“Be still and know,” as treasure hunt deeper into the Hebrew letter pictures unfolds. The Hebrew word for “still” is raphah רפה (raw-faw’) The definition is to slacken, to relax, to remove the hand. The three letter word picture רפה reveals a clue. (Hebrew reads right to left)
Reysh ר – picture of the head of man or the“first”
Pey פ – picture of a mouth or “word”
Hey ה – picture of a window or behold. (We are looking to behold Jesus through the window of Hey so the picture can illustrate Grace)
Studying the clues of raphah רפה – the first – word – grace –
Ok, so what was the first word or first mention of “grace” in Scripture?
“Noah found grace in the eyes of God.” Genesis 6:8 KJV
Thinking on this…Noah’s name in Hebrew means “rest.”
What did Noah rest in knowing?
Noah “rested” in knowing he found grace or favor in God’s eyes.
“Grace” in Hebrew is a masculine noun (remember a noun is a person, place or thing) meaning kindness, and unmerited favor or regard in God’s sight.
Concealed in the Hebrew word raphah רפה for “still” is a visual picture of resting in Grace.
Thank You Lord, when sudden storms of uncertainty flare up, or the chaff of emotions threaten to sweep me away, in Your lovingingkindness, You speak, “Peace, be still,” and I rest secure in the mention of Your Mighty Name – Jesus!
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He love us… seated us with Him in the heavenly places… so that…He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7 (ESV)