A few places in Scripture where GOD stated His Name and Identity as the aleph tav. There are plainly stated clues in the English translations that we are familiar with, but without seeing the messages from the Hebrew or recognizing the Hebraisms or idioms, they can be completely overlooked, therefore remaining hidden. Some of you have had the benefit of examining Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 word for word in previous classes, some have not. Until you each have covered the verses below in class, please make note of them now.
Gen 1:1. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep…”
John 1:1. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. …”
Exodus 3:15. “And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”
Once we place Jesus back into His Jewish language, heritage and culture, we can see that He would not have referred to Himself as the alpha and omega, this is a Greek expression referring to, “the beginning and the end, the first and the last” regarding the Greek Alphabet, stated from a Greek perspective. Jesus, being Jewish would have actually called Himself the aleph and the tav. Referring to the 1st and last letter of the Hebrew alephbet, not the 1st and last letter of the Greek.
Case in Point: No matter what country you hail from or what your native language is, you still know your own name and communicate it as such, in your own language. Granted the 21st century could be an exception to that commonality, but we are reading 1st century material and have to understand it from a 1st century context. Translations changed the meaning and understanding of the message over time.
*2021 years later, In all the places where our scriptures replace aleph tav with alpha and omega, we should be willing by now to put it back, at least mentally and spiritually. This is just another small step we have to take in order to place Jesus back into His Jewish context.
Rev 22:13. “I am AlphaandOmega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Rev 1:11. “Saying, I am AlphaandOmega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”
Rev 21:6. “And he said unto me, It is done. I am AlphaandOmega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
Rev 22:13. “I am AlphaandOmega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
RESOURCES: All Interlinear Bibles indicate the location of the aleph tav throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. It has also come to my attention that a “healthy excerpt “ from The Messianic Aleph Tav Interlinear Scriptures (MATIS) has been placed on line by it’s author, William H. Sanford. If you would like to learn more about the aleph tav after reading this brief teaching, please access the link to this resource. I received this book as a gift in 2014 and it is the only Interlinear I know of to date, that focuses attention on highlighting and expounding upon the meaning of the aleph tav in scripture to such an extensive degree.
Course: Intro to Torah Anthology– Class Handouts Note: I am currently transitioning class materials onto this page as we continue through the course. Please refer back to this page at least once per week to ensure you collect all class materials/handouts/worksheets. Shalom
Always approach your time of study in the Word of GOD with humility and prayer before you begin and close with prayer afterward. To assist with this, I am adding this link to the BLESSING BEFORE & AFTER TORAH STUDY, for quick access. After you are done studying, scroll to the last prayer on the LANGUAGE OF PRAYER page and you will see the Blessing After Torah Study.
FYI: Only 2 of 3 pages of the Torah Lishma Handout have been included on this page. Beneath page 2, I have added an exercise for each student to complete. Reflect on the teaching, consider the assignments carefully, make note of your reply and check back at least weekly for the next step. God Bless.
WHAT STEPS CAN I TAKE TO STUDY THE SCRIPTURES FROM A HEBRAIC POINT OF EXEGESIS?
Many times, students have asked what steps they should take to gain a deeper revelation of the scriptures. I suggest that they begin with learning and understanding the methods of Biblical Exegesis of the Scriptures from a Hebraic standpoint. Most of you have learned the Classical Method of Biblical Exegesis from a Christian viewpoint. Now, we are going to add to your arsenal of information by looking at the scriptures in a new way. The Objective: discipline our minds to see the finer details in the text. Traditionally, from my perspective as a teacher, we read over key information. We read right past key information, that I call “flags” that are trying to wave us down in order to alert us that, “more is going on… right there on the pages of scripture than we allow ourselves to take the time to see.” This exercise is about shifting your torah study, to the level of becoming meticulous in the text!
As I say that, I can hear the voices from my past saying… “It doesn’t take all that!” I assure it that it does. If you are at all interested in shifting your study to the level that it becomes “A Higher Level of Divine Service to GOD”, then you have to become determined to push past a few voices in order to get to where it is you want to go in the things of GOD. That’s lesson #1.
