Tamarajo is an avid Bible Studier who loves nothing more than to seek out the treasures in God's Word and share them with others.
The late Brad Scott, founder of "Wild Branch Ministry," in a series on YouTube, explains how, many times, Hebrew words used in the Bible are described in terms of biology, agriculture, and language. This method can give us a more illustrative concept than a mere definition can.
"Man (biology) shall not live by bread (agriculture) alone but by every Word (language) that proceeds from the mouth of God."
God uses ordinary things that all humankind, throughout history, will understand and comprehend to communicate His truth. Biology and agriculture are primarily unchanged throughout history, making their illustrations great stabilizers of language and concept defining.
The Camel Roll
This study method also works in concert with the Hebrew pictographs that accompany each letter of a Hebrew word and will be used in this study. The pictograph's work the same way in giving us illustrations of concepts included with a word's meaning.
A word used for camel activity serves as an example. The camel and its knees will also be used as an illustrative tool later in this study.
During hot weather, a camel will roll in soft sand or soil to cool off. The Hebrew word for "roll" is "galal" and is spelled "gimel," "lamed," "lamed." The first letter of the term "galal" is gimel" and is represented by a camel. In fact, "gamal " is the Hebrew word for camel using the very same letters. The "lamed" is a shepherd staff and symbolizes authority and instruction. The doubling of the "lamed" speaks of something repetitious. Repetition is elemental to learning.
So when God used the word "galal," meaning to "roll," the ancient reader had a visual of a camel making rolling repetitious movements in the sand that could connect with a plethora of metaphoric applications.
How Agri-Bio-Linguistics Works
In the agri-bio-linguistic method, it is observed that one Hebrew word will often offer an illustrative definition to a second term that is spelled the same. These figurative terms are expressed in either agricultural or biological expressions.
The words glory and liver can demonstrate this for us. Both of them share identical Hebrew letters. One means "heavy. The other means "liver" What is the comparison? The liver is the heaviest organ in the body and descriptive of glory, meaning weighty and full of substance. Glory, therefore, should be understood to be something that has significant bearing and value.
On this occasion, using this same method, I would like to look at the word for "bless" (בָּרַךְ) and "knee" (בָּרַךְ), which also share identical Hebrew letters. The qualities and functions of a knee will give us a fuller and more meaningful understanding of blessing.
Some facts about the knee that give us an overall general look at the intentions of a blessing are the following.
- The knee supports the whole weight of the body. Blessings are things that support us and encourage us.
- The knee is a pivotal hinge joint that provides the body with flexibility and stability. Blessings give us greater mobility, flexibility, and stability in life.
- The knee is the largest joint in the body. Blessing and being blessed are a large part of Christian living. God's first words to Adam and Eve were a blessing to be fruitful and multiply.
The Hebrew word pictograph for blessing (barak) shows us more specifically what blessings entail. Each letter we will look at bears an image that can give us a fuller and deeper meaning of the word's concept.
The first letter of "barak/bless" is "bet" and pictures a tent or dwelling. It symbolizes "abiding," "dwelling," and resting. Blessing has to do with resting and abiding inside.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
— John 15:7
One purpose of the knee is to Kneel. Kneeling is resting our weight on our knees. When the weight of our life is resting upon our submission to God, we are in a position to be blessed, as the above verse indicates.
Some physical benefits of kneeling that testify of this resting position:
- upper and lower back muscles relax,
- heart rate slows down,
- blood pressure regulates.
"Resh" is the second letter of the Hebrew word for "bless." It is imaged by a person's head and can indicate what is highest, first, and top priority. It comes after abiding. If we read the letters consecutively, it would read, "abide first." We must make abiding a priority or rest in Him through our submission before we receive the blessing.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
— John 15:4,5
"Resh" can also indicate abundance or many and is the first letter in the Hebrew word for "many." We can associate blessing with abundance.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us . . .
