With this episode of Torah on Location, we are going to have a look at Shaul’s (Paul’s) statement in Colossians 1:9:
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Master, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of Elohim (God)….
Here, we can see a unique combination of three terms known to ancient Jewish thought – Chochmah, Binah, Da’at. These three “prongs” of Jewish thought form the basis for the term “CHABAD.” We could say (though I would not necessarily recommend it!) that Sha’ul was the first Orthodox Chabad “Rabbi” of Judaism! Okay, this may be going a bit far, but I am making my point that Sha’ul (Paul) was clearly a “Chabad” kind of guy! He was connected to what Psalm 91:1 calls the “Seter Elyon”; that is, Paul was really into teaching and blessing his readers by the ancient biblical formula of “Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge. In Hebraic thought, Knowledge is ALWAYS experiential, not intellectual.
It is teaching like this that judges Hebraic thought on its own merit. Other religious systems are focused on pursuits of intellectualism whilst Hebrew thought is based on experiencing the DOING of TORAH, not just talking about it.
This is a basic foundation of ancient, Biblical, Jewish thinking!
In this two-part teaching on the Basics of Hebrew Thinking, we will have a look at Colossians 1:9 and other passages of theological relevancy. These studies will set the stage for the next series of studies – “Gematria: the Language of Numbers!”.