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Spoke 15 - Samek

Ezra, Haggai, James

Samek and the Books on Spoke 15

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

James 2:15 (Spoke 15, Cycle 3)

Samekh Alphabetic Verses

The great theme of Spoke 15 is encoded in the name of the Fifteenth Letter, סמך (samekh), which is variously translated in the KJV as support, uphold, sustain, establish, or stand fast. God used it four times in the Alphabetic Verses, so its meaning is established beyond all doubt. The verses are:

  • AV Ps 111:8a They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
  • AV Ps 112:8a His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
  • AV Ps 119:116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
  • AV Ps 145:14 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

The same idea is found in another Samekh KeyWord סעד (sa'ad) which is variously translated as uphold, support, or sustain. This word also appears in the Samekh section of Psalm 119:

  • AV PS 119:117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

The discussion of the meaning of Samek from the Bible Wheel book is reproduced online in the article called Samek: The Symbol of Help and Support.

Book 15: Ezra (Helper)

The divine integration of the meaning of Samek with Spoke 15 is amazing to behold. The name of the first book on Spoke 15, עזרא (Ezra), comes from the root עזר (ezer), which means help. God linked ezer with samekh (the root of the name of the 15th letter) in three verses:

Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

Psalm 54:4

And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

Isaiah 41:10

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 63:5

This scriptural link between ezer and the meaning of the letter Samekh manifests in the appearance of the Book of Ezra on Spoke 15 of the Wheel. This then links to the Inner Cycle of Genesis and the first appearance of Eliezer (God is My Helper) in
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