Morning and Evening Star

There is a party going on at Arda Nessimava – complete with a gift!

This gift is an Evenstar.

The term “even star” is a contraction of the phrase evening star – a title given to the planet that appears as a bright, clearly visible planet in the west just after sunset. Most often, this is Venus – although it can also be Mercury or another planet.

Interestingly, the term “morning star” is used to refer to Venus when it appears in the east before the sun rises. It can also refer to Mercury or Sirius.

This reminds me of a Scripture passage: Christ promises to those who overcome, “I will give him the morning star.” (Revelation 2:28). Later this is defined further, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” (Revelation 22:16).

I have always thought of Venus while reading this passage. Christ is our “morning star” just as Venus is our “morning star.”

However, one day I had a thought. The sun is a star, correct?

So what star is really the brightest in the east in the morning and the brightest in the west in the evening?

The sun.

So could Christ be compared to the morning star of the sun? That is indeed the star that lights up the morning and evening for us. Scripture repeatedly refers to Christ as the sun: “For the LORD our God is a sun and shield…” (Psalm 84:11).

Rest in the light of your Morning and Evening Star!

“I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.” (Numbers 24:17).

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