Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Looking at Jesus through the aleph-beth

The institutional church will have you believe that Psalm 112 is all about you ... but look again!

It's all about Jesus!

See so that you can see

... and when you see that, you will discover His heart for you ...

abc in Hebrew

To make it fun and deeply spiritual (haha), we'll read this Psalm the way it was written - in ancient Hebrew going through all the letters of the Hebrew Aleph-Beth, from the first letter Aleph to the last, Tav. This was beautifully translated in The Scriptures translation of 2009Please feel free to refer to our ancient Hebrew guide here. And see Jesus in every letter of the Aleph-Beth!

Why this peculiar writing style?

Connecting each verse to a alphabet letter was a way of making reciting it easy. There are actually quite a few Psalms written in this way. As you read keep the image of the ancient symbol and what it stands for in mind ... it will bless you with every letter and the verse attached thereto ... and the Gospel will overwhelm you!

Here we go!

Aleph: Praise Yah! Blessed is the man, Who fears יהוה

Bĕt: Who has greatly delighted in His commands.

Gimel: Mighty in the earth shall be his seed

Dalet: The generation of the straight ones shall be blessed.

Hĕ: Wealth and riches are in his house

Waw: And his righteousness is standing forever. 

Zayin: Light has risen in the darkness to the straight ones, Those showing favour

Ḥet: The compassionate, And the righteous.

Tet: Good is a man showing favour and lending

Yod: He sustains his matters in right-ruling.

Kaph: For he is never shaken; 

Lamed: The righteous is remembered forever.

Mem: He is not afraid of an evil report.

Nun: His heart is steadfast, trusting in יהוה 

Sameḵ: His heart is upheld, he is not afraid

Ayin: While he looks on his adversaries.

Pĕ: He scattered abroad, He gave to the poor

Tsadi: His righteousness is standing forever.

Qoph: His horn is exalted with esteem. 

Rĕsh: The wrong one sees it and shall be vexed;

Shin: He gnashes his teeth and shall melt.

Taw: The desire of the wrong ones does perish. Psa 112:1-10

I know you are blessed

See! Now that was not so hard, was it?

Now, let's go again and meditate on each letter while we read ...

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