Daily Tidbits 5/25 – Memory

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The word ‘memory’ came about in the 13th century and had the meaning of “awareness, consciousness, recollection” but also “fame, renown and reputation”.  The corresponding word in Hebrew which means “fame, renown and reputation” is שם ‘shem’ which is most commonly translated as “name“.

Isaac Mozeson traces the English word ‘memory’ back to the Hebrew word שמור ‘shamor’ which means a guard or watchman.  שמור ‘shamor’ comes from the root שמר ‘shamar’ which pictures a shepherd watching/guarding constructing a corral to protect his flock at night.

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שמר ‘shamar’ is most commonly translated as “keep” as in the “keeping” of thoughts in the mind.  שמר ‘shamar’ can also be broken down as שם ‘shem’ (one of the meanings of memory) and ר ‘resh’ which is the picture of the human head.

In Hebrew, there is another word which corresponds with שמר ‘shamar,’ having almost an identical meaning.  This word is נצר ‘natsar.’

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נצר ‘natsar’ is the source of Greek word Ναζωραῖος ‘Nazoraios’ or Nazarene.

Mat 2:23  And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

The original name given to followers of Messiah were Nazarenes (נצרים ‘netsarim’).

Act 24:5  For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

Nazarenes (נצרים ‘netsarim’) are the “branches” of THE Nazarene (Matthew 2:23).

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Isa 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch {נצר ‘nêtser’} shall grow out of his roots:

נצרים ‘netsarim’ means branches.

Isa 60:21  Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch {נצר ‘nêtser’} of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

Isa 49:6  And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved {נצר ‘nêtser’} of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

It is interesting to note that scientists have found that the memories in the brain are formed by “tree-like nerve cell structures” making connections which have been named “menorahs”.

The Menorah is a symbol of the Messiah & The Torah/Word.

The Menorah/lampstand/candlestick=Light (Exodus 35:14; Leviticus 24:2);  YHWH is a Light to us (2 Samuel 22:29; Micah 7:8; Psalm 27:1; Isaiah 60:19; Revelation 22:5);   The Messiah is the Light (John 1:9; 9:5);  the Word is Light (Psalm 119:105) ; The law/Torah is light (Proverbs 6:23).

We are to be lights in the world, reflecting His light: (Matthew 5:14; Philippians 2:15; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Luke 12:31-35; Ephesians 6:14).

The Torah and the Word of YHWH will go forth out of Zion (Isaiah 2:3) ; Zion is a people (Isaiah 51:15-16); We are the branches of the menorah (John 15:1).

His disciples have the testimony of Messiah (Light) and keep His commandments/Torah (Light) (Isaiah 8:16, 20; Revelation 14:12).

In Zechariah, two olive trees are linked to the Menorah (Zechariah 4:1-5, 11-14) and are described as the two ‘anointed ones’ sent to bear His witnesses to the world (Revelation 11:3-4; Isaiah 43:10-11; 44:8).

Zec 4:14  Then said he, These are the two anointed ones {בני־היצהר ‘benay ha`yitshar’}, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

בני־היצהר ‘benay ha`yitshar’ literally means sons of light that comes from the oil of pressed olives.

In Revelation, His body is depicted as seven candlesticks/menorot (Revelation 1:20), yet are one (Ephesians 5:30) as the menorah in the Temple.

The נצרים ‘netsarim’/ναζωραιων ‘nazoraion’ (Nazarenes) were later given the name Christians which means anointed ones (Zechariah 4:14).

Act 11:26  And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

A Christian {Χριστιανός ‘Christianos’} means one who is anointed by God through Christ (1 John 2:20; 2 Corinthians 1:21).  A Christian is one who has been ‘marked’ by God, who is to be a king and priest unto Him.

Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Christ comes from the Greek word Χριστός ‘christos’ which is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word משיח ‘mashiach.’ Messiah in Hebrew literally means an anointed one, as in a king (1 Samuel 24:6, 10), prophet (1 Kings 19:16) or priest (Leviticus 4:3, 5, 16; 6:22).  The term is used in reference to His people as well (Psalm 105:15; 1 Chronicles 16:22).

The duty of Christians as kings and priests is to bring God’s remembrance to the world.  To proclaim His name among the nations.

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1Pe 2:10  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

His Name/Memorial

Exo 3:15  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name {שם ‘shem’} for ever, and this is my memorial {זכר ‘zakar’} unto all generations.

