WHO SHALL BECOME THE GENERATION OF THE UPRIGHT?
August 30th: TODAY WE ARE READING & PRAYING PSALMS 112-118
The Hebrew word that means “generation” is dor (dore).
We understand the word, generation in English to represent, “a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor, or the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring.” (Webster’s Dictionary)
In Hebrew thought, ‘dor’ means something more than a biological line of ancestry, or a linear span of time. It is more than the continuity of a bloodline or DNA ancestry.
In Psalm 112:2, the scripture reads, “the generation of the upright shall be blessed”, the scripture is referring to continuity that is not limited to successive generations; grandparent, parent, child. This is about spiritual continuity, that might have to skip a few generations until another arises with the same spirit.
OUR WESTERN MINDSET TENDS TO TAKE OVER… and we can’t hear the scripture from the Hebrew at all. The meaning of ‘generation’ in English, is completely different than the meaning of ‘generation (dor)’ in Hebrew.
In a recent blog I wrote called, Connecting the Dots, we reviewed the genealogy of Shem (Genesis 11). In following the line of descent from Shem to Abraham, what we saw is the anointing transfer from Shem to Eber to Abram. The anointing did not pass “in single steps from ancestors to ancestor.”
The anointing may have to skip a few generations. The anointing has to be caught. If the next generation doesn’t want it, they don’t have to have it.
Not everybody wants it and it’s not for everybody.
Some prefer a life of idolatry, sin, etc., like Ham, Canaan, Terah… and some of their sons.
The dor (generation) of the upright shall be blessed, that’s singular not plural. The blessing might not pass from dor to dor, the way we are accustomed to process the meaning in our minds. However, it will pass to the one in the generation who chooses to carry on the continuity of the blessing. Who will seek the anointing of GOD?
GOD will wait for a ‘dor’ to open, and the King of Glory shall come in!
Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in His commandments.
Your seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in your house: and your righteousness endureth for ever.
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: because you are gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
A good person sheweth favour, and lendeth: they will guide their affairs with discretion.
Surely you shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
You shall not be afraid of evil tidings: your heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
Your heart is established, You shall not be afraid, until you see your desire upon your enemies.
You have dispersed, You have given to the poor; your righteousness endureth for ever; your horn shall be exalted with honour.
The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; they shall gnash with their teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
Additional Insights into the Dor…
I’m sure I have not said it enough yet, but words in Hebrew have far more depth than in any other language. Hebrew words have spiritual meaning, numerical meaning, symbolic meaning (pictographically), even the shape of each letter is significant. This means that we basically cheat ourselves out of the richness and depth of meaning, by viewing the Hebrew letters and words in such a common way as we do in English. It’s too linear, too narrow.
For instance, ‘dor’ is spelled with 3 letters, dalet (d) vav (o) reish (r) in Hebrew.
Spelled backward we have the opposite of dor, reish—vav—dalet (rey’d)
rey’d in Hebrew means to Decline.
Dor means to move forward in continuity vs rey’d which means to go backward and decline. If the generation is not moving forward spiritually, all that remains open to them is spiritual decline. Grow or stay stuck and decline.
Your seed shall be mighty upon earth: is a promise made to those that choose to follow GOD, it’s not a promise to the world at large. They have to choose Him.
Not everyone in Shem’s line chose GOD.
The generation of the upright shall be blessed.
The generation of the upright, nurtures and grows spiritually, accepts the WORD, pursues it, and honors GOD. They continue the bloodline of the righteous.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Cor 15:58
Today, we will continue with our exploration of the meaning of the letters that form the word, torah. Today we examine the spiritual meaning of the vav.
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.
Torah is spelled with the, tav (t), vav (v), reish (r), hei (h).
THE VAV FUNCTIONS AS A CONSONANT AND A VOWEL:
The vav represents a consonant and the sound of 2 vowels in Hebrew, the ‘o’ as in doe, and the ‘u’ as in blue. The vav in torah has 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.
The 2nd letter in Torah, is the vav (V). In this instance, in the word ‘torah’, the vav carries the ‘O’ sound.
