As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16, 17
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of truth. John 14:16, 17
Here are just two examples of “The Family”. And although Beyt, has the meaning “tent” attached to it, a more accurate description will be “an intimate family interaction”. Because BEYT is the character for the dynamics found within the Holy Trinity.
Also this character contains a far more intense expression that rigorously challenges our 21st century way of life. It is the act of blessing.
Today we think nothing of changing our minds about something – so conditioned are we to a glib attitude towards what comes out of our mouths, that, at times, we might even result to lying.
Contrasted with this, take a good look at Genesis 27 where Jacob receives Esau’s blessing. Notice, especially, verses 30 onwards. Amazingly, Isaac could not un-say what he had said to Jacob, what had come out of his mouth was, as far as he understood, irrevocable. My 21st century attitude would be to say to Jacob “because you deceived me I take back what I said” but Isaac could not do that. Which brings me to two relevant verses, that are grounded in BEYT: Genesis 1:3 – what YHWH said happened. And the words of Yeshua in Matthew 5:33 onwards – especially verse 37 “… let your yes be yes and your no be no …”
So BEYT contains a deep challenge for us, that is that we are to maintain integrity. If we do not then we are not following Yeshua! But do not lose heart – even though Paul reminds us that “we all fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) – Yeshua encourages us in Matthew 5:48 “… be perfect …” that is to say that we should take up the attitude that spurs us on towards perfection – and it is found here in BEYT.
Because BEYT has another amazing meaning that calls us to a deeper relationship within the family of YHWH. It is the action of going (or even being) inside, or within. In fact this character is often translated (within the appropriate context) as “in”. But we must see this as a function that we are made to operate.
One could easily say that we need to apply it when we say “in the name of Jesus”. This is made clearer if we look at it in the way of declaring ourselves as being within the super-natural authority of Jesus, or even finding ourselves in a spiritual safe haven ie if God is our refuge then that implies that we are IN it.
This is meant to be a character of comfort – finding solace within the tent of meeting (which was where God said He would dwell – among His people! Exodus 29:45 … HALELLUJAH!!)
I am posting each call to action (that is each Ot) with what I consider to be of vital importance to anyone who is seeking to progress in their relationship with Yeshua. You will find descriptions of individual Ot by pressing on the name of the character in the column to the right under the title “OTIOT CHARACTERS”