by Christopher (From Brutal Planet)
As many of you know I personally of you know I find edification to be the key to real change in the Hebrew Roots, that rids the body of sickness, disease, emotional, spiritual and physical ailments. Does the Scripture back up this concept? And does the original languages prove that our words are not just simply verbiage, and not just something written. Let us look at John 1:1, and notice the original words used in this verse as we also progress on into other verses used throughout the Scripture and we will be able to see from the Hebraic/Jewish concepts within the Scripture what "words" actually are
In the beginning was the Miltha (מֶלתָֿא). And that Miltha (מֶלתָֿא) was with Elohim. And Elohim was that Miltha (מֶלתָֿא)."
Often times we word "miltha" is translated as "word" in the New Testament, and in places in the Tanakh, now it is important to understand that translators, main job is to decipher words they are not necessarily always theologians or religious scholars in practice. But the original Aramaic word "Miltha" is really interesting given that it can mean many different things.
The phrase B’resheet aytohi hwa miltha breaks a most basic rule of Aramaic grammar by combining a feminine noun (miltha) with two masculine verbs for “to be” (aytohi, hwa). This is unheard of in Aramaic literature other than right here in this passage and in 1 John. This shows YHWH has male and female “images/spirits” even though YHWH remains a He. It may also be a midrash on Isaiah 11:1-2, which describes the Spirit of YHWH descending on Mashiyach using both masculine and feminine suffixes."
Miltha has no direct English equivalent. It can mean ‘Word’, ‘Manifestation’, ‘Instance’ or ‘Substance’ among other things. In this context, it may best be left untranslated."
So we see that the word "miltha" can mean "WORD", "MANIFESTATION", "INSTANCE: or "SUBSTANCE" this is very interesting and I decided to go back into the Targums and look at what word was used in a verse I have been quoting often, in Proverbs and what I found was startling.
Pleasant Mitha (words, manifestations, instances, substances) is like honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."
Let us also look at another passage from the words of Yeshua.
You have heard that it has been said that you should not commit adultery. But I say to you that all who that looks at a woman as lustfully at once has committed adultery in his heart.
Now the question we must pose is are our words just something that comes out of our mouths, or are they something much more?
Yose ben Yohanan of Jerusalem said: Let your house be wide open and let the needy be members of your household, and do not engage in too much idle talk with a woman. They said this of a man’s own wife, how much more so of his fellow’s wife. Hence the Sages said: Whoever engages in too much idle talk with a woman brings evil upon himself, and neglects the study of the Torah, and ultimately will inherit Gehinom.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
The miltha of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.
Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their Miltha (and deeds) are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence.
The thing I find interesting is in the above verse from Proverbs 16:24 as well as the wisdom from the Rabbi's in the Pirkei Avos as well as all the parallel verses in Proverbs and Isaiah, what we tend to see is that words are synonymous with "Manifestation", thus we see Yeshua in Matthew making the point of where our words and actions start. Let us look at it in this instance for a clearer understanding of what Yeshua was saying and how it relates to our words:
A man craves a hamburger, he has been craving it all day, his mind says, "Dude go get a burger from your favorite burger joint", the man then physically gets into his car, drives to his favorite burger joint, and tells the waitress, "Mam, I would like a hamburger with some pepper jack cheese, mayo, mustard and ketchup" he vocalized what it was he wanted and the waitress puts in the order and the cooks in the kitchen then make the hamburger. What we see here is how a though brought about these actions:
What we see is how a thought leads to action and vocalization that affected the people around him in the burger joint. There was a positive inclination for him cause he got what he wanted, the waitress got a tip, the cooks had to do physical labor and the restaurant stays open cause many people wanted hamburgers from that particular establishment. So what we see has happened here is the inclination for the burger started with a thought that later engaged in words being spoken to produce the hamburger which ended up in his stomach. Thus is the same with other dealings with people especially in terms of the Scripture and our halaka (walk).
If a person, is prayed for, and they are edified through kind words, and words of encouragement and it comes from the heart then what is expected to happen? Well the person is expected to get better. However, if words of bitterness are expressed, is there a physical manifestation through the miltha as well? Well of course there is, how often do we read about children whom have committed suicide in high school or college because they were bullied? It is a common occurrence. We have the choice of bringing forth life or death in our words and most importantly in our thoughts. Cause in our thoughts is where these words originate thus, the manifestations originate in our thoughts.
One of the things I often teach is for new converts to first learn the 2 most important commandments, which are to love YHWH you Elohim with all your mind heart soul and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself, a premise taught by both Hillel the Elder and Yeshua our Messiah and to avoid confusion by taking baby steps in their walk and therefore I advocate the 3 year Torah cycle for new converts. The reason for this is for a person to find shalom within themselves and to not allow in an unclean ruach of confusion which manifests by throwing them in and saying, "read just read now, read" which is the usual mindset, this brings a flood of questions and stresses, and it takes them forever to find the inner shalom, therefore anger is felt within cause they do not understand and their frustrations are vocalized, confusion sets in and unedifying words are spoken because someone may show them something different than what they were taught and what ends up manifesting are not only these unclean spirits within a person but also sickness, depression disease etc and they are surrounded by a bickering community that only makes things worse. And each unedifying word has a "manifestation" which the original languages show us in the oldest texts, cause our ancestors of the faith understood this premise and this is why YHWH despises and evil tongue. And evil tongue is destruction to not only the person manifesting the words and thoughts but it is also something that infects the body like a cancer and it is almost impossible to stop.
Let us be mindful of our words and our thoughts, let us find shalom from within, let us take that shalom into our homes and exemplify it there, and lets work towards bringing that shalom with us in our daily dealings with everyone we come in contact with cause a single unedifying word is a poison with the power to kill and the power to spread to the innocent who then become collateral damage in the process. Shalom Shalom
Theological Insights from Rabbi Eved Banah the North American Rebbe of Ani Judaism