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Names in the Bible have profound meaning. They not only identify but expound character, personal attributes, and often are prophetic.
Bible names of people, titles, places, events, and items have far-reaching meanings. Understanding the significance of names in the Bible opens up whole vistas of insight. This is Key 5 to master Biblical Hebrew to unlock biblical meaning.
(Bible Course, Unlock Bible Meaning with the 7 Keys to Master Biblical Hebrew, Key 5 lesson 1)
Names like Adam, Eve, Abraham, Israel, Jerusalem have monumental prophetic meanings beyond identifying people and places. YHVH is one of the Bible names of God. Many argue about its pronunciation overlooking the profoundness of the meaning God’s name conveys.
Even common words like night, day, dawn, evening, seasons, that we’ve been following reveal much deeper concepts than meet the eye of a speed reader or most Bible scholars. It’s not until we elaborate on Key 5 that we grasp the potential of understanding Bible names.
Many people search for relevant names in the Bible when a newborn comes along because they think it’s just cute. But Bible names have relevant meanings for those who carry them.
To illustrate how to unlock Bible meaning with Key 5 to master Biblical Hebrew, The Explanation is going to dissect four significant and well-known Bible names in this course. Keep in mind the many facets, including character and quality descriptions, as well as historical, present, and prophetic roles.
Understanding these names in the Bible reveals perceptions about daily events that impact us, but we don’t know how to fit them into a worldview. Common names in the Bible, like Adam and Eve, are powerful examples of this comprehension, as we shall see.
As we get into these names, let me show you how the first word pronounced by the Creator refers to His own name.
Let there be
In Genesis 1:3 God states Let there be (light). Whereas in English, we have three words let there be, in Hebrew, there is only one word with three letters; this in itself is amazing. It is the word: יְהִ֣י (yod, hay, yod), pronounced yehi. Check the basis of that one word at UnlockBibleMeaning.com.
הָיָה hâyâh haw-yaw; a primitive root (compare H1933 (הָוָא)); to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary):
הָוָא hâvâʼ haw-vaw’; or הָוָה; a primitive root (compare H183 (אָוָה), H1961 (הָיָה)) supposed to mean properly, to breathe; to be (in the sense of existence):
KJV – be, ⨯ have.
The first utterance of God (Elohim) is: Be, Become, or Exist. Notice this expression is emphatic. There’s a sort of movement in the verb: from before there was no light (it was dark) to now, there is light. The verb exudes energy, force, and vigor. After all, it is God intervening. We can’t get into every ramification of let there be here, but please note the presence of Key 1, multiple meanings for one Biblical Hebrew word and especially Key 2, contrary meanings like break, faint, fall, quit. With study, you should be capable of understanding the significance of these seeming contradictions of this word.
I want to very briefly draw your attention to another aspect of יְהִ֣י that will not go unnoticed by those who can recognize the Tetragrammaton יהוה the four Hebrew letters that identify one of God’s names for which we use the letters YHVH or JHVH. The two letters י and ה (of which there are two) are a part of the Tetragrammaton.
In discussing the keys to master Biblical Hebrew and unlock Bible meaning, key 5 is Biblical names–including God’s names–have meaning. YHVH includes the notion of Be and precisely Exist. From the Bible’s point of view, Exist is a name of God; this, of course, is associated with Eternal.
The very first word in Genesis 1:3, pronounced by Elohim, has to do with Exist, one of God’s names in the Bible. For now, keep in mind that this has a profound connection with Genesis chapters 2 and 3. These chapters are the continuity of one story, the story of humankind. You can read about the meaning of YHVH in the book Origin of Humankind and at this link where The Explanation expands יְהִ֣י (yehi) and יהוה (YHVH).
Names in the Bible tell exciting stories about their possessors as we shall see with Adam and Eve, in the next episode.
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