Have you ever been misunderstood? It’s frustrating, right? That’s because in every person there is a need and dare I say deep desire to be known. Have you ever thought about why? Because God wants to be known and when He made people, He made them with many of the characteristics He has. And because God wants us to know Him, it shouldn’t surprise us that God made the story of the stars to tell us about Him.
So we are going to tell you His story. In His story you can pick up at any place and get a glimpse of Him but we are going to start at the big climax where God shows in a crazy big way how much He wants to be known. So much so that He would leave the perfection of heaven to be born as a baby to reveal who He is to the world. We are going to start at Virgo.
Virgo is the constellation of a virgin and like all the constellations has 3 decans which support and continue the story of the main constellation.
So Virgo is a virgin holding wheat in her left hand and a branch in her right hand.
The star on her left hand is named Spica which in Latin and Hebrew means the promised seed, the seed of the One who comes.
In Genesis 15: 5-6 when God was talking to Abram about his descendants He takes him outside and said, “Look at the sky and recount the stars, if you are able to recount them.” Then He said to him, “Your offspring (the Hebrew word Zerah, seed), will be that.”
The star on her shoulder is named Zavijaveh which means beautiful Lord. And the star in her right hand holding the branch is Vindemiatrix means shoot, son, branch who comes. It’s also known as Murredin which means, The Sent One, shall come down, who shall have dominion..
So what we have so far is a virgin holding the seed of one who comes, the beautiful Lord.
Another star is Al Tzemech which means branch and is the exact word used uniquely of the Messiah in Isa. 42
Get this, Isaiah 11:1-3: Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot— yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord…
Here's the decans, the constellations associated with the virgin and bring more depth to the story.
Coma. A woman who is holding a baby. It contains a star called Coma conveniently positioned upon the baby. This star means; “The desired one”. Coma is, in Egyptian, Sheznu, the Desired Son. It is actually depicted as a woman with an infant. And what is a woman with an infant doing in the sign of the virgin?
Then we have Boötes. The second decan in the constellation of Virgo is a Shepherd named from ancient star maps, Boötes. If we further break down the meaning of Boötes we discover that the first two letters-Bo-mean “the coming one”. (These are the words once uttered by John the Baptist “but there stands one among you, one you know not; He it is, who coming after me whose shoes I am not worthy to untie ). Boötes, the Coming One, includes the principal stars of Arcturus, He comes; Al Katuropos, the branch that is trodden under foot; Mirac, preserver, guarding; Muphride, he who separates; Nekkar, the Pierced One.
So far we have a virgin holding the beautiful Lord, the One who comes. A woman holding a baby called the desired one, a shepherd whose name means coming one, the branch, the pieced one who will be trodden upon in order to separate and preserve or guard.
Lets look at
Centaurus, the centaur, who is a half-man half-horse creature; the Despised One.
The third and final decan in this constellation of the virgin is a figure depicted as a half-man half-horse called Centaurus. So in keeping consistent with the main constellation and its decans, this is shows us the dual nature of Christ as “Son of God” and “Son of Man”. He was both 100% God and 100% man.
The brightest star in the fore–foot has come down to us by the ancient name of "Toliman" which "the one which was, which is, and which is to come, the Almighty" [Revelation 1:8].
Another name for this constellation or decan in ancient Hebrew is "Asmeath", which means the sin–offering, Isaiah 53:10 tells us it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
The Greek name of this decan is "Cheiron", which means "the pierced" or "who pierces".
The star Tsemech, the one that is the same word used to describe the Messiah, is a double star and is positioned directly above the constellation named Crux, or cross, or as we know it, the southern cross. This positioning prophesies exactly, the method of death of the despised sin offering, and exactly how, he will destroy the enemy.
So in Virgo, we see the promised seed, the man whose name is THE BRANCH, in Coma, we see the promised seed in the form of a son, the desired one, born of a virgin, and nourished and growing strong, filled with the Spirit and wisdom of God. In Centaurus, we see the man having two natures (God and man), the despised sin offering, the pierced one, positioned above the cross, showing the method of His death to come.
God wants to be known so much that He would give up the perfection of heaven, put on skin to live as a despised one. He was 100% God and 100% man, was born of a virgin and humbled Himself to become a man, live a perfect life and then be declared guilty for something He didn’t do. He humbled Himself and went through life as we do to make a way for us to know Him. A King, giving up His throne that we could become His bride.
John 12:24 Jesus refers to Himself as the Seed that needs to die in order to bring life. He could have killed all of the soldiers with one word, yet He remained on the cross because He was the only way for us to be forgiven of sin and made right before the Creator.
Without God in the flesh coming as Jesus the Messiah, there would be no rescue from our sin, no forgiveness of sin and no redemption of awful.
So now in this time period we look back on what the Father did through Christ, but a long long time ago they looked forward to the One who would come. This was the plan from the beginning-to rescue and redeem those who put their trust in Him.
What about you? If you stood before the Father and He asked you if you were innocent or guilty what would you have to say? Guilty right? You’re not perfect just like I’m not. We have fallen short of Gods standard of perfection. So there’s no “I’m a good person” Since there’s only two options. Perfect or not. So if you recognize you’re not perfect and you put your trust in Jesus Christ who lived the perfect life you can stand right before the Creator, the Father, the Great I AM.
Who is your faith in? Who or what are you trusting to make you right before the perfect One? If you want to put your trust in Christ, the One who came, you can just tell Him by saying something like, God, I’m sorry I’ve messed up. Please forgive me and I give my life to You.
Laura, the founder of Missional Women is married and has six kids, two of whom are adopted. Laura and her husband have been missionaries to college students for 14 years serving with Master Plan Ministries where she is the Women's Development Coordinator. Laura has authored 5 books, including an award winning 12 week Bible Study on First Samuel, Beholding Him, Becoming Missional, Reach; How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God, A Devotional Journey through Judges, and Discover God's Calling for Your Life. Most recently her resource for Bible studies, The Connect Cards was released by Cru Press. You can find her on facebook, twitter, pinterest, youtube, instagram, periscope, blab and her author site.
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