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22 August 2014 | Re’eh

The Jots and Tittles of Moses / July 2004

The Jots and Tittles of Moses
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:17-19

This passage of Scripture has been quoted by more unbelieving Jews than by believing Christians. It is one of the great ironies of our faith, many Christians and Christian teachers speak to the opposite of what the Messiah said. They continue to teach the message of the Church Fathers that the Messiah came for the purpose of doing away with, annulling, or rendering the commandments of God to none effect. Unbelieving Jews use this text to counter Christian testimonies of Jesus, proving that Christians do not understand what Yeshua said or meant.

Today, many believing Jews, like myself, are also quoting this Scripture to our Christian brethren in an effort to correct this error. We are trying to bring back the original Hebrew intent and understanding. The Torah (the Law) is at the very center of that new understanding. In fact, one could say that the Old Testament has become in reality the "New Testament" for those making the transition.

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

One could argue that heaven are earth are still here, so why do teachers advocate that the Law is done away with? But let us go deeper. Yeshua said something here that most people don’t understand, even those who agree with Torah. What are jots and tittles?

Modern Bible versions reword the 1611 version of the KJV and now say it is the smallest letter (jot) or the smallest stroke of a letter (tittle). If you search Bible reference material you will not find much more than this. In fact, they stop at explaining a "jot" as an iota (smallest Greek letter) and the "tittle" as the stroke of a letter. You may have heard of this expression, "Not one iota has been touched or changed." Another modern version refers to it as the dot on an "i" and the crossing of a "t." Given that the New Testament manuscripts were translated from Greek, it follows that the reference would follow with this explanation. But consider this.

Do you believe that Yeshua was speaking Greek or English the day He said this for Matthew to dutifully quote Him? Of course not, we all accept the concept that Yeshua spoke Hebrew and that His statement is born out of a Hebrew understanding. Therefore, let us ask the question again. What is a jot or tittle from a Hebrew point of view?

To answer that question, we will have to go beyond a Greek reference and a Christian bias for understanding. In fact, we will have to go all the way back to Moses and the Torah. What is a "Jot and Tittle" to Moses.

Jots and tittles are signs given by Moses in the text of the Torah that are not translated, but every scribe copies them precisely in every Torah scroll. Jots are exactly as they say – jots or dots put above letters in the text. Four times Moses did this – twice in Genesis, once in Numbers and once in Deuteronomy. Tittles are a class of other kinds of markings in the text. They include enlarged letters (bolded letters), letters made smaller (subscripted), gaps in the text (intentional spacings), and letters drawn in unique ways (elongated and reversed). As I said before, none of these are translated or even noted in English translations.

Even worse, Christian teachers are not aware of their existence or their purpose. Rabbis are blinded trying to see the Messiah; Christians are blinded trying to see the Torah. Go figure.

When Yeshua made reference to the jots and tittles, Torah teachers of His day knew what they were, but were confused as to what they meant. Today, Christians and Christian teachers have no idea what Yeshua is referring to.

In the course of this article, I would like to introduce you to the Jots and Tittles of Moses. Because of length, I can only offer you a list, illustrate them briefly and give you only a quick explanation. For further study, I have an audio teaching entitled, An Introduction to the Jots and Tittles of Moses. You can order it from the ministry office. Lord willing, I will give a much more expanded teaching of each jot and tittle at the next Feast of Tabernacles 2004. First, let’s review a list of Jots and Tittles of Moses and their locations in the Torah.

* The elongated vav is a mark made by the scribes of the Torah which is like unto the jots and tittles of Moses. I have added it for explanation since it very similar.

One of the keys to understanding the Enlarged and Small letters is to know what each letter means in its own right. Hebrew letters have specific teachings. The 119th Psalm is written with this mind as each section of the Psalm is preceded by a Hebrew letter (all 22 in sequence).

The combination of letters form words. The deep definition of those words is born out of the meaning of the combination of letters. The definitions for the letters are found in most Bible Dictionaries that address the Hebrew language. An excellent review of that teaching is found in a book entitled Hebrew Word Pictures by Frank Seekens. Using these simple letter definitions, let us look at each instance of the Jots and Tittles of Moses.

