Word of the WeekLekh lekha
This week in Hebrew WOW we are going to learn about an expression that means “go to you.”
The top word is the way it is spoken to a male, and the bottom to a female. They are pronounced, respectively, like this:
לֵך לְךָ lekh lekha
לֵך לָךְ lekh lakh
Don’t forget that the “kh” sounds like the end of the word “Bach.”
But what does “go to you” actually mean?
As believers in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah), we recognize that God has a perfect plan for our lives. The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) has gifted each of us in some way (or several ways) to edify, encourage, and exhort the church, first to the Jew and also to the Gentile.
While there are many “find your spiritual gifts” webinars, books, and blog posts out there, ultimately the Holy Spirit Himself is the best revealer of what our giftings are. Although I have availed myself of some of those spiritual gifts assessment tools on occasion, I really believe that those giftings will become evident if God takes the preeminent position in our lives. (Nevertheless, if you are interested, I have listed at the end of this article a couple of places where you can research your own gifts.)
You have probably studied the attributes of God. Attributes like “faithfulness” does not mean that God shows faithfulness, but that He embodies it. It is who He is, not what He does. Well, since we are created in His image, there are attributes we have that personify who we are in Him.
In modern-day America, when meeting someone for the first time, we might ask, “And what do you do?” We are actually asking about how they define themselves. And we are accustomed to defining people according to their vocations. People are generally most happy when working in the field that makes use of their spiritual gifts and without (perhaps) knowing exactly why, they tend to identify themselves with what they do for a living. Others chafe under the collar with frustration or anger at the work they do that doesn’t allow them to reveal their giftings. It is written on our hearts, and our souls long to be whom God has created us to be.
To ask a Jew what they do, you are asking what kind of actions he takes in day-to-day life. That is because Judaism accentuates action above faith. (Christians are more concerned about faith than action. God is concerned with both, but belief in His Son is paramount.) In all 613 laws found in Judaism, the only one that might be seen as exhorting faith is in the Shema:
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord thy God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy strength (Deuteronomy 6:4-5).”
Yet even in that, the greatest prayer in Judaism, it is actually more of an acknowledgement that God demands that they do something: love Him. As we have studied before, love is an action, not a feeling.
So let’s tie these two concepts together to understand what lekh lekha means. How exactly do you “go to you”? The answer is a simple one: you are to do the thing for which the Holy Spirit has gifted you. You are to be fully who you are called to be.
There’s a reason we’re called human beings and not human doings. And it’s all wrapped up in this one scripture: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Genesis 1:27).”
We each have a part of the incredible attributes of God, because He made us so. And then He gifted us with certain gifts to enable us to become the attributes of God, to live passionately before Him, and to have faith in His will for each of us.
So now, my friend—lekh lakh (lekh lekha for men): Go forth and be the very best you that God created you to be!
Here are just two of many, many places to assess your spiritual gifts. I have included these because they vastly differed in what they say my gifts are. It’s all in the phrasing of their questions!
https://gifts.churchgrowth.org/ – I found this one to be extremely accurate.
https://spiritualgiftstest.com/ – I felt that this one did not accurately describe my gifts as well.