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#1 Posted : Tuesday, January 25, 2022 8:53:09 PM(UTC)
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While we are on this subject, I would like to dispel a myth. Scholars will tell you that Hebrew is a consonant-only language, but that is not true. The purpose of this deception is to artificially elevate the status of the Masoretic Text, which is vocalized, and to render Yahowah’s name unpronounceable. But in fact, there are five vowels among the 22 letters which comprise the Hebrew alphabet. They are: Aleph, Hey, Waw, Yowd, and Ayin. Yahowah’s name is pronounced using three of these vowels: Yowd Hey Waw Hey ( - hwhy- יהוה) – vocalized: Y·aH·oW·aH. Collectively, there are 260 individuals and places in God’s Word which are based upon Yahowah’s name – all of which can be accurately 16pronounced.
From the perspective of the subject-verb-object sentence structure we are accustomed to in English, ‘elohym is the second word in Yahowah’s opening salvo. It is the plural of ‘el, meaning “almighty, mighty one, deity, or god.” And both ‘el and ‘elohym are based upon ‘elowah. Written right to left in the original Hebrew alphabet it looks like this: , or like this in the contracted plural form: .
‘Elowah begins with Aleph:  (א), the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In its pictographic form it represented a ram’s head which symbolized strength, power, might, and authority. It conveys the will and ability to lead and protect.
The second letter, Lamed  (ל), was drawn in the shape of a shepherd’s staff. It conveys leadership, direction, guidance, nurturing, and protection. Used commonly as a prefix, a Lamed serves as a preposition in Hebrew, communicating movement toward a goal – in this case toward God, Himself.
The Wah  (ו), which designates the “o” sound in ‘elowah, and in its contracted plural form ‘elohym, resembles a tent peg. This is important because they were used to enlarge and secure the homes of those who first heard Yahowah’s title. These sturdy stakes also secured the Tabernacle which represented God’s home among His people. Today, as then, the Wah is used as a conjunction, and conveys the ideas of increasing, connecting, adding, and enlarging.
The final letter, Hey  (ה), like the Wah, is found in both Yahowah’s name and His title. The Hey is among the most distinctive letters, in that it was drawn in the form of a person standing up, pointing and reaching up to the heavens. It screams, pay attention, be observant, and take notice of what God has done and said. Today, hey still 17means “Hey, I’m over here! Look at me! Pay attention!”
To achieve the plural form as it was scribed in the opening line of the Towrah we must add two letters, a Yowd  and a Mem . The Yowd , which depicts God’s arm reaching down and out with an open hand, is the first letter in His name  – Yahowah. It reveals that God is not only reaching out to us with an open hand of friendship to lead us to Him and to lift us up, but also that He, Himself, will engage personally to do this work on our behalf.
The Mem  was drawn to show waves on water. The visual image could be of the ruwach, wind and spirit, driving them. Water is not only the universal solvent, and shown throughout the Towrah as the source of cleansing, it is also depicted as the source from which life emerged.
Bringing this all together, the characters which comprise ‘elowah, and its contracted plural form ‘elohym, meaning “Almighty God,” paint a picture of Him being supremely powerful while acting in the role of a shepherd who cares for His flock, leading, nurturing, and protecting them. He is focused upon enlarging His family while defending them.
By using the plural form, Yahowah is implying that His parental nature as our ‘Ab | Father and Ruwach | Spiritual Mother were present at creation. This is something Yahowah will affirm in His next statement, which focuses on the role of the Spirit during the creative process. It is also something Yahowah’s son, Dowd | David, confirms throughout his Mashal / Word Pictures / Proverbs. They were written from the perspective of our Heavenly Father and Spiritual Mother to us as God’s children.
While there is only one God, ‘elohym serves to affirm that Yahowah perceives Himself as part of the relationship which is being created through the Covenant Family. Reinforcing the single unity of ‘elohym | God and the 18beryth | Covenant, the verb “bara’ – create” was written in the third person singular, not plural (i.e., He created, rather than they created).
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