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 This article will answer the question: Why is it important to study the Scriptures with a Hebrew mindset?

Why It’s Important To Study Hebrew Roots


“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV). 

Can we really do that if we don’t know anything about the Hebrew language, the culture or the Hebrew idioms? Every language has unique sayings (idiomatic expressions) that would not make any sense whatsoever to someone who didn’t already understand them.

This is especially true of the Hebrew language. There are hundreds of idiomatic expressions in both the Old and the New Covenant that are important for us to know. Yahshua (Jesus) and his disciples were Israelites who spoke Hebrew and lived in a Hebrew culture. They would not have used expressions like: “It’s raining cats and dogs” or “Let’s kill time,” or “That person has a green thumb.” But Yahshua (Jesus) did speak Hebrew idioms such as: “Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead;” and He also said, “But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness;” and “think not that I am come to destroy the law”. You’ll be surprised to find out what these Hebrew idioms really mean. It’s probably not what you think.

Misunderstanding the Hebrew idioms in the Bible has led to some very strange interpretations and doctrines. One extreme example is the modern day Christian snake handlers, who take the word “snake” literally when it is actually referring to “enemies.” There are many other examples that are not so extreme, but are just as deadly.

Studying with a Hebrew mindset can help prevent us from making enormous doctrinal errors. Besides Hebrew idioms, there are other words in the Hebrew language that bring tremendous clarity to the Scriptures if we know their meaning. Many times one English word is used to represent several different Hebrew Words. And sometimes our English words do not reflect the Hebrew meaning at all. A good example of this is found in Genesis 1:14 which reads, “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years:”

Naturally the English mind thinks of seasons as summer, winter, spring and fall. However, if you look up the word “seasons,” from that passage, in the Strong’s Concordance, you’ll find that the Hebrew meaning is quite different.

Seasons in Genesis 1:14 is Strong’s #4160, (mow’ed) in Hebrew and it literally means:

1) appointed place, appointed time, meeting

2) sacred season, set feast, appointed season

a) appointed sign or signal

b) tent of meeting


In the Hebrew Lexicon we find the following:





congregation, feast, season, appointed, time, assembly, solemnity, solemn, days, sign, synagogues


It comes from the Hebrew root word ya’ad which means:

 1) to fix, appoint, assemble, meet, set, betroth

a) to appoint, assign, designate

b) to meet

2) to meet by appointment

3) to gather, assemble by appointment

c) to cause to meet

d) to be set, be placed before, be fixed


Surprising isn’t it!

What we discover, from studying the Hebrew meaning of this word, is that Yahweh instituted His appointed times (Sabbaths and Feast days) right at the beginning of His creation. These appointed times were consecrated (set apart) for Him to meet with His bride-to-be. They are rehearsals for our wedding day.

Have you been missing the rehearsals for your wedding with the King?

Have you been told that the feast days are for the Jews and not for Christians; or that we no longer have to keep them because they are in the Old Covenant? Then, based on what you’ve just studied, do you see how important it is to rightly divide His Word?

Yahweh calls these special days His feasts days in Leviticus 23:2. “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.” So if they are His feasts, His appointed times to meet with us, shouldn’t we show up for His meetings?  

Some say they are only for the Jews. But there were no Jews until Jacob’s son Judah had descendants. Also remember that Judah was only ONE of the TWELVE tribes. So when Yahweh created his appointed times (feast days) in Genesis 1:14 they were for everyone. They were created and observed before there ever was anyone called a Jew.

Now that we’ve discovered that seasons are Yahweh’s feast days, we can rest assured that if Yahweh is for them, Satan will be against them. (It’s just his nature.) Isaiah confirms this in the following Scripture.

Isaiah 14:13 reads, “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:”

The word “congregation” is Strong’s #4150. It is the same Hebrew word as the one used for “seasons” in Genesis 1:14 – “mow’ed,” Yahweh’s appointed times that He sanctified to meet with us.

We find this Hebrew word “mow’ed” again in 2 Chronicles 8:13 which reads, “Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, an on the solemn feasts (mow’ed), three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles.”

Since Satan declared that he was going to sit also upon Yahweh’s appointed times – His Sabbaths and festivals – this should be a major clue that they are very important.

Let’s take a quick look at what the Scriptures teach about one of Yahweh’s set apart days – the Sabbath.

            It’s how we delight in Him (Isaiah 58:13-14b)

            We’re blessed for keeping it (Isaiah 56:2)

            It’s not just in the past (Hebrews 4:8-9)

            It’s prophesied for the future (Isaiah 66:23)

It’s a way to show our obedience (Hebrews 4:10-11)

            It’s the only day out of seven that Yahweh blessed (Exodus 20:11b)

            It’s a sign that we belong to Him (Exodus 13:17)

            It’s the fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11)

Based on these Scriptures, it’s not surprising then that Satan would trick Believers around the world into worshiping on a different day. He certainly doesn’t want them delighting in, obeying, or being blessed by the Creator of heaven and earth. Nor does he want them keeping the Commandments of Yahweh.

Not only has Satan managed to change the day of worship for most Believers; he has convinced them that Yahweh’s Holy Days (feasts) have been changed into his un-holy holidays with their pagan origins. That’s Diabolical!


When we start studying Hebrew roots, it becomes clear that our whole belief system may have been altered because we didn’t recognize or understand the idioms in the Bible. Studying Hebrew roots can accomplish two things; 1) give us a clearer revelation of Yahweh’s Word, and 2) keep us from being led astray by false doctrines.

See if you recognize these nine Hebrew idioms.

Exodus 3:8 “a land flowing with milk and honey”

Deuteronomy 28:28 “bewilderment of heart”

Isaiah 66:24 “for their worm shall not die”

Psalm 17:8 “Hide me under the shadow of your wings”

Malachi 4:26 “healing in His wings”

Matthew 5:17 “destroy the law…fulfill the law”

Matthew 8:21 “Let the dead bury the dead”

Matthew 9:20 “touched the hem of his garment”

1 Peter 1:13 “gird up the loins of your mind”

There are hundreds of idioms in the Bible and knowing them will help us to rightly divide the Word. Over 140 of these idioms are listed and explained in the book, “Let Yahshua Rock Your World”.

Let’s take a look at two idioms from the Old Covenant and one from the New Covenant), to get a clearer understanding.

Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the “shadow of your wings

Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise “with healing in his wings…”

Matthew 9:20 And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and “touched the hem of his garment…”

Wings, and hem, refer to the tassels (tzitzit in Hebrew) mentioned in Numbers 15:38-40. These tassels are worn on the four corners of the garment to remind us of Yahweh’s Commandments (to keep them). The woman in Matthew 9:20 knew about the prophecy in Malachi 4:2 that the “Sun of righteousness” (an idiom referring to Yahshua) would arise with healing in his wings (his tzitzit, the hem of His garment), because the Torah and the writings of the prophets were read in the synagogues every week. Therefore, she had faith that she would be healed if she could but touch His hem. There are other references in the Scriptures to the tzitzit such as the account of David cutting the corner (tzitzit) of Saul’s robe.


Hopefully this article has at least piqued your curiosity to learn more about the Hebrew roots of your faith. Over the centuries Satan has been successful in convincing Believers that Yahweh’s “set apart appointments” have been done away with. In addition, he has introduced his own un-holy holidays that aren’t even in the Bible and that originated from pagan origins. However, the Scriptures instruct us “not to learn the way of the heathen” in Jeremiah 10:2.

Studying the Hebrew idioms is a key to a clearer understanding of the Scriptures. 

More information on this subject can be found in Murline Miles’ 226 page book titled “Let Yahshua Rock Your World.”

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