A common Scripture that most of us know and have memorized is: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Most of us also know what trust is; but do we know the depth or the microscopic view of what it actually looks like? Follow along with me for a minute or two to zoom in on the beautiful pictures and meanings that this word paints for us to better understand what trust means and looks like.
The Hebrew word for trust is batach (pronunciation: butack), made up of three Hebrew letters: Beit, Tet, and Chet, בָּטַח . Here, we are going to break down the definitions, gematria (numerical values), representations, and meanings of each letter. The first letter, Beit, is a representation and picture of a house, and has a value of two. The Tet has a pictograph of a snake coiled up inside of a basket, and it has a numerical value of 9. Tet can have a representation of two possibilities of man – good or evil. You can reflect upon your life and decide if you are allowing the enemy to control your inner being (thus reflecting the pictograph of Tet), or bowing down to Your Creator in submission (other pictograph of Tet). Last, the letter Chet has a pictograph of a wall or fence and has a gematria of eight. Chet is also the letter that represents life. Now, when we put each of these pictographs and representations together we get this: the house (us, the temple) of good or bad character, bowing in submission to the Creator, creating a fence of protection, which brings forth a new perspective of life. When we are in complete submission (a character of trust), God grants us the privilege of new beginnings (the meaning of the number 8), and helps us understand more clearly how to place our trust in Him.
Now, each of these letters that make up the word, batach, contains either a letter Vav (וֹ) or Zayin (זֵ) within each letter. For example, the first letter Beit (בָּ) has an integrated Vav within itself. In addition, the letter Tet (טַ) has an integrated Zayin, and so on. These two letters, Vav and Zayin, are what make up the entire word batach, so to speak. A Zayin is a representation of the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians. 6:17). It also can have the image of a crowned Vav, which represents Yeshua (Jesus). It has a gematria of seven, which is the number of perfection. In addition, the Hebrew letter Vav, has a pictograph of a nail or peg. It represents the nail that Yeshua our Savior and crowned King took for us on the cross. This letter has a gematria of six, which is the number of man. Stay with me! Adding to the depth of this, the very definition of perfection, Yeshua, who took the nail (sacrifice) for mankind, is the very same One that holds our trust. If there was no Vav (nail) or Zayin (crowned One, God’s Word) to hold up the other letters that make up the word “trust”, there would be no trust! In other words, Vav and Zayin are the structure of that word. This paints a picture in my mind of someone nailing a decree of some sort onto a wall for everyone to see. The Word of God and the sacrifice of His Son has to be stamped into our hearts and be the very set foundation for us to put our trust in Him. How can we trust if we first do not have a firm foundation in the very One from whom we came from? Just as those two letters are the structure for which all the other letters rely upon within the word trust, so also should the same structure be for us in our individual walk with God to fully put our trust in Him. When we can have this understanding, I believe we can fully trust Him with all of our heart, not leaning on what we think trusting God looks like, but rather, understanding and believing what has already been established and placed inside of our hearts. If we can acknowledge that, then His Word will stay true; He will direct our path.
2 Kings 18:5, “He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah; nor who were before him.”
Psalm 4:5, “Offer sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.”
Psalm 9:10, “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You: for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”