The Law of Zayin
The law of Zayin is sustenance or to sustain life by means of provision.
The ancient Hebrew picture of this letter Zayin is some kind of tool like a plow or hoe. In modern Hebrew, it looks like a sword. The meaning/interpretation of Zayin in modern Hebrew is sword.
Interestingly enough, it seems to not matter whether the ancient Hebrew meaning or the modern Hebrew meaning of the letter is used because they both seem to fit—in some ways—the 7th commandment and Psalms 119. However, when checking another acrostic (Proverbs 31) regarding the virtuous woman, it aligns more with the ancient Hebrew picture.
I prefer to use the ancient Hebrew picture.
There is somewhat of a challenge in aligning the ancient Hebrew picture with the seventh commandment, as you will see, but it can be done.
The seventh commandment is: “You shall not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14).” What does a plow or a hoe have to do with adultery? I can see a sword somewhat, but a plow? Very interesting!
What is synonymous about the plow and sword is that both are used to cut, but more importantly both are used to sustain life. Both are related to bread, yes bread, the food you eat. Both are related to the “word” of God. You use a plow or hoe to prepare the ground for harvest. From the harvest, bread is made. The bread of life, the word of God—which is sharper then any two-edged sword—are relative to the “Word”.
You shall not commit adultery! This commandment is stated as a positive. All of the commandments are stated as a positive. If you read it as a “do not do”, then the command is incomplete.
Zayin is the seventh letter. The seventh day is the day of rest. This shows a picture of one who is satisfied. A person who is at rest is satisfied. Sustenance = satisfaction.
The plow or sword leads to rest. This verse relates the active nature of Zayin (the sword) to a positive thing.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”Hebrews 4:12
Can one rest without it? The word ‘quick’ here means to make alive or to liven up something. Bread is also a way of sustaining a person—the bread of life.
The sword is used to remove chaos.
If a person doesn’t feel complete/satisfied they will lust.
The commandment: You shall not committ adultery should be read like this; The sustained or satisfied will not commit adultery. Every commandment is represented by a letter. The letter coming before the directive is a prefix to the directive. It would read like this:
Zayin. You shall not commit adultery.
Without sustenance man inevitably commits adultery.
49 ZAYIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.Psalm 119:49-56
50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.
52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.
53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
55 I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law.
56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.
The word is either bread or sword.
To quicken is to be made alive by restriction/by cutting off—as in cutting off hunger or cutting out chaos.
The proud are those who commit adultery.
Judgments are the parts that come after the letters, like ” you will not.”
The wicked are those who cannot be satisfied, as in lust.
Statutes are limitations, as in rest.
Remembered thy name: Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. All of those names are comprised in the letter Zayin and they equal sustainer of life.
I represent to you the law of Zayin—the letter that preserves life.
Written by: Tracy Anderson