The Zayin

picture-141Malachi 4:4 Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

In this verse is an oddity. The first letter for the word “remember” is enlarged, standing above the other letters. The letter is “Zayin,” the seventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

First, the letter represents and looks like a sword. But is derived from the root word which means bread. Nourishment always takes war. The farmer works hard over the field to produce. The parents fight hard to provide for their child against enemies that would lead them wrong. What is interesting is that the word for bread is in the middle of the word for war in the Hebrew.

The Hebrew words for “time” and “remembrance” begin with the Zayin. In the verse above the Zayin, or sword, is enlarged to emphasize the need to remember the Law of Moses and that it is the Word of God. It is from God’s Word that we receive nourishment, the Bread of Life,  and it is by this Sword of the Spirit that we fight against the enemy.

It is from this that we could then explain how that Jesus was the fulfillment of this Law of Moses and that rather than being under the Law we are under the promise of Abraham. That will be for another Word Nugget.


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