God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. ~ St. Augustine
Do not run away! We are looking at the Hebrew, Greek and English language today but I promise it is for a purpose that will encourage the socks off of you. Stay with me…
The Jot is the Hebrew word Yodh which is the 10th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It is also the smallest letter. The actual word, jot, is the English translation of iota, the ninth letter, and the smallest letter of the Greek alphabet. And iota is the closest equal in Greek for the Hebrew yodh.
The tittle is the little fancy mark on the upper edge of yodh. Tittle is just the little lines or fancy marks that make the Hebrew letters different.
That seems like a lines of useless information but we sure use these little nothings quite a bit in our everyday conversation.
We say phrases such as, “…the dotting of the i and the crossing of the t.” Or, “It doesn’t matter one iota!” And now you know why.
Maybe you are thinking that none of this matters for eternity. Well, it does, in a sense. These little specks on a page are just that to some people, specks on a page. But to the English language today? They are quite important; they matter.
And so do we.
Do you realize in this vast universe that we are just mere grains of sand in comparison to the enormous population of Planet Earth? According to the World Clock, which is clicking away like you wouldn’t believe, the current population is 7,401,889,558 and it was changing every second that I was on the website. So now when you click this link, it will be totally different. Go ahead, you won’t lose your place, I promise it opens in a new tab.
Did you notice:
- 233,367 Births today
- 97,728 Deaths today
- 135,639 Population Growth today
- 17,486,929 Births this year
- 7,323,269 Deaths this year
If you love statistics, these are some pretty fascinating ones! And if you can stand just a teeny bit more, the site shares this:
“…whereas it had taken all of human history until around 1800 for world population to reach one billion, the second billion was achieved in only 130 years (1930), the third billion in less than 30 years (1959), the fourth billion in 15 years (1974), and the fifth billion in only 13 years (1987).
- During the 20th century alone, the population in the world has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion.
- In 1970, there were roughly half as many people in the world as there are now.
- Because of declining growth rates, it will now take over 200 years to double again.”
Yikes! What did I tell you? Just little nothings.
But not to our God. Look at some of the ways He tells us we are important to Him:
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6,7
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.” Isaiah 43:4
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
It is difficult to trust someone that you do not know, it is impossible to be sure they have your best interest at heart. But when you KNOW that person, when you are acquainted with them on a personal basis…you can rest in the comfort that they also KNOW YOU, and, when you know that, “The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalms 147:11 NIV, then you walk differently, you act differently and hopefully you react differently. All because of Who you know.
You are not just a speck on the page! You are beautifully and wonderfully made! The Lord has great plans for you and delights over you with unfailing love.
Can you believe that today? That you are just as important to the God of the universe as any one of the other seven billion and He is not too busy with any of you to take time for the other? Ever.
And how do we know all of this? How do we know it is true?
Leave with this thought today: The Jewish scribes who meticulously copied the text of the Hebrew Bible scrolls, were so particular to detail that they fretted over every little dot and mark represented in the text. Did you know they even numbered every letter, every single word, even the sentences and paragraphs and chapters, so on and so forth, just to make double sure that the total equaled that of the text being copied before they would allow it to pass?
Mind boggling but , “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:18.
Everything will be fulfilled, according to His Word. Everything. You, that little speck on the page, matter a great deal to the God of the heavens. And as the Hebrew scholars numbered every single dot on the page, this Jesus, this God in the flesh, has every hair on your head numbered and cares about you more than the little sparrow that He feeds every day.