“He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.” —Daniel 2:22
We are 45 minutes into this series and as promised, today I am going to bring you a few highlights regarding the Hebrew word ‘adam’.
Since the series began entitled, “Where There Is No Man, Be A Man” Parts 1-4, I have reiterated the quote many times…”In the place where there are no men, be a man.” Would you be surprised to know that this statement has it’s roots in scripture?
What else can we learn from this message? The objective is to discover not only, what character and nature of ‘man’ is required when a tough situation presents itself, but also, Who is this elect man among men? Plus our original question still remains on the table, “Why are there so many different Hebrew words for ‘man’?”
Below, we will discover that there is more information to be known about the Hebrew word, ‘adam’, and that the information is kept within the Hebrew letters themselves!
First, Adam…is a Human Being…
In Part 3 of “Where There Is No Man, Be A Man”, we saw ‘adam’ applied first in recognition of ‘man’ as a human being; a messenger of GOD and representative of mankind. In Gen 5:2, we saw the transition and evolution of ‘adam’ to his name.
‘adam’, is written with 3 Hebrew letters; aleph (A) – dalet (D) – closed mem (M).
Let’s begin by exploring one letter at a time.
The Aleph is Silent…
- The Hebrew Aleph-Bet contains 22 letters; 5 of the 22 letters are written in what is known as a ‘Final Form’. The Final Form is a way of writing the letter differently, when it appears at the ‘end’ of a word.
- All of the Hebrew Letters are Consonants (with few exceptions of letters that are now used as vowels since the time of the Masoretes).
- Aleph is silent in Hebrew.
You may recall from previous teachings, that the Hebrew letters convey; concepts, images, ideas, symbols and possess numerical values. As a result, there is a lot of valuable data packed into every single letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, which translates to a great deal of data in each word. In short, the Hebrew Letters are treasure houses of information; a.k.a. the Hebrew letters are said to possess ‘inner meanings’; literally, spiritually, and numerically. Meanings that exist beyond words.
The Hebrew Letter Aleph – a
The Hebrew Letter Aleph, is the 1st letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet. The Gematria of the letter aleph, i.e., the numerical value of aleph is 1. One is unique and Indivisible. The Aleph is formed by the combination of 2 Hebrew letters, the vav (V) and 2 yods, (Y). Referring to the handout on the right, the vav is the vertical line which is slanted in the aleph, representing the partition between the upper firmament and the lower firmament. The yod’s are connected to the vav, positioned on either sides of the stem. One facing up (toward the Heavens), and the other facing down (toward earth). The Gematria of the vav is 6, and each yod has a numerical value of 10, for a total of 26.
Why Is The Number 26 Important?
The aleph is equivalent to the 4 Letter Name of GOD, Y-H-V-H, which also equals 26. (Y=10, H=2×5, V=6). A clear connection between GOD’s Name, Y-H-V-H and the Aleph is visible in their numerical equivalencies. Concepts and Connections in the Hebrew that would otherwise be invisible to us, can readily be seen in their numerical equivalencies. We will continue to keep an eye open to these connections as we continue to study from the Hebrew perspective.
In Paleo Hebrew, i.e., The Ancient Hebrew Script, The letter aleph was shaped in the form of an Ox head, representing strength, leadership, power. Aleph became the symbol representing God. Aleph symbolizes the Oneness of GOD, and His Sovereignty. Aleph represents Divinity, The Father, The Strong Leader of the House. Aleph is torah, the very thought of GOD. All of creation is a product of torah, Genesis 1. Which is why, even the letters are called, “the raw materials of creation.“
God spoke His Word into the atmosphere and the Word took physical form. Before GOD ever asked adam to look into the essence of every creature and call out their name, their true essence, GOD looked into the essence of His crowning achievement and called him adam, a human being.
It is only fitting that the human beings are given a name that begins with the the 1st letter of GOD’s Name, Elohim (spelled – aleph (A) – lamed (L) – hei (H) – closed mem (M). Mankind’s name begins, with its origins and reflection in GOD. The image and likeness of GOD is embedded in the very name He gave for mankind, and it begins with the aleph. Adam is God-Like in being and will be GOD’s representative and messenger on earth. God signed off on His Creation by adding His Name to our name.
Mankind, was created to be an aleph in the earth. Even our name carries our assignment.
The Hebrew Letter Dalet – d
The dalet (D) is the 4th letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet and carries a gematria of 4. Dalet is the door, and it’s name carries it’s designation. The doorpost reaches up and down and the lintel reaches right to left. The 4 directions of dalet extend north, south, east and west.
