Monday, April 18, 2016


Deuteronomy 8:2
  • And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.

עָנָה – anah, put down (humble)

If we break this word into each letter with their respective meanings. We have something like the following meaning.

עָ (eye) - ayin, watch

נָ (seed, heir) - nun, son

ה (man with arms raised)- hey, reveal

Watch the son with his arms raised. It is the picture of a son with his arms raised like a little child holding his arms up, wanting his father's embrace.

Matthew 18:3-5 (BLB)
  • “Truly I say to you, if you are not converted and become as the little children, you shall never enter into the kingdom of the heavens. Therefore whoever will humble himself as this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens. And whoever shall receive one such little child in My name, receives Me.

Of course, Jesus, the Son of God, was crucified on the cross where his arms were raised. Humility is exemplified by our Lord Jesus on the cross.

עָנָה means to put down or humble. The ultimate, true humility was displayed by our Lord Jesus who was humbled on the cross. God in human flesh was put down and humbled to the despicableness of the Roman cross for our sins.

If we seek humility, we need to watch the Son with his arms raised on the cross.

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