Sagittarius: Exploring Star Chronicles – Week 5

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Whew! We have been rolling right on along here in our journey through Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman! Next on the list is Sagittarius, the archer who begins to tell the story of the triumph of our redeemer. As a matter of fact, it is written in Psalm 64:7, “But God shoots his arrow at them; they are wounded suddenly”. What a beautiful reminder that even after being wounded for our transgressions He fights for our salvation still today!

Disclaimer: While this study is using Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars {affiliate link} as a guide, neither The Torah Garden nor this astronomy study claim to reflect the views or beliefs of the author or anyone else associated with the production of the Star Chronicles.

Sagittarius and his Bow

In Hebrew Sagittarius is called Keshet {Strong’s H7199/H7198} which means archer or, literally, bowman. The Greek equivalent to H7198 is tox’on {Strong’s G5115} and is the word rendered as bow in Revelation 6:2 when it says of Yeshua, “And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer”. Talk about Scriptures coming to life!!!

Sagittarius is attributed to the Hebrew month of Kislev, the month in which we begin to celebrate Hanukkah {it continues into the month of Tevet}. This is the time in which the Maccabees cleaned the temple of all pagan contamination, rededicated it to HaShem, and celebrated for 8 days in the tradition of Sukkot {The Feast of Tabernacles/Booths} {2 Maccabees 10:1-8}. The fun really begins though when you count back 40 weeks from Sukkot, when Yeshua was born, and realize it is highly likely that Mary was visited by the Holy Spirit and conceived during Hanukkah {though likely toward the end, which would be at the beginning of Tevet}! How fitting then that the book in the story that foretells the virgin conception, atoning sacrifice, conflict with the enemy, and ultimate triumph should end in the stars as it begins on earth!!! HaShem did promise to tell us what He was going to do before He did it and He ALWAYS keeps His promises {Isaiah 42:9; John 13:19}!

The Decans of Sagittarius

First up is Lyra. While there seems to be no Hebrew name for this decan, the Hebrew word most often rendered “harp” in the Word is kinnôr {Strong’s H3658}. The fun part about this decan though is not in its name. It’s in its brightest star Vega, which is Greek for “He shall be exalted”. Apparently, everything in our solar system, in addition to regular orbital movement, is actually moving toward Vega as well!!! While this certainly needs more research, it brings a whole new light to Philippians 2:9-11 doesn’t it!!!

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Yeshua Messiah is Master, to the glory of God the Father.”

The second decan in this series is Ara. Like our first decan, it seems to have no Hebrew name. However, the Hebrew word most often rendered “altar” in the Word is mizbêach {Strong’s H4196}. This decan also boasts a powerful tale! The altar is actually turned over and the flames are flowing out southward toward the constellation Eridanus, a decan of Taurus. What makes this so interesting is that Eridanus is said by many to not just be any old river, but to in fact be a river of fire, as in the Lake of Fire where judgment is carried out. This may also make it part of “the chambers of the south” that are referred to in Job 9:9. What fun it will be to keep a watch on how these theories play out as studies progress!!!

Last in this group is Draco. There appears to be no Hebrew name for this one either {we’re on a roll this week aren’t we ;)}. The Hebrew word most commonly rendered “dragon” is tannı̂yn {Strong’s H8577}. The other ways this word are rendered are very interesting to say the least, as are some the words related to it {Strong’s H8568 & H8565}. But that’s not all! Do you remember Hercules from last week and how he was kneeling? Well, his planted foot is on the head of this dragon! Sounds like Genesis 3:15 again doesn’t it!!!

Lessons from Sagittarius

At the completion of the first book in the story of redemption HaShem painted in the sky I find that I am both in awe of my Omnipotent God and saddened that so much of His gifts have been tainted, distorted, or disregarded throughout history. How blessed we are now to have the means and the opportunity to study so many things for ourselves, uncover original Truth, and shine light on it! Most of all though, this week has left me feeling victorious. With life continuously growing, changing, and expanding far beyond my capabilities {thank God for Grace!}, it is a powerful comfort to know that the battle is already won!!!

I pray you too claim the victory that Yeshua won for you and that knowing that God is so serious about that victory that He wrote it into His Creation floods your heart with comfort! Shalom!~

Surrendered to Him~
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Our plans this week

1. Read through “Archer” in Star Chronicles: A Bible-Based Study of the Stars by Dawnita Fogleman, utilizing the coloring pages and notebooking pages.
2. Read through our Sagittarius Supplement {a print copy of the lessons in this blog post}
3. Do our Sagittarius Worksheets, including writing the next part of The Story. {You will need a copy of Maccabees. You can find a copy for $0.99 in the AVI aStore {leads to affiliate links} or read for free online or in a Bible app in the Douay Rheims Bible or the King James Version with Apocrypha.}
4. Fill in the Sagittarius section of our Defining the Constellations worksheet {located here}

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{Be sure to read my review of Star Chronicles, learn why I believe studying the stars and constellations is so important for believers, and check out the full 14-week study.}

What impacted you the most as you studied about Sagittarius?

2 Responses

  1. Dawnita

    I am in awe at how God is opening His word up to us through this study! Thank you for sharing your adventure!

    • ~rose~

      He is truly amazing isn’t He Dawnita!!! I’m so glad you are enjoying it as I am. I begun to see many things in different was over these last few weeks.~

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