Ancient Hebrew Confirms Yeshua’s Work on the Cross
“So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I am He.” John 8:28
We have spoken before about all the amazing prophecies of the Messiah in the Nevi’im (prophets) that foretold the first coming of Yeshua and how He would die and be resurrected to atone for our sins and bring us back into relationship with Abba Father. When we go deeper into the history of the Hebrew language and look at the paleo-Hebrew word pictures, even more incredible Messianic prophecies are revealed to us.
The most elemental aspects of our relationship with YHVH [Yehovah] are the life instructions He gave us in His Torah, and the covenant(s) He made with us from the beginning of His creation. Looking at the ancient Hebrew symbols for Torah first, we see that the final letter is hey, which appears like a person with their arms raised, meaning “to reveal or behold”. As the final letter, it actually means “what is revealed from”. Looking back at the first three letters, they tell us where the law [Torah] originates from. The third letter, resh, which looks like a person’s head, means “the man”. The second letter, vav, means “nail”, and the first letter, tav, means “cross”. So, putting all these together, torah means “what is revealed from the Man nailed to the cross”.
Covenant in Hebrew is b’rit (pronounced breet). This word starts off with the letter bet, which means “house” in ancient Hebrew word pictures, and then is followed by the letter resh, meaning a person, man or leader. When these two letters are placed together, they mean “the man of the house” or more commonly “the son of the house”. The next letter is yod, which means hand or arm, but when used at the end of the first two letters, it becomes possessive, or “my”. So the first three letters now give us the meaning of “my son”. Finally, we have the tav at the end of the word, which we saw above meant “cross”. Putting these together, we get the awesome prophetic meaning of the word covenant as “the cross of My Son”! This was prophesied in Psalms 22:16 as “they pierced My hands and My feet.” And Zechariah 12:10 as “they shall look upon Me [Yeshua] whom they have pierced”. We know that YHVH’s covenant with His people started with Abraham, but it was prophesied that the final covenant would be fulfilled through the Messiah, our Redeemer. Through Isaiah, Abba Father said to Yeshua the Messiah: “I will preserve You and give You as a covenant to the people” (Isa 49:8).
If we go full circle back to the name of the Hebrew language, iv’rit, in the ancient word pictures it is written the same as covenant [b’rit] with one addition – the letter ayin (meaning reveal) is added to the front of the word. Putting these letters together, we can see the purpose of the Hebrew language stated in its name, meaning in English “to reveal the covenant”, which is “the cross of My Son”.
These are beautiful insights into the Scriptures and the Hebrew language, but what does it all mean for our lives? If we study YHVH’s Word, then His Son will be revealed to us more and more, and we will come to know Yeshua and His Father, our Creator and Redeemer, who desires only good things for our lives (Jer 29:11).