October 15, 2009

Lesson 10: Dalet Words


This is the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
It is called Dalet, pronounced D.
It means door, path, pathway, way of life, or journey.
Let us take a look at some words with the letter Dalet.

It is interesting to note that there are not many words in Hebrew that start with D.  On the other hand, there are more words that end with D.  In this lesson, we will learn 3 words with the letter Dalet:  perish, garment and religion.

This Hebrew word is pronounced, "abad" as a verb:
It means to perish, to lose oneself, to wander away, or to destroy.
Also as a noun it is pronounced, "obed"
It means destruction or ruin.  http://strongsnumbers.com/hebrew/8.htm

There are 4 different ways to understand this word "obed."
1) If you remember, we learned the letters א and ב from previous lessons.  Alef=One and Beth=House or Body.  If you add all 3  words אבד together you get, One+Body+Path, then you get the idea of a person who wander away or who lose himself/herself.
2) The letter א Alef also represents Strength or the strength one get from Elohim (God).  "Obed"=Strength+Body+Path.  Therefore you get a picture of someone whose strength from Elohim has left or wandered away from the body.  The body is just a place for the soul to dwell in... it is our "house."  Philippians 4:13 says: I can do everything through Messiah who gives me strength.  http://bible.cc/philippians/4-13.htm
3) "Obed" can also be interpreted as two words: אב as Father + ד as path, then you get another meaning: to wander away from the Father.  What is the result of wandering away from the Father?  It leads to destruction and death.  Going back to the Father means reconciliation through Yeshua.

This Hebrew word is pronounced, "beged" (as a noun)
It means a garment, clothing, robe, covering or wardrobe.
Depending on some context, it also means rags or treachery.
It is Strong's concordance #899.

If you put all 3 meanings of each letter together you get, Body+Benefit+Path.  This is a picture of the naked body being benefited or "lifted up" to become a way of life.  This is interesting since clothing is such a big part of our lifestyle.

In Genesis, Adam and Eve tried to cover their nakedness with fig leaves.  Elohim showed Adam and Eve how to make garments His way, from the skin of animals... although the passage is not obvious, this is the very first time Elohim showed them how to kill an animal... the very first shedding of blood after the beginning of creation... you can imagine how horrified Adam and Eve must have been, seeing blood and violence done for the first time since the creation of the universe.  Elohim was teaching them the consequences of their rebellion.  By showing them how to sacrifice the animals, Elohim was preparing all their future generations to understand the need for blood as a substitute for atonement.  This practice become a way of life for the people of Elohim that eventually pointed to the ultimate sacrifice of the Messiah.  In conclusion, by covering Adam and Eve's naked bodies, they are therefore "lifted up."

In Genesis 24, we learn that Abraham sent his servant to look for a bride for his son Isaac.  When he met the bride to be, the servant brought out silver and gold jewelry and garments and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave expensive gifts to her family.  Although there are different Hebrew words for garments or clothing, this particular verse is translated as "beged" or בגד from Strong's Concordance #899. This story of Rebekah and Isaac is a prophetic picture of the Bride of Messiah getting ready to meet Yeshua, the bridegroom at the end of this age.  http://biblos.com/genesis/24-53.htm

In Matthew 22 there is a parable of the marriage feast in which a man is caught coming to the wedding without his wedding garment and is thrown out.

In the book of Revelation, we see His righteous servants and saints wearing white garments, white symbolizing purity, righteousness and holiness.  (Revelation 3:18, 7:9, 16:15 and 22:14.)

Another very good example of how the word "beged" is used:  The prophet Ezekiel proclaimed judgment to Jerusalem for her disobedience, for going after false idols and other despicable practices.  It is interesting to note that Ezekiel, being also servant of Elohim did the opposite of what Abraham's servant did for Rebeccah.  Ezekiel 16:39  "I will also give you into the hands of your lovers, and they will tear down your shrines, demolish your high places, strip you of your clothing, take away your jewels, and will leave you naked and bare."  Again, this is the same Hebrew word, "beged" from Strong's Concordance #899.  As a consequence, the people of Israel were stripped of their covering, their enemies took their land and their wealth, took the people captive and Israel became a scattered nation for a time.  Elohim "brought Jerusalem down" which is the opposite of "lifted up."  The nakedness or "shame" of Jerusalem was set for a time until that nation came back from captivity in the year 1945 and Jerusalem came into the hand of the Jewish nation more completely in 1967.   http://biblos.com/ezekiel/16-39.htm

Pronounced "dath" this is the modern Hebrew word for religion,
but in the Old Testament, it is translated as "law" or "decree."
This is one of the few words that begins with D.
Here we have a ד Dalet and a ת Tav, the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet which means a sign.
Put this 2 letters together:  Doorway+Sign, then you get the idea of a "pathway or doorway that leads to the sign."
In previous lesson, we learned that Yeshua the Messiah is the sign from Elohim.  In the gospel of John 14:6, Yeshua answered someone, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me."   He also said that if you knock at the door, He will answer.  In conclusion, the Hebrew word religion, or דת means "the way to Yeshua."

Stay alert and learn!  Keep studying the Holy Scriptures.  Revelation 16:15  Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.

I pray this lesson has been very blessed for you!  Have a good week and don't forget to continue your next lesson with the Hebrew letter "Hey."

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