Hebrew Word of the Day: Fear, Honour, Dishonour

To fear is defined as:

  1. be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event;
  2. be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement;
  3. an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
  4. be uneasy or apprehensive about;
  5. concern: an anxious feeling;
  6. reverence: regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of;
  7. a feeling of profound respect for someone or something;

To honour is defined as:

  1. bestow honor or rewards upon
  2. a tangible symbol or award signifying approval or distinction
  3. show respect towards
  4. accept as pay; “we honor checks and drafts”
  5. a woman’s virtue or chastity

To dishonour is defined as:

  1. bring shame or disgrace

Hebrew Words

Yara [Yud, Resh, Ayin]


YR – Hand of man i.e. throw; a flowing of water in a river. A throwing of the finger to show a direction to walk or live. The throwing of an arrow; the throwing down of water in rain. Awe or fear where one throws himself at the foot of one in authority

RAy – A man watched i.e. a companion. A shepherd closely watched over his flock, often they are his only companion.

It means to flow like a stream. They believed that fear is felt when in danger or what is felt when in the presence of an awesome sight or person of great authority. These feelings flow out of the person by e.g. shaking when in fear or when bowing down in awe of one in authority.

Fearing someone shows we are giving weight to who they are and this is the exact meaning of the word honour [kaved]. When we make light of situations for example this is the Hebrew meaning of the word dishonour [qalat] i.e. not giving them the weight they deserve.

Honour and glory are the same word [Kaved], we glorify ahovah when we honour and fear him. Heaviness was symbolised by “armament” i.e. heavy weapons and defenses of battle. Exodus 16:

6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the LORD who brought you out of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?”

This is saying how Israel will see the heaviness [armament] of the Lord i.e. they will ‘see’ how he has defeated them with all his heavy weapons. He was the one that did battle for them and they will come to realise this.

Exodus 16:

8 Moses also said, “You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD.”

Exodus 17:

12 So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the LORD to the test?”

The Lord even says

1 Samuel 8

7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.

Ezekiel 2:

3 He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day.

See how history repeats itself? There is nothing that the Lord hasnt seen and he knows us all too well. It draws parallels with Yahowshua who said

Luke 10:

16 “He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

1 Thessalonians 4:

8 Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.

Anyone who fails to see the ‘glory’ of Yahowshua could be likened to those who failed to see the glory of YHWH when he brought them out of Egypt. Complaining to Moses is likened to complaining to Yahowshua who says that it is the Lords will, not his. It is through their failure to trust and believe. Please read Isaiah 6:10


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