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Bless and Knee
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.
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 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 a 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 blessing 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.
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.
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, 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 those 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
Kneeling is symbolic of humility and submission He humbled Himself and submitted to this world and its 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", a 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 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
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
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 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
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