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

Malat: Escape, Deliverance, RESCUE

ESCAPED/DELIVERED/RESCUED: malat. verb. (Strong's 4422)  Root: מלט Malat is one of those Hebrew words, among many, that carry a wide array of translations. It is transcribed as escaped, delivered, saved and rescued. The idea is, when you escape from a terrible predicament, you are rescued from it. To be delivered is to be rescued and… Continue reading Malat: Escape, Deliverance, RESCUE

Ta’ah: To Go ASTRAY, to WANDER Away

To GO ASTRAY, to WANDER: Ta’ah (Strong’s 8582). Root: תעה This week we celebrated Passover and we remembered Yeshua’s (Jesus’) painful sacrifice which redeemed us and set us free from the heavy burden of death. Isaiah 53 was a Messianic prophecy, outlining this great sacrifice: Isaiah 53:5-6 But He was pierced for our offenses, He was… Continue reading Ta’ah: To Go ASTRAY, to WANDER Away

Revisiting Hosanna: H’woshia Nah

Three years ago I did a posting on the word HOSANNA. Today, being Palm Sunday, is the perfect day to revisit the word. Yeshua entered Jerusalem to celebrate Passover and the people recognized Him as Messiah, shouting: Matthew 21:9 “Hosanna to the Son of David!” Blessed is He who comes in the name of the… Continue reading Revisiting Hosanna: H’woshia Nah

Yalal: WAIL/HOWL… make a mournful noise

HOWL/WAIL- yalal (Strong's 3213, 3214, 3215, 421). Yalal (wailing/howling) in the Bible was different from crying and weeping... although similar in form, wailing was almost exclusively used in reaction to judgement and separation from YHWH: Hosea 7:13-14a [YHWH:] Woe to them, for they have strayed from Me! Destruction is theirs, for they have rebelled against… Continue reading Yalal: WAIL/HOWL… make a mournful noise