Yayin: Revisiting WINE

Wine (yayin) shows up repeatedly in the Hebrew Bible. It was used in parables and poems, prophetic metaphors and historic accounts.  Wine and bread, paired together, were sometimes synonymous with feast and abundance. The often quoted groom's “banquet hall,” in the Song of Solomon, was literally his house of wine: Song of Solomon 2:3-5 “Like… Continue reading Yayin: Revisiting WINE

Esh: FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

FIRE: Esh. Feminine Noun. (Strong’s 784). Root: אש Sounds like: esh (rhymes with mesh) Fire and religion have a complicated history. People tend to go right to the destructive aspects of fire, and think immediately of the lake of fire, eternal flames, and some sort of torturing hell. Much of what we view as hell-fire… Continue reading Esh: FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

Lechem: Revisiting BREAD

This weekend Canada celebrates Thanksgiving. We celebrate with a feast: turkey, stuffing, squash, cranberries, PEI potatoes, and gravy... lots of gravy! But no Thanksgiving feast is complete without the bread.. yummy, just out of the oven, bread. Bread plays a big part in the Bible. It was recognized immediately as a necessary ingredient to life.… Continue reading Lechem: Revisiting BREAD

Aphar: DUST to DUST

DUST: aphar.  Masculine noun. (Strong’s 6083). Root: עפר Sounds like: a-far Dust is prolific in our lives. It is everywhere. It clings to our tvs, our baseboards, our cupboards, and our Bibles (when they sit unopened on our shelves). Dust, of course, was no stranger to ancient Israel. It's been a constant thing throughout history...… Continue reading Aphar: DUST to DUST