Twenty years ago, when reading the above verse, I would not have been able to tell you what a jot or tittle was. I would have thought it meant a small letter or stroke of a pen. That was what our Christian teachers taught us. Who knew?? No one I knew. It wasn’t until I began learning Hebrew that the mysteries began being revealed to me. It seems that when you become determined to show the Father how much you love Him by your actions, He responds in kind. 😇
In last week’s Torah portion, called Nitzavim, or “Stand (plural)”, there are not only jots, but a tittle too! And within one verse of each other! Also, this Torah portion is the one we read during the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot, where we anticipate dwelling again with Yeshua. Sukkot is also a remembrance of when the Israelites dwelt in sukkahs (sukkot) when they left Egypt; and it is also good practice for the tribulation, when having a house to live in is not guaranteed. Do you remember in Matthew, chapter 21, how the people welcomed Yeshua as He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt? Verse 8 says they cut down branches from the trees, laid them on the road and said, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name Yehovah! Hosanna in the highest!” Cutting branches from trees is something you are instructed to do during Sukkot, not Passover, which is when they did this for the Messiah. 👇
Also Yeshua says to Jerusalem, in Mat 23:39 – …”for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name Yehovah!’ ” Which Matthew tells us is what the multitude were saying when He entered Jerusalem.
So is Yeshua telling us He will be returning to dwell with us again during a Sukkot?! The Matthew 21 account, along with what Yeshua says in Matt 23:39 seem to point to that, but I am WAY off track. I’m supposed to be telling you about the jots and tittles of Deut 29. 😇
Tittles are stigmatized letters found all throughout the Tanakh (older testament). They can be enlarged letters or smaller-than-normal letters, floating or bisected letters. Jots are dots found above letters that are not grammatical pointers. (Hand written scrolls never have grammatical pointers and are meticulously copied letter for letter.) Deuteronomy 29:28 has a tittle and verse 29 has the jots. Let’s look at our tittle first. This Hebrew letter – ל – is lamed. Hebrew letters have numerical values and lamed is 30. Hebrew letters also have picture meanings and action meanings. Lamed is the picture of a staff or goad. Like a shepherd’s staff or the pronged rod that keeps the ox plowing in a straight line. Our tittle is an enlarged lamed in the following verse:
What does it mean? Could it mean, since lamed is pictured as a goad, that the Almighty chased us out of His land forcefully (with an enlarged goad, per se) because of our great sins? I will let you ponder that one for yourself.
The jots in verse 29 are as follows:
The verse literally says: “The secrets are to YHVH Eloheinu, and the revealed, to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this Torah.”
The meaning? You should ask Yeshua what it means. 😉 Maybe He will reveal some secrets to you!
Be blessed, b’shem Yeshua ha’Mashiach 💕
P.s. – the following is also in this Torah portion, in Deut 30:7:
* (Elohecha= your (2nd person singular) Eloheim)