Joshua 2:12 “Now therefore, please swear to me by the LORD, since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father’s household, and give me a pledge of truth, nasu
In Ladies Devotions class we are going to look at the story of Rahab of Jericho’s testimony of faith. Our passage is an encouraging story of prophecy fulfilled, of the difference between courage and bravery, and how courage can overcome circumstances while bravery r melts away. I do not want to spill all my beans, but for morning devotions I want to take a moment to tell you about “the pledge of truth.” Owt ‘emet in Hebrew.
Last year I spent a lot of time in devotions teaching you about Hebrew letters and how each letter represents more than a sound in a word. The Hebrew letters represent ideas, we often call them picto-graphs.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, ” who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Rev 1:8
We are introduced to “the Lord God” in chapter one of The Revelation. He tells us that of first importance, we will know him as “the Alpha and the Omega,” but we see the title translated from Greek to English so there is a tendency to miss the significance of the title. In Hebrew he would be the mysterious (mysterious to an English reader) Aleph-Tav. The first and last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. These letters are united all through the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) but are almost never translated into English. They are in Genesis 1:1 but are not translated into English because the translators did not know what to do with this mystery word. It comes right before the phraise “the Heaven” in Genesis 1:1 and continues throughout scripture.
The picto-graph is “God of the Cross.” Aleph picturing the Almighty and Tav picturing a sign from the Almighty which, interestingly was in the shape of a cross when Moses wrote his alphabet. Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures you will find these letters (pronounced ‘owt) that Jesus told us is him (Revelation 1:8, 21:6 and 22:13). ‘Owt can be presented with other Hebrew letters to expand the meaning of the basic word ‘owt, as it is here in Joshua chapter 2. The English phrase, “a true token” (verse 12 kj)
Translated “token” or pledge, when the Hebrew letter vav is added. The vav pictures a nail or stake. Vav connects the ideas that come before and after it.
It is also introduced in Genesis 1:1, translated simply as the word “and” (and earth… ). So much is lost in translation. We know that Y’shua (Jesus) is the connection between heaven and earth. Very simply, the Hebrew word ‘owt (aleph-vav-tav) is a picture of the Almighty nailed to the cross. From Hebrew to English it is often translated “sign” as a sign from heaven. The sun, moon and stars are examples of ‘owt-signs (Gen 1:14), the “mark” on Cain’s head was an ‘owt (Gen. 4:15), the rainbow of Genesis chapter 9 was an ‘owt from the Almighty. Circumcision in the flesh was an ‘owt given to Abraham and his seed as a sign from the Almighty. Rahab is not asking for anything trivial when she requests an ‘owt. She wants assurance from the God of Heaven of her safety, her salvation. What is the sign or token that she wants?
“True or truth” is from the Hebrew word “’emet” Once again it is the aleph-tav with the Hebrew letter mem. The letter mem sounds like our English letter M. When Moses wrote it they looked a lot alike. Mem pictures water. Mem, the living water, pictures the Word of God springing up within. This is what Jesus was talking about to the woman at the well.
John 4:10-14 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” nkj
Rahab was not asking for some token from the two spies. She did not want some kind of proof that she could use in court if those men did not keep their end of the bargain. She wanted hope from the God of Heaven and earth, “Our Father in Heaven… whose will is to be done on earth as it is in Heaven” Matthew 6:9-10
What is it that you want from religion? People you can trust? People, even good people, are not where you should put your trust. They will let you down someday. Do you want a legal guarantee? There are no real guarantees on earth unless they are endorsed in heaven. Do you want Jesus? He gives great signs of his love that are as big as the sun, moon and stars, and as small as a chord that represents hope in him (spoiler alert, today we are going to learn that in Hebrew, chord and hope are the same word). He is ‘emet, the truth. He is all that I want.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
Mrs. Hagerty, October 5, 2015