The Meaning Behind The Song: Jacob’s Star by Michael Card
As a music teacher, I am constantly searching for meaningful songs to share with my students. One song that always stands out to me is “Jacob’s Star” by Michael Card. I remember stumbling upon this song at a friend’s house and being captivated when I heard it for the first time. The lyrics and melody seemed to intertwine perfectly, creating a beautiful and thought-provoking piece of music.
The lyrics of “Jacob’s Star” speak of a fire, a light, and a shining star. They describe this star as a sign to those who would journey far, a token from the King of Heaven. It is referred to as a beacon burning in the night, an echo of endless light. The song goes on to mention a darkened world, a light from a stable, and the heavens ablaze. The imagery painted by these words is powerful and evocative.
One of the lines that particularly resonates with me is, “A light of hope to everyone, a light outshining every sun.” This speaks to the universal nature of the message behind the song. It is a light that shines not only for a select few, but for everyone. It is a light of hope that surpasses any other source of light in the world. The lyrics also mention that this light is not comprehended by the world, emphasizing its uniqueness and divine origin.
The title of the song, “Jacob’s Star,” refers to the prophecy in the Bible that a star would rise from Jacob’s house and a scepter out of Israel. It is a reference to the birth of Jesus Christ, the light of the world. The lyrics also mention Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, and how His light will shine over the least in Judah. This connection to biblical prophecy adds another layer of depth and meaning to the song.
“Jacob’s Star” is a part of the album titled “The Promise: A Celebration of Christ’s Birth” released in 1991. The album, as a whole, aims to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the promise He brings to the world. This specific song beautifully captures the essence of that promise, with its uplifting and poignant lyrics.
In conclusion, “Jacob’s Star” by Michael Card is a song that holds a special place in my heart. Its lyrics and melody resonate deeply, reminding me of the universal message of hope and light that Christmas represents. It serves as a beautiful reminder of the birth of Jesus Christ and the promise He brings to the world. Whether I am teaching it to my students or simply enjoying it on my own, “Jacob’s Star” always leaves me feeling inspired and grateful.