Reading and understanding the Hebrew letters of God's name provides a gateway into the mysterious nature of God. Enjoy the following meditation that has uplifted Christians for many years. Both the books of Genesis and John reveal God as one. In this fascinating study, Jeff Ordonez takes you on a journey through the Hebrew name of God which reveals our Savior Jesus, the Messiah of the world. Get ready to learn how God manifests creation and how His name is written in you.
Our scriptural meditation of God’s name starts with Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God”. In the English version there are four words, but in the Hebrew scriptures, there are only two, “Reshiyth Elohim”. Based on those two words we get the English version, “In the beginning God” Reshiyth means, “first” or “beginning”, and denotes preeminence of rank or time. Elohim means rulers, judges, divine ones, or gods, and is basically the plural form of the one supreme God.
The second account of creation appears in Genesis 2:4 “This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,” There are two agents at work in the creation of all things, LORD, and God. The word LORD is YAHWEH in the Hebrew, and the word God is Elohim in the Hebrew. YAHWEH is the proper name for God, later it was translated as Jehovah.
The name YAHWEH is compose of three Hebrew letters, Yod, Hey, Vav, and Hey. In the English language this word is translated as the letter YHWH. Together these four letters are pronounce YAHWEH. Unlike our English language the Hebrew letters have special meanings.
The description of God in the in Genesis 1:1 attributes creation to Elohim, while in Genesis 2:4 the creation is attributed to YAHWEH Elohim. Notice that in both of these scriptures Elohim emphasize the active agent of creation to be Elohim, while YAHWEH appears to more like the power behind Elohim. We can see this especially in Genesis 1:1 in were it says: “In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth”. And because it’s Elohim are the forces that creates and sustains we can assume that this power is all around us right now and has existed for millenniums.
This concept presents a picture of how God created the heavens and earth as an unseen reality, which appears to be in YAHWEH but then by Elohim God puts forth it forth as the creation. Now that we have that established, let’s look at the relationship between Elohim and YAHWEH and the roll of each.
The scripture tells us, that Elohim are the “rulers” or the “judges”, which conveys a plural sense of God. By understanding God in the plural sense, we can understand that God rules and judges over all things, as an observer and as one who interacts with all things. We know that this can’t mean that the full presence of God is among us, if it were then none of us would exist, His presence would overwhelm us.
By that account, we can understand that Elohim is God’s creative powers through which He can create, observe, interact, sustain, and rule creation with directives that exist within God. Therefore within Elohim are the forces by which God can see and hear all things. And it is through these powers of Elohim that God has dominion over all creation and interacts with it according to His omnipotent judgment.
The most common believe is that Elohim is a description for the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When we carefully survey the New Testament, we come across a very interesting scripture that has a clear description of God the Father and God the Son associated to the time of the beginning. John 1:1-3 declares, “In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” In verse 1, the word “God” in the Greek can be use to describe any deity or God, but in this scripture it means supreme God, the one true God, the God of the Old Testament, that's YAHWEH.
Notice what verses 1 and 2 explain. In the beginning, Jesus, the word and God YAHWEH were one. We can understand Genesis and creation through this verse. That in the beginning Jesus the word, and God were one. In Genesis 2:4 it says that it was God YAHWEH, the one God, and Elohim that made the heavens and the earth. We are beginning to see a clear connection between the Son of God and the supreme God YAHWEH the Father as one. And then in verse 3 it explains that all things were made through Him, the Son, that's the action of Elohim. In Genesis 1 says that “In the beginning Elohim made all things” in John 1:3 it says, that everything was made through Him. In the Greek the word through is means “through”, or “as a means” and emphasizes the idea of a channel, and that's the main point of this verse. So John 1:3 reveals that Jesus is the channel by which all creative power from within God flows as it creates.
If you look at the order of this verse we see a perfect match with Genesis 2:4 which states that all creation was made by YAHWEH Elohim. We see YAHWEH as the Father and the Son as one, the origin of creation, then Elohim is described as the creative powers, or forces, that flow through the Son of God who is one with the Father. This is much different than assuming Elohim as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. What the Bible teaches is that God is God, and that His powers are His powers, and we just proved it through Genesis and John. What is interesting is that YAHWEH the proper name of God, also reveals the oneness with the Son unlike Elohim. Elohim akin to the functions of God in power while YAHWEH is described as one with the Son.
We will go through each of the letters of the proper name of God. YAHWEH has four letters but contains only three. The letter H in English is repeated therefore, it only has three letters. The first letter of the proper name of God is Yod. In English that represents the letter Y. Unlike the English language Hebrew letters have a meaning, they have significance attached to them. Yod is the smallest Hebrew letter and is suspended in midair when you write it. In the Jewish tradition Yod represents the smallest point of energy. It also represents the starting point of creation, which brings us back to John 1:1-3 which describes the oneness of God at the point of creation. And that's not even the most compelling aspect of this Hebrew letter. Because Yod is the smallest Hebrew letter of the alphabet it is a symbol of humility. This symbol of humility is taken so seriously that in Numbers 12:3, the verse that states that Moses was the most humble man on earth, contains two Yods. So both in the content and symbols,humility is conveyed emphatically by two Yods.
The New Testament declares that the most meek and humble of all servants was Jesus. In fact, when you look at His life you can see His humility just by understanding who He was. God the Son lowered Himself into the flesh. That takes humility from the heart of God. He was also insulted , He was reviled, a crown of thorns was placed on He’s head, and was spit upon. He never talked back, argued, cursed , insulted anyone in return. He was a humble servant. He was the perfect picture of humility. He also washed the disciples feet, and He served us and God with love. So yod equals humility or, to be humble.
