The Biblical Meaning of Being a Prophet of YHVH

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Hebrew Study, Prophecy Insight

The Biblical concept of prophecy and prophet of YHVH should not be confused with the divination or fortunetelling found among the pagan peoples. The Hebrew word נָבִיא navi, prophet, comes from the verb נָבָא nava and is usually mistranslated by the word “prophet” which, according to Greek etymology, means “one who predicts the future.” On the contrary, the Hebrew word navi has the meaning of one who has the role to “create (bara) the produce...

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What Is Trust in the Hebraic mindset?

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Hebrew Study

A friend shared an experience she had when she heard two words from the Creator: emunah “faith” and bitachon “trust.” In previous articles we studied the Hebrew words for faith, hope, grace, and love. This experience prompted the present author to write another article from the series “What is …?” So, in this article we will study the Hebrew word for “trust.” In a non-Hebraic culture the words like faith, hope, grace,...

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Hear And Guard!

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Hebrew Study

  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. Exo 19:5-6 (KJV) At Mount Sinai the Sovereign Creator entered into a Marriage Covenant with the children of Israel, and Israel became the “wife” of YHVH. See Chapter The First Year at Mount Sinai from the present author’s...

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And I Shall Bless Those Who Bless You

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Hebrew Study

  “And I shall bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you. And in you all the clans of the earth shall be blessed.” Gen 12:3 In our Hebrew study the Creator said to Avram to go out of his land and from your father’s house, and to go to a land which He would show him. And then He promised him to make him a great nation and bless him, and make his name great, and he, Avram, will be a blessing. But the Creator did not stop there. He continued with blessings...

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And the Philistine Cursed David

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Bible Study, Hebrew Study

In the reign of King Sha’ul the Philistines had gathered their armies for battle and came together against Israel. King Sha’ul and the men of Israel were gathered and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in battle array to meet them. The young David was the only one to stand up for Israel against Goliath the champion of the Philistines. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by...

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By Grace You Are Saved! But What is Grace?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Hebrew Study

What does the English word grace mean? What is this by which we are saved? For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. (Eph 2:8 KJV) The Textus Receptus New Testament Dictionary does not give much clarity of what grace means. It says that the Greek word translated as grace χάρις (khar’-ece) means graciousness, of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon...

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What is Love in the Hebraic Mindset?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Hebrew Study

What is the definition of the Hebraic “love”? In the western gentile mind, “love” is an abstract concept with no clear and concrete definition. If a gentile is asked what love is, what would be the answer but another abstract idea of warm feelings and positive emotions towards someone. “Love” from Hebraic perspectives is something much deeper than just a feeling. Due 6:5 gives the command to love YHVH, but in the most common translation...

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What Is Faith in the Hebraic Mindset?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Hebrew Study

In Greek the word (pistis) is translated as “faith.” According to Strong Dictionary, (pistis) is persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession. Hence, we find that in the Graeco-Roman mindset faith is an intellectual acceptance of what is true and we have to admit this is a very abstract...

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What is Hope?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Hebrew Study

  What is “hope?” In our western gentile culture “hope” is perceived as to expect and wish or to intend with some possibility of fulfilment like in “Keep your fingers crossed. I hope to take the test” or chance like in “I hope it is not going to rain.” But what is “hope” from Hebraic perspectives? Let us read from the Book of Ezekiel 37, the resurrection chapter, where the Hebrew word for “hope” is...

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The Bil’am Story

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Hebrew Study

  And Elohim said to Bilʽam, “Do not go with them. You do not curse the people, for they are blessed.” (Num 22:12) And Elohim came to Bilʽam at night and said to him, “If the men come to call you, rise and go with them, but only the word which I speak to you that you do.” (Num 22:20) And Bilʽam rose in the morning and saddled his donkey, and went with the heads of Mo’av. (Num 22:21) But the displeasure of Elohim burned because he went, and the Messenger of Yehovah stationed...

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The Almighty’s Sense of Humor

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Hebrew Study

  So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife. Gen 20:17-18 (KJV) Let us recall the context. Avraham moved his family from Mamre, where he encountered the three messengers, to Gerar. In Gerar Avimelech kidnapped the ninety-year-old barren Sarah for a wife and got into a trouble: he had to bargain...

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Did God Lie to Abraham?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Hebrew Study

  And Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my master being old too?” And Yehovah said to Avraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I truly have a child, since I am old?’ Gen 18:12-13 וַתִּצְחַ֥ק and mocked שָׂרָ֖ה Sarah בְּקִרְבָּ֣הּ within herself לֵאמֹ֑ר saying אַחֲרֵ֤יAfter בְלֹתִי֙I am worn out הָֽיְתָהshall exist לִּ֣יfor me עֶדְנָ֔הpleasure וַֽאדֹנִ֖יand my lord זָקֵֽן[being] old צָחַק tsah-khak’ to poke, mock...

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