In Sabbath keeping, there are untold blessings from heaven. Keeping the Seventh Day Sabbath is the key to opening the door to the flood-gates of Heaven and have our Father pour out His Spirit upon us.

A few incredible blessings of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding have come to my husband and me on recent Sabbaths and I must share one of them (for now) with whoever out there needs to hear it, desires to hear it, and will receive it with their hearts, eyes, and ears.

It is about grace.

For just a moment, forget everything you know or have been taught about grace and take this walk with me. What we have been shown about grace is nothing like you have ever heard before I assure you. Since grace is a word that comes to us in English by way of the Greek… it is an abstract word. Grace is one of those words we reach out to the air and try to “catch it” and try to understand what it means, literally. In other words, grace is an abstract word. It exists in our minds and thoughts and we attempt to attribute some meaning to it. The question is: what does it mean? And better yet and much more importantly, what is God speaking and meaning when He uses the word for grace in our Bibles?

That is what I desire to share with you in this posting. I hope and pray you receive this and are as amazed and blessed as I have been.

Allow me to show you, and give you, the “picture” of grace. Here is grace:

And Bil’am lifted up his eyes and saw Yisra’el encamped according to their tribes. And the Spirit of Elohim came upon him.

How good are your tents, O Ya’aqob, your dwellings, O Yisra’el! Like wadis that stretch out, like gardens by a river, like aloes planted by YaHUaH, like cedars beside waters.

He makes water flow from his buckets, and his seed is in many waters. His sovereign is higher than Agag, and his reign is exalted.

Camp_of_Israel

And here are two other pictures of grace:

Nomadic camp33_tent3

How in the world are these photos of tents and camps a picture of grace? Remember, we have to leave our previous teachings aside and listen to God’s point of view and not our own.

The Hebrew word for grace is: Chen. Sometimes you may see it as Hhen. This is a “ch” (pronounced as in the word: Bach) and is called chet. The “n” is the letter nun. To us English speakers, this word means nothing and even if we learn to pronounce it and read it and memorize the fact that it means grace, mercy, and/or compassion, all of this still does not tell us much more than we knew if we just simply said: grace. The point I am trying to make is this: what did this word *look like* when Moses wrote it because God said it? Or what did the word picture look like when Moses was describing an attribute of God and His Word and Way? I am speaking of picture words here — in original paleohebrew appearance of this word.

So again, we have a word that was written with what came to be known today as a chet and a nun. The chet is the picture of a fence or a wall and the nun is a seed (which gives life).

Hhets (Hhet)
By Jeff A. Benner


Characteristics
Ancient Modern
Image Wall
Meaning Outside, Divide, Half
Name Hhets Hhet
Sound hh (like the “ch” in the name Bach) hh (like the “ch” in the name Bach)
History & Reconstruction

The ancient pictograph  is a picture of a tent wall. The meanings of this letter is outside as the function of the wall is to protect the occupants from the elements, halp as the wall in the middle of the tent divides the tent into the male and female sections and secular as something that is outside.

Remember, we are talking about a Hebrew pictographic letter that makes up the word: grace.

The Modern Hebrew name for this letter is hhet meaning a string. A very similar Hebrew word is hhets, meaning a wall and is most likely the original name for this letter. The sound of the letter, in ancient and modern times, is a guttural “hh” (as in the “ch” in the name Bach).

The early Semitic pictograph  evolved into  in the Middle Semitic script by being rotated 90 degrees. This letter continued to evolve into  in the Late Semitic script. The Middle Semitic script is the origin of the Greek and Roman H while the late Semitic script became the modern Hebrew ח. The Middle Semitic form of this letter became the number 8.

Nun
By Jeff A. Benner

Characteristics
Ancient Modern
Image Sprout
Meaning Continue, Heir
Name Nun Nun
Sound n n
History & Reconstruction

The ancient pictograph  is a picture of a seed sprout representing the idea of continuing to a new generation. This pictograph has the meanings of continue, perpetuation, offspring or heir.

The Modern Hebrew name is “nun”, a Hebrew word meaning continue, offspring or heir. This two-letter word is the original name for the letter. The phonetic sound for this letter is “n”.

The Early Semitic  evolved into  in the Middle Semitic script and continued to evolve into  in the Late Semitic script. The Late Semitic script became the Modern Hebrew נ and ן (final nun). The Middle Semitic script became the N (written in reverse direction) in both the Greek and Roman alphabets.