— Exodus 3:20
Bet and Resh Together
The Hebrew word for "Only-begotten Son" is "bar" spelled with "bet" and "resh," the first two letters of the word for "bless" tell us that blessings all flow through God's only Son.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
— Ephesians 1:3
Caph—The Open Hand
"Caph" is the final letter of the word bless and knee and is pictured by an open hand or a wing and indicates to give, receive, reach out, protect, and can symbolize man's humility and God's glory. "Caph" is also the first letter for the word "glory." It is man's humility that brings to bear and exhibits the weightiness of God's glory.
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.
— Psalm 61:4
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
— Psalm 91:1
When we kneel and submit ourselves to Him, He hides us under the shadow of His wings. To be blessed is to be hidden and protected in Him. To be cursed is to be outside of Him and subject to evil.
With the letter "caph," we also see a hand that gives and receives, which descriptive of blessing.
You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
— Psalm 145:16
What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good.
— Psalm 104:28
Blessing, Kneeling, and Humility
Kneeling is symbolic of humility and submission. Jesus became a kneeling servant when He humbled Himself and submitted to this world and its limitations to bestow upon us the blessings from above.
. . . being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
— Philippians 2:5-11
On the other side of this, it is required that we kneel and humble ourselves before him to receive His blessings. Submission to God is a requirement.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time . . .
— I Peter 5:6
"The way up to blessing is down."
. . . all the assembly blessed the Lord, the God of their fathers, and bowed down and did obeisance to the Lord and to the king.
— I Chronicles 29:20
Camels, as was noted earlier, are known for their knees and descriptive of blessing.
And he made his camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water.
— Genesis 24:11
Everyone in the ancient desert lands would have been familiar with a camel and its behaviors and the purposes for which it kneels.
Interestingly enough, there are still nomads today that are using camels as the ancients did. Bedouins have always referred to camels as "God's gift."
In the ancient world, the camel was considered the ship of the desert carrying goods from one destination to another. A good strong camel can carry between 500 and 1000 pounds of goods. A camel kneels so that it may receive these goods or unload them.
If we view the word bless in the life of a camel, we can see those blessings are things and provisions that are being transported from one place to another and bestowed upon its recipients by a kneeling servant.
A Pool of Blessing
A Camel also kneels to rest, which brings us to our next connection with kneeling and blessing that concerns the camel.
Camels rest and refresh by kneeling near pools of water. The Hebrew word for "pool" is "brakah" (בְּרָכָה) which, according to Gesenius' Lexicon, literally means "where camels kneel."
Brakah" (בְּרָכָה) consists of the same three root letters, ("bet," "resh," and "caph"), as the word "bless" and "knee." Only brakah" (בְּרָכָה) has one extra letter on the end of it, which is a "hey." When "hey" is added to the end of a word as a suffix, it most generally adds the thought "what comes from." What comes from a pool of water in an arid climate? Refreshment! Pools of water are considered a blessed source of nourishment in a dry, hot wilderness. As it concerns the word "pool" and its spiritual application, what comes from a blessing is a pool of refreshment and provision from our eternal source.
He turns a wilderness into pools of water,
And dry land into watersprings.
— Psalm 107:35
Water is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. And the camel "gamal," a symbol for the third letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet representing the Holy Spirit. Both the qualities of the camel and the pool can be attributed to the Holy Spirit. He is the deliverer of blessings and goodness, bringing us to be refreshed, fulfilled, and satiated.
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
— Psalm 36:8
The following is another interesting note from Peter M Lopez, who also writes on this topic. He discusses the first occurrence of the word "bless" concerning our blessing and its connection to Chris, the Son of God.
"The first time God blesses anyone or anything in the Bible is in Gen. 1:28: "And He blessed them, God, and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.'"
To form v'ibarak (and He blessed), two letters are added to the word "barak" (blessed) above, the letter "vav", pictured as a tent peg or nail, and meaning a nail or hook, and "yod", pictured as the arm from the fist to the elbow, meaning my hand or my works.
Therefore, v'ibarak, or God's first blessing to humanity is prophetic of God's ultimate blessing to humanity: the NAIL in the HAND of the SON is God's BLESSING."
What better blessing could there be?
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
— John 3:16
How do we bless Him? By kneeling before Him and living lives in submission to Him and partaking of His benefits.
Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
— Psalm 103:1-5
We can also bless people when we transport what was given to us and bestow them on others with our words or actions.
. . . Freely you have received, freely give.
— Matthew 10:8
Prayer, Blessing, and Camel Knees
I conclude with this final revelation relating to knees, blessings, and camels as it concerns prayer.
Jerome, a 4th-century priest and Bible historian, wrote that James the brother of the Lord prayed so much that his knees became hardened and calloused much like a camel's knees do from kneeling, and has since been labeled "Old Camel Knees."
What better way for us to both bestow and obtain the blessings of God than to kneel before Him in prayer and intercession.
And as Paul prayed in concert with this in Ephesians three for us.
I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
— Ephesians 3:14-21
God has built so many useful tools into His Word that help us grasp every dimension that it contains. The well is infinite and deep.
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© 2010 Tamarajo
Tamarajo (author) on November 20, 2018:
I meant Shalom! : )
Tamarajo (author) on November 20, 2018:
Hebrew is such a fascinating language. I'm glad that you were able to recall it from a long time ago.
I appreciate your reading and commenting.
Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on November 20, 2018:
Tamarajo, I read your article and was amazed at how many of the Hebrew words I remembered from having taken two years of Hebrew in seminary many years ago.
Thanks for the detailed study.
Tamarajo (author) on November 20, 2018:
I did not know that lambs eat on their knees too. Thank you for sharing that.
I appreciate your reading, visit, and comment!
Jack Jenn from Nelson Bay NSW Australia. on November 19, 2018:
I enjoyed your analogy of the Camel's knees very much and it made me think of a lamb feeding from its mother - a lamb gets its sustenance on its knees.
Tamarajo (author) on June 12, 2011:
Hi anidae thank you for your vote and complimentary comment. I love His Word more than anything. He certainly is the all wise God and to study His thoughts and Words and understand them more deeply is a joy.
I'm glad you enjoyed the revelation thanks for stopping by.
Anita Adams from Tennessee on June 11, 2011:
I voted up and awesome for your wonderful hub. I like the fact that you back up your statements with scripture.
You have a good understanding of His Word and are able to explain your belief in simple terms anyone can understand.
After reading this hub, I will be on my knees when I pray instead of just bowing my head.I know this will bring God closer to me as I get closer to him.
Thanks for a great lesson in Hebrew. I think it is a most beautiful language.
Tamarajo (author) on April 30, 2011:
Thank you R Talloni, I agree. I never cease from being amazed at the wonders discovered in the treasuries of His Word.
I also love how He is so consistent in His truths. He confirms them to us again and again in different ways. He has made Himself known if we desire to seek Him.
Blessed by your visit and comment.
RTalloni on April 29, 2011:
These types of studies are always interesting. God's Word is so rich and full, and an endless blessing to the believing heart and mind. It is a wonderful thing to study it. Thank you for sharing your work.
Tamarajo (author) on April 28, 2011:
Thank you drpastorcarlotta blessed by the visit and comment.
Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on April 28, 2011:
Bless you for writing this Hub! AMEN! Voted-UP!
Tamarajo (author) on April 06, 2011:
Hello vocalcoach, I agree making time for study of His Word is so priceless. It is a discipline that we really have need to exercise. It is so worth every moment and every effort because He will not disappoint those who seek Him.
Thank you for reading my hub. I appreciate your encouragement and blessings.
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on April 06, 2011:
I love this marvelous hub. Setting side a block of time for each day to read and study His word teaches us so much. All of our questions and needs are addressed in His Holy words. You have inspired us all to "ask and it shall be given". You are a light. Blessings to you blessed tamarajo.
Tamarajo (author) on February 06, 2011:
Hello unleashed victory, I am glad you enjoyed the hub. His word is so rich and so deep and full of such relevance for life He never ceases to amaze me. I can see how learning of Him and His ways will be an eternal experience.
So blessed you stopped by and am encoraged by your comment.
