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The language of the Bible, among other things, is the language of symbols or symbolism. Symbolism conveys a hidden meaning to the reader or listener. It tells us about artistic expression and represents abstract ideas. However, it is not limited to poetry and art. While reading the Bible, we come across many people, objects, and events that have multiple meanings and significance. If we understand them, we can raise our faith and strengthen our relationship with God. They give deeper meaning to abstract notions. Most biblical symbols are easily recognizable to a familiar reader, but a few have cultural references that need the knowledge to understand.

For example:
Nehemiah 8:15 “Go out to the hills and bring branches of olive, wild olive, myrtle, palm, and other leafy trees to make booths, as it is written.”
Genesis 8:11“And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.”

In the Bible, the olive tree, branch, or leaf is a symbol of peace, prosperity, beauty, and victory and, of course, a relationship between God and man. This symbol is mentioned frequently in the bible. In the first example, it is for hope. In the second one, it is used for the new beginning for humanity, reconciliation with God, and revival.

It is how an "infinite God", not bound by the space and time continuim, could communicate with finite beings, so that man might grasp the biblical concepts and truths that go beyond their experience or capability. The Tanakh is the New Testament Concealed and the New Testament is the Tanakh Revealed.


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Jerusalem

Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel, its seat of government, and the holiest city in Judaism. It is also Israel's largest, most populated and most religiously diverse city. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King (Psalm 48:1-2).

Hebrew letter shinThe 21st Hebrew letter is "shin" which looks a bit like our English alphabet "W". It is interesting that there are a lot of important Hebrew words that has this letter in its spelling. The Hebrew name "El Shaddai" means "Almighty God, the All Sufficient One" and the "shin" is the first letter in the word "Shaddai".

It is also interesting that the Jews place a symbol ( the same "Shin" ) outside their house on the doorpostmezuzah of the doors (mezuzot - plural) is a piece of parchment called a klaf contained in a decorative case and inscribed with specific Hebrew verses from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:13–21[1]).

Jerusalem Examine the name Jerusalem (at left) closely and you will notice again that the letter "shin" appears in the middle of the word "Yerusalayim" (Hebrew) or Jerusalem (English). God told King Solomon that He had chosen Jerusalem that He may put His Name there (2 Chronicles 6:6) - "But I have chosen Jerusalem, that My Name [and the symbol of My presence] might be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel" - AMP.

There is one other place God has chosen to write His Name. God's Name is not only written in the land of Israel, but spiritually on our hearts! Humanity has the undeniable mark of being God's creation. Each of us have to choose whether to give our hearts totally to Him or not. But, when we do, and the enemy comes against us, God can also tell Satan, "You can't have them, because my Name is written there!"

What is the "infinite nature of God?

The infinite nature of God simply means that God exists outside of and is not limited by time or space. Infinite simply means “without limits.” When we refer to God as "infinite," we generally refer to Him with terms like omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence.

Omniscience means that God is all-knowing or that He has unlimited knowledge. His infinite knowledge is what qualifies Him as sovereign ruler and judge over all things. Not only does God know everything that will happen, but He also knows all things that could have possibly happened. Nothing takes God by surprise, and no one can hide sin from Him. There are many verses in the Bible where God reveals this aspect of His nature. One such verse is 1 John 3:20: “...God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.”

Omnipotence means that God is all-powerful or that He has unlimited power. Having all power is significant because it establishes God’s ability to carry out His sovereign will. Because God is omnipotent and has infinite power, nothing can stop His decreed will from happening, and nothing can thwart or stop His divine purposes from being fulfilled. There are many verses in the Bible where God reveals this aspect of His nature. One such verse is Psalm 115:3: “But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.” Or when answering His disciples' question “Then who can be saved?” (Matthew 19:25), Jesus says, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Omnipresence means that God is always present. There is no place that you could go to escape God’s presence. God is not limited by time or space. He is present at every point of time and space. God’s infinite presence is significant because it establishes that God is eternal. God has always existed and will always exist. Before time began, God was. Before the world or even matter itself was created, God was. He has no beginning or end, and there was never a time He did not exist, nor will there be a time when He ceases to exist. Again, many verses in the Bible reveal this aspect of God’s nature to us, and one of them is Psalm 139:7-10: “Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Thy hand will lead me, And Thy right hand will lay hold of me.”

Because God is infinite, He is also said to be transcendent, which simply means that God is exceedingly far above creation and is both greater than creation and independent of it. What this means is that God is so infinitely above and beyond us and our ability to fully comprehend that, had He not revealed Himself, we would not know or understand what He is like. But, thankfully, God has not left us ignorant about Himself. Instead, He has revealed Himself to us through both general revelation (creation and our conscience) and special revelation (the written Word of God, the Bible, and the living Word of God, Yeshua HaMashiach). Therefore, we can know God, and we can know how to be reconciled to Him and how to live according to His will. Despite the fact that we are finite and God is infinite, we can know and understand God as He has revealed Himself to us.

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