The first time we read about “grace” in scripture, is Genesis chapter 6 (yep, the first book of the Bible)

But Noah found grace in the eyes of YaHUaH   Genesis 6:8

When we do a search of the Hebrew word here for grace, we discover it is the word “chen” as we discussed above. I have already shown you the “picture” of chen. It is a camp, with tents in a line forming a wall which has a specific purpose of protection and security for life and continuing generations *inside*.

Now, I ask you the question — what did Noah find in YaHUaH? Let me share at this time, that the Hebrew word used here for “in the eyes of” in Genesis 6:8 (and elsewhere) is the word: ayin. Ayin is the picture of an eye. It means more than to simply “see” something in the physical world. It is the type of seeing that comes from understanding, comprehending, knowledge of, etc. The phrase could read, “in understanding of God, or in the knowledge of God.”

In the previous verse to this one concerning Noah, we read

And YaHUaH said, “I am going to wipe off man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping creature and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” Genesis 6:7

So I ask you again: What did Noah find in understanding and knowing YaHUaH?

Was it “unmerited favor” as we are always taught? or was it a refuge, a camp of protection, a place of safety (as in Psalm 91). Verse 9 tells us that “Noah was a righteous man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with Elohim.” Doesn’t sound like unmerited favor to me. Sounds like Noah was on the Path provided by God to all mankind, the Way, His Way. Sounds like Noah had knowledge and understanding of God, His Ways, His Wisdom. THEREFORE, Noah found “a camp of protection and safety” in the true and real existence of YaHUaH. *Noah found “a place of protection” in the “wisdom, knowledge, and understanding” of God* The KJV states this as “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” It is so important that we grasp the deeper truth of what this one-sentence and seemingly simple phrase truly means.

(From Jeff Brenner’s Ancient Hebrew Research Center) Most theologians will define “grace” as “unmerited favor,” but notice the abstractness of these words. The Hebrew verb translated as gracious in the Aaronic blessing is the verb חנן (hhanan, Strong’s #2603) and is often paralleled with other Hebrew words meaning healing, help, being lifted up, finding refuge, strength and rescue. From a concrete Hebraic perspective this verb means to “provide protection.” Where does one run to for protection? The camp, which in Hebrew is חנה (hanah, Strong’s #2583), a word related to חנן (hhanan).

Another Hebrew letter derived from the tent itself is the letter “chet”, a word meaning “wall”. This letter in the ancient pictographic script is , a picture of a wall as can be seen in the above picture.

The size of the tent will depend on the size and wealth of the family. The wealthier families will have separate tents for the wife, such as Abraham had for Sarah. As the family grows, additional panels are added to increase the size of the tent. “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes” (Isaiah 54:2).

The goat hair tent is unique in that it is perfectly suited for the desert regions of the Near East.

Heat

A tent provided shade from the sun. During the strong heat of the day, the father would often sit at his door watching his family, livestock and the road for travelers (Genesis 18.1,2) The walls of the tent could be lifted to allow the breeze to pass through the tent.

Cold

The black tent absorbs heat keeping the tent warm. A fire is also built just inside the door for warmth.

Rain

Like any other cloth, there is space between the hair fabric. Light coming through the black roof appear as stars in the night sky. “He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in” (Isaiah 40.2). When the hair fibers get wet from the rains, the fibers expand, forming a watertight roof.

Wind

Strong ropes, secured by pegs driven into the ground, supported the poles which held up the tent. “I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will be a seat of honor for the house of his father” (Isaiah 22.23). The word “firm” in the previous passage is the Hebrew word “aman” and is often translated as “believe”. The walls of the tent are laid on the top of the ropes allowing the wind to pass over the tent. The Hebrew letter “vav” (or waw) –  is a representation of the pegs used to secure the tent. The word “vav” is also a word in the Hebrew language meaning “peg”.

The Nomadic family consisted of the beyt (house, family), mishpechah (clan) and matteh (tribe). The family, children, parents and grandparents, all resided in one tent. The clan consisted of the extended family, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc, all residing in one camp and may contain as many as 50 to 100 tents laid out in a circular pattern. When the clan becomes too large for one area to support, the tribe splits into two clans (see Genesis 13). All the clans (all being descended from one ancestor) may cover hundreds of square miles making up the tribe. As an example, the house of Moses, of the clan of Levi, of the tribe of Israel.

Chanan is a Hebrew word often translated as “grace” but is Hebraicly understood as a “camp”. The camp, as seen above, is a place of beauty, love, warmth and comfort.

Additional Scriptural References

I would like to share some other scriptures now to widen the view for a fuller and deeper understanding and to provide support for this teaching.

