Messianic Insights - Beth PT1 (Discovering Messiah Through Hebrew Alphabet)


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Messianic Insights - Beth Part 1 (Discovering Messiah Through Hebrew Alphabet) 


בראשית (bereshit – “In the beginning”) – בראשית– בית meaning ‘house’ (Strong’s H1035 – Genesis 35 v 18) and ראש meaning ‘head’ can in Hebrew be reversed אשר – ‘asher’ meaning ‘happiness’ (Strong’s H836 – Genesis 30 v 13 ).


An amazing insight involving the Hebrew letter ‘aleph’ is found in the story of Israel’s battle with Amalek.  Unlike the battle with Egypt where God did all the fighting – God required Israel to do the fighting against Amalek (a type of the flesh) …

Three Hebrew names of the people involved Aaron, Moses and Hur –  “Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim.  So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us, and go out, fight against Amalek.  Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” And Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill,  So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed.  But Moses’ hands were heave.  They took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on oone side and one on the other.  Thus his hands were steady until the sun set.  So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.” (Exodus 17 v 8/13).

Aaron – אהרן –

Moses – משה –

Hur – חור –

If these three names are spelt ‘backwards’ they reveal a wonderful truth of Who fights our battles.

נרהא - Ner-ha-aleph = ‘Ner’ means ‘lamp’ (Psalm 119 v 105 – Strong’s H5216) ‘Hey’ the Hebrew prefix that means ‘the’. And the last letter ‘aleph’ represents God.

השם – Hashem – Moses name becomes ‘Ha-shem’ – ‘the Name’.

רוח – Ruach – Hur’s name becomes ‘ruach’ – the name for the ‘Holy Spirit’ as seen in (Genesis 1 v 2,Job 33 v 4 – Strong’s H3707)  ‘wind, breath, life’.

This reversal of the three names in the battle against Amalek (a type of the flesh) gives a presentation of God in the centre, with the Spirit and the Word represented by the ‘lamp of God’ in their supporting roles of service to Him.

But there is a fourth character in the picture,  He is the One ‘on the ground’ doing the fighting and the leading of His army in battle against Amalek.  His name is Joshua יהשוע  - Yehoshua – and He is the One in whom the efforts of Moses, Aaron and Hur find fulfilment.  Joshua’s name is practically the same as Yeshua’s whose name means salvation as seen in Psalm 149 v 4.


The Torah begins with a large ב-made up of three ‘vav’s’) -as if to emphasize that the Creation of the universe is only the ‘second’ factor. It is up to man to go in quest of the ‘first’ factor, which is the א (aleph) the Creator, the cause of everything.

Bet is the symbol of blessing and creation – duality and plurality – God began the Torah with בראשית 

it is the initial of ברכה (‘barucha’ – ‘blessing’ (Strong’s H1293) and בראשית (‘bereshit’ – “in the beginning” – Strong’s H7225) – ‘creation’.

Psalm 119 v 9/16 every verse in this section of the Psalm begins with a Bet

Bet – בית ancient Hebrew means ‘a tent’ or ‘a house’

The letter Bet – ב when added to the front of a Hebrew word is used to mean ‘in, inside, or into’ – because of Christ’s great love for us we are already in the ביתwith Him in our Spirit (John 14 v 1/3, 1 Chronicles 9 v 26, Ephesians 2 v 4/9).

Bet – בית is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet and is used for the number two.

The Midrash relates that ב was chosen because every being – from the heavenly hosts, to man, to the tiniest creature – blesses God with the ב, saying ברוך הי לעולם אמן ואמן – “Blessed is HASHEM forever, amen and amen.” (Psalm 89 v 53).

The difference between בית (house) = 412 and מקדש(Temple) = 444 amounts to 32 which is the numerical value of לב (heart).  This teaches us that only by putting one’s heart into a house (בית) can it become מקדש, a sanctuary in miniature.

בstands for בין וביןmeaning ‘between and between’ the power of differentiation and deduction. 

King Solomon prized ‘binah’ above all Divine favours.  God appeared to him in a dream and asked, “What shall I give you?” Solomon did not ask for wealth nor honour, but for ‘binah’.  To him, understanding was the most wonderful gift of all as he answered, “Give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may  discern between good and evil.” (1 Kings 3 v 9).

Interestingly the Hebrew word used in this verse for ‘discern’ is ‘בין’ – ‘biyn’ - Strong’s H995 – meaning ‘understanding, to separate mentally, to distinguish, consider, teach, understand’.


“Then a shoot will spring the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD (‘ruach’ - Strong’s H3068) will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom (‘chokmah’ – Strong’s H2451) and understanding (‘binah’ – Strong’s H998), the spirit of counsel (‘etsah’ – Strong’s H6098) and strength (‘geburah’ – Strong’s H1369) the spirit of knowledge (‘da’at’ – Strong’s H1847) and the fear ‘yirah’ – Strong’s H3374) of the Lord.” (Isaiah 11 v 1/2).

The Hebrew word used here for ‘rest’ is ‘נוח’ – nuach – Strong’s H5117 ‘settle down, give comfort, be quiet, be at ease’.

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