The Small “Hey”


They Were Created

They Were Created

Genesis 2:4 This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

In this verse is a letter in the Hebrew that has been written smaller than it should be. It is the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the “Hey.”

Because this letter looks like an open window it is said to represent breath, revelation and light.

In the word for “created” in the above verse it begins with the second letter “Bet” which represents the Son of God, Jesus the Messiah. The next letter is the “Hey” which has been written small. The remainder of the word literally means create.

Therefore, the word could be read, “The Son of God breathed forth creation.”

Could it be for this reason that Paul was able to write with confidence in Ephesians 3:9 “…God who created all things through Jesus Christ”.

The Mark You Want


Tav

Tav

Ezekiel 9:4 and the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”

This is an action which God describes upon those who remained pure in the heart of a time where people lived in abomination. Judgement always comes when sin is great. But, God always protects those who are faithful.

What is interesting is that the word for mark is “Tav,” the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In ancient script, unlike the modern script, it looked much like our “t” and is thought to represent the cross.

Just think about it for a moment. How awesome for God to choose a Hebrew letter that looked like a cross to place upon the foreheads of those who remained true to Him. This mark was their salvation, their protection from judgment.

For hundreds of years before Christ the priest would anoint with oil using the sign of the “Tav” or the cross. The Hebrew word for law, Torah, begins with the Tav.

Looking back 2,000 years, the cross is still our mark of protection from the judgment of sin.

Could something be said about it being the last letter of the alphabet and the last thing that was done before judgement came? Maybe. What do you think?

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.

Be Blessed


images-11Numbers 6:24-27 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.

It was God’s command that the priest should bless the people of Israel with the above blessing. It literally placed God’s name upon them and brought them blessing.  This blessing was spoken every morning following the morning sacrifice.

It is said that this blessing was not a blessing by the priest. But, because God gave it to the priest to speak word for word that it was the blessing of God Himself.

The practice today is to speak this blessing as a closing blessing at the close of the synagogue.

The understanding was that no one should look at the face of the priest while he quoted the blessing. Instead, the people would look to the ground as not to be distracted, allow more focus on the words of the blessing. Tradition says that when the temple was standing that the glory of the Lord would shine from the fingers of the priest.

I am not sure where the practice began, but while quoting the blessing the priest would hold his hands in what we know today the valkin greeting. It formed the shape of the Hebrew letter, Shin, which stood for Shaddai – All Sufficient.

From Genesis 49:25, Jacob’s blessing, Shaddai also means breast or the one who is sufficient to nurture.

Be blessed.

Elohim: What Is Truly In A Name?


Elohim

Elohim

The very first mention of God is found in Genesis 1:1.

In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth.

Elohim is the plural form of El which you would find in a name like Beth-el – Beth, the second Hebrew letter, means house and El means God, therefore, house of God. Although Elohim is plural it is always used in the singular. This adds strength to the understanding of the trinity, especially in light of Genesis 1:26 – “let US make man in OUR own image, according to OUR likeness . . .” And God created . . .

What is very interesting are the letters that are used in the spelling of Elohim. You can see the Hebrew alphabet in Psalm 119 above every ninth verse. The word is pictured above, reading from right to left.

1. Aleph – the first letter which means strength or leader. In it’s numerical it represents 1, meaning only one God. It is the first letter in the first translated word in Genesis. It is the first letter in the first word in the Ten Commandments. It is also the first letter of the word for Father – aleph, bet. “Aleph” represents Father.

2. Lamed – the center letter of the Hebrew alphabet and the tallest. It is said to represent the King of kings, supported by the fact that the preceding letter represents the throne of glory and the following letter represents kingdom and the three letters together spell king. In the ancient text the Lamed was a picture of a shepherd’s staff. “Lamed” represents our King of kings, Jesus.

3. Hey – it is the breath just as it takes much breath to say it’s name. Tradition says that the letter “Yod” left the letter “Aleph” to join with the letter “Dalet” to form the letter “Hey”. Thus, because the “Aleph” represents God and “Dalet” is the brokenness of man, the Hey is a picture of God’s presence in the heart of man. God did breathe His breath into man to make him a living being. In it’s block form it looks like an open window. In it’s ancient  form it is a may with his arms raise as if to say, “Behold!” The “Hey” is the Holy Spirit. This is the very letter that was placed in the middle of Abram’s name to make it Abraham. God put His breath in the middle of Abraham’s name.

