September 23, 2009

Lesson 8: Supplemental Hebrew Lesson

Before we move on to the next Hebrew alphabet letter, I would like to review what we have learned so far and add some important point about the Hebrew language.

Let's review our lessons so far:
א  This is Alef, the first letter of Hebrew alphabet
ת This is Tav, the last letter of Hebrew alphabet
את  This is the Alef and the Tav, the firs and the last, representing Yeshua.
ב This is Bet, the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet
אב This is Abba, Father
ג  This is Gimel, the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
גא  This is gah, meaning pride.

We have learned that the most important reason for learning Hebrew is because some Biblical passage cannot be properly translated such as Revelation 22.13 in which Yeshua says He is the Alef and the Tav.  Our English (and other translated languages) Bibles do not show this.  By studying the Hebrew text, we can find the Alef and the Tav in the first verse of Genesis: In the beginning, Elohim created the heavens and the earth.  Yeshua has always pre-existed with the Father.  Alef Tav is the fourth word in the verse, a word that does not have a translation because according to the ancient Hebrew sage and scribes, it is considered a sign.  It is THE SIGN of Yeshua himself that the ancient oracles of Israel have prophecied.   All this is explained in our previous 3rd lesson, the Alef and the Tav.

In our previous lesson, we learned the powerful meaning of people's names.  Not only should we learn new words in Hebrew, but the names too.  A name can be a good description and characteristic of a person.  For example, the name Moses or Moshe, means drawn out from the water.  Why? Because Pharaoh's sister found him floating on the water and saved his life and thus named him so.  The name Goliath mean 'uncovered' in Hebrew.  What did we uncover or discover in our last lesson on Gimel?  That the story of Goliath and David is a prophetic picture that is symbolic of the end of the age.  Where was Goliath hit?  One the forehead.  It is familiar to the very first prophecy of Genesis 3:15:  And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.  (Please note: this is not an attempt to convince you to use the true name of Elohim with the tetragrammaton, YHWH, which is a completely different topic we will not go into.  Nobody really knows how that name is pronounced and only the Kohen priesthood 2,000 years ago were allowed to use that name.  Since the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. and the scattering of the Israelites, that verbal knowledge has been lost. It is enough to understand the characteristics of Elohim, which are in His name.  When the time is right, Adonai will tell us the sound of His name but in the meantime, we will not elaborate on this subject.)

Here are more insights into the importance of names.  Let us take a look at the first genealogy of Adam in Genesis chapter 5.  Normally, people tend to gloss over these parts, a list of names can be very boring.  It reminds us of the daily roll calls during school homerooms.  You might think it is not very "practical" part of our Bible study but let's see what we can do to change that attitude. 

Let us take all the names from this genealogy and give each their meaning:
Adam=earthy man
Seth=to place
Enosch=frail flesh
Kenan=house, fixed habitation
Mahalalel=praise of Elohim
Metuselah=when he is dead, it will be sent
Lamech=powerful one

Finally, let's put all these meanings together to make a statement:

Earthy man was placed in frail flesh as his habitation.  The praise of Elohim will descend to teach.  When he is dead, it will be sent, the powerful one, the comforter. 

There you have it!  This geneanology is a prophetic picture of Yeshua.  I don't know about you, but this give me goose bumps!!!  This is the kind of devotional study that gets my heart racing and more motivated than ever to learn Hebrew!  It makes me fall in love with Elohim all over again.  He is so good! 

Romans 11:33 Oh, how deep are God's riches, wisdom and knowledge! How unfathomable are his decisions and unexplainable are his ways!

Job 15:8  Do you hear the secret counsel of God, and limit wisdom to yourself?

HalleluYah!  Our next lesson is Dalet. 

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