Facets of God Displayed in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet (Mem-Nun-Samech) Part 5

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This is the fifth part of a series viewing the ancient Hebrew letter pictographs in context of how they reveal facets of God's character. It is spectacular in that there is nothing in God's Word that is without significance even the letters of Words confirm and reiterate the truths shown to us in the scriptures.

In part one of this series it was explained in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet the revelation of the strong Father (Aleph-ox), the builder Son (Bet-home), and humble resurrecting Holy Spirit (Gimel-camel)

In Part two Jesus is shown as the way (Dalet-door), the light of our World (Hey-window) and our eternal security (Vav-nail) that secured our salvation through His death on the cross. These three show us the home

Part three revealed God as one who remembers (zayin-inscribing tool) His covenant and embraces and surrounds us within the fence (Chet-fence) of His mercy and grace and who is our righteous judge (tet-snake)

Part Four studied the powerful (yod-hand forearm) and capable (caph-cupped palm) hands of God that shepherd and lead (lamed) us.

Part five begins with the letter mem.

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God is Himself, without qualifying thought or Word. He is simply God. AW Tozer

Mem

Mem "מ" is a picture of water in various forms and predominantly is pictured as the waves of the ocean indicating something mighty in motion (a force),...

The Lord on high is mightier Than the noise of many waters, Than the mighty waves of the sea. ~ Psalm 93:4

according to geography about.com

"ocean waves are one of the most powerful natural phenomena on Earth"

This mightiness not only speaks force but of mass and immensity and attempts to give us the view of God as unquantifiable.

His understanding is unsearchable ~ Isaiah 40:28

According to Seethesea.org The oceans mass is 1400000000000000000 metric tons...

This can indicate to us that God truly has profound substance and matters much.

In a previous article "Glory and Liver" The weightiness of God is described in the Hebrew word for glory.

The heavens declare (account and quantify) the glory (weightiness) of God;... ~ Psalm 19:1

The oceans expanse covers approximately 71 percent of the earths surface

...for our God is greater than all gods. But who is able to build Him a temple, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? ~ II Chronicles 2:5-6

An ocean is noted for its depth. the deepest point of 36,198 feet...If Mount Everest were to be placed into the this trench it would be covered with sea water more than a mile deep.

They see the works of the LORD, And His wonders in the deep. Psalm 107:24

The Book of Job asks some great questions about trying to quantify God. This is fitting with the letter mem as it is a letter known for similar associations and is the first letter of words like who, how and what.

“Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? ~ Job 11:7

Paul tells us in I Corinthians that God is ready and willing to reveal to us the deep things of God.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God ~ I Corinthians 2

Mem can also represent kings and kingdoms which are considered mighty forces in heaven and earth and is the first letter of kings, kingdoms and angels.

The New Testament begins with presenting Jesus as our King with the book of Matthew as well as "The Kingdom of God" and "Kingdom of heaven" appearing 94 times in the entire New Testament.

...He who is the blessed and only Potentate(one possessing great power and dominion), the King of kings and Lord of lords... ~ I Timothy 6:15

Might we see Him and His Kingdom as a huge, superior, powerful force in the earth.

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Nun

Nun "נ" is a picture of a seed or a fish imaging perpetuation and propagation as in from one generation to another symbolizing things that are prolific, eternal and everlasting.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary.

Nun is also the first letter of the word faithful.

Your (God's) faithfulness endures to all generations ~ Psalm 119:90

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Samech

Samech "ס" is an image of a walking stick or crutch meant to communicate the idea of support, being upheld, and helped.

God says...

...I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ ~ Isaiah 41:10

The world criticizes and claims that our religion is nothing but a crutch to which we may reply, "why, yes it is!"

Those of us who have placed our faith in Christ recognize our insufficiency and incompetency in and of ourselves and are entirely dependent upon God for all that we are, have, and do.

...without Me you can do nothing. ~ John 15:5

In the following familiar portion of scripture the Hebrew word translated "stay" is samech.

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed (supported, sustained, upheld and dependent) on You ~ Isaiah 26:

We lean on Him for our strength and help

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble ~ Psalm 46:1

In Conclusion our God is infinitely massive, mighty (mem), and eternal (nun), upholding (Samech) all things by His power (Hebrews 1:3)

Stay tuned for part six viewing Ayin-eye, Pey-mouth, and Tsadiq-kneeling man

Couldn't think of a better way to wrap up the theme of these three letters than this song by Chris Tomlin. Enjoy!

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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

TJ,

I'm loving this series. Truly God is amazing and more than deserving of our worship. Would you mind if I were to break down this series and teach it to my people? Thanks for all you do for the glory of God.


