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Spoke 1 - Aleph

Genesis, Isaiah, Romans

God The Father

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Romans 8:15 (Spoke 1, Cycle 3)

The first word of the Hebrew language is אב (Av, Father). It is first in the alphabetical sense, coming first in any Hebrew dictionary. It is cognate to the Aramaic Abba, which was transliterated (as opposed to translated) in the verse above from Romans.

The Bible consistently reveals the triune nature of God as a progressive sequence of Father (1), Son (2), and Holy Spirit (3). Paul wrote "But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." Jesus amplified this to include the Holy Spirit, saying, "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me." This same sequence manifests in the history of the Universe, with the progressive revelation of God as the Father Who sent the Son, and then as the Son Who sent the Spirit. Simple as ABC, 123.  

Analytic Meaning of Av (Father)

The primacy of God the Father is encoded in the Aleph theme word אב (Av, Father). Most Christians are familiar with it through its Aramaic cognate Abba which is transliterated (as opposed to translated) in a few verses, such as the verse from Romans quoted above.

In general, Av signifies the idea of the founder, author, source or origin of something. No more fitting word could be set as the fountainhead of the alphabet. Like the Bible itself, the alphabet begins in the beginning, and it bears the title of its Author, God the Father. And just as God the Father is the First Person of the Trinity, so Av is the first word of the Hebrew language.

Being composed of an Aleph and a Bet, it encodes the ultimate purpose of the Alphabet. It was designed to guide us to our Aleph Bet – Av – our heavenly Father. This is the wisdom of the divine ABCs. It is the alphabet created by the everlasting God, the Alpha and Omega, the Aleph and Tav, to reveal Himself to us. Glory to God in the highest!

Yet there is more. Analyzing the symbolic force of the elements of word Av yields a deeper meaning of the design:

אב (Av, Father) = א (Aleph, Leader/Guide) & ב (Beyt, House)

Until recent times, the obvious implications of this simple analysis would have met little or no opposition. The timeless teaching is that the Father is the Head of the House. It is encoded in the intrinsic structure of the Hebrew language. This coincides almost exactly with Dr. Frank Seekins analysis. On page 1 of his Hebrew Word Pictures, he analyses Av as meaing "the leader of the house", using exactly the same words as I, though neither of us new of the other when we wrote these words! And as if that weren't enough, on page 12 in his explanation of the meaning of Aleph, he used exactly the same verses, and almost the same language as I in the section below under the heading of Aleph. The convergence was so strong, he was certain that I had been drawing from his work, when in fact I had not seen it. This is, of course, a very strong witness of the objective validity of our study.

The idea of the Father as the Leader of the House applies equally to the natural as to the spiritual. Just as the heavenly Father rules the House of Faith, so the earthly father, made in the image of God, should rule his own house, as it is written, "A bishop then must be ... one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)"

The theme of the Father manifests distinctly on Spoke 1 with the election of Abraham, whose name means "father of a multitude", in the book of Genesis (cf. Abraham, the Father of the Faith).

The Meaning of Aleph

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

Matthew 11:28

The name Aleph relates to a number of Hebrew words, such as ox, tame, teach, guide, chief, ruler, and thousand. Though this set may appear somewhat diverse at first glance, these ideas actually cohere quite compactly. The natural object that gave rise to Aleph's name is the ox, which also gave rise to the modern form of the Latin letter A, which is an inverted hieroglyph of the head of an ox (). While certainly the root of Aleph’s name, this is by no means the primary meaning of the triliteral root as revealed by Scripture and the Hebrew language, especially in light of aleph, in the sense of ox, occurring but twice in the Old Testament. A much more significant word, which itself gave rise to aleph as the word for ox, is alluph Inverted A , meaning tame, docile, or trained to bear a yoke. Rabbi Ginsburgh, in his explanation of the Aleph’s inner meaning1, takes up this image and explains that the modern shape of Aleph "pictures the yoke of the ox" symbolizing the "yoke of heaven" that we take upon ourselves when we sincerely submit to the leadership and teaching of God. This familiar similitude reflects the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, cited above.

These words of Christ echo the etymology of the Aleph's name. Domesticating an ox is a special case of the more general concept of teaching, and just as one who cooks is called a cook, so alluph denotes both the act of teaching and the one who teaches. Thus, a teacher, leader, or guide is also called alluph, and this word is used by the Jews to refer to Rabbis who have attained great knowledge of the Torah. God applied it to Himself when he called Israel to return unto Him, asking "Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide (alluph) of my youth?"

The leadership of the father, as head of a family or tribe, is one of the primary uses of alluph in the Bible. In Zechariah, this word is translated thrice as governor. The greatest density of alluph occurs in Genesis where thirty-two "dukes of Edom" are listed, duke being a Middle English word derived from the Latin dux, denoting a leader, ruler, or commander. This root appears in many English words such as induce (to lead on, urge), produce (bring forth for display, exhibit), and seduce (to lead astray). Most modern versions of the Bible translate alluph in these verses as chief, an exception being the NRSV which translates it as clan because the ruler of the clan or tribe was also called the ruler of thousands. This accords with the division of the people established by Moses when he "chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens." Here, as everywhere else in the Old Testament, the word translated as thousands is (elephim), the plural of (eleph, a thousand.)

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