Never too old to change!

Dear Neighbour,

Not only are we never too old to learn, but we are never too old to change! The goal of the Christian life is not to accumulate a lot of head knowledge about the Bible, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, but to allow what we hear and learn to transform us from the inside out. Studying in my fifties has been quite a challenge, but it has also brought many surprises. I have changed…

Languages have never been my forte, and so it was with trepidation that I began to learn the Greek and Hebrew alphabets. What seemed impossible for me to accomplish has become a great joy in my life. Having a teacher’s heart I made flash cards for Jan to test me. Of course, he had the answers on the back which he enjoyed as it made himthe teacher! I can now transliterate Hebrew and Greek words into English, so if I ever go travelling to Israel or Greece I will hopefully be able to read the road signs. However, it is the Hebrew language that has captured my heart. Hebrew is God’s language and like no other language. Each consonant and word has spiritual significance! I did not realise that Hebrew was originally a language of only consonants (with no vowels: a,e,i,o,u). Take all the vowels out of this sentence: Tk ll th vwls t f ths sntnc. The Masoretes later added vowels by using dots and dashes. So not only do they read from right to left, but they also read up and down! This is what the name ‘Elizabeth’looks like in Hebrew:


Each Hebrew consonant has a numerical value and the following word beautifully illustrates the depth and significance of the Hebrew language. If the numerical value of each consonant in the word ‘pregnancy’ is added (50 + 6 + 10 + 200 + 5) it comes to 271 = the duration of a pregnancy!

In our sinful state we also have lost our spiritual significance. The good news is that God restores order to our lives and makes them beautifully significant when we are born again into His kingdom. Nothing in God’s creation is random. The universe was designed and created by His Hand and just like the Hebrew language, God has created you as a unique human being, to live a meaningful existence and find His purpose for your life. Millions of people die without discovering this truth. May these insights into the Hebrew language teach, inspire and change you today and reveal God’s glory.

Jesus replied, “I tell you for certain that you must be born from above before you can see God’s kingdom!” Nicodemus asked, “How can a grown man ever be born a second time?” Jesus answered: I tell you for certain that before you can get into God’s kingdom, you must be born not only by water, but by the Spirit. Humans give life to their children. Yet only God’s Spirit can change you into a child of God (John 3:4-6 CEV).

x Libby