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WOW, God’s search engine

I am overwhelmed at God’s attention to detail. Putting Jewish symbolism for the Hebrew alphabet together with revelation of how the Son of God became a man to bear sin, take the nails and crush the head of the Serpent, what do we have? The heavenly Father prepared the way for His Son and Jesus could explain how “Moses and all the prophets spoke of Him.” Let us worship Him. Let us trust Him in our details.

Search is easier after everything is indexed

“WOW” is the anglicized version of the Hebrew letter “VAV”, the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, that looks like a nail with the crooked head at the top and the point stabbing down below the line where the letters are written. The Hebrew Bible is so holy that every letter in it is indexed, so when we look at the Five Books of Moses, the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), we know which letter is right in the middle.

Indexing is something we take as normal, everyday functionality because of the internet. Google and other search engines are indexing the billions of web pages for us, so if we type words into a search box, links pop up almost immediately to take us where our words are being used. Not everything indexed is of earthshaking importance. Most links lead us nowhere we want to go. But important literary works that have led people to great thoughts have long been painstakingly indexed by hand.

William Shakespeare and John Milton made such a mighty impression on the English that every line of their major works received a number, so anyone could find the same place in the book on their own bookshelf. The Quran and the Bible are religious references where people want access any time so they can find important thoughts or check out other people’s assertions. That’s why every sentence is indexed and numbered.

The stroke that drives a nail into the middle of the Pentateuch of Moses

Jesus Christ said every stroke and dot in the Hebrew text were divinely inspired and will not “pass away.” Let’s look at such a stroke, one that looks like a nail. Leviticus 11:42 is the middle of the Pentateuch (Chumash in Jewish terminology). The single letter at the center is a vav, enlarged by the copyists for its significance so it stands out even more. This vav pierces right through the middle of the word gachon, which refers to the “belly” that a creature crawls on. So let us look carefully at this stroke driving a nail through a creature crawling on its belly, a serpent. S.K. Blad points to the significance of this Hebrew letter in his online commentary about Torah [the Old Testament].

Leviticus 11:42a “Whatever goes on its belly…” (HNV) – According to Rashi, this is referring to the snake. The Hebrew word that is translated “belly” is “gachon”. The letter vav, which is the middle letter of the chumash, the five books of Moshe [Moses], is in this word. The meaning of the letter vav is “nail” or “sign”. The whole Torah, therefore, revolves around this letter vav. Vav is the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The number six represents man and his free choice, compare with Revelation 13:18. These things bring us to something very important: The entire Torah revolves around a man who was nailed as a sign. Who could this be?

In the chapter that deals with what animals are forbidden and permitted for eating, it speaks of one animal that goes on its belly. In this belly is the sign. That reminds us of the old serpent that was cursed and forced to walk on its belly. It was he who caused sin to enter the world. It was through forbidden food that sin entered into man’s belly and spread through his entire being. The salvation from this condition is that a man, around whom the whole universe revolves, would be filled with sin, cursed, and nailed to a tree. This is the sign, the core message of the Torah, that everyone who decides out of his own free will to believe and trust him, would not perish, but have everlasting life. Baruch HaShem! [Blessed be The Name!]

S. K. Blad “Messianic Torah”

I am overwhelmed at God’s attention to detail. Putting Jewish symbolism for the Hebrew alphabet together with revelation of how the Son of God became a man to bear sin, take the nails and crush the head of the Serpent, what do we have? The heavenly Father prepared the way for His Son and Jesus could explain how “Moses and all the prophets spoke of Him.” Let us worship Him. Let us trust Him in our details.

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