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MEM: REVEALED, CONCEALED

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“Nothing is hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.” - Mark 4:22

The thirteenth letter of the Hebrew alef-beit, mem, has two forms - an open form and a closed or final form. Because the mem is the letter of water or the sea, mayim, it is believed that these two forms represent a particular principle of God’s kingdom - the principle of things concealed and revealed. The sea covers or conceals the unknown world. Yet, with the ebb and flow of the tides, the sea will at times reveal that unknown world.

The mem is also said to represent the womb. The child growing in the womb develops within water and for a period of forty weeks - the value of the letter mem - the child is concealed. At the end of the pregnancy when the mother’s water breaks forth, that which was concealed is now revealed. This fascinating principle is found throughout the Scripture and is an integral part of the Torah.

Inner Dimension of Torah

Most believers have never heard of the "inner dimension of the Torah," yet for those astute in Judaism, this is a very well-known theme. So well-known, in fact, that the unveiling of this "inner dimension" is considered to be one of the greater signs of the Messiah's arrival. According to one treatise on the subject, "Messiah would reveal altogether new insights, making manifest the hidden mysteries of the Torah." Rabbinic commentary has something to add as well.

"All the Torah learned in the present world will be vain compared to the Torah of Mashiach." - Kohelet Rabba 11:12

The Gospels records that Y'shua did reveal this inner dimension.


"All these things Y'shua spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 'I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.' " - Matthew 13:34-35

We should not be surprised to learn that this hidden or inner dimension exists because Scripture declares:

"It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; but the glory of kings is to search out a matter." - Proverbs 25:2

In the Scripture above, the Hebrew word that is translated as "matter" is d'var which, according to Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions, is "a matter, a word, saying or utterance." In other words, it is to God's glory to conceal "a matter" but that matter may actually be "a word or saying" that we need in order to flourish spiritually. It is to our benefit to dig deep below the surface of the text, to investigate and thoroughly examine this concealed "word" and then - that which was concealed is now revealed.

Moses And The Messiah

Mem has the peculiarity that the two letters which form the complete spelling of its name - mem - have the same sound. Rabbinically, this peculiarity is believed to be indication of the fact that the revealed Torah - that which man could comprehend - was written by Moshe (represented by the open form of the letter). Yet, even Moshe understood that the concealed dimension of that same Torah would later be revealed by the Mashiach (represented by the closed form of the letter). This is why Moshe tells Israel that the LORD would raise up a prophet like unto him from among their brethren and that they should listen to his teaching (Deut. 18:18).

Thus we understand that one of the primary roles of the Mashiach is to reveal that which was concealed. Moreover, we understand the letter mem points to the one who did and does just that - Y'shua the Messiah.

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