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August 5, 2021 5:00 am
Digging into the first word of the Psalm, the letter ALEF
The treasurers of the hundred and 19 so we are going on a treasure hunt and the gold we are seeking in this treasure hunt is actually the phrase of God like join us taking this deep dive mining with David in the hundred and 19 on today's mining trip we did actually dig into the Psalm itself cover the 10 words and so now let's just movement the very first word of on one mind, being, which is the word Alif which is the first letter in the Hebrew language, but as we talked about many times each letter is itself a word so word Alice is a word in Hebrew. It can mean a number of different things. Very cool. It means a thousand. Like when there was a thousand pieces of silver that would be Alif. It also means master as you would see the beginning of the word father is Abba right so many times you see it that way but also you know when you do see how it's used in the Bible. It's it's used as oxen and sometimes in the really really ancient Hebrew. That's the way they actually made the sign was to look like an oxen but one of my favorite and I think what King David was going for is the meaning of Alice's teacher so that is that really beautiful thing and a beautiful basis from which he starts this Psalm that he's asking to be taught throughout the Psalm. What he's asking to be taught are the Scriptures are the commandments are the statutes are the precepts that the words that the whole idea in the love of learning and so you look at Alif itself.
The way that that is written in Hebrew. It's a beautiful thing you'll see that it is a you just a little dot that is pointing down and then there's little you and that is pointing up and in between them is of the above which kind of separates the two. And if you've ever seen the picture that Michelangelo painted of the finger of God. It gets this picture of this finger of God pointing down trying to reach the finger man reaching up, which is just you know absolutely phenomenal. The beautiful thing about the letter aleph is that's exactly what it is. It is the finger of God pointing down towards man and the finger of man trying to point out to God, trying to learn and what's in the middle that vav the Jews teach is actually the Torah. It's the word of God itself.
It is Jesus okay so the bridge between God trying to have a relationship with man and man trying to have a relationship with God is the word itself is Jesus okay so when you look at this letter and as we begin the study. This very first eight verses will be looking into the eight faces of this letter of understanding how it is that God is trying to reach out to us and we are trying to learn what are the basis of that what is what is in of the psalmist showing us in the different aspects of the way to learn the Scriptures with the intimacy that he had with all these different expressions and and so as we talked about the number of eight that you know it is that we try the very best we can for seven days of the week ahead.
And then on the eighth day. You know he pushes us over the finish line.
Jesus was raised on the eighth day after the triumphal entry and so I'm sure you've seen a lot of things in your life or somebody tried and tried and tried and they push over the finish line so we will look at the aleph were to get an idea to see how we can work on it seven days a week, we can begin the study and think how can we reach up and touch God. But then how is God going push us over the finish line to me. What a joy it is going to be to spend time in this particular letter. This letter is the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet in his numeric value is one. The word for aleph is a thousand, and so you can see that the intricate connections between a day to God is like a thousand years and and so so many times and we think of the alpha male in that kind of thing. We certainly think of Abba father a minute that whole idea of aleph or L4. And the reason why an ox itself is this picture of the master so to speak, but the master is everything to do with learning and the idea that that we see throughout the Scripture is your heart is yearning right to learn if you ever notice that when you learn something.
I mean it just makes you come alive, and when you want to share it and when you do that you're sharing the life and so it's a big big precept. I believe in my heart to understand that the letter aleph is connected to the idea of teaching and so as we learn like you would fall in love with somebody that you you are just dating right in those first dates what you doing your learning everything you possibly can about what are they like what they dislike.
Now how can I connect with this person. How can I best serve this person. How can I best love this person. How can I best call out there glory.
The way that that God is reflected and again God is trying to do that and through him, reaching down through the aleph and us reaching innovation touch Jesus which gives us the ability to be into the presence minutes of phenomenal thing and so as we look into these next eight verses which will jump into next time. The first verse how we can be expressing we can begin the process.
These different phases of the letter aleph