02 September 2010
Logos tell a story
A group named the North American Renewal Services Committee, NARSC, used a similar symbol to this for its logo back in the 1980s and I laid the dove over the Jewish star for our logo during a series of conferences they oversaw and over which I presided. Fun times.
This logo never quite caught on as a historic or popular design, although I wanted it to do so. But I'm no artist.
I am however keen on communicating and I find the layers of the design rich in meaning. The star is of course the Star of David, Magen David, which represents the Jewish people today. We are saying we are Jews. Although some will still try to shame us into thinking otherwise, our being Jews is not up for discussion. We were born Jews; we will die Jews.
The shin, the 21st Hebrew letter, is also clearly seen. It's a three-in-one symbol in its own way. Three prongs upward, and one horizontal bar to connect them. Many believers see the Trinity as so represented. Others use the Shin as the first letter of the word Shaddai (Almighty), like is often used on the mezuzah (the Jewish ornament affixed to the doorpost of a home, with a bit of Scripture inside). The Almighty is proper for us to represent as Shaddai. There are two possibilities of the root of this word. One, Yesh Dai (There is enough) means God will ever supply. And the second, from Shaddad, breast, means God is like a Mother who ever supplies us like babies with milk from her breasts.
The flame reminds us of the Ruach Hakodesh, Holy Spirit, who descended on the believers on Shvu'ot (Pentecost) in that year of Y'shua's death and resurrection.
"And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent, rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them." (Acts chapter 2, verses 2 and 3). We need the cleansing power of fire in our lives each day. “Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD." (Jeremiah 23.29)
The dove of the Holy Spirit is seen. Wait, you say, I thought the Ruach Hakodesh was like a flame. Yes, you are right. However, for us Jewish people, who needed cleansing, He came as a flame of fire, but on Y'shua, God's Son, Saviour, who needed no cleansing, on Him he came as a dove. "And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him." (Matthew 3.16)
Is this enough of the story? Do you like this logo/emblem?