HEBREW ROOTS RESEARCH BY LEW WHITE
Arguments over words cause divisions.
New strongholds (false reasoning, equivocation, casuistry) are arising among the Natsarim.
“Remind them of this, earnestly witnessing before the Master, not to wage verbal
battles – which is useless – to the overthrowing of the hearers.
Do your utmost to present yourself approved to Yahuah, a
worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of Truth. But
keep away from profane, empty babblings, for they go on to more wickedness, and
their word shall eat its way like gangrene. Humenaios and Philetos are of this
sort, who have missed the goal concerning the Truth, saying that the
resurrection has already taken place, and overthrow the belief of some.”
2 Timothy 2:14-18
Yahusha's followers have corrected many things our fathers had corrupted. Our lips are being purified (ZefanYah 3:9). Some teachings only strain to condemn the use of everyday words, without edification or love.
A new trend has arisen promoting the idea that words like bless, blessed, and blessing are evil words because pagans use them, and that the word is based on the word blood. Does this also imply that we should not use the word blood? We must not stand by idly and watch others shoot themselves in the foot. Yahuah does not want us to take the names of foreign deities on our lips (Ex. 23:13, Ps. 16:4). How does this apply to words that are not such names? Videos with scary music and images are popping up on the Internet telling people to avoid the use of words deemed inappropriate.
The Truth will set us free from such false reasoning.
"BLESSED" AS A TRANSLATION
The Hebrew word BARUK (H1263, BETH-RESH-UAU-KAF) means
delightful, joyful, favorable, blissful, and happy. Some are afraid to use the
word “HAPPY” because they have been told it is the proper noun for an Egyptian
deity, HAPI. Even the Hebrew words BAAL (lord, owner), ADON (sovereign), and AL
(strong one) have been called into question, but these only become problematic
if used to refer to pagan deities – as names – not clean, useful pronouns.
The etymology for bliss is Old Saxon, BLIZZA.
The word BLIZZA informs the later Old English word BLOD,
as the sound of the letter combination DZ evolved to the ending D.
BLOD is the etymology of the English word BLOOD.
Many are very concerned that “BLESS” is a tainted word because it is associated
with the word BLOD. Pagans use the same word, so this automatically means it
must be completely avoided, right?
This word BLESS is not a pagan deity’s name, but a word
used by pagans. Exodus / Shemoth
23:13 orders us to never take the names
of foreign alahim on our lips. It
does not tell us to avoid the language – written or spoken - of unbelievers,
pagans, scoundrels, idolaters, or people named “George” based on the fact it’s
Greek for “earth-worker.”
If we don’t want to use the word BLESS because it is used by pagans, then taking the reasoning to its logical conclusion we would have to also avoid the use of the word BLOOD.
Our hearts (minds, thoughts) are sprinkled with the precious blood of Yahusha (Heb. 9:19, 10:22). In an abstract way, we can also apply the word "blessed" in this context with the same meaning of the Hebrew word BARUK.
Pagans may use thousands of words to communicate, and some of them for their
ritual expressions, such as kill, sacrifice, giving, offering, Sun, Moon, or the
Psalm 1 begins with the word ASHER, meaning happy, blessed, joyful, blissful. If we use the word BLESSED as a translation, there is no blood expressed in the meaning. When a word is used, the context it is used in informs how we apply meaning to it.
It doesn’t mean we apply every meaning a word may have
listed in the dictionary; we have to
discern the meaning from the context in which the word is
At Malaki 4:2, we see translations such as the KJV or NIV read:
“the Sun of righteousness,” as the Hebrew word SHAMASH (H8121) can mean “Sun.”
Primarily the word means SERVANT, and the Sun is “called” SHAMASH because it is
Pagans later worshipped the Sun, and named it SHAMMASH.
The phrase at Malaki 4:2 should be translated: “Servant of righteousness”
because the Sun is not what the context is referring to.
In the same way, the meaning of a word like BLESS is based upon how it is used
in the specific context. If we apply all possible meanings to every word we use,
confusion will increase dramatically. Where a word is from is not the problem.
The problem is our attitude about where the word is from.
“But keep away from foolish questions, and genealogies, and
strife and quarrels about the Torah, for they are unprofitable and
– Titus 3:9 (See
also 1Tim 6:4 & 2Tim 2:14)
Is this word linked to the Egyptian "Amon Ra"?
Hebrews chapter 11 describes men of faithfulness, and obedience to
the Word of Truth is the hallmark of AMANAH found in these people.
Faithfulness is also active obedience, as the prophet said:
It declares affirmation, confirmation, and agreement.
Arabic Hebrew uses
the word AMIN.
Here's a citation I pulled from the internet on the Hebrew word AMAN:
(We should not assume Yahusha was speaking Greek).
The Greek word AMHN (amen) comes from a similar sounding Hebrew word and means something along the lines of "let it be so" and "truly."
The word "amen" in Hebrew is derived from the verb AMAN, meaning to strengthen or confirm.
In Greek the letter H is the uncial form of e.
Yahusha uses AMHN in a similar way to the TaNaK when he says "Verily, Verily, I say..."
Note Numbers 5:22, Psalms 41:14 and 72:19.
We could probably say "verily" or "truly" as an English way of expressing the idea - but you know how people are; they are prone to imitating others, and imbue certain words with exclusive feelings.
The word "aman" is fine, but some people link it with the Pagan deity, Amon Ra.
The Egyptian word amon means "hidden."
In Hebrew, aman can also mean faithful, confirmed.
"Amon Ra" could mean "hidden evil."
Aman to that . . . , verily, truly, and absolutely too!
GIVING THANKS - TODAH RABAH TO YAHUAH
You may want to print this page and place it near to your family dining area.
BLESSING FOR LEKEM (BREAD):
BARUCH ATAH YAHUAH, ALAHEINU MELEK HA OLAM, HA MOTSI LECHEM MIN HA ARETS.
BLESSED ARE YOU YAHUAH, OUR ALUAH SOVEREIGN OF THE UNIVERSE, WHO BRINGS FORTH BREAD FROM THE LAND.
beh-ROOK ah-TAH yah-HOO-ah, ah-lah-HAY-noo MEH-lehk hah-oh-LAHM, hah-moh-TSEE LEH-Kehm meen hah-ah-REHTS.
BLESSING FOR YAYIN (WINE):
BARUCH ATAH YAHUAH, ALAHEINU MELEK HA OLAM, BOREI PRI HA GAPHEN.
BLESSED ARE YOU YAHUAH, OUR ALUAH SOVEREIGN OF THE UNIVERSE, WHO CREATES THE FRUIT OF THE VINE.
beh-ROOK ah-TAH yah-HOO-ah, ah-lah-HAY-noo MEH-lehk hah-oh-LAHM, boh-RAY pree hah-gah-PHEHN.
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