Eved: Revisiting SERVANT/SLAVE

From the earliest moments of civilization slavery has been an accepted institution. The desire for wealth, power, and domination are at the root of the problem. We want to show that we have wealth... enough wealth to skip the mundane tasks of life and hand it off to another. We want to reflect that we… Continue reading Eved: Revisiting SERVANT/SLAVE

Boqer: Good MORNING!

MORNING: boqer. Masculine Noun. (Strong’s 1242). Root: בקר Sounds like: bow-ker Psalm 65:8 They who dwell at the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You [YHWH] make the sunrise and the sunset [mowtsa’ey boqer wa-erev] shout for joy. If you translate this from the original Hebrew "the sunrise and the sunset"… Continue reading Boqer: Good MORNING!

Badal: Separate/Set Apart/Divide

Separate/Divide/Make Distinct/Set Apart: Badal. Verb (Strong’s 914). Root: בדל Sounds like: b’dawl or v’dawl The verb to separate, to divide, to set apart tends to have a negative connotation in English. A separation in marriage, a divided workplace, a segregation of races, all these things evoke sadness because of human division.  But in the Bible… Continue reading Badal: Separate/Set Apart/Divide

Khem’ah: CHEESE- Curds of the Herd

Cheese: khem’ah, Feminine Noun, (Strong's 2529). Root: חמאה Sounds like: khem'awh I love cheese. It is my food weakness. I grew up in Tiverton Ontario Canada and I fondly recall taking special trips to the Pine River Cheese factory. If I had anything to say about it, those trips always ended up with a cherished… Continue reading Khem’ah: CHEESE- Curds of the Herd

Revisiting SHAVUOT

I had every intention to discuss the Hebrew word for cheese this week, but I've been delightfully busy preparing to lead the sessions for a women's retreat here at Camp Keir in Prince Edward Island. The retreat ended this morning and we had a great time discussing women in church leadership. So this week we're… Continue reading Revisiting SHAVUOT

Matowq: Revisiting SWEETness

It’s starting to feel summery here in Prince Edward Island… and with summer comes one of my favourite things: ice cream! I suffer from Reactive Hypoglycemia so sugar isn’t really my friend, but I do try to make a little room for it!  This coming Saturday is the festival of Shavuot when Jews celebrate the… Continue reading Matowq: Revisiting SWEETness

Yaqush, Mowqesh, Pakh: It’s a Trap!

Trap/Trapped: There are three primary (masculine) nouns that describe a trap or a snare: pakh (Strong’s 6341); mowqesh (Strong’s 4170); and yaqush Strong’s 3353). The verb to be trapped is yaqosh (Strong’s 3369). Anytime the word trap was remotely mentioned in our household, my husband used to mimic General Ackbar from Star Wars perfectly: “It’s a Trap!” In… Continue reading Yaqush, Mowqesh, Pakh: It’s a Trap!

Shoresh: The ROOT of the Story

ROOT: shoresh, masculine noun (Strong's 8328); sharash, verb (Strong's 8327). It’s planting season here on our tiny Island (Prince Edward Island), in Eastern Canada. PEI is known for its potatoes grown in the iron-rich red dirt. We may be the smallest province, but PEI is the largest potato-producing province in all of Canada. The Bible… Continue reading Shoresh: The ROOT of the Story

Addir: How MAJESTIC is Your Name

MAJESTIC: addir, adjective (Strong’s 117); adar, verb (Strong’s 142); eder, noun (Strong’s 145) Root: אדר Sounds like: adeer, a-dahr, eh-dehr YHWH, Our Majesty When we think of Majesty, today, often a figure of royalty comes to mind. In Canada we refer to our Queen as Her Majesty. In the Bible YHWH was, of course, described… Continue reading Addir: How MAJESTIC is Your Name

Anan/Av: The Presence of a CLOUD

CLOUD: Anan (Strong’s 6051) and Av (Strong's 5645) Root: Anan- ענן -sounds like ah'nahn Root: Av- עב -sounds like ahv Clouds are part of our everyday experience. We see them all the time, but we don't often take the time to appreciate them. And we should appreciate them! They bring shade, they bring rain, and… Continue reading Anan/Av: The Presence of a CLOUD