Star of David Biblical References to the ‘Sheol’

 

 

They are as HIGH as the Heavens, what can you do?
DEEPER than the Sheol, what can you know?

– Job 11:8

Oh LORD, You have brought my soul UP from Sheol…
…so that I would not go DOWN to the Pit.

– Psalm 30:3

If I ASCEND to Heaven, You are there…
…If I make my bed DOWN in Sheol, behold You are there.

-Psalm 139:8

The path of life leads UPWARD for the wise…
…so that they may keep away from Sheol BELOW.

– Proverbs 15:24

Make it DEEP as Sheol…
…or HIGH as Heaven

– Isaiah 7:11

Though they dig DEEP into Sheol…My hand will take them.
Though they ASCEND into Heaven…I will bring them down.

-Amos 9:2

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A Brief Examination of ‘Root and Branch’ Star of David Cross-References for Revelation 22:16

I, Jesus…am the Root and Branch of David, the bright, Morning Star.

– Book of Revelation 22:16


‘Root and Branch’ Cross-References for Revelation 22:16
– (Isaiah 11:1) A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his ROOTS a BRANCH will bear fruit.
– (Romans 15:12) And again, Isaiah says, ‘The ROOT of Jesse will spring UP, one who will ARISE to rule OVER the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’
– (Revelation 5:5) Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the ROOT of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.’
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The official cross-references listed for Revelation 22:16 include a specific Old Testament prophecy from the Book of Isaiah which reads: ‘A shoot will come UP from the stump of Jesse, from his Roots, a Branch will bear fruit.’ Because of its blatant use of the ‘Root and Branch’ metaphor, this passage alone should be proof enough that the word ‘Branch’ may indeed be synonymous with the more common term ‘Offspring’ used in most English Biblical translations of Revelation 22:16- ‘I, Jesus…am the Root and Offspring of David.’
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ROOT/BRANCH OLD TESTAMENT: A shoot will come UP from the stump of Jesse; from his Roots, a Branch will bear fruit. (Isaiah 11:1)
ROOT/BRANCH NEW TESTAMENT: And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring UP, one who will arise to rule OVER the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’ (Romans 15:12)
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Not only that, but it also seems that St. Paul himself makes reference this same passage from Isaiah in his New Testament Letter to the Romans, where he mentions both the Root (Downward Triangle) and how it shall also metaphorically ‘spring UP’ (Upward Triangle) in a prediction concerning ‘one who will ARISE to rule OVER the nations’.


Clearly, Paul’s use of language can be seen as a blatant display of the Biblical tradition- ‘As Above, so Below’, or in this particular case where the Root is mentioned first- ‘As Below (Root) so Above (Branch)’. The metaphorical understanding to these two Biblical cross-references (Isaiah 11:1 and Romans 15:12) may be seen as follows:

OLD TESTAMENT: A shoot will come UP…From his Roots, a Branch will bear fruit. (Isaiah 11:1)
NEW TESTAMENT: The Root of Jesse will spring UP…who will ARISE to rule OVER the nations. (Romans 15:12)
SYMBOLIC INTERPRETATION: A Downward Triangle shall bring forth an additional Upward Triangle, just as a living tree Root Below will inevitably result in the growth of a new Branch Above. For just as the Star of David requires the presence of both Triangles to become a Star, so too a living tree needs both Roots and Branches simultaneously in order to grow and prosper.

DOWNWARD TRIANGLE: Stump of Jesse, His Roots (Isaiah), Root of Jesse (Romans)
UPWARD TRIANGLE: A shoot will come UP, a Branch will bear fruit (Isaiah), will spring UP, will ARISE to rule OVER the nations (Romans)
BOTH TRIANGLES: The metaphorical family lineage (or family tree as it were) that both the Prophet Isaiah and the Christian Disciple Saint Paul are clearly referring to without ever actually using the word ‘Tree’. With this in mind, the most appropriate symbol for a tree would not only include the Upward Triangle, but would also need the Downward Triangle in order to symbolically represent the underground root system which supports the tree and prevents it from falling over.

