‘”He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars-if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be”‘ (Genesis 15:5).
Stars Of David is about a promise fulfilled, starting with Abraham, through the descendants of David, and on to Jesus. It was a promise that Abraham believed God for, even though later he tried to fulfill the promise on his own with the help of his concubine, Hagar. However, God reminded Abraham and told Sarah it would happen, a miraculous conception and birth (sounds familiar) at an impossible age. Isaac was the miracle child that started it all and from there came King David and then King Jesus. What an incredible lineage of God’s faithfulness, promise and love!
The Jewish nation is blessed beyond blessing and the prophecies foretold and fulfilled are miraculous in themselves. Furthermore, the promise that started with Abraham counting stars is not just for Israel, but for all nations. When God promised Abraham his descendants would outnumber the stars, he didn’t just mean physical heirs but also spiritual heirs.
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galations 3:26-29).
“For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile-the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:12-13).
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; that includes both Jews and Gentiles and any and every race. The promise was given to a Jewish man and it continued through the lineage of the King of Israel and the King of the Jews and to us. Because of the death and risen life of Jesus, we are all “heirs according to the promise.”
In my painting, Stars of David, there is an Israeli star faded in the background, representing the Jewish nation. Around the faded star are numerous stars representing the Gentiles and all other races who call on the name of the Lord.
God’s promise of salvation is for all people. He chose the Jewish nation to prove his love and even called them his chosen people, despite their struggles throughout history with wars, slavery, persecution and rebellion. Israel is a nation close to the Father’s heart and close to Jesus’ heart. After all, the Son of God came into our world as a Jew and not in the way many people ever imagined a king would come. Jesus, “who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6-8)!
We are all heirs with Christ and because of God’s great love, we are not missing from his sight. He knows each one of us by name as he knows each star by name. We are chosen, we are royal, holy and belong to God. Let’s be like the stars God has called us to be, shinning bright into the night for everyone to see. For it is God’s desire and will that we “become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which (we) shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:15).
“Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” – Isaiah 40:26
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9