His Name is His Word, His memorial of love.

Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Mat 12:18  Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
Mat 12:19  He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
Mat 12:20  A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.
Mat 12:21  And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
Isa 42:1  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
Isa 42:2  He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
Isa 42:3  A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
Isa 42:4  He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

His Name is the Word…the Word is the Torah…His Name is the Torah…Yahshua/Jesus is the Word…Yahshua/Jesus is the Torah.

Isa 5:24  Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

The Hebrew word for name is שם ‘shem’ which literally means one’s breathe or character.  What is the character of the Almighty?  Love (1 John 4:8).

The Hebrew word for love is אהב ‘ahav’ which is consists of the letters  אב ‘av’ which means father and the middle letter ה ‘heh’ which has the meaning of revelation.  The Father revealed.  In ancient Hebrew, the letter ה ‘heh’ was depicted as a man with outstretched arms, like unto Messiah on the cross. How was the love of the Father revealed?  Through the giving of His only begotten Son on the cross as an atonement for the sins of mankind (John 3:16).

Further connecting the Name of God to His character of love and the revelation of this love at Calvary is seen in the ancient pictograph meanings of the Sacred Name.

The pictographs of יהוה speak of Him being revealed through the nails in His Hands.

It is God’s name/character of love that is written in the heads of His redeemed people (Revelation 22:4).  The prophet Ezekiel was shown that His mark is depicted in the letter ת ‘tav’ which was written in ancient times as the image of the cross (Ezekiel 9:4).

The word תורה ‘torah’ also pictographically displays Messiah on the cross, revealing the love of God.

ת – cross
ו – nail
ר – head, leader
ה – man with outstretched arms

Yahshua/Jesus’ declaration of God’s love was manifest on the cross.

Psa 22:22  I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

Heb 2:10  For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 2:11  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Heb 2:12  Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

The English word love is related Etymologically to the Hebrew word לב ‘lev’ which means the heart.  Scripture declares that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34-35).  If one reads this portion of Scripture, it is seen that the subject of blasphemy is directly related to the words which one speaks dependent upon the state of their heart (Matthew 12:24-37).  Messiah declares that the origin of blasphemy comes from the heart (Mark 7:20-23).  What is the remedy to overcome this?  The Love of God (Colossians 3:8-14).  We are to sanctify the name of God in our hearts (1 Peter 3:15) by abiding in His love (Romans 11:16; John 15:1-10).

 

The Hebrew word תורה ‘torah’ is commonly translated as ‘law’ but is more properly defined as God’s will or heart/mind, His message to mankind…His ‘love letter.’

The first letter of the Torah is ב ‘bet,’ the last letter of the Torah is ל ‘lamed,’ the last letter of the TaNaKH is also ל ‘lamed.’  Both forwards בל ‘bal’ and in reverse לב ‘lev’ the word for heart is seen.

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בּל  (Aramaic)
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BDB Definition:
1) mind, heart

The Torah/TaNaKH is the ‘heart’ of YHWH which He desires to form in our heart (Psalm 119:32; Isaiah 51:7; Philippians 2:8).

Psa 119:32  I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

Isa 51:7  Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

This concept can be applied to the entire Scriptures as well.  The first letter of the TaNaKH ב ‘bet’ and the last letter of the New Testament Scriptures ן ‘nun.’

בן ‘ben’ = Son

Reversed is נב ‘nav’ = Fruit/Prophecy

Here it can be seen that the Torah/TaNaKH is the heart/mind of YHWH.  When combined with the New Testament the Son/ Fruit /Prophecy of His Mind/Heart is brought forth.

The Word is likened to seed (Luke 8:11).  The fruit is the actions and words that come forth from man who is born again by the Word (1Peter 1:23; 1John 3:0; James 1:18, 21).

The Fruit of the Spirit
Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

There are 9 fruit of the Spirit, which correspond to 9 gifts of the Spirit

1Co 12:6  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
1Co 12:7  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
1Co 12:8  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom (1); to another the word of knowledge (2) by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:9  To another faith (3) by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing (4) by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:10  To another the working of miracles (5); to another prophecy (6); to another discerning of spirits (7); to another divers kinds of tongues (8); to another the interpretation of tongues (9):
1Co 12:11  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

The Hebrew word for nine is תשע ‘tesha’ which comes from the root שע meaning the shepherd.

This is also the root of the word ישועה ‘yeshuah’ from whence comes the name of our Savior.

