Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 07/30/2011

The ‘GRAFTED IN’ Story

"Grafted In" symbol

You may have noticed that my ‘gravitar’ for this blog is the Messianic symbol pictured here. The “Grafted-In” Symbol has reportedly been discovered, in recent years, on pottery in the Jerusalem area, believed to date from the 2nd Century A.D. Some experts have concluded that it was an identifying mark of the early Jewish Believers in Yeshua (Jesus) as a symbol that tied together their traditions and faith in a growing Messianic community.

This sign speaks of the process that is taking place in the lives of both Jew and Gentile. Even though the original branches (Jews) were broken off and the wild olive shoot (gentile believers) grafted in, it is a reminder that now Adonai is grafting back in the original branches and bringing His people Israel back to Himself!

The Menorah at the top represents the Torah, the fulfillment of the promises to Abraham and that special calling to the people of Israel. The Magen David (Star of David) is a symbol of the kingdom and a reminder that the son of David, Yeshua the King, will sit on the throne of David. The fish has a rich history of identification with the believer. It was a common symbol for believers because the Greek word for fish (ICHTHYS) was used as an acronym for “Yeshua, Son of God, Savior”.

This three-part design beautifully illustrates the truth of Romans 11:17-18, that all believers are grafted into the Jewish Root through faith in Yeshua, the Messiah of Israel, the Fulfiller of the Torah and the rightful King in the line of David. “If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. “

You will notice that the symbol is “One” – completely fused together. The middle wall of partition has indeed been broken down and both Jew and Gentile can now come to the Lord and be reconciled through His Atonement. As the Lord is grafting us together and making us one people in Messiah, we hope this symbol will inspire believers to share their faith.

– taken from The Olive Branch Ministries

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