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"But now listen, O Jacob, My servant, And Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you, 'Do not fear, O Jacob My servant; And you Jeshurun whom I have chosen. Isaiah 44:1-2
Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his offspring. He does not say, "And to offsprings," as referring to many, but rather to one, "And to your offspring," that is, Christ. Galatians 3:16
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, Ephesians 1:4-5
“I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen Him; and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards; and He must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find in myself why He should have looked upon me with special love. So I am forced to accept that great Biblical doctrine.
The man represents the elect who delight in God when they have received salvation by repentance and faith in Christ - This is seen in the blood of Christ coming out of the wrist and connecting to the man’s heart.
To connect Israel I have placed the twelve stars in a reddish strand that goes down diagonally through the image starting from the top left to the bottom right. At the center there is a highlighted star that stands out from the rest, this is to point to the "Offsprint/Seed" that represents Christ, by whom the Israel of faith comes into the promise.
I’ve drawn a depiction of Christ with a smile, showing how, before we came into existence, he found delight and joy in his people. The man is shown with a smile, and this joy comes from being made alive by the blood of Christ that unites him to God.
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