|The First Letter of the Hebrew Aleph Bet
Hebrew is the oldest language that is still in use today. Without the benefit of at least a cursory understanding of the Hebrew language, a person will not have a complete picture of the Scriptures. In fact, you may even reach a wrong idea concerning any particular verse. Even in the New Testament, you will be at a disadvantage by not understanding Hebrew. In fact, even though the New Testament was brought to us mainly through the Greek language, over 90 percent of the New Testament is Hebrew. Though written in Greek, most of the conversations were in Hebrew and then put in writing using Greek. There are many quotations from the Old Testament which were originally in Hebrew. The book of Matthew was originally written in Hebrew. For these reasons alone, a serious student of the Bible must be expected to have a basic understanding of the Hebrew language.
It might be worth noting that the early settlers in America believed that every minister should be a student of Hebrew. In fact, Yale and Harvard were established for that very purpose.
This blog is to investigate the Hebrew language letter by letter as well as individual words. We will discover depths of understanding never before encountered. Buckle your seat belt! The ride is about to begin!
Hebrew was originally a picture language. Each letter was a pictograph that gave it’s meaning. This later evolved through a series of stages until we have the modern Hebrew letters today. However, by understanding the pictograph of each letter that we have today gives us astounding discoveries. For instance, let’s look at the letter Aleph.
Aleph a (pla)
The a is made up of two other Hebrew letters, the Yod (y) and the Vav (w). there is a Yod above the Vav and a Yod below the Vav. The Yod means “The right hand of power”. The Vav means “nail, connection, etc.). So, we see that Aleph means “The power on earth (below) is connected to the power in Heaven (above) through the nail.”
Now, let’s look at something else. Each letter is assigned a number. Aleph is the number 1. If you take the name Aleph and spell it out in Hebrew it looks like this: (read from left to right) pla (we will study these letters later). If you take the number values of these 3 letters, it adds up to 111. So the letter Aleph has values of 1 and also 111. To me, this shows a 3 in 1 or what we know as the Trinity of God in one.
Notice also, the letter Aleph is made up of 2 Yods and 1 Vav. 3 letters making up 1 letter! Again, 3 in 1, this is called compound unity.
This infers that Aleph is the representative letter for God. Let’s look at something very amazing. The four letter Hebrew word that was given to Moses on Mount Sinai when Moses asked what was God’s Name is written hwhy (yod, heh, vav, heh when reading right to left. Those letters have a combined numerical value of 26. When you take the 2 yods and the vav that make up the letter Aleph they have a combined numerical value of 26. The Jewish rabbis for centuries have always connected the Aleph with the Holy Name of God which cannot be pronounced
August 08, 2014
The first Hebrew letter of the 1st book of the Bible (Genesis or Bereshith) and the last Hebrew letter of the 5th book of the Bible (Deuteronomy or Devarim) which constitutes what is known as the Torah is the letters b(Beit) and l (Lamed) respectively. When you take these two letters and put them together as the word bl you spell the Hebrew word for heart (lav). Actually, the entire 1st five books of the Bible come from inside the two letters meaning heart. This leads us to the conclusion that Torah, which means instruction, comes from the Heart of God. It also means that the instruction or Torah must be “taken to heart” which would imply that you must act on what you are instructed.
As teachers, we must also teach “from the heart” to reach the heart of our students so that they will then “take it to heart” and live by what is taught. But that means, that first, we must have God’s instructions “in our heart” and have “taken those instructions to heart” before we teach others. Put another way, we must receive from the Heart of God His instructions and live our life by them and then, and only then, may we take out of our heart and give instruction to another’s heart.
But there is more! bl is comprised of two letters the lamed and the beit. The lamed means: to teach, to goad, to sting, to direct, authority. The beit means house, tent, temple. So then, bl means the authority of the temple. Your body is a temple. The authority of your body is your heart. “Out of your heart come the issues of life”. That is why Faith must be first in your heart and then in your mouth because Faith needs the authority of the Heart expressed out of the mouth! Watch what enters your heart for that is what will become the authority in your life! Think on these things for a while!
Tav means mark; sign; covenant; seal; an imprint of a signet ring; signature.
Tav is written out as a word in Hebrew as:
wt This means “the covenant of the nail”
The pictograph of tav is a cross. Bearing the cross is to bear his signature, to have his seal, to acknowledge his covenant, to show his sign so all can see.
Ezekiel 9:4 Ezekiel was told to put a mark (tav) on those who wept because of the coming destruction.
Ezekiel 9:26 also mentions the mark (tav)
In Deuteronomy 6:4-8 following the shema, the Israelites were to “bind as a sign” (tav)
Song of Solomon 8:6 says to “set me as a seal (tav) on your heart, as a seal (tav) on your arm”
(Song of Solomon is the 22nd book in the Bible) Tav is the 22nd letter. The Song of Solomon is all about courtship, betrothal, and consummation of the covenant. It is all about the Tav!
Revelation 7:4 says that 144,000 will be sealed (Tav)
The Hebrew word for truth is emet and is written in Hebrew as:
The first letter Aleph means strength of the leader (God); Mem (the middle letter) means birthing or testing; the Tav means mark or covenant.
So this word emet (truth) means: The strength of God has been tested and it is the mark of the covenant.
Aleph is the 1st letter in the Aleph-Bet, Mem is the middle letter in the Aleph-Bet, and Tav is the last letter in the Aleph-Bet. Therefore, truth is truth from beginning to the end and everywhere in between. Jesus said, “I am the Truth..”
There is a word that in Hebrew cannot be translated. That word is:
ta (Aleph-Tav) printed and pronounced:”et”
Aleph Tav is used as a pointer to point to the Direct Object of the sentence.
Notice this: The Aleph is a picture of an ox and tav is a picture of a cross. The cross is at the END of the aleph-bet. If you want to plow a straight furrow in a field, you need to pick out a “mark” at the end of the field and keep your eyes on that mark; otherwise, you will make a crooked path. Once you pick your mark, you then rely on the strength of the ox to get you to that mark. “I press toward the mark..” I am pressing on with my eye on the mark (the cross and all it means) while I am relying on the strength of the ox (God) to get me there and to keep me on the straight and narrow path. The last thing I want to do is to go wide.
Now, look at the definition of sin (hamartia): Missing the mark (cross) and getting off the straight and narrow road.
The first verse in the Bible has the Aleph Tav.
Bereshith bara Elohim ta In the beginning God created the Aleph Tav (the covenant of the nail). Aleph (God) is looking for the Tav. You cannot be in covenant and be in rebellion at the same time. A case in point is Esau and Jacob. (You can only see this in the Hebrew text). Prior to Esau selling his birthright, the Aleph Tav appeared before his name. After he sold his birthright it no longer appeared in front of his name, it moved to Jacob’s name. Esau lost the covenant of the nail because he despised it and though he once had it he lost it over a bowl of bean soup!