Star Out Of Jacob

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
 
This is another name assigned to the coming Messiah by Balaam, a pagan magician who blessed the Israelites. The Messiah would be a Star out of Jacob, who would rule over His people with great power and authority. 
 
The nation of Israel is sometimes referred to in the Bible as “Jacob” because it sprang from the twelve sons, or tribes, of the patriarch Jacob. A star was considered the symbol of an exceptional king. For example, Joseph had a dream in which the sun and moon and eleven stars bowed down to him. The eleven stars symbolized his brothers, who did eventually fall on their faces before him. This happened several years after this dream, when Joseph became a high official in Egypt.
 
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a bright star appeared in the eastern sky to mark the occasion. This star guided the wise men from the east to the place in Bethlehem where He was born.
 
The word star is tossed around loosely in our time. We have rock stars, movie stars, and superstars in every sport from badminton to wrestling. But the name of Jesus will live on long after all these pseudo-stars have disappeared. His eternal reign as the Star out of Jacob is assured by none other than God the Father: “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”