Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
Once again it is amazing to see the Hebrew language at work. We all have our understanding of what a father and a mother is and their role within the home. But, what does their name really mean within the Ancient Hebrew?
Father – “Aleph” “Bet” Aleph is the picture of an ox head and stands for strength, strong, leader. Bet is in the shape of a tent and means house. The “Bet” is actually a picture of the top view of the tent with the top taken off. Father is the strength of the house or leader of the house. Some have said that the strength of the house is represented by the tent pole which holds the house up.
Mother – “Aleph” “Mem” Aleph is the picture of an ox head and stands for strength, strong, leader. Mem looks like rippling water and stands for water. Mother means strong water. What is strong water but glue, a liquid that becomes strong. Mother is the glue of the family. Is there any denying that?
Keep in mind that there is a difference between the modern Hebrew letters taken when Judah was in Babylon and the ancient Hebrew.
By the way, do you see anything in the spelling of father? Aleph Bet is where we get our word alphabet.