The letter chet – Hebrew Aleph Bet
Letter - chet
Number – eight
Word – Picture – wall or fence, chamber, doorway (an opening you cross through or pass through to get to another place ( John 10: 9 ) go in and out
Symbolic meaning – life, private, separate
can mean to surround or to gird(to provide, equip, or invest, as with power or strength)
chet sounds like the word for sin – chet pronounced khate --- so chet represents that Jesus became sin and took our sin so we could have life (2 Cor 5:21)
Chet begins the next series of seven letters, which introduces the walk of faith.
First seven letters of the Hebrew Alphabet reveal the
א ב ג ד ה ו ז Story of the Gospel
Second series of seven letters speak of our spiritual walk.
The first two letters of the Hebrew alphabet spell the word אב) ab, “Father”). This is appropriate since all things proceed from the Father; and the first cycle of letters introduces the Gospel, which brings us into right relationship with the Father. But our spiritual Walk is represented by the second cycle of letters, beginning with the chet. The chet reveals a new kind of relationship with Yeshua, where the Son becomes our Brother.
(Hebrews 2:11) “Both the One Who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Yeshua is not ashamed to call them brothers,”
Psalm 119: 57 – 64
In Hebrew the first word in each verse starts with the chet . . In this part of Psalm 119, we see vital principles for spiritual New Life and for becoming yoked with Christ
Vs 57 - portion – Cheleq- smoothness of the tongue, allotment, inheritance,
Vs 58 I entreated –Chalah – rubbed, worn, prayed, travailed
be merciful -chanan –bend in kindness to an inferior, favour, implore
Vs 59 I thought – chashab-think, value, conceive, consider, imagine, - my ways but turned my feet towards your ways (separated, brought life)
Vs 60 I made haste – chuwsh – to hurry, eager with excitement or enjoyment, ready
Vs 61 “The bands – chebel – a rope, cord, snare ( just because I have been snared I have not forgotten your instructions
Vs 62 - midnight – chatsowth – middle of night – in the middle of adversity I will arise and give thanks to you
Vs 63 “I am a companion – chaber – an associate, fellow, knit together, , its root – joined, fellowship with
Vs 64 Thy Mercy – checed – kindness, beauty, goodness
Exodus 12: 7 - blood on the side posts and lintel - in shape of the letter chet – symbolizing life
Some Words that start with Chet
chayim חיים – means Life (in the plural form) -- Deut 30: 19
charam חדם – means devoted (true life comes from devotion to the Lord) Lev 27:28
Devoted (True life comes from devotion it Yahweh)
chen חן – grace Gen 6: 8
chakam חבם – wise/ Wisdom -- Psalm 19:7
A fascinating example of Chet’s -- association with LIFE is found in the story of the birth of Isaac. Isaac’s name, in Hebrew, יצחק , comes from the root word צחק) tz’chak) which means “to laugh”. Let us look carefully at this word :צחק - It begins with צ) the Hebrew letter with the numeric value of 90), which was Sarah’s age at the time of Isaac’s birth. Notice that the word ends with ק) the Hebrew letter with the numeric value of 100), which was Abraham’s age at Isaac’s birth. Between those two Chet. In between the letters, representing Isaac’s parents, is the letter chet which symbolizes “life”. The lesson here is clear: Though Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 God kept His Promise that “between” the two of them would come forth a new life a son whose name means “laughter”.
Three Kinds of Life - Chet
To grasp the lessons that are contained in this multi-styled letter, remember that chet represents “life”.
Bearing in mind that we are made with three parts (body, soul, spirit), there is a beautiful lesson to be found about chet in even the way it is written. The letter chet, in modern Hebrew, is written in three forms, showing LIFE to all three aspects of us. Notably, chet ALWAYS appears in its spiritual forms, within a Torah scroll:
Secular Form Torah Scroll Forms
BODY SOUL SPIRIT
Physical Life Life to the Soul (mind, will,emotions) Spiritual Life
The chet which represents life for the body is very different from the two forms of chet representing life to the soul and spirit. These two are more elaborate. When we are converted, Yahweh changes our spirits, granting us Spiritual Life. From there He begins His Work to change the Soul. The Torah scroll forms are more fully developed and ornate chets to show that Yahweh is working to beautify and bring life to the inner man.
All of the Bible texts, which discuss God’s Work of Salvation, can be divided into three groups: those in the past tense (“have been” saved), those in the present tense (“are being” saved), and those in the future tense (“shall be” saved). If we examine these passages carefully, we will discover that those in the past tense describe the salvation of the spirit; those in the present tense describe Salvation of the soul; and those in the future tense describe Salvation of the body, which takes place at the Second Coming. Salvation is an irreversible process that begins the moment we first acknowledge Yahshua as our Master. But the “saving” of the soul (the mind, will and emotions) occurs over a period of a lifetime.
Because Yahweh has changed our spirits, and is in the process of changing our souls, the forms of chet representing these two areas are more fully developed and ornate. But the day is coming when these bodies of imperfect and weak flesh will also be redeemed (Romans 8:23). Until then, our bodies remain more or less the same as they were before we met the Saviour. The soul therefore has become a battleground which stands between the spirit (which is saved) and the flesh (which is carnal and still unregenerate). These two are at war, and so we are faced with the daily choice between walking in the spirit or walking in the flesh (Gal.5:16, Romans 8:10-12).
Galatians 6: 8 --- For He who sows to his flesh will reap corruption(death) but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life ( the ability to know Him and be like Him) sowing to the Spirit produces life -- sow to the flesh will decay, ruin, destroy, perish its root means to waste, shrivel, wither, to spoil, to ruin by moral influences, defile
Chet is the number 8
- Speaks about new beginnings
- Transcending the natural to reach the divine
- High Priest wore 8 vestments – thus setting him apart as “Holy unto the Lord”
- For temple worship, there were 8 varieties of spices
- For carrying the four furnishings of the tabernacle (Ark, table, bronze altar, golden altar there were 8 poles
- Lev 12: 3 – circumcision on the 8th day - John the Baptist/ Jesus circumcised on 8th day
- 8 threads on each of the 4 tassles on a tzitzith(prayer shawl) – to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes – Numbers 15:39
- Abraham had 8 sons -- Ishmael – born after the flesh, Isaac born after the spirit , and 6 others born of the flesh
- Noah and His family were 8 in total – started new life
- Jesse had eight sons – David was the Eighth
- Tabernacles is an 8 day celebration –a sign to the world to come – new beginnings Chet and
the Feast of Tabernacles:
- The final Feast of the Biblical Year is THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES (Sukkot). This Feast is 8 days long, the number of Chet.On the 8th Day of the Feast of Tabernacles, known as The Last Great Day, Yahshua stood up and invited those who were thirsty (during the Water Ceremony) for the Water of Life to come to Him and Drink (John 7:2, 14 & 37) -- Are you Thirsty – come to Him and Drink and you will have life.