Golden Keys through the Ancient Hebrew

Word study on “Pharisee” as written in John 4:1

Soon the news reached the Jewish religious leaders, known as the Pharisees, that Jesus was drawing greater crowds of followers for baptism than John, even though Yeshua didn’t baptise, His disciples did.

Greek and Hebrew meaning of “Pharisee”

G5330 – Φαρισαῖος Pharisaios
Of Hebrew origin
A separatist, that is, exclusively religious; a Pharisaean, that is, Jewish sectary: – Pharisee.

In the Strongs G5330: “Pharisee” is descriptive of a “separatist”, exclusively religious. This comes from the Modern Hebrew word, H6567, meaning to separate, scatter, wound, declare.

It is interesting that one of the words is “wound”. The dictionary defines wounding as “a mental or emotional hurt or blow; something resembling a wound in appearance or effect especially; a rift in or blow to a political body or social group”.

The Pharisee spirit causes mental and emotional hurt…wow….! This is incredible, because I have lost count of individuals who have been wounded deeply through spoken words of criticism and biblical knowledge given without any fruits of the Spirit nor power to restore the person’s life.

When Yeshua walked on the earth He restored life. He brought Truth into a situation, but also healed the person from the effects of sin. He cast out the devils, He healed the sick, He restored dignity to the individual.

Let’s take a look at the testimony of the woman caught in adultery – John 8:1-11 – Tree of Life version –

Below demonstrates the difference:

“(1) But Yeshua went to the Mount of Olives. (2) At dawn, He came again into the Temple. All the people were coming to Him, and He sat down and began to teach them. (3) The Torah scholars and Pharisees bring in a woman who had been caught in adultery. After putting her in the middle, (4) they say to Yeshua, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of committing adultery.  (5) In the Torah, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do You say? (6) Now, they were saying this to trap Him, so that they would have grounds to accuse Him.”

Note: Pharisee spoke truth through Knowledge. It is truth that Moses instructed that such a woman would be stoned.

“But Yeshua knelt down and started writing in the dirt with His finger. (7) When they kept asking Him, He stood up and said, ‘The sinless one among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ (8) Then He knelt down again and continued writing on the ground.”

Note: Yeshua gave the illustration, “we came out of the ground” and ALL have if you haven’t sinned, then you can cast the first stone…knowing very well that the people have committed sin.

“(9) Now when they heard, they began to leave, one by one, the oldest ones first, until Yeshua was left alone with the woman in the middle.”

Note: Yeshua didn’t get angry, there was no debating, no contentiousness. He didn’t try to quote other scripture but brought an alignment through His Words and actions. According to scripture, we all came out of the ground…all have sinned. If you want to judge & stone her, you yourself, better be without sin. Since sin is a nature that was birthed through the first Adam, not one of them qualified.

He wrote on the ground, we know that man was formed out of the “dust”, the ground. Scripture saith in Ps 103:13-14: “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”

(10) Straightening up, Yeshua said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”

Note: Yeshua is so amazing! First, the woman was bent down in shame but Yeshua removed the intimidation and she straightened up, dignity restored. Whereas, the Pharisee had “no power”, not restoring the woman to wholeness at all.

(11) “No one, Sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Yeshua said. “Go, and sin no more.”

Note: Yeshua demonstrated the way we should minister: First, He took away the shame; second, He forgave her; third, He discipled her. Love and Truth in action.

Golden Key

The Function of a Pharisee: To bring separation; to wound through religion; External activity without love and no power.

This is exactly what happens when we get caught up in religion. Religion is the works of the law and works without love. To have truth without love is destructive and to have love without truth is also destructive.

Golden Key

The Kingdom of God is governed by a King: King Yeshua, who is LOVE and TRUTH.

A Pharisee will demonstrate a truth without the fruit of the Spirit, a character change. Thus, the soul is consumed in trying, striving to be perfect rather then falling in love, growing in truth through intimacy, and Christ being unveiled in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

Golden Key

It is very true, when I strive for excellence, trying really hard, I fail!

When I ask Yeshua to unveil His heart in Me, I change through what He reveals.

Lets take a look at Ancient Hebrew

AHLB# 2644 (V) – “ac: Spread co: Dung ab: ?:  The spread out dung of cattle. A spreading apart of things as an arrangement or of thoughts in order to understand and make clear. (V) Spread out: Also to be easily and plainly understood in the sense of , scatter, declare, distinctly, sting, plainly {H6567, H6568}.”

