DARKNESS- khoshek. Masculine Noun. (Strong’s 2822). khashak. Verb. (Strong’s 2821). Root: חשֶׁךְ Sounds like: kho-SHEK As a child of the ‘80s I was highly impacted by Star Wars. I particularly loved Han Solo, a character who stood on the edge of darkness, but came to the light. Star Wars was the quintessential battle between good… Continue reading Khoshek: Overcoming the DARKNESS
SEED/OFFSPRING/DESCENDANT: zera. Masculine noun. (Strong’s 2233). Root: זֶרַע Sounds like: zeh’rah I’m a horrible gardener… like surprisingly bad, which is a bit embarrassing considering my heritage. My parents are expert gardeners… their home has even been on the official garden tour of St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick. My Dad, painstakingly prunes and cares for dozens of… Continue reading Zera: A SEED in the garden
BREACH/GAP: Peretz/Perez. Masculine noun. (Strong’s 6556) Root: פֶרֶץ Sounds like: peh’retz I used to live in York, England. It's a beautiful city and maintains much of it's mediveal architecture. You can still walk along the medieval walls that surround the city. Ancient and medieval cities were often hemmed in by walls. It was their top… Continue reading Perez: Standing in the BREACH/GAP
To be CLEAN/PURE: taher. Verb. (Strong’s 2891). See also: 2889- tahor- adjective. 2890- tahor- Masculine Noun. 2892- tohar- Masculine noun. 2893- tahorah- Feminine noun. Root: טָהֵר Sounds like: taw-hare The author of Proverbs asked this question: Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart, I am pure [tahar’ti] from my sin”? The Bible has… Continue reading Taher: CLEAN from the Inside Out
PRECIOUS/costly: yaqar. (Verb: 3365, Masculine Noun: 3366, Adjective: 3368). Root: יָקָר Sounds like: ya’car Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy gets watched at our house a LOT… like, multiple times a year. So naturally the word “precious” immediately conjures up an image of Gollum possessively desiring the One Ring. The Ring, to Gollum, was the most… Continue reading Yaqar: Life is PRECIOUS
VINE: gephen (Strong’s 1612). VINEYARD: kerem (Strong’s 3754). Both Masculine Nouns. Root: גֶּפֶן & כֶּרֶם Sounds like: geh-fen & kar’ehm For a few years we lived in the lovely little rural village of Alma, Ontario. In our backyard was a large and prosperous grapevine. The first September in that house we were provided with an abundance of… Continue reading Gephen & Kerem: Good fruit from VINE & VINEYARD
GATE: shaar. Masculine Noun. (Strong’s 8179). Root: שַׁעַר Sounds like: sha’ahr When I was a student at the University of York I fondly recall walking through the iron gates towards the Centre for Medieval Studies, housed in the King’s Manor, York, England. The building received its name because it housed British Kings while they stayed… Continue reading Shaar: The GATE is shut… until the time comes.
POWER/ABILITY: koakh. Masculine Noun. (Strong’s 3581). Root: כֹּחַ Sounds like: koe’akh There's nothing cooler in the cinema these days than a super hero... men and women who have some sort of extraordinary power. Maybe they have superhuman strength, or the ability to fly, the ability to teleport, or the ability to read minds. All of those… Continue reading Koakh: What is your super POWER?
ADVERSARY/OPPOSER/ACCUSER: satan. Masculine noun (Strong’s 7854). Verb: To accuse, to oppose, to be adversarial (Strong’s 7853). Root: שָׂטָן Sounds like: saTahn There is a large amount of misunderstanding surrounding this word. Somehow it has become the name of the Evil One, although it was never intended to be. Satan simply means adversary or opposer. It may come as a shock… Continue reading Satan: ADVERSARY is not a name
FORMLESS: tohu. Masculine noun. (Strong’s 8414). Root: תֹּהוּ Sounds like: toe-hu VOID: vohu. Masculine noun. (Strong’s 922). Root: בֹּהוּ Sounds like: voe-hu Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void [tohu v’vohu], and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of… Continue reading Tohu v’vohu: FORMLESS & VOID… or uninhabitable chaos & emptiness?