This episode of Prophet Pearls, is on the Prophets portion of Acharei-Mot covering Ezekiel 22:1-19. Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the root of the God's Holy Name, and how the Hebrew word for inheritance provides the finale to the crucible theme of exile, redemption and resettlement.This relatively short portion yields many pearls and not one, but three, words-of-the-week. The first appears in the very first verse as three letters forming the root of the Tetragrammaton (hei-yud-hei) reveal how the Word of Yehovah came to Ezekiel—“and it was.”
For the second word of the week (kalas / kuf-lamed-samach), Gordon provides examples where the woeful prophecy of a defiled name has been fulfilled across continents and centuries. A list of the abominations noted in this portion is provided along with references for comparative lists in the Tanakh.
The game-changing pearl and third word-of-the-week appears in verse 16. Nachal (nun-chet-lamed), “take thine inheritance” provides the finale to the crucible theme of exile, redemption and resettlement. Johnson closes with a prayer of thankfulness to God for choosing the perfect language to reveal his will, for access to tools for understanding, and for giving the desire and focus to interact with the holy tongue.
"You shall take your inherited portion of land in the sight of the nations and you will know that I am Yehovah." Ezekiel 22:16
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