IN THE EXCERCISE BELOW, I am presenting an excerpt from the Bible from the Book of Ruth. Your assignment is to pinpoint at least 6 points of information that are “flags” to pursue further inquiry. What 6 points of information in the text are flags? i.e., which key points jump out at you in the message? What are the questions that you should be asking about them?
That’s it! I will update this post in a few days with the 6 points that I would choose and suggest some possible questions that you should ask when studying the Book of Ruth. We will move forward after we have are questions in line…. See you soon!
Keep these 3 Basics in Mind as you Meditate on Chapter 1 of the Book of Ruth.
The scriptures contain timeless teachings/ lessons that can sometimes take years to uncover.
All of Scripture conveys ‘Spiritual’ teachings and instructions. The Word of GOD is not given for the purposes of building up the flesh, I.e., carnal desires and motives. The Word is given for the purpose of building us up spiritually. The wisdom contained in the Word is speaking to the Spirit of mankind, in order to protect the soul.
There are levels of meaning in the messages/teachings in the Word. Scripture elevates the soul and the spirit. The literal meaning of the text is only the beginning of wisdom.
Humility is/can be your greatest asset in your quest to delve deeper into the depths of God’s Word. Humility is greatly undervalued. Desire it, acquire it and cherish it, whichever is the case. Suppress any compulsion to judge the characters or their actions in the text. Their lives and stories are for the purpose of instruction. The virtue of humility must be applied in every aspect of your walk, even study. Approach every encounter with the Word in humility. Amen.
BOOK OF RUTH – CHAPTER 1 KJV Public Domain
Click this Link: in order to view a word-for-word translation of the Book of Ruth from Hebrew to English. The link will take you to Biblehub.com starting with Ruth 1:1
A/O 06-05-21 I have updated this post by underlining Key Phrases in Chapter 1 of Ruth (below) that indicate that are stated in such a way that they should cause questions to arise. Take a look at what has been underlined and make note if they provoke any questions and what they are? I won’t underline all of them right now, but enough to show you something new. Later, I will come back and suggest some questions of my own. God Bless
FYI: Another exercise of this kind can be found on ‘HOW TO STUDY THE TORAH’Click Here Enjoy!
1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem-Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem-Judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.
3 And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.
4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.
5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.
6 Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread.
7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.
8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.
9 The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.
14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.
19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?
20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
21 I went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?
22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.
In English, our letters have no meaning beyond the role they play to indicate the specific sounds that we apply to our language and to build and form our words. In Hebrew, the letters retain a history and legacy of sound, ideas, concepts, thoughts and symbols, even number.
Today, we will explore the meaning of the letters that form the word, torah.
Above are the 4 Hebrew consonants that create the word, torah. The modern Hebrew letters lay directly beneath the Paleo Hebrew Letters that give the impression of a halo above.
Remember, we move from right to left when reading in Hebrew.
Torah is spelled with the, tav (t), vav (v), reish (r), hei (h). The vav is represents the sound of 2 vowels in Hebrew, the ‘o’ as in doe, and the ‘u’ as in blue. The vav in torah of course, takes the ‘o’ sound. That little dot above the vav is our indication that the vav is pronounced with the ‘o’ sound as well. That little dot is called a nikkud.
For those that are a bit more curious about the Hebrew letters, you may be asking yourself what that little dot is inside the letter tav. That dot is called a dagesh and it tells us that the tav is to be pronounced with a hard ‘T’ sound. Yes! tav has 2 sounds, one hard and one soft. The soft ‘T’ is similar to our ‘Th’ in English. The little dash underneath the reish is also a nikkud, which represents the ‘a’ sound.
IMPORTANT: You don’t need to memorize any of the rules of grammar/diacritics, and I am being very generic in transmitting them because I feel it’s more important to reveal the concepts about the letters themselves, than it is right now, to speak in terms of rules of grammar. You will hear me repeat this type of information so often, that you will absorb it by relationship rather than rigid teaching methods. Let’s just have fun learning about the letters!
