Chayei Sarah 5782 and the letter Gimmel Part 2
We are busy looking at the letter Gimmel.
The first three letters of the Alephbet are laden with dimensions and symbols – all of these letters speak of Adonai Echad – our almighty Elohim.
The Aleph is the first letter and represents the Father with the value of 1. The one means one and only, it implies divinity and monotheism – one God. In the Hebrew Bible and some English translations, you will see the little word ‘et’ spelled aleph tav. This is also the fourth word of the Torah. The sages say this is an untranslatable word but this little word represent Yeshua, The Meshiach!
Revelation 1:8 “I am the Aleph and the Tav, the beginning and the ending,” says the Lord God, “who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
The gimmel is the sum of the 1st 2 letters, aleph and bet. This is a picture of how Father nourishes His children and also disciplines them. The Word of Elohim, who is Yeshua, is likened to a two-edged sword – it cuts both ways.
The 3 areas that the Spirit deals with are sin, righteousness and judgement and this is the same 3 areas that the Tanakh is divided into:
The Law or the Torah, which means to hit the mark, convicts us of sin.
Romans 7:7 So, what shall we say about all this? Am I suggesting that the law is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that gave us the clear definition of sin. For example, when the law said, “Do not covet,” it became the catalyst to see how wrong it was for me to crave what belongs to someone else.
Romans 7:9-10 “I was once alive outside the framework of Torah. But when the commandment really encountered me, sin sprang to life, and I died.”
Some Hebrew letter root words are linked to gimmel, it also means to nourish until it is completely ripe. The Hebrew word for helping another is gomel chesed and relates to someone who helps another to come to maturity. This is an act of kindness and we are the performers of kindness.
The scribes say that the world is built on 3 pillars
- Divine Service
- Acts of Kindness
These are the things that keep the world going and is contained in the first 3 letters of the alephbet.
Aleph = the study of Torah
Bet = temple, the House of God which has to do with the Divine Service of Elohim
Gimmel = acts of kindness, HaShem’s overflowing kindness and the fruits of the Spirit
Psalm 25:10 10 All the paths of YAHWEH are mercy and truth to those keeping His covenant and His testimonies.
One of the character traits of Adonai Elohim is his abounding kindness to mankind (Exodus 34:6-7) even death springs from HaShem’s loving kindness. For death allows us to receive the new, eternal body and be with Him. The Torah begins with an act of kindness and ends with one as HaShem clothed Adam and Chava’s nakedness and at the end in Deuteronomy, He buried Moshe. Gen 3:21 ; Deut 34:5
Parsha Chayei Sarah is not about dying, but about living.
Chayei means life.
The critical lesson of Chayei Sarah is that the b’rit, the covenant, will not die with us. The question, until Messiah returns is all about who will pass it on to the next generation. Are we bearing this torch with honour right now?
Perhaps it was the death of Sarah that spurred Avraham’s actions into finding a wife for his son, Yitschak (Isaac) or perhaps it was the urgency of passing on the covenant to his son or perhaps it was for both those reasons and more. Avraham called on his most trusted man, his servant Eleazar, to find a wife for Yitschak, his only son, the heir of the promises made to him so many years ago. This woman, his daughter-in-law had to be handpicked by the Most High!
Eleazar is a picture of the Ruach HaKodesh. A picture of HaShem’s loving kindness and faithfulness. When Eleazar meets Rivkah (Rebecca) at the well, she offers to water his camels, an act of loving kindness in return and a revelation of her heart for Eleazar. His 10 camels are also a picture of the work of the Ruach and the divine presence of HaShem over the fulfillment of His promises.
The Hebrew word translated as “wife” is ishah,. This is the feminine form of ish [husband]. Ish and ishah are more than just generic descriptions of a male and female of the human species.
Ish is a Hebrew pictograph of someone bearing the Holy One’s [alef] manifest, active Presence [shin];
Ishah is a Hebrew pictograph of the Holy One’s [alef’s] manifest, active Presence [shin] being revealed and made visible to the world [hey].
To be an ishah, the woman must reveal and perfectly reflect the image of HaShem – the characteristics of HaShem’s own glory, which He placed in the man – her ish [husband].
The wife who is truly an ishah will draw out of her ish [husband] the holy light within him and cause this light to pierce into the darkness of the world, just as the moon and the sun reflect their Creator's light!
Who is this Rivkah, this maiden who is so willing to marry a man she has never met? This woman who waters 10 camels in the middle of the desert? Think about how long it must have taken for her to give each camel a drink! This is the foreshadow of the Bride of our Mashiach,Himself! A bride without spot, wrinkle or blemish, who will not hesitate to walk the steps of Yeshua!
Is that who we are right now?
Are we reflecting the light of our Mighty and merciful El?
Are we willing to water 10 camels in faith to receive that which He has planned for us?
If we could just look beyond ourselves and trust HaShem, recognise His Spirit, hear with our spiritual ears, see with our spiritual eyes and respond with obedience... then the blessing will be ours!
We have much to consider as we walk out this road. May our life be reflective of the light of HaShem's glory and the manifestation the Ruach HaKodesh.