For beginning students of biblical Hebrew, it’s common to learn several nouns first. So I thought it might be interesting to learn a few adjectives to go with those nouns:
רַב = many, much (“rav”)
צַדִּיק = righteous (tzaddiq)
גָּדוֹל = great (gadol)
קָטֹן = small (katon)
Interesting how those adjectives describe the body of Christ, thanks to the righteousness of Jesus.
Those adjectives can also describe God – our YHWH יְהוָה Adonai אדֹנָי Elohim אלֹהִים. Bear with me on that. It’s easy to see how “much,” “righteous,” and “great” describe God. But “small”?
Think about it. God’s Spirit moves mightily in the smallest ways. His Spirit can move into a drop of medicine and bring health, life, and joy into the cells of a body that is sick. He can nurture the entire planet by sending the tiniest raindrops with His love. We are told He can speak in “a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-12 NKJV). And if you think God’s Spirit isn’t present in the smallest places, look at an ultrasound of a baby He has placed with love and life in the womb.
God’s presence is with us through the big things and the small things. He is with us and wants to be part of our lives as much in the momentous occasions as in the everyday ordinary moments.
Now, put all the biblical Hebrew words in this lesson together and thank our YHWH Adonai Elohim for being righteous (tzaddiq), for being great (gadol) and much (rav) in our lives, for being many (rav) through the Trinity, and for being present with us in the smallest (katon)* of moments and everyday miracles of life.
*Note that biblical Hebrew doesn’t have comparative or superlative versions of adjectives like we do in English (small, smaller, smallest). The context will tell you the meaning. So the word “katon” really can mean “smallest.”
God bless you. Shalom. שָׁלוֹם
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