The Director's Bible - 008

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The Beginning - ב bet, ר resh, ת tov and ש shin

Since the mystery has been hidden “from the beginning” (Eph 3:9) a closer look at the beginning is warranted.

בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ Ge 1:1


The first word is בראשית barashit. It is translated “In the beginning” or “The beginnings”.

The hieroglyphic meaning of the letters which have not been previously explored will be examined, then the word will be built up by sub-roots and roots.


The bet ב is a resh ר (revelation) that meets the lower horizontal bar of the square letter template at a right angle. The right angle means that the revelation was heard. In the dalet ד the right angle in the upper right corner meant that the word was spoken. The difference between the 'word' and the revelation' is the difference between the Torah and the Messiah. The Torah was the spoken word of God and the Messiah was the living Word of God.

The bet is the Messiah received by men. As a prefix to a word it is translated 'in'. This is where “In the beginning “ comes from. “In” is a good translation of the hieroglyphic meaning; it is God's desire to dwell “in” men (Ro 8:9). We receive Christ “in” us (Col 1:27) when we first believe. The revelation of God dwells “in” men”.

The way that Jewish children learn the letter is that it looks like a door to a house. The name of the letter, “bet” is the word for house. Bethlehem means “house of bread”. The door to the house is where you come in. Jesus says “I stand at the door and knock.” (Re 3:20). John didn't need a special revelation to write this. He could determine it from the hieroglyphic meaning of the letter “bet”.


The tov ת is formed by a resh ר with a vav וreturning to the upper horizontal of the square letter template. The vav ו is separated from the vertical of the resh ר; it is a spontaneous response to the revelation which acknowledges the 'distinction'. between God and man. This is the source of Paul's doctrine in Romans 1:18ff.

Ro 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Ro 1:19 ¶ Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them.
Ro 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Ro 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Paul understood that the nature of original sin is that Adam treated God as a peer, as a man in his own image (by making his own rules), rather than as the Holy, or separate being that he is. The nature of the letter tov ת is that of a man who acknowledges the distinction. It is used for 'end' because it is the last letter of the alefbet, and it is also interpreted 'purpose'. At the end of a word it can make the word into an object.


The shin ש is formed with a single vav coming down, and two zayins returning which are connected at the base. This is a picture of the Messiah coming down (he is the distinction, since he faced our temptations but did not succumb), and the Messiah and his bride returning. They are connected, because like Adam, he obtained his bride through sleep/death. It is a picture of God's word not returning void, or of God giving a command and getting two responses such as in the creation of the heavens and the earth.

These are the letters contained in בראשית that were not explained earlier. Each letter has it's metaphoric meaning based in the revelation of Christ. As they combine, they will explain more of the detailed meaning contained in the word בראשית.

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