“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. Depart from me, you evildoers, For I will keep the commandments of my God! Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope” (Psalms 119:114-116 NKJV).
SAMECH (ס) is the fifteenth letter of the Hebrew Alef-Bet. ס has the numerical value of 60. The ancient pictograph for SAMECH resembles a shield. Its classic Hebrew script is a circular shape with a squared left corner. Its ancient pictograph symbolizes to protect, to support, to uphold, or to lean upon.
One of my favorite stories in Scripture is about Moses, Mount Sinai, and the Ten Commandments that were written by the “finger of God” on two tablets of stone (Exodus 31:18). Hebrew Commentaries tell how these two tablets of stone were carved out of the blue sapphire pavement, which is symbolic of the heavenly realm and God’s Throne. If one digs a little deeper, you discover that the original Ten Commandments were carved into perfect sapphire cubes with its ancient letters fully bored through the stone (Exodus 32:15). This was a miraculous otherworldly creation, because the inner part of the living letter SAMECH had to have supernaturally floated in space.
The Hebrew Sages say that Hebrew Living Letter™ SAMECH (ס) represents the endless and ever-ascending spiral of God’s glory in the universe. His endless cycle is reflected here on earth though the seasons as well as the cycles of the Biblical Feast, which correlate to keeping track of Biblical years. The circular form of SAMECH (ס) symbolizes there is a fundamental truth reflected at all levels of the Word of God and all levels of our physical reality in general: “Their end is enwedged in their beginning and their beginning in their end.” This realization of the inherent unity between beginning and end is connected to God’s Transcendent Light (sovev kol almin), which equally encompasses every point of reality. This ever-present Transcendent Light is referred to as “He is equal and equalizes small and large.” Every service to God is equally accepted and appreciated.
The living letter SAMECH (ס) is equivalent to the number 60, which is the same number of letters in the priestly blessing (ברכת כהנים; birkat kohanim) in Numbers 6:24-26. Also, note that the 60 letters in the priestly blessing are used to form 15 Hebrew words, which is the ordinal number for SAMECH – 15.
Leviticus 9:22, Deuteronomy 10:8, and Deuteronomy 21:5 reveal that the High Priest Aaron or other priestly descendants of Aaron – The Kohanim – used the Numbers 6 Priestly Blessing to bless the Israelites. Significantly, the very foundation of SAMECH’s ancient word picture symbolizes “to lean upon,” “to uphold,” or “to support.” The root for this can be found in the Hebrew word “semikhah,” which is the laying on of hands upon the head of a sacrifice in order to impart one’s guilt, so one can be pure. This was a vital part for consecrating Levitical Priests (Lev. 8; Exo. 29). It also applies to the Melchizedek Priesthood where a king and priest lay their hands on the Head of the once-for-all sacrifice – Messiah Yeshua – to impart the guilt of their sin that He paid the ultimate price for.
The Priestly Blessing in Numbers 6:24-26 is the oldest known Biblical text that has been found by archaeologists, dating from the First Temple Period. The Shekinah Glory of God (Dwelling Presence) is said to become present during the recital of the priestly blessing, as the Kohanim have their hands in the SHIN gesture. The following text from Numbers 6:24-26:
[May] YHVH bless you, and guard you –
יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
(Yevhārēkh-khā YHVH veyishmerēkhā …)
[May] YHVH make His face shine unto you, and be gracious to you –
יָאֵר יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
(“Yāʾēr YHVH pānāw ēlekhā viḥunnékkā …)
[May] YHVH lift up His face unto you, and give to you peace –
יִשָּׂא יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם
(“Yissā YHVH pānāw ēlekhā veyāsēm lekhā shālōm.“)
It is not a coincidence that this Priestly Blessing is still used by Hebraic parents to bless their children before the Shabbat meal on Friday night. There are sixty mentions of “sabbath” in the New Testament, which dove tails with the numerical value of 60 for SAMECH (ס). This speaks of God’s Seventh Day Sabbath is an endless cycle of rest, well-being, and joy in the Messiah (our Creator).
You should check out for yourself how the Hebrew Living Letter™ SAMECH speaks about how YHVH puts His Name on Is-real as well as entering His rest. Remember that the very foundation of the ancient pictograph for SAMECH (ס) communicates “to lean upon,” “to uphold,” or “to support.” For many Sabbaths now, a common picture that I see in the Spirit is me laying my head on Yeshua’s chest. From that leaning on my Beloved position, a saying bubbled up from the Kingdom of God within me: “He is my Sabbath Rest and I am His.”
You and I can personally choose to engage the essence of Messiah Yeshua – the Word of God – contained within the Hebrew Living Letter™ SAMECH. With that in mind, you may be interested in Sapphire Throne Ministries anointed set of Hebrew Living Letter™ Flash Cards. It is a creatively educational way to further explore all the letters of the Hebrew Alef-bet. If you are interested, please check out https://www.sapphirethroneministries.com/product-page/flash-cards. Each custom HLL flashcard has some beautiful, original artwork on the front and an in-depth revelation on the back.
Give em heaven!!!
Written July 14, 2021 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source. Blessings!
Originally published 6 September 2015 with modifications.
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ART: “The Endless Cycle – SAMECH” by Robin Main
Created on 4 September 2015.