“The star of your god”
The second commandment says:
You are not to make for yourselves a carved image or any kind of representation of anything in heaven above, on the earth beneath or in the water below the shoreline. You are not to bow down to them or serve them; for I, ADONAI [Yahweh] your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but displaying grace to the thousandth generation of those who love me and obey my mitzvot. (Exodus 20:4-6 CJB).
This so called “Star of David” (also known as “The Shield of Solomon”) has no biblical references or biblical authority. It’s interesting to note that its use appeared to spring up as late as 16th century in Europe, so both in terms of time period and place it is out of context with scriptural truth. So, whether it is a star with no biblical origin, an idol of a figure known as “Jesus” standing in a church who looks nothing like the true Messiah, a Christmas three, or the doctrines of men (or demons), these are all things “added to” (Duet 4:2) Yah’s commands and instructions and do not reflect Yah’s desire but man’s.
Looking at the context of Amos 5, also speaking of a star god symbol, a chapter which is disturbing to read, it speaks of Israel’s rebellion, lack of justice and imminent exile from then land Yah promised to their forefathers. This is totally in keeping with the old covenant (Deut 28:63/64).
They key is, abandoning Yah’s commands leads to an environment of godlessness and oppression. It doesn’t matter how well we sing, or how many festivals we keep (Amos 5:21) – justice and love are the goal of Yah’s commands, singing praises and keeping festivals without justice is hypocrisy.
It is with a heavy heart that I look out onto a world where oppression has been normalised and where people use aggression to establish their “rights”. All oppressive regimes have departed from Yah, whether it be the European’s racism, colonialism, expansionism, genocide, neo-fascist and neo-colonialist exploits (which virtually all of their media normalises), Hitler’s massacre of the Jews or even hateful Jewish treatment of Palestinians, they are all born of the wrong spirit.
The lack of justice we often see to redress such situations happens because of the conceit of nations who believe they are above any law, that they have an entitlement to act with injustice. Some nations even punish those who point out their crimes, but Isn’t it true, that if you can’t accept criticism or even punishment for something you have done wrong, you will never learn from it. Indeed the minor crime committed today and not repented of or not atoned for, creates the environment for the major crime of tomorrow, for which no shame will be shown.
The scriptures say:
For Tziyon’s sake I will not be silent,
for Yerushalayim’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out brightly
and her salvation like a blazing torch.
The nations will see your vindication
and all kings your glory.
Then you will be called by a new name
which ADONAI [Yahweh] himself will pronounce.
You will be a glorious crown in the hand of ADONAI [Yahweh],
a royal diadem held by your God. (Isaiah 62:1-3 CJB).
Does Israel and Zion (Tziyon) shine like this, or is it hated? Can we even look to western so called democratic nations to lead the way? Haven’t one and all become corrupt? One can be hated for unrighteousness, and who will care, but if we are hated for righteousness, it is then we are blessed (Matthew 5:10-12). Let’s consider what the scriptures say about who is a real Jew.
But if you call yourself a Jew and rest on Torah and boast about God and know his will and give your approval to what is right, because you have been instructed from the Torah; and if you have persuaded yourself that you are a guide to the blind, a light in the darkness, an instructor for the spiritually unaware and a teacher of children, since in the Torah you have the embodiment of knowledge and truth; then, you who teach others, don’t you teach yourself? Preaching, “Thou shalt not steal,” do you steal? Saying, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? Detesting idols, do you commit idolatrous acts? You who take such pride in Torah, do you, by disobeying the Torah, dishonor God?— as it says in the Tanakh, “For it is because of you that God’s name is blasphemed by the Goyim.” For circumcision is indeed of value if you do what Torah says. But if you are a transgressor of Torah, your circumcision has become uncircumcision! Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the Torah, won’t his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? Indeed, the man who is physically uncircumcised but obeys the Torah will stand as a judgment on you who have had a b’rit-milah and have Torah written out but violate it! For the real Jew is not merely Jewish outwardly: true circumcision is not only external and physical. On the contrary, the real Jew is one inwardly; and true circumcision is of the heart, spiritual not literal; so that his praise comes not from other people but from God. (Romans 2:17–29 CJB).
For neither being circumcised nor being uncircumcised matters; what matters is being a new creation. And as many as order their lives by this rule, shalom upon them and mercy, and upon the Isra’el of God! (Galatians 6:15–16 CJB).
It is not exclusively physical Jews who are the true children of Abraham, if that were the case, why did Messiah call some of them sons of Satan? The true children of Abraham are those who walk in the spirit of Messiah, justice for all people, not tyranny is The Way.
Here, I will give you some from the synagogue of the Adversary, those who call themselves Jews but aren’t—on the contrary, they are lying—see, I will cause them to come and prostrate themselves at your feet, and they will know that I have loved you. (Revelation 3:9).
Sadly, many people are focused on Israel that is physical, but not those who have Yah’s word in their hearts, wherever we are, from whatever physical earthly nation we come, we are the “yeast that works through the whole batch of dough” (Matthew 13:33) until Yah’s law, justice and love shines brightly for all nations, by lifting up the name and teaching of Yahshua as a pathway to salvation.