The numerical value of תורה ‘torah’ is 611 which is equivalent with יהוה אלהים צבאות ‘YHWH Elohim Tsevaot’ (Lord God of Hosts).  Scripture declares this is the ‘name’ of God.

Jer_15:16  Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

Jer_32:18  Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name,

Amo_4:13  For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

 

The Torah is an interesting word in that it comes from two roots.  One is תר ‘tar’ which means an image or outline, and the other is יר ‘yar’ which means to teach or pointing in the right direction.

Exo 24:12  And YHWH said to Moses, Come up to Me to the mountain, and be there. And I will give to you the tablets of stone, and the Law, and the commandments which I have written, to teach them.

Both Law and Teach in the above verse come from the same root word

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The other root is תר ‘tar.’

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תר ‘tar’ is the root of the Hebrew words which mean to mark out תאר t’ar or a form תוא to’ar.  The word תור tor/toor means a border or a circle and is the origin of the English word tour.  Literally, the Torah is what defines, gives borders to a people.  It is the finger of God pointing the direction in which we are to go and marking out the borders in which we should stay in order to walk in His camp.

The Torah = the Word

Num 15:29  Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.
Num 15:30  But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
Num 15:31  Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

Deu 5:2  The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.
Deu 5:3  The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.
Deu 5:4  The LORD talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,
Deu 5:5  (I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to shew you the word of the LORD: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,

Isa 1:10  Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

Isa 5:24  Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Isa 2:2  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Isa 2:3  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Mic 4:2  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

YAHSHUA/JESUS IS THE WORD MADE FLESH
Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Psa 33:6  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

1Jo 1:1  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1Jo 1:2  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

One cannot believe/follow God’s Torah without believing in His Son.

Believing in the Messiah is the most important commandment in the Word.   The Messiah said that the work of God is to believe on Him (John 6:29), the Apostle John later said His commandment is to believe in Messiah (1 John 3:23) for knowing the Father & the Son is eternal life (John 17:3).  The greatest commandments in the Torah are love YHWH and love our fellow man from which all the commandments hang (Matthew 22:35-40).  When we believe in Messiah and know Him, we walk in this love (1 John 2:4; 5:2-3) for He is love (1 John 4:8-20).  We can do nothing unless we abide in Him, hence belief in Him is indeed the most important command for it encompasses the two great commandments (John 15:1-10).

The Holy Scriptures equate Yahshua/Jesus with the Torah:

Deu 30:11  For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
Deu 30:12  It (הוא=he) is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
Deu 30:13  Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
Deu 30:14  But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
Deu 30:15  See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
Deu 30:16  In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
Rom 10:6  But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Rom 10:7  Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
Rom 10:8  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

Psa 40:6  Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
Psa 40:7  Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
Psa 40:8  I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
Heb 10:5  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
Heb 10:6  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
Heb 10:7  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

The Torah is all about Messiah.

Joh 1:45  Philip finds Nathanael and said to him, We have found the One of whom Moses wrote in the Law and the Prophets, Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.
Joh 5:39  You search the Scriptures, for you think in them you have everlasting life. And they are the ones witnessing concerning Me.
Joh 5:46  For if you were believing Moses, you would then believe Me; for that one wrote concerning Me.
Joh 5:47  But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My Words?
Psa 40:7  Then I said, Lo, I come, in the roll of the Book it is written of Me;

Yahshua/Jesus & the Apostles taught from the TaNaKH

Luk 24:27  And beginning from Moses, and from all the prophets, He explained to them the things about Himself in all the Scriptures.
Luk 24:44  And He said to them, These are the Words which I spoke to you yet being with you, that all the things must be fulfilled having been written in the Law of Moses, and the Prophets, and the Psalms, concerning Me.
Luk 24:45  Then He opened up their mind to understand the Scriptures,*

*Notice, the Scriptures are a sealed book (Isaiah 29:10-11), it is only through the Spirit of the Messiah that our eyes are opened, this is a concept seen where the Spirit of God hovers over the waters and commands Light to come forth out of darkness (Genesis 1:2-3; John 3:19; Colossians 1:13)


Act 26:22  Then obtaining help from God, I stand until this day, witnessing both to small and to great, saying nothing else than what the prophets and Moses also said was going to happen:
Act 28:23  And having appointed him a day, more came to him in the lodging, to whom he expounded, earnestly testifying the kingdom of God and persuading them the things concerning Jesus, both from the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning until evening.*

*At this point the New Testament Scriptures had not yet been completely compiled. Paul was teaching Messiah from the TaNaKH


1Co 15:3  For I delivered to you in the first place what I also received, that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures,
1Co 15:4  and that He was buried, and that He was raised the third day, according to the Scriptures,*

*At the point of this Epistle, the New Testament Scriptures were not completely compiled.  Paul was speaking of the TaNaKH

2Ti 3:15  and that from a babe you know the Holy Scriptures, those being able to make you wise to salvation through belief in Christ Jesus.

