Answer: The three temptations by Satan in the wilderness were not the only temptations our Lord ever suffered on Earth. We read in Luke 4:2 that He was tempted by the devil for forty days, but He was undoubtedly tempted at other times (Luke 4:13; Matthew 16:21–23; Luke 22:42), and yet in all this He was without sin or compromise. Although some have suggested that the Lord’s period of fasting compares with that of both Moses (Exodus 34:28) and Elijah (1 Kings 19:8), the main point is how the Lord deals with temptation in the light of His humanity.
A Vessel Fit for the Master’s Use
If you’ve ever watched a potter work, you’ll know there is a stage where the potter stops shaping. His critical eye examines every detail on the object he is making. Finally he picks it up and sets it aside for firing. In the potter’s eyes, the object, the vessel, is fit for use by even the most discriminating buyer. That’s clearly what the apostle Paul had in mind when he wrote to Timothy: “Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” (2 Tim. 2:21).
But what does it really mean to become a vessel fit for the Master Potter’s use? The opening statement by the apostle Paul reflects on twenty verses of admonition and challenge regarding what Timothy’s life was to be like — and what he was to share with the church he was pastoring. That cleansing, which we’ll call shaping, was an ongoing process that reached a stage where the Master Potter could really use the person.
This page surveys the Hebrew Names and Titles for God the Holy Spirit, Ruach Hako’desh, as found in the Brit Chadashah. They are listed in alphabetical order, with the Hebrew spelling, common transliteration, and English phonetics following. For each Name, I include some Scriptural references.
(research by Alexandra Jequier after reading ALEPH)
The Hebrew alphabet is not simply a collection of abstract linguistic elements, like the English alphabet is. All Hebrew letters have names and identities, and in post-Biblical times were even rendered numerical value. It is said that they contain the precise plan of the principles of creation. Each letter (or auth) is a crystallization of one of the aspects of manifestation of the divine word. Each letter corresponds to a number
Each letter is thus connected to the creative forces in the universe.
First there are three mother letters, or Immoth: Aleph, Mem and Shin. They form the prime trinity that came from the Divine. They represent the three dimensions of space. They act as a prism which transforms
The numerical value of Aleph is 111 (Aleph + Lamed + Peh: 1 + 30 + 80 = 111). The number 111 contains the trinity; and it is also the constant of the magic square of six. 111 = 1 + 10 +100. Symbolically this means that Aleph combines the divine, the spiritual and the physical world.
In Revelation 22:13 Jesus refers to Himself as the Aleph and Tav, the First and the Last