The slide below, has been adapted to retain the names of the letters, to make it easier for those who are new to Hebrew to follow along.
Let’s begin with the letter tav on the far right. As you can see, the tav originated in the form of a cross. The tav in Hebrew represents the covenant and the cross.
The cross you see there above the modern Hebrew letter for tav, also carries the meaning of,mark, sign, and seal. Torah begins with a ‘tav’, because torah is about keeping covenant with GOD. Even the word in Hebrew for truth, emet (which we must examine as well), begins with the aleph and ends with the tav.
There is your truth, my truth and GOD’s Truth. If the truth we tell, does not begin and end with GOD, and His Covenant, then that truth is incomplete, imperfect and flawed, like us. So, you see the truth as we define it in our dictionary and how GOD even spells it with His aleph-bet, are 2 completely different things.
I Am the Aleph and the Tav…
The tav is also the LAST Letter in the Hebrew aleph-bet. You will recall, the Aleph is the FIRST.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.–Rev 22:13
When Christ made this statement He was bearing witness/testifying that He was indeed, the messiah. This is one of the primary reasons a great majority of the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes, so vehemently came against Him. He was claiming to be the one spoken of in the torah, in the Book of Isaiah.
The Book of Isaiah:
Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he.–Isaiah 41:4
Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.–Isaiah 44:6
Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. –Isaiah 48:12
Additional Testimony Recorded by John
Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. –Rev 1:11
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last.–Rev 1:17
And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;–Rev 2:8
Also Note:That the acts of the Kings as listed in the book of Chronicles, are listed from first to last.
A Greek/Western Mindset vs. Torah Mindset
From reading our KJV Bibles, naturally, we have learned this verse from the Greek perspective. Although I am aware that we have been taught for generations, that the New Testament was written only in Greek, I want you to bear with me a moment. I am also completely aware, that we were also taught for generations, that the Jews had lost their native language by the first century. This has been proven false as well, but I know the understanding is still out there, and that it is very difficult to shed false teachings.
With that in mind, let us just acknowledge and agree with documented history, which confirms that Jesus was a Jew. I have no doubt that He spoke both Aramaic and Hebrew. That being the case, it is not logical to assume that He abandoned His native language completely when He spoke. After all, He is born to Jewish parents, lived as a Jew, His ministry was to the Jews and He taught the torah from torah scrolls. He was not Roman or Greek, this we know as well.
I have studied and spoke many different languages over the years, but I still think in English. It is natural and instinctive to speak in your native language, even when you are in the presence of those who speak another language. It is particularly natural, to speak English when you are with the English, and Hebrew when you are with Hebrews.
Shifting from Alpha/Omega to aleph and tav
Jesus is speaking to His own people here, so it’s important for us to know, that He did not say that He was the, “Alpha and Omega”. Jesus was Jewish. What He said was, “I am the aleph and the tav, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
What we wrote down was the opposite, or rather a piece of the truth of what He said.
Our Alphabet runs from A to Z. The Hebrew Aleph-Bet runs from aleph to tav. Allow me to pause a moment and explain, why I have a tendency NOT TO capitalize when transliterating the Hebrew. There are no capital letters in Biblical/Modern Hebrew. All the letters are written in block format and there are no form of the letters that would be considered capital. In Modern Hebrew script, the same situation exist.
I like to think, that since the entire foundation of the Biblical Hebrew Language that was given to us by GOD, that every letter has equal footing and significance. Considering that character refinement, i.e., humility, is one of the foundational principles of GOD’s message, I don’t think that I am far off. Character is key and humility is the Essence of GOD.
Having said that, let’s add to the understanding that, the Hebrew language flows from aleph (ELOHIM) to tav (the CROSS). Every letter in between, reveals our prophetic journey that begins with GOD and ends at the Cross, by way of the Covenant. So, when Christ says, He is the aleph and the tav… He is identifying Himself (in the first century)as He is identified throughout the pages of the scriptures (Book of Isaiah), as the beginning and the end, the aleph and the tav.
