Shepherd-pasturing: Ra’ah. Verb. (Strong's 7462). Root: רָעָה Sounds like: rah-ah This time of year many people like to recall the story of gentle shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. We think of the great angel, backed up by a heavenly choir, sharing good news to a few… Continue reading Ra’ah: The LORD is my SHEPHERD
SIGN: owt. Feminine Noun. (Strong’s 226). Root: אוֹת Sounds like: oht/oat When I was in my early twenties, one of the biggest hits of the day was a song called “The Sign” by the Swedish Europop band Ace of Base. That song went to number 1 across Europe and throughout the world, including Canada, US,… Continue reading Owt: I Saw the SIGN
PREVAIL: gabar. Verb. (Strong's 1396). Root: גָּבַר Sounds like: ga-Bar/ga-Var The dictionary indicates that to prevail means to be victorious… or at the very least, more powerful than your opposition. Basically, it’s a big “I WIN!!” We play board games at our house… it’s family time… a way we can all connect together in our… Continue reading Gabar: PREVAIL (The Big Win!)
Bearing GOOD NEWS/TIDINGS: basar/vasar. Verb. (Strong’s 1319). Root: בָּשַׂר Sounds like: bahsar Isaiah 40:8-9 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news [m-vassehret], lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news [m-vassehret]; lift… Continue reading Basar: Proclaimers of GOOD NEWS!
BURDEN/oracle/load: Massa. Masculine noun. (Strong’s 4853). Root: מַשָּׂא Sounds like: mas'saw This week we remember the men and women who put their lives at risk in days of war. Many did not return home. My great uncle, John Allan Fisher, was a Sergeant in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He did not make it home… Continue reading Massa: The BURDEN of Bad News
THE THIRD DAY: Yom ha-sh’lishi. Hebraic script: י֥וֹם שְׁלִישִֽׁי (yom sh'lishi). Sounds like: yohm ha-sh'lishi. For the first time I have decided to tackle a phrase rather than a single word. I don't like to make exceptions, but I think this phrase warrants great consideration. If you identify as a Christian, or as a Messianic Jew,… Continue reading Yom ha-sh’lishi: The THIRD DAY
SHEOL, GRAVE, HELL: Sheol. Feminine Noun. (Strong’s 7585). Root: שְׁאוֹל Sounds like: sh’ohl After a week of researching Sheol, which often gets translated as “Hell”, I thought I'd be feeling rather grim at the end of it all, but the word has actually given me a great amount of hope and positivity. That may sound… Continue reading Sheol: the GRAVE? Gehenna? Hades? HELL?
POLLUTED/POLLUTION: khaneph. Strong’s 2610 (verb: to be polluted), 2611 (adjective: godless, profane), 2612 (noun masculine: pollution, ungodliness), 2613 (noun feminine: pollution). Root: חָנֵף Sounds like: kaw-nef Tomorrow is the Canadian Federal election, and one of the top voter issues has been the environment and Canada’s role in climate change. We tend to see this as… Continue reading Khaneph: The POLLUTED Planet
Shakan: to dwell (Strong’s 7931, 7932 (verbs), 7933 (noun)) Root: שָׁכַן Sounds like: shaw-kahn This week begins the Fall Feast of Sukkot. I wrote about the meaning of the word sukkot last year. To review, it is a temporary shelter made as a remembrance of the time when the Jewish people wandered through the desert without a permanent home.… Continue reading Shakan: The DWELLing Place
Kippur: Atonement (3722, 2724 (ransom), 3725) Root: כִּפֻּר Sounds like: kaphar, kopher, kippur Yom Kippur (Yom=Day, Kippur=Atonement) begins Tuesday at sundown. It is the most solemn date on the Jewish calendar... a day of fasting and prayer and great confession, when the sins of the people are laid out before God. According to Jewish tradition,… Continue reading Kippur: ATONEMENT, Breaking the Barrier