Posts Tagged ‘Hebrew Lexicon’

Wickedness – Hebrew: Rasha

רשע

Rasha is a Hebrew word that means ‘guilty of hostility to God.’ To be rasha means to be morally wrong so that one is condemned. Rasha is found 384 times in the Hebrew Scriptures.

“Remember your servants Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya‘akov! Don’t focus on the stubbornness of this people, or on their wickedness or on their sin” (Deuteronomy 9:27).

“Then once again you will see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between the person who serves God and one that doesn’t serve him” (Malachi 3:18).

“Let the wicked person abandon his way and the evil person his thoughts; let him return to Adonai, and he will have mercy on him; let him return to our God, for he will freely forgive” (Isaiah 55:7).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Resh is a picture of a Head and means ‘authority or leader’

Shin is a picture of a Tooth and means ‘to consume’

Ayin is a picture of an Eye and means ‘to see’

rasha – led or consumed by what one sees

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Truth – Hebrew: Emet

The word ‘truth’ is found 77 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. Truth as found in the Torah is righteous.  The Truth is a teaching guide for life. Speaking the Truth will bring persecution. The teachings of Yeshua are Truth because he taught from the Hebrew Scriptures (John 17:17). Following his teachings makes us Yeshua’s disciples. Obeying the Truth of sets God’s people apart from the rest of the world. Worshipping requires Truth.

אמת

Emet in Hebrew means ‘truth, right, faithful.’

“Your righteousness is eternal righteousness, and your Torah is truth(Psalm 119:42). Complete Jewish Bible

“Guide me in your truth, and teach me; for you are the God who saves me, my hope is in you all day long” (Psalm 25:5).

“Adonai, teach me your way, so that I can live by your truth; make me single-hearted, so that I can fear your name” (Psalm 86:11).

“They hate anyone promoting justice at the city gate, they detest anyone who speaks the truth (Amos 5:10).

“Set them apart for holiness by means of the truth — your word is truth (John 17:17). Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

“If you obey what I say, then you are really my talmidim [disciples], you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

“But the time is coming – indeed, it’s here now – when the true (faithful)  worshippers will worship the Father spiritually and truly (rightly), for these are the kind of people the Father wants worshipping him.  God is spirit; and worshippers must worship him spiritually and truly” (John 4:23-24).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Alef is a picture of an Ox and means ‘first or strong’

Mem is a picture of Water and means ‘mighty’

Tav is a picture of Crossed Sticks and means ‘sign or covenant’

emet – first mighty sign of covenant

Greek – alethinos means real, ideal, genuine, unconcealed

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Holy – Hebrew: Kadosh

קדוש

Kadosh is the Hebrew word for ‘holy’ and means ‘dedicated or set apart for a specific purpose’.  Those who are kadosh are called ‘holy ones’ or kadoshim.

Kadosh is found 523 times in the Bible, 425 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. Kedusha comes from kadosh and means ‘holiness’ and expresses the holiness of God. In Judaism, the Kedusha is a prayer/song that describes the holiness of God that comes from Isaiah 6:3.

“You are to be holy because I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2, 20:7; 1 Peter 1:16).

Holiness comes through striving for personal sanctification, the removal of everything that contaminates body and spirit.  Holiness sets us apart from the world for the glory and purpose of God. It is exemplified in the bronze laver in the Tabernacle where the priests cleansed themselves before entering the Holy Place.

Queen Esther of Persia, though the wife of the King, had to approach her husband King in a holy manner.  If she did not, she would profane her husband’s name in his kingdom and bring him disgrace. Though we can go boldly to the throne of grace (favor), there is still protocol for meeting with a King, especially the King of kings.

A walk of holiness embraces the commands of Elohim from both testaments.  The Hebrew Scriptures outline the sanctification of the body; the gospels and letters outline the sanctification of the spirit.  Both are necessary; both are essential to become kadoshim in this world and the world to come.

“Who may go up to the mountain of Adonai? Who can stand in his holy place?  THOSE WITH CLEAN HANDS AND PURE HEARTS” (Psalm 24:3-4).

“In your love, you led the people you redeemed; in your strength, you guided them to your holy abode” (Exodus 15:13).

“He truly loves the peoples — all his holy ones are in your hand; sitting at your feet, they receive your instruction, the Torah Moshe commanded us as an inheritance for the community of Ya‘akov” (Deuteronomy 33:3-4).

“Adonai is in his holy temple. Adonai, his throne is in heaven. His eyes see and test humankind” (Psalm 11:4).

“Fear Adonai, you holy ones of his, for those who fear him lack nothing” (Psalm 34:10).

“The fear of Adonai is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of holy ones is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).

“I am Adonai, your Holy One, the Creator of Isra’el, your King” (Isaiah 43:15).

“But the holy ones of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, yes, forever and ever'” (Daniel 7:18).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Koof is a picture of the Back of the Head and means ‘what is final.’

Dalet is a picture of a Door and means ‘pathway.’

Shin is a picture of a Tooth and means ‘consume.’ The Shin also represents of the shekinah, the presence of God.

kadosh – the final pathway to be consumed by the presence of God.

The Greek word hagiasmos means ‘to separate from sin and be consecrated to God.’  Men are called to sanctify themselves through their calling, cleansing themselves from all defilement, forsaking sin, and living a holy manner of life.

“Set them apart for holiness by means of the truth – your word is truth” (John 17:17) Complete Jewish Bible

“To the Messianic Community in Corinth, consisting of those who have been set apart by (made holy by)  Yeshua the Messiah and called to be God’s holy people (saints)  ….” (1 Corinthians 1:2).

“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

“May the God of shalom make you completely holy (set apart) – may your entire spirit, soul and body be kept blameless for the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

“On the contrary, following the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in your entire way of life; since the Tanakh says, “You are to be holy because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15).

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Redeem – Hebrew: Gaal

The Hebrew word for ‘redemption’ is gaal. The word ‘redemption’ is found 112 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. Boaz was a kinsman redeemer for Ruth (Ruth 3:12).

גאל

Gaal is the Hebrew word for ‘redemption’ and means ‘to deliver’ or ‘act as a kinsman.’

“I prayed to Adonai ; I said, ‘Adonai Elohim! Don’t destroy your people, your inheritance! You redeemed them through your greatness, you brought them out of Egypt with a strong hand!” (Deuteronomy 9:26). Complete Jewish Bible

“Break out into joy! Sing together, you ruins of Yerushalayim! For Adonai has comforted his people, he has redeemed Yerushalayim!” (Isaiah 52:9).

“May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be acceptable in your presence, Adonai, my Rock and Redeemer” (Psalm 19:15).

“Now these are your servants, your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and strong hand” (Nehemiah 1:10).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Gimel is a picture of a Camel and means ‘to lift up’

Alef is a picture of an Ox and means ‘strong’ or ‘first’

Lamed is a picture of a Shepherd’s Staff and means ‘to prod forward’

gaal – to lift up first and prod forward

The Greek word for ‘redemption’ is exagorazo means ‘to buy as like purchasing a slave and giving him freedom.’

“But we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons — that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free” (Romans 8:23).

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