To say, torah… the word must begin with a tav, as the covenant is the beginning and end of the torah. Torah is about Covenant. Torah is teaching us how to gain access to the Covenant. Torah must begin with the tav, because there is no access to GOD, His Thoughts, His Ways, His Wisdom, His Knowledge, His Son, without the Covenant.
Acceptance of the Covenant is our sign and seal that GOD is with us. “And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you…” –Gen 9:9
Suffice it to say, the even the word covenant in Hebrew (ber-eeth; 1285), begins with the letter beit (B) and ends with the tav (T). You can’t even say the word ‘covenant’ in Hebrew, the Language of GOD, without ending with the tav on the tip of your tongue!,
COURSE: Introduction to Torah This teaching is normally included in the Introduction to Torah Course as dreams are a natural progression as a result of an increase in prayer and torah study. Expect your dreams to increase. Get into the habit of recording your dreams in writing or by voice. Whenever the revelation is not clear, ask for clarity and understanding, When GOD speaks something into your heart, ask if you should be releasing it or revealing it. Maybe the time is not yet? Consider the question. Can He share His Secrets with His Servant?
As we cover the material in this course, please keep the above question in the back of your mind, stay prayerful and stand the watch.
“The ruach hakodesh* rested upon Joeseph from his youth. He was a tzaddik, constantly thinking of Hashem.”—Rabbi Moshe Weissman
If God showed you the plans He has for you in a vision or a dream, could he trust you with the vision?
Could you allow the vision to take root in your life?, Can God share His Dreams for you in Secret….until the time He says, “this is the way, walk ye in it?”
Joseph was anointed too with prophetic dreams. We all know the error Joseph made when he received revelation from God about his destiny. He rushed to tell the vision to everyone. It wasn’t until he was trapped in a pit, that he might have had a chance to re-think his approach to handling the revelations God gave him.
On one level, it’s perfectly understandable how he responded, right? To obtain such a revelation from God is mind-blowing! Without the advantage of discipline and restraint, it’s extremely difficult to contain, isn’t it?
Keeping the Secrets of God is a principle ingredient of the anointing, as well as an essential quality of spiritual development and discernment.
Our flesh wants to tell everything… reveal everything… to everyone, as soon as the vision or the message comes to us. Did we write it down, send it out in a text? Did we call someone and wake them up to share the dream? It is definitely tempting, but our spirit needs to hold it close, to nurture the vision… and water the seeds of destiny with prayer and fasting for the breakthrough!
If GOD has a secret that He wants to share with you, can you keep it?
Most people respond with a ‘Run and go tell it on the mountain approach.’ Joseph couldn’t hold the counsel of GOD. By moving ahead of the spirit, he set the wheels in motion that delayed his destiny and endangered the vision GOD gave. In order to regain the territory that he lost through impatience, excitement and an undisciplined spirit, Joseph had to pay a price.
Spiritual immaturity is a destiny destroyer. Plain and simple. It won’t be the enemy that blindsided and blocked the believers’ destiny, or ruined their opportunities,–not at all. This is a case of spiritual self-sabotage.
The third time the word, ‘secret’ appears in the scriptures, it is in Deut 29:29, “the secret things belong to God, but those things that are [uncovered] belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this torah” (incorrectly rendered in the text as ‘law’, Strong’s 2063.Ref: The Journey begins, Part 1-3).
The scripture says it more clearly from Hebrew… “that we may do all the words of this torah”, not that, “we may do all the words of this law.” Note: The secret things belong to GOD that we may do all the words of the torah. This is about following ‘the words of instructions and teachings.’ The secrets things are given to us in order to enable us to fulfill our assignments.
In a conversation between Eliphaz and Job (Job 15:8), Eliphaz speaks of the Secrets of God. He asks,“Do you listen in on the secrets (H5475) of God?, Are God’s secrets not enough for you, words spoken gently to you? (i.e, do you limit or restrain wisdom to yourself?” Eliphaz challenges Job about his access to the secrets of God? Is he implying GOD is limiting wisdom to Job? Is he jealous that Job has the confidence of GOD to carry His secrets?
