There’s Something About That Name – El Roi

This week we will look at the Ancient scripture concerning the God who sees. The circumstances under which this word is used appears in Genesis 16:13 to someone who is not a natural born descendent of Abram and Sarah but rather a servant under them. This servant’s name is Hagar and YHWH heard her affliction and informed her that she was with child. (Gen. 16:11) God hears the voice of a woman who was not of his fold, but because of the seed that was within her she was able to take part in the blessing that God promised Abraham. However, Yah did instruct her to submit herself unto Sarah which meant there was something God expected of her in order to partake of the blessing he had for her.

In any relationship there is an expectation of both parties in it otherwise it’s not a relationship but a dictatorship. In a dictatorship only one person has a voice and there is no choice. Yah extends an opportunity for us to take part in the blessings he has for us, but it is based on us obeying Him and if we choose not to obey him then he promises to give us exactly what he said we would get for making that choice. The way we as parents do with our children. Our children receive the consequences of not making the correct desired choice. Outside of our home this means the world becomes the Punisher, when this applies to our children within the home then we become the Punisher. This is the same principle we see Yahushah instructing us as his followers as it relates to if a brother sin’s in Matthew 18.

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. (Mat 18:15-17)


It goes on to say in this context that if two of us touch and agree on earth as touching anything that we shall ask that it shall be done for us by our Father in heaven. Because in the household of faith there is a protocol established based on relationship that if kept produces results, which may be punishment or banishment from continuing in relationship.

Now let’s look at the Hebrew word translated Roi in English.

Now I want us to look at each character separately so that we can see what the Father wants us to understand about who He is. Remember, Yah revealed himself to Hagar in this way. It is important for us to know how Yah reveals himself to us so that we won’t attribute to another attributes that apply only to Him. We also need to know this because we can easily confirm who God is in our lives based on the leading of His Spirit and by the authority of His word. Although we know Yah can do a new thing in the earth, it is important that we know this based on what His word says because everything being labeled a “New Thing” in the earth is not a matter of His doing.

As you can see Reysh is the picture of a head and means chief as at the crown of creation Yah created mankind and gave them dominion over the earth. The second character if you have been keeping up with my series should be very familiar to you it is the character Aleph which is an ox’s head and means strength as well as first since it is the first character of the Aleph Bet. The last character is the picture of a closed hand and means to make, throw, do, or work since these are all things that we do with our hands. So when we put the characters together we see that Roi paints the picture of the chief’s strong hand. Hagar would have recognized that the Creator of heaven and earth would be with her and he is the authority with the strong hand.

It has taken me two weeks to get this because although the character is Aleph it just seems like the character should be Ayin which is the picture of an eye, but it is not. So I have been asking Yah how I can understand how these characters reveal Him as the God who sees. However, what he reminded me of is the Hebrew language is functional and so it is difficult to put my Greek mind aside so that I can see the function in these characters that reveals this truth. Thus, the point is this when Yah sees he moves. When Yah sees our affliction He recognizes our need just as he saw the children of Israel were in bondage in Egypt and He brought them out. When He sees our affliction his strong hand moves to our defense. Sometimes when looking at the ancient Hebrew in understanding the language we have to step back from our culture and see things from an aerial perspective.

The next episode of There’s something about that name we will look at YHWH Yirah in Genesis 22:14. Find out once again how YHWH comes through for the patriarch Abraham in the binding of Isaac.

All Ancient Hebrew Characters provided by Jeff Benner Ancient Hebrew Research Center

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