The root word of Dalet, (dal) alludes to the poor, with the gimel – the 3rd letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet pursuing the dalet in order to provide care, generosity and kindness.
Consider Abraham, whose name by the way, also begins with the aleph – the 1st letter of GOD’s Name. Abraham was called the Chariot of GOD, who brought GOD’s character and Nature down to Earth. Abraham pursued the poor. His tent doors were always open to provide hospitality, supplies, comfort and care. His deeds of righteousness were always carried out expeditiously and his kindness to others is legendary. Abraham exemplifies chessed to the poor… the kindness of GOD.
The dalet is the symbol of the door, the path, the way. Once we, as those reared up on New Testament teachings, hear these words, we definitely connect the dots and immediately recognize the parallels to Christ, Who is The Way, The Truth and The Life. The dalet symbolizes movement, the pathway, access in and out, because it is the door.
In the Ancient Paleo Hebrew symbol of the dalet, you can also see the representation of the curtain hanging from the rods in the tabernacle. The veil stands between the Holy place and the Holy of Holies. The dalet is the door (Christ, that stands between us and The Father). To accept the FAther, you must accept the Son. Once again, Every New Testament Bible Student/disciple beholds the image of the dalet and hears the scripture saying, “No one cometh unto the Father, but by me”. John 14:6
IN THE REPRESENTATION OF THE ALEPH (A) AND THE DALET (D) WE CAN ALREADY BEGIN TO SEE THE IMAGE OF CHRIST AS THE DOOR, STANDING AT THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF GOD, THE FATHER. DALET BEING THE DOOR, OUR PATHWAY TO GOD.
The Hebrew Letter Mem – m
The letter mem, (M) is the 13th letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet and has the same sound as our English letter, M.
In it’s ancient form, the letter mem was written in much the same way we would write it today, to represent waves of water. In fact, it carries the meaning of water (mayim), waves, liquid, or sea.
Notions of the sea carry with it the ideas of power, chaos and massiveness. These are concepts that are connected to the letter mem as well. The numerical equivalency of the Hebrew letter mem is 40. Traditionally, the letter mem represents water, nations, people, languages, and tongues. The letter mem has 2 forms, the open form and the closed form. The open form is said to represent the revealed truth and the closed mem represents what is concealed by GOD. In that context, the mem also symbolizes knowledge and wisdom.
Notice then, that ‘adam’ ends with a closed mem. —some truths remain concealed.
GOD, CHRIST AND THE NATIONS…
And the Door, standing squarely between GOD and the nations, a.k.a., GOD and the People.
You can also read the letters from aleph to mem as, The Father, who gave us His Son, the Door/Pathway from which all the nations have access to Him. The mem, the nations…none of which shall come to the Father, but by Christ, the Door! Whether we view it backwards or forwards, Christ is the Key to the Door!
DAM means BLOOD
Embedded in the word ‘adam’, is the word ‘dam’, which in English means blood. “The life is in the blood”, Lev 17:11.
GOD is attached, connected to the Blood. You can’t even spell the word for blood in Hebrew, without the concept of Christ as the door and the nations, as the people. You also see the message of the blood being applied to the doorpost to protect the people. Of course, our spilled blood cries out to GOD. GOD is attached to us, through the Blood.
Dam means life.
GOD (A) is Life… and the Life is in the Blood (D-M).
What Happens When You Remove the dalet?
If we remove the dalet from the middle of the word ‘adam’, we have a new word, ‘aleph-mem, which spells, ‘mother’ (517), pronounced ‘eem’ or ‘eemah’.
One more important thing that we don’t want to miss is that, in order to spell the word ‘mother’ in Hebrew, you have to include the 1st letter in GOD’s Name, aleph.
Aleph vs. Ayin
There are 2 Letter ‘A’s in Hebrew, the aleph which is a symbol of GOD and the ayin, which symbolizes the eye, sight, or insight. Ayin – mem forms another Hebrew word, ‘people’ (5971), which is also translated as flock, nation, men or folk; with 1868 occurrences in scripture.
People and Mankind are two different words (concepts) in Hebrew. In English, we use them interchangeably. In Hebrew they are completely separate words with distinct applications. Making distinctions of this sort is not one of the strengths of the Concordances, as terms and interpretations are lumped together.
To say people in Hebrew, you remove the dalet from ‘adam’ and the aleph becomes ayin. This indicates a different connection. One that lacks GOD and the Doorway.
