How is one to protect himself from danger in difficult times? Do the Ancient Prophetic Scriptures provide wisdom and guidance for us to follow? Can anything be found in the original Hebrew pictograms that elaborate on this advice and will any of the content contained in these pictograms point us to Messiah?
Most of the proverbs written in the Book of Proverbs in the Tanakh are attributed to King Solomon in Israel, and were intended to provide instruction for successful daily living. In Chapter 22 verse 3 Solomon gives us this council concerning approaching danger:
“A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself:
but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
This wisdom could be very valuable today as we are beset by danger and troubles of many kinds. An obvious contrast is offered for us: the prudent man will prepare for what he sees ahead and the simple or foolish man will not and will suffer for it. But just what is a prudent man and what does it mean for him to hideth himself? Let’s first examine the Hebrew word Arum which is rendered here for us as prudent.
Arum in conventional Hebrew can mean in a good way to be sensible, cautious, and prudent. Can the content of the pictograms indicate more about what it means to be prudent? Arum is spelled Ayin Reysh Vav Mem.
Ayin is the picture of the eye and means to see, to know, or to experience.
Reysh is the picture of the head and means the master, the leader, or the prince.
Vav is the picture of the wooden hook or the metal nail and means to fasten or connect two things that are separated from one another.
Mem is the picture of waters that can be chaotic and destructive like a tsunami or peaceful and gentle like a stream in the desert.
It can be the living waters or the Word of God that brings life.
So what picture does the pictograms paint for us?
They show us that the prudent man knows the Prince and is connected to the Word of God that brings life and the Living Waters.
Who is that Prince? In the Gospel of John Chapter 7 verses 37 and 38 Yeshua stated this:
“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’
Now let’s add what we can learn from the phrase that Solomon uses hideth himself.
This is the Hebrew word Sathar and in conventional terms means to hide or conceal especially by covering. This is important. Hideth himself sounds like he might just run away and hide. But is this the case? Is this man a coward? With what would this prudent man cover himself for protection?
This is again another place where the second layer of information that can be found in the meanings of the pictograms can be added to the conventional meaning of the text to arrive at a more complete understanding. Sathar is spelled Samech Tav Reysh.
Samech is the picture of the prop and means to assist or support.
Tav is the picture of crossed wooden sticks and means a sign, to seal, or to covenant.
Reysh is again the picture of the head and means the master, the leader, or the prince.
Can you see the significance found here? The pictograms indicate that the prudent man is the one that covers himself with something absolutely astounding.
He covers himself with the Prince that is supported on the cross.
This prudent man is not running from danger, but instead is standing covered by the blood sacrifice of the Perfect Lamb of God who shed His blood on the cross as the redemption price for all sin.
What does this look like in everyday practical terms? What will you do tomorrow when you arise to prepare for the dangers that are to come? With what will you cover yourself?
The Rabbi Paul gave clear instructions to the body of believers in the church at Ephesus. This is the council he gave them in Chapter 6 verses 10 through 13. This advice is the same for us today. As prudent followers of Messiah we are not to run from dangers but stand and face them covered in the following fashion:
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore, take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
In the next 4 verses Paul carefully describes each of the pieces of armor. These would have been very familiar to the readers as they were under Roman rule and knew their armor well. Paul ends with the admonition to pray at all times in the spirit. As we list each of these, ask yourself if you are preparing each day as Paul directed.
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Remember, this is what the Arum or prudent man Sathar or covers himself with for victory after he first covers himself with the Prince supported upon the Cross. The simple or foolish man will ignore this and be punished. The choice each day remains yours.