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The 17th letter of the Hebrew alphabet is PEH.
The numeric value of PEH is 80.
The pictogram, or symbol, behind the shape of the letter PEH is a mouth. In Hebrew, the word "peh" (spelled PEH HEH) means a "mouth".
The 5th letter of the alphabet, the letter HEH, also sybolized a mouth – breathing (breath), indicating Spirit, revelation. The letter PEH sybolizes a mouth, speech – the spoken word, testimony.
With HEH, the breath is drawn down, and then exhaled from the heart area – the seat of emotion. Spirit first touches our heart and will.
With PEH, the spoken word is received upward, to the mind. The spoken word is stored and drawn upon. Out of this understanding and belief we, in turn, speak and relay truth to others.
The previous letter in the Hebrew alphabet, AYIN, indicated the eyes – seeing. It is not an accident that the Hebrew letters AYIN and PEH form a pair. One follows the other.
God is watching over us. He cares for us. We see the wonders of His creation and we know He is real. And God speaks to us. He speaks through the Word, and through the voice of the Spirit.
From the natural beauty around us, to the sun, moon and stars, we see the hand of God. People with no faith believe that it all came about by accident. But it is the Word of God that tells us that God created all this.
We trust what God has said. "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the Word of God ..." (Hebrews 11:3)
Our faith gives us the assurance of what we do not see. And having believed God, we have a testimony to give to others.
God can do anything. God could have brought this world into being in any way He chose. He could have used angels to form and build everything. He could have taken billions of years to do that. He could have let it all slowly evolve.
He didn't. He "spoke" everything into being. Psalm 33 verse 6 says: "By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host." And verse 9 says: "For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded and it stood fast."
How interesting that God should choose, and then make sure that we understand that it was so, that He spoke ... and everything came into existence.
Jesus is the Word. The Gospel of John chapter 1 verse 1 says: "In the beginning was the Word ..." And verse 2 says: "All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being." And verse 14 tells us that "... the Word became flesh ..." The Word was Jesus. The Word is Jesus.
In Revelation 19 we get a picture of Jesus when He returns in glory. And verse 13 tells us that Jesus is called "The Word of God". It was Jesus who spoke things into being.
That is the power of a word spoken. The spoken word can build up or tear down. "Life and death are in the power of the tongue ..." (Proverbs 18:21)
Our salvation depends on our confession of Christ: "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." "... confess with your mouth ..." that Jesus is Lord.
In Acts chapter 2 verse 21, the apostle Peter quoted the prophet Joel, and said: "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." And that name is Jesus (see Acts 4:10,12).
Calling on His name – speaking out His name – leads to salvation.
We believe in Jesus. And we confess Him.
In Matthew chapter 8 we read about a centurion, a non-Jew, someone who at that time had no covenant relationship with God. He asked Jesus (note that word: he "asked") – He asked Jesus to heal his servant who was lying paralyzed. The centurion said to Jesus: "... just say the word, and my servant will be healed" (Matthew 8:8).
Speak the word. And Jesus did. And the servant was healed.
Also, in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 4, we read how Jesus was tempted by the devil, and Jesus answered him, quoting Deuteronomy: "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."
Life proceeds from the Word of God, and out of the mouth of God.
Nothing has changed. We live by the Word of God. We are saved by the Word of God – born again. We are transformed by the Word of God. And we are made useful by the Word of God. By Jesus.
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.