Gathering Manna: The Hebrew Alephbet

KafKaf כף is the 11th letter of the Hebrew Alephbet, and it forms the “k” sound, it can be transliterated as a “k”, “ch”, or “kh”.

Kaf Word Picture:  In Paleo the Kaf is represented by either the palm of the hand or the sole of the foot.  Because of this, it represents authority, possession, and ownership.  It is closely associated with the idea of being in Covenant.  In Deuteronomy 11:24 – “Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours”.  The recent discoveries into the real location of Mt. Sinai by Jim & Penny Caldwell (Split Rock Research Foundation) has actually given even more weight to this connection between the Kaf and the covenant promises.  Many stones were found with the paleo letter Kaf written on them, the Israelites were marking the land with their footsteps and leaving proof for their claim on the Promised Land!Isaiah 49:16 – “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”


Textual Oddities:

In Genesis 23:2 (“And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.”), the term for weep in Hebrew is bakah בָּכָה but the Kaf is diminished!  Could it be that with the burial of Sarah here and the purchasing of this plot of land by Abraham, the only piece of land ever bought, was dealing with the authority of the nations that had been in control being diminished and the authority of the seed line of Abraham was being established?

Gematria/Numerical Value:

*20 = 20 is the number associated with expectancy, the time frame waiting for something to be broken off, a birthing, or a deliverance.    This can be seen in the Scriptures in Judges 4 when Israel waits for 20 years in expectancy for a deliverer from Jabin’s oppression, 20 years Israel waits for a deliverance via Samson, and 20 years the Ark of the Covenant waits in Kirjath-Jearim (1 Samuel 7).

*Remember Aleph, with a value of 1, represented the husband, this leads us into the Bet (2), the wife that is joined to the husband to form the house, from this divine union we see the Gimmel (3), representing the firstborn son, the Messiah.  We learn of the role of this firstborn in the Dalet (4), He will be the door, and the Hey (5), causes us to behold him – connecting how He, the Gimmel/Messiah would be the Dalet/Door by walking among us in the flesh allowing us to behold (Hey) Him as the restored Vav (6) Man!  He would be nailed (Vav) upon the tree in order to be the connector (Vav) for fallen man.  It would only be through the Vav man’s sacrifice that He would be able to take back the authority and reign as the crowned King (Zayin), and once again offer the covenant (Zayin) to all of us who had strayed.  His example would teach us how to walk a circumcised life wielding the sword of the Torah (Zayin)!  By wielding this sword, we enter into a new beginning (Chet) and find ourselves inside the place of protection with the boundary lines intact once more (Chet) and can now stand under the chuppah with our Bridegroom (Chet)!  From this place of new beginning, that we should be bearing the fruit of the spirit (Tet) in our lives because we’ve become encircled by His Covenant (Tet).  It is from this position of Covenant that we now as well can operate in the authority promised to the one sitting at the right hand (Yod) and take possession of all the Covenant Promises (Kaf).

Practice Words with the letter כ:

Kippur כִּפֻּר Atonement

Kathab כָּתַב Write

Kasher כָּשֵׁר To be right, proper, to succeed

Kethonet כֻּתֹּנֶת Tunic

Kinnowr כִּנּוֹר Harp

Kohen כֹּהֵן Priest