In Continuing to study Lashon HaQodesh, the Holy Tongue, Ivrit, Hebrew, I noticed something interesting.
The Hebrew word ‘ACH’ אח means Brother. (It can also mean Kinsmen or friend.) ACH is composed of the Hebrew letters א Aleph which is the ancient picture of an Ox meaning Strong and ח Chet which is the ancient picture of a Tent Wall meaning Protector for the ones inside.
So from the Hebrew letters we see the following definition of Brother = One who is a Strong Protector.
The Bible encourages us to be our brother’s keeper. Galatians 6:2 - Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Messiah. Mishley, Proverbs 18:24- there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
‘ACH’ is also the modern Hebrew word for Nurse. American Nursing Association gives this definition of Nursing: ‘Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.’
We know that a nurse cares for others. I believe there is a parallel here that we need to catch.
As we are Mishpachah, Family or Brethren in Messiah, we need to take care (be nurses, strong protectors) of one another. Of course we already know this, but to see it divinely manifested in YHWH’s Lashon HaQodesh- well, that just accents the importance!
Brother = ACH = Nurse = Strong Protector
Another Hebrew word that has two meanings also struck out at me recently. The word for Beloved is DOD דוד. It has the ד Dahlet at the beginning and ending and it is the ancient picture of a door. It means entrance and also represents those who need provision or the poor. Makes me think- Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven! Matthew 5:3 HalleluYHWH! We are to bless going in the home and going out of the home! The middle letter is the picture of a nail peg- hold the tent down, keep it together. It means add too and reminds us of the One who was pierced by the nails for our transgressions and He by doing so ADDS US TO THE KINGDOM! HalleluYHWH AGAIN!
So here through the Hebrew letters we see the definition of Beloved = One who welcomes those with need and adds them to the home providing for their needs.
The Word DOD has another meaning. It is also the word for Uncle. Look at that! Here again we see another parallel of importance in the family relationship.
Abraham was the Uncle to Lot. He treated Lot as his beloved by looking out for his welfare. He let him choose the best land and he also rescued him and all his family when they were captured. Bereshiyt, Genesis 13 & 14
As a child I adored my mom’s twin sister. She made me feel so special as though I was her own daughter. Uncles/Aunts have a special role in the family. Uncles add to the opportunities of growth possible with their beloved ways.
Uncle= DOD = Beloved = Welcoming Provider
Abba made the family home first and His divine language shows the value of relationships! Brethren are strong protectors of the household and beloved uncles are welcomers of loving provision. May we of the household of faith, show these levels of awesome commitment with one another in our great Mishpachah of Messiah that His Kingdom may grow!
Blessings and Shalom! May our family relationships grow in depth this season!