Daily Tidbits 5/5 – Cinco de Mayo

daily tidbits Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the fifth of May (5/5). The holiday began as a way to celebrate the cause of freedom during the Civil War. During the American Civil War, Napoleon wanted to set up a ‘puppet Mexican regime’ but Mexico fought back. On the 5th of May, 1862 the Mexican Army defeated the French in the city of Puebla.

The fact that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of freedom remembered on the fifth day of the fifth month is significant as the number five is strongly linked to God’s grace and freedom.


Grace & Freedom

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The Grace of God is the Gospel
Act_20:24  But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

The Grace of God is the Word
Act_20:32  And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

The Grace of God is His Gift
Rom_5:15  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
Eph_2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Jesus is the Gift of God.
Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Eph 2:7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The Grace of God comes through Jesus
1Co_1:4  I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
2Co_13:14  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.

Jesus is the Grace of God that brings salvation to the world
Tit_2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Grace literally means the camp of the family.

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We are brought into God’s camp/family through the work of Messiah on the cross.

Joh 10:11  I am the Good Shepherd! The Good Shepherd lays down His life on behalf of the sheep.
Joh 10:14  I am the Good Shepherd, and I know those that are Mine, and I am known by the ones that are Mine.
Joh 10:15  Even as the Father knows Me, I also know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
Joh 10:16  And I have other sheep which are not of this fold. I must also lead those, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock, one Shepherd.
Joh 10:17  For this reason My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life, that I may take it again.
Eph 2:11  Because of this, remember that you, the nations, were then in the flesh (those having been called Uncircumcision by those having been called Circumcision in the flesh made by hands)
Eph 2:12  that at that time you were without Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers of the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Eph 2:13  But now, in Christ Jesus you who then were afar off, came to be near by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14  For He is our peace, He making us both one, and breaking down the middle wall of partition,
Eph 2:15  in His flesh causing to cease the enmity, the Law of the commandments in decrees, that He might in Himself create the two into one new man, making peace,
Eph 2:16  and might reconcile both in one body to God through the cross, slaying the enmity in Himself.
Eph 2:17  And coming, He proclaimed “peace to you, the ones afar off, and to the ones near.” Isa. 57:19
Eph 2:18  For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
Eph 2:19  So, then, you are no longer strangers and tenants, but you are fellow citizens of the saints and of the family of God,
Eph 2:20  being built up on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the cornerstone,
Eph 2:21  in whom all the building being fitted together grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
Eph 2:22  in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Isaiah prophesied of this exact occurrence which comes forth from the crucifixion of Messiah.  Amazingly, the word for ‘cleave’ is Isaiah 14 where this is prophesied of is ספח ‘saphach’ which is the origin of the word crucifixion.

Isa 14:1  For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.

It is amazing to note that the Hebrew word for family משפחה ‘mishpochah’ comes from the same root as ספח ‘saphach’ mentioned above as the origin of the word crucifixion.  The Greek word for family is πατρια ‘patria’ which comes from the word πατηρ ‘patēr’ which means father.  The Hebrew word for father is אב ‘av’ which is spelled ‘aleph’ ‘bet’



אב ‘av’ has the meaning of a pole: In English, the word ‘pole’ comes from the Old English ‘pal’ which traces back to the Latin ‘palus,’ which literally means a stake.  The English word ‘pale’ derives from this word.  ‘Pale’ means to fix or fasten and is related to the English word ‘pact.’  A pact is an agreement, treaty, compact which comes from the Latin word pactum which means a contract/covenant.  A covenant through a pole/stake…  Here we see אב ‘av,‘ the first word of the Hebrew alphabet pointing to the most important event in human history.  The crucifixion of Messiah Jesus, and the New Covenant (Isaiah 42:6; Matthew 26:28)  in His blood which restores mankind back to the Father.

The phrase ‘in His blood’ {בדם הוא ‘bdam hu’} has the numerical value of 58, the same as the Hebrew word for grace, חן ‘chen.’

The concrete meaning of the word אב ‘av’ is the pole/pillar of the house/tent.  This traces back to another Hebrew word for family בת ‘bet.’

