Several years ago Michael Drosnin caused a great controversy with his book The Bible Code. Drosnin reported on something that had not been noted before, hidden messages in the Hebrew version of the Old Testament. These coded words are based upon the pattern of equally spaced letters as discovered by Dr. Oskar Goldberg and Rabbi Michael Weismandel.
The error of Drosnin’s book is that he tried to foretell the future with the Bible Codes, and that is specifically prohibited by the Lord. (Leviticus 19:26) For more information on The Bible Code please click HERE. Academics at liberal Bible colleges attacked the concept of Bible Codes, saying they knew that God would not do such a thing.
However, if they were truly scholars of the Word of God they would have known that the Lord placed many such tiny clues in His Word. Unfortunately, the clues are in Hebrew, and most of us, including myself, do not read this language. For centuries, if not millennia, rabbis have written of the enlarged letters, small letters, jots and tittles found in the Old Testament. These findings are not based upon equidistant letter spacing, as is the Bible Code, but are there in plain view (if you have the Hebrew Masoretic text).
Two fascinating examples are found in Genesis 2:4. There are two anomalies in this verse. The first is a small letter hay. This letter is smaller than all the other letters in that word, bara’, (Strong’s H1254) which is translated as “when they were created.” This speaks of the generations of the Heavens and the Earth that were created by the Lord. Then, almost at the end of the Books of Moses, in Deuteronomy 32:6 is found an enlarged letter hay. It is the first letter of the verse. This verse is part of the Song of Moses, which is also sung in Heaven in the Revelation 15:3. These two unusually-sized letters seem to encompass the spectrum of God’s Plan for mankind. It begins with Creation and ends in Heaven.
The second anomaly in Genesis 2:4 is found in the Hebrew word toledah (Strong’s H8435) which is translated as “generations.” Toledah is spelled with two vavs in this verse. Afterward, toledah appears twenty-eight times until Ruth 4:18. In each occurrence it only has one vav. The vav is shaped like a hook and is used as a connection. It is frequently translated as “and.” In this case it demonstrates man’s connection with God. After the Creation in Genesis 2:4, one vav, a connection, is missing.
In Ruth 4:18 the genealogy, the generations, of Pharez the son of Judah is given. This genealogy continues through David, and therefore is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, showing that the connection with God is re-established by Jesus. Not coincidentally, the second vav again appears in the word toledah in Ruth 4:18 and it is spelled that way throughout the rest of the Old Testament!
What a simple, and yet marvelous, picture the Lord gave us in the early books of the Old Testament. God showed us that He had a Plan from the very beginning. Man lost his connection, and it was re-established by Jesus! Praise His wonderful name!