September 15, 2009

Lesson 5: Hebrew Alef & Bet

Let's review: This is Alef א and this is Bet ב.
We also learned about the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the Tav ת.
Let's put together two letters, reading from right to left:

Alef and Bet: these two letters, read from right to left is pronounced ABBA. This is an affectionate term for Father, like the word Daddy. The more formal word, Father is pronounced AHV. Sometime this same word is spelled by adding another Alef at the end, it is also a affectionate term:

Genesis 17:5 (Elohim said to Abram) No longer will you be called Abram, your name will be Abraham , for I have made you a father of many nations.

ABram=exalted father
ABraham=father of many nations

Remember the meaning of the letter Alef?
It means Strong, Leader, Gentle, First, like an Ox.
Bet means house, family or household.
Putting together these 2 letters, Abba symbolizes: First strong leader of the house/family.
It means Abba is our creator! He gave us life and He was always there before everything was!

John 5:26 For as the Father is the source of Life, he has enabled the Son to be the source of life too.
John 1:4 In him (Yeshua) was life, and that life was the light of men.

If you switch the letter around, with Bet first, Alef second:
It means, "Come"
Let's have some fun and make a sentence! Remember to read from left to right:
אבא בא
It means "father is coming." (It reads like ABA BA). Don't worry about the pronunciation, we will learn this later. As Deaf people, we can learn to read it first and learn to speak it later.

Let's read this new word: It read, "BT" Bet, Tav
It is pronounced BAHT and it means: daughter.

Zechariah 2:10: Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst," declares Adonai.

See if you can find the Hebrew words "daughter" and "coming" in this verse:
or here in the interlinear Bible:
(this link show all of chapter 2, you need to scroll down to verse 10)

Here is another word to learn:
The letter Tav is before Alef and Bet. Tav is the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet but here Tav comes before Father. It shows that people who are greedy put their own interest ahead of other people and ahead of Elohim. This interesting word means "greedy." (Note: there are 2 Hebrew words for greed, this is one of the two words).

Proverb 1:19. This is what happens to everyone who is greedy for unjust gain. Greed takes away his life.

We know that greed, jealousy, envy and unjust gain are actions that come from coveting things we don't have and these actions completely ignore the Father's heart. As the Hebrew word greed תאב demonstrate, we should not put our own desire before that of the Father's. Let our hearts always be filled with thanksgiving for what אבא has done for us! Our אבא is the source of all life and if we trust Him, He fulfill all our needs! HalleluYah! Let's us be like the daughter בת of Zion and rejoice for He is coming בא in glory very soon!

In this lesson, we learned that Abba, our Father is the giver of life but greed does the opposite, it takes away anyone's life.

I hope you have fun learning Hebrew. Next lesson, we will go on to the third letter of the alphabet!

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