September 21, 2009

Lesson 7: Gimel words

In this lesson, we will learn some words and names with the letter Gimel ג in it. 
Gimel is one of the least alphabet letters used in the Hebrew language.  It is not common. 

The first word with ג in the Genesis does not appear until 16 verses later, in the word "great" in the passage where Elohim created two great lights, the sun being the greater light and the moon being the lesser light. It is pronounced, "gadol" or "hagadol,"  הגדל   It is Strong's #1419:  This is the same word used to describe the greatness of Elohim, or our High Priest Yeshua, "Cohen HaGadol."  To verify, check the Hebrew interlinear text analysis for this psalm:

Psalm 77:13  Your way, O Elohim, is holy; What god is great like our Elohim?

גלית  Goliath
Everyone remembers the story of Goliath, the giant David killed. Giants are mentioned several times in the scriptures. However, 3 times, they are mentioned in confrontations with the Israelites.  The first instance, they were the offspring of the Sons of Elohim and Daughters of Men. The term, "Sons of Elohim" is applied to beings who were created directly from Elohim, like angels and archangels.  These beings left their own habitation to come to earth because they saw and desired the earth women.  These unions produced a race of giants, the Nephilim who wrecked havoc on the earth and grieved the Holy One.  The earth was filled with violence, chaos and rebellion and thus was the reason Elohim wiped them all out with a great flood.  Except of course, for the faithful Noah, his family and all life in the ark.  (Genesis 6:4)

The second time, giants are mentioned is in Numbers and Deuteronomy, as the descendants of the Anakim, which the 12 spies sighted in the Holy Land.  Ten spies gave good reports, saying that the Israelites can conquer the land but two spies were afraid of the giants and spread bad reports among the community of Israelites, causing rebellion and dissension.  As a result of their lack of faith, the Israelites were forced to endure 40 more years of wilderness until the older generations passed away.  The Israelites were later able to conquer the land of the giants, Bashan and Argob, from King Og. (Deut. 3:11).  That portion of the land was given to one of the Israelite tribe, Manasheh.  Joshua 11:22 There were no Anakim (giants) left in the land of the sons of Israel; only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod some remained.

The story of Goliath is the third time that giants are mentioned in conflict with Israel.  Goliath was a Philistine giant from Gath, a later remnant of those not killed by Joshua.  He was 9 to 10 feet tall, he defied the God of the Israelite army, taunting, shouting and challenged them to fight him.  The Israelite army was too terrified of him until young David shows up.  As recorded in 1 Samuel 17:

David said to the Goliath “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Adonai Almighty, Elohim of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 
...Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him....
...When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.
...Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath...
And many years later, David and his warriors went on to kill more of these giants, the descandants of Rapha in Gath, one of whom was Goliath's brother.  (1Chronicles 20:8)

Notice the name Gath: a Philistine city meaning, "wine press."  You already learned the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet: Tav.  גת (Reading from right to left, gimel and tav). 

Let us study another character, Gabriel:
Gabriel means Man of Elohim, he is the angel who stands in the presence of Elohim.  This Archangel (meaning chief angel) has appeared to 3 people: the prophet Daniel, Mary the mother of Yeshua, and Zechariah the father of Yochanan the Baptist.  Gabriel serves a different purpose than the archangel Michael who is called the Prince of Israel.  While Gabriel also fights spiritual battles with Michael, his main purpose is to bring good news to the people of Elohim.  In fact, the Hebrew word for angel, malak, means messenger, ambassador, envoy, prince. 

Luke 1:19 The angel answered and said to him (Zechariah), "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of Elohim, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news." 

Daniel 10:13 (Gabriel speaking) But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; but, behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me: and I remained there with the princes of Persia.

Goliath and Gabriel are in sharp contrast to each other.  Goliath curses, Gabril blesses and brings good news.  While Goliath is defiant and stand against Elohim, Gabriel stands in the presence of Elohim.  While Goliath challenged the Israelites, blocking them out of land of promises, Gabriel blessed the prophet Daniel with understanding of the vision about the end of the age--a time when the exile ends and the people of Elohim are brought back to Mt Zion for the final time, never again to be forced out.  (Note: The name Goliath is very similar to the word galut, which mean exile.)

The story of David overcoming Goliath, is a prophetic picture of the second coming of Yeshua and his people overcoming giant obstacle (when the odds where not in their favor) and defeating all the nations who stand against Elohim at the end of the age:

Revelation 19:15 Out of his mouth proceeds a sharp, double-edged sword, that with it he (Yeshua) should strike the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He treads the winepress (gath) of the fierceness of the wrath of Elohim, the Almighty.
Isaiah 63:3 "I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the peoples there was no man with me: yes, I trod them in my anger, and trampled them in my wrath; and their lifeblood is sprinkled on my garments, and I have stained all my clothing."

Proud, pride
 גא   or  גאה
Here the word pride is pronounced as "ga-ah."  It spells with Gimel and Alef.
It means "to lift up strength."
In our previous lesson, we learned that Gimel means lifted up. 

James 4:10  Humble yourselves before Adonai, and he will lift you up.
Proverbs 16:18  Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Job 5:11 So that He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
Luke 1:52  He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble.
James 4:6  "Elohim is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

The story of Lucifer is about a fallen angel.  He fell because of his pride.  He tried to lift himself up (gimel) or to "ascend" higher but the Holy One cast him out. 
Isaiah 14:12,13  How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!  You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of Elohim; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain."

Let us ask ourselves:  Are we lifting up our own strength or are we lifting up the name of Elohim?  Are we happy with what Adonai has given us?  Is our pride גא getting the better of us?  Do we cultivate an attitude of humility?  Do we seek Him in all things always?  Do we sow discord among our brothers and sisters or do we seek to love and unite each other in one Spirit, one Mind, one Body?  Do we bless others?  Do we make our best to emulate the characters of Gabriel, blessing His people with understanding, lifting them up at their time of distress?  Are we doing our best to bring the good news of Yeshua to our friends and neighbors as ambassadors or messengers? 

Those who are humble and gentle in spirit are able to bring the good news to the nation.  They shall be lifted up. HalleluYah!

Don't forget to keep up with the lesson for next week, we will learn the 4th letter of Hebrew alphabet, Dalet.  Have a blessed week!

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