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Spoke 15 - Samek

Ezra, Haggai, James

The Symbol of Help and Support

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

James 4:10 (Spoke 15, Cycle 3)

The primary themes of the Fifteenth Spoke are based directly on meaning of the Fifteenth Letter. Its name comes from the verb samak, variously translated in the KJV as support, uphold, sustain, establish, and stand fast. This coheres with its form in the ancient Hebrew script as a pillar – – upholding three horizontal beams. God firmly established its name and meaning in four Alphabetic Verses:

  • AV Ps 145:14 The LORD upholdeth (samak) all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
  • AV Ps 111:8a They stand fast (samak) for ever and ever ...
  • AV Ps 112:8a His heart is established (samak), he shall not be afraid ...
  • AV Ps 119:116 Uphold (samak) me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

As a verb, samak refers to all kinds of support – spiritual, moral, financial, and physical. It describes the support and foundation of buildings, as with "the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up (samak)" in the house brought down by Samson (Jdg 16:29). God presented the synonym sa'ad – typically translated with similar words such as uphold, support, sustain, help – as a KeyWord in Psalm 119:

  • AV Ps 119:117 Hold thou me up (sa’ad), and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.

God used this word to metaphorically describe the foundation of a righteous king's throne, "Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld (sa'ad) by mercy" (Prov 20:28), and again in the prophecy of the Everlasting Kingdom of His Son, Jesus Christ:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish (sa'ad) it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.

Isaiah 9:6f

This KeyWord also appears in Ezra (Cycle 1) when God sent the Prophet Haggai (Cycle 2) and others to help (sa'ad) the captives returning from the Babylonian Exile in their efforts to rebuild His Temple:

Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them. Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping (sa’ad) them.

Ezra 5:2 (Spoke 15, Cycle 1)

The third KeyWord listed in the table, sabal, also appears in Ezra when the gentile king Cyrus wrote his Decree of Support for the rebuilding of the Temple:

In the first year of Cyrus the king, the same Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid (sabal); the height thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore cubits;

Ezra 6:3 (Spoke 15, Cycle 1)

We are now beholding a supernatural threefold cord woven from 1) the meaning of the Fifteenth Letter as support, 2) a main theme of the Fifteenth Book, support for rebuilding of the Temple and Jerusalem, and 3) and first appearance of the Prophet Haggai, which forms a Spoke 15 KeyLink since he appears in no other Book but his own on Cycle 2. Yet this is but the beginning of wonders; the name of the Fifteenth Book is itself a synonym of Samek!

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