Literally, the word בת ‘bet’ means the ‘mark of the house.’  This was seen in ancient times in the flag or banner placed in front of the tent with the name or symbol of the family.

Isa 11:10  And it shall be in that day, the Root of Jesse stands as a banner of peoples; nations shall seek to Him; and His resting place shall be glory.

Psa 20:5  We will rejoice (רנן ‘ranan’ shout for joy, sing, triumph) in thy salvation(ישׁוּעה ‘yeshu‛ah’ – source of the name Jesus), and in the name of our God we will set up our banner (דּגל ‘dagal’  raise a flag, conspicuously)

Ps 60:4: “Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed (נוּס ‘nus’ lift up a standard) because of the truth. Selah.”

Joh 3:14  And even as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
Joh 3:15  that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

There are a handful of Hebrew words that are translated as freedom/free/liberty in the Scriptures.

The first is חנם ‘chinam.’  It comes from the root חן ‘chen’ which is commonly translated as grace.  Literally it means a camp.

A similar Hebrew word is translated as freedom. This word is דּרור ‘deror’ meaning a free flowing or liberty.  This comes from the root דר ‘dar’ meaning a generation or the circle of the family or the cyclical process of life.  Again we see freedom being linked to the family.  In the year of Jubilee when the flowing shofar was sounded, man was re-united with his family and land.

Lev 25:9  And you shall let a ram’s horn resound, a signal in the seventh month, in the tenth of the month; in the day of atonement, let a ram’s horn pass throughout all your land;
Lev 25:10  and you shall make the fiftieth year holy, one year. And you shall proclaim liberty in the land to those living in it; it shall be a jubilee to you. And you shall return every man to his possession; yea, you shall turn back each to his family.


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It is interesting that one of the words for freedom in Hebrew means free flowing.  This is the meaning of the word Jubilee.  It is in the Jubilee that we are brought back to our family and our possessions.  This was the task of the Messiah, to bring mankind back to the House.   The first letter of the Scriptures is a ב ‘bet.’  In Torah scrolls that ב ‘bet’ is enlarged to draw our attention to the importance of the House.  Creation started as a house for God to dwell with His creation and in the end the New Jerusalem be established on earth so that the LORD can dwell with His creation.  This is the meaning of grace.

Another Hebrew word translated as freedom is נקה ‘naqah.’  It means to be drawn close, as in an infant drawn to its mother’s breast.  It suggests an innocency.  This is the freedom of those who are freed from the bondage of sin.  This is true freedom in Messiah {see Daily Tidbits 5/17 – The Bosom}.


5th day of the 5th month

Cinco de Mayo is the 5th day of the 5th month on the Gregorian calendar which celebrates Mexico.  Mexico gets its name from a Nahuatl (Aztecan) word ‘mexihco,’ the name of the ancient Aztec capital.  Some believe that ‘mexihco’ derives from the Mextli or Mēxihtli, the secret name of the god of war for the Aztecs.

Metztli’s symbol was the Moon as she was the “Queen of the Night”, the “Old Mother”. This is interesting to note as the month of May gets its name from the Greek goddess Maia who also brings forth the mother imagery.

The god of war imagery is significant in light of the grace and freedom theme as well as these three subjects are linked with the number 5.

The Spanish word ‘cinco’ comes from the Latin word ‘quinque’ which means five. This word traces back to the Hebrew word קמץ ‘qamats.’ קמץ ‘qamats’ means to take a handful of something (in particular flour in the Scriptures – Leviticus 2:2; 5:12; 6:15; Numbers 5:26). This word is used almost exclusively in the consecration of the priests (Exodus 29:1-46; Leviticus 8:1-33), part of which they would fill their hands with flour and burn a memorial thereof on the altar. The Hebrew word for consecration is מלא ‘millu’ which literally means to fill the hand.

The filling of the hand with flour is significant as the Hebrew word for bread, לחם ‘lechem,’ also has the meaning of fighting and war.