THE FINAL EQUATION
GEOMETRY: Downward Triangle + Upward Triangle = Both Triangles Together
TRADITION: Root of David + Branch of David = Star of David
REVELATION: ‘am the Root’ + ‘and Branch of David’ = ‘the bright, Morning Star’

As Below so Above in the Bible

 

The stone the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone. By the LORD this has been done and it is woderful in our eyes.

– Psalm 118:22-23

As Below so Above

The Bible frequent symbolic use of the hexagram, and its two opposing triangles, can be found throughout both the Old and New Testament. It should come as no surprise that both the Eye Above the Pyramid and the Eye Below the Pyramid can be used to represent numerous Biblical passages. Here are just a small sampling of this symbolic method:

Though they dig down to the depths below, from there my hand will take them. Though they climb up to the heavens above, from there I will bring them down.

– Amos 9:2

EYE BELOW: ‘down to the depths below’

EYE ABOVE: ‘up to the heavens above’

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God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse.

– Genesis 1:7

EYE BELOW: ‘the waters which were below the expanse’

EYE ABOVE: ‘the waters which were above the expanse’

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Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God either unto the depth of Hell, or unto the height above.

– Isaiah 7:11

EYE BELOW: ‘unto the depth of hell’

EYE ABOVE: ‘unto the height above

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His roots are dried below, and his branch is cut off above.

– Job 18:16

EYE BELOW: ‘roots are dried below’

EYE ABOVE: ‘branch is cut off above’

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It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt itself above the other nations.

– Ezekiel 29:15

EYE BELOW: ‘lowliest of kingdoms’

EYE ABOVE: ‘above the other nations’

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You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

– John 8:23

EYE BELOW: ‘from below’

EYE ABOVE: ‘from above;

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He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.

– Ephesians 4:10

EYE BELOW: ‘He who descended’

EYE ABOVE: ‘He who ascended far above all the heavens’

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Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above.

– 2 Kings 19:30

EYE BELOW: ‘take root below’

EYE ABOVE: ‘bear fruit above’

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Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God. Ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

– Isaiah 7:11

EYE BELOW: ‘in the depth’

EYE ABOVE:  ‘in the height above’

The Cornerstone, Part IV. The Morning Star is the Star of David


The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone.
By the LORD this has been done and it is wonderful in our eyes.

– Psalms 118:22-23

Part IV. The Morning Star is the Star of David

The Bible
Revelation 22:16
I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you about these things in the churches. I am the Root…
…and the Offspring of David…
…the Bright, Morning Star.
The Bible
Revelation 2:28
They will have the same authority I received from…
my Father, and I will also give them…
…the morning star!
The Bible
2 Peter 1:19
You will do well to pay attention to it, because it is like a lamp shining in a dark place...

…until the Day dawns and the…
…light of the morning star shines in your hearts.

May the LORD God bless you in the name of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

The Cornerstone, Part III. Above and Below a Few Nursery Rhymes


The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone.
By the LORD this has been done and it is wonderful in our eyes.

– Psalms 118:22-23

Rhyme
The Cradle will Rock


Rock-a-bye baby in the tree top, when the wind blows the cradle will rock.


…when the bough breaks the cradle will fall and down will come baby cradle and all

Rhyme
Humpty, Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall




…Humpy Dumpty had a great fall. And all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
Rhyme
Jack and Jill


Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water…



…Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.

May the LORD God bless you in the name of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

The Cornerstone, Part II. Up and Down the Bible

The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone.
By the LORD this has been done and it is wonderful in our eyes.

– Psalms 118:22-23

Part II. Up and Down the Bible

Bible
Isaiah 14:13-15


You [Lucifer] said in your heart: “I will scale the heavens, above the stars of God I will set up my throne; I will take my seat on the Mount of Assembly, in the recesses of the North. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will be like the Most High!” 



