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Customs - Magen (Star) David
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To sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying. [Joan of Arc] 


"A STAR shall rise from Jacob; a SCEPTER comes forth from Israel." [Numbers (Vayikra) 24. 17 Tanakh, Torah] 


The flag (standard of the twelve tribes of Israel) of the Jewish nation is white with two horizontal stripes of blue, in the center of which is an interlaced double triangle intertwined, signifying proximity and strength in their relationship one with the other; it is called "Magen David" or "Shield of David."  The white denoting righteousness and blue, a symbol of heaven with its glory and power.  These two colours are mentioned in HOLY SCRIPTURE as a sign of royalty: "Mordecai left the king's presence in royal robes of Blue and White, with a magnificent crown of gold and a mantle of fine linen and purple wool." [Esther (Ester) 8. 15 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 


According to an ancient Jewish tradition, the ALMIGHTY ONE HIMSELF presented King David with the pattern for his shield and the ensign under which the army of Israel would triumph.  The center double triangle is placed in such a manner as to form a six-pointed star, therefore it is most commonly known as "The Star of David."  Some claim its origin with Abraham because of the MOST HOLY ONE'S promise to him:  "The WORD OF THE LORD came to Avram saying I am a SHIELD to you; your exceedingly GREAT REWARD." [Genesis (Berepooh) 15. 1 Tanakh, Torah] 


There are many interpretations as to the meaning of the six-points in the Star (Shield, Magen) of David.  Some Jewish teachers have held that the six-points of the star represent the OMNIPRESENCE of GOD in all six earthly directions:  East, West, North, and South, also Up and Down.    Others teach that the triangle pointing downward to the earth represents man in his triune-being: Body, Soul, and Spirit.  The triangle pointing upward toward heaven represents the GODHEAD, a mystery which they feel will be explained when the MESSIAH comes! 


When we, who believe in YESHUA ha'MASHIACH look upon the Magen David, there is presented to us a beautiful picture of the relationship of the TRIUNE GOD (FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT) with the man HE created in HIS OWN IMAGE.  We also see in the triangle pointing downward from heaven a type of our GOD WHO came to earth in the form of a MAN as it was prophesied HE would.  The triangle pointing upward toward heaven, YESHUA ha'MASHIACH, reaching OMNISCIENT GOD for us.  Also in the intertwining of these two triangles, it is brought to our attention the close fellowship of man with his LIVING, LOVING CREATOR GOD which was made possible by the reconciliation accomplished on the Altar of Calvary! 


How wonderful a portrait of the HOLY GOD and GOD'S image even portrayed in the Jewish Flag — the White of it depicting the righteousness of the LORD JESUS placed upon us the moment we believe in HIM; the Blue of it speaking forth the power, glory and majesty of the SOVEREIGN KING, also granted to us as our inheritance in YESHUA ha'MASHIACH; the intertwined double triangle at the center speaking to us of the will of ALMIGHTY GOD concerning each one of HIS OWN that we be conformed to the image of HIS SON.  It also speaks of GOD dwelling in HIS people, and HIS people dwelling in HIM.  This is amazing, simply amazing! 


Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcome Sabbath Nachamu! - the Sabbath of Comfort, when Isaiah’s message of consolation is read – called Va’Etchanan - “And I brought” [Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11; Isaiah 40:1-26; Luke 22:13-38]
For the TORAH, for the privilege of worship, for the prophets, and for this Sabbath Day, given us for sanctification and rest, for honor and for glory, let us thank and bless the LORD our GOD! Have a good Sabbath! Honor the Sabbath by keeping it holy that you may enter the gates of Jerusalem as kings and princes.
May GOD’S blessings be on those who seek HIM in spirit and in truth. The GREAT NAME OF ALMIGHTY GOD will be magnified and sanctified in the world which HE has created. 


Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  



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