Friday, May 18, 2012

Today is Brought to You by the Hebrew Letter "Hey"


The Hebrew letter (and word) “Hey” means Behold, See or Look. That’s easy to remember since we use the English word hey in the same way when we want to call someone’s attention. Many Bibles also translate it “Lo”. Its lengthened form is “Hinney”, appearing over a thousand times in the Old Testament, still meaning Behold or Look.

Way, way back when pictograms were used this letter was drawn as a man waving his arms to get your attention.

“Hey” can be a vowel or a consonant, but the coolest thing about this letter is that it is used twice in the construction of God’s holy name, the name that is often pronounced “Jehovah” or “Yahweh”. The four letters that make up this name are yod, hey, vav, hey.  I think it’s pretty awesome that God’s name shouts at you through the very letters that are used. And, lo and behold, the hey is there twice.

Since each Hebrew letter has a corresponding symbol and meaning you should know that the other two letters in God’s name signify a hand and a nail. That’s right. That should really get your attention. Jesus’ crucifixion is pictured in God’s holy name.