As we review each instance, you will see the Hebrew text followed by the translation with its highlighted portion. If you wish to cross check my findings with your reference texts, please remember that the exact verse number in the English bible can be slightly different in a Hebrew bible. For example, Lev 6:9 in English is Lev 6:2 in the Hebrew.

1. The Enlarged Bet Gen 1:1

Bet Resh Alef Shin Yod Tav

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1

Bet means "house." Embolding the Bet means that this is the story of how God is building His house. To start a house (a family), a man takes a bride. It is from her that she will establish their home and children will be born and raised. Therefore, from the beginning, it has been God’s plan to build His house by taking a bride and bringing forth children.

2. The Small Hey Gen 2:4

Bet Hey Bet Resh Alef Mem

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.
Genesis 2:4

The letter Hey means to bring forth or to reveal something. Normally, the letter is used to bring forth or show the glory of God. Abram’s name was changed to Abraham by adding the letter Hey. The same happened to his wife Sarai to Sarah. God’s name has two Heys in it: Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey. The disciples heard God speak concerning His own name in . I have glorified it and I will glorify it again.

A small Hey is saying the opposite of the glorification. Therefore, the second letter of this six letter Hebrew word is made small. It symbolizes the six days of creation and that on the second day (when the heavens were made) that a fall happened. It is speaking of the fall of HaSatan and his angels when they objected to Gods plan to take us as His bride.

3. The Small Kaf Gen 23:2

Vav Lamed Bet Kaf Tav Chet

And Sarah died in Kiriath_arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.
Genesis 23:2

Kaf is the letter which means the open hand. Abraham’s mourning for his wife is described as an open hand before God that can not be filled or satisfied. His petition to God for her return could not be fulfilled, therefore his hand remained open.

4. The Small Koof Gen 27:46

Kaf Tsadi Chet Yod

And Rebekah said to Isaac, "I am tired of living because of the daughters of Heth; if Jacob takes a wife from the daughters of Heth, like these, from the daughters of the land, what good will my life be to me?"
Genesis 27:46

The fatigue and distress of Rebekah is illustrated by the letter Koof. This letter means the back of the head. Not only did Rebekah bow her head but she also turned away from her son and daughters-in-law. By making the letter small, it means there was disappointment and discouragement.

5. The Jots Gen 33:4

Vav Yod Shin Kaf Hey Vav

Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.
Genesis 33:4

This the first instance of the Jots (small dots above each letter). Many sages say that the kiss of Esau was disingenuous. What he wanted to do was bite Jacob in the neck with his teeth (the jots). While this seems fascinating, it doesn’t hold up for the other instances of the jots. However, an element of this does speak to the other instances of the jots. It has do with Jacob’s flock (his family).

6. The Jots Gen 37:12

Alef Tav

Then his brothers went to pasture their father's flock in Shechem.
Genesis 37:12

As I mentioned in the previous instance, the jots have to do with Jacob’s family. This text is particularly profound as it the beginning of the story of Joseph (the start of the story of redemption). This is the beginning point for the Passover. This is the beginning point for explaining the Messiah’s work.

7. The Enlarged Nun Exo 34:7

Nun Tsadi Resh

who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.
Exodus 34:7

The letter Nun means life (the quickening of life). It is a picture of a fish suddenly swimming away. The letter Nun here and its placement in the thirteen attributes of God’s mercy emphasized something about the tenth attribute. God preserves (keeps) the mercy that our Fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob received for us. We receive the benefit of our fathers for a thousand generations. It is about our heritage and our inheritance from our fathers. The enlarged letter is referencing an enlarged Yod in Num 14:18.

8. The Enlarged Resh Exo 34:14

Alef Chet Resh

—for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God–
Exodus 34:14

The letter Resh means head of or the chief person. The letter has been made larger to understand that anything or anyone that is made larger than or head over God is another god. This teaching is referenced to another enlarged letter – the enlarged Dalet in Duet 6:4. The only difference between the Hebrew word for One (echad) and the word for "other" or "alien" (echar) is the letter Dalet or Resh. If you will notice, there is a very minute difference between the letters (d - r ). Moses wanted to make sure that we never referred to "other" or "alien" gods as "One" nor refer to our God in the Shema as an "alien" god.

