Bless and Knee

photo used by permission from Janne Corax
photo used by permission from Janne Corax

Introduction

There is an interesting video series on you tube by Brad Scott from "The Wild Branch Ministry" who explains Bible concepts based on the concept of agri-bio-linguistics, meaning that the Hebrew words used in the Bible as given by God are described in terms of biology, agriculture, and language.

Ex: "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God" Man is the biology in this verse, bread is the agriculture, and Word is the language.

God's desire was that man would understand the concepts He wished to communicate and used common things all men of the culture would be able to understand and comprehend. It also provided a visual description of words.

The Camel Roll

For instance the Hebrew word for roll is galal. (Gimel, Lamed, Lamed). During hot weather a camel will roll in soft soil.

The first letter of the word Galal...Gimel is picture of a camel. The double lamed speaks of perpetual motion and something continual. So when God used the word galal "roll" they had a visual of a camel rolling.

In a previous post, I wrote about how the words glory and liver were related, in which they share identical Hebrew letters. It was shown how the liver was the heaviest organ in the body and descriptive of glory meaning weighty and full of substance. This time I would like to look at the word for bless and knee which also share identical Hebrew letters, Which indicates that there is something about the word knee that is descriptive of a blessing. This lesson will be exampled by the behavior of a camel and the functions of a knee as it relates to the Hebrew word for Bless.

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The Knee

Some facts about the knee that give us an overall general look at the intentions of blessing.

  • The knee supports the whole weight of the body. Blessings are things that support us and encourage us.
  • It is a pivotal hinge joint which provides the body with flexibility and stability. Blessings give us greater mobility, flexibility, and stability in living.
  • It is the largest joint in the body. Blessing and being blessed are a large part of Christian living. God's first commands to Adam and Eve were to be fruitful and multiply. There first commands were to be a blessing in what God had already blessed them with. secondly without Him or His blessing we can do nothing,

The Hebrew word pictograph for bless (barak) shows us more specifically what blessings entail. Each letter we look at carries with it an image that can give us a fuller and deeper meaning of the words concept.

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Bet - Abide

The first letter of barak/bless is bet and is a picture of a tent or dwelling. It symbolizes abiding dwelling, and resting. Blessing has to do with resting and abiding inside.

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. ~ John 15:7

One purpose of the knee is to Kneel. Kneeling is resting our weight on our knees. When the weight of our life is resting upon our submission to Him we are in a position to be blessed as the above verse indicates.

Some physical benefits of kneeling that testify of this resting position:

  • upper and lower back muscles relax,
  • heart rate slows down,
  • blood pressure regulates.

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Resh - Priority

Resh is the second letter of the Hebrew word for bless. It is imaged by a head and can indicate something that is highest and first as in top priority. It comes after abiding. If we read the letters consequtively it would read "abide first" we must make abiding a priority, or rest in Him through our submission before we receive.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. ~ John 15:4,5

Resh can also indicate abundance or many and is the first letter in the Hebrew word for many. We can associate blessing with abundance. .

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us... ~ Exodus 3:20

I will abundantly bless her provision;I will satisfy her poor with bread. ~ Psalm 132:15

Bet and Resh Together

The Hebrew word for "One and only begotten Son" is bar spelled with bet and resh, the first two letters for the word for bless tell us that blessings all flow through His Son.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ ~ Ephesians 1:3

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Caph - The Open Hand

Caph is a the final letter of the word bless and knee and is pictured by an open hand or a wing and indicates to give, receive, reach out, protect, and can symbolize man's humility and God's glory. It is man's humility that brings to bear and exhibits the weightiness of God's glory.

I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. ~ Psalm 61:4

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ~ Psalm 91:1

When we kneel and submit ourselves to Him He hides us under the shadow of His wings. To be blessed is to be hidden, and protected in Him. To be cursed is to be outside of Him and subject to evil.

We also see with the letter caph" the hand that gives and receives and descriptive of blessing.

You open Your handAnd satisfy the desire of every living thing. ~ Psalm 145:16

What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good. ~ Psalm 104:28

When studying this topic I also came across an ancient animal that is noted for it's knees and descriptive of blessing.

And he made his camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water. ~ Genesis24:11

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Kneeling Camels

Everyone in the ancient desert lands would have been familiar with a camel and it's behavior's and the purposes for which it kneels.

