W.I.S.H. – Weekly Insights for Spiritual Health 01-19-2022
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!”
“It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches.
I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
The name “Morning Star” appears in both the Old and New Testaments, though in a surprising way. In the Old Testament the Prophet Isaiah refers to “the morning star” that many believe refers to the fall of Lucifer, which literally means “light bearer”. In the New Testament Paul writes, “Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”(2 Cor. 11:14) further linking the name Lucifer with Satan. If you want the Biblical description of the devil it is that image of masquerading as an angel of light. No horns, pitchfork, hooves, tail, or red color; those are all ways that non-Biblical sources have influenced our understanding. Lucifer was thought to be an angel of light, who “falls” losing his glory. It’s not something that is clearly taught in the Bible, so most of us get this idea from tradition rather than scripture. Some cite Isaiah 14:12 for a Biblical seed for this thought/tradition. If you read the whole context of Isaiah’s words, however, it seems to apply to a fallen earthly king (not Lucifer), likely the King of Babylon. As is common with prophecy the words use images, symbols, and poetic expressions to express a spiritual truth.
What does “Morning Star” mean? It has to do with light and glory. The king of Babylon (or Lucifer) falls from glory, while Jesus is the One Who rises in glory. The image of Christ as light is pervasive in scripture, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Light is an image of revelation – providing illumination, sight, truth, wisdom and hope to our darkened path or dim world. The Morning Star is bright enough to be seen as dawn approaches – ushering in the hope of a new day. That’s the image that is being put forth by the name “Morning Star”. So, very near the end of the book of Revelation and the end of the Bible too, Christ tells John (the elder) that He, Jesus, is the Morning Star. It was to give hope to John and validation of his visions that the angel had shown him.
Pastor Rob Nystrom