An answer to a blog from a former pastor of mine…
You should be proud…when I learned as a young SBC child and teen and continued to hear from you in later years how the Baptist tradition is to emulate the era of the disciples…I took you a little too seriously. I really believe that I am to do as Jesus and the disciples did. I believe I should not be swayed by the latter decisions of Constantine and the popes, but that I ought to take the reformers ideals to heart so much that I do the Leviticus 23 Feasts and Sabbath.
When one just picks up a Bible and reads and does not have someone to sway them into traditions that came up later, one will just research and live that way. That is who I want to be. I want to understand the Hebrew and the Greek as it was intended from the Hebraic cultural point of view. I want to look at the Paleo Hebrew pictographs in regard to a Hebrew word and ask God ‘what did this particular word mean to Moses when he shared it with Your people?’ That is possible now.
The resurrection of the Hebrew language to modern usage is also a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy: “For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of YHWH”(Zephaniah 3:9)
Every letter of the Hebrew alephbet is in the preceding verse which indicates to me we are to take notice of the entire alephbet and know something important is being communicated through it.
The Hebrew word for “letter of the alephbet” is owt (aleph-vav-tav pronounced ‘oat’), which can also mean “sign” or “wonder.” When the Creator spoke the world into existence this means he used a divine language to do it…one which transcends time and space. Messiah is ‘devar elohim’, the Word of God made flesh according to the Gospel of John. Acrostics are embedded in the book of Esther which spell God’s name several time, but weren’t we all taught God’s name was not there?
The Paleo Hebrew alephbet was set aside during or just after the time Daniel and Ezra and of the Babylonian captivity. Recall the instruction in Daniel 12:4: “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”
Link to Ancient Hebrew Chart:
So God hid/planted the seed/word of God until the time of the end/harvest! Too cool!
This time has come. The pure language is there for us to find. Interestingly, an elephant is spelled in pictures as ‘staff which is both mouth and hand’, eretz /earth is spelled strong head with fishhook (gravity)! An example of how this works is the root word ‘ab-’ meaning father and spelled aleph (ox/strong leader), bet (tent/house/family). So the meaning is the spelling. Mother is spelled ‘im-’ aleph (strong), mem (flow, womb, river). This works on so many levels…she births, she cries, she is often the flow of emotions. This is the root for amen (add a nun for seed the continuance of the strong flow, emet (truth….add a tav for the sign of the strong flow…aleph is the first letter of the alephbet, mem the middle, tav the last…so truth is the first last and all in between!!!), emunah (faith…is amen plus the letter hey [window,see, behold] which implies behold the strong flow is continuing into the future with an heir)!!! Every Hebrew word works this way. Your Bible will open up to you in exciting ways you never imagined.
A child (of Western Language heritage) can recognize the letters (upside down or sideways) to pronounce it and the letters are pictures which form the agri-biological meanings that inspired the words.
And there are other ways to study like chiastic structures (a-b-c-d-c’-b’-a’) comparisons, etc. Various scriptures have the same structures if you look in the Hebrew for what verbs are used in the stories. This was a mnemonic device for oral recall, however God also ordained these so we will see patterns he wants us to notice. Look at all the ‘say you are my sister’ stories…and compare the variations and consider how they relate to messianic prophecy. Look at all the stories where a child dies, almost dies, possibly dies (Jephthah’s daughter, Ishmael, Shunamite’s son, Isaac, etc.) and is resurrected/yet lives/is delivered…or in the case of Jephthah’s daughter the olah is generally considered a whole burnt offering that goes ‘up’ but there is a possibility that the meaning of the word doesn’t necessarily mean she was killed but set apart to go ‘up’ to mountain and serve God for her whole life as a virgin. The important part is not to decide which happened but to notice there is a sense of death and yet raising ‘up’!
Jeremiah 6:16 in the NIV just for you, Pastor :
This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’