DEREK(Heb., Strong’s, #1870,”THE WAY”)
In the Hebrew, “thinking” is quite profound! Admittedly, my knowledge of the Hebrew language and the relative thought forms of their way of thinking, expressing such thought, and philosophy, etc., is limited, to say the least. But in this composition I hope to engage you (the reader) in an awakening, so as to enlighten you, and in the process of composing this, it’s certainly my belief that I will continue to expand my own knowledge, as well, whereupon we can evolve and learn together.
So, how’s ’bout it, folks? Let’s go INSIDE the Mansion/Mindset of Yahweh, via the thinking of His people, in the composition of the Scriptures, as well as other very wise writings and learn, by both normative wisdom gaining methodologies and listening to that innate wisdom.
LOOK! There it is, my friends! An exquisite, ornately designed and built mansion! A true testament to an ULTIMATE ARCHITECT. The outward appearance is arrayed in such a fashion as to imply that the infrastructure, interior design, and more, is all-pleasing and desirable. One need only to gain entrance. But how?
First, there’s a porch! Gotta maneuver oneself “up” some steps, in order to get up onto the porch. It is here that we will learn our first discovery of how Hebrew “thought-forms” express altruism, etc., in order to become wise, especially as that wisdom is expressed in “THE WAY” (Heb. “derek” – pronounced: day-reck, and used in conjunction with “darak” – pronounced: daw-rawk; nos. #1869 and #1870 in Strong’s).
To open a locked door one needs “THE” key, not simply “a” key, but “THE” specific key shaped to intermittenly raise and drop tumblers, and ultimately turn the mechanisms so that a deadbolt releases the door’s security.
Once the door opens one gains access to a room. This “access” isn’t the main value, as it were. It is simply that, an access. It leads “IN”-to a foyer. Note the emphasis on “IN”. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We have yet to even learn HOW to “Step-Up” onto the portico in order to attempt entrance.
If one wishes to gain access to someone’s personal space, do they not need permission? Yes. If not, they are IMPROPERLY attempting to access said space, and what did our Lord, Yashua, teach concerning this? He said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, ‘He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber” (Jn. 10:1 – ff.). Yashua continues the parable in detail, emphasizing the point that there is a LEGITIMATE means of gaining entrance, and to do otherwise results in nothing but negativity. But a correct approach results in the exercising of “exousia” (Greek. #1849) and “dunamis” (Greek. #1411):–meaning “power”.
Now, while all of this may appear fantastical, I assure you that once you’ve delved deep into the meat of the matter, you will come to conclude that it has validity. I only ask that you, the reader, give the thesis a through reading, and STUDY for yourselves what I have proposed. Do not take what I say at face value (much like people do when they attend Sunday services, and they receive a (so-called) “word of truth” from their Pastor, and, then , much like Polly the Parrot, instead of studying the subject for themselves, they run out and begin ‘parroting’ what he/she said. Why would Yahweh include the content about the Bereans in Acts, if He didn’t expect us to act on it? Right? Thus, like the Bereans, don’t simply accept something at face value, but look over the teaching to see “…whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:10-11).
In this work, I provide every Strong’s referencing possible, along with all openness, so that you do not have to do the research yourselves; you can easily look up the provided number, to SEE for yourselves, and outright PROVE what the truth is.
Again, since the premise of this work is the idea that, genealogically-wise, the names aren’t really physical people, but are in reality, “states-of-existence,” we must, to that end, redefine certain terminology. One such redefining is the word “fathered.” We know that all genealogies use this term, and they so as if it means one has sired an offspring. Not so fast. Sorry, wrong answer. The real definition here is that the term means “leader/guide” (Heb. #1, “Ab” or Greek #3962, “Pater”).
