Introduction: Over the last few months we have become aware of the fact that a number of Bible teachers and preachers base their sermons on mistranslated or misunderstood scripture verses. We felt to introduce this new mid-week update in fulfillment of our calling to be a light and blessing to the nations. Please do check out what we will be sharing and if you find the teachings to be in error, please do contact me to discus the issue …… David
The LORD bless you and keep you as you seek Biblical truth and incorporate it into your spiritual life
Aleph by Devorah Calic
There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Alef is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
Alef is spelled with the letters alef lamed pey.
The letter alef was a picture of an ox head in the ancient Hebrew Paleo Hebrew and meant: strength, leader, first.
The letter Alef always represents the God of Israel. The very first name of God in the Torah is Elohim and begins with the letter alef.
Another meaning of alef but pronounced slightly differently is the word aluf. It is often translated as chief or guide when speaking of people, but when applied to God it means champion.
Aluf in Biblical understanding really means the One who holds all the strength and authority in His hands. What a great description of our God, for He is the Champion of the world. He is the Great Aluf, God Almighty! He created everything, set it in motion, and He maintains control of the entire universe!
In Jeremiah 11:19, there is an amazing prophecy about the Messiah of Israel. But I was like a gentle lamb brought to the slaughter;
The word that is translated gentle is the Hebrew word aluf! Our Champion Messiah is so humble that He allowed Himself to become like a gentle lamb being led to the slaughter. The Aluf who controls everything gave up that control so we could spend eternity with Him in the Kingdom! Now that is what I call a true Champion!
Lev – Levan
the Hebrew word levan is the colour white. The Hebrew letters are Lamed Beit (pronounced vh) Nun
the 2 root letters of levan are Lamed and Beit
Lamed Beit pronounced lev is the Hebrew for heart
LEV in Hebrew thought is the seat of the intellect / mind / thought not just the emotional
Here is how I see the two words connecting
Levan or white is the colour that usually represents purity
We read in several Bible verses that GOD is most of all interested in our hearts – all of our hearts
but there is one more dynamic that YHVH is looking for in our lev / heart – that is levan / purity
Remember the words of Yeshua in Matthew 5 Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God
lets pray and ask the GOD of Israel to forgive us and make our lev levan by the blood of Yeshua
Beresheet – In the Beginning
Isaiah 41:26 Who declared it from the beginning that we might know
The first word in the Bible is Beresheet or Genesis which in all languages carries the meaning In the beginning
When looking into the make up of the word Beresheet we see an amazing picture that proves how supernatural the Word of God is
Ancient Hebrew is a pictorial language – that means each letter is a picture and all the letters in a word make a combined picture that shows the meaning of the word
Here is the picture meaning of the individual letters of the word Beresheet Beit Rosh Alef Shin Yud Tav
Beit = tent or house – Rosh = head – Alef = x head (ultimate strength or God) – Yud = Hand – Shin = Sharp teeth (which consume or destroy) – Tav = two crossed sticks
the first 2 letters Beit and Rosh spell bar which means son – the last four letters say God by His hand destroyed on a cross
Now lets put the complete picture together for Beresheet
(In the Beginning) The Son of God will be destroyed (killed) by His hand on a cross
The very first word of the Bible prophesies that Yeshua would die on the cross (to provide the blood to seal the New Covenant) – Hallelu YAH
Tikvah – Hope
The Hebrew word for hope is Tikvah (Strongs #H8615) which also means to expect
We all hope for many things in our lives
Without an answer from GOD most hopes are never realised
However in the true Hebrew meaning of the word Tikvah there is a key to seeing our hopes come to reality
The root of the word Tikvah is K V H pronounced Kavar (Strongs #H6960)
In Isaiah 40:31 we read but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
the word translated as wait there is KaVah
Putting it all together there is a connection in the Hebrew between hoping or expecting and waiting
If we pray and then wait for our GOD to fulfill our hopes, we can expect that HE will ….
The Names of GOD
God is not the name of the Creator – it is a generic title
the name of the Creator is YHVH or Yud Hey Vav Hey in Hebrew which most experts believe means “I am that I am”
that meaning is a non-negotiable statement that infers “I am who I am so do not question me about the way I am”
However YHVH does describe Himself more explicitly in the Tenach or Hebrew scriptures by adding adjectives to His name – for example
YHVH Ropha = Healer
YHVH Yireh (Jireh) = Who Sees (and provided the need)
YHVH Nisi = my Banner
YHVH Tzikenu = Our Righteousness
YHVH Rohi = My Shepherd
YHVH Shamah = Who is There
YHVH Shalom = Our Peace
YHVH Sabaoth = Of the Armies
And I can assure you that YHVH is absolutely faithful to live up to the meanings of His names
Tefilah – Prayer
Tefillah ( T P L H ) is the most common Hebrew word in the Bible for prayer.
However this is not an exact translation, for to pray often means to beg, beseech, implore, etc., for which there are other Hebrew words that more accurately convey this meaning.
The root of Tefilah actually means ‘to think, entreat, judge, intercede’.
Our daily prayers are should not be simply requests to GOD to give us what we need or desire. Of course we can include our requests in our daily prayers.
The Hebrew word tefilah comes from the verb pallel ( P L L ), which means to judge.
We use the reflexive verb lehitpallel ( L H P L L ) which does mean to pray but also means “to judge oneself.
The implication is that before we pray to the Father we should enter a time of self-judgment and self-evaluation. We ought to examine our hearts and see whether we measure up to the standards that YHVH has for our lives.
There is a higher level of prayer that we call intercession or standing in the gap for someone elses situation. The Hebrew word used to describe Moses interceding for Israel ans asking GOD not to destroy them is Hateru ( H T R U ) which means to beg or plead. That is the word used for when a lawyer is pleading his client’s case before the judge. Interestingly the numerical value of the word Tefilah is exactly the same as for the word for tears – dimaot. Both add up to 520. Could that be why tears of intercession are precious to GOD and add power to our prayers ?
The highest level on the scale of prayer is when we desire nothing else but a time of intimate fellowship with our Heavenly Father. The Hebrew word to express that level of prayer is related to the verb tofel ( T P L ) which means to attach, join, or bind together.
As we face the most challenging times that people have ever had to live through, let us raise our level of Tehilah to Hateru prayer, rooted in Tofel with YHVH through the blood of His Son YESHUA
As I have shared in the past names are important. In 1 Samuel as is a person’s name, so is the person.
The dynamic behind that is words carry power – Proverbs tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue.
Biblical names all carry a meaning and when we call a person by their name, we are prophecying the meaning of the name over that person, and the power of the word, causes the person to become what his or her name means.
Many people have Hebrew names and don’t know it, so over the next few weeks I will give you some examples.
Elizabeth = Eli sheva = my God is my friend
Mary = Miri am = mother of the people
Joseph, Josie or Josephie = Yosef = God will add (from L Yaseef – future of to add)
Samuel = Shmu El = you will hear God
Avigail – Abi gayle = waves of the Father’s joy
Sarah = Sar ah = princess of Yah
Here are two important points ……
1/ Be very careful and prayerful how we name our children and grand-children
2/ Do not allow people to cut your name short as the full power of the meaning of your name is cut off too
Let us all do our best to become the people that God created us to be by fulfiling the meaning of our name