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Convocation – Hebrew: Mikra


The Hebrew word mikra comes from the root qara meaning ‘that which is read.’ In the Scriptures, mikra is translated as ‘convocation,’ ‘assembly,’ and ‘a reading.’ This would refer to the public reading of Torah, Prophets and Writings known as the TeNaK (Old Testament). There are 23 occurrences of mikra in the Scriptures.

Elohim gives instructions for a ‘holy assembly:’

“On the first and seventh days, you are to have an assembly set aside for God. On these days no work is to be done, except what each must do to prepare his food; you may do only that” (Exodus 12:16).

“On the fifteenth day of the seventh month [Sukkot] you are to have a holy convocation. You are not to do any kind of ordinary work, and you are to observe a feast to Adonai seven days” (Numbers 29:12).

“They read clearly from the scroll, in the Torah of God, translated it, and enabled them to understand the sense of what was being read” (Nehemiah 8:8).

Another meaning of mikra is ‘rehearsal.’ The definition of ‘rehearsal’ is to ‘practice for a public performance.’ Each of the Feasts of Adonai, found in Leviticus 23, requires a ‘convocation’ or ‘rehearsal:’ Passover, Unleavened Bread, Shavuot, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles. Assembling together for a ‘rehearsal dinner’ is the foundation for the Feasts as Adonai. He gives His people ‘appointed times’ to ‘rehearse’ for a future event that will be brought to fulfillment by Yeshua in the Kingdom.

Yeshua says, “many are called, but few are chosen” when talking about guests invited to the wedding feast (Matthew 22:14). The Greek word for ‘called’ means ‘invited.’ He is saying that many are invited, but few actually make the choice to come. He says that many ‘were not interested’ in coming to the banquet. The Greek word says that they were ‘careless and paid no attention to the invite.’ The Greek word goes deeper to say that they found the invite to the wedding feast ‘rehearsal’ to have no value (Matthew 22:5).

The Greek word gamos is used for ‘banquet’ and refers to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. The people who refused the ‘invite’ missed the Lamb’s wedding; they made a bad choice. Only those friends and family who are special to the bride and groom attend a ‘rehearsal’ meal for a wedding. The rest of the people are the invited guests. Yeshua used the same imagery of a wedding banquet to describe the responses to his Father’s ‘rehearsals’ for His Son’s Wedding Feast.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Rehearsal – mikrah – מיקרה

מ Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

י Yod – Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

ק Kof – Back of the Head means ‘what is past’ or ‘what is behind.’

ר Resh – A Head means ‘highest authority.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for mikrah: mighty finished work what is behind the highest authority revealed.

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Dance – Hebrew: Machol


The Hebrew word machol means ‘dance. Its root comes from chuwl and means ’round dance’ or ‘circle dance.’ This is not an individual dance, but a group that dances in a circle. Chuwl is the ‘father of Heman’ who was a worship singer in Solomon’s Temple (1 Chronicles 25:6, 1 Chronicles 6:18, 1 Chronicles 16:41). This suggests that there was dancing in the Temple along with musical instruments. Machol is found 6 times in Scripture.

 Once again, I will build you; you will be rebuilt, virgin of Isra’el. Once again, equipped with your tambourines, you will go out and ‘circle’ dance with the merrymakers” (Jeremiah 31:4).

“Joy has vanished from our hearts, our dancing has turned into mourning” (Lamentations 5:15).

“You turned my mourning into ‘circle’ dancing! You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy” (Psalm 30:11).

“Let them praise his name with ‘circle’ dancing, make melody to him with tambourine and lyre” (Psalm 149:3).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Dance – machol – מחול

מ Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ל Lamed – Shepherd’s Staff means ‘urge forward.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for machol: mighty protect binding and urging forward.

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Praise, Ringing Cry – Hebrew: Ranan


The Hebrew word ranan means ‘ringing cry,’ ‘sing aloud,’ or ‘shout for joy.’ This word is used when one is so overcome with joy that they shout aloud for joy. There are 54 occurrences in Scripture.

When Yeshua rode into Jerusalem, the people cried ‘Hoshanna’ and wanted him to restore the Kingdom to Israel. However, some of the leaders wanted the disciples to reprimand the people for shouting. Yeshua responded: “I tell you that if they keep quiet, the stones will shout!” (Luke 19:39-40).

“Those who had been about to die would bless me, and I made widows ranan in their hearts for joy” (Job 29:13).

“When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy [ranan]?” (Job 38:7).

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice, let them forever shout for joy [ranan]!” (Psalm 5:11).

“This is why those living at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your signs. The places where the sun rises and sets you cause to sing for joy [ranan]” (Psalm 65:8).

“Come, let’s sing to Adonai! Let’s shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation!” (Psalm 95:1).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Shout for Joy – ranan – רנן

ר Resh – A Head means ‘highest authority.’

נ Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

ן Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for ranan: highest authority’s life life.

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Praise, Thanksgiving – Hebrew: Todah



The Hebrew word todah means ‘thanks’ or ‘thanksgiving.’ In the Hebrew language, todah means ‘thank you.’ When we offer thanks to Adonai in song, we are also praising him and receiving blessing. The peace or shalom offering was called a ‘thanksgiving’ offering. After the Jews returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the Temple, choirs offered praises of thanksgiving. Todah is found 32 times in the Scriptures.

When Yeshua entered one village, ten men with tzara’at met him. They stood at a distance and called out, “Yeshua! Rabbi! Have pity on us!” On seeing them, he said, “Go and let the cohanim [priests] examine you!” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, as soon as he noticed that he had been healed, returned shouting praises to God,  and fell on his face at Yeshua’s feet to thank him” (Luke 17:11-18).

“I brought the leaders of Y’hudah up onto the wall and appointed two large choirs to give todah and to walk in procession. One went to the right on the wall toward the Dung Gate” (Nehemiah 12:31).

“But I, speaking my todah aloud, will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed, I will pay. Salvation comes from Adonai!” (Jonah 2:9).

“For Adonai will comfort Tziyon, will comfort all her ruined places, will make her desert like ‘Eden, her ‘Aravah like the garden of Adonai. Joy and gladness will be there, todah and the sound of music” (Isaiah 51:3).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Thanksgiving – todah – תודה

ת Tav – Crossed Sticks mean ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for todah: covenant sign binding pathway revealed.

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