…Yet down to the nether world you go, to the recesses of the pit

Bible
Isaiah 57:7-9

Upon a high and lofty mountain you made your bed, and there you went up to offer sacrifice. Behind the door and the doorpost you placed your indecent symbol. Deserting me, you spread out your high, wide bed, and of those whose embraces you love you carved the symbol and gazed upon it…


…While you sent your ambassadors far away, down even to the nether world.

 

Bible
Jeremiah 51:25-26


Beware! I am against you, destroying mountain, destroyer of the entire earth, says the LORD; I will stretch forth my hand against you…



…roll you down over the cliffs, and make you a burnt mountain. They will not take from you a cornerstone, or a foundation stone, ruins forever shall you be, says the LORD.

May the LORD God bless you in the name of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

The Cornerstone, Part I. Above and Below the Jewish Talmud

 

 

The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone.
By the LORD this has been done and it is wonderful in our eyes.

– Psalms 118:22-23

Part I. Above and Below the Jewish Talmud

The Jewish Talmud also contains metaphorical allusions to the two triangles which create the Star of David. Here are just a few passages related to this phenomenon:

Talmud
Sanhedrin 103b

 

 


Once a man becomes poor in friends
below on earth… 

 


 

 

 

…he becomes poor above in Heaven.

Talmud
Gittin 10b

 

 


The Jew signed first
below.… 

 



 

 

..thinking that another Jew would sign above, but the lender got the signature of a Samaritan instead.
Talmud
Sanhedrin 44b

 

 


Resh Lakish said: ‘He who devotes his strength to prayer
below

 

 

…has no enemies to overcome above.’ R. Johanan said: ‘One should ever implore mercy that all Heavenly beings may support his effort in prayer so that he may have no enemies on high.’

 

Talmud
Yebamoth 105b

 

 


A man who offers up his prayers must direct his eyes towards the Temple
below, for it is said, ‘And Mine eyes and Mine heart shall be there perpetually’… 

 


 

 


…And the other said: ‘The eyes of him who offers up prayers shall be directed towards the
Heavens above, for it is said ‘Let us lift up our heart with our hand.’
Talmud
Yebamoth 105b

 

 

 

A man who offers up his prayers must direct his eyes to the Temple below


 

 

 

…and his heart towards the Heavens above

Talmud
Baba Bathra 11a

 

 

It is related of King Monobaz that he spent all his own savings and the savings of his fathers in years of scarcity. His brothers and his father’s household…said to him, ‘Your father saved money and added to the treasures of his fathers, and you are squandering them.’ He replied: “My fathers stored up below

 

 

…and I am storing above , as it says, ‘Truth springeth out of the earth and righteousness looketh down from Heaven.’ My fathers stored in a place which can be tampered with, but I have stored in a place which cannot be tampered with.

Talmud
Talmud, Tanchum. Voeschanan


Death is designed for man from time immemorial. When the hour of man’s departure hence arrives, nothing will save him from it. If he had the wings of an eagle and could soar high up above the earth… 

 




…he would, of his own accord,
come down to meet his fate.–Death is a new gate for the righteous to enter in.
Talmud
Berakoth 17a

One should always strive to be on the best terms with his brethren and his relatives and with all men and even with the heathen in the street, in order that he may be beloved above


 

…and well-liked below and be acceptable to his fellow creatures.’

Talmud
Berakoth 29b

 

R. Eliezer says: ‘Do Thy will in heaven above




…and grant relief to them that fear Thee below and do that which is good in Thine eyes. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, who hearest prayer.’
Talmud
Sotah 36a


Behold it is written: ‘And I will send the hornet before thee!’ R. Simeon b. Lakish said: ‘It stood by the bank of the Jordan and injected a virus [into the Canaanites] which blinded their
eyes above... 

 



…and castrated them below.’
Talmud
Baba Mezi’a 86b


One should never break away from custom. For behold, Moses
ascended on High




…and ate no bread, whereas the Ministering Angels
descended below and ate bread.

May the LORD God bless you in the name of the Judeo-Christian tradition.