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Magical Mystery Tour the Lamed-Vav

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In the original Hebrew Scriptures, there are many unusual and interesting nuances. One of them is two letters, Which is the subject here, they are a Hebrew "word" that is not always counted as a word, it is the Lamed-vav. It is associated with the Hebrew Strong's Concordance #3863. which is sounded as "Lu", or "lo", and refers to the 22 times it is counted as a word, but there are many more places where it numbered as a word, so you cannot do a Strong's word search. You will only see these nuances with a Hebrew Interlinear. In any Bible translation, these things cannot be seen, and they are not very easy to do a Web search for. But if you are like me and love finding word pictures of Jesus in all the Bible, read on. I also find it to be true that the more I find these gems the more I marvel at God's never-ending greatness.

In the Hebrew Alphabet, each letter has a name, a sound, and a number, actually 2 numbers, the place number, its place in the Hebrew alphabet, and its value number, which works out as, the first 10 are 1-10, 11-19 jump by 10 then the last 3 jump by 100 with the last letter being 400. The Hebrew alphabet started as a picture language which then became letters, so actually, the pictures came first. An interesting point is that in the Hebrew Alphabet has no vowels. Hebrew is called a consonant language, because has consonants only, but they do have vowel sounds, they are important but they are not a visual part of the language, because they are not listed or seen. It's like always on shorthand. As you learn to read Hebrew it is actually easier without the vowels.

The letter named Lamed as an example, it is represented by the letter 'L', and it is a picture of a shepherd staff, and the conveys the thought of a shepherd, teacher, or leader. The position number is 12 and its value is 30. The letter 'vav' is represented as a 'V' but it can sound like an 'O'. It's a picture of a spike or nail and its position is 6 and its value is also 6. As a nail, it is a connector and it is used like the English word 'and'. When used as "and" it is applied as a prefix, as in Genesis 1.1. Curiously in Genesis 1.1, it is prefixed to Aleph-Tav, (which is not counted as a word, and you all you see is the word "and". It can also be a picture of man because "6" is considered the symbolic number of a man who was made on the Sixth Day. All this it part of our Magical Mystery Tour. They are "Hidden" in plain sight so you need to look deeper to appreciate this beautiful revelation, the Divinely Magical Mysterious, shepherd-man.

Lamed-Vav

As noted above the Lamed is the 12th letter of the Hebrew Alphabet and Vav is the 6th letter. The two numbers added together equal 18 which also is also the number value of the word 'Life'. The number value of 'Lamed-Vav' is 6 plus 30 equaling 36. You may hear of a 'Lamed-Vavnic', but they are not part of this study. Most Hebrew words are built on three-letter root words, yet some are just two-letter root words, meaning prefixes and suffixes are added to them. At times the letters are not even considered a word but mark, which is many times the case with, the word/mark 'Lamed-Vav'. These 2 letters are sounded as "low" in Hebrew and usually, it will be translated into English as " to him or unto him" but sometimes it is not interpreted, and it's just considered a 'mark'. In the Old Testament, there are " oddities " that are letters that are unusually formed or even missing a letter called "deficient" or there could be an extra letter in a word which is called "full" There are also a number of other different oddities. Each one of these occurrences has a message in it. Consider as an example, The exact center letter of the Old Testament Torah is the letter 'vav' in the English word 'belly'.

LAMED-VAV our Savior

Try searching the Lamed-Vav and you'll get some commentary on the 'righteous ones', but practically zero on the 'Lamed-Vav' word. It is more a concept word than a defined word and it also can be just considered a mark like the 'Alept-Tav' which is never considered a word. The 'Lamed-Vav' interestingly is sometimes right next to the 'Aleph-Tav' but in a translation, you will never see it. The first time the "Lamed-vav" is used is in Genesis 2.18 and usually translated as "for him" and considered as referring to Eve and rightly so, but on a deeper level, it is referring to God Himself the Son. In the King James says "I will make him a help meet for him". You could read this verse as "the shepherd-man "helper suitable" for Adam. This is not one isolated verse that is picturing the "shepherd man", in the bible, there are many

In interpreting Scripture there are four basic levels all are valid and when done properly the interpretation should never contradict the direct understanding, but it can shed light on the proper understanding of it. Bride and reciprocating back with love for Him. Words mean different things and concepts in each language, and meanings change over time but in the Original Hebrew, the words are never changed.

There are over 120 Hebrew 'Lamed-vav words.' in Genesis alone. "To him, or unto him", Genesis 29.6, Jacob is looking for Laban and asks someone about him, and they said, "he is" well, the "he is" in Hebrew is Lamed-Vav but it isn't given a reference number so you won't find it using a number search. Genesis 31.47 has two untranslated Lamed-Vav words, before the word "stones", Laban called these (Lamed-vav) stones a heap of stones but Jacob called these (Lamed-Vav) stones a covenant. This shows what Laban thought of them as opposed to what they meant to Jacob. Later in his journey, in Genesis 33.20 "Jacob erected an altar and called it {Lamed-vav) God of Israel" which could be the "Shepherd-Man' Mighty God". The last one I want to point out is Genesis 43.26 "When Joseph came home they brought him (Lamed Vav) [and next the untranslated Aleph-Tav) the gift."

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Thirty-six LamedVavnic

The Thirty-six is a concept based on the Hebrew thought that there are symbolically 36 Tzadikim Nistarim (righteous) persons on Earth at all times and being the number for "life" is 18 and 18 doubled equals 36 referring to one who is Earthly and Heavenly minded and the number for LamedVav is 36, they are called "LamedVavnics"