The next letter in YAHWEH is the letter H in English, and in Hebrew is Hey. Hey has several meanings, and all its meanings are connected and similar. For our study we are going to focus on two of the most prominent meanings. In my point of view, this seems appropriate because there are two Heys in the name of God. The first meaning that we come across when we study the letter Hey is, “look” or “behold”. This is an expression of surprise or amazement, and is especially fascinating when you associate it with the first letter Yod, which means humble or meek. When you put both of them together you get behold meekness, or behold humility. When you put those two symbols together what surfaces in my mind is John 1:36 which says, “And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”. This appears to be an interesting match when you look at it in the terms of the message. The message declares the word “behold”, and then the Lamb. The Lamb is the symbol of meekness and humility. Humility and behold are the same sentence. And it becomes more interesting when you read it backwards. Because the Hebrew language is read from right to left, we see the first symbol as humility that's Yod and then we see behold, that is Hey. So you actually see the first two letters of the name God in the words of John the Baptist.
The next letter is Vav, which looks like a log peg, or like the hooks of a tent, suggests connected power. This symbol has great Messianic meaning to it. What is really interesting about Vav is that before the fall of Adam and Eve, Vav was use to describe humanity, or generations. But after the fall the letter Vav was no longer used when describing the generations of mankind, it was taken out. Vav is seen as the missing element within humanity. In Jewish tradition It's said that the one day that Messiah will come to restore the Vav, or the element of God, to all the generations of the world. Vav also is the sixth letter in the Hebrew alphabet and represents mankind or, the flesh of men. In Hebraic terms Vav is strongly associated to the first man and to the last man. Which of course is explained to us in the New Testament. Therefore vav represents, Messiah or Savior, the One who restores us back to God.
Lest go to the last H, or the last Hey in the name of God. The first meaning was to behold or look. Hey is also a picture of God’s presence in us. Hey is the transforming power of God’s Spirit dwelling in us. Jewish tradition teaches that humanity can behold the Spirit of God or the breath of God. As a believer in the flesh, when we accept our Lord Jesus as Savior we receive His saving power which gives to us the Holy Spirit, or the spirit in the flesh. That is the perfect representation of Hey, that we receive the Holy Spirit of God in the flesh. When we look at Jesus through the scriptures, we see a picture of God in the flesh, but He is the perfect One. Jesus was one with God in the flesh. He was the God man, and through His sacrifice, and our acceptance of that sacrifice, we can ascend to greater highs with God's Holy Spirit.
Now we can see a very close relationship between us and God. Because of God's sacrifice on the cross, which was done with love, we can become more like Jesus Himself. We become more like Jesus with the indwelling Spirit, and so for this reason Jesus is also called the door of God. Hey also represents the door of God. In addition, Hey represents an ascending man, or God-man or man-God, and can be applied to a person that is raised in the knowledge of God, or for the man-God himself. And there is only one man-God written in the scriptures, and that is the Son of God, Jesus. When you put the symbols together this what they say, “humble, behold, Messiah God-man”. Keep that in mind that this is name of God. Regardless on how you organize the symbols of God’s name you get the same message. In a better organized manner this is how it sounds, “Behold, humble Messiah God man”. That's what the letters in God’s name represents.
The scriptures reveal to us that God was one at the moment of creation, and we proved it in the book of John and Genesis. But God’s name also reveals the oneness with Jesus, the God-man. In fact, it's almost like a message to humanity to behold the humble Messiah who is one with God. Keep in mind that God’s name has existed from eternity past, even before creation. So “behold the humble Messiah God-man”, was written within His name before creation.
This gets even more amazing when you look at the message of John the Baptist when he sees Jesus. John 1:29 reads, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” You've read this a thousand times. But both in content and symbolism the name of God appears again, “Behold humble Messiah God man”. The same pattern is encoded in this sentence. Look what it says here, “behold” that’s the Hey. Then we see the Lamb, the symbol of humility, or Yod. Then, the Son of God, Lamb of God, or the God-man, that's Vav. Finally we introduced to the action of the God-man, or Savior, which is to take away the sins of the world. When applied to the world, this is symbolic of a universal Messiah. When you look at the symbols in this sentence, we see, behold, humble, Messiah, God man.
When you take into account that the book of Genesis speaks of the oneness of God, and how through His powers which radiate within God through the channel of all creation, that through which all things are made called Elohim by which He is aware of all things, and through which He is able to interact with it. We see an incredible picture revealed. We know that all of us are created in the image of God as the creative powers flows though Jesus, By this we can understand that His image is within us. We are created in His image. So it stands to reason that God’s name is within as well and that God has sign His name in our bodies. We assert this because Jesus is one with God and all creative forces reflect the invisible God. What's fascinating about this study is that the bible tells us, that the name of God is embedded within us.
Ephesians 3:14-15 says, “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,” All humanity has the name of God embedded within it. It has the signature of God within it. Embedded within you is the name of God. As you proceeded forth from the starting point of God the name of our Lord written in you. So within your body is the signature of God, YAHWEH. And His name pronounces not only victory over your body but also complete rule and dominion over your body. You are a creation of the living God, and His name rules in you.
I want you to be filled with joy knowing that God has signed His name in your body. In every gene and every cell, His name dwells in you. And it is a reminder that God has dominion over you and all of creation..
We hope you enjoyed today's Christian meditation on scripture. Many blessings to you. We're praying for you.
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