Spread – Dung. What is dung? Animal droppings, manure – Dung is what passes through the body, mostly bacteria needing to be disposed. Pey (a picture of a mouth) what we speak and say; Resh (a picture of a head)- intellect/head/knowledge; Shin (a picture of two teeth), Two – agreement.

This is showing us that knowledge birthed through intellect with no power or fruit of the Spirit,  has to be disposed of, for it is worthless.

“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2).”

A great illustration of this is when I listen to the news, such as a report on the Prime Minister for example. I am hearing a report that has been given through the knowledge of what the reporter has received. By listening, I can formulate an opinion or even have knowledge of a situation that has taken place. But, if I go and sit with the Prime Minister and have a cup of coffee, I am looking into his eyes and hearing his heart. He could be telling me the exact same report, but now I am connected in my heart and the outcome is completely different.

Golden Key

Function of the Pharisee is based on head knowledge rather then heart connection.

Thayer Definition:

They sought for distinction and praise by outward observance of external rites and by outward forms of piety, and such as ceremonial washing, fasting, prayer, and alms giving; and, comparatively negligent of genuine piety, they prided themselves on their fancied good works.

They held strenuously to a belief in the existence of good and evil angels, and to the expectation of a Messiah; they cherished the hope that the dead, after a preliminary experience either of reward or of penalty in Hades, would be recalled to life by him, and be requited each according to his individual deeds. In opposition to the usurped dominion of the Herods and the rule of the Romans, they stoutly upheld the theocracy and their country’s cause, and possessed great influence with the common people. According to Josephus they numbered more than 6000. They were bitter enemies of Jesus and his cause; and were in turn severely rebuked by him for their avarice, ambition, hollow reliance on outward works, and affection of piety in order to gain popularity.

When we are studying His Word, we need to look for His character within the words we are reading. Otherwise, we too can be just like the Pharisees and operate from a place of knowledge, with good works that are ultimately “dead works”. Hunger for Him, Thirsting for Truth, and wanting to be more like Him, needs to be the motivation behind our seeking and fasting.

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God…(Hebrews 6:1).”

Maybe you are reading this and feel that you have a lot of knowledge but feel disconnected to the person who is the Word, Yeshua. When I read the life of Saul before he became Paul, he persecuted Christians and had such hatred towards the followers of Yeshua who preached the Kingdom of God. He had studied Jewish law and knew every dot. It wasn’t until he met Yeshua on the road of Damascus that day, Saul shifted….He encountered the Messiah…the Living Word…one moment with the King of Kings changes everything. His passion for dead works and persecution changed into compassion and mercy. Paul now became the voice of revelation, no longer sharing the dead letter of the law. Paul became the voice, a living testimony, discovering the very nature and character of Yeshua through the pages of The Word.

Yeshua gave him such a download and experience of who He is and Paul went on to be a changed man, an Apostle.

Today, our Lord is in the business of taking each of us into a personal encounter with Him that will transform us out of the kingdom of religion into the Kingdom of God. He came to place His seed in us, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, He forms a new man inside of us that comes through revelation.

Golden Key

The Word is an Encounter with a real Father God, it shows us who He is. He is hidden in the pages of His Word, for He is the WORD. We get to seek it out His Word and allow the Holy Spirit to unlock Him to us, transforming us into His image.


Let us Pray Together: 

Heavenly Father, right now I pray for all of us.  Firstly, Father, we ask forgiveness for anytime (your name) mouth and my mind has been used to house religious spirits, to act like a Pharisee, puffed up with knowledge, without power nor demonstrating the fruits of the Spirit, in Yeshua’s name. Any person I have harmed through doctrine that is empty, void without any fruit, please forgive me. I break the power, in the name of Yeshua, and pray that waters of refreshing would spring forth to refresh and heal.

Yeshua, I decree that just like you met with Paul, I ask that everyone reading this will also encounter you. Bringing transformation, deep revelation,  and as you did for Paul, I ask for downloads of revelation, the eyes of my understanding to be open. I decree that I am created to be a Son of God, not a Pharisee, puffed up with knowledge with no power, or compassion. Yeshua, where I have received teaching or judgment from a modern day Pharisee, I release forgiveness. I decree that I have come out of the bond-woman and her son, and I am a child of the free woman. In the testimony of the blood of Yeshua, I decree restoration and wholeness, that I am bearing fruit from the seed of righteousness unto holiness. Amen!