesus Christ. “Jacob” is the father of the tribe of Israel, he had twelve sons each one being one of the tribes. From Jacob would come this prophesied Star, who was unseen at the time of this revelation, yet this Star gave them hope in his future coming. Mary the mother of Jesus was in the bloodline of her ancestor Jacob. In Revelation 2:28 the Star is further identified as “the morning star.”

Revelation 22:16 – I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches {the things recorded in Revelation}. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Jesus Christ identified himself as not only the “morning star,” but as “the bright and morning star.” He is now “bright” because today we can clearly see him through the Scriptures, and as we handle the Scriptures in the light that God’s Word truly reflects in our hearts we currently may also “behold him,” in the fiber of our entire beings, for Christ is in us (Colossians 1:27).

I John 1:1-3:
-1: THAT which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
-2: (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness {in our hearts}, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
-3: That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

John is explaining that the believers today in God’s divine and revealed grace can see, hear, and handle the revealed Word of life because Christ the living Word and prophesied Star of God is now alive within our hearts. It is interesting to note that at one time when Lucifer was the angel of light before his ill-attempted overthrow of heaven, he was called the “son of the morning” in Isaiah 14:12, and “son of the morning” means the morning star. Jesus Christ has the illustrious title and prestige that the angel of light, the morning star, once had.

II Peter 1:19 – We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star {the bright and morning star} arise {Where?} in your hearts:

Because we have Christ within, we have the morning star arising in our hearts, and the more we look to Christ in the Scriptures the greater the arising of the morning star appears, the brighter he shines in our lives.

Today, having the morning star is an awesome understanding and privilege, he was prophesied, foretold of, anticipated, and hoped for, but today we in God’s grace have access into the spiritual realities of all that was prophesied, foretold of, anticipated in, and hoped for, because we now have the God given right to enjoy the continued rising of our bright and morning Star ─ Jesus Christ. We have the tender mercies of God to know the “sunrising” of His Son within.

Luke 1:78 – Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring {sunrising} from on high hath visited us.

Matthew – Revealing Our Shepherd King

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When the fullness of time finally came, Jesus Christ was born into this world (Galatians 4:4). Throughout the Old Testament there were many prophecies that would highlight his life, death, resurrection, and ascension as we have seen.

The Bible reveals four major prophecies, each of which each relate to a different Gospel. In Matthew. Jesus Christ is revealed as the king of Israel, and in this day of God’s grace Jesus is our Lord and Savior, and he is also our Redeemer.

In the Gospel of Matthew, we can learn how Jesus as the King and Messiah redeemed all of humanity.

In Matthew many parables relate to a king or the kingdom of heaven. The words “kingdom of heaven” (meaning the king’s reign from heaven), is used 32 times in Matthew, while “kingdom of heaven” is only used 10 times in the other three Gospels combined. In Matthew we have the fulfillment of the King of Israel who was God’s prophesied righteous branch.

“The kingdom of heaven” is Christ’s kingdom, for he was the King from heaven, while the words “kingdom of God” represents God’s heavenly kingdom that has no beginning and no end – spanning all time.

When Christ again returns to earth, he will fully establish his kingdom of which there shall be no end. However, today in grace we are citizens of the kingdom of God and in the future we will partake in the kingdom of Christ, for we are joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).

Today the kingdom of Christ is suspended until the King returns to earth to be the King of kings. Without the king’s presence on earth, his kingdom is held in abeyance. This is why II Corinthians 5:20 says that we are “ambassadors” in “Christ’s stead.”

There is no way that any one Gospel could fully explain the life of Jesus Christ; conversely, when we examine each Gospel and study them in the light that God’s Word reflects, then the true spiritual realities of Jesus Christ’s ministry will become known in a most positive and dynamic way.

Jeremiah 23:5 – Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch {offspring}, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. {Also see Jeremiah 33:15, Zechariah 9:9.}

This righteous branch that God would raise up would be a King, and God’s offspring and is a direct revelation not only to the life of Jesus Christ but also to the Gospel of Matthew.

In Matthew’s Gospel we have the royal (or kingly) genealogy from Abraham through Kings David and Solomon to Christ. The believers during the Gospel period had been hoping for this righteous branch who would be their king; however, they lacked understanding of what a king really was because they were used to the kind of kings that were despots or dictators, such as Herod, who was indeed the opposite of Jesus Christ.

A king from a spiritual point of view would be a pastor, someone who would love and protect his people, someone who would fight for the rights of his people, and someone who would be a leader showing them how to believe and accept God’s grace.

Jesus said in Revelation 22:16 “I am the root and the offspring of David.” David was the king of Israel, and Jesus being born through Mary (as the promised seed), had every legal right to inherit the throne of David.

Now David, what was he? David was a shepherd, he was called as a shepherd to be the king of Israel, this was the true spiritual function of a king – to pastor, to bind wounds, and to dedicate his life to protect his flock, as Jesus had done.

Matthew 27:11 – And Jesus stood before the governor {Pilate}: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

The words “thou sayest” literally means you said it, or you got that right! Jesus knew who he was because he knew the prophecies written of him. Jesus further said to Pilate regarding this question of whom he was, “art thou a king then? Jesus answered {to Pilate}, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world,” (John 18:37).

God gave to Matthew the revelation to write about Jesus Christ as our shepherd king whom we can look to as “the author and finisher of our faith {believing faith}” Hebrews 12:2.

Matthew 22:37-40:
-37: Jesus said unto him {a lawyer who was tempting him}, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
-38: This is the first and great commandment.
-39: And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
-40: On these two commandments hang {suspend} all the law and the prophets.

Jesus as a loving King and as our example of a genuine shepherd lightened the loads that believers would carry by giving only two commandments that both relate to living in love.

It is enlightening to see how James wrote regarding this very subject of love by calling it the “royal law” in James 2:8. The reason that the law of love is royal is because it was given to us by the King.

Jesus Christ is our example of a genuine King whom we can continue looking to even today as Philippians 2:5 teaches us, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Jesus came into this world to teach and show us how to love God and man, as we continue learning how to enjoy the life of love that is called “a more excellent way” I Corinthians 12:31-13:13).

In God’s eyes we are royalty because we are His sons and daughters, and as we put on the mind of Christ we will discover Our Shepherd King who gave the ultimate sacrifice – his life – so we may receive and enjoy the more abundant life.

Star Light, Star Bright!

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches {the things recorded in Revelation}. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star– Revelation 22:16. Jesus Christ identified himself as not only the morning star, but as the bright and morning star. He is now bright because today we can clearly see him through the Scriptures, and as we handle the Scriptures in the light that God’s Word truly reflects in our hearts, we currently may also behold him in the fiber of our entire beings, for Christ is in us (Colossians 1:27).” ~LMJ~