Tamarajo is an avid Bible scholar who loves nothing more than seeking out the treasures in God's Word and sharing them with others.
During a Women's Aglow meeting, of which I was the treasurer at the time, God orchestrated a message in a way I would never have imagined.
Pam, the President, was ill and was unable to attend, which meant that I was to take her place in sharing, announcements, and, most importantly, introducing our guest speaker.
I had absolutely no idea who was speaking. I thought that the speaker that was coming was a man, so when a lady showed up with a guitar, I quickly said, "hello" and asked her if she was there for worship, and she said, "um . . . yeah and I am the speaker".
I explained that Pam was unable to come due to illness and that I was filling in for her. She was quite gracious about all of this, especially considering she practically had to introduce herself because I knew nothing about her or her message.
As treasurer, I most generally would share a little something and then pray over the offering. I wasn't sure what to share until a couple of days before. I looked through some notes in my Hebrew studies and came across the Hebrew words for "womb" and "mercy."
I will share with you what I shared that night and how God in all His splendor works all things for His glory and the good of those who love Him.
Womb and Mercy
My message began by studying the Hebrew word for womb, which is "rechem."
Most Hebrew words consist of three root letters, and each letter carries with it a picture concept that is descriptive of that word.
The three root letters of the word for womb are "resh," "chet." and a closed "mem." (a mem is closed when it is at the end of a word)The "resh" is a picture of a person simply put.
The "chet" is a picture of a fence and carries the concept of protection and being surrounded.
The "mem" is a picture of water, and because it is a closed "mem," it can symbolize something hidden.
If we put the three concepts together, we see that a womb is a place where a person is protected and surrounded by hidden water.
Most interesting to me is that this very same word for the womb is also used for God's mercy. It is not the most commonly translated word for mercy but stunning in its revelation.
The most common word translated mercy (loving-kindness) is the Hebrew word "chesed." It is descriptive of God's loyal love connected to the covenant relationship we have with Him. It concerns His most faithful promises to love and care for us based upon the covenant He made. "Chesed" is not based on emotions or circumstances. It is His consistent, unconditional promise to love us. He has obligated himself to do so.
The less commonly used "rechem," also translated mercy, is about God's feelings towards us. It speaks of being affectionately surrounded and protected in His love. The same tender emotions a mother feels for the child within her womb. And as we can see from the word picture above, His mercy protects, surrounds, and hides us. An example of both is given in Psalm 103
Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving-kindness (chesed-loyal covenant love) and tender mercies (rechem—most tender affections),
— Psalm 103:1-4
His Mercy is Like a Mother's Love
His love and mercy towards us is a picture of maternal love.
As one whom his mother comforts, So I will comfort you; And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
— Isaiah 66:13
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.
— Isaiah 49:15
His affectionate love never fails.
This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’s mercies (chesed-loyal covenant love) we are not consumed, Because His compassions (rechem-most tender affections) fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”
— Lamentations 3:21-24
The above two verses show us that not only has God obligated Himself to love us and care for us, but His heart is all in it all the way.
And when Jesus went out . . . He was moved with compassion for them . . .
— Matthew 14:14
God's mercy is like a mother's love that wraps around us, surrounds us, and protects us. He is moved with compassion for us and pities us, knowing how fragile we are. He cannot forget His affections for us and moves Him to forgive, heal, and redeem.
As I finished my sharing, the Speaker, Carla Burton, came up to speak, and she told us that her whole message and life story centered around the womb, protection, love, and mercy.
She began to sing a Hymn:
"Walk across the Water"
When the waters of our mother broke,
And the world first came to be,
It was in that instant God done spoke,
And said "walk across the water to me"
On the day we came to be baptized by the Word,
In the water freed,
Jesus looked into our wondering eyes,
And said "walk across the water to me"
And when Israel fled from Egypt's land,
They were chased up to the sea,
Moses, God said, "Take them by the hand,
And walk across the water to me,"
Is that my Lord a walking,
On the sea of Galilee?
Jesus says, if your faith be more then talk,
"Walk across the water to me."
She started to tell the story of a ministry that began one day as she scrubbed her kitchen floor. She had been watching the news, and there was rioting being reported about in a protest over abortion. She said that she knew what she believed but didn't think what she saw on TV would accomplish much, so she prayed, "Lord, what can I do to help?" Later she had a vision of a home for pregnant women who had nowhere else to go and described how that vision is now a reality in Winona, Minnesota.
