The Hebrew word Malachi (4397) means ‘Angel’ or ‘Messenger’. The Hebrew
letters are Mem-Lamed-Aleph-Caph sofit. When we add pronominal suffix
to ‘Yodh’ its meaning becomes ‘My Messenger’. The expository study of the
first letter Mem of the word Malachi gives us profound spiritual insight. God’s
mystery has been revealed in the expository studies of the letter Mem.
In Jewish mysticism, Mem is the letter for water symbolizing the spring of Torah.
The spring of wisdom rises up from the mysterious source, that is God.
“The words a man speaks are deep waters, a flowing stream,
a fountain of wisdom.” (Proverbs 18: 4)
Traditionally, Mem has several related meanings such as waters, people,
nations, languages and tongue.
The meaning of the ancient pictograph is ‘Blood’.
The letter Mem has two forms, open form and a closed form. Open form
represents revealed truth of God and the closed form represents concealed
truth of God. The concealed truth of God demonstrated by Messiah is
revealed to the people cleansed by His blood.
In Matthew 13: 10-11, Yehoshua HaMashiach says, the mysteries of
God’s kingdom has been given to the people of Israel. But in order to
make others easily understand, He explained the truth in parables.
In Isaiah 9:7 of the Hebrew text, a closed Mem appears where an open
Mem should appear. The fact that Messiah’s rule will be increased has
been expressed in the phrase, ‘lemarbeh hammisrah’
and its Hebrew interlinear version is as follows:
“Of the increase-of His rule-and of peace-there shall be no end.”
Here the closed Mem signifies that the advancement of royal rule of Judah
is blocked until the coming of the True messiah. Hence the letter Mem
has got close links with its various meanings like people, blood, water.etc.
We can rightfully declare that Mem represents the people cleansed by
the blood of the lamb, Yehoshua HaMashiach.
Now let us turn to the word picture study of the Hebrew word ‘Malachi’.
There are five consonants in this word, they are
Mem, Lamed, Aleph, Caph, Yodh.
We have already seen that Mem symbolizes cleansed by the blood of
the Messiah. Other two letters Lamed and Caph plus a vowel sign Qametz
constitutes the participle form ‘Lecha’ of the word ‘Halach’ (1980)
which means go forth, send , or walk.
Hence a prophet is a Godly man sent as a messenger to serve the people
of God. The concept that the angels are the servants of His people has
been reiterated in the epistle of Hebrews.
” But to which of the angels has He ever said: sit at my right hand,
till I make your enemies your footstool.”
“Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those
who inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1: 13,14.)
The primary service of ministering spirits is to bring ‘blessing’ to His people.
“The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it”.
(Proverb 10: 22).
The Hebrew word for ‘to bless’ is Barach. (Beth-Resh-Caph sofit).
The word pictures of these letters are follows:
Beth=House, Resh=Head, and Caph Sofit=Palm of the hand.