Izz real? and un-real.

Certain words roll off the tongue with little or no effort.  ‘Delight’ is far easier to say than ‘anesthetist,’  and ‘isthmus’ wins hands down as being harder to mouth than ‘bumblebee.’

Image result for bumblebee

In English, there is one word in particular we speak casually,  and perhaps take for granted even if our intentions are good, and oddly enough, it is not a hard word to speak at all. It’s found over 2500 times in scripture, and is a word which presents scorn to some, hate to others, blame to still more, while at the same time is a savor of life to others.

It is a word which brings to mind prejudice, faithfulness, Hebrews, blame, Jews, Pharisees, Arabs, Moses, valor, unfaithfulness, history, Ben Gurion, truth, Golda Meir, covenants, idolatry, promises, Benjamin Netanyahu, trust, geography, The Knesset, adultery, Abraham, bitterness, Mordecai, Solomon, David, pride, Zechariah, hatred, Isaac, Herod, sin, Sarah, sacrifice, Rachel, faith, Esther, grace, Jacob, the LORD, and I dare say that in some quarters this word is purposefully ‘uttered’ as slanderously and unmelodious as possible.

Knowing the importance of this word, I suggest we place the proverbial cork in the dam and make a conscious effort to realize the aspersion cast when ‘others’ speak this word, and notice the broadness of this influence, and bring to the table our own ear and mouth of defense, and add our own dose of melody amid the clamor.

This will sound odd to you at first, perhaps ado about nothing, but consider the possibility of ‘something more than meets the eye.’

The word:  ‘Israel.’

No, not Izreel, not Izrill, not Isrill.

Israel, as in ‘Iss-ray-EL.’ Others say ‘Iss-rye-EL,’ or ‘Iz-ray-EL.’  Three syllables not two, with heavy emphasis on the EL. This word is generally spoken in a hurry, and de-emphasizes EL;  ya think maybe some want to dismiss God by the mere pronunciation of Israel? Let’s not allow the world to dictate unbelief in that which is precious. No sense in aiding and abetting them.

EL is one of the names of God, so there follows a natural reverence when we say consciously IsraEL. The most High God is EL ELyon;  and EL Shaddai as in God Almighty.

Even the tongue in the mouth must ascend when speaking the letter ELL, as if the alphabet bows in such awe. But of course.

EL Shaddai, as the all-sufficient One, all sustaining as the I AM, He who is from everlasting to everlasting, the God of the breast, the near one to the beloved apostle John, indeed is worthy of respect when saying His name.

I understand how the reporters from CNN say ‘Izrill,’ but I need not follow their lead. I get it how the president and world leaders say ‘Izreel,’ as if it’s no more worthy than newsreel, but my ear need not agree, and my tongue need not confess the same idea.

Then you have ALLah,  ALL not EL. A coincidence? I doubt it. So when we say the angel Gabriel, we do not say, (or should not say) Gabrill. The respect is GabriEL as he would have no stature apart from God, so we in a round about way show respect and admit to the authority of the most High. Equally so, when we say Nathanael, it rings truer as NathanaEL.

Tell me you do not appreciate it when a person pronounces your name correctly.

Offender for a word here, or overly sympathetic to irrelevance? You decide. But the next time you say the word Israel, note how pleasant to the ear it sounds, and how it has long been a word we have spoken with a great degree of casualness. EL ELyon is hardly casual; the most high God is surely above us and deserves our heart’s perfection rising from the lips.

Yes, it may take some time for this to become familiar, but it’s only because of habit that it seems strange. As in most things, there are good, better, and a more excellent way.

That said, it would be far better to support Izrill and speak loosely, than to be a speech expert saying Is-ray-EL while mocking the apple of God’s eye. I’m thinking somewhere in there is a nice balance.

God in his pleasure has chosen a nation to display his goodness, mercy, sovereignty, promises, and His enduring and endearing word. The enemy of God hates this fact and has called Izrill the bane of the earth. Is-ra-EL however is the apple of God’s eye, not because they are better than most; yea rather but that God is true, and His word ever good.

O come oh come ImmanuEL, and ransom captive IsraEL.

Bumblebees and IsraEL.   😉

And in other news…………..

Speaking of un-real……….Mr. Jenner has graced the cover of Vanity Fair bringing tada: a new name, Caitlyn. How splendid, how progressive, how sad. The short post below touched on this already; could have been written a thousand years ago or this morning.


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26 Responses to Izz real? and un-real.

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Rockin brother.

    Really like the part about not because they were special..except to Him right? They were chosen…just because they were.

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  2. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Since you’ve seemed for as long as I’ve been aware of your “work,” to be unfamiliar with religious history, allow me to enlighten you – “El” originally came from the name………………

    (AHEM: Keeping with the consistent promise to ‘shun profane and vain babblings,’ the remaining comment here regarding the mockery of God Almighty was left in public long enough so others would see WHY it is gone.)


    • ColorStorm says:

      I seemed to have misplaced my ‘five sighs’ button……………

      And yet it is this borrowed word that has survived and revived according to the very book you chastise and insult. Strange then is it not that ‘IS-ra-EL’ thrives, while your legendary heroes are long gone and forgotten.

      Yep, it’s all in the good book, even your reactions to it.