Psalms 25:14The Secret of the Lord is with them that fear (yi’ra) him; and he will shew them his covenant. 25:15Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. —Fear does not mean ‘fear’ the way we speak/understand it in English. This word ‘fear’ is yi’ra which means to see and reverence, simultaneously. A double-edged sword, if you will. Unlike English, they go hand in hand. Reverence of GOD provides insight, and GOD will open up His covenant to us.
As we have seen above, the word, ‘secret’ is being used in connection with righteousness, reverence for GOD and His covenant. Let’s take a look at Daniel ch. 2
The prophet Daniel is working with a greater spiritual level of maturity, than Joseph was as a young man. When the dreams of Nebudchadnezzar were revealed to Daniel, he asked for time to pray. He did not advance any theories of his own as to what the dreams meant. If he had, scripture would have told us. Whenever, scripture leaves out or includes information, it is done with purpose.
Contrast the way in which Joseph handled his dreams vs. the way Daniel handled dreams. With Joseph in his early years, there was no ‘fear’, no reverence, or insight applied. In fact, Joseph’s excitement sounds like pride and kindles the resentment of his brothers.
Joseph has earned a reputation with his brothers of being a talebearer. On many occasions in his youth, he gives his father an evil report of his brother’s activities, due to his lack of understanding about what is actually happening. He reports wickedness, where there is a merely a difference of opinion, or interpretation of process. Joseph jumps to conclusions.
Whether unintentionally, or irresponsibly, his false accusations on his brothers activities, are returned with false accusations against him in Potifar’s house.
Falsely accusing someone, from the Hebrew perspective, is equivalent loshon hara*, which is like stealing their name and reputation. For these sins, Joseph will be sold into slavery, in effect being stolen away himself.
These above situations began a domino effect, simply because Joseph ran ahead of the vision of God. Daniel teaches us to pray over the vision for revelation and strategy. This is a lesson that it takes Joseph a while to learn, but he learns it. Going forward, Joseph seeks revelation on every dream. He spends 22 years in Egypt, growing up spiritually, in wisdom and understanding. Speaking the vision when the spirit releases him to, no longer moving ahead of GOD.
We do not have 22 years to get this right! Maybe there are some that have spent 20 years fighting banned battles, or locked up in Pharoah’s spiritual prison or Potifar’s house. But if you are called to be a bread provider (like Joseph), you just don’t have time for that!
Stay in sync with the Spirit of God –do not move ahead of the vision.
Moving ahead of GOD, is equivalent to Spiritual Self-Sabotage.
Pray over your Dreams and Visions. Seek insight and revelation, strategy. Remember, once Joseph matured spiritually, he covered the dreams of Pharoah with prayer and sought God for understanding. God responded with a better blessing. God gave Joseph revelation + strategy, which saved Egypt and the entire known world at that time.
Rushing to judgment – sets patterns in motion that can hinder your spiritual progress and delay destiny.
Moving ahead of GOD, will cause us to walk one way, while the anointing walks another.
You will only know what actions to take if you pray first, and be patient.
The secrets things are given that we might fulfill our assignments.
Don’t be a partner in frustrating the plans of GOD. Be Still. Be Patient. Some dreams take time for the revelations to come. You may wrestle with the vision, but do not let it go. Stay in Prayer.
Reverence, allows GOD to open up His covenant to us.
By releasing the vision into the atmosphere ahead of God, Joseph not only has to fight to recover the vision, he has to battle the words that his brothers have spoken against his destiny.
When we are careless with our words, we give our opposition the opportunity to use our words against us. When we wait and pray, we gain the advantage of releasing our words under the protection of the anointing.
Do you release your words under the anointing, or do you release them to war with the flesh of others? Which would you prefer to do?
If you have ever felt the sting of another person using your words against you, you can easily prove to yourself, which one of the above measures is the better course of action.
Guard the vision, wait and pray vs. “Run and go tell it on the mountain.” Protect the anointing on the visions and dreams that GOD gives you, and on whatever He places in your heart to do. Guard them like the treasures of Heaven, and when it’s time to spend them on His Kingdom, you will know it.