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shelpeare 4 years ago

Samech means "prop" or "mountain". That is why in the Samech section in Psa. 119 it says "Uphold me according to Thy Word." (verse 116). Verse 117 in that same Samech section says "Hold Thou me up." The next verse, verse 118, tells of the opposite of that saying "Thou hast trodden down ...." referring to the unrighteous. Contrast is used there. Since Samech is the 15th Hebrew letter and it can also mean "mountain" apart from "prop" Psa. 15 in its first verse says "Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?"


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shelpeare 4 years ago

I forgot to mention that in the Samech section in Psa. 119:116 the word "Uphold" is Samak in Hebrew, very close to Samech which means prop.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Glad your enjoying the series lifegate. You are welcome to use whatever you wish from any article. Would love for others to be as thrilled as myself by Him and His wonders.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Shelpeare, The prop concept is consistent with crutch in its idea of upholding. I know there are a few of the letters where the pictograph is either unclear or debated according to various sources. I went with several sources including the alphabetic Psalms to arrive at the concepts meaning. I will definitely add this insight in my studies and prayerfully ponder it further.

I also have noticed as you pointed out in your comment that many of the letters have contrasting meanings as with the letter gimel where the concept can lend to the image of kneeling in humility or the idea of lifting up and can sometimes image pride or exaltation. Thank you for pointing that out. It is a very relevant point for those wishing to understand how pictographs work.

May I ask what your sources for study are? Wouldn't mind some more material on the subject. Just a note I don't and won't use any Kabbalisitic or mystical sources. I would be willing to share mine if your interested as well and will be saving in my notes the points you share.

Thank you for reading and your additional insight.


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shelpeare 4 years ago

When I first started studying the Hebrew Alphabet I used The New Book of Knowledge Encyclopedia. I'm not sure if they are still around but the interpretations there fit with most of the others elsewhere. I don't believe in the Kabbala either. That is out for sure! However, Strong's Concordance has most of the meanings for the Hebrew alphabet with additional meanings too. I will give you the index numbers as far as possible. (Note that some Bible sites or software leave out the initil "zero" : aleph (0505), Beth (01004, 01005), Gimel (01580, 01581), Daleth (01817), He (01887), Vau (02053), Zain (no exact match), Cheth (02844, 02845), Teth (no exact match), Jod (03027, 03028), kaph (03709), Lamed (03925), Mem (04325), Nun (05126), Samech (05564), Ain (05869), Pe (06310), Tzaddi (no exact match in "Strong's), Koph (06971), Resh (08127-08129), Tau (08420). The following link has many of the same meanings too: http://teachinghearts.org/dre17hpropivri.html.


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shelpeare 4 years ago

You can insert the index numbers into the Hebrew search box in http://www.eliyah.com/lexicon.html which has Strong's Concordance, but without the initial "zero." If you download "Online Bible" which is free if you have not already but that software uses the initial "zero" in the numbers for the Hebrew.


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shelpeare 4 years ago

The teachinghearts link suddenly stopped working. Leave out the dot at the end and it will work. That is a bit strange though.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

I have to laugh a bit because I collect books and I have one volume of the "New Book of Knowledge" the "A" I would imagine that it would be in the "H" for Hebrew. I will have to keep my eyes open at garage sales for that one.

Funny thing too. It had not occurred to me to look at the "Strong's" "Gesenius'" has some of the letters names and symbols but not all of them. I will definitely be checking that out as well

Thank you as well for the website. My computer time will be limited for the next week but will get back to you on these.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Just took a quick glance at the website...wow can't wait to dig into that one!! Thanks


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shelpeare 4 years ago

You're welcome.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 3 years ago

Tamarjo, This series continues to be captivating and spiritually enlightening! You give us much to ponder and digest!

Marvelous illustration using the unsearchable depth of the ocean! As you so wonderfully stated:"An ocean is noted for its depth. the deepest point of 36,198 feet...If Mount Everest were to be placed into the this trench it would be covered with sea water more than a mile deep.

They see the works of the LORD, And His wonders in the deep. Psalm 107:24" WOW! God's Omnipotence mammothly supersedes the depth of our shallow finite minds in comparsion! The more you think about the fact that GOD is also Omnisicent: knowing everything about everyone and everything everywhere is beyond etraordinary... Great song as well by Chris Tomlin it speaks volumes! Yes the Lord is "Amazing!"

Thank You for sharing the fruits of your labor here! This is wonderful! GOD TRULY IS AWESOME! I will continue on... Voted up of course!


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

DeBorrah God truly is amazingly incomprehensible in terms of His largeness and depth. In studying His truth it we can really see how infinite and unquantifiable He truly is.

Discovering Him in His word over and over again is a joy

Thank you so much for following the series and sharing your enthusiasm for our incredible God! He is worthy!


Cristiane 21 months ago

It's a relief to find sonmoee who can explain things so well


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Tamarajo 21 months ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Christiane, so pleased to know that these revelations were clear to you. I sincerely seek to know and understand our great God and King as well as share it with others, and I believe it's His great pleasure to show us.

Thank you much for visiting, and commenting. God bless!

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