I recently purchased a Messianic roots seal pendant. An artifact with this symbol was discovered in Israel within the past 50 years and dates back nearly 2000 years ago. Supposedly it was created and used in ancient Jerusalem by some of the earliest Jews who believed in Christ as the Messiah.
The symbol consists of a menorah on top, a Star of David in the middle, and a fish on the bottom.
The base of the menorah is a triangular shape and makes up the topmost point of the star. The menorah exemplifies God’s desire for the nation of Israel to be a light unto the nations. Instructions for making the golden lamp stand, found in Exodus 25:33, describe the branches with buds and blossoms. So the menorah also symbolizes the tree of life, found in both Genesis and Revelation.
The fish at the bottom of the seal is upside down and its triangular tail makes up the bottommost point of the star. The fish is quite well known as having been an early secret Christian symbol. Some of Jesus’ disciples were fisherman, and He first called them by saying, “Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:20).
The Star of David stands in the middle of the Messianic root symbol, a combination of that which is Jewish and Christian. It wouldn’t be a star without the coming together of the menorah and the fish. Jesus is a descendant of the House of David, as stated in Matthew 1:1. “A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham.” In Revelation 22:16, Jesus says, “I am the Root and the Offspring of David and the bright Morning Star.”
Ephesians 2:14-18 describes this combination of Jewish and Christian through Jesus. “For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in His flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit” (Read Isaiah 11 and Romans 11 for some more fascinating insight).
The very day that my new pendant arrived in the mail, I received an email from a cousin. I had questions about some family genealogy, and she had some of the answers. It turns out that we have Jewish lineage just a few generations back. What amazing timing. My identity as a believer in and follower of Jesus Christ is definitely tied to Jewish roots, regardless of this bloodline connection, although I must say that I am thrilled with the newfound knowledge. My Messianic root seal pendant has an even deeper significance.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile” (Romans 1:16).
• Lisa Jisa and her family have been residents of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2000. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.