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Sword of the Spirit – The Word (Debar)

r

Resh

Man

B

Beyt

Home

D

Dalet

Door

The only offensive weapon is the Sword of the Spirit, which is The Word of God (Debar). Words, in the ancient thought process, had substance. Sentences were an ordered arrangement of ideas that ordered lives. The Word of God makes the enemy back down. The more a person is in command of the Word, the more effective soldier he will be.

D

The ‘Dalet’ represents a tent flap or door. It can also mean back and forth movement as in going in and out of a door or a journey.

B

The ‘Beyt’ depicts the floor plan of a tent. It means home, inside, or family.

r

The ‘Resh’ symbolizes a head, man, chief, highest, top, beginning, or first.
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The Ten Commandments


The client who commissioned this work challenged me to “think outside the box” about what the original commandments looked like when Moses received them on Mt. Sinai. It is believed that the writing from “the finger of God” was in Paleo (pictographic) Hebrew, but I really had not considered that the chiseled letters were on anything other than two blah stones. The thought that Abba might have presented Moses with a “color masterpiece” is mind boggling to me. Considering that He is the original “Color Master,” splashing color all around the world, makes it an interesting prospect. I don’t in any way propose that my rendition of the commandments is an authentic replication. I did spend time with Him while working on these pieces and hopefully “colored” as He instructed for such a time as this. I do hope that when you look at the colors it will expand your mind to be amazed at what an incredible artist He is!!!


I have portrayed the 10 Commandments through the Hebrew mindset (the 10 Words or Eseret HaDavrim), and in the Paleo Hebrew, and in color! As I began the art work I discovered Dr. Frank Seekins’ teaching on the commandments and the secret to easily remembering them. Hebrew numbers the commandments with the first 10 letters of the aleph beyt and in their Paleo (pictographic) form each picture gives a clue to the commandment.


Below is a quick overview of the first 10 letters and their corresponding commandment.



#1

a

First of 10 Commandments

I am the LORD your God.

The aleph (a) represents first, strength, defender, hero which explains God.

#2

B

Second of 10 Commandments

You shall have no other gods before me.

The beyt (B) represents second, house, family. We choose to enter God’s house and become part of His family.

#3

g

Third of 10 Commandments

You shall not take the Name of the LORD your God in vain.

The gimel (g) represents third, walk, lift up. We understand His Name and take on His character.

#4

D

Fourth of 10 Commandments

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

The dalet (D) represents fourth, a door, path, journey. We work hard but enter God’s door of rest.

#5

H

Fifth of 10 Commandments

Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long.

The hey (H) represents fifth, behold, reveal. Behold! This is the commandment with a promise of long life!

#6

v

Sixth of 10 Commandments

You shall not murder.

The vav (v) represents the number six, a nail, holding together. A nail helps hold two things together. People held together will not destroy each other.

#7

Z

Seventh of 10 Commandments

You shall not commit adultery.

The zayin (Z) represents seven, a weapon, to cut. A weapon can destroy the same as adultery can destroy a marriage and family.

#8

c

Eighth of 10 Commandments

You shall not steal.

The chet (c) represents the number eight, a fence, to protect. The fence reminds us to protect the property of others and not steal.

#9

J

Ninth of 10 Commandments

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

The tet (J) represents nine, to surround, a snake. The tet reminds us not to follow the path of the serpent and lie or accuse.

#10

y

Tenth of 10 Commandments

You shall not covet.

The beyt (y) represents ten, a hand, to work. Working reminds us of providing for our own life and not desiring what someone else has.

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Torah

h

Hey

Look

r

Resh

Man

v

Vav

Nail

t

Tav

Mark

Vav-Resh-Hey create a root word that means ‘to point the way.’ Adding Tav means shoot toward a mark or target. So the Torah helps point the way, but simply combining the literal definitions of the pictographs seems to reveal Christ in ‘Look what comes from the man nailed to the cross.’ WOW!

t

The ‘Tav’ represents a sign, mark, covenant, or cross. As the last letter of the Hebrew Aleph-bet, it also means last or end.

v

The ‘Vav’ represents a tent peg or nail and means to secure or hook. But it can also simply mean peg or nail.

r

The ‘Resh’ symbolizes a head, man, chief, highest, top, beginning, or first.

h

The ‘Hey’ pictograph represents a man with his hands in the air trying to get someone’s attention. It suggests look, reveal, behold.
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Truth (Emet)

Truth

t

Tau

Covenant

n

Nun

Life

M

Mem

Water

a

Aleph

Strong

The great mystery of life is within the covenant.

a

The ‘Aleph’ is the picture of an ox head and illustrates the strength of an animal. It can mean strong, power, or leader.

M

The ‘Mem’ illustrates water or waves. As a nomadic people, the Hebrews feared the waves or waters of the seas, so the letter often meant chaos, mighty, or blood. Large bodies of water hold many unknowns or mysteries for an agrarian society.

n

The ‘Nun’ represents a seed or sprout and gives us the meaning of continuing to a new generation. It can have the meaning of life, sustaining, offspring, or heir.

t

The ‘Tau’ is used as a man’s mark, either like a signature on an agreement or even a crossed sticks on the ground to mark a boundary point. Either way, it is associated with an agreement or covenant between two people or between man and God.
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Tsedeq

q

Quph

Follow

d

Dalet

Journey

f

Tsade

Hook

Often used as a compound name with ‘Jehovah.’ The Tsade-Dalet-Quph translate as a hooked or a desire for a journey to follow [God] or ‘Righteous.’ Jehovah Tsedeq is ‘God our Righteousness.’

f

The ‘Tsade’ represents a fish hook and means hunter, catch, or desire.

d

The ‘Dalet’ represents a tent flap or door. It can also mean back and forth movement as in going in and out of a door or a journey.

q

The ‘Quph’ character appears like the back of man’s head or a sunset and means last, behind, following, revolving or cycle of time.
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Yeshua

e

Ayin

Look

v

Vav

Nail

s

Shin

Separate

y

Yud

Hand

As pictographs, the letters combine to mean ‘see how a hand will save or separate by a nail.’ But it is actually a compound word consisting of ‘Ya’ (God) and the root word ‘shua’ (to rescue). Yeshua is the one who secures our rescue or salvation.
yThe ‘Yud’ in pictograph form shows an arm and a hand. The picture can mean to work, throw, worship, or it can simply mean an arm or hand.
sSThe ‘Shin’ may be depicted differently depending on the time period, but represents two front teeth and can mean sharp, eat, consume, separate, or destroy.
vThe ‘Vav’ represents a tent peg or nail and means to secure or hook. But it can also simply mean peg or nail.
eThe ‘Ayin’ appears as an eye. It relates to the function of the eye, understanding, or knowledge.