Today’s Old Testament chronological reading is in Exodus 15 and 16.
The Psalms/ Proverbs reading is in Psalm 54.
No New Testament reading today.
Hebrew root words.
The actions our Father takes on our behalf when we cry out to Him, from Psa 54:
To save. Strong’s H3467, yasha, meaning, to actively and sharply, diligently, watch out for danger.
To vindicate. Strong’s H1777, diyn, meaning, to render judgment at the tent door of the patriarch (who settled all disputes, and righted all wrongs). Diyn, דין, is a primitive root from dalet + yud + nun:
dalet ד = door, thus enter, move, hang
yud י = closed hand, thus work, throw, worship
nun נ ן = seed, thus continue, heir, son
In the days of Patriarchs, the father or eldest son of the tribe, the one who received the birthright and blessing of the father, would sit in the door of his tent, and the sons of the tribe would come to him with their disputes, and he would render judgment between them, which was binding. Even in later days you read of the elders sitting in the gate, that is, the door of the city, where the same function of dispensing wisdom, and of rendering decisions, was carried out (see Est 2:21, 3:3). The parable is of the door (dalet) where the hand was closed (yud) to the son (nun); i.e. rendering judgment.
To hear. Strong’s H8085, shama, meaning, to intently focus so as to comprehend, and act on, what is being said.
To help. Strong’s H5826, azar, meaning, to watch over what is necessary, so that it can be provided. Azar, עזר, is a primitive root from ayin + zayin + resh:
ayin ע = eye, thus watch, know, shade
zayin ז = mattock, thus tool, food, cut, nourish
resh ר = head of man, thus head, first, top, beginning, man
The story is watching over (ayin) what is necessary (zayin, as a tool is used to accomplish a needed end) for the man (resh).
To uphold. Strong’s H5564, samak, meaning, a hedge of protection against chaos, so that one is upheld in it rather than overwhelmed by it. Samak, סמך , is a primitive root from sin + mem + kaph:
sin ס = thorn, thus grab, hate, protect
mem מ ם = the water, thus chaos, mighty, blood
kaph כ ך = open palm, thus bend, open, allow, tame
The story is of a hedge of thorns (sin) placed against chaos (mem) so that one is upheld (kaph, in the sense of open palms raised up) rather than overwhelmed (as a flood of water overwhelms and pulls under).
To deliver. Strong’s H5337, natsal, meaning, to search for the next generation, in order to draw them out of danger.
Links to previous studies.
Exo 15:1-19, The song of Moses
Exo 15:20-21, The dance of Miraim
Exo 15:20-16:10 Strong theme
Exo 15:22-26, Bitter made sweet
Exo 15:22-16:3 Chiastic structure
Exo 15:22-16:27 Chiastic structure
Exo 15:22-17:7 Chiastic structure
Exo 16:11-36 Strong theme
Exo 16 Hebrew roots
Exo 15 and 16 Strong themes
Psa 54 Chiastic structure