The Holy Acronym and Gematria

Iby Midnight Freemason Contributor
Bro. Robert Johnson 32°

It is almost impossible that you have no concept of God in the age we live in. I found myself contemplating however, the word “God”--sounds nothing like or even translates into anything remotely sounding like what scholars refer to as the Tetragrammaton or YHWH as it is known in several circles. 

I didn’t want to explore God or the name so much in this short piece, it is too vast,  but I did find an odd curiosity regarding the name we use in the English language to verbalize that which we deem our creator. In the instance in question,  it is composed of three letters each with a period after. G.O.D.--and why was this? 

It gives the explanation that it is composed of three words in Hebrew Gomer, Oz and Dabar. What is astonishing is that these three seemingly random words of course each mean something, and when we take the first letter from each we get the word God. But there is more than that. As I said each of these words means something. 

Gomer means Beauty, Oz means Strength and yes, you guessed it, Dabar means Wisdom. The three pillars of Freemasonry seemingly make up the word that all the inhabitants of the planet use to refer to the one who created all things. A Holy Acronym if you will. Seems fitting if you ask me. 

Some interesting side notes here can be explained and have to do with Gematria, Hebrew Numerology. In Gematria each letter, word or phrase has a numerical value. Here are a couple coincidences I found in my research. 

Gomer + Oz + Dabar = 810
Holy + Designer + Of + Adam = 810
Genetically + Engineered = 810
God + Is + You = 810
The + Holy + Digits = 810

So what is it about 810? Maybe something, maybe nothing. Most likely its all just coincidence. There are all number of possibilities with Gematria, no pun intended.

Source: Mackey's Masonic Encyclopedia


Bro. Robert Johnson, 32° is the Managing Editor of the Midnight Freemasons blog. He is a Freemason out of the First North-East District of Illinois. He belongs to Waukegan Lodge No. 78. He is also a member of the York Rite bodies Royal Arch, Cryptic Council, Knights Templar, AMD, The Illinois Lodge of Research and a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago as well as a charter member of the Society of King Solomon, a charity organization run by the Grand Lodge of Illinois. Brother Johnson currently produces and hosts a weekly Podcast (internet radio program) Whence Came You? which focuses on topics relating to Freemasonry. In addition, he produces video shorts focusing on driving interest in the Fraternity and writes original Masonic papers from time to time. He is a husband and father of three. He works full time in the safety industry and is also a photographer on the side as well as an avid home brewer. He is currently working on a book of Masonic essays.

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