In Genesis chapter 18 I see that this grace, this “Place of abiding together” can be reciprocal. It is the event of Abraham who had just followed the instruction to circumcise himself and his household, sitting in the doorway of his tent when the messengers and YaHUaH were approaching. I notice that we are now given a vision of “our tent, or camp” and how we now appeal for The Holy One to come and stay with us.

And YaHUaH appeared to him (Abraham) by the terbinth trees of Mamre, while he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. So he lifted his eyes and looked, and saw three men standing opposite him. And when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, and said, YaHUaH, if I have now found favor (chen) in Your eyes, please do not pass Your servant by. Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. And let me bring a piece of bread and refresh your hearts, and then go on, for this is why you have come to your servant.”

This entire passage is fascinating all the more to me as I look for the meaning of grace here. Abraham says, “now, if I have found grace in Your eyes… come into my company and sup with me.” There is so much color here for the house, the tent, the home, and the presence of being together in a common place, and a meal. This is the picture of grace. I immediately recall the Words of Moshiach Yahusha (Jesus) when He says,

Stay in Me, and I you. As the branch is unable to bear fruit of itself, unless it stays in the vine, so neither you, unless you stay in Me. John 15:4

If anyone does not stay in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up. And they gather them and throw them into the fire, and tthey are burned. John 15:6

See, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I shall come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20

Grace is a house in which YaHUaH resides. He eats, drinks, and teaches. He is the Master of that house.

Lot

Lot makes a statement to the messengers who came to his home in Sodom, he says

Look, please, your servant has found favor (chen) in your eyes, and you have increased your kindness which you have shown me by saving my life…” Genesis 19:19

Why did Lot know he had found grace? Because the messengers came into his house and ate and drank with him… and then also, because they held for him safety and protection. Did you know this was the time of Passover and Unleavened Bread? Yes. Notice, that Lot was able to have the messengers abide with him in his home and to eat and drink because Lot was *on the Path* of the Way of God – observing the Feasts according to the instructions of God. I am not saying Lot was perfect. He was reaping the harvest of choosing to live in a secular city. But in that city, he was a Judge and he was doing his very best to keep the Way of YaHUaH in his own home and family.

Laban and Jacob

And Laban said to him, “If I have found favor (chen) in your eyes, please stay, for I have diligently watched that YaHUaH has blessed me for your sake.” Genesis 30:27

Laban is saying, “If now you see that my house LOOKS like your house and you find it acceptable to be in its presence.” Do you see this? Do we enjoy staying with people who do not conduct themselves in a manner that is pleasing to us? I know I don’t. I cannot wait to get out of there and get back to my own home. But if I were to have the pleasure to stay with others who were Commandments keepers, loved God and served Him… I would feel right at home there. Jacob does not stay with Laban though does he? No, he goes on in the next verses to state his case in how Laban is a deceiver and has taken advantage of him at every turn. In essence, Laban DID NOT find grace in the eyes of Jacob. The result? Jacob takes all his family and LEAVES Laban’s house and presence. Grace was removed from Laban because of his actions. The house of Grace could not and would not abide with a house of lawlessness. Remember this.

Joseph in Egypt

And Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. And icame to be that YaHUaH was with Joseph (the picture of grace, chen. The seed was inside the house, the protection. Yahuah abided *with* Joseph) and he became a prosperous man, and was in the house o his master the Egyptian. And his master way that Yahuah was with him and that Yahuah made all he did to prosper in his hand.

So Joseph found favor (chen) in his eyes, and served him, and he appointed him over his house, and gave into his hand all that he had. Genesis 39:1-4

Now watch what happens as “the house of Joseph in which Yahuah lived, protected, blessed, and prospered” expanded to the house in which he dwelt also. The tent was widened, the chords elongated, and the blessing was shared.

And it came to be, from the time that he appointed him over his house and all that he had, that Yahuah blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake. And the blessing of Yahuah was on all that he had in the house and in the field. Geneis 39:5

Are you carrying the tent or tabernacle of God with you wherever you go? Is there evidence of it that is seen by those around you and who come into contact with you? Do they say of you, “I can see that God is with you and that He prospers you in all that you do”? If not, it is time to ask why not. It is time to find out… why not? Perhaps God is not able to abide in your tabernacle in its current condition. When God gives us instructions on our conduct, diet, appearance, and days of rest… and we don’t do them… why do we expect that we can stay in His House… or expect that He will stay and abide in ours? He is Holy and Set-apart. Our personal houses are to also be Holy and Set apart. That way, we can abide together as One and be a blessing to the world as He promised.