Now we have a three in just the one word – Elohim.

The Yod and Mem – are what makes the name plural and yet it is used in the singular.

Elohim is a name of authority and is often used throughout the Old Testament for the generic term for god or gods, yet it still represents God’s authority that man tries to attribute to other beings or objects.

It is not until chapter two of Genesis that He is introduced by His personal name. God is first establishing His authority as the creator in Chapter one. Once we understand His authority then we can understand Him personally.

Still, it is very interesting that this name of authority has a trinity picture, three combined into one.

The Doorway to God


Doorway

Doorway

From time to time I will refer to the special meanings of the Hebrew alphabet. Their alphabet represents, not only their letters, but their numerical system and musical notes. On top of that each letter has a meaning. It has been said that if you would memorize what each letter meant that you could understand 80% of the Hebrew words.

For example, the first letter is “aleph.” In it’s book type it can look like an x. You can find it just above Psalm 119:1. In the pictograph form it looks like the head of an ox, similar to our letter “a.” It is said to represent leader – the head as well as being the first letter.

The second letter is “beth” which, in the pictograph, looks like our “d” laying down. It represents house. Put the two together and you have the word for father or leader of the house. We would pronounce it “ab.”

Did you know that there is only one letter different from the name Judah and God’s name, Yawah? It is the “Daleth”. The daleth looks like an open door or overhang over tent door found just above Psalm 119:25 in most bibles. It is said to represent door.

If Judah means praise and Yawah is God’s name then could we say that when the “daleth” or door is placed in God’s name that the doorway to Him is praise? Just a thought.

Feel free to leave your comments or insights.

He Is The Alpha and Omega


Beginning & End

Beginning & End

Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

It is here that we first hear Jesus referring to Himself as the Alpha and Omege, the Beginning and the End. In the Greek language this meant that He was the first letter and the last letter. Some have said that it also means that He is everything in between, from A to Z.

But is this really a New Testament term? I would like to show you two more verses, but in the Old Testament.

1. Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me   whom they pierced. . .

Can you see it? Of course not. But in the Hebrew text there is an “Alaph” and an “Tav” together that was never translated, placed inside of this verse. What does that mean? First, grammatically, it is a sign of a definite direct object.

Second, is it by chance that these two letters are the first and last letters? If you were to read this in the Greek it would be the same as the alpha and omega.

Third, the location of these two letters is significant. The letters are located between the “Me” and the “whom” of Zechariah. Therefore it would read like this:

…then they will look on Me, alpha & omega, whom they pierced.

2. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

The “aleph” and the “tav” are hidden also in this very first verse. Literally, the Hebrew says, “In the beginning created God    the heavens and the earth.” This two letter anomaly is between God and heavens. Therefore, it would read, “In the beginning created God, Aleph and Tav, the heavens and the earth.”

3. Jeremiah 38:16 So Zedekiah the king swore secretly to Jeremiah, saying, “As the Lord    lives, who made our very souls, I will not put you to death, nor will I give you into the hand of these men who seek your life.”

Here it is again between “Lord” and “lives.” This would make it, “As the Lord Aleph Tav lives . . .

4. Daniel 9:13 “As it is written in the Law of Moses,    all this disaster has come upon us . . .”

Here is the fourth occurrence between “Moses” and the word for evil or “all this disaster.” This would make it read as, “As it is written in the Law of Moses, Aleph Tav, all this disaster . . .” making the Law of Moses related to the Aleph and Tav.

Yes, Jesus is in the Old Testament.

Some teachers believe that the “Aleph” and “Tav” have another understanding. They believe that these two letters represent the Hebrew alphabet which they believe is the original language. It would be the same as us saying, “he sang everything from A to Z.” If it represents their alphabet then Genesis 1:1 would read, “In the beginning God created the alphabet . . .” Point – before He created the heavens and the earth he created the alphabet, the building blocks of all things.

The Hebrews pronounced the “Aleph” “Tav” as Oat. An Oat is meant individual letters. In the Greek it is the word for “sign.” In the Latin it is the word for “word.” Who was the Word?

Here is an interesting thought. John refers to Jesus as the Word in John 1:1. This greek word is the word “logos” which is the literal written word. Yes, He is the word of God, but could it be possible that John, making this verse sound so much like Genesis 1:1, was saying that Jesus was the untranslated word in Genesis 1:1, the Aleph and Tav? Just a thought.