Daily Tidbits 12/23/11 – Hanukkah & Dedication

The word חנוכה ‘chanukah’ comes from the word חנך ‘chanakh’ which means to dedicate or teach from the root חך ‘chakh’ which means the palate of the mouth.

חנך ‘chanakh’ is literally pictured by placing something sour on an infant’s mouth to teach them how to suckle.  In Hebrew, there are two words for sour, בוסר ‘bosar’ and חמץ ‘chametz.’

בוסר ‘bosar’ is an unripe, sour grape.  It is interesting to note that בוסר ‘bosar’ comes from the root בסר ‘basar’ which means gospel.  חמץ ‘chametz’ means sour dough or leaven.  Here we see two paths of dedicating or training up a child.  One is in the Word/Gospel, the other is in a mixture of good and evil or leaven.

There is another word in Hebrew which means to dedicate, which is קדש ‘qadash.’  This is usually translated as ‘holy.’  The literal meaning is to set apart a thing for a special function.  This can be done for good or evil.

There are two tables that man can choose, the table of the Lord or the table of demons (1 Corinthians 10:21).  The bread of Presence which is His Word,  or the bread of hypocrisy (Matthew 16:16) which is the leaven of religion.

Further connecting this concept of dedication/training up a child to eating is seen in the word חנית ‘chaniyt’ which means a knife or sword and comes from the root חנך ‘chanakh.’

חנית ‘chaniyt’ is the origin of the Chinese word ‘jian’ which means sword and the English word ‘knight’ as a knight holds a spear and lance and is supposed to protect truth.  The most common word used for knife in Hebrew is סכין ‘sakiyn’ which comes from the same root as סכות ‘sukkot’ which is the source of the Hanukkah celebration.

One of the Hebrew words for teach is שנן ‘shanan’ which comes from the root שן which literally means a tooth, or something sharp that consumes.  Literally, it means to ‘sharpen’ a student in the way which is why intelligent people are called ‘sharp.’

Deu 6:5  And you shall love Jehovah your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
Deu 6:6  And these Words which I am commanding you today shall be on your heart.
Deu 6:7  And you shall teach (שנן ‘shanan’) them to your sons, and shall speak of them as you sit in your house, and as you walk in the way, and as you are lying down, and as you are rising up.
Deu 6:8  And you shall bind them for a sign on your hand; and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes.
Deu 6:9  And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house, and on your gates.

The שמע ‘shema’ is the mark that is to be between the eyes and on the hand of believers.

The שמע ‘shema’, is the definition of love.
Mat 22:37  And Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Deut. 6:5
Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment.
Mat 22:39  And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Lev. 19:18
Mat 22:40  On these two commandments all the Law and the Prophets hang.

We can have true love which is His Word, or harlot love.  We can be holy unto Him, or ‘holy’ unto the mysteries.  We can choose His mark which is His Word, the tree of Life, or we can choose the mark of the beast which is his ‘word’ the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

There are 32 teeth in the human mouth which is equivalent to the Hebrew word לב ‘lev’ which means heart.

The first letter of the Torah is ב ‘bet,’ the last letter of the Torah is ל ‘lamed,’ the last letter of the TaNaKH is also ל ‘lamed.’ Both forwards בל ‘bal,’ and in reverse לב ‘lev’ the word for heart is seen.


בּל  (Aramaic)
BDB Definition:
1) mind, heart

The Word of God is the ‘heart’ of God (Psalm 119:32; Isaiah 51:7; Philippians 2:8).

Interestingly, בל ‘bal’ also means mixture (Genesis 11:9)….




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