The Director's Bible - 006

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Some words and letters – 2

THIS NOTE IS FOR TRUTH-QUEST TO shame his incessant mocking and scoffing at God's word

יהוה Yahweh

י – Yud alone is a metaphor which contains all the ideas that may be expressed through words. As such it represents the very spark of creation and in this particular instance, indicates that the name Yahweh contains the idea that he is the one who created.

הוה – to be

The last three letters of 'Yahweh' form 'a distinction between two responses' where the vav is between two hei’s and the meaning of the word is 'to be'. The essence of ‘being’ (represented by the hieroglyphics) it to have a choice and the meaning of the letters indicate this.

Put them together and Yahweh becomes 'he is the creator who is' or ‘he is the creator who had a choice’ . Since he is the creator, his ability to choose is the prototype for choice. He is the model of what choice is. We would say that he is sovereign, and can do what he pleases. His name, by the meaning of the letters resolves the theological question “Did God have to create?”. The answer is that he chose to create.

If just the first two letters are used יה Ya, it refers to ‘God as we respond to him’. The focus of the word is upon our response to him as indicated by the hei. It is how we call upon his name.

The rich man

The gimel ג is a vav with a yud hanging off the bottom. The vav indicates that a distinction was made between God and man, or spirit and flesh. The yud says that there is a new beginning on earth, or in the flesh, since it connects with the lower portion of the template. It means that God pursues man after he has shown his holiness, or that he is different from men. Though he separated from man, he desires a new beginning. The letter is taught to children saying that it represents a rich man chasing after a poor man. It looks somewhat like a leg is extended to chase.

The camel

The name of the letter ‘gimel’ is identical to the Hebrew word for camel. It is the source of the saying of Jesus in Mr 10.25. The rich man had chased after Jesus ( v. 17), the poor man. He first called Jesus ‘Good Master’ to which Jesus explained that there were none good. To his query “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered that he must keep the commandments. The rich ruler was not paying too much attention to what Jesus said. “Only God is good, therefore you have not kept the commandments.” But the rich man attempts to endear himself to Jesus explaining that he has always kept the commandments even from before the age of accountability. He was making himself an equal to Jesus who indeed had kept the commandments from his youth and was in fact God.. Jesus explains that if he truly desired to be like Jesus, then he must do what Jesus has done and will do, that is to deny himself and pick up his cross.

Threading the needle

In order for the rich man to say he was sinless, he had to read the law in such a narrow way to exclude himself from sin. This is called threading the needle. It is like throwing the dart then drawing the bull's eye around it. You define sin as being the place that you don’t step.

The riddle solved

Now the saying can be understood as a childish pun which explained the scene that had just taken place. The rich man is the camel (the gimel) as he chased after the poor man Jesus. He threaded the needle by defining the law so narrowly in his own mind, that he could declare himself righteous. His folly was exposed by his inability to separate from his earthly possessions, as Jesus had, and die to himself. It is easier for a literal camel to go through the eye of a needle than for this rich man camel to enter the kingdom by redefining the law (threading the needle) to suit his self-righteousness.

The Hebrew letters are symbolic metaphors for doctrine taught in the scripture. As such they are the prototypes for the meaning of the words formed from them. They are very large ideas which narrow in meaning as they combine with other letters.

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