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One little mark can make all the difference in the world!

Why the Tav


There is a way that seems right to a man, 
but in the end it leads to death. 

Proverbs 14:12

In Ezekiel 9 we read the following dramatic account:

Then I heard him call out in a loud voice, "Bring the guards of the city here, each with a weapon in his hand."  And I saw six men coming from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with a deadly weapon in his hand. With them was a man clothed in linen who had a writing kit at his side. They came in and stood beside the bronze altar.  Now the glory of the God of Israel went up from above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple. Then the LORD called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, "Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it."  As I listened, he said to the others, "Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion.  Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple.  Then he said to them, "Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go!" So they went out and began killing throughout the city.  While they were killing and I was left alone, I fell facedown, crying out, "Ah, Sovereign LORD! Are you going to destroy the entire remnant of Israel in this outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?"  He answered me, "The sin of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of injustice. They say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land; the LORD does not see.'  So I will not look on them with pity or spare them, but I will bring down on their own heads what they have done."  Then the man in linen with the writing kit at his side brought back word, saying, "I have done as you commanded."

This is a really scary part of the Scripture if you're not right with the Lord and yet you understand the consequences of sin.  One of the really shocking points to me is the short amount of time from when the man with the writing kit was told to mark those to be saved and the time he came back with his report.... "I have done as you commanded."  There is no indication of any interruption or pause in the conversation, and yet this man was back in no time at all.  To me, this is a clear indication that there were very few who would not be killed.  This sounds a lot like our world today - very few in the multitudes who truly have received the gift of salvation!  Just imagine the bloodbath that followed the man with the writing kit.  It says the six men had "deadly weapons."  They followed ready to strike anyone without the mark.  And so it will be at some point in the future - the world being so far removed from God that He will turn His back on it, allowing His angels of destruction to "kill, without showing pity or compassion." 

Unless you read the account above in Hebrew, you're going to miss a very important aspect of it.  The "mark" placed on the foreheads of the people for protection was "Tav."  This mark is spelled with the Hebrew letters Tav and Waw which together are pronounced "Tav."  Tav is the 22nd and final letter of the Hebrew aleph-beth, so one thing we can immediately assume is that once this sign is applied, the decision is final.  This is a picture of the eternal security of believers in Christ.  Paul says:

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,  Ephesians 1:13

From the moment a person receives Christ through faith, they are immediately sealed for the day of redemption, and this seal is final.  To state otherwise is to diminish both the purpose of the cross and the power of the shed blood of our Lord to keep those who have called on Him in faith.

Here is a picture of the letters tav and waw (the "mark") as indicated in the Scripture account:

The Tav is to the right as Hebrew reads from right to left.  The left letter "waw" is the 6th letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet and one of its meanings is "secure."  Tav, as stated before is the 22nd letter and one of its meanings is "mark!"  Clearly, this "mark" is indicating "security" - just as our salvation is secure. 

However, ancient Hebrew was written in a much different form than that of modern Hebrew.  The Waw looked like an ancient tent peg and the Tav was a cross - just like the one depicted in Christendom for 2000 years!

As you contemplate the Tav above in the modern Hebrew, it clearly looks like a doorway - two side posts and a lintel.  This is the very representation of the door on which the blood of the Passover lamb was applied.  The ancient Hebrew is even more astonishing - a cross!  This is the very representation on which the Door of Salvation - Christ our Passover Lamb - shed His precious blood.  Are you beginning to get the picture?  The "mark" of the Holy Spirit is the acceptance of what our Lord did for us - that which we could not do for ourselves.  He worked out our salvation for us.  As Paul wrote above, that acceptance becomes our "mark."  Invisible it may be, but it is there - a testimony to the cross - the Wonderful terrible cross on which our Lord died and which stands as a sign to the ages of the complete salvation of His people.  The only question once you are saved is not whether you will become "unsaved" but rather, by what will you be judged from the moment of acceptance.  All eternal rewards will be based on the life you live for the Lord who saved you from that moment of acceptance. 

If you haven't accepted God's eternal salvation, now is the time to do so:

I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.  2 Corinthians 6:2

If you have received Christ, the big question is "are you living for Him?"  If not, why not?  This is the Lord of Creation whom you are showing disregard for - all eternity is secure for you, so shouldn't you be living for Him?  If you want to re-dedicate yourself to Christ won't you slip out of your chair right now and humbly ask His forgiveness and make a re-commitment to spend your remaining time living for Him and the Gospel of salvation!

To see the ancient Hebrew aleph-bet, click here.

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