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Nearly 3,200 years ago, our Father began to put his Word into writing for all to see. The language that he first spoke in the revelation of his Word, who is Jesus, was very different than the English that we speak today. The oldest manuscripts that reveal the Word of our Father are preserved in the Hebrew language. The image below is a replica of the Priestly Blessing from Numbers 6:24–26 as contained in a scroll that dates back 2,600 years (300 years before the Dead Sea Scrolls).

priestly blessing

I believe that our Father loves the Hebrew language like he loves Israel. It’s unexplainable, but somehow this language is special to him: like the people of Israel, like the land of Israel, the language of Israel has been consecrated as a priestly language, a language that he has preserved for thousands of years.

Knowing this language cannot make us any more righteous in God’s eyes, we need Jesus to fulfill our Father’s call to righteousness. On the other hand, although a father speaks like a child to his children when they are young, he calls them to maturity and to be his friends by speaking his language. Speaking the language of our Father is not the only way we draw near to him; in fact, our Father can be delighted by the heart of his children even in the ways that we never mature. Perhaps the greatest joy for a father is to see a child learning to share his blessings with others.

I believe that the Father desires companionship with us in an intimate way that is just as important to him as prayer, good works, and loving his only begotten son, our LORD and firstborn in the faith, Jesus. I believe that God longs to speak to us in the Hebrew language. I believe that he crafted Hebrew especially for a people consecrated to him: a favored language for a favored people.

In brotherly love,