I am always so very blessed when I find something as wonderful as a gem in the Scriptures. I have two things I would like to share today: berashiyt (בראשות) and ma’aser (מעשר). Berashiyt in Hebrew is “in the beginning” and is the first word of the Scriptures. If you remove the first letter beyt (ב) you have the word firsfruits (ראשות). I Corinthians 15:23 (KJV) says that Christ is the firsfruits. So if we take the letters spelled out in the first word of the Scriptures and look at their individual meanings you have the following:
- ב – beyit – house, in
- ר – resh – man
- א – alef – sacrifice
- ש – shin – consume
- ו – vav – nail
- ת – tav – sign, mark, covenant
Please note that בר (bar) means son or literally “in man” as seen by the definition of the letters. Using the rest of the letter from the word berashyt, you have the plan of salvation:
Son, sacrifice, consume, nail, cross (the shape of the letter in Ancient Hebrew – see the chart). Nothing in the Scriptures is there by mistake. Every letter points to Yeshua (Jesus) the Christ.
Now let’s look at the second word for today: ma’aser (מרעש) meaning tithe. Hebrew is a language of root words. That is, they add prefixes and suffixes to build on the meaning of the root word. The letter mem (מ) conveys the meaning “from” or changes a verb into the noun of that word. Like the root word “to bake” when adding the mem means “baker”. Removing mem from ma’aser, means riches or wealth (עשר) – aser. So tithing (ma’aser) comes from riches or wealth. But wait, that’s not so. The meaning of mem would be the one who is tithing, not from riches. In fact the real meaning of ma’aser means the one giving the tithe becomes rich because of his action! If you change the pronunciation of aser to asher (same spelling) you have the word for happiness and wellbeing. Now we have all these meanings of the word, let’s look at the meaning of the letters of ma’aser (מרעש).
- מ – mem – from
- ע – ayn – to see, eye, experience
- ש – shin – shaddai (the symbol used throughout Israel to show that God most powerful – El Shaddai – God Almighty)
- ר – resh – man, head
The one who sees God as the head – will become rich. Not just materially, but in anything that matters. If you put God first in your time, energy and finances, you shall be blessed with riches and wellbeing.
Romans 11:16 (KJV) “For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.”
So if you give of the firstfruits of your life – time, energy, money – God will truly bless you. For if the firstfruits be holy, the whole is holy! Abraham gave a tenth of all he had to Yeshua – yes Jesus, read Hebrew 7 – and look what happened to him.
(I haven’t written in a while because I was moving to Europe for work.)
Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV) “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”