God's Sovereign Will (Aleph in Hebrew Grammar)
Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker,
Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands,
have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
Isaiah 45:11f (Spoke 1, Cycle 2)
The role of Aleph in Hebrew grammar is similar to the Yod Prefix
(BW book pg 112).
When prefixed to a verb, Aleph signifies the grammatical conjugation called the "first person imperfect"
which expresses the idea of I WILL. It is essentially equivalent to the "first person
future tense" in English grammar. God used it this way in the five Alphabetic Verses listed in
the table. It links directly to the primary Spoke 1 theme of
God's Sovereignty (BW book pg 61).
We have a perfect correspondence of the meaning of Aleph as the symbol of beginnings and leadership
with its role in Hebrew grammar as the Sign of Intent, the Sign of I Will.
This is further amplified in the dominant Spoke 1 theme of God as
Creator which manifests in the maximized distribution of
the creation words bara and ktidzo on the First Spoke (BW book pg 103). We have here two overlapping
themes based on the fundamental Christian Doctrines of God's Sovereignty and His
identity as Creator
integrated with the symbolic meaning of Aleph. Berkhof discussed the intimate relation amongst these
Doctrines in his Systematic Theology:
Creation in the strict sense of the word may be defined as that free act of
God whereby He, according to His sovereign will and for His own glory,
in the beginning brought
forth the whole visible and invisible universe, without the use of pre-existent material,
and thus gave it an existence, distinct from His own and yet always dependent on Him.
God created by a free act of His Will. This Divine Attribute is reflected in us,
who are made in the Image of God, in that everything we do begins with the Will to Act.
This is the wisdom built into the Hebrew language; we can not express the idea of "I will" without the
Aleph Prefix, so the mind enlightened by its symbolic halo (God, Leader, Teacher, etc.) can
not express the idea of "I will" without being drawn into remembrance of the Lord's Will and so
we are led and taught by Aleph to obey God's command "For that ye ought to say, If the
Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that" (James 3:15).
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