The Hebrew letter vav takes the shape of the tent peg or hook. In it’s Ancient Paleo Hebrew form, it resembles our letter Y. Although, I believe it is more accurate to say, that our letter ‘Y’, took the form of the Ancient Hebrew Letter vav.
If you were to visually, connect the two upper stems of the Y with a straight horizontal line, you would create a very nice picture of an ancient tent peg!
Symbolic Meaning of the vav
Vav is the word, ‘AND’ in Hebrew. The vav is a symbol of connection, a nail used to join something together. The vav means continuation; to add, to secure. The vav connects Divinity to Humanity, and our connection to God and each other.
The vav is a symbol of conjunction, completeness and timelessness. As you learn more about each Hebrew letter, you will see that the vav unites opposing concepts, people and ideas.
The Assignment of the vav Reflected in the aleph
Take another look at the word Adam. We discussed this word in great detail in the blog entitled; The Undiscovered Adam and the Unexplained Man, Part 2.
You will recall, the Aleph, the first letter in Adam is made of a vav (the slanted bar in the center with two yod’s on either side). Both yod’s are connected to the vav. One yod reaches upward toward the Heavens, and the other reaches downward towards the earth.
In the picture of the aleph, you see the work of the vav, connecting Heaven and Earth, the spiritual realm to the physical realm.
- The vav connects the upper heavens to the lower heavens, connecting Heaven to Earth. In the aleph, we can see that the vav connects the spiritual realm to the physical realm.
Vav is the 6th letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet…
…and carries the Gematria of 6, (numerical equivalency of 6). Man’s connection to the number 6 is very important in the Hebrew. (See the list below)
- God ceased His work of creation on the 6th day
- Man was created on the 6th day.
- When the Children of Israel left Egypt, they were six hundred thousand in number (Ex 12:37)
- Christ hung on the cross for 6 hours (Mark 15:25, Luke 23:44)
- The 600 thousand letters in the torah equivalent to the 600K children of Israel leaving Egypt. A letter of torah for each person delivered out of bondage.
The above examples reveal physical completion, redemption and transformation.
Many Infallible Proofs of the Significance of vav
- The absence or presence of the vav determines the meaning of the verse. Ref Ex 18:1, Jether becomes Jethro when a vav is added at the end of his name, creating the ‘o’ sound.
- Absence of the vav can signify a lack of virtue, character faults, etc.
- The Addition of the vav can indicate pleasing character traits, indicate virtue and overcoming personal trials/tests.
- There are 5 times in scripture when Jacob’s name is spelled with an extra vav. (Lev 26:42, Jer 30:18, 33:25-26, 46:27, 51:19) In each instance, Israel/Jacob is being redeemed.
- In the Hebrew Bible (written in All Hebrew Letters) at the very center of the torah, called the belly (gachon), there is an enlarged vav. Lev 11:42. Appropriately enough, the word found in the very center of the torah is the word, gachon, (which means belly). The vav, which translates to our ‘o’ in English, is the letter in the center of the torah. Let me repeat that another way: At the belly of the torah, is the word gachon, which means belly and the ‘o’ in gachon marks the center of torah.
- i.e. the first half and the last half of the torah is connected by a vav!
tav – vav- reish – hei
Torah begins with the tav, covenant. The 2nd letter, vav stands for connection.
The covenant which is connected to man by the nail. The man who bears the nail, He is the One that connects Heaven to Earth, the spiritual realm to the physical realm.
The vav is the symbol of the man that connects Heaven to Earth, whether that be Christ, by Himself… or Christ in you, the Hope of Glory!
Every believer, has the power to bring God’s Glory down into the Earth Realm. The vav is the symbol of mankind’s power to draw what we need from the Heavens and deposit it into the Earth. That’s torah.
God Bless You,
Posts Included in This Series:
In order to access more teachings of this kind on the Hebrew Letters:
- Because Mother’s Untangle the World
- The Undiscovered Adam and the Unexplained Man, Part 2
- If God Told You A Secret, Could You Keep It?
- Make A Window In The Ark
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