The letter ג (gimmel) is the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet and has the numeric value of 3. The original pictograph for ג is a camel. The pictograph can also depict a foot or man walking and some sources suggest another meaning of pride. Jewish sages have written that this letter symbolizes a rich man running after a poor man (indicated by the next letter Dalet) to extend charity
ג Prayer Focus: God’s Grace!
Torah scholars expound on this letter meaning explaining it is made up of two other letters, Zayin (sword) and Yod (hand). Like Gimmel seeks after the poor with an open hand, Yod, the sword is facing the other way. Today let’s focus on how God’s grace chases after us, and with our repentance, empowers us to avoid judgment (the sword.)
God’s grace is active and changes us. And because God gives us grace and mercy, we follow that example to give grace and mercy to others.
This is clearly exampled in the Lord’s Prayer as we ask for God to mercifully meet our needs and forgive us as we forgive others
Matthew 6:11-12 (NLT)
11 Give us today the food we need,
12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us
God’s grace is the power to change. Without repentance and change, that’s not grace, it’s just an excuse to keep sinning.
Romans 6:1-2 (NLT)
1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?
2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?
Here are some grace scriptures to meditate on as we pray together: (mouse over or click the scripture references)
Matthew 6:14 | Matthew 18:21-22 | Luke 6:37-38 |
Ephesians 2:8-9, 4:30-32 | Colossians 3:12-13 | Titus 2:11-14
ב Section of Psalm 119
Psalms 119:16-24 (NET)
17 Be kind to your servant!
Then I will live and keep your instructions.
18 Open my eyes so I can truly see
the marvelous things in your law!
19 I am like a foreigner in this land.
Do not hide your commands from me!
20 I desperately long to know
your regulations at all times.
21 You reprimand arrogant people.
Those who stray from your commands are doomed.
22 Spare me shame and humiliation,
for I observe your rules.
23 Though rulers plot and slander me,
your servant meditates on your statutes.
24 Yes, I find delight in your rules;
they give me guidance.