Wine, Milk, and Humility – A Lesson in Hebrew

I’ve been digging into the Word lately to see what Jesus taught and how He lived humility. I came to Matthew 5 and discovered that humility is woven through these familiar scriptures from the Sermon on the Mount.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

I looked at this text more closely and asked, “Who are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness?” 

Well, concerning humility, I believe they are those who realize righteousness is lacking in their lives and also believe God alone can supply what they need. You see, to me, humility is realizing that without God we are incapable of doing anything of worth. 

Laying this scripture aside for a moment, I looked at the cross-references listed. Isaiah 55:1 was one of the first. 

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.”

Humm? Why buy wine and milk? To me, this seems like an odd combination. Well, if you have read many of my blogs, you likely know where I headed next – Strong’s Concordance.

Hefting the large volume open, I looked up wine and then found the Isaiah 55:11 reference. Strong’s #3196 and it means wine. יַיִן

It is spelled with two Yods and a Final Nun. – Just look at what is in wine:

· Yod: the right hand of God’s power, to work, or to cover

· Final Nun: Life or Action

So, to buy WINE means to receive God’s power to act and to live. 

Humility is dependent on God’s power to act and to live. 

Sounds like Zechariah 4:6b Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

No matter how hard we try in our strength, we cannot create anything of lasting worth. We must depend fully on God and only do what He says to do, in His strength, and His timing for a successful outcome.

Okay, moving on to Milk:

Milk in this scripture is Strong’s #2461 and it is from #2459. It means milk and it means fat. It is spelled with a Chet, Lamed, and Bet. 

· Chet: a fence, gate, wall, a place of refuge, inner room, silent, secure, still

· Lamed: to teach, instruct, urge forward, tongue

· Bet: house of God, the family of God, son of God, physical tent or body

MILK: To buy milk is to be in a place of refuge, silence, and protection. A place where we receive instruction about being a son of God, living in His house and family. 

Does this not get back to the scripture we started with? 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

To buy milk means we humble ourselves, emptying ourselves of all our ‘I can do this on my own ideas and strengths. We enter into Him and find that place of security and stillness to be taught His ways and the ways of His household—the Kingdom. This is true righteousness.

For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also His offspring. Acts:17:28

I’m going to buy some wine and milk ‘Without money and without price,’ because He’s already paid for it. How about you?

Be blessed, my friends. We have the best Abba ever.

Shalom ♥

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