This word points back to the war which began in the beginning between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.  Part of Adam’s punishment for partaking of the tree of knowledge was that he would have to work for his bread.

Gen 3:19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until your return to the ground. For you have been taken out of it; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.


The number 5 is linked to warfare.  The word for five in Hebrew is חמש ‘chamesh’ which means the hand, or arming for battle.


War is over through the resurrection in Messiah.


Job 14:14 If a man dies, will he revive? All the days of my warfare I will wait, until my change comes.


Isa 40:2 Speak lovingly to the heart of Jerusalem; yea, cry to her that her warfare is done, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has taken from the hand of Jehovah  double for all her sins.


He gives us the bread that comes without toil

Rev 2:17 The one who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To the one overcoming, I will give him to eat from the hidden manna. And I will give to him a white stone, and on the stone a new name having been written, which no one knows except the one receiving it.
Joh 6:48 I am the Bread of life.
Joh 6:49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and died.
Joh 6:50 This is the Bread coming down out of Heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.
Joh 6:51 I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever. And indeed the bread which I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.


Bread – His Flesh – Gospel


Man was made in the image of God (Genesis1:26)…Messiah is the Image of God (Hebrews 1:3; 2 Corinthians 4:4), hence when we look at the human body it points to Messiah.  The body as a whole, and each individual body part speaks the Gospel.


The Gospel is connected with flesh. Where is the first reference to flesh? The union of Adam and Eve…a picture of Jesus and His Bride becoming one is  the fulfillment of the Good News.


Gen 2:21  And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and he slept. And He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh underneath.
Gen 2:22  And Jehovah God formed the rib which He had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man.
Gen 2:23  And the man said, This now at last is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh. For this shall be called Woman, because this has been taken out of man.
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


Eph 5:30  For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.
Eph 5:31  “For this, a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.” Gen. 2:24
Eph 5:32  The mystery is great, but I speak as to Christ and as to the assembly.
The rib of Adam from whence his bride came out is linked to the number 5 which connects to the 5th day of creation and life.


חמש ‘chamesh’ is used to translate multiple terms in Hebrew.  It is used for the number five/fifty, the hand, to be armed and the side of the body (fifth rib).


The ‘fifth rib’


This word is used in the following verses:
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2Sa_2:23, 2Sa_3:27, 2Sa_4:6, 2Sa_20:10


Messiah was wounded in the side (‘the fifth rib’).


Joh 19:34  But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a lance, and at once blood and water came out.

Adam’s bride came forth from his rib/side (Genesis 2:22) which is a picture of Messiah’s bride ‘coming forth’ when He offered Himself as an atonement to bring us back to God.  Interestingly, the year of Jubilee, which occurs every 50 (חמשים ‘chamashim’) years (Leviticus 25:10-13) began on the Day of Atonement.  The great trumpet (Isaiah 27:13) will be blown and those resurrected in the 1st resurrection will receive their inheritance in the land.



cinco de mayo donkey

The donkey has become a symbol of Cinco de Mayo.  The donkey is associated with battles and fighting in Scripture (Genesis 16:12) and is a picture of unregenerate man (Job 11:12).

One Hebrew word for donkey is פרא ‘para’ which comes from the root word פר ‘par’ means fruit. A wild donkey is prolific in bringing forth fruit and is linked to freedom as in spreading forth. The English word freedom comes from the Indo-European root ‘pri’ which means love, the source of the prolific fruit (offspring) of the wild donkey.

Another Hebrew word for a wild donkey is ערד ‘arad’ which comes from the root רד ‘rad’ which means to spread out. Another Hebrew word for a wild donkey is פרד ‘parad’ which comes from the root רד ‘rad’ which means to spread out. Spreading out is yet another connection to freedom as one of  the words for freedom/liberty in Hebrew is רחב ‘rachab’ which literally means a wide open space.

There are two different types of freedom in the Hebrew language.  There is freedom within the confines of the family, and there is also freedom from family and masters (spreading out as wild donkeys).  We can choose to be free from our Lord and slaves to sin, or we can choose to be free from sin and death and servants/sons to our Lord.  Those who want to be free from the Word are free from righteousness, but slaves to sin.

