When we read in Genesis, that Adonai told Abraham that he would be (and his descendants) like the "dust of the earth" and like the "stars of heaven" how do understand these statements made by the Creator? Let's take a look at "being like the dust of the earth"
YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE LIKE THE DUST OF THE EARTH
(Adamah BaArtez) Adam and all of us are made from the dust of the earth. We are living souls living inside a body, (which is aging and dying) Even HaShem told Adam that he would "return to the dust from whence he came from" such is the fate of all mankind. However, dust is indestructible, if you leave an object outside in the elements, given enough time and weather conditions, the object will deteriorate and eventually, be part of the "dust", dust is also "trampled upon and trodden under foot" and such is the Jewish people, who have been "trodden under foot" by many nations who have tried to extinguish the light of Israel, but to no avail, We have survived and will continue to survive, In spite of the inquisition whose philosophy towards the Jewish people was "If you want to live among us, you have to convert" then in 1492, the philosophy was changed to "you can no longer live among us" and then during WWII, Hitler changed the philosophy to "You can no longer live!" However, "Am Israel Chai" (The People of Israel live on)
"YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE LIKE THE STARS OF HEAVEN"
How is Israel like the "Stars of heaven" God asked Abraham if he could count the stars? Of course, not, there are too many, and so is Am Yisrael, so many, and Am Israel is in every part of the world today, Israel was scattered to the ends of the earth, first by Babylon and then by Rome in AD 70. But Israel has gone out to spread the news and teaching of the ONE TRUE GOD, Adonai-Elohim, and many nations have been converted and now worship the one true God, who is ECHAD. there are today people who do not consider themselves Jewish, in reality, "Jewish" through their ancestry, many years ago, before DNA testing, one could not look back into their past, but now, it is possible. There are people who are raised in other religions, but whose ancestry is Jewish (my case, as an adopted child) I was given up in adoption to a Lutheran family, who raised me in a Lutheran church, Yet many years later, when I was in my late 40s, I visited a synagogue and felt a strange "kindship" to it, the rabbi challenged me, "maybe you're Jewish and you don't know it, check into your ancestry" and I did, and the result came back that over 100 of my ancestors were Ashkenazi Jewish from Germany, Poland, and Russia. Now I have reclaimed my identity as part of Am Y'hudim. I went to Yeshiva School and later ordained as Messianic rabbi to minister to the Hispanic people (en español) Ha Y'hudim will always shine like stars, with the news that Adonai brought Yeshuah (salvation) to a lost and dying world. Israel has been blessed and will always be blessed.