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The fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is HEH.
The numeric value of HEH is five.
The pictogram or symbol behind the shape of the letter HEH is a mouth, breathing, breath, a sigh. It indicates “Spirit” or “revelation” ... receiving understanding.
The word “heh” in Hebrew is spelled HEH ALEF. Like the Hebrew word “hine”, it is an exclamation. It means “See! Behold! Surely!” It brings emphasis into something that is being said.
The first HEH in the Bible occurs in Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” It occurs in the third of the seven Hebrew words in the verse. “Bereshit bara Elohim et ha'shamayim ve'et ha'aretz”. The third word is the word for God ... Elohim. Elohim has five letters, and HEH is the middle letter.
The Hebrew word that represents the name of God is YUD HEH VAV HEH. The word “hints” at the name of Jesus. There are two letters HEH in YUD HEH VAV HEH.
Jews will not to pronounce this name. It is unthinkable for a Jew to twist this word into something entirely made-up, and say “Yahweh” or “Jehovah”. Those were never the names for God. There is no power in those names.
The New Testament tells us plainly, “There is no other name under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved ...” (Acts 4:12). And that name is “the name of Jesus, the Messiah, the Nazarene.” (see Acts 4:10)
YUD HEH VAV HEH hints at the name of Jesus.
When Jews come to this word YUD HEH VAV HEH in the Hebrew Scriptures, they say “Adonai” (LORD), or “Ha'Shem” (the Name). When they write, they simply write HEH. The single letter HEH is an abbreviation for “Ha'Shem” (the Name). The single letter HEH, in Jewish thought, indicates “God”. And we have the revelation that it means “Jesus”.
The pictogram, or symbol, behind the shape of the letter HEH indicates “Spirit”, and the New Testament tells us that, for we who have placed our faith in Jesus and in His atoning death on the cross and in His resurrection from the dead, “... the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you. He who raised Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11).
The numeric value of the letter HEH is five. Five reveals “the grace of God”, “the unmerited favour of God”, and the supernatural power that God imparts to those who believe in the name of Jesus.
In the closing chapters of Genesis, we read how Joseph, who is a type of the Messiah, was reunited with his brothers in Egypt. Benjamin was the younger brother of Joseph. They were both born to the same mother, Rachel. Benjamin received five times more from Joseph than the other brothers (see Genesis 43:34).
In Genesis chapter 45 verse 22, we learn that Benjamin also received five changes of clothing from Joseph. These are pictures of the grace that will be poured out on the remnant of Israel when they come to faith in their Messiah, in Jesus, at the end of this age.
In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 14, we read that Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread, so that they fed five thousand men, plus women and children. And, in a parable of Jesus, in Matthew chapter 25, we read that the good and faithful steward received five talents, and gained five more.
But the best indication that five is the number for the grace of God comes when we understand that, in God’s thinking, a thousand years is like a day. We read this in Psalm 90 verse 4, and also in 2 Peter chapter 3 verse 8.
And when we also then realise that Jesus was born just before the end of four thousand years of human history – at the end of the “fourth day” we might say, as God would see it – but Jesus began His ministry and, most importantly, He instituted the New Covenant in the shedding of His blood at the beginning of “Day 5”, as God would see it.
Truly, “The Law came through Moses, grace and truth came to us through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17).
With understanding of Hebraic thought, and awareness of design elements in the Scriptures, we take a journey of growth in Christ Jesus.
The seminar “Bringing sons to glory” starts with Session 1: “You are gods” What did Jesus mean? ... and continues through the Psalms of Ascent.
This series will increase your knowledge of biblical Hebrew.