Rom 6:16  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Rom 6:17  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Rom 6:18  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Rom 6:19  I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Rom 6:21  What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.


The freedom of a wild donkey is seen in the Hebrew word חפש ‘chapash.’  It means freedom from a master.  This is the freedom that we have when we disregard the Word of God.  This is the freedom that unregenerate man wants.  They want freedom from the Master.

The English word ‘free’ traces back to two different Hebrew words.  פרע ‘para’ which means to break free and be unrestrained.  This is the word used in reference to Israel when they ‘broke free’ from the commands of God and made a golden calf (Exodus 32:25).  The Apostle Paul said that this ‘freedom’ in reality brought slavery (Galatians 4:24).

The other Hebrew word which the English word ‘free’ traces back to is פרק ‘paraq’ which means to be freed or saved from a yoke of slavery (Daniel 4:27).

We are delivered from the yoke of slavery to serve God and be yoked with Him.

Lev 26:13  I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.
Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


Finally, tying all these concepts together is the Hebrew word אתון ‘eyton’ which means donkey and comes from the root word תן ‘tan.’  The Hebrew word for dragon/serpent is תנין ‘taniyn’ which was created on the 5th day of creation (Genesis 1:21). תנין ‘taniyn’ also comes from the root תן ‘tan.’

Salvation is associated with the defeat of the dragon.

Psa 74:12  For God is my King of old, who works salvation {ישועה ‘yeshuah’ – source of the name Jesus} in the midst of the land.
Psa 74:13  You broke the sea by Your strength; You burst the heads of sea-monsters in the waters.
Psa 74:14  You cracked open the heads of leviathan; You gave him to be food for the people of the wilderness.
Psa 74:15  You divided the fountain and the torrent; You dried up mighty rivers.

Psa 91:13  You shall tread on the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent You shall trample under foot.
Psa 91:14  Because He has set His love on Me, therefore I will deliver Him; I will set Him on high because He has known My name.
Psa 91:15  He shall call on Me and I will answer Him; I will be with Him in distress; I will rescue Him and honor Him.
Psa 91:16  I will satisfy him with length of days, and will make Him see My salvation.

Isa 27:1  In that day Jehovah shall visit the sea monster, the darting serpent, with His great and fierce and strong sword; even on the sea monster, the twisting serpent; and He shall slay the monster that is in the sea.

The adversary held over mankind the fear of death until Messiah came.

Heb 2:14  Since, then, the children have partaken of flesh and blood, in like manner He Himself also shared the same things, that through death He might cause to cease the one having the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15  and might set these free, as many as by fear of death were subject to slavery through all the lifetime to live.

Death is overcome by Messiah who became the serpent on the tree.  The last enemy is death of which we are not to fear for Messiah has overcome the world.

Isa 12:2  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Jah Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Mat 10:29  Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
Mat 10:30  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Mat 10:31  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Joh 16:33  I have spoken these things to you that you may have peace in Me. You have distress in the world; but be encouraged, I have overcome the world.

Col 2:15  having stripped the rulers and the authorities, He made a show of them in public, triumphing over them in it.

2Co 5:21  For He made the One who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

The crucifixion of the Messiah is likened unto the brazen serpent in the wilderness

Joh 3:14 And even as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

Num 21:7 And the people came in to Moses and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against Jehovah, and against you. Pray to Jehovah, and He shall turn the serpent away from us. And Moses prayed on behalf of the people.
Num 21:8 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, Make yourself a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that when anyone is bitten, when he sees it, he shall live.
Num 21:9 And Moses made a serpent of bronze and put it on a pole; and it happened, if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.



Col 2:15  having stripped the rulers and the authorities, He made a show of them in public, triumphing over them in it (The cross).


The Messiah became sin/the curse in order to deliver mankind (Galatians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

donkey cross

On the back of the donkey is the symbol of the cross which further connects the above concepts.

It is also interesting to note that the donkey is the only animal in the Scriptures which was to be purchased with the blood of a lamb other than man.

Exo 13:13 And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.


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