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Facets of God Displayed in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet (Zayin-Chet-Tet)—Part Three
This is the third part of a series looking at how the ancient Hebrew letter pictographs 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
The seventh letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet is Zayin "ז" and is a picture of an engraving tool. It carries the idea of memory, in fact, it is the very first letter of the Hebrew word for remembering. This letter reminds us that He is a God who does not forget us.
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget,Yet I will not forget you.See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;Your walls are continually before Me.
— Isaiah 49:15-16
And He remembers His covenant.
He remembers His covenant forever,The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations...
— Psalm 105:8
What peace and joy could be greater than to have our sins forgiven and promises brought forth for a thousand generations and eternal life with Him. He forgets none of these inclusions of His covenant.
How easily at times we forget but God always remembers His promises.
What can this mean practically? If you are in a relationship with the Father through the forgiveness of sins in Christ I would invite you to pray and ask God to show you in His Word what He has promised to you.
Upon my return from prodigal living, I recall reading Isaiah 54 promising the restoration of my relationship with Him, children, and self. That promise was revealed to me about 20 years ago and although we are all still a work in progress much has been miraculously accomplished in all of us and it is my prayer that this promise will go forth to a thousand generations after me.
I take comfort on those days when progress seems slow and arduous that He does not forget His promise to me. He remembers the covenant of love He made with me in Jesus as He does with you.
Chet is represented by the image of a fence Hedge or wall and carries the idea of surrounding protecting...
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.
— Psalm 34:7
...and embracing. This next biblical reference is from the Song of Solomon which has been noted to depict the lover of our souls.
His left hand is under my head,And his right hand embraces me.
— Song of Solomon 2:6
Both highlighted words in these verses begin with the letter "chet".
Chet also insinuates friendship in terms of an exclusive relationship which we see in the idea of a fence as well. A fence keeps one's property exclusive.
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
— John 15:14
I found it interesting in Jesus prayer for His disciples that he does not include the world denoting those He prays for in terms of an exclusive relationship.
“I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.
— John 17:9
I don't believe that this implies that God does not love the rest of the world because the Bible tells us that He so loved the world that He gave His Son. I sincerely believe that it is His will that "All would come to repentance" (II Peter 3:9). I do think however that the benefits of these specific prayers were meant for those who have chosen to respond to His call by coming into relationship with Him.
Chet also comes with a strong sense of covenant relationship in terms of this exclusivity and our response to Him. He calls "His people" "to come out from among them and be separate" (II Corinthians 6:17)
We see here the terms of covenant revealing mutual exclusivity.
I am my beloved’s, And my beloved is mine.
— Song of Solomon 6:3
There is always a consequence for setting foot outside the fence of our covenant relationship with Him.
The term transgression and or trespass implies that disobedience to the fence (laws and terms) of the covenant is likened to the crossing of a boundary as if to set foot outside the protective walls or fence of the covenant and set foot in enemy territory.
Job experiences this when God lifts the fence from him at Satan's accusation that Job only loves God because God keeps him in the fence,
Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side
— Job 1:10
The test is not because of Job's transgression but as a test to draw out Job's faith in an innocent suffering savior who would later redeem all who would come to Him by faith.
Another concept that is contained in the image of this letter is the graciousness and compassion of God which is so fitting with the ideas of surrounding embracing and protecting.
...He is gracious, and full of compassion...
— Psalm 112:4
The word grace which encompasses the concept of God's favor also begins with the letter "chet" and the word compassion contains the letter "chet" in the center or heart of the word symbolizing that being embraced and surrounded by Him is at the heart of His compassion for us. It is also the very same word as "womb". In another study "Mercy and the Womb" It is described how a mothers womb is descriptive of Gods loving compassion towards us in that like God's love for us, the womb surrounds, protects and embraces us.
Might we see in the letter "chet" God's gracious favor and friendship embracing and surrounding those who choose to enter into a covenant relationship with Jesus the Savior of men's souls through the forgiveness He made possible with His own blood.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
— Ephesians 1:7
Tet "ט" is represented by a snake or simply something coiled and can be associated with good. Tet is the first letter of the Hebrew word for good. You might be wondering what could possibly be good about a snake. As described in another article titled "Give Thanks to YHWH For He is Good pt.2" The snake has the unique ability to distinguish its environment with its tongue.
Distinguishing as a snake does encompasses a characteristic of God in agreement with its ability to judge.
For God Himself is Judge
— Psalm 50
This is mainly what a judge does. He distinguishes between good and evil and issues the reward for good or bad.
...consider the goodness and severity of God...
— Romans 11:22
When we experience God's judgment it really is always in view of His mercy as seen in the previous letter "chet". His intention is not to destroy us but to drive us back home to His goodness.
My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correctionFor whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
— Proverbs 3:11-12
Tet invites us to judge and discern God as well...
...taste (judge and discern) and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
— Psalm 34:8
We can always feel blessed in the judgment of God when it comes to the unfairness of this world we live in. Jesus trusted the Father's judgment as we are called to follow His example
When he was insulted, he did not reply with insults. When he suffered, he did not threaten revenge. Instead, he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly
— I Peter 2:23
In Conclusion, I can't help but think of the book of Deuteronomy which sums up these three letters. The ten commandments are "inscribed" (Zayin) on tablets of stone. (Chapter 5) also noting that Deuteronomy is known as a book of remembrance with the word remember being used 14 times in it.
In the Book of Deuteronomy the terms of the covenant relationship are set forth in these commandments by revealing what happens if the children of Israel choose to stay within the "fence" (Chet) of the covenant relationship through obedience to the laws and terms of it or step outside of it through disobedience as shown in the blessings and curses or "judgments" (Tet) in Chapter 28 to which He calls us to "discern" (tet) for ourselves and choose.
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live
— Deuteronomy 30:19
He has not forgotten (Zayin) His covenant of mercy (Chet) towards us in Christ and has judged (tet) us righteous in Him.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him
— II Corinthians 5:21
may we not forget Him....
...do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today
— Deuteronomy 8:11
... and what He has done for us.
“Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
— I Corinthians 11:24
Stay tuned for part four of this series "Yod" (working hand), "Caph" (cupped palm of hand), "Lamed" (Shepherd staff)
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