Indeed God’s Word is perfect. “at many times and in many ways, God spoke” (Heb 1:1). He has revealed Himself in historical events (Egypt and Passover), visually (rainbow, bronze serpent, Noah’s ark, the Tabernacle, the Menorah, etc), Hebrew words and alphabet, the Feasts and seasons, colours, numbers, metals, personalities in types, etc to point to His Beloved Son, lest we fail to see that He has now spoken to us by his Son in these last days.
Many indeed has been astounded and awed by the fresh vista and vigour of God’s character and compassion when meditating devotionally in the words and alphabet of Hebrew, the language of God’s people. While devotional meditations augment one’s affection, awe, adoration and admiration for our Lord, it must not trigger off a devotional license to superimpose and overlay my devotions over established doctrines and teachings, or even to overstate or inflate such meditations as revelations of new teachings (actually recognising and realizing God’s revelation), or to draw attention to oneself as the source? of such enlightening “truth”. For “…. there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us.” (Ecc 1)
Devotional meditations must be consistent with the major and main biblical body of truth.
John Garr’s book “Our Lost Legacy” – restoring our Hebraic root of our faith” has been most instructional and illuminating to me. Another of his book is “Bless You – Restoring the Power of Biblical Blessing”
How I was awed and filled with joy when I read his devotional explanation of the Aaronic Blessing in the original Hebrew language. One must read it as this 2nd hand sharing would do injustice.
Numbers 6:22-26 (Jewish Orthodox Bible)
And Hashem spoke unto Moshe, saying, Speak unto Aharon and unto his Banim, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the Bnei Yisroel, saying unto them,
Y’varekhekha Adonai v’yishmerekha
(Hashem bless thee, and keep thee);
Ya’er Adonai panav eleikha vichunekha
(Hashem make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee);
Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom
(Hashem lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee shalom).
Firstly, within this 3-fold blessing there are 3, 5 and 7 Hebrew words in the respective blessing and benevolence upon His people
3 – God the Father Who desires to bless and keep us;
5 – the Son full of Grace (represented by the number 5), Who manifested, displayed and portrayed to us the Almighty Heavenly Father, as (Matt 17:2)
“If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” …. “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (John 14:8,9)
7 – the Holy Spirit (Revelation mentions the seven spirits of God, sent into the world).
Secondly, within the 3-fold blessing, there are 5, 10 and 15 letters. 5 letters in the first 3 words, 10 letters in the second 5 words, and 15 letters in the last seven words.
Multiples of 5 – how God the Father has blessed us in His Son, Grace multiplied, Grace upon Grace!!!! Hallelujah.
Just as the prayer and blessing is for us to have spiritual revelation and wisdom to know Christ manifested in His face, so that our hearts can be enlightened (Eph 1:17,18), the prayer and blessing is for the Holy Spirit to lift up His face towards us and fill us with His shalom peace that is beyond understanding (Phil 4:7,9). Indeed, He Who is the Comforter, will stoop down to my level, and in doing so, He lifts up His face and look at me with His tender eyes. Or as another put it, the Holy Spirit, in His role, in lifting us up towards Jesus, also lifts up His face upon us! He is ever my Comforter (Jn 14), and my Commander, Captain, Counsellor and Companion. He will hug me, hold me by my hand as I pilgrim on to my blessed hope!
Hallelujah! What a Heavenly Father, what a Saviour, what a Comforter and Counsellor!