TREASURED POSSESSION: segullah. Feminine noun. (Strong’s 5459). Original word: סגלה Sounds like: s'gool-lah In my birthday card from my parents this year, my Mum wrote that I was their segullah. She loves that I'm passionate about Biblical Hebrew and the gesture meant a lot to me. I promised her that I would do a posting… Continue reading Segullah: You are a TREASURED POSSESSION.
Today is Saint Valentine's Day... a day to honour a 3rd century Jesus follower who was beheaded for his faith. There's nothing particularly romantic or lovey dovey about Valentinus but our culture has adopted his name and attached it to a day to celebrate everything romantic. Oddly enough, in most liturgical calendars February 14th is… Continue reading Rethinking LOVE
CRAFTSMAN/CARPENTER: Kharash. Masculine noun. (Strongs: 2796). Root: חרש Sounds like: khaw’rawsh I have the greatest respect for artisans and crafters. I am, possibly, the least crafty person on the planet. I have friends who knit, cross-stitch, sew, work with resin, build houses and furniture, do rug-hooking, make jewelry, sculpt, and paint… but I’ve never been… Continue reading Kharash: CRAFTSMAN, Building the Kingdom
I find that FAITH is one of those words that everyone loves, but no one really thinks about. When someone says, “Have faith,” what they're really saying is, “Don't worry about it.” Having faith is like trusting that everything will be all right. But everything is not alright. And people are losing faith simply because… Continue reading Emun/Emunah: Revisiting FAITHFULNESS
BRANCH: netser, masculine noun (Strong's 5342); tsemakh, masculine noun (Strong's 6780); dalit, feminine noun (Strong's 1808); porah, feminine noun (Strong's 6288); anaph, masculine noun (Strong's 6057). Root & sounds like: נצר (nay-tser); Root: צמח (tseh'mahk); Root: דלה (dah'lah); Root: פארה (poh'rah); Root: ענף (anaf). My Dad is a Bonsai artist. He painstakingly prunes and cares… Continue reading Netzar, Tsemakh, Dalit, Porah, Anaph: The Righteous BRANCH
For the last 170 Sundays in a row I have presented a new Biblical Hebrew word to contemplate and trace through the Bible. Today, the 171st Sunday, I am trying something new. We're going to go back in time to revisit a word from this blog's past. Image by Johannes Plenio (Unsplash.com) There are a… Continue reading Revisiting Hope (Tiqvah)
UNITED/TOGETHER: yakhad. (Strong’s 3161/3162). Root: יחד Sounds like: yah-khad In these days of quarantine it is, perhaps, more important than ever to cherish the very human instinct of togetherness and unity. It's been a strange year of separation and even the most introverted of us miss working together, and playing together, and worshiping YHWH together. … Continue reading Yakhad: UNITED TOGETHER
TEN: eser/a’sarah. masculine & feminine noun. (Strong’s 6235). TENTH: asor. masculine noun. (6218). TITHE: ma-aser. masculine noun & verb. (4643, 6237). Root: עשר Sounds like: eh'ser/aw'sahrah/ah'sore/ma-ah'sehr Welcome to a brand new year! This is the time when we often hear people summing up the previous year with a list of top tens: top ten best… Continue reading Eser/A’sarah: Top TEN
FIND: Matsa. Verb. (Strong’s 4672). Root: מצא Sounds like: mah-tsah We started off the year 2020 with the Hebrew word for SEEK and so it seems fitting to end the year with FIND. We certainly found more than we bargained for in 2020. It has been a year of great challenge, globally. Every reader will… Continue reading Matsa: Seek and you will FIND
AMAZED/ASTONISHED/SHOCKED: tamah. Verb. (Strong’s 8539). Root: תמה Sounds like: tah-mah One of the most celebrated stories this time of year is the angelic visitation to the shepherds on the night the Messiah was born. Can you imagine… out in the fields, surrounded by loud baaing sheep, a dark night… when suddenly a single angel stood… Continue reading Tamah: Be Prepared to Be AMAZED!