September 29, 2009

Lesson 9: The Hebrew Dalet

This is the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
This is D in Hebrew.
It is called "Dalet"
During proto-Canaanite period, this letter used to look like the flap of skin that people used to hang over the entry of their house, (long before the invention of a door) or like a flap or covering in front of tent.
During the early Hebrew-Phoenician period, the letter used to look like a triangle.
It has several meanings:  A door, a path or a way of life.  It also signifies movement into something or out of something.  Also: a leaf or a page.
It is also represents the number 4.

In researching the history of the development of the Jewish star, some people think the star developed from the letter D when it used to look like a triangle.  The name "David" has 2 letters D, which is why the Jewish star is called the "Star of David" because that star looked like 2 triangles overlapping on each other, one triangle pointing up and the other down. 

Here are some example of the symbolic use of Dalet, door or path:

1 Corinthians 16:9 The apostle Rabbi Shaul (Saul of Tarsus) says: But I will stay on at Ephesus until Shavout (Pentecost), because a great door to do effective work has opened to me. 

Elohim commands us to commit His Word to our hearts.  Deuteronomy 11:18, 20 Therefore, you should impress these words of mine on your heart and in your soul, bind them on your hand for a sign, and marked on your forehead .... Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

The Israelite on the eve of their departure from Egypt, on the night of Angel of death is to strike the firstborn of Egypt, are commanded to sprinkle the blood of the lamb on their door posts to protect themselves: Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the bowl of blood and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the door frame. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning.  In that manner, the Lord protected and passed over them.

The door to Yeshua is always open and He is always ready to fellowship with those whose hearts are open to him:  Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

What happens when the door to heaven is shut? This is not something we would want to contemplate:  Matthew 25:10-13 While they (the foolish bridesmaids) were buying oil, the groom arrived. The bridesmaids (the wise ones) who were ready went with him into the wedding hall, and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids arrived and said, "Lord, lord, open up for us!"  But he answered them, "I don't even know who you are!" Therefore, stay awake, because you don't know the day or the hour.

In Revelation 4:1, the apostle John saw a door in Heaven:  After these things, behold, I saw a door standing open in heaven. I heard the first voice like a trumpet speaking to me. It said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this."
Isn't it a little strange to see a door in the sky?  It is an unusual place for a door!  This should be interpreted symbolically to mean that John has found a "path" to the throne of Elohim (God) and been allowed to see things no other human have been able to see.

What path (door) have you chosen? Yeshua is the way (path), the truth and the life.  He is the Lamb of Elohim.  His blood was sprinkled on the stake (doorpost) for us.  When we accept Him in our hearts, which symbolize our very one personal doorways, it is His blood that washes away our sins and makes us into a new creation.  There are only two paths in everyone's life.  One path is life and the other path is death.  Let us chose wisely. Hallelujah!  Thanks Elohim for teaching us about the letter Dalet.  In our next lesson, we will review Dalet with a few names and words.
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