Ridiculous Word Pictures

Hebrew Word Pictures

by Nehemiah Gordon


I have been asked to prove that Hebrew word-pictures are utter nonsense, that the pictures represent sounds and not ideas. I could point you to ANY grammar of the Hebrew language and it will confirm this. However, I would be happy to prove it. Take even the simplest example and you can see the word-pictures don’t work. Aleph-Bet [AV-father] = bull of the house > strong one of the house > father. Makes sense, right? The only problem is switch around the letters and you get Bet-Aleph [BA] = arrive, enter. Is that the bull entering the house? LOL!

The biggest problem with the word-pictures is they are entirely arbitrary. You can make them say whatever you want them to say. The most ludicrous word-picture I have ever heard is that if you read Yod-He-Vav-He backwards, you get “Behold the nail, behold the hand”. Now why in the world would you read it backwards?! On top of that, Vav actually means “hook”, but “hook” does not fit the theology of those creating word-pictures, so messianics imbue it with the meaning “nail”. This is a major flaw of the word-pictures.

To make word-pictures work messianics imbue each letter with numerous meanings. Originally, the Hebrew letters were pictures that represented sounds, not ideas. The Hebrew letters were pictures of one simple thing. However, look at any modern list of word-pictures and you will find all kinds of meanings attached to each letter that have no basis in reality.

I created a word-picture myself of the name Yeshua using these lists published by some of the top teachers in the Hebrew Roots movement: Yod – hand; Shin – tooth, destruction; bet – house, became man; ayin – eye, judgment. This is utterly absurd because where do you get Shin meaning “destruction” or Ayin meaning “judgment”?hand Where in the entire Hebrew language do you get Bet meaning “Became man”? However, I don’t need to prove my case, I can just neatly copy the meanings from the lists published by other people who are “experts” in word-pictures. Based on these brilliant teachers we can safely say that Yeshua means: “The hand of destruction that became man to bring judgment.” If we really want to get into the Sod level of interpretation, we can point out that Shin is the first letter in “Satan” and conclude that Yeshua really is: “The hand of Satan that became man to bring judgment.” Is this totally offensive not to mention utterly ridiculous? That’s what “behold the nail, behold the hand” sounds like to Jews! In fact, if you want to guarantee that a Jew will either laugh at you or be offended, tell him Yod-He-Vav-He is really a cipher for Jesus because if you read it BACKWARDS it means, “Behold the nail, behold the hand.” Now prove to me that Yeshua does not mean “The hand of destruction that became man to bring judgment”.

Good luck! Ridiculous use of Hebrew grammar here.

6 thoughts on “Ridiculous Word Pictures

  1. Why should we care about offending Jews Nehemiah? The Truth has been offending Jews for nearly 2000 years, actually even before that? Yahushua didn’t seem to care that He offended the religious leading Jews of His day. Why should His followers today? Is it because we will get labelled as anti-Semitic if we don’t bow down and worship the Jews and kiss their butts? Most of Judah has and continues to harden their hearts to this day at the Truth. 1000s of years of a stiff-necked people who will not hear the Word of the Creator, who will not recognize Him when He comes to them. Why would today be any different? You may have many people in the Hebrew Roots deceived with your lies, swallowing your bologna, and kissing your and the other Jewish anti-Christs’ butts, but not me. You need to confess the Anointed One Yahushua or you will perish, you have no access to the Father until you do. The Scriptures say anyone who does not confess the Son makes the Father a liar. And that’s what you are doing. Why don’t you get on your knees and pray for days and days and even fast, and ask if Yahushua is legit to please show and then you will repent of your anti-Messiah ways? Surely you if you are sincere in your heart about seeking the Truth then you could go directly to your Maker if you believe He has real power. If you are really humble and seeking the Truth, if you have removed all guile from you heart you should be able to find the Truth no problem, you don’t need to be a well-studied academic scholar to find the Truth, to know the Creator. You just need to seek it DIRECTLY from Him. The Truth is not complicated, it simple.


  2. It is interesting that “Set Apart” says the following: “Most of Judah has and continues to harden their hearts to this day at the Truth. 1000s of years of a stiff-necked people who will not hear the Word of the Creator, who will not recognize Him when He comes to them. Why would today be any different? ” The sad reality is this statement applies not to the Jews but to you, to the christians/messianics. They are the ones who have had thousands of years of lies and deception and will not hear the word of the Creator and will not recognize Him. They ignore the words of the Torah and the prophets and accept the New Testament and a god/man which contradicts everything the Torah and prophets teach.

    Interestingly enough Jeremiah 16:19 says this: O Jehovah, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of affliction, unto thee shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Our fathers have inherited nought but lies, even vanity and things wherein there is no profit. It is the Gentiles coming to the Jews, the Gentiles have inherited lies.

    Also Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you. It is the Gentiles again coming to the Jews saying we have heard that God is with you. Notice the Jews are not coming to the Gentiles saying teach us about your god/man messiah!

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