Interestingly enough there are still nomads today, as shown in the photo above, that are using camels as the ancients did. The camel in the ancient world was considered the ship of the desert carrying goods from one destination to another. A good strong camel can carry between 500 and 1000 pounds of goods. A camel kneels that it may receive these goods or unload them.

If we view the word bless in the life of a camel we can see that blessings are things and provisions that are being transported from one place to another and bestowed upon its recipients by a kneeling servant.

What a touching thought that the creator of the universe would want to serve the man he created by blessing him. Could we even say he knelt down or humbled himself to bless us.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~ Philippians 2:5-11

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Kneeling is symbolic of humility and submission He humbled Himself and submitted to this world and it's limitations. On the other side of this it is required that we kneel and humble ourselves before him to receive His blessings. Submission to God is a requirement.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, ~ I Peter 5:6

"The way up is down"

all the assembly blessed the Lord, the God of their fathers, and bowed down and did obeisance to the Lord and to the king ~ I Chronicles 29:20

A Camel also kneels to rest and to drink which brings us to our next connection with kneeling and blessing that concerns the camel. The Hebrew word for pool is "brakah" which literally means where camels kneel. It uses the same three root letters (bet, resh, and caph) as the word bless and knee only it has one extra letter on the end which is a "hey" which most generally indicates "what comes from". Pools of water are considered a source of refreshment in a dry hot wilderness. So could we say that what comes from a blessing is refreshment and provision from our eternal source. Water is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. And the camel "gamal", symbol for the third letter of the Hebrew Alphabet representing the Holy Spirit is like the camel. He is the deliverer of blessings and goodness bringing us to be refreshed, fulfilled and satiated.

And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. ~ Psalm 36:8

Ultimately Christ is the source from whom all blessings flow.

Another interesting Hubber, Peter M Lopez shares an additional revelation concerning this word and its first use in the Bible.

"The first time God blesses anyone or anything in the Bible is in Gen. 1:28: "God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.'"

To form v'ibarak, two letters are added to the word barak above, the letter VAV, pictured as a tent peg or nail, and meaning a nail or hook, and YOD, pictured as the arm from the fist to the elbow, meaning my hand or my works.

Therefore, v'ibarak, or God's first blessing to humanity is prophetic of God's ultimate blessing to humanity: the NAIL in the HAND of the SON is God's BLESSING." (end of quote)

What greater blessing can there be?

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16

How do we bless Him? By kneeling before Him and living lives in submission to Him and partaking of His benefits.

Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. ~ Psalm 103:1-5

When we bless people we are transporting what was given to us and bestowing them on others with our words or actions.

...Freely you have received, freely give. ~ Matthew 10:8

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Prayer - "Old Camel Knees"

I conclude with this final revelation involving knees, blessings, and camels and that is prayer. Jerome a 4th century priest and Bible historian wrote that James the brother of the Lord prayed so much that his knees became hardened and calloused like a camel's does from kneeling and has since been labeled "Old Camel Knees"

What better way to bestow and obtain the blessings of God then to kneel before Him in prayer and intercession.

And as Paul prayed in concert with this in Ephesians 3 for us...

I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. ~ Ephesians 3:14-21

© 2010 Tamarajo

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einron profile image

einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Excellent hub. Full of appropriate meaning and well augmented bible verses. Enjoyed reading very much. God bless.


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Benjimester 6 years ago from San Diego, California

Those are some really interesting associations. I don't think I'll ever look at my knees the same :) Being able to see general intangible words like "Blessing" in real life imagery like camels, knees and pools of water is pretty cool.


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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Amazing. I can clearer now! I am Blessed with your research, knowledge and wisdom the Holy Spirit has led you into. It is evident you so love the Lord. Amen brother. Keep pressing on. It is no mistake you are at the hubs. I will be back. I love the way you write, you write and simplify. It is evident the Spirit is in you and on you. AMEN Bother. Great hub. Did you know James had a nick name? Camel knees? He was on his knees so much they looked the the camels knees. Hugs Galore, Great to meet you.


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

How interesting! The very thing that supports our bodies, also gives us rest, and humility:) What an interesting correlation...that when we go to our knees our heart rate starts slowing down:) Awesome Hub! Much thought went into this, I can tell:) Many Blessings To YOU!


