Monday, January 21, 2013

Be still...{Part 6 - take a breath, breathe in God}


Joy.
 chedvah: spelled in Hebrew:
 cheit - a (protecting) fence, an inner room
dalet - door
vav - a nail, peg (that holds or anchors)

hey - behold, breath of God


Hey (prounounced "hay") is the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Its meaning is "look" or "behold", and there is a lot to look at and behold in this letter!

Hey:
- represents the divine breath, revelation, and light (which is said to correspond to this letter).  It represents the five senses and the "5 levels of the soul" in Hebrew tradition.

- represents God's Creative Power - "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth" (Psalm 33:6). It is said that the "breath of His mouth" refers to the sound of the letter Hey - the outbreathing of Spirit.

- is a picture of the presence of God within the human heart. (See item 4 below).

- is also be a picture of returning to God by means of the transforming power of the Spirit.  (See 7 below)

All of this says to me, simply the mystery of "Christ in me", God living in me, His nature and divine power dwelling in my heart - proven by the very letters of God's chosen people's language!  He created the world, created man, and re-created our hearts when we turned to Him...breathing His life into mine.  Like Adam, He breathed new life into me...His breath in mine, every time I breathe, it is as if His breath is being inhaled, exhaled...truly:

'For in him we live and move and have our being.' Act 17:28


Be Still... series:
Part 1 - Be Still
Part 2 - The Catalyst
Part 3 - Rumblings of the Silence Begin
Part 4 - Revelation Continues
Part 5 - A Nail that Holds and Anchors
Part 6 - Take a Breath, Breathe in God
Part 7 - Deepest Joy

You can stop reading now or continue down to get more research below...
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From the site "Hebrew for Christians" - click here

 1. The Mystery of Hey - According to the Jewish mystics, Hey represents the divine breath, revelation, and light (the word "light" is mentioned five times on the first day of creation (Gen. 1:3-4), which is said to correspond to the letter Hey). Since the numerical value of Hey is five, this corresponds on a physical level to the five fingers, the five senses, and the five dimensions. On a spiritual level it corresponds to the five levels of soul: 
    • Nefesh - instincts
    • Ruach - emotions
    • Neshamah - mind
    • Chayah - bridge to transcendence
    • Yechidah - oneness
2.  Hey represents God's Creative Power
"By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth" (Psalm 33:6). In the Talmud (Menachot 29b) it is said that the "breath of His mouth" refers to the sound of the letter Hey - the outbreathing of Spirit.  (More at the website).
  
3. Hey and the Divine Name
The Sacred Name, , includes two instances of the letter Hey.  

4. Hey and the Divine Presence
According to one midrash, Yod left Aleph to become part of Dalet, thus forming Hey. Since Aleph represents God and Dalet represents broken humanity, Hey is a picture of the presence of God within the human heart. This function of Hey can be seen when (Abram) was renamed to (Abraham) and (Sarai) was renamed to (Sarah).   

5.  Prefixive Hey
Hey functions as the definite article in Hebrew, a sort of demonstrative that points to the object and makes it concrete and definite. Thus (ish), a man, becomes (ha-ish), the man.  

6.  Suffixive Hey
Adding a Hey at the end of a noun "feminizes" it or allows it to be "fruitful" and reproductive.
  
7.  Hey and Teshuvah
Since Hey is formed from Dalet and Yod, it can also be a picture of returning to God by means of the transforming power of the Spirit. Dalet stands for brokenness, and Yod stands for a hand. Opening the door of the heart then is a picture of the Spirit of God indwelling the believer, and this image also coheres with the idea that part of Aleph (God) is joined with Dalet to form the Hey.

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