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The 20th letter of the Hebrew alphabet is RESH.
The numeric value of RESH is 200.
The pictogram, or symbol, behind the shape of the letter RESH is a bowed head – someone bent over, in service.
We are reminded that God stooped low to serve us. He is the King of Glory, the Creator of all things. And yet He lowered Himself to live among us and to pay the price for our sin.
Hosea chapter 11 verse 4 says of God (in part): "I led them with ... bonds of love ... and I bent down and fed them."
Our God and Saviour humbled Himself.
The word for the letter RESH is spelled RESH YUD SHIN. It sounds like the Hebrew word ROSH (RESH ALEF SHIN), which means "head". Jesus is the head over God’s household.
The first word in the Bible, "Bereshit" (meaning, "in the beginning"), has the curious phenomenon of having the word ROSH (RESH ALEF SHIN) – "head" – inside the letters BET YUD TAV, spelling "bayit" – meaning "house" or "household". "Rosh" within the word "bayit". "Head" within "household".
The opening word of the Bible points to the head over God's household – and that is Jesus.
Jesus was the Servant King who came not to be served, but to serve. In the Gospel of Mark chapter 10 verse 45 says, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
In the original Greek of the New Testament ... (see Hebrew letter Resh for the Greek translation and numerics). The numeric value of all the words, all the letters, in this verse is 10658, which breaks down to 2 x 73 x 73.
The numeric value of the opening verse of the Bible (Genesis 1:1) in Hebrew, "Bereshit bara Elohim et ha'shamayim ve'et ha'aretz", is 2701, which breaks down to the prime numbers of 37 times 73.
37 stands for the Word of God – the living Word of God. Jesus is the living Word of God. And 73 stands for the Works of God.
And this verse (Mark 10:45) in Greek, carries the "fingerprint" of God ... 2 x 73 x 73. Two groups ... Jew and Gentile. And 73 repeated twice.
God's sovereign work of redemption – for Jews who believe in Jesus, and for Gentiles who believe in Jesus.
Will you put your faith in the God who loves you? Will you trust, not in your own efforts at trying to please Him, but in His service to you?
Will you humble yourself, to receive His service, His salvation?
And, of course,if you do receive what He has done for you, then it is natural, as a response of love, to want to serve Him by serving His people ... not for anything you might gain in this life ... but simply because you follow His example.
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.