And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
You will recall that the word picture meaning for "good" is: what surrounds and is inside. It is in this word that we find the first occurrence of the letter Tet which is the Hebrew number 9.
When we come to the word good in Genesis 2:9 you will be surprised to learn that the literal rendering of the Hebrew in this verse is " tree of the knowledge of inferior good".
In this year 5779 we need to be constantly asking Holy Spirit to come and breathe on us to reveal that which is good (genuine diamond) and that which is inferior good (fake diamond).
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
The 9 in the Year 5779 is the 9th letter in the Hebrew alphabet, the letter Tet.
We first find this letter in Scripture in the word "good".
The word picture meaning for "good" is: what surrounds and is inside.
We might express it as what you see is what you get.
When you identify something that is fake or counterfeit you discover that what you were initially seeing is not what you are getting.
We have been called to be light in our world. The question is, can people say of us: "what you see is what you get".
As we explore the 5770's of the Hebrew calendar we are operating in the realm of "the hand to reveal the covenant that consumes the eye".
When the Lord spoke to Joshua He emphasised exactly the same thing.
Surprisingly, the word picture behind "given" in Joshua 1:3 is: "life, covenant life".
As we focus our eyes to be consumed by the potential of covenant life in every situation the soles of our feet tread upon, then life, covenant life will be given to us.
Over the next little while I want to explore with you the meaning behind the current Hebrew year 5779.
The first thing we need to note is that Hebrew does not have a numbering system as such. They actually derive there numbers from their alphabet. For a more detailed explanation you can look at my teaching on the year 5778:
Before we look at the ninth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, which is Tet, we need to see the context we are operating in by looking at the meaning of 5770.
This is our context: "the hand to reveal the covenant that consumes the eye".
Jeremiah 31:33 “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
At the outset of our journey into the Year 5779 I would encourage you to: