What Knees and Camels Tell Us About Blessing
There is an interesting video series on you tube by Brad Scott from "The Wild Branch Ministry" that explains Bible concepts based on what is being called agri-bio-linguistics, meaning that the Hebrew words used in the Bible are described in terms of biology, agriculture, and language.
Example: "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 used common things all men throughout time would be able to understand and comprehend to communicate His truth. Biology and agriculture are largely unchanged throughout history which can make their illustrations great stabilizers of language and concept defining.
The Camel Roll
This study method also works in concert with the Hebrew word pictographs that accompany each letter of a Hebrew word and will be used in this study. The pictograph's work the same way in giving us illustrations of concepts included with a words meaning.
For instance, the Hebrew word for roll is "galal" and is spelled "gimel" "lamed" "lamed". The first letter of the word "galal" is gimel" and is represented by a camel. The double "lamed" speaks of perpetual motion and something continual.
A camel observer will note that during hot weather, a camel will roll in soft sand or soil.
Camel's knees will be a significant feature later in our study.
So when God used the word "galal" meaning to "roll" the ancient reader had a visual of a camel rolling.
How Agri-Bio-Linguistics Works
In the agri-bio-linguistic method it is observed that many times one Hebrew word that is agricultural or biological will offer an illustrative definition to a word that is spelled exactly the same.
In a previous post, I wrote about how the words glory and liver were related, in that 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.
On this occasion, using this same method, I would like to look at the word for "bless" (בָּרַךְ) and "knee" (בָּרַךְ) which also share identical Hebrew letters. The qualities and functions of a knee will give us a fuller and more meaningful understanding of blessing.
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. Their 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 blessing (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.
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.
"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 of 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
Caph—The Open Hand
"Caph" is 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 its 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.
Camels as was noted earlier, is known for its 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.
Everyone in the ancient desert lands would have been familiar with a camel and its behaviors and the purposes for which it kneels.
Interestingly enough there are still nomads today that are using camels as the ancients did. Bedoins have always referred to camels as "God's gift"
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 so that it may receive these goods or unload them.
If we view the word bless in the life of a camel we can see those blessings are things and provisions that are being transported from one place to another and bestowed upon its recipients by a kneeling servant.
Blessing is About Kneeling in Humility
Kneeling is symbolic of humility and submission. Jesus became a kneeling servant when He humbled Himself and submitted to this world and its limitations in order to bestow upon us the blessings from above.
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
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 to blessing 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
Blessing is About Kneeling to Rest and Refresh
A Camel also kneels to rest which brings us to our next connection with kneeling and blessing that concerns the camel. The Hebrew word for "pool" is "brakah" (בְּרָכָה) which according to Gesenius lexicon, literally means where camels kneel.
This consists of 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". When "hey" is added to the end of a word it most generally indicates "what comes from". Pools of water are considered a blessed source of refreshment in a dry hot wilderness. So could we say, as it concerns the word pool, 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", a symbol for the third letter of the Hebrew Alphabet representing the Holy Spirit is like the camel and the pool. 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
Another interesting note from Peter M Lopez who also writes on this topic and connection about the first occurrence of the word "bless" in relation to our blessing being connected to Christ the Son of God.
"The first time God blesses anyone or anything in the Bible is in Gen. 1:28: "And He blessed them, God, and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.'"
To form v'ibarak (and He blessed), two letters are added to the word "barak" (blessed) 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 better blessing could 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
We can also bless people when we transport what was given to us and bestow them on others with our words or actions.
...Freely you have received, freely give.
— Matthew 10:8
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 are from kneeling and has since been labeled "Old Camel Knees"
What better way to bestow and obtain the blessings of God than 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
This wraps up this revelation. The video teaching below offers further education on how agri-bio-linguistics works.
God has built so many useful tools into His Word that assist us in grasping every dimension that it contains. The well is ifinite and deep.
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