Facets of God Displayed in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet: Ayin, Pey, and Tsaddiq
This is the sixth 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 showed us our God as infinitely massive, mighty (mem-water), and eternal (nun-fish), upholding (samech-crutch) all things by His power
Part six will Show us the God who sees (ayin-eye) us, and how He is so wonderful (pey-open mouth), and Righteous (Tsadiq-worshipping man).
"Ayin" is an Eye
God Sees All
"Ayin" (ע) is a picture of an eye as well as the Hebrew word for eye, and shows us that He is a God who sees and notices us as well as all the happenings of the universe.
The Bible tells us that His seeing goes further than simple observation but a searching desire to be active on behalf of those who love Him.
...the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him
— II Chronicles
Not only does He see us but He wants to show us His great strength in our situations and circumstances.
This letter is used in the description of the Lord our Shepherd ( Yahweh Roi יהוה רעי) in the familiar 23rd Psalm which beautifully depicts His watchfulness that is associated with His tender loving care. We looked at the shepherd staff with the letter "lamed" as in His leading, teaching, and discipline. This depiction is leading more toward His watchfulness over His flock.
The Lord is my shepherd (the God who watches over me); I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow (pursue) me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
John chapter ten details how Jesus "The Good Shepherd" watches over and protects His sheep (those who are His).
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. — John 10:11
I especially like this letters revelation of God as one who sees and notices us. Many times in life we might feel alone and ask such things as "does anyone know"? or "does anyone care"? this letter shows us unequivocally, yes!
The next section will give us an illustration drawn from Hagar's experience with the God who sees.
God is a Fountain of Living Waters
The story of Hagar, an Egyptian servant girl of Sarah, Abraham's wife, showcases the first mention of God "seeing" the plight of the culturally insignificant when she is rejected and alone in the wilderness. It is in this place that Hagar encounters God and declares Him to be El Roi (The God who sees me). (Genesis chapter 16)
It is notable that the situation she was in was one that was part of her own making because she despised Sarah in attitude when she discovered she was pregnant with Abraham's child. Perhaps being pregnant with Abraham's child bought Hagar a temporary fleshly notoriety within the culture she felt insignificant in which ended up in a prideful arrogance that landed her in a desert of rejection.
Many times we seek significance from family friends and the culture that we are surrounded by and find ourselves in a dry and desolate wilderness. And like Hagar, it is in that desert we realize that it is God and God alone from whom we need to be noticed and affirmed.
"Ayin" is also the same Hebrew word for a fountain and is draws its imagarery from the concept of the eye as water springs forth from the tear ducts. It was not coincidental that Hagar was found at a fountain of water considering it is mentioned three times in two verses.
God is revealed in Jeremiah chapter two as the "Fountain of Living Waters" when he accuses Gods people of forsaking their only hope of life and sustenance by running after other people and things to satisfy themselves.
Jesus in the New Testament spots another woman by a well of water who has sought her necessities in the desert of human relationship. It is to her that He reveals that He is in fact this living water.
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him I will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life
— John 4:13-14
May we "see" Him as our only source of help and hope and live for an audience of one.
"Pey" is an Open Mouth
God is Wonderful
"Pey" (פ) is a picture of an open mouth.
The Hebrew word for wonderful begins with the letter "pey". It is defined as distinguishable or miraculous. The visual that goes with this letter is that of a mouth opened wide with astonishment as it pertains to an attribute of God.
...His name will be called Wonderful...
— Isaiah 9:6
This is strongly associated with what God does and how incredible He is. We might say jaw dropping.
I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders (פֶּלֶא) of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds...Who is so great a God as our God You are the God who does wonders (פֶּלֶא); You have declared Your strength among the peoples. You have with Your arm redeemed Your people...
— Psalm 77:11-14
The mouth is an organ of speech whereby the entire physical world was created by God.
Then God said...
— Genesis 1:2
That is a wonder in and of itself. Once again this letter is invitational for us to come and hear what it is He has to say.
whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock
— Matthew 7:24
What God has to say is powerful, relevant, and worthy of our attention.
"Tsadiq" is a Humble Righteous Man
God is Righteous
"Tsadiq" (צ) is thought to be a picture of a man kneeling with hands lifted in praise. We learn from this letter that God is the Righteous One who alone is worthy to be praised. The Hebrew word for righteous in all of its forms contains the same letters as "tsadiq".
Jeremiah 23:6 reveals God as "Yahweh Tsidkenu" יהוה צדקנו (The Lord our Righteousness)
The Lord is righteous in all His ways...
— Psalm 145:17
Righteousness Requires Humility
It is difficult with this image to associate the righteousness of God with the humility of kneeling. Yet, in Isaiah chapter 53 we get a picture of Jesus "The Righteous Servant" humbly described as a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, despised, stricken, smitten, oppressed and afflicted. He humbled Himself by being wounded for our transgression and bruised for our iniquities submitting to the chastisement for our peace. This portion of scripture tells us that He was numbered with the transgressors.
It doesn't get any lower than that, nor is there any higher form of love. The God of the universe stooped down from infinite heights to suffer with and for us.
He is the God who makes things right even at the expense of Himself!!
‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight
— Isaiah 45:2
We have seen in this second to the last part of this series that the God who sees us (ayin-eye) our fountain of living waters is wonderful, miraculous and extraordinary (pey-mouth) as well as righteous (Tsadiq-kneeling man) in all that He is and does.
I hope you will check out the finale, part 7, of this series as it will bring us full circle revealing to us the Alpha and the Omega (Greek) and the Aleph and the Tav (Hebrew)
"The Wonder of The Cross" ~ Vicky Beeching
© 2012 Tamarajo