October 22, 2009

Lesson 12: Hey words


In this lesson we will learn some words and names with the Hebrew letter ה.  We learned in our previous lesson that this is letter is called "Hey" and has gradually evolved to become more like the English E.  However, it is a silent letter like H.

Let us take a look at the story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 17, starting with verse 4, where you will see the Hebrew word Hinneh translated as "Behold."  Here is what Adonai told Abram:

"As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you will be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer will you be called Abram (Exalted Father), but Abraham (Father of Many) because I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fertile (fruitful), I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.  I will give to you, and to your descendants after you, the land where you are traveling, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting (permanent) possession. I will be your Elohim."  Elohim said further to Abraham, "Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.  This is how you are to be faithful to my promise: Every male among you is to be circumcised.  You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you...  (here Elohim explains more about circumcision for infant males)... Don't call your wife by the name Sarai anymore. Instead, her name is Sarah (Princess).  I will bless her, and I will also give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she will become a mother of nations, and kings will come from her."

Notice, what exactly changed?  The Hebrew letter "Hey" or ה  was added in the names of Abram and Sarai.  Abram becomes Abraham and Sarai becomes Sarah. What else changed for Abraham and his wife, Sarah?  Not only their names but Elohim made a permanent promise, a covenant between Him and His generations which is still valid to this very day.  Altogether, Elohim gave Abraham six important promises: 1) covenant  2) change of names  3) numerous descendants and nations 4) descendants who will become kings   5) land of Canaan and 6) circumcision.  In some of the most important prophetic announcements of Biblical events, the word "Behold" is often written in advance of a "new" thing to happen.

Many years later, Elohim again repeated the same promises, taking them to new spiritual level.  Abraham not only become the Father of many nations but also their perfect example to those Gentiles of what it means to be completely faithful. Let us take a look at how all 6 promises became fulfilled:

"Behold, the time coming," declares Adonai, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,  It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them," declares Adonai.  "But this is the promise that I will make to Israel after those days," declares Adonai: "I will put my teachings inside them, and I will write those teachings on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.  (Jeremiah 31:31-33)

Yet, it was Adonai's will to bruise him and cause him to suffer. When Adonai has made his life a sacrifice for our wrongdoings, he will see his descendants (offspring, seed) for many days. The will of Adonai will prosper in his hand.  (Isaiah 53:10)

We know that Yeshua fulfilled most of the prophecies written by Isaiah and other prophets concerning his first coming.    Anyone who believe in Yeshua as his Messiah become born again "from above" and therefore become His spiritual descendants, destined to live in the New Kingdom. ...and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.  (Colossians 3:10)

According to the promise from our Almighty Father, through Yeshua, we will become a new "humanity."  Whoever is a believer in Messiah is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. Behold! A new way of living has come into existence.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)  The new humanity in other English versions is also called the "new self,"  "new man,"  "new person," "new creation,"  "new creature," or "one new man."

Other verses use words like masterpiece or workmanship, for example in Ephesians 2:10-16: For we are God's masterpiece (or workmanship), created in Yeshua HaMashiach to do good works that Elohim prepared long ago to be our way of life.  Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," which is performed in the flesh by human hands--remember that at that time you were separate from Messiah, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without Elohim in the world. But now, in union with the Yeshua HaMashiach, you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah.  For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, He rendered the law inoperative, along with its commandments and regulations, thus creating in himself one new humanity from the two, thereby making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to Elohim through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

At the unveiling of Yeshua HaMashiach, the apostle John saw a vision of the innumerable multitudes of people.  Revelation 7:9  After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands. 

Zechariah 10:10 Though I scatter them among the peoples, yet in distant lands they will remember me. They and their children will survive, and they will return.  I will bring them back from Egypt and gather them from Assyria.  I will bring them to Gilead and Lebanon, and there will not be room enough for them.

Isaiah 11:11  Then it will happen on that day that the Lord will again recover the second time with His hand the remnant of His people, who will remain, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.  And He will lift up a standard for the nations and assemble the banished ones of Israel,  and will gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

Hosea 11:11 They will come trembling like birds from Egypt and like doves from the land of Assyria; and I will settle them in their houses, declares the LORD.

Micah 7:12  It will be a day when they will come to you from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, from Egypt even to the Euphrates, even from sea to sea and mountain to mountain.

Revelation 1:5-6  And from Yeshua HaMashiach, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. To him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 20:6  Blessed and holy are those who share in the First Resurrection. The Second Death has no power over them, but they shall be priests to God and to Christ, and shall be kings with Christ for the thousand years. (Most English versions say "reign" with Him, same concept, different words.)

Romans 2:29 Rather, a person is a Jew inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, brought about by the Spirit, not by a written law. That person's praise will come from God, not from people. 

Revelation 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.

What an AWESOME Creator we serve!  First He fulfilled his promise to Abraham by making him fruitful.  The exalted father became the father of a multitude of nations.  Throughout the history of humankind, these nations fought wars with each others.  Then Elohim sent his only Son so that through Him we can become reconciled, not only to Elohim himself but to each other.  Only though His son can peace finally be achieved and nations will stop bloodshed.  Just as Elohim gave Abraham and Sarah new names, so He will do for us if we are faithful to the end.  Just as Abraham and Sarah, who were already of "old age" became renewed through His promises and with  with the letter ה embedded in their new names... so are we as a new creation, a new humanity, His final masterpiece, a workmanship to BEHOLD!  This new creation is an ongoing process which will become fully manifest upon His second coming. 

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."  And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."  He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alef and the Tav, the Beginning and the End." (Revelation 21:4-6)

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