The letter ו (Vav) has a numeric value of 6 and of course is the sixth letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet. There is so much meaning with this letter. Six is the number of man, created on the sixth day. Along with Hey and Yod, Vav is also part of the name Yahweh (יהוה) The pictograph version of Vav resembles a tent peg. We will focus on that tent peg symbolism today.
Vav ו Prayer Focus: Foundation First!
Thousands of years ago, the Old Testament scriptures were painstakingly reproduced by hand. The detail and accuracy was and still is incredible. They studied everything about the letters and words – the shapes, the meaning, the numeric values. The letter right in the center of the Old Testament – Vav ו! Scholars called this middle point the “Belly of the Torah” and to mark its significance, in the handwritten scrolls, the Vav at this center point in Leviticus 11:42 is oversized.
Two passages to consider as we focus on this “tent peg” in the center.
2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Isaiah 54:2 (NET)
2 Make your tent larger,
stretch your tent curtains farther out!
Spare no effort,
lengthen your ropes,
and pound your stakes deep.
God’s pattern from creation is that living things multiply and produce kind after kind. For us, as new creations in Christ, multiplication and growth happens as we seek God’s Kingdom first. How do we know that Kingdom? Scripture. God’s word is our “tent peg” and we are His tabernacle or tent. Isaiah 54 speaks of increase by effort, literally pounding our stakes, or tent pegs, deep!
John 8:31-32 (NET)
31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Today let’s pray Foundation First, focusing on securing our lives by sparing no effort to be obedient to God’s word. Pound the right tent pegs!
Here are some scriptures to meditate on as we pray together: (mouse over or click the scripture references)
Psalm 1:1-3 | Luke 8:15, 12:42-43 | John 17:17 |
Hebrews 4:11-12 | 2 Peter 1:10-14 | Revelation 21:3
Section ו of Psalm 119
Psalms 119:40-48 (NET) ו (Vav)
41 May I experience your loyal love, O LORD,
and your deliverance, as you promised.
42 Then I will have a reply for the one who insults me,
for I trust in your word.
43 Do not completely deprive me of a truthful testimony,
for I await your justice.
44 Then I will keep your law continually
now and for all time.
45 I will be secure,
for I seek your precepts.
46 I will speak about your regulations before kings
and not be ashamed.
47 I will find delight in your commands,
which I love.
48 I will lift my hands to your commands,
which I love,
and I will meditate on your statutes.