Jesus, Christmas and the Star of David
December 2002 by Asher Intrater
Er... I mean Yeshua, the Birth of the Messiah and the Magen David. What do they have in common?
The Star of David has become the mostly widely recognized symbol of the Jewish people - even though there is no real background for it anywhere in rabbinic writings. This is another example that by the sovereignty of God, many elements in Jewish tradition point to Yeshua, even though the people using those symbols reject Yeshua Himself. (Compare the prophecy of the High Priest referring to Yeshua even at the moment that they were voting to have Him crucified - John 11:51.)
This is one of the earliest prophecies about the Messiah, and was so accepted by the Jewish people that the greatest false Messiah in history (so far), who was chosen by the famous Rabbi Akiva in 133 AD during the revolt against the Roman occupation, was called "Bar Cochba," or "son of the star," quoting the verse above.
So the biblical root of the Star of David is that it represents "The Star," the King, the Messiah, the son of David.
II. Birth of Messiah
Notice in verse 9 the phrase, "the star went before..." In the Hebrew this is translated as "darakh," which is a special word for walking, meaning striding or walking forcefully. It is the same word used in Numbers 24 that the star would "come out" of Jacob. Perhaps it would be better translated as, "the star will stride forth out of Jacob."
In other words, Matthew 2:10 is referring to Numbers 24:17. The apparition of the star at the birth of Yeshua is seen as a fulfillment of the Messianic prophecy about the "star" that would "come forth out of Jacob." The Star of David is the star of the Messiah, which is the star that appeared at the birth of Yeshua. Yeshua is the "star" of David.
III. Second Coming
At Yeshua's birth, He rose and came out of Israel. At the Second Coming, He will return to complete the second half of the prophecy. At the battle of Armageddon, all the nations gathered against Israel will be destroyed (Zechariah 14:2) as well as all people who are in spiritual rebellion against Yeshua (II Thessalonians 1:8). (The nations gathered against Israel are symbolically called here "Moab," and those in rebellion to Yeshua are called "the sons of tumult.")
So Yeshua is the "Star of David" not only at His birth, but also at His coming in glory.
Yeshua is the ancient star, envisioned by prophets and wise men. The Star of David is the symbol of the Jewish people, the long awaited Messiah - even Yeshua, now and forevermore.
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