# s’Strong רֵ אׁשִ ית
“All the best of the oil, and all
the best of the vintage, and of the
grain, the firstfruits of them
which they give unto YHWH, to
thee have I given them.”
The Hebrew root word rosh (Strong’s #7218) is “the head of a
man.” Derived from this root is the word reshiyt
meaning “a summit,” the head of a mountain. Hebrew
words for “time” are the same words used for “space.”
” The word reshiyt can also
be the head of an event, the beginning. While we are
very familiar with Genesis 1:1, In the beginning, this
should literally be translated as In the summit and more
probably refers to the importance of the creation story
rather than its time frame, for the Ancient Hebrews
were not as concerned with time as they were event oriented.
Time and Space
The Hebrew language is a figurative language where words can have several different meanings . Example, words used to describe distance and direction are also used to describe time. The Word for east is Mdq qedem which literally means the “direction of the rising sun”. In the Western cultures and around the world we are used to having north as our point of direction. The Hebraic culture all the other points of the compass are pointed to the east.
Stand up and face the east and raise your right hand straight out to your side your hand would be pointing the south. The Hebraic term for right hand is Nymy yamiyn and the word of south is Nymt teyman. Both words have the root word Nmy yaman meaning,” to go to the right”.
It is important to the understanding of why east and past are related in order to understand how the Hebrews perceived the past and future. Which is contrary to our way of thinking. This is part of the problem of misinterpretations in the Word by the altars of man. The altars of man are generally used for governance and social experiments to keep you hooked.
Past and Future
We all know the hand gesture used to convey and idea, “thumbs up” means we think something is good and a “thumbs” down means something is bad. This hand gesture came from the Roman gladiator games. Caesar would use one of these gestures to convey his decision for the defeated. Thumbs up would meant pointing to the throat meant to kill the defeated. The gladiator would then take his sword and plunge it into the throat of the defeated and kill him. If Caesar showed a thumbs down the gladiator would throw down his sword sparing the defeated.
So the meaning of thumbs up or thumbs down have been reversed in our way of thinking. The Hebraic culture thinks about past and future in reverse of our way of thinking. View time as a line or road. On this road the past—where we have already walked—is behind us, and the future—where we have not yet walked—is in front of
To understand the Hebrew way to thinking as it relates to their concept of time you have to look at the word for tomorrow,” rxm mahhar“, from the root word,” rxa ahhar,” which means,” to be behind“.
The Hebrew word for yesterday,”lwmt temol” from the root word”lwm mul” which means ,”in front“.
They perceived the past [ yesterday] as being in front of you while the future [tomorrow] is behind you. You are not walking backwards in time because they did not see time as linear but cyclical. They perceived the events of your life in the future as your past because it is behind you out of sight.
In layman’s terms we know someone needs a cold weather jacket and we do not give them one. When you stand before the Father and He opens that book of life you will not be able to erase that momentary lapse of judgement. Your future with God cannot be erased but it can be mitigated. Your past comes to you in a twinkling of an eye and it is what you do in the present tense that counts the difference between good and evil. The past tense is seeing the Sun rise and what you do in the present tense simple as that. You have to change your way of thinking.
When you look off into the horizon it becomes hard to recognize any details, we can not see what is behind, “Mle alam“, meaning “to be beyond the horizon,” to beyond view” or “to hide“. The noun word derived from the verb means,” Milwe olam“, “horizon” or out of sight.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the land and the world, even from horizon,[olam] to horizon [olam], thou art God. Ps. 90:2
The word Mlwe olam also is used for a long time in the past or the future.
….Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the river a long time ago[olam]. Joshua 24:2
I despise it , I will not live for a long time [olam] for my days are vanity. Job 7:16
The word olam is translated as “eternity” or “forever” which is taught in the Western Churches that it means a span of time that never ends——forever. In the Hebrew mind is simply means” beyond the horizon” a distant time.
The Lord shall reign for ever and ever. Ex 15:18 [KJV]
Another common phrase in the Bible is the word l’ olam va’ed which means ” for ever and ever”. When you apply it to the above verse it means, Yahweh will reign to “the horizon and beyond” or “Yahweh will reign for a distant time and beyond” or both meanings are in play.
My series this year is going to look at the Hebraic language and culture to give you a better perspective of belief to understand the mind of the Hebrew and the God we all serve.
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