Let us continue to explore the Word of God contained within the Hebrew Living Letters™ (HLL).
ZAYIN (ז) is the seventh letter of the Hebrew Alef-Bet. Therefore, it has the numerical value of 7. The pictograph for ZAYIN looks like a sword. It symbolizes to cut, or to pierce. Since ZAYIN represents both a sword and the number seven, we understand that it is used to rightly divide, or cut up, time (z’man) into units of seven:
* The 7th day of the week is the Sabbath where God rested from all His work according to the Word of God [week of days]
* The 49th day (7 x 7) after Passover (Pesach) is Pentecost (Shavuot) [week of weeks]
* The 7th month of the Hebrew year is Tishri [week of months]
* The 7th year of rest for the land is called the Shemitah [week of years]
* The 49th year (7x7) is the last jubilee year in a cycle – a Yovel [week of week of years]
* The 7th millennium of human history from the point of creation of mankind (Adam and Eve) is the Millennial Kingdom [week of 1000s, or weeks of eons]
A commentary on the Book of Leviticus – Vayikra Rabbah 29:10 – articulates that the number seven has always been regarded as the number of completion, wholeness, blessing, and rest.
ZAYIN (ז) looks similar to the Hebrew Living Letter ™ VAV (ו) except that the head of the letter ZAYIN extends in both directions, which appears like a crown scepter of a king. It is rulership manifesting in the world.
Let’s focus on the Seven Day Sabbath. Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote an excellent book – The Sabbath. Within he shares profound mysteries of the Sabbath. For instance, “One of the most distinguished words in the Bible is the word qadosh, holy: a word which more than any other is representative of the mystery and majesty of the divine. Now what was the first holy object in the history of the world? Was it a mountain? Was it an altar? It is, indeed, a unique occasion at which the distinguished word qadosh is used for first time: in the Book of Genesis at the end of the story of creation. How extremely significant is the fact that it is applied to time: ‘And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy.’ There is no reference in the record of creation to any object in space that would be endowed with the quality of holiness. … When history began, there was only one holiness in the world, holiness in time” (p. xvi-xvii).
After creation, God called for the holiness of man at Mount Sinai through Moses: “Thus you shall say to the House of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…” (Exodus 19:3-6 NASB). It was only after His people worshipped a thing in space – The Golden Calf – that a place of holiness in space was established. Heschel speaks of “The sanctity of time came first. The sanctity of man came second, and the sanctity of space last. Time was hallowed by God: space, the Tabernacle, was consecrated by Moses.”
The Seventh Day Sabbath was not determined by anything in nature, but by an act of creation by God Himself. The Biblical Sabbath is a day where we gloriously commune with our Creator in His rest and become attunes to the holiness in time, which is where eternity rightly intersects time. The Sabbath is one of the most precious gifts given to mankind from God’s Treasure House. Heschel tells how “the seventh day is like a palace in time with a kingdom for all. It is not a date but an atmosphere” (p. 11). He goes on: “The Sabbath is a bride, and its celebration is like a wedding” (p. 47). It is like saying, “I do,” over and over and over again. “Just as a man rejoices all the days of the wedding feast, so does man rejoice on the Sabbath; just as the groom does no work on his wedding day, so does a man abstain from work on the Sabbath Day; and therefore, the Sages and Ancient Saints called the Sabbath a bride” (p. 47-48).
We become the Sabbath Queen who is a woman of valor and who is the crown of her husband when we come away with our Beloved for His day of rest. The Biblical Sabbath is a glorious eternal reality. It is where the Bride of the Messiah – you and I – provides a place of rest for His eternal holiness in time. I have found that each Sabbath I grows into the “perfect in one” image (John 17:23), as I focus on one thing… my Beloved Bridegroom – Messiah Yeshua.
There is a righteous Heavenly Sabbath Queen and the righteous Crowned Man – Messiah Yeshua. ZAYIN (ז) represents the Crowned Man who is our protector, as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and our nurturer, as the Good Shepherd who feeds His sheep. Similarly, ZAYIN is a paradoxical word since its root (zan) communicates “sustenance” and “nourishment” while its fundamental meaning is a weapon, a sword. The sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God (Yeshua Himself), knows that sometimes His two-edged sword needs to be applied in our lives so that we can be rightly divided from those things that keep us from being nourished with life and being at rest… His rest.
You and I can personally choose to engage the essence of Messiah Yeshua – the Word of God – contained within the Hebrew Living Letter™ ZAYIN. With that in mind, you may be interested in Sapphire Throne Ministries anointed set of Hebrew Living Letter™ Flash Cards. It is a creatively educational way to further explore all the letters of the Hebrew Alef-bet. If you are interested, please check out https://www.sapphirethroneministries.com/flashcards. Each custom HLL flashcard has some beautiful, original artwork on the front and an in-depth revelation on the back.
Give em heaven!!!
Written July 5, 2021 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source.
Originally published 13 September 2015 with modifications.
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ART: “Whirlwind Sword – ZAYIN” by Robin Main
Created on 25 August 2015.