This pictographic study piggy-backs on the earlier study of 'Yeshua' in an interesting way that I didn't see coming until it presented itself by accident. It concerns the seven-candled 'Menorah' that was located in the Temple, and I trust you'll find this study equally as exciting, if not a bit bizarre. So let's begin by examining the Hebrew word for 'Menorah' as written in today's Hebrew language.
Reading from right to left, the first Hebrew letter is a 'Mem', followed by a 'Nun', a 'Resh', and finally a 'Hey'. Phonetically this would equal M-N-R-H, and when the proper vowel points are added, the sound is 'Menorah'. You'll remember the Menorah from our prior studies, and from the earlier post on the Tree of Life that illustrated the 49 events of the book of Revelation.
As with all of our Hebrew word studies, we can now refer to the original pictographic letters that were used thousands of years ago, and find an underlying meaning to this word that adds more depth to our understanding of it's role in God's overall scheme;
The first letter is the 'Mem', depicted as a series of waves on the sea, which can suggest the various potential meanings of chaos, mighty, blood, or simply water or waves. In this instance, we'll choose 'Mighty', and the reason will be apparent in a moment.
The second letter is the 'Nun', which is a picture of a seed. This letter can mean either continue, heir, or son, since all of these come from a man's seed. Or, it can simply mean seed. But we'll choose 'Son' in this instance.
The third letter is a 'Resh', which you can clearly see resembles a man's head. This letter can mean first, top, or beginning, since in the ancient world a man was the first or top of his household. In this case the meaning of 'First' fits our purposes best.
The last letter is the 'Hey', which is a picture of a man trying to get your attention. This letter has the alternate meanings of look, reveal, or breathe, but can also mean praise or behold, depending on how and where it is used. But here we'll choose 'Reveal'.
By now you've probably already guessed what the word 'Menorah' means in the underlying Hebrew pictographs;
"The Mighty Son First Revealed"
This is quite a statement, and it made sense on a certain level, though it was slightly puzzling at the same time. Puzzling, that is, until I came across something quite by accident.
For just a moment, let's examine the structure of the Temple Menorah in the adjacent illustration, which is a replica of the actual Temple Menorah as depicted in the Arch of Titus in Rome. We can see that it had seven candles with seven flames, and we know that these flames were to remain lit at all times. In Old Testament times this menorah was intended to represent the seven Festivals of the Lord, which included Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Weeks, Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles. From this we can find some symbolism that refers to Jesus Christ, or 'Yeshua', since the two advents of Yeshua will fulfill all of these festivals in their entirety. Literally and figuratively speaking, they were the first signs of his appearing.
However, in the New Testament we learn that these seven candles also represent the seven churches in the book of Revelation. From this we can find additional symbolism that refers to Jesus, since the letters to the seven churches described the process of sanctification that determines who will inherit eternal life, and who will inherit the Kingdom of God and become his Bride. So in the case of both the Festivals and the churches, Yeshua was indeed first revealed by the symbolism behind this Menorah.
But that's not all there is.
THE YESHUA MENORAH
This next part may surprise you a bit, but just look at at the name 'Yeshua' in the Hebrew letters, and see if any additional Menorah symbolism is revealed;
You may have noticed it already, but if not, look at how the Lord's name has seven flames on top of the letters, just as the Menorah was always to have seven flames burning on top of it. Hebrew letters are somewhat unique in this manner, in that several of them have this flourish at the top that looks like a flame. But the name Yeshua is one of the few words in Hebrew that would exhibit this effect. So, it would seem that while the Menorah has clear symbolism that is revealed in the LIFE of Jesus, it also has a physical component that is revealed in the NAME of Jesus.
What more is there to say? The pictographic studies continue to reveal the deeper things of the Bible.