9. The Small Aleph Lev 1:1

Vav Yod Kaf Resh Alef

Then the Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying,
Leviticus 1:1

The letter aleph means strength. It is a picture of an ox’s head, the strongest animal they used in the ancient times. A small aleph means the opposite. Simply said, when God calls a man, the man’s strength must be made small. John the Baptist said it this way, "I must be made weak, so that He can be made strong."

10. The Small Mem Lev 6:9 (Lev 6:2 in Hebrew Bibles)

Mem Vav Kaf Resh Chet

Command Aaron and his sons, saying, "This is the law for the burnt offering: the burnt offering itself shall remain on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning, and the fire on the altar is to be kept burning on it."
Leviticus 6:9

The letter mem means waters. It is also associated strongly with the chaos of waters. In particular it relates to the womb of a woman, when she breaks water. There is chaos in the house – a baby is about to be born. The shape of the mem is like a womb, the belly of a pregnant woman. It is from the belly (the womb) that a soul joins a body. It is also believed that the soul of a person is housed in the belly portion (the torso) of the body. A small mem here means that when a person puts a sacrifice on the altar, they are to put their soul on the altar before God. Paul was teaching this meaning when he said it this way. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that present your bodies as a living sacrifices before God. Rom 12:2 The mercies of God is a reference to the altar service. The reference to our bodies is to the soul which is in us. We are living sacrifices because we are still here, but we have placed our souls on the altar of God.

11. The Elongated Vav Lev 11:42 *mark of the scribes

Gimmel Chet Vav Nun

Whatever crawls on its belly, and whatever walks on all fours, whatever has many feet, in respect to every swarming thing that swarms on the earth, you shall not eat them, for they are detestable.
Leviticus 11:42

This is not one of the Jots and Tittle of Moses. It is a mark made by scribes to indicate the very center of the Torah. On either side of this letter "vav" are an equal number of letters making up the Torah. However, its placement is very profound and carries part of the message given in the book of Leviticus. The elongated vav is in the word for belly. It is the belly of the Torah. It is also the part of Torah that teaches about holiness and what we are not to bring near to our souls. The soul is in the torso (belly) of the person. Three appetites are given to every man: ego (passion for life), food, and sex. Torah teaches us that there are limits on those appetites and restricts those things that profane our souls and keep us from being holy. It is the very rationale for the letter to the Gentiles given in Acts 15. That letter is a shortened teaching on the middle (belly) portions of the Torah. Some Torah teachers prefer the expression "the heart of the Torah" since it part of the vital organ set within the torso. Therefore, the letter to the Gentiles is to instruct them first to pursue the "heart of the Torah."

12. The Jots Num 3:39

Vav Alef Chet Resh Nun

All the numbered men of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron numbered at the command of the Lord by their families, every male from a month old and upward, were 22,000.
Numbers 3:39

Scripture says that an average man lives 70 years. 70 years is 22,000 days. The jots about Aaron’s name also flags attention to the numbering process of the Levites. If you count the elements given in this census, the total is actually 22,300. However, this verse says the total was 22,000. The jots are part of the answer. Aaron wasn’t counted, nor were any of the other first-born of Levi totaled in the 22,000. The first-born of Levi were 300. The first-born of Levi could not be substitutes for the first born of Israel. So, what does the first-born have to do with Jacob’s flock and family? The remnant of Israel, the redeemed of Jacob are all called first-born. The Passover was for the redemption of the first-born. This was not the salvation of Israel. Salvation was pictured later at the Red Sea. The Messiah is the first-born among many brethren. He is our Passover Lamb and Redeemer.

13. The Inverted Nuns Num 10:35-36

Inverted Nun's at beginning and end of text -->

Then it came about when the ark set out that Moses said, "Rise up, O Lord! And let Thine enemies be scattered, And let those who hate Thee flee before Thee." And when it came to rest, he said, "Return Thou, O Lord, To the myriad thousands of Israel."
Numbers 10:35-36

The Inverted Nuns stand out as a class all their own when seeing the Jots and Tittles of Moses. Preceding verse 35 and following verse 36, Moses placed the letter Nun by itself and reversed it. He drew it backwards. It is the ancient version of what we know to be a set of brackets. In fact it looks like a bracket we use today "]". The sages of Israel say that Moses was trying to draw our attention to the wisdom in those two verses. They go further. They say that the wisdom in verses 35 and 36 are equivalent to the wisdom of Genesis or any other books of the Torah. They said with Numbers divided into three parts by the Inverted Nuns, that the Torah is seven pillars of wisdom.

Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars;
Proverbs 9:1

The letter nun means life (the quickening of life). The letter pictures a fish swimming away quickly. But a letter drawn backwards, what does that mean? It is the quickening of life from the dead. That which was dead has come alive. It is sign for resurrection. With that in mind, look a the verses again.

Verse 35 describes the resurrection of the Messiah. This is when Yeshua gained victory over his enemies. As a result, they have been scattered and must flee from His presence. He has gained victory over death.

Verse 36 describes our resurrection which happens at the Lord’s return to Israel. The myriads of Israel’s family is the flock of Jacob, the redeemed of Jacob.

This portion of Scripture is so profound that Jews use these words to open and close the Ark with the Torah scroll. Whenever the Torah is brought out of the ark, we say, "Arise O Lord,…" and whenever, it is put back, we say, "Return O Lord, …"

The Inverted Nuns illustrate the two great resurrections, first for the Messiah, and then for us at His return.

14. The Enlarged Yod Num 14:18

Yod Gimmel Dalet Lamed

The Lord is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations.
Numbers 14:18

The letter Yod means hand (a closed hand). It is also the numerical value of ten. This portion of text is a quotation from the 13 attributes of God’s mercy given in Exodus when Moses was standing in the cleft of the rock. This time, Moses is pleading for God not to destroy the children of Israel for testing Him for the tenth time. Instead, Moses quotes the mercy of God back to God emphasizing the tenth attribute – God preserves and keeps the mercy shown to our fathers for the descendants. This is why the children of Israel were not all slain (only that generation that rejected the promised land). Their children went with the Lord into the land.

15. The Small Yod Num 25:11

Pey Yod Nun Chet Samech

Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned away My wrath from the sons of Israel, in that he was jealous with My jealousy among them, so that I did not destroy the sons of Israel in My jealousy.
Numbers 25:11

The letter Yod means hand (a closed hand). Phinehas was Aaron’s grandson and a priest of Israel just before crossing into the land. He had to contend with the error in Israel due to the teaching of Baalam. Phinehas slew one of the sons of Simeon and his wife. It averted God’s plague upon Israel. Phinehas was also granted something we are all hoping for – the covenant of peace. The small Yod seems to indicate that small works with our hands for God go along way towards the things of the kingdom.

16. The Gap Num 26:1

Gap in the text

Then it came about after the plague, that the Lord spoke to Moses and to Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, saying,
Numbers 26:1

Every scribe intentionally and carefully places a gap of text at this point in the Torah. It has the same effect as a moment of silence in a speech. It draws particular attention to what is said next.

17. The Enlarged Nun Sofit Num 27:5

Mem Shin Pey Tet Nun

And Moses brought their case before the Lord.
Numbers 27:5

The letter nun means life (the quickening of life). This letter was used previously by Moses in presenting the 13 attributes of God’s mercy in Exo 34:7. However, this is a nun sofit. It is at the end of the word and is drawn as a sofit to indicate that. The context of this passage is about the daughters of Manasses who had no male counterpart to receive the tribal inheritance. They appealed to Moses and he made the case for inheritance. As a result, their inheritance was assured. Going back to Exo 34:7, the enlarged nun there was the tenth attribute of God. The attribute describes how God preserves our heritage and inheritance (the mercy extended to our fathers). Therefore, the enlarged nun here speaks to the inheritance of our fathers, our heritage, being preserved even when a physical recipient is missing in the lineage.

18. The Gap Deut 2:8

Gap in the text

So we passed beyond our brothers the sons of Esau, who live in Seir, away from the Arabah road, away from Elathand from Ezion_geber. And we turned and passed through by the way of the wilderness of Moab.
Deuteronomy 2:8

Again, a gap in this text is faithfully copied by the scribes to draw special attention to what follows.

