The third letter of the Hebrew Alphabet, ‘Gimel’, is depicted by a camel, and it correlates to a generous man that gives from his abundance. If Aleph, the leader, was the Father, Bet (Yeshua) was the House, the tent pole, the cornerstone, then Gimel is the Holy Spirit, the comforter, which gives us spiritual gifts and carries our burdens on earth.
An amazing depiction of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament is where Abraham (The Father), sent out his Senior Servant (Holy Spirit) to get a bride, Rebekah (You and Me), for his son, Isaac (Yeshua).
“Avraham said to him, "See to it that you don't bring my son back there. (YHVH) יהוה, the God of heaven - who took me away from my father's house and away from the land I was born in, who spoke to me and swore to me, 'I will give this land to your descendants'- he will send his angel ahead of you; and you are to bring a wife for my son from there. But if the woman is unwilling to follow you, then you are released from your obligation under my oath. Just don't bring my son back there." The servant put his hand under the thigh of Avraham his master and swore to him concerning the matter. Then the servant took ten of his master's camels loaded with all kinds of gifts from his master…”-Genesis 24:6-10
There were ten camels, the servant must have been sitting on the first one, as the Holy Spirit that comes with the nine spiritual gifts. (nine other camels behind him bearing gifts for the bride - you and me)
God didn’t send the His Holy Spirit empty-handed, but He came with gifts, to woo us for the only eligible bachelor, that has broken the curse of the law by death, the one and only, heir to the entire universe, Jesus Christ! Not to say the law of God is a burden, it is freedom for today, but sin placed us liable to the penalty of the law for sin, which is death.
So long story short, Jesus chose to fulfil the Torah, the law, and to uphold it, by dying for us, so that we would be free from guilt, and able to live holy lives in accordance to every letter of the law, just as God intended, for our own good.
Coming back to our third letter of the Hebrew Alphabet, which depicts a generous man, giving, whether it's money or time, in our culture, equals to having less. It's simple math. If Alex has 10 apples, he gives one to Sam, Alex now has 9 apples. Sad. He should’ve known better...
However, Hebrew culture teaches that giving actually makes you richer, where it matters.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;…'' - Matthew 6:19-20
Because giving ten percent is a requirement in the Bible, God put in place a universal law, just like the law of gravity. As a stone drops to the ground ten times out of ten, if you constantly give ten percent of your total earnings to God, you will lack nothing here on earth, and be extremely wealthy in the later life. There aren’t many verses in the Bible where God actually asks us to put Him to the test, except for this one, and it comes with a mighty promise:
''Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse (this means make sure it's 10%, people!), that there may be food in my house (this can be translated as substance, or just stuff to work with, money, resources, etc). Test me in this (put me to the test, verify by doing it!),” says (YHVH) יהוה Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.(other translations could mean overflow, or more than you can handle or know what to do with)'' - Malachi 3:10
This is a foundational step on our journey, being generous with our time and money will enrich us, and draw us even closer to the Father.
In Bible times, Camels were a sign of wealth, they had the ability to contain a lot of (spiritual) water, travel long distances through deserts (empty spiritual places), and carry people's burdens.
When you think you can go no more, if you haven’t really heard from God in a while, I invite you to a night of pure joy, in the presence of the one who thought about how long your eyebrows should be, long before you ever existed. Accept that He loves you, trust that He doesn’t create failures, and wait in silence and reverence, for Him to reveal Himself to you.
The ones that want it bad enough will get it. If you ‘10 minutes’ want it, but get distracted by a sandwich, change of music, phone check, etc., not even your human best friend would accept that as quality time...
Think again. Maybe read Malachi... Get a feel of the real God. The one who has ‘’King of Kings and Lord of Lords’’ imprinted on his thigh.
‘’Jesus answered, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’’ - John 14:6
Why would Jesus say such a thing to the first century fellow Jews? What did this mean to the Jewish nobility of the day?
The Jewish temple which succeeded the Mosaic tabernacle was marked by three main areas. There were three entrances into the three departments: the Outer Court, the Holy Place, and the Holy of Holies. Then there were sections partitioned for priests, Israel, women, and Gentiles. Christ, by His death, took out the veil, and He became the Way (the Outer Court), the Truth (the Holy Place), and the Life (the Holy of Holies).
Yeshua was claiming to be the temple of God, the house of the Most High Himself, the body that breaks for us, providing direct access to the father.
All throughout Jewish tradition and oral law (knowledge that descended by mouth from Adam through genealogy), these three main areas of the temple were called ‘’The way, the truth and the life’’. So Jesus, when saying this, He was literally claiming to be the new house of God, where the Holy Spirit now resides.
We have direct access to the Father through the sacrifice of the cross. Those who come to Him pass by all the requirements to stand in His presence, and have unprecedented access to the new Temple, where there are no departments.
In Israel, in order to have this opportunity, you would’ve had to be a high priest, and it would only happen once a year. Now the requirements are being human and believing in the sacrifice of the cross, oh yes, and it’s open later than the 24/7 convenience store down your street...
‘’Remain in me, as I also remain in you.’’ - John 15:4
This verse mandates an empty page, just like we have to empty ourselves in order to receive God inside us...