 

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All the ends of the world shall REMEMBER and turn to the Lord.

Psa 22:27  All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
Psa 22:28  For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.

The word translated as ‘remember’ in Psalm 22:27 is זכר ‘zakar.’  זכר ‘zakar’ is defined as a memorial brought forth by speech (the Word), or to act/speak on behalf of another.  As a result, זכר ‘zakar’ is most commonly translated as ‘remember’ or ‘memorial’ but this word also means ‘male’ as the one who acts and speaks on behalf of the family.  זכר ‘zakar’ also means a ‘ram’ as the male member of the flock.

Why is this significant?  These meanings of the word זכר ‘zakar’ point to to Messiah Yahshua/Jesus.  He is the Man (Ezekiel 1:26-28; 3:23; 8:4; 9:3; 10:4; Daniel 10:5-6; Zechariah 6:12; John 19:5) who acts on behalf of God, declaring His name (Psalm 22:22; 72:17; John 17:6, 12, 26).

Eze 1:26  And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
Eze 1:27  And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
Eze 1:28  As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

Messiah Yahshua/Jesus is the Glory of the LORD.
Eze 3:23  Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face.
Eze 8:4  And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.
Eze 9:3  And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;
Eze 10:4  Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’S glory.
Dan 10:5  Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
Dan 10:6  His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
Zec 6:12  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; {the BRANCH is THE LORD – Jeremiah 23:5} and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
Joh 19:5  Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
Psa 22:22  I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
Psa 72:17  His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.
Joh 17:6  I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
Joh 17:12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
Joh 17:26  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Scripture declares that His name is His memorial (Exodus 3:15; Hosea 12:5).

Exo 3:15  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
Hos 12:5  Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial.

In Genesis 22 we see a ram who was provided as a substitute for Isaac (Genesis 22:7-8).

Gen 22:7  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
Gen 22:8  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

This ram was a foreshadowing of Messiah, the Promise of God providing Himself as the sacrifice in place of man.  The connection between His name/memorial and the ram is seen in the crucifixion of Messiah.  Psalm 22, which declares that all nations shall remember and return, is all about the crucifixion of Messiah.  It is through His crucifixion that Yahshua/Jesus reveals the name of YHWH.

Gen 22:14  And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

Yahshua/Jesus declared that Abraham saw His day.  This was a declaration that He was God who would provide Himself a lamb for the sacrifice.

Joh 8:56  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
Joh 8:57  Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Joh 8:58  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Gen 22:14  ויקרא אברהם שׁם־המקום ההוא יהוה יראה אשׁר יאמר היום בהר יהוה יראה׃

Literally, in/on the mountain YHWH will be seen.

Genesis 22.14

Abraham calls the place YHWH Yireh (YHWH will be seen) יראה ‘yireh’ is in the Kal stem, 3rd person masculine singular future tense.

Luk 3:6  “and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Isaiah 40:3-5
Isa 52:10  YHWH has bared His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

How was His arm revealed?  On the cross.
Isa 53:1  Who has believed our report? And to whom is the arm of YHWH revealed?

Gen 22:14  And Abraham called the name of that place YHWH Will See; so that it is said until this day, In the mount of YHWH it will be seen.

Through His crucifixion, Yahshua/Jesus declared that all nations would be gathered unto Him.

Joh 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

Through His crucifixion, Messiah would reveal He is “I AM“, He would declare the name of God.

Joh 8:28  Then Jesus said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM; and from Myself I do nothing; but as My Father taught Me, these things I speak.

The Hebrew word for name is שם ‘shem’ which literally means one’s breathe or character.  What is the character of the Almighty?  Love (1 John 4:8).

1Jn 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
1Jn 4:8  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
1Jn 4:9  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
1Jn 4:10  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

The Hebrew word for love is אהב ‘ahav’ which is consists of the letters  אב ‘av’ which means father and the middle letter ה ‘heh’ which has the meaning of revelation.  The Father revealed.

