Forgiveness is a gift given to us by God to set us free, but do we really know what happens when we forgive? The Hebrew language gives us a deeper look at this word forgive. Let’s take a look.
The word ‘forgive’ in Hebrew looks like this: Strong’s 5545. (FYI) I made a mistake in the video and said 5544.
The definition in Strong’s says, “forgive, pardon, spare.
One of the scriptures we often hear quoted with the word forgive in it is 2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Psalm 103:1-3 is another favorite:
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
And one more: Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let us return to the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (pardon here is #5545)
But, let’s look at the letters and gain some deeper understanding.
That first letter is,
Samekh 60 = Pride, Conceit, Earthly. Picture: A Tree propped up by a piece of wood. Means: To Lean Upon, a Prop or Aid, Hold, Assist or Support – the heart of God
Lamed 30 = Blood of Messiah, Dedication to a task. Means: Staff, Goad or Stick, to Teach or Instruct, Authority, to Control, Urge Forward, a Tongue
Chet 8 = New Beginnings. Means: Fence, Gate, Tent wall to Separate, Protect, Cut off. Torah
When we forgive, we are expressing the heart of God (Samekh), we are choosing to go forward with His instruction (Lamed) and return to His tent, separated and protected by His Word. (Chet)
Acts 17:28 says, “In Him, we live and move and have our being.” He is the Word of God made flesh.
When we live in the Word, we are living in Him and are protected by His Word.
When Yeshua was on the cross He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
In Matthew 6:14-15 Yeshua said, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
In this season of celebration, as we gather with friends and family, let’s put forgiveness into practice. It will bless us beyond all we can imagine because it will set us free from the enemy and put us back into the freedom of living In Him. Shalom
Here is the link for the video teaching: Click here