19. The Enlarged Ayin Deut 6:4

Shin Mem Ayin

Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!
Deuteronomy 6:4

The letter Ayin means eye. In fact the Hebrew word for eye is Ayin. Faith comes by hearing not by sight. This is a profound repeated teaching in Scripture. The letter Ayin is in sharp contrast to the word Shema (Hear). The lesson is repeated again with the letter enlarged. At the end of the Shema is the enlarged letter Dalet.

20. The Enlarged Dalet Deut 6:4

Alef Chet Dalet

Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!
Deuteronomy 6:4

The letter Dalet means door. We have already made reference to the enlarged Resh in Exo 34:14. The combination of the letter Ayin at the start of this verse (the Shema) forms the word for witness (ed). Therefore, it is said that the true witness of God says these words (the Shema). But I think there is another message with that. It is one thing to say something; it is something more to do it. Therefore, a true witness says these words and also goes through that door – he enters the kingdom of heaven. James said, "Be ye not hearers only, but doers as well." Yeshua said that many would call Him Lord, but would not necessarily be those who enter the kingdom, because they did not do the will of the Father.

21. The Enlarged Lamed Deut 29:28

Vav Yod Shin Lamed Kaf Mem

and the Lord uprooted them from their land in anger and in fury and in great wrath, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.
Deuteronomy 29:28

The Lamed means a shepherds staff or a herder’s goad. The staff of Moses was used to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. The staff of Moses was raised up in the wilderness to symbolize how the Messiah would raised up on the cross. The letter Lamed is made bold to remind us that the Great Shepherd will be the One who gathers us where ever we may be scattered. This passage of Scripture explains how Israel was prophesied by Moses to one day cast into all the nations (just as we have). But the enlarged Lamed reminds us that the Great Shepherd will bring us back.

22. The Jots Deut 29:29

Lamed Nun Vav

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.
Deuteronomy 29:29

Again, the jots have to do with Jacob’s flock or family. This passage has the jots placed over the future generations. It reminds us that each generation must look to the Torah for their instruction and to understand their part in Jacob’s family, beginning with Jacob’s family being divided into two companies before crossing into the land. We see that we are divided as the House of Judah and the House of Israel. That night, Jacob was afraid and in terror. He wrestled with God; he feared his brother Esau. It was called Jacob’s trouble. The next day, he was unified, his brother went away, and he received a blessing and a new name – Israel. The same will happen to us. We are in Jacob’s trouble now. We are dealing with terror. We are divided. We await the blessing of God and His new day. Our names will be changed. We will live in the promised land. The sages say that what happened to the fathers will happen to the descendants. The jots remind of the story of Jacob, Jacob’s trouble, Jacob’s flock and family coming together. We associate Jacob’s trouble with end time events, specifically, the Great Tribulation. Therefore, it is of profound interest to us.

23. The Enlarged Hey Deut 32:6

Hey

Do you thus repay the Lord, O foolish and unwise people? Is not He your Father who has bought you? He has made you and established you.
Deuteronomy 32:6

The letter Hey means to bring forth or that which is revealed. It is used to illustrate the concept of glory. The first small letter was a hey in Gen 2:4. The final tittle is an enlarged hey. It comes in the passage known as the second song of Moses. Revelation 15:3 says that the tribulation saints will sing two songs: the song of the Lamb and the song of Moses. Obviously, when this song of Moses is sung, God’s glory will be made manifest to mankind. It is fitting that Moses began with Bet (God building His house) and concludes with Hey (God manifesting His glory).

Now that we have reviewed the list, the location and a very brief explanation, consider these amazing elements about them in their groupings.

The Twenty-Two Jots and Tittles

There are a total of 22 of them. As I said before, I included the scribal mark of Lev 11:42 because of it similarity, but the Jots and Tittles number 22. This is the same number of letters in the Hebrew alephbet. This is the same number of cups in the temple Menorah. This the number taught by Torah teachers as symbolizing the "judgment of God in His kingdom – the judgment of peace."

The Enlarged Letters

The enlarged letters appear to be Moses’ way of cross-referencing the reader to other portions of the Torah. They cause you to note and remember various passages. These passages interact with one another and produce a more profound understanding.

