Now this guy points out something cool and thought provoking.
Elohim is spelled in Hebrew ALEPH, LAMED, HEY, YOD and MEM. ALEPH (the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and similar to our letter “A”) in the ancient Hebrew pictographs is pictured as an ox head, and it signifies strength, or God – as in the Lord is my strength. LAMED (L) is pictured as a shepherd’s staff, meaning to shepherd or lead. HEY (H) is pictured as a man with outstretched or open arms, meaning to behold or God’s grace/provision. YOD (Y) is pictured as the arm from the fist to the elbow, meaning my hand or works. MEM (M) is pictured as waves of water, meaning waters or peoples/nations.
The Lord is My Shepherd
In other words, the name Elohim is the LORD is my SHEPHERD by his GRACE he provides for MY needs (I SHALL NOT WANT), he takes me by MY HAND and LEADS me by still WATERS. Sounding familiar? That’s right, Psalm 23. So, while the Lord is definitely our strength, I think He primarily wants to be our shepherd.
Approximately 400 years after Moses writes “In the beginning God (Elohim)…”, David, appropriately enough a shepherd, writes perhaps the most memorable and most quoted Psalm, Psalm23: “The Lord is my shepherd…” I wonder if Moses knew?
Hear Genesis 1:1 read in Hebrew. It’s not what you hear with you first click. Look at the page and you will see some Hebrew writing, at the end of it is a little speaker, click on it and you will hear Genesis 1:1. If you scroll down further, you can find a little speaker under the words GOD and the Hebrew written form of Elohim, if you click on the speaker, you will hear the word Elohim pronounced.
The Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon – elohiym (el-o-heem’)
Some videos about Elohim
A song about Elohim in Hebrew with English Translation