What Language does God speak?

What language does God speak? Let’s look at the Scriptures.

First in Exodus 3:15-16, God gives Moses His name.  “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh (I am/will be what I am/will be) or Yod, Hey, Vav, Hey – Hebrew letters with a  Hebrew interpretation: “I Am”.    Did He give Moses His Hebrew name just because Moses was Hebrew leading the Israelites?  Or is that His memorial name FOREVER – and for all generations no matter where they lived?  “This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation.”  The Scripture is pretty clear about the divine name of God.

Isaiah confirms that Israel was to be a light to the nations and therefore would have shared His Name in the language He gave them.

“See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn” (Isaiah 60:2-3).  

Zephaniah 3:9 speaks of purifying the lips of all peoples (nations) to speak a ‘clean language’.

“For then I will change the peoples, so that they will have pure lips, to call on the name of YHVH, all of them, and serve him with one accord.”

Of course, when Christianity left behind all the ‘clean and unclean’ commands due to a misunderstanding of Scriptures, redemption ingrafting, and restoration, they lost all sense of clean and unclean – including what is on their lips.

At the Tower of Babel, YHVH did not ‘give’ other languages, HE CONFUSED THE LANGUAGE.  There is a difference. Until that time, there was only ONE language – probably the language of Adam and Eve and Noah and the pre-flood world.   Since YHVH spoke with Adam and Eve in the Garden in the cool of the evening, I have to believe that it was the language of His Name, Hebrew.

Can He hear and understand all languages?  Of course He can and does.  Yet, that doesn’t mean He doesn’t have a language with which he would prefer to communicate with His people.   Buy the book Hebrew Word Pictures by Frank Seekins.  Learn the word pictures of the Hebrew alphabet and see the fullness of that language in just the letters alone.

For example, Yod Hey Vav Hey – the name of God – in word pictures means “Behold the Hands; Behold the Nail.”  I do not think any other language, including Greek, Latin or Polish has such a definitive revelation of God.

Even the Ten Commandments, written by the finger of YHVH, were not written with Roman Numerals as Rome did not exist at the time of the wilderness.   They were written with one or two Hebrew letters.   If you learn the first 10 letters of the Hebrew alphabet with their word pictures, you will see how easy it is to learn the commandments in order because of their pictures.

Miriam and Yosef were Jewish, spoke Aramaic a dialect of Hebrew and would have given their son a Hebrew name.   What was the baby’s name given to Joseph for his son, the Son of God?

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins”  (Matthew 1:21).

This Scripture, however, has a footnote: Jesus is the Greek from of Joshua, which means the LORD saves.” 

Why is there a footnote that has to clarify the ‘name of the Son of God’ more clearly? Why is a little Jewish boy given a Greek name?   According to the footnote, Jesus was not his name, but Joshua because it means “the LORD saves”.   However, there are two problems with this.  First, there is no “J” in the Hebrew language.   Second, simply, the Hebrew name Yeshua already means ‘salvation’ or ‘the Lord saves.

The Hebrew word pictures are two fold for the name of Yeshua: one as the Son of God; one as the Son of Man.  Son of God, Yahshua – Yod, Hey, Shin,  Vav, Hey – Behold the Hand, Shekinah Glory, Behold the Nail.  Son of Man, Yeshua: Yod, Shin, Vav, Ayin – Look at Nail, the Glory of the Hand.  Was not Yeshua the Glory of God’s Right Hand?

On the day of Shavuot (aka Pentecost), the Spirit of YHVH was poured out and Jews who were gathered in Jerusalem from all nations heard the message of salvation, Yeshua, in their own language.  This was an amazing event as they HEARD in their own language and then were able to take what they HEARD back to their own nations and the first missionary adventure began.  The Spirit is the ‘breath’ of God, the ‘ruach of Elohim’.   Even today when God breaths spiritual words to us, we HEAR them in our own language.  Consider the idea that His breath, His life, His language is in Hebrew, but we HEAR it in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili through the power of His Spirit!

Acts 26:14, I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic (footnote, Hebrew), “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?  It is hard for ou to kick agains the goads.”  

In this verse Paul is reiterating his born again experience.  He says he ‘heard’ a voice in Hebrew speaking to him.  Whose voice is it?  His own or Yeshua’s?  He himself questions the voice and Yeshua reveals himself as the persecuted one and the voice.

Why would Yeshua’ speak to Paul in Aramaic/Hebrew?  Is it Paul’s language or is it  Yeshua’s language?  If it’s Paul’s language, then why didn’t he hear it in Greek as  Paul is always considered the one who wrote and spoke in Greek, Hellenized the gospel, removed the Torah, and on and on.    If it’s Yeshua’s language that Paul heard and recognized, then it must be that YHVH has a powerful language in which he spoke to a Hebrew, Israeli Benjamite man like Sha’ul whose entire life would be transformed in that moment.

“I Am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:13).   The Greek letters Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, but if Yeshua speaks Hebrew, then the letters would have been Aleph and Tau.  If Yeshua speaks the language of the person ‘hearing’ then John would have ‘heard’ in Hebrew as well.  These Hebrew letters have deep meaning apart from just being the first and last letters of an alphabet.

“I Am the Aleph and the Tau, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” … the first sign of the covenant.”  

Does it matter what language God speaks? what language Yeshua speaks?  On a certain level it most certainly does because language always involves culture and understanding through that cultural lens.   Spanish speaking people have a culture; Russian speaking people have a culture; Swahili speaking people have culture; Hebrew speaking people have a culture.   The Parables were all in Hebrew/Aramaic with a culturally Hebraic intent and meaning which is lost by ‘anglicizing’ the language of God and Yeshua.  When we Anglicize or Hellenize the Scriptures, the culture of the Scriptures and the language of the Scriptures changes drastically and the meanings and purposes are lost to another mindset.   To say that the translated Scriptures into other languages have less value is wrong as well.  We all need to read and understand the Scriptures in our own language, but that doesn’t necessarily mean God speaks in that language or that language holds the depth and clarity of meaning from the original language.

Does it matter what language we speak?  Of course not.  Our relationship with YHVH is not with language specifically; it is through the Spirit with our new circumcised hearts.   If YHVH is glorified in our lives, in our speech, in our cultural (Biblical) ways of living, our language is not a barrier to Him or us.   Yet, we cannot and should not remove Him from the culture He gave His chosen people – the people He called out from all other nations, set apart to reveal HIMSELF to the world.   We should not remove Him or His Son, Yeshua from the language and people through which He chose to reveal Himself.  When we do that, we lose a wealth of cultural understanding and begin to create our own ‘religion’ and religious systems based on ‘language’ apart from Biblical culture.   Someday we will all be speaking our Father’s and our Husband’s language as our lips will be purified; it would do us great good to become familiar with the Biblically Hebrew language as well as the Biblically Hebrew culture, lifestyle, celebrations, people – the ‘real’  brothers and sisters of Yeshua.

My question: Why is it so difficult to believe that the “I Am” has a language that He has revealed Himself through and why do we always want to explain it away rather than take time to learn more about Him through His language?

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