Man + Woman = Fire

 

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The Hebrew word for man is ish (א’ש,) spelled aleph, yod, shin. Remove the yod and you are left with the letters aleph + shin, which form the word esh (אש) meaning FIRE.

The yod is the first letter in G-d’s Divine Name YHVH ( הוה’ ). In removing the yod (‘) from ish (man), that is, if the Divine Presence is removed from man, he is left with the FIRE of his natural passions.

Similarly, the Hebrew word for woman is ishah (אשה), spelled aleph, shin, heh. Remove the heh,  also a letter in G-d’s name YHVH ( הוה’ ) and, once again, you have esh (אש), and only FIRE is left.

The yod and the heh together spell YAH, another form of God’s Name.

Man and women together are (א’ש ו אשה). When a man and a woman come together in marriage and don’t bring Yah, the Divine Presence of G-d, with them they are only fire and fire (אש ו אש).

A fire can be productive in providing passion, warmth and light or, if not controlled, can bring great destruction. With the loving balance and guidance of the Divine Presence of G-d in the marriage of a man and a woman, the fire remains constant and bright but does not consume.

HalleluYah!

 

In His Name

HASHEM – YHWH

In His Name

YHWH

His Name – His signature as an artist, as Creator of all, can be found in everything He has created. His Name is there if you look intentionally and have eyes to see. As His children, as human beings, we carry His name in a very important and special way.

YHWH – Yod – Hei – Vav – Hei   

We  physically carry the shapes of the Hebrew letters of His Holy Name.

The yod neatly fits your head.

Your arms fit the shape of the  hei.

The elongated vav represents your spine.

And the final  hei fits the shape of your legs.

Bearing the Name of God

We literally carry the letters of His Name with us. Each person is a work of art signed by the Great Artist. Dwight, my late and great husband, used to say that when the angels see a person approaching they say, “Make way, Make way! Here comes someone bearing the Holy Name of God!”

The very first line of the prayer that Yeshua taught His disciples is,
“Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.”

In our daily living we either honor and bring glory to that Name or else we debase or dishonor it. Fittingly, in all Creation, only man has that choice.

What does the term ‘hallowed’ mean?

To hallow or honor God’s name is the exact opposite of profaning the name of God –
to bring dishonor to God’s name as opposed to sanctifying it.

The concept plays an important part in our Father’s process of the restoration of all things. He has promised, in effect, just as He delivered the Israelites from Egypt, “I’m going to restore you as a people,” which can be applied to a His people Israel, an individual person, a church, or a community. Why the restoration? His reply is “…because I want My Name to be honored among the nations.”

Right from the beginning the purpose for every restoration, every redemption of God, has been in order that His Name might be honored, lifted up. Again, in effect, He says:  “You have profaned it but I’m going to do something through you. Through each one who bears My name, My name can be honored, be sanctified, and hallowed.”

What can we understand from this? Although the Almighty redeems and restores us, it’s our responsibility to show His name as holy–Kadosh. God is the Redeemer, the Restorer of all things good, but the responsibility that accrues to us is how we carry that Name, treasure it, and enable it to be seen as holy in the world. How do we make His name holy?
How do we hallow and exalt His name? It involves our bodies as well as our minds and spirits. Our deeds speak His Name,from something seemingly small, such as a smile to a beggar, a kind word to one in distress, using one’s gifts and talents to bless others, dealing openly and honestly in our work situations, and honoring the elderly, to something visibly bigger such as doing a great deed of charity, excelling in ministry or gaining fame as an artist or musician. If the motivation of our every action is to honor our Father and bring glory to His Name, all we do will bring Him great pleasure and will be of equal eternal value in His eyes.

Baruch HaShem! May His great Name be blessed indeed!

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~Keren Hannah Pryor