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!
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
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
FIG TREE/FIGS: T’ehnah, feminine noun. (Strong's 8384). In Hebrew lettering: תאנה Sounds like: t'eh'nah. The Bible is full of garden metaphors: seed, spring growth, fruit, and harvest. Symbolically, in the Scriptures, humans are like trees. We are planted seeds; we sprout and grow with God’s love and guidance. When we are healthy children of YHWH… Continue reading T’ehnah: The Sweet FIG TREE/FIGS
Every week I love sharing a Hebrew word with you. This week I have no words. Kevin, my husband of 23 years, passed away on Friday September 10th, at the age of 50. Things happen in an instant. Life changes in a moment. But as the writer of the book of Hebrews announced, Jesus the… Continue reading No Words
At sunset on Wednesday begins Yom Kippur... the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar. Yom means "day" and Kippur means "atonement"... although it can also be read as ransom or covering. It is the day to ask for atonement, for all that needs forgiving over the past year. *** Although there are a lot… Continue reading Revisiting Kippur: ATONEMENT
CAKE: Ugah. Feminine noun. (Strong’s 5692). The most generic Hebrew word for cake/loaf was ugah, but there was also many specific cakes mentioned, including: Raisin cake (A’shishah: Strong’s 809); Fig cake (D’velah: Strong’s 1690); Offering cake (Khallah: Strong’s 2471); and Pagan cake (Kavvan: Strong's 3561). Root: עגה Sounds like: oo-gah Today is bitter-sweet for me.… Continue reading Ugah: Let them eat CAKE!
About twelve years ago I woke up one morning and my face felt very tight. When I looked in the mirror I was as red as a lobster. I had contracted Scarlet Fever. Thankfully, a strong antibiotic was able to clear me of the disease. This is what I think of when I hear the… Continue reading Revisiting SHANI (Scarlet)
ROAMING TO and FRO: Shuwt. Verb. (Strong’s 7751). Root: שוט Sounds like: shewt In the Bible wandering and roaming are two different things. People who wander aren't necessarily lost, but they are a little bit directionless. People who roam have a purpose. Shuwt is not wandering aimlessly; shuwt is roaming around with intent. When you… Continue reading Shuwt: ROAMING, to and fro, with Intent
Khesed: Rethinking LOYALTY/LOVINGKINDNESS Although there is no direct English rendering of khesed, translators have “given it a go” with such words as: mercy, grace, graciousness, favour, loyalty, covenant loyalty, believing loyalty, loving loyalty, strength, devotion, steadfast love, unfailing love, lovingkindness, kindness, compassion and faithfulness. Truth be told, it’s none of those words specifically and all… Continue reading Revisiting KHESED (Loving Loyalty/Lovingkindness)