Picture of Grace Removed

We are now seeing a new way to understand grace. We are beginning to understand that grace is abiding in the House of God where we find peace, sanctuary, safety, refuge, teaching, and feasting… and having God find a place of abode in and with us. This is grace. We are wise to also seek situations in scripture where we are shown what it looks like to have grace removed, what caused it, and what happened. Do we have this in scripture? The answer is yes. Read chapter 33 in the book of Exodus.

Exodus 33

And YaHUaH siad to Mosheh, “Come, go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Yitshaq, and to Ya’aqob, saying, ‘To your seed I give it.’

And I shall send My Messenger before you, and I shall drive out the Kena’anite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hiwwite and the Yebusite, to a land flowing with mild and honey.

For I do not go up in your midst because you are a stiff-necked people, lest I consume you on the way.

And when the people heard this evil word, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments.

And YaHUah said to Mosheh, “Say to the children of Israel, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. Should I go up in you midst for one moment I shall consume you. And now, take off your ornaments, and I shall know what to dot o you.'”

So the children of Israel took off their ornaments at Mount Hireb.

And Mosheh took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the Tent of Meeting. And it came to be that everyone who sought YaHUaH went out to the Tent of Meeting which was outside the camp.

And it came to be, whenever Mosheh went ou to the Tent, that all the people rose, and ea h man stood at his tent door and watched Mosheh until he entered the Tent.

Ant it came to be, when Mosheh entered the Tent, that the column of cloud descended and stood at the door of the Tent, and He spoke with Mosheh. And all the people saw the column of cloud standing at the Tent door, and all the people rose and bowed themselves, each one at the door of his tent.

Thus YaHUaH spoke to Mosheh face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua son of Nun, a young man, did not leave the Tent.

And Mosheh said to YaHUaH, “See, You are saying to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not made known to me whom You would send with me, though You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor (chen) in My eyes (you understand Me, God says).’

And now, please, if I have found favor in Your eyes, please show me You way, and let me know You, so that I find favor in Your eyes. And consider that this nation is Your people.”

And He said, “My Presence does go, and I shall give you rest.”

And Moses said to God, “If Your Presence is not going, do not lead us up from here. For how then shall it be known that I have found favor in You eyes, I and You people, except You go with us? Then we shall be distinguished, I and You people, from all the people wo are upon the face of the earth.”

And YaHUaH said to Mosheh, “Even this word you have spoken I shall do, for you have found favor in My eyes, and I know you by name.”

Then Moses said, “Please, show me Your esteem.” And YaHUaH said, “I shall cause all My goodness to pass before you, and I shall proclaim the Name of YaHUaH before you. And I shall gavor him whom I favor, and shall have compassion on him whom I have compassion.”

“You are unable to see My face, for no man does see Me and live. See, there is a place with Me! And you shall stand on the rock. And it shall be, while My esteem passess by, that I shall put you in the cleft of the rock (I will graft you in, plant you into the vine), and cover you with My hand (bind you in safety) while I pass by. Then I shall take away My hand (remove the binding that protects the grafted in branch or planted seed) and you shall see My back (you shall see hereafter, in a time to come), but My face shall not be seen.”

We do not know the mind of God, but we are told of and always see His evidence of presence. We see His hinderside (where He has been) even though we do not know where He is going. We can hear Him, speak to Him, see evidence of Him, feel His Presence… but we are not His equal nor His counsel and therefore do not stand opposite Him in our current state. When He gives us the Robes of Righteousness (Fine Linen), then we will see Him as He is and Face to Face, as a Bride stands Face to Face with her husband at the altar in the marriage ceremony and thereafter.

Paul spoke about this in 1 Corinthians when he wrote in his letter to the Corinthian Assembly:

For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part shall be inactive. When I was a child, I spoke as a child,I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child. But when I became a man, I did away with childish matters. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know, as I also have been known. 1 Corinthians 13:9-12

And John also wrote of this:

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of Elohim! For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved ones, now we are children of Elohim. And it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 1 John 3:1-2

I have digressed a little bit from the primary subject of grace, but these things are important to tie into together as a scarlet thread throughout the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation.

Ex 34:9 Moses testifies of the meaning of grace (chen)

Moses said,

If, now, I have found favor (chen) in Your eyes, O YaHUaH, I pray, let YaHUaH go on in our midst, even though we are a stiff-necked people. And forgive our crookedness and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.

