Daily Tidbits 12/12/11 – The Dog

The Hebrew word for dog כלב ‘kelev’ is a combination of two words.  כל ‘kol’ meaning “all” and לב ‘lev’ meaning “heart.”  כלב ‘kelev’  then has the meaning of “all heart”. This is the exact nature of a dog as it an animal of emotion full of love, loyalty and courage.

In Biblical times, the dog was the companion of the shepherd who clung to him in love, whose job was to help guard the sheep (Job 30:1).  Who is the Shepherd?   Jesus Christ (Psalm 23:1; 80:1; Ezekiel 34:11; 37:24; John 10:11-14) .  The Hebrew name of the Messiah, יהושוע ‘Yehoshua,’ comes from the root meaning to keep watch over the flock.  The root of יהושוע ‘Yehoshua’ is שע ‘sha.’

This picture of the Shepherd Jesus and his faithful dog is illustrated in the Word through the two faithful spies who brought back a good report in the book of Numbers.  Joshua/Yehoshua (the Shepherd) and Caleb (כלב = dog) were the two faithful spies who fully followed God (Numbers 14:24; 32:12; Deuteronomy 1:36)…

The English word faith comes from the Old French word ‘foi’ which means faith, belief, trust which traces back further to the Latin word ‘fides’ which has the same meaning.  ‘Fides’ traces back to the Hebrew word בטח ’batach.’  בטח ‘batach’ is also the source for the English word ‘trust.’  בטח ‘batach’ means to cling to someone or something.

The English word ‘cleave’ comes from כלב ‘kelev’ which means a dog.  This is the nature of dogs to cleave to their masters.

Cleaving is linked to love.

Gen 2:24  Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife and they shall become one flesh.
Deu 11:22  For if keeping you will keep this command which I am commanding you, to do it, to love Jehovah your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave to Him,
Deu 30:20  to love Jehovah your God, to listen to His voice, and to cleave to Him. For He is your life, and the length of your days so that you may live in the land which Jehovah has sworn to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give it to them.

It is interesting to note that cleaving to Him is linked to listening to His voice.  Again, this is the nature of dogs, who better than any other animal will take commands from people…obeying the voice of their master.

The English word love traces back to the Hebrew words לוה ‘lavah’ and לב ‘lev.’  The Old English ‘lufu’ is the source of  ‘love’ from ‘leuf’ which means ‘beloved.’  In Latin ‘libido’ is desire from ‘leubh’ which means to care for or love.

This word לוה ‘lavah’ is seen in Genesis 29:34 where Leah conceives and gives birth to לוי Levi whose name comes from לוה ‘lavah’ meaning to cling or join as she hoped ‘my husband will be joined to me.’  לוה ‘lavah’ is also seen in Isaiah 56:6 which has a fascinating connection to the current study.

Isa 56:6  And the sons of the alien who join themselves on Jehovah to serve Him, and to love the name of Jehovah, to be His servants, everyone who keeps from defiling the sabbath, and takes hold of My covenant:
Isa 56:7  even them I will bring to My holy mount and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on My altar, for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the peoples,
Isa 56:8  states the Lord Jehovah, who gathers the outcasts of Israel; I will yet gather beside him his gathered ones.  {The gathering of the outcasts is likened to a Shepherd gathering His sheep as mentioned above Ezekiel 34:11; 37:24}
Isa 56:9  All beasts of the field come to devour, all beasts in the forest!
Isa 56:10  His watchmen are blind; they all do not know; they are all dumb dogs; they cannot bark, dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber;  {Note the connection to dogs in application to the false shepherds who have led Israel astray Jeremiah 23:2-4; Ezekiel 34:2-12}
Isa 56:11  yea, dogs greedy of soul; they do not know satisfaction. And they are shepherds; they do not know to discern; they all look to their own way, each one for his own gain, from his own end, saying:
Isa 56:12  Come, and let me bring wine, and let us gulp down fermented drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, great, exceedingly abundant.

לב ‘lev’ means heart and is also linked to love.

Son 4:9  You have ravished My heart, My sister, My spouse; you have ravished My heart with one of your eyes, with one chain of your neck.
Son 4:10  How beautiful are your loves, My sister, My spouse! How much better are your loves than wine, and the scent of your ointments than all spices!

This is the nature of our pet dogs. All heart…Unconditional love…This is the love of our Lord.

1Jn 4:8 The one who does not love has not known God, because God is love.
1Jn 4:16 And we have known and have believed the love which God has in us. God is love, and the one abiding in love abides in God, and God in him.

God & Dog – Wendy Francisco

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