The Small Letters

Hey - Kaf - Pey - Aleph - Mem - Yod

A small letter seems to present the opposite meaning of the letter. This is the most prevalent point. However, if you take the small letters in sequence they spell two Hebrew words – The Rock of My People. No other explanation is really needed here. We all know that God our Savior is called the Rock of our Salvation and that it symbolizes the Messiah with us in the wilderness providing life-giving water. "My people" is the Biblical expression for us – the remnant of Israel.

The Jots

The jots of Moses come in four places. They are sequenced as follows: Jacob kissed, Jacob’s flock, Aaron’s count, and to our sons forever. In each instance, they form a part of one major Biblical theme – the family of Jacob. It is the family of Jacob that is scattered and then gathered by the Great Shepherd Messiah. The four sets of jots point to the portions of the Torah that form this prophetic teaching.

Conclusions

Just as Messiah Yeshua made reference to the Jots and Tittles of Moses, so we have mentioned them as well. However, Yeshua referenced them for a specific purpose in His day. He wanted us to know that our righteousness must be different from that of religious men. Listen again to His words in the Gospel of Matthew and the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke.

For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:20 KJV

This passage of Scripture follows Yeshua’s statement of the Torah’s role in determining who is least and who is great in the kingdom. It comes on the heels of Yeshua’s emphasis that the jots and tittles will last longer than Heaven and Earth. Why did He make that statement?

Consider this: Scribes are the men who copy and write the Torah scrolls. They are ones who maintain the Jots and Tittles given by Moses. Pharisees were the Torah teachers of their day and Rabbis are the modern Pharisees of our day. However, the scribes and Rabbis of today admit that they do not fully understand the Jots and Tittles of Moses. There is considerable debate as to their significance and meaning. Some actually argue that they mean nothing.

The New Testament offers an additional portion of text from the Gospel of Luke that addresses the subject of the Jots and Tittles. In that portion, Yeshua elaborated on who would receive various eternal rewards and draws a direct connection to the Torah (the Jots and Tittles). It is known to many as the story of the rich man and Lazarus. Yeshua sets up this story with another reference to the Jots and Tittles in the Torah.

The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since then the gospel of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke [tittle KJV] of a letter of the Law to fail.
Luke 16:16-17

With that as a reminder, Yeshua tells us the story.

Now there was a certain rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, gaily living in splendor every day. And a certain poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man's table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, "Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame." But Abraham said, "Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, in order that those who wish to come over from here to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us." And he said, "Then I beg you, Father, that you send him to my father's house— for I have five brothers— that he may warn them, lest they also come to this place of torment." But Abraham said, "They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them." But he said, "No, Father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!" But he said to him, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead."
Luke 16:19-31

The punch line is very profound: the testimony of the Jots and Tittles has something to do with the testimony of the resurrection. In fact, you have already reviewed this. Remember the "Inverted Nuns", which the sages say contains wisdom equal to any other book of the Torah. The Inverted Nuns spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah and our resurrection. If you won’t believe this from Moses, then how will you listen to One who comes from the grave? Oh by the way, Yeshua did that too. He met with and taught us after being resurrected. Most of the world ignores that fact.

For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:20 KJV

Yeshua said that the Torah is not done away with as a result of His coming – contrary to what the Church says. He proved His argument by emphasizing some of the most powerful teachings in the Torah. He said that our understanding of Torah better exceed that of Scribes and Pharisees if we are to see His kingdom. But then, He made an interesting statement about scribes if they become one of His disciples. He said while teaching about the kingdom in Matthew chapter 13.

Have you understood all these things?" They said to Him, "Yes." And He said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old."
Matthew 13:51-52

What is a scribe? A person who copies the Torah, including the Jots and Tittles of Moses. Why will a scribe, when He becomes a believer in Yeshua, be like the head of the household, bringing forth treasures of things new and old? Because he will tell you what the "Jots and Tittles" mean. Because the understanding and explanation is about the Messiah and His purposes.

With that, I will leave you with Yeshua’s own words about the Jots and Tittles. None of them will depart until all is accomplished. I believe we are the generation that will see them accomplished.