We see again plainly here, that Moses absolutely associates God being “in their midst” His Presence, His Tabernacle, His Place, His Home — as grace. God and Moses removed the Tent of Meeting from the midst of the people because of their sin and trespass. This is a removal of the House of God from them. Our Elohim makes it clear to us He cannot reside where sin and uncleanness exist. He expelled Adam and Eve, He expelled Cain, He removed Himself from Israel after the golden calf incident, He expelled Israel from the Land of His inheritance, He gave Northern Israel a bill of divorcement, He sent Judah into captivity, and He will not exist *in us* just the same. He does not change. If you have ever experienced seperation from God you know what I am talking about. I have experienced it… and it is as death.  People live in their sin and trespass, secret perversions, lawlessness, and rejection of the Sabbath and so on and think in their hearts that God overlooks these things. I assure you, He does not. I know… I was this person and I found out that He will put these lawless ones outside the camp and outside of His House (removing His Grace).

Some may argue that they were “saved” and they “just believe” and that is enough for them. Don’t they desire life, abundant life? Peace, Joy, Love, His Presence and Fellowship, His GRACE on a day to day basis? Chaos, calamity, sickness, and disease is not LIFE. There are reasons everything is so messed up today from the church, to families, to communities, and governments. Lawlessness. The Bible is a manual for living abundant and blessed life. And this is the thing that so many want to throw out, keep out, trample on. All the while death, chaos, and disease is rampant in our society. [Shaking my head with tears in my eyes]

Falling from Grace

In Deuteronomy chapter 24 we have one of the most poignant pictures of what happens to the bride when she falls from grace in the eyes of her husband. I read this passage picturing God and His Bride Israel. You know, His instructions are like that: He gives us right-rulings and judgments to be carried out in this physical world between us in our relationships and in so doing, He is telling us about Himself and His expectations of our relationship with Him.

When a man takes a wife and shall marry her, then it shall be, if she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found a matter of uncoveredness in her, and he shall write her a certificate of divorce, and put it in her hand, and send her out of his house, and if she left his house and went and became another man’s wife, and the latter husband shall hate her and write her a certificate of divorce, and put it in her hand, and send her out of his house, or when the latter husband dies who took her to be his wife, then her former husband who sent her away is not allowed to take her back to be his wife after she has been defiled, for that would be an abomination before YaHUah.

This passage is so full of so many things, but I would like to focus on what I am trying to share concerning what grace really is. It is abiding in the House of God, His Presence… and have Him abide with you. It is not unmerited favor. This woman, from above, we are not told much about her. Only that her husband has found something in her that he cannot abide and therefore she does not find “chen” grace —- a place to stay in safety and care. He sends her “out of his house” Do you see? If grace were unmerited favor, the man would have let the woman stay in his house, no matter what she did. She would receive his favor just because he gave it and she could then do and behave any way she wanted. But this is not the case is it?

Yet many believe (including myself in the past) that we can also live any way we think is appropriate in our own mind and reasoning (not consulting God’s Word – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy (the Torah))) and still live in God’s House and have Him live in us because of “grace”. Beloved I pray you now see this is simply not the case and most certainly not what the Scriptures teach us. It is man’s religion that teaches such things, and it is lawlessness.

In closing of Part 1 of what I am learning about true grace, I leave you with the words of King David. He had a good understanding of grace. Notice all the beautiful references to the House of God and the unmatched joy one can have by being in His Presence. Psalm 84

How lovely are Your dwelling places, O YaHUaH of hosts!

My being has longed, and even fainted, for the courts of YaHUaH;

My heart and my flesh cry out for the living El.

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herelf, where she has put her young ones –

Your altars, O YaHUaH of hosts, my Sovereign and my Elohim.

Blessed are those who dwell in Your House, they are ever praising You. Selah.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, highways are in their heart.

Passing through the valley of weeping, they make it a fountain;

The Teacher also covers it with blessings.

They go from strength to strength, appearing before Elohim in Tsiyon.

O YaHUaH Elohim of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O Elohim of Ya’aqob! Selah.

O Elohim, see our shield, and look upon the face of Your anointed.

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.

I have chosen rather to be a doorkeeper in the House of my Elohim, than to dwell in the tents of the wrong.

For YaHUah Elohim is a sun and a shield; YaHUaH gives favor and esteem; He withholds no good matter from those who walk blamelessly.

O YaHUaH of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Is your house conducted in such a way that the God of Israel, the Elohim of the Universe, can find a place to rest, abide, Feast, and teach? Does your walk fulfill the prayer: “On earth as it is in Heaven”? It is up to us to learn His Ways and then with His Spirit… Make it so.

Has your vision of grace increased by this sharing? Let me know 🙂

In part 2, I want to explore grace in the prophets and the Brit Chadashah to continue looking for the scarlet thread.

 

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