|illumination of Psalm 27 by James S. Freemantle|
The Psalms of David, William Morrow, 1982
I taught in October 2013 but failed to post my Hebrew word study of
בֵּית ba yith which means House, Household, Home, Family, Temple, Palace, Shelter, Stronghold, Door, and, surprisingly, Daughter
Strong’s # 1004 http://biblesuite.com/hebrew/1004.htm
It is a masculine noun and derives from a primitive root, also masculine noun Strongs #1129,
בָּנָה ba nah meaning
All of these meanings are carried in the Hebrew word and specific meaning is deduced from context.
Very often the meaning connotes not a place but set of intimate relationships like those of a family.
There are 2,056 occurrences of בֵּית ba yith in Hebrew Scripture.
Bethlehem בֵּית לֶ֫חֶם “House of Bread”
ba yith בֵּית appears in the place name of the birthplace of Jesus, the city of David:
David would build his own house and desire to build a בֵּית The House of the Lord. He would gather treasure for the task which his son would bring to fruition.
In time, through “the root of Jesse” which was the royal house of David, God would provide the Messiah, the eternal king.
Bethlehem—the house of bread—is the birthplace of Jesus, the place where God provided the bread of life. (John 6:35) Each week we treasure these things in our hearts as we “partake of the bread, the body Christ.” At every Eucharist, we enter the House of Yahweh and gather around the Lord’s Table and together eat the Bread provided by God, our Father.
Note: a similar word in the Semite language of the New Testament (Aramaic) means house and, in that language, Bethlehem becomes house of meat (flesh) making a wonderful word play for the place of incarnation where The Word became flesh and dwelt among us...
Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. 2 Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. 3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up. 4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You. 5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. 6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. 7 But as for me, I will come into Your house בֵּית in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple בֵּית. 8 Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face. NKJV
5:7 “But as for me by your steadfast love חָ֫סֶד #2617 Checed
It is a place where evil does not dwell.
It may be entered by meditation and prayer.
It is a place of worship.
It is a place of celebration, abundance, goodness and mercy חָ֫סֶד checed forever. It is eternal.
It is a tent, a shelter in the wilderness; it is a tabernacle, the presence of the LORD wherever I am.
The House of the Lord is a place of blessing, of justice, of satisfaction and contentment, of goodness, of holiness, and worship.