In Genesis 1:1 the verse reads in Hebrew as this:
בראשׁית ברא אלהים את השׁמים ואת הארץ׃
Bereshit bara Elohim ‘et hashamayim v’et ha’aretz
Upon meditating on the hidden words within the first hebrew word recorded in Scriptures, “Bereshit”, (‘in the beginning’) many truths are discovered and we see God’s whole plan of Salvation is laid out in this one word.
The Word Bereshit (בראשׁית) in Hebrew letters is: Tav, Yud, Shin, Alef, Resh, Beit (Hebrew is read right to left.)
The very first letter beit – ב is a picture of a house in the Hebrew picture language. Notice how in the Torah the first letter is enlarged, showing the foundation of the world is focused on God’s house… and first two letters spell “bar” בר meaning “son” shows the focus is on the kingdom of the Son!
We know that Messiah Yeshua is the “lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world” – Rev. 13:8 and we see this in the other words that make up the first foundational word in the Bible as shown below:
בר Bar means “son” as seen in Strong’s H1247, H1248 (primarily in Aramaic, but also in Hebrew, see Mishlei 31:2 saying, “What, my son? and what, the son (bar) of my womb? and what, the son (bar) of my vows?”) This is the language of the time in which the “son” would be born and also means “grain” and “pure” and “possessor of” as “bar-samkha” means “possessor of authority”.
א Aleph, is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and represents Elohim as seen in Strong’s H430 starting with the aleph אֱלהִים. The word Elohim is the plural of El (or possibly of Eloah) and is the first name for God given in the Torah.
שׁית Shayit has many meanings. Shayit can mean “thorns” as seen in Strong’s H7898; meaning a wild growth of briers (as if put on the field): — “thorns” as used also in Isaiah 5:6. Shayit is also used to mean “appointed” as the Son is “appointed” for this purpose (see Gen. 41:33). As well as “to lay down” as used in Ruth 4:16 (And Naomi took the child, and laid H7896 it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.)
ראשׁ Rosh means “head” as seen in Strong’s H7218 and used in Genesis 40:16
ברש Brosh בְּרוֹשׁ means “tree” or “timber” as seen in Strong’s H1265 and refrenced as big timber (either fir or cyress) as mentioned in 1Ki 5:10 (5:24 in the Jewish Tanakh) “So Hiram gave Solomon timber of cedar and timber of cypress according to all his desire.”
So here in one word, we see multiple words saying,
“ The son of God, crowned with thorns upon His head, on a tree” …
שי Shay means a “gift” (offered as homage) as seen in Strong’s H7862 and used in Isaiah 18:7
ת The letter “Tav” represents covenant and originally looked like a small “t” or a cross
So here in sequence we see in the first word “bereshit” that,
“The son of God, crowned with thorns upon His head, on a tree, a gift of the covenant”…
This is a very apt description of the “lamb that was slain from the foundation of the word” indeed!
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