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Spoke 6 - Vav

Joshua, Hosea, Philippians

The Link between Heaven and Earth

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:6ff (Spoke 6, Cycle 3)

The Letter Vav

Vav KeyWordsThe name of the Sixth Letter denotes a nail or hook, as suggested by its shape. It appears thirteen times in Exodus where it describes the hooks holding each curtain to its pillar in the Tabernacle. Its name exemplifies its role in Hebrew grammar. When prefixed to a word, this Letter represents the conjunctive the Hebrew form of and, also, so, but, and so forth. Vav "hooks" the words and links them together in a sentence. God used it this way in all the Alphabetic Verses. Here are four consecutive examples from the great Alphabetic Psalm 119:

  • AV Psa 119:42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
  • AV Psa 119:43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
  • AV Psa 119:44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
  • AV Psa 119:45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.

God presented no other KeyWords in these Alphabetic Verses because He designed no other Vav KeyWords except the name of the Letter itself. The Hebrew dictionary in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance gives a good estimate of the number of words that begin with each letter. It averages about 400 words each, with Aleph, Mem, and Shin traditionally known as the three "Mother Letters" having the greatest number with over 700 words per Letter. Hey, Zayin, Tet, and Lamed have much fewer, ranging between 100 and 200 each. Amongst all the letters, Vav is unique. Strong's Concordance lists only ten words that start with it, and most of those are proper nouns of unknown or foreign origin like Vaheb, Vashti, and Vajezatha. This is the only information God gives in the Alphabetic Verses, Hebrew grammar, and vocabulary: 1) As a word, Vav means a nail or hook, and 2) Vav signifies the conjunctive in Hebrew grammar. That's it. There are no other Vav KeyWords.

The sixth letter therefore is God's symbol of a connector. It is prominent in the Seventeen Historical Books of the Old Testament, where it appears as the first Letter in all but four Books. It connects the historical narrative from Genesis to Malachi. For example, Exodus opens with "And these are the names," Leviticus with "And the Lord called," and Numbers with "And the Lord spake."

Vav carries its meaning as a connector into the words formed when it combines with other Letters. Most notably, it combines with the Lamed Prefix - ל - the sign of the prepositions to or for, BW book pg 247), to form the principle Letters of the name of the priestly class לוי (Levi) based on the verb לוה (lavah) meaning to be joined. As is typical, the Bible gives its ety\mology at the birth of the progenitor:

And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined (lavah) unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.

Genesis 29:34

Hebrew Word Picture of LeviLevi's name forms a lucid word picture (BW book pg 115). Its final Letter is the Yod Suffix (sign of me or mine, BW book pg 113), so his name means to connect to me, which coheres precisely with God's fundamental typological purpose of the Levitical Priests, the mediators who connected Israel with Him. They prefigured the true High Priest, the "one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Tim 2:5). Jesus connects us with God. He is the link between heaven and earth. Leah's words spoken at Levi's birth amplify these ideas. She said her husband would be joined to her. This links back to the ultimate purpose of all creation revealed with perfect clarity in the consummating theme of the Marriage of the Lamb on Spoke 22 (BW book pg 69).

God interwove all these ideas in the opening passage of Scripture. Vav first occurs in the Bible as the prefix to the sixth word of Genesis 1:1 where it connects heaven and earth:

Hebrew text of Genesis 1:1

This is an example of the supernatural coherence of the thematic patterns of the whole Bible down to the exact placement and meaning of the individual Letters. The Sixth Letter first occurs as a prefix to the sixth word. It is the twenty-second character of Genesis 1:1 and is prefixed to the sign of the direct object - את - the Aleph Tav (et, pg 89), derived from the Lord's Capstone Signature ΑΩ/את . The depth of symbolic convergence here is truly astounding. It reveals the ultimate theological significance of the Sixth Letter. The really amazing thing is that none of these ideas are new. They have been understood for centuries. Here is how John Parsons explained it on his excellent website This link takes you off the Bible Wheel site and opens a new window, where he draws on much of the ancient rabbinic tradition concerning the Alphabet:

The placement of the Vav suggests two of its essential connective powers:

  • By joining heaven and earth it implies the connection between spiritual and earthly matters.
  • Since it occurs as the 22nd letter in the Torah attached to the sixth word, את, it alludes to the creative connection between all of the letters. Vav is therefore the connecting force of the God, the divine "hook" that binds together heaven and earth.

In Genesis 1:1, the Letter Vav combines with Aleph Tav the Sign of the Lord of History, the One Mediator, the Man Christ Jesus, the Living Word to connect heaven and earth in the most literal sense! (All puns intended). This means that the consummation of all history revealed in the Final Book is prophesied in the pattern of Hebrew letters in the first verse of the First Book! Glory to God in the highest! There is no limit to His Wisdom.

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