Strong’s submits the following definition, in Hebrew: #1, “Ab,” – patrimonial one; principle one; chief one. Let us note, first, that this, obviously, does not mean “one whom has sired a child.” In fact, when delving deeper into the meaning of the term, as it relates to genealogical accounts, the definition specifically connotes that it represents “an inheritance from one’s ancestors of any quality, characteristics, etc.: it is the COLLECTION — aggregate-wise — of particulars into a whole; (amassing) of one’s properties (i.e., the estate of a religious house). One takes each of the names of the genealogy, from “Adam” to “Christ” (each being a specific successive development/evolving state of maturity/growth), and putting them all together, as a whole, and one becomes Christlike. Yahweh, the “Ab”, is a guide/leader, whom compelled/impels us through each name, in order that the novitiate/pilgrim, travelling through this journey called “derek” (the WAY), will grow more wiser and more powerful at each stage (“state-of-existence”), maturing until one is “anointed”. Yahweh, as the “Ab”, takes the leading part in this journey. The “Ab” is the MAIN aspect of one’s estate.
One way to convey such is to say that, like in music, this is a “fugue” — i.e., there’s a polyphonic composition, based upon one theme, which is enunciated by several parts in turn, and subjected to contrapuntal treatment, where independents are working together towards a common goal, that builds into a complex form, having distinct stages of development, that culminates in a climactic ending.
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(cont. of Prologue for THE WAY)
Another way to convey such is in
“architecture”. Specifically, in an “A-Frame” house the “TRUSS” (“Ab”), spans the entire length of the construct. Each roofing board is connected to the truss, as well as connecting the other parts of the framing to it: the walls, studs, etc., until one has the complete framing overall. Any one member (board) of said construct, by itself, is weak and easily broken. But together, combined with the support of the foundation and the Truss, they are incredibly strong, supporting varying amounts of weight throughout the structure. Each adjacent member depends upon one another for support, but they ALL depend upon the TOP TRUSS (the AB).
The Ab is the Progenitor; which at first, contextually-wise, indicates one who is a “director”, serving as our guide and precursor of that which is to follow. This may be used of any one term of a genealogical line, from whom/which a given term is connected to or descended from, knowledge-wise. For instance, Jer. 3:4 reads: “…my father (Ab), thou art the guide of my youth.” Or, at Gen. 45:8, the noun is used of an advisor to Pharaoh (Heb. #6547/TWOT #1825) when, representatively-wise, Joseph (Heb.#3130/ fut. of #3254) says: ” So, now, it was not you that sent me hither, but Yahweh; and he hath made me an Ab to Pharaoh.” See? It isn’t as a father sires a child, but as one who is a guide, leading another in each successive states-of-existence.
Note: #6547/TWOT #1825, “per-a-‘o”/ pharaoh is translated as “gatehouse” — H. Goedicke argues, and I agree, that “per-a-‘o” is not a name or designation of a king of Egypt, but of a “state-of-existence” (see Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 171:64-66). Case in point, Solomon’s marriage with per-a-‘o’s daughter signifies, possibly, as “Egypt’s” being an “inferior status” (i.e., one of no power).
#3130/fut. of 3254, Yowceph — meaning “let him add” (power/knowledge), in order to augment (enlarge/increase in strength); to double the values of a theme; to relatively do something until one has sufficiently increased in knowledge, strength, and power; meditate/ruminate upon and/or joinnlonger to, until one has achieved what is necessary.
Without question, my greatest appreciation goes to Yahweh, our Creator and God; and co-equally praised is Yashua Messiah, our Lord and Savior.
Along with expressing my appreciation for them, I’d like to close here by taking time to thank those who have helped make this project possible. First, my nearly lifelong friends, Paul “Fritz” Kling and his loving, caring, and very patient wife, Valerie, who taught me a great deal. Secondly, Bill Fiess, who stood strong in his faith against the adversary, and helped get me a scholarship through Jon Raibley and Western Seminary, in Portland, Oregon. Also, my heart thanks Molly Whitcomb, my tutor, whom not only spent hours grading my work and teaching me about various subjects related to my courses, but also took time to be a good friend. Lastly, but certainly not least, my loving wife, Joyce, who has inspired me to get back into my studies and finish this thesis. I love you all deeply. Stay solid as a rock in the faith an I will do the same. Agape inbYashua Messiah.
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