Friday, January 23, 2009

the morning star


I've been watching and wondering at a really bright light in the south-west night sky for a few months. Apparently it's the planet Venus. I can understand how our ancestors may have understood the appearance of stars as having meaning for us. It is so strong, bright, and close. Venus is the 'morning star' - a metaphor the Early Church used for the resurrected Jesus - like here in Revelation 22:
‘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.’

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