Who is Faithful?
The first time the word Faithful is used in Scripture is found in the book of Numbers, chapter 12.
Here we find Miriam and Aaron grumbling against Moses because he has married a gentile Ethiopian woman. Their complaint against Moses was filled with slander and pride.
Listen to what Aaron and Miriam said as recorded in Numbers 12:2:
And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.
The Lord acts immediately to bring a resolution to this treachery as He summons Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to come and meet with Him. The Lord tells them to stand in the Tabernacle of the congregation. Suddenly the Lord comes down in the pillar of the cloud where He stood in the door that led into the Tabernacle.
The Lord told Aaron and Miriam to come and stand before Him. They obeyed. What happens next is recorded for us in….
And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
Miriam immediately becomes white as snow, cursed with leprosy. Aaron is horrified and pleads with Moses to forgive them for their foolish and sinful complaints against Him.
Moses intercedes and pleads for the life of his sister Miriam. God heeds the intercessory prayer of Moses and tells him to shut Miriam out of the camp for seven days after which her leprosy will be removed and she will be healed and reinstated into fellowship.
Now let’s focus on the message the Lord disclosed to Aaron and Miriam.
It is a great honor to be proclaimed a faithful man by your peers. The Scriptures inform us that to be known as a man of integrity is worth more than silver or gold.
But to be proclaimed a faithful servant by the Lord God, that is astounding and so amazing that it demands our attention.
Let me read the verse again; that first mention of the Hebrew word FAITHFUL:
My servant Moses is not so, who is FAITHFUL in all mine house.
Is there a message hidden in this Hebrew word?
Do the letters and numbers contain a mystery that we are meant to unravel?
The answer is yes and the first key to understanding this mystery is to realize that Moses was a shadow-type of the coming Messiah.
Listen to what Moses said as recorded in the ancient prophetic text:
The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
Listen to what the Apostle Paul says as recorded in the book of Hebrews, chapter 3 verses 1-5:
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
The study of the Hebrew word Faithful is one of the most incredible revelations in the entire Scripture. The puzzle pieces span thousands of years and can be found in both the Old and the New Testament. When you follow the “bread crumbs” you will find the Bread of Life.
Let’s begin our quest with the one question that is at the heart of all our Hebrew word studies.
Where is the Messiah discovered in the Hebrew word FAITHFUL?
Is Yeshua Ha-Mashiach hidden in plain sight in the three letter Hebrew word FAITHFUL?
The Scriptures, as they unfold, will reveal the mystery that is hidden in plain sight and magnified in the three picture concepts that are embedded in the three letters Aleph, Mem and Noon; the three letters that compose the Hebrew word that is translated into both English and Hebrew as FAITHFUL.
Noon Mem Aleph
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Aleph One 1
Strong Leader – Leading – Strength – Aloof – Separate
Gentle – Head of the Family – First – The Beginning
God the Father
The first letter in the Hebrew word we translate into English as Faithful is not hard to figure out. We already know, based on past word studies, that we are dealing with the “ideal” meaning of the letter. Considering that the context of the verse is about Faithfulness we can deduce that the ideal expression of Faithfulness is God the Father.
Our First Puzzle Piece is God the Father
Mighty Waters like the Ocean
Massive as the waves of the Sea
Chaotic and Destructive like a Tsunami
Life giving Water coming down like Rain
The refreshing Waters of a brook or stream
Waters that make the Desert Bloom
The Word of God that brings Life
Living Water – Waters
The second letter in the Hebrew word we translate into English as Faithful is a little more difficult to figure out. We can eliminate some of the possible meanings. It seems obvious from the context that we are NOT dealing with Flood Waters or a Tsunami. This is not about Chaos or Confusion.
We still are left to ask “What is it” about?
The answer, of course, is that it seems at first blush to be about Moses.
But has it already been hinted at that Moses is just a shadow of the real person in view?
Does that seem far-fetched?
You are about to discover that God works in mysterious ways; His TRUTH to reveal.
So again I ask, what is this all about?
To discover the answer, let’s go to the hills along the shore of Galilee where we find Jesus performing the miracle of five loaves and two fishes.
The Hills along the shore of the Sea of Galilee
Fast forward 3500 years to the time when Yeshua walked the shores of Galilee.
Listen to a truncated summary of the faithful account as recorded in the Gospel of John chapter 6:
Jesus went over the sea of Galilee and a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. When Jesus saw a great company coming to him, he saith unto Philip, Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?
You all know the story of how Jesus fed 5000 men plus women and children. Every child who has ever attended Sunday School knows about the miracle of the five loaves and two small fish.
Do you remember what Jesus said to this same crowd the following day? It is recorded in John 6:26:
Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
We do not need to speculate regarding the Messianic significance of Manna. Immediately after the Messiah miraculously fed five thousand men, not to mention women and children, the same unbelieving Jews that had partaken of the miraculous feast cornered Jesus in order to ask Him one of the most witless questions to ever trip off the human tongue.
The words of Yeshua were spiritual and meant to invite men into a relationship with Him that would result in eternal life.
Jesus was offering eternal life and they were looking for a free-lunch pass with no expiration date.
It is at this point that Yeshua makes the unambiguous connection between Himself and the true Manna that comes from heaven.
Consider carefully the testimony of Yeshua Ha-Mashiach:
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
Is that the end of the story or are we meant to dig deeper and search out the meaning of the Hebrew word Manna, a word that Yeshua used as a metaphor for Himself?
The Mystery of the “WHAT IS IT?”
Getting the Picture
Pictorial Meaning of Manna
The Living Word of God
That comes down from Heaven
Like the rain
Exodus 16: 13b -14
And in the morning the dew lay round about the host.
And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.
To reverse the curse of sin and death and bring Eternal Life!
I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Have you connected the puzzle pieces together yet? Do you see the direct connection between Manna, the bread that came down from heaven, and the last two letters in the Hebrew word Faithful?
Do you see the connection?
Notice that the last two letters in the word Faithful are the two letters Mem Noon, the word for Manna.
Noon Mem Aleph Noon Mem
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The Mystery of the Pictorial Translation of
Manna and Faithful
revealed by Yeshua Ha-Mashiach on the hills overlooking the sea of Galilee.
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