It’s a new week and I am continuing my study of Isaiah 45:7, specifically the phrase “I make peace.” I am continuing to look at the Hebrew word asah translated “make” in this passage and, this week, am looking at the third letter comprising asah: the Hey (or Hei or Heh).
Robert Haralick defines Hey as “Power of Being”. I had to take a moment to think on that because I was once more convinced the ministry of the Holy Spirit was being revealed to me. I thought about Genesis where God asahs man. The Ayin revealed the eyes of God focused on His making as well as His being the source of our life. The Shin revealed the fire that God is inhabiting us and I also pictured that fire like the heat of a kiln, finishing and preparing us. Now, in Hey, I see He is our Power of Being. The Living Word says, “the shape behind the Hey is of a mouth, breathing, breath”. God breathed into the nostrils of the man He had made and that man became a living being. Jesus breathed on His disciples and bade them receive the Holy Spirit. The Spirit descended on those gathered on the Day of Pentecost as a rushing wind from heaven. The Spirit is the wind from the heavenly realm, the very breath of Jesus within us: He is our Power of Being.
But, such are concepts I’ve already written about. I was curious what more I could discover in studying the Hey. The Shivimpanin video told me Hey represents a unification of giving and receiving as well as completeness for the three lines of Hey represent length, depth, and breadth. Mr. Haralick shares a similar thought: “The shape of the letter Hey is composed of three lines, one separated from the other two. The three lines are the three garments, the means of expression, of the soul. The garments are thought, speech, and action.” In his entry on the Hey, Mr. Haralick also writes; “The garments of our expression are thoughts, words, and actions. That which is not manifest we bring into our awareness and our consciousness by our thoughts. By words and actions we can bring what is in our thoughts to the awareness of others.”
I have been thinking a great deal on garments. One of my Bible Teachers tells a story of attending a convention where one of the speakers, an Evangelist, took a handkerchief out of his pocket and covered his hand with it. He likened Jesus to the handkerchief, the covering that hides us from the eyes of the Father and thus Jesus manages sneak us into the Kingdom. I haven’t heard these exact words myself nor seen this image taught but, with them in mind, I have carefully listened to other believers as they speak. I hear them speak of being saved but insist they are still flawed human beings and sinners or I hear something like: “God doesn’t see our sins because He sees us through His Son.” Just this morning I was reading a devotional that said, “One day I’ll stand before a holy God and the grace of Jesus will clothe me.” I listen to what others say or I read something like that and, while I cannot say I necessarily disagree, there is enough there to give me pause. I cannot say I agree without more of an explanation of what they mean.
In all my listening, I have found there is very little believers are expecting from their Christian lives. It seems it is enough to believe in Jesus and get to go to heaven when they die. While they are waiting to die and go to heaven, they fill their lives with good works and try to be like Jesus and try to convince others to believe on Him so they too can escape hell. After all, doesn’t Revelation 19 say the Bride of Christ is given fine linen to wear, clean and white, and that the fine linen is the righteousness of saints (verses 7-8)? That’s the translation in the King James version. Other translations say “the righteous acts of the saints”. Doesn’t the Book of James say “faith without works is dead” so we thus prove we are the people of God with our works and, by performing righteous acts, ensure we won’t be found naked when He comes?
This is not the sum of my Christian life. I expect I now live a life in and flowing out of the Holy Spirit and I do not have this expectation in vain. I expect that God is faithful to His word and that what He has promised, He will do. I expect He told the truth in Ezekiel 36 when He promised to give me a new heart and a new spirit and then promised He will put His spirit in me. I expect the Apostle Peter told the truth when he declared Joel’s prophecy fulfilled and the Spirit of God poured out on all flesh. I expect God’s word is true and that I know His Spirit is in me because His Spirit bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God. I expect that because His Spirit is in me that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. I expect that His Spirit in me makes the great work of the blood of Jesus a reality in my life and that His blood has cleansed me from all sin.
I expect the life I now live I live by the faith of Jesus Christ. I expect that His blood cleanses my conscience of dead works. I expect works to prove my faith is alive because it is His faith, His works, and He is in me working both to will and to do. I expect that because His Spirit is in me, I will do good works which God has before ordained that I should walk in. I expect His Spirit in me keeps me abiding in Him and Him in me so that my life cannot help but bear fruit. I expect that it is Christ IN me that is my hope of glory, not Christ ON me.
I expect that all of this is happening right now because the Spirit is renewing my mind. In his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul beseeches us to “be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” (12:2). The Greek word translated “renewing” in this passage is anakainosis (G342) and means “renovation-renewing”. Paul also beseeches us to “be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Ephesians 4:23). The Greek word translated “renewed” here is ananeoo (G365) and also has the meaning of “to renovate, reform, renew”.
I expect the word of God to be true and I thank God that through Jesus Christ I am right this minute being delivered from my body of death! Right now, because I am in Christ Jesus, I am a new creation. Behold! Old things have passed away and all things have become new. The letter Hey is spelled Hey Aleph and means Lo!, or Behold!, or Here it is! The letter Hey means Spirit, Revelation, and Receiving Understanding. This changes how I pray Paul’s great prayer in Ephesians. “The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints…” (1:17-18).
His Spirit, that Spirit that is wisdom and revelation and the Jesus Christ-life energy working in me to open my eyes, is in me right this moment. Because that is true, I no longer worry so much about where I’m going when I die but what I am becoming right now. Becoming isn’t even the correct word. His Spirit renovates me, renews me, and restores me to His original plan revealed in Jesus. God foreknew me before my parents ever came together and, because He foreknew me; He has predestined me to be conformed to the image of His Son. This transformation and conformation happens first in my thoughts and I thank Him that in His gentleness, He doesn’t destroy me and then build me again. I am transformed from glory to glory. My death is swallowed up in His life.
Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”. I look at the letter Hey and see this is true: my very thoughts are my garments. The goodness of God leads me to metanoia and, as I exchange my mind for His and my thoughts for His, my garments become His righteousness. I do not fear I will be found naked when He comes because my garments cannot be separated from me. They are His very life. “It doth not yet appear what we shall be but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
Hey! Lo! Behold! Here it is! Hallelujah!
Note: For ease of reading, I did not reference every scripture I’ve quoted but everything I wrote about what I expect is found in scripture. I encourage everyone to look these promises up for yourselves and EXPECT!
Unless noted otherwise, all scriptures are quoted from The Holy Bible Old and New Testaments, The Authorized King James Version, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Printed in Colombia, 2003
Haralick, Robert M., The Inner Meaning of the Hebrew Letters, Jason Aronson Inc., Northvale, New Jersey, 1995, Pages 69-83
Strong, James, LL.D., S.T.D., The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee, 1990