The Goodness of God
Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all
the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified
in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:11f (Spoke 9, Cycle 3)
God established the symbolic power of the
Ninth Letter with great clarity. He used the same KeyWord tov (good) in thirteen of the Alphabetic Verses
corresponding to Tet (the Alphabetic Verses are indicated by the prefix AV):
- AV Psa 25:8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
- AV Psa 112.5a A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth:
- AV Lam 3:27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
- AV Psa 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
- AV Lam 3.26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
- AV Psa 119.68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
- AV Psa 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.
- AV Psa 145.9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
- AV Lam 3.25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
- AV Psa 119.65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.
- AV Psa 119:72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
- AV Psa 37:16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
- AV Lam 4:9 They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger:
These verses reveal the primary significance that God invested in Tet from the beginning.
Indeed, the first occurrence of Tet in Scripture is in the tov describing God's initial act of creation,
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good (tov)" (Gen 1:3f).
It describes the essence of His Work. He used it seven times in the creation account, capping it all off with the declaration
that everything (et-kol, BW book pg 89) was very good (tov m'od).
Its ninth occurrence is particularly striking because it describes the
Tree of the Knowledge of Good (Tov) and Ra (Evil) which plays a very signifincant role on Spoke 9. Note that
that word for evil (ra) is a a Resh KeyWord (BW book, pg 350) which is diametrically opposed to Tet on the Wheel.
These antithetical ideas are represented by the
letters ט (Tet) and ר (Resh) which are,
like the letters of et-kol (everything), diametrically opposed on the alphabetic Wheel. The unfortunate reality
of this fallen world is that these opposites are also inextricably intertwined in constant warfare with each other. There is a hint of this in
the name of the Ninth Letter, Tet, which denotes the concept of twisting and is generally assumed by scholars to be based
on an ancient word meaning serpent. This links directly to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the origin of evil when
Satan, the first deceiver, told the first lie in violation of the universal law that later would be
enshrined in the Ninth Commandment.
It was through his lie and our first parents' subsequent disobedience to the Word of the Lord that evil (ra) entered the world
that God had created very good (tov m'od). The interplay between the KeyWords tov and ra is displayed with great
clarity in the story of Saul's persecution of David.