When we follow the pattern in GOD’s language and you remove the dalet from adam, you either spell the word ‘am’, (eem) which means ‘mother’ or you create another word, ‘am’ (ah’m) which means people.
Mankind becomes People, with the removal of the dalet from the word adam.
When GOD is removed from the equation of Mankind, Hebrew doesn’t retain the Aleph, the symbol of GOD.
People have to choose GOD, they have to choose sight, or no sight. Insight or blind-sight. Mankind without the Door, without the Aleph (GOD)… we become, a people without GOD.
No wonder GOD’s word says, “My people perish for lack of knowledge”. When we sever the connection at the Door, there is no access to GOD, No Access to Knowledge, Wisdom or Understanding. No Torah, No Access.
The People Are One…
The Hebrew letters form the words of GOD’s message and they have much to teach us beyond the literal reading of the text. The Hebrew Aleph-Bet is able to transmit spiritual values, priorities, as well as another vision and level of the plan of GOD.
When we go back to the beginning and look at Genesis 11:6, When the People became One, without GOD...now we have a little more insight as to perhaps why this was such a dangerous thing.
GOD created us to be mankind. Mankind, are human beings who carry the image and likeness of GOD. Creating mankind, was the crowning achievement in the LORD’s creation masterpiece. If we lower ourselves to the level of a people without GOD, then we miss the mark and become a people who perish for lack of knowledge.
ADAM, embodies the Strength of GOD, The Power of GOD the Father, He is the First, The Beginning of Mankind. Adam carries the Name of GOD, The Image and likeness of GOD, The Word of GOD. ADAM’s name is a prophecy of the Messiah, Christ the Door, without whom, there is no access to GOD. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Through ADAM, the nations have access to the Door. All People, All Tribes, All Nations. Living Waters reside at the Door. If we drink of the Living Waters that He provides, we, the nations, shall never thirst again!
In the name ADAM, we see the legacy of mankind, The connection of GOD, The Aleph, David and Messiach. So much revelation and beauty in every word of Torah.
Every jot and tittle of the Word, carries the messages of GOD.
The messages of Heaven are conveyed down to the letters. Every word formed from the Letters of Fire, carries the teachings of GOD and is in line with the Word of GOD.
As you gain greater exposure to the messages conveyed in the letters, this knowledge will be at the forefront of your thoughts, even as you pray.
I pray that Your Words become infused with the evidence of things unseen and the substance of things hoped for, the products of another level of wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
My Pastor has always called the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, the Letters of Fire. I’m glad to know and share why.
Catch the Fire!
If you are following along in this series, please review the above material extensively and be prepared for the next teaching in this series. I will be building upon the information already presented in the series.
One of the most important concepts our torah’s studies provide to us is the realization that our words provide us access into the realms and dimensions that would be closed to us in the natural. Words have a very strong impact on all of our interactions. Therefore, we must measure our words carefully for the impact they have on others.
Our words allow us to draw forth something supernatural, from the natural world. Let’s repeat that: What we need most of all, is for our words to draw forth something supernatural, from the natural world/realm.
- Quick Links to Teachings in this Series: The Undiscovered Adam….
- Part 1 – 8 minutes The Undiscovered Adam and the Unexplained Man
- Quick Links to the Lead Message: Where There Is No Man...
- Part 1 – 11 minutes Intro: Researching the 12 ways in Hebrew to say Man
- Part 2 – 15 minutes 12 ways in Hebrew to say Man, (continued…)
- Part 3 – 6 minutes Investigate the Hebrew words; adam & zakar
- Part 4 – 6 minutes Investigation of the Hebrew words; ish & nephesh
- ++Vocabulary: Our elevated understanding of Gods terminology.
- Adam ~ human being, the crowning achievement of God; mankind, man.
- Zakar ~ male, man, belonging to and in covenant with the GOD of Heaven.
- ish ~ (Make note of the patterns you see in how GOD uses this word in scripture).
- nephesh ~ (Make note of the patters you see in how GOD uses this word in scripture)
- gul-go-leth ~ every man counted in the omer of manna, or for the 1/2 shekel of the sanctuary. The counting of heads for the poll.
- ba’al ~ rulers, elders, lords who shall not defile themselves with the dead, other than immediate family.
Note to Students: Over the years my re-quoting of this saying has shortened to, “Where there is no man, be a man.” I apologize for any incoveneience this may have caused any of you. The actual full quote is as stated above in each teaching connected with this series. “In a place where there are no men, be a man.”
Thank You for your forgiveness for my adpatation of the saying.
God Bless You,
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- Republished September 2020, for The Month Elul