Vav: The Nail That Makes Us One

Morning Thought: Vav ו is the sixth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet and makes its first humble appearance at the beginning of the sixth word (ואת) of the Hebrew Scriptures (Gen. 1:1). It means ‘and, so or but’ and serves to connect words, thoughts and ideas.

As the beginning of the Bible’s sixth word, Vav ו connects the heavens and (ואת) the earth. Like an upright man, Vav ו stands straight and tall, reminding us of Jesus Christ, who joins all things together under his Lordship (Col. 1:17).

Vav ו is also one of the most frequently used letters in the Hebrew Alphabet (along with Hey ה and י Yod). The writers of Scripture continually place it in front of words, using it like a needle to sow together seemingly paradoxical thoughts and ideas. All Scripture is one, and Vav ו is like a nail that joins the house of God’s Word together.

For me, the sixth letter reaffirms Anna and I’s call to ministry. The Father has called us to connect people to Jesus and his Word. He has also commissioned us to join his people to one another. Vav ו doesn’t look elaborate or flamboyant––it’s merely a straight line––but it does the job.

Ultimately, the shape and meaning of Vav ו make you think of the nails of Jesus’ cross. Without those sacred nails, we could not be one with God or one another.

The Vav ו portion of Psalm 119 begins with: “And come to me [וִֽיבֹאֻ֣נִי], O Yahweh, with your kind love; your salvation according to your word” (Psalm 119:145, my translation).

Published by: ggerhauser

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, I migrated to Australia in 1999. That’s when I married my beautiful wife, Anna, and we planted our church and Bible School. We’re now the proud parents of four children, ranging in age from eight to twenty-one. We’re still pastoring the same beautiful church, Church on the Park, in the the heart of Brisbane, Australia ( We also continue to teach our awesome students at Holy Fire Ministry Training School ( I love to write and encourage God's people. And something that many people don't know, I'm a DJ as well (aka DJ SOL Vibes).

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