"Grace Place" is a place that offers God's mercy to hurting women and families. They show His tender love and compassion to the most vulnerable in our culture, especially those still in the womb. They advocate, mentor, and support family restoration and have provided temporary safe housing for those in need.
Her whole ministry and message were about "The womb" and "The mercy of God."
How great is our God!!
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
— Psalm 139:13-16
© 2010 Tamarajo
Tamarajo (author) on March 27, 2013:
Thank you NisikkiGreen Glad you enjoyed the teaching and that you found it useful and helpful. His Word is truly a field of treasures worth searching for.
Blessed to have you stop by and comment.
NishikkiGreen on March 26, 2013:
Thank you so much WOG, great teaching! My Apostle is having us to study from this GREAT site, it is helping us spiritual and mentally!
Tamarajo (author) on November 15, 2012:
Thank you Keni11, I appreciate you reading the article and for your complimentary comment.
Keni11 on November 12, 2012:
Thank you for your ease in sharing and thank God for His gift through you. Looking forward to reading more
Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on May 09, 2012:
Meaningful Hub1 Thank you!
Tamarajo (author) on March 29, 2011:
toknowinfo I am glad you found the material beautiful. Revelation of truth always is.
Blessed by your visit and positive commentary.
toknowinfo on March 29, 2011:
This was a beautiful hub. Thank you for putting this information together. Very informative and well done.
Tamarajo (author) on March 10, 2011:
Thank you ladyjojo I appreciate your comment and visit
Shalom to you as well : )
ladyjojo on March 10, 2011:
nice hub tam :)
Peace be unto you
Tamarajo (author) on February 10, 2011:
I'm glad you stopped by to read. We love because He first loved us. These revelations are that to me... realizations of the Father's love all protective and embracing.
Thank you for commenting.
Timothy Wright on February 10, 2011:
This really ministers to me in helping me receive the revelation and encounter of the Fathers Love. Thanks
Tamarajo (author) on September 20, 2010:
Thank you James A Watkins for reading and your encouraging comment.
James A Watkins from Chicago on September 19, 2010:
Thank you for publishing this wonderful piece of work about the protective waters of the womb. This is a powerful message, delivered pitch perfectly.
Tamarajo (author) on August 23, 2010:
Thank you for reading. I hope you were encouraged by it.
heart4theword from hub on August 22, 2010:
I can tell you put some time and effort into this hub! You must be a very studious student of The WORD:)
Tamarajo (author) on August 20, 2010:
Thank you for your thoughtful comment Loves to read. Yes God was totally glorified in that. No credit from me. Lol
Loves To Read on August 20, 2010:
Tamarajo,this is a great read. I truly love it when we find ourself in an awkward position indeed . We tend to think that we are floundering and not really sure what we need to say. God is Great as when the speaker starts and you have both talked on the same message. Then it is clear to me that God wanted us to speak on the same topic. It confirms to us that we were obedient and may also be a test from God to see if we do actually listen
The word pictures are amazing.
Peace Love and Blessings
Pratonix from Asia on August 18, 2010:
Thank you for your wonderful insights into God's mercy and covenant love. I do enjoy the depth and riches of the Hebrew language, especially when it is explained so clearly by you. Rated awesome.
Tamarajo (author) on August 17, 2010:
fred allen so glad you are enjoying. Will write as He reveals. : )
Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
fred allen from Myrtle Beach SC on August 17, 2010:
I so enjoy your hubs! You bring so much understanding in them. I thoroughly like the pictures in the hebrew letters that comprise key words. No one has ever made me aware of this as you have. Thank you and keep writing!
Tamarajo (author) on August 16, 2010:
Thank you His daughter. I agree the pictures add depth and clarity and the beautiful thing about picture concepts is they don't change. Language sometimes changes it's associations with certain words. Where picture concepts remain consistent. Glad you enjoyed it.
His daughter on August 16, 2010:
Great hub! I love the Hebrew word pictures as they bring such depth and meaning to the Word of God. That is exactly how He intended it to be for us....and not our own limited interpretation. Thanks.
Tamarajo (author) on August 16, 2010:
Thank you for reading Benjimester. I'm so grateful for the powerful imagery God uses to help us better comprehend Him. I learn a lot from the revelations too. : )
Benji Mester from San Diego, California on August 16, 2010:
That's really interesting. I love how knowledgeable you are about Hebrew linguistics, and are able to dig into deeper meanings. Those verses you quoted are powerful. I always learn a lot from your hubs. Thanks.