Unleashed Victory on February 06, 2011:
Tamarajo, this was an amazing hub and there is so much in it that I read it twice and I'll read it again. There is so much substance in this that it's rich. I want others to get this, so I'm forwarding it. Thank you for the eye opening and compelling post!
Tamarajo (author) on November 27, 2010:
Thank you Igc4jc for your viist.
I love the imagery of the camel as well as the kneeling servant that humbled Himself to bless us and as an example of how to receive that blessing by kneeling in humility like the camel.
The word picture studies and the agri bio linguistic teaching is so fascinating to me because pictures and the concepts that go with them don't change. Language may change with word associations but God has made a way to make the concepts firm and dependable just like Him timeless and unchanging.
His Word and ways so Amazes me and how He speaks to us in all that He has created. The entire planet is an object lesson testifying of His goodness and grace.
You seem familiar with the Hebraic concepts. : )
Bless you for your encouraging comment.
lcg4jc on November 27, 2010:
"If we view the word bless in the life of a camel we can see that blessings are things and provisions that are being transported from one place to another and bestowed upon its recipients by a kneeling servant."
"Therefore, v'ibarak, or God's first blessing to humanity is prophetic of God's ultimate blessing to humanity: the NAIL in the HAND of the SON is God's BLESSING." (end of quote)"
WOW! Tamarajo you have blown me away with this study. I have been blessed beyond measure. The insight used with the Aleph-Bet are unsurmountable.
I love the gimel "camel" imagery that you use on so many of your hubs. It is true, everyone in the Middle East would have understood the ways of the camel. It is so beautiful to learn all those various and differing ways the camel is used in the desert. One thing I learned today was that the camel kneels to drink water. What an image. Kneeling in reverence to receive refreshing sustenance!
God bless you always with the ability to see beyond Ivrit and into the specific meanings of each and individual aleph-bet.
Blessings to you my friend and sister in Christ
Tamarajo (author) on September 04, 2010:
Thank you for reading and your encouragement Kari : )
KariBrech on September 03, 2010:
Very interesting and indepth! I think you should write a book.
Tamarajo (author) on August 11, 2010:
Yes Chin Chin it's all in humbling ourselves. Sometimes lots of resistance with that but Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him.
lifegate I agree His word is layers and layers deep and I love deep sea diving : )
Thank you brotheryochanan.
brotheryochanan on August 10, 2010:
Nice slant. This is gonna catch on big time.
William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on August 10, 2010:
Thanks tamarajo. I really like the way you make your point. It's wonderful how God's Word keeps getting richer as we study. Thanks for your teaching. It's appreciated.
Chin chin from Philippines on August 10, 2010:
Excellent hub. This word study is very rich in meaning. I never really thought about kneeling that way. If we will only "kneel" in submission to His will, God's blessings will come.
Tamarajo (author) on August 10, 2010:
"Bless" you all for reading :). God's wisdom and ways continually fascinate me. It's as if He has made all of creation an object lesson. Sky...nice addition "John-Camel Knees"
heart4theword from hub on August 10, 2010:
How interesting! The very thing that supports our bodies, also gives us rest, and humility:) What an interesting correlation...that when we go to our knees our heart rate starts slowing down:) Awesome Hub! Much thought went into this, I can tell:) Many Blessings To YOU!
skye2day from Rocky Mountains on August 09, 2010:
Amazing. I can clearer now! I am Blessed with your research, knowledge and wisdom the Holy Spirit has led you into. It is evident you so love the Lord. Amen brother. Keep pressing on. It is no mistake you are at the hubs. I will be back. I love the way you write, you write and simplify. It is evident the Spirit is in you and on you. AMEN Bother. Great hub. Did you know James had a nick name? Camel knees? He was on his knees so much they looked the the camels knees. Hugs Galore, Great to meet you.
Benji Mester from San Diego, California on August 09, 2010:
Those are some really interesting associations. I don't think I'll ever look at my knees the same :) Being able to see general intangible words like "Blessing" in real life imagery like camels, knees and pools of water is pretty cool.
einron from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA on August 09, 2010:
Excellent hub. Full of appropriate meaning and well augmented bible verses. Enjoyed reading very much. God bless.