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Facets of God Displayed in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet (Mem-Nun-Samech)—Part Five
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.
'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 geographyabout.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
God is Himself, without qualifying thought or Word. He is simply God.
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 earth's 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 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 as it is the first letter of words like who, how, and what in Hebrew.
“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
"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 119:9
Samech "ס" is an image of a walking stick or crutch meant to communicate the idea of support, being upheld, and helped.
...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 incompetence 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!
© 2012 Tamarajo