  3. What wonderful food for thought!!
    I love words and their components, their origins–even the various pronunciations—being born and bred a true southerner, I have heard my fair sharing of correcting, scolding and mocking of my pronunciation of words as they say we tend to add multiple syllables 🙂
    But I remind my northern brethren that we do know how to say “r “verses saying “a” instead lobster / lobsta 🙂
    But the word Israel. . . .WOW
    Now I know El Shaddai , Elohim and Emmanuel. . .
    but I suppose the root EL never struck me in IsraEL. . .why, I know not.
    How powerful this is CS. . .
    I’ve written posts before regarding our terribly causal use of words—how the name of Jesus is something so pure and holy yet we casually use it as slang, cursing, etc. . .I’ve marveled at the reverence of Orthodox Jews who will not even spell out God, writing instead G–D
    and how causally our society now throws around the f word as if it were something simple rather than something more deeply perverse. . .
    I hate our loss of respect for names and for the casual, flippant use of words which should be spoken with respect and reverence as well as those words which should not be used with causal abandon—-
    Thank you for this marvelous insight!

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  4. Julie Harris says:

    Great food for thought!! I never connected EL with Israel… very interesting 🙂

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  5. Really fascinating post, Colorstorm. Don’t think I’ll ever say Israel quite the same way again.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Tkx Louis-

      It at least makes us pause for a split second, yes.

      It was unusual at first for me too, now it’s as natural as ever.

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        I don’t know why Isra-EL should be such a surprise for anyone who has actually studied the Bible, which is full of names that refer to el – Gabri-EL, Micha-EL, Dani-EL, Ezeki-EL, Samu-EL, Jo-EL, and several others.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          You are correct, it is not a surprise. Samuel means ‘asked of God,’ as an answer to prayer by Hannah.

          You are confirming the point about the relevance and importance of the word Israel as well. Don’t forget Daniel’s friend Mishael (Meshach), but you are forgetting that it was God first, then man.

          By the way, people do not generally name their children Lucifer………….It was an honor and a show of respect to include the El in a child’s name. (Gamaliel)

          Israel itself as noted, is a display of God’s power and promise.


        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          I left out the big one, EL-i-JAH – this guy’s momma was taking no chances, he was named after both “El” and “Jah” (JHWH).


  6. Tricia says:

    Very nice post CS and it made me think (gosh, what a concept) about how I pronounce Israel and how I could and should do it as God intended. I would also like to know where I might find such a thing as a “five sighs button” as it sure would come in handy at times!

    Your bee arkive picture was brilliant….;)

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yea tricia, I’m drawing attention to the genius of God in the word that has confounded the professional skeptics, as well as how believers can ‘rush through’ a word.

      EL just sounds good to the ear.

      And the bumblebee? Ha, a true defier of science and gravity. ‘Un-real’ how the darn thing hovers and stays suspended. 😉

      Thank you very much goes to the Creator.

      And tkx you too! So you want to order a button?? 😉

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      • Tricia says:

        It’s good that you do this as I think it’s easy to overlook God’s genius, maybe take it for granted. “God’s truth stands like a foundation ” though eh?

        And I agree bumblebees are just amazing! Even more so perhaps are how some absolutely miss their link to our Creator, or use them as somehow proving God doesn’t exist.

        Two 5 sigh buttons I think will do…;)

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        • ColorStorm says:

          And what do you do but bring ELoquence with the bee observation. Nice trish.

          (Are ya listening WP with some new button choices…………….:)

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        I don’t know any skeptics who are confounded, and I know a lot of skeptics.


        • ColorStorm says:

          Here ya go archx1-

          A copy of a comment from ‘Silence and the gems of glory.’

          —I had said it before that a friend who is PHD in Microbiology, has stated that his unbelieving colleagues KNOW the ‘accidental creation’ is a farce, based on the laws of observation and provability, chance, all known in the lab, but they Cannot, they will not accept the only alternative.—

          As I said, ‘professional skeptics.’ The world is full of them, and yes, you are included.


        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Ah, the old, “Appeal to Authority” fallacy:
          a) a man has a PhD in Microbiology
          b) the man with a PhD in Microbiology SAYS that his “colleagues KNOW the ‘accidental creation’ is a farce….”
          c) the man’s statement must be true because he has a PhD in Microbiology!

          You’ve always been such an epitome of logical thinking, CS, and I’m just as impressed as I usually am – I’m sure you know how much that is.


        • ColorStorm says:

          No, you are reading carelessly.

          You said you were not aware of ‘professional skeptics;’ I documented an entire college of them, and of course by association, they represent the mass of intellectuals that refuse to admit the obvious.

          Strangely enough, these people who reject a Creator, would be your best friends because they despise the word of God, and refuse the Lordship of Almighty God. It is your inability to ‘see’ and connect the dots that eludes pure logic.


        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          While you may have documented an entire college of ‘professional skeptics,’ you’ve not shown that any of them are confounded.

          they despise the word of God” – How can anyone “despise” that which doesn’t exist?


  7. Beautiful point, Colorstorm. You have put to words something that has always bothered me, but I could not quite put my finger on.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Sad news though. The half is not told; there is BeliAL, the antagonist who wants the EL stature………….

      When the Jews recite the Shema (Deut 6.4) Hear o Israel………… there is a fine voicing that lingers, and is quite pleasing to hear. (Yis’ra’eil)

      All knowledge is good yes, when handled in the right spirit. Glad you liked the distinction, insanitybytes22, and as always, tkx for your input. 😉

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