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Facets of God Displayed in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet (Dalet-Hey-Vav) —Part Two
This is the second article in a series revealing how the pictographs of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet (letters of the Hebrew alphabet) showcase a facet of God's attributes and character.
The first three letters Aleph (ox-strength), Bet (house-family), and Gimel (camel -resurrection and humility) showed us the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We will now look at Dalet (door-entrance), Hey (window-revelation), Vav (nail-establish). An interesting observation about these three letter pictographs is that they are all materials of a home which was the main topic of the first three letters in building a home and family.
Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
— Psalm 90:1
The first letter in series two is Dalet "ד" it is the fourth letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet and is a picture of a door.
Jesus revealed Himself as "the door" in John chapter 10 in reference to Himself being the point of entrance, the one and only true path to the spiritual sheepfold of salvation protection and provision.
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
— John 10:9
The concept of a door in reference to this letter can also indicate a path or a way.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
— John 14:6
This verse reiterating again Jesus being the only way to the heart of the Father. Him being the way shows us that it is through the death and burial of self and resurrection to a life with Him that ushers us into the life of salvation.
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
— II Peter 1:10-11
"Hey" "ה" is thought to be a picture of a window indicating revelation and illumination.
Twice in the Scriptures, Jesus reveals Himself as "the light of the world". First, in the story of the woman caught in adultery...
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
— John 8:12
...He speaks this to the Pharisees who are attempting to entrap Him through this incident.
The second time Jesus reveals Himself as "the light of the world" is just following the previous example in the story of the man who was born blind.
Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
— John 9:1-5
I love the larger revelation of this story and it can be seen if we view both stories together. From a spiritual application point of view, we might see that Jesus true purpose in coming was to "reveal" and shed light on the problem that we were born blind as a result of an act of spiritual adultery committed in a garden long ago. He also came to "reveal" the solution to this problem, namely, Himself.
A final note that is noteworthy, "hey" is used twice in the covenant name of God Yahweh possibly showing us Gods will to reveal Himself to us. More on this in our next letter.
If we look at the first five letters as a whole, noting that 5 is the biblical number for grace, we see that the grace of God is the Father (Aleph), in the Son (Bet), by the Holy Spirit (Gimel) and the path to Him (Dalet) revealed (Hey).
"Vav " "ו" the sixth letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet is a picture of a tent peg or nail that would have secured an ancient home indicating the idea of securing, connecting, and establishing.
"Vav" carries a strong covenant theme which makes sense in that a covenant is what secures and binds together.
I will fasten him (Eliakim -meaning God will raise up or establish) as a peg in a secure place,
— Isaiah 22:2
And he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house.
We can see, in the Old Testament anti-type king Eliakim, Jesus as the "peg" that was raised up on the cross to secure a place for us, who became "a glorious throne to His Father's house (John 14:2) by....
wiping out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
— Colossians 2:14
It was the nail pierced hands and feet of Jesus that secured our eternal futures in Him.
This particular letter reminds us also to stay connected to "The Word" and hope that anchors our souls.
The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd
— Ecclesiastes 12:11
"These stakes furnish man with mental and spiritual anchorage. All of these collected sayings...are given by one Shepherd who through His Words is an anchor to the people whom He loves...Life is totally profitless without God-connectedness"
— Liberty Bible Commentary
Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil
— Hebrews 6:17-19
God confirmed His promise of love to us through the nail pierced hands and feet of Christ that we might take hold and fasten ourselves to Him that our life in Him would be an anchor of our souls through the trials and tragedies of this life with this goal in mind...
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
— I Peter 5:10
As with the letter hey it is noteworthy that vav is placed between two "heys" (yod hey vav hey -יהוה) in the Hebrew covenant name of God Yahweh. What I see in this revelation is The first hey representing the open fellowship and revelation of God that Adam and Eve had in the garden. The vav indicating the necessary covenant repair Christ's death on the cross for our sins) and the "hey" after it representing the restored fellowship and revelation. The word Yahweh begins with a "yod" (hand indicating work) indicating that this is a "work" of God alone.
The whole gospel story (the way) is about re-connecting (covenant) and revelation of the covenant one.
This “has been understood as the dependence of all souls...on the Lord Jesus, as the only Saviour of all lost human spirits.”
— Adam Clark
To be continued in Part three Zayin, Chet, and Tet.
Dwell in Your House - Hillsong
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