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

"Bless" you all for reading :). God's wisdom and ways continually fascinate me. It's as if He has made all of creation an object lesson. Sky...nice addition "John-Camel Knees"


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Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

Excellent hub. This word study is very rich in meaning. I never really thought about kneeling that way. If we will only "kneel" in submission to His will, God's blessings will come.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Thanks tamarajo. I really like the way you make your point. It's wonderful how God's Word keeps getting richer as we study. Thanks for your teaching. It's appreciated.


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brotheryochanan 6 years ago from BC, canada

Nice slant. This is gonna catch on big time.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Yes Chin Chin it's all in humbling ourselves. Sometimes lots of resistance with that but Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him.

lifegate I agree His word is layers and layers deep and I love deep sea diving : )

Thank you brotheryochanan.


KariBrech 6 years ago

Very interesting and indepth! I think you should write a book.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you for reading and your encouragement Kari : )


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lcg4jc 6 years ago

"If we view the word bless in the life of a camel we can see that blessings are things and provisions that are being transported from one place to another and bestowed upon its recipients by a kneeling servant."

"Therefore, v'ibarak, or God's first blessing to humanity is prophetic of God's ultimate blessing to humanity: the NAIL in the HAND of the SON is God's BLESSING." (end of quote)"

WOW! Tamarajo you have blown me away with this study. I have been blessed beyond measure. The insight used with the Aleph-Bet are unsurmountable.

I love the gimel "camel" imagery that you use on so many of your hubs. It is true, everyone in the Middle East would have understood the ways of the camel. It is so beautiful to learn all those various and differing ways the camel is used in the desert. One thing I learned today was that the camel kneels to drink water. What an image. Kneeling in reverence to receive refreshing sustenance!

God bless you always with the ability to see beyond Ivrit and into the specific meanings of each and individual aleph-bet.

Blessings to you my friend and sister in Christ


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Igc4jc for your viist.

I love the imagery of the camel as well as the kneeling servant that humbled Himself to bless us and as an example of how to receive that blessing by kneeling in humility like the camel.

The word picture studies and the agri bio linguistic teaching is so fascinating to me because pictures and the concepts that go with them don't change. Language may change with word associations but God has made a way to make the concepts firm and dependable just like Him timeless and unchanging.

His Word and ways so Amazes me and how He speaks to us in all that He has created. The entire planet is an object lesson testifying of His goodness and grace.

You seem familiar with the Hebraic concepts. : )

Bless you for your encouraging comment.


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Unleashed Victory 5 years ago

Tamarajo, this was an amazing hub and there is so much in it that I read it twice and I'll read it again. There is so much substance in this that it's rich. I want others to get this, so I'm forwarding it. Thank you for the eye opening and compelling post!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello unleashed victory, I am glad you enjoyed the hub. His word is so rich and so deep and full of such relevance for life He never ceases to amaze me. I can see how learning of Him and His ways will be an eternal experience.

So blessed you stopped by and am encoraged by your comment.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I love this marvelous hub. Setting side a block of time for each day to read and study His word teaches us so much. All of our questions and needs are addressed in His Holy words. You have inspired us all to "ask and it shall be given". You are a light. Blessings to you blessed tamarajo.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello vocalcoach, I agree making time for study of His Word is so priceless. It is a discipline that we really have need to exercise. It is so worth every moment and every effort because He will not disappoint those who seek Him.

Thank you for reading my hub. I appreciate your encouragement and blessings.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Bless you for writing this Hub! AMEN! Voted-UP!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you drpastorcarlotta blessed by the visit and comment.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

These types of studies are always interesting. God's Word is so rich and full, and an endless blessing to the believing heart and mind. It is a wonderful thing to study it. Thank you for sharing your work.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you R Talloni, I agree. I never cease from being amazed at the wonders discovered in the treasuries of His Word.

I also love how He is so consistent in His truths. He confirms them to us again and again in different ways. He has made Himself known if we desire to seek Him.

Blessed by your visit and comment.


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anidae 5 years ago from Tennessee

I voted up and awesome for your wonderful hub. I like the fact that you back up your statements with scripture.

You have a good understanding of His Word and are able to explain your belief in simple terms anyone can understand.

After reading this hub, I will be on my knees when I pray instead of just bowing my head.I know this will bring God closer to me as I get closer to him.

Thanks for a great lesson in Hebrew. I think it is a most beautiful language.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi anidae thank you for your vote and complimentary comment. I love His Word more than anything. He certainly is the all wise God and to study His thoughts and Words and understand them more deeply is a joy.

I'm glad you enjoyed the revelation thanks for stopping by.

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