The Ox and the Manger

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests” (Proverbs 14:4). 

In the Hebrew alphabet, the first letter alef coincides with the first commandment, Exodus 20:2-3:

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  “You shall have no other gods before me.”

The Hebrew word picture for alef is an ‘ox’ symbolizing ‘first and strength.’

The ‘ox’ is ‘the first’, the LORD.   Where there is no LORD God, the manger is empty.

From the ‘strength’ of  an ‘ox’ comes an abundant harvest. 

The ‘strength’ of the LORD is His divine presence in Yeshua.  Through a manger will comes an abundant harvest.

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