In ancient Hebrew, the letter ה ‘heh’ was depicted as a man with outstretched arms, like unto Messiah on the cross. How was the love of the Father revealed?  Through the giving of His only begotten Son on the cross as an atonement for the sins of mankind (John 3:16).

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Further connecting the Name of God to His character of love and the revelation of this love at Calvary is seen in the ancient pictograph meanings of the Sacred Name.

The pictographs of יהוה ‘YHWH’ speak of Him being revealed through the nails in His Hands.

YHWH pictograph

It is God’s name/character of love that is written in the heads of His redeemed people (Revelation 22:4).

Rev 22:4  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

The prophet Ezekiel was shown that His mark is depicted in the letter ת ‘tav’ which was written in ancient times as the image of the cross (Ezekiel 9:4).

Eze 9:4  And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark {תו ‘tav’} upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

All those who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Joel 2:32).

Joe 2:32  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

“When a word is ‘on the tip of your tongue’ but you can’t recall it, this condition is call anomia”.  ἀνομία ‘anomia,’ in Greek means lawlessness.  In the Scriptures, those who forget His law/Word are forgotten by Him (Hosea 4:6; Matthew 7:21-23)….

Mat 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity {ἀνομία ‘anomia’}.

“God designed the brain so that only some memories last. Memories are believed to go from short- to long-term memory by reinforcement. Initially, the synapses involved in a memory trace are very weak. However, with repetition or a link to strong emotions, the connections become stronger and stronger.

“God doesn’t want his people to forget Him or what He has done for them. It is interesting to me as a neuroscientist to see the importance that God placed on using ritual ceremonies to help us recall His grace. After He saved the first-born children during the first Passover, the Israelites were told to repeat this ceremony every year to reinforce the memory of God’s grace.

At the Lord’s Supper, Jesus established a new ceremony: “”Do this in remembrance of me.”” Every time we partake at church, we remember His shed blood and the first observance in the upper room in Jerusalem. This God-ordained ceremony reinforces our memory of God’s wondrous grace.

These religious practices involve both declarative and procedural memories. Since more senses are involved, the brain is more engaged and more likely to maintain the memory of Christ’s wondrous grace. God, who made our brains, knew what He was doing when He implemented these ceremonies!

Throughout our lives, He wants us to focus our minds and affections on “things above,” filling our minds with good things (Colossians 3:2; Philippians 4:8). God designed the brain’s synapses to help us by literally reinforcing our memories when we meditate on truly important things.” {What Memories Are Made Of: Matchless Miracles of the Mind – Dr. David A. DeWitt}

The author makes the point that walking in the Word helps one remember Him…those who reject Him by not walking in His Word suffer from ‘anomia’ or lawlessness (James 1:22-25).

Jas 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Jas 1:23  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
Jas 1:24  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
Jas 1:25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Hos 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

In his article on memories, David DeWitt brings up an interesting point about how our nerve cells “share the load”.

“Through brain scans, we now believe that each memory is spread over many places in the brain. This is called the distributive model. Memory does not simply consist of individual cells storing separate facts but a shared system requiring many different neurons. One advantage of spreading out information is that, if one brain cell dies, the information is not permanently lost. Using multiple neurons alleviates this problem.”   {What Memories Are Made Of: Matchless Miracles of the Mind – Dr. David A. DeWitt}

Neurons consist of 3 parts like the 3 letter child roots of Hebrew words.  2 nerve fibers and the cell body.  Neurons look like trees with ‘dendrites’ that extend like ‘leafless trees.’  The Hebrew word used for nerves is עצב ‘atsav’ which is interesting as the word for tree עץ ‘ets’ is the root of עצב ‘atsav.’  עץ ‘ets’ is also the word for counselors, as in the counselors of a tribe.  It is interesting to note that the messages that the nerves take from the brain start their travel from 12 cranial nerves, corresponding with the 12 tribes.

Where does counsel come from?  Messiah/the Word.  Who is the Head of the body (1 Chronicles 29:11; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; 5:23; Colossians 1:18-19).

Isa 9:6  For a Child is born; to us a Son is given; and the government is on His shoulder; and His name is called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Going back to Dr. DeWitt’s statement, Scripture speaks of congregations of believers which are joined together in one locality as being in unity with all believers in all places.

1Co 1:2  Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
Heb 2:11  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

 

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