The Dalet

thDalet is a Hebrew letter and symbolizes a door, It suggests a gateway or the energy or force which transfers us from one state of being to another. Dalet, like the other Hebrew letters, has a light side and a dark side. According to Hebrew tradition it is believed that the Hebrew letters contain the light (revelatory insight) of God, each letter having a spiritual dimension and symbolic meaning. The dark side of the letters reveals our carnal/soulish nature. In other words it speaks of the fleshly tendencies of man rather than the spiritual light and evidence of the Spirit of God.

These meanings can relay concrete images like a door, at the same time possess a deeper spiritual meaning. That deeper spiritual meaning gives us insight into God. For instance, the Hebrew letter dalet is a door but it also conveys the concept of the force or energy which transports us from one state of being to another. That force is God. The qualities of God are good and full of light and life. The revelation we gain through these letters gives us insight into God. When we apply these insights to our translation of the Scriptures we discover wonderful things.

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Hebrew word pronounced dalet – reading from right to left, dalet, lamed, tav

For instance: The word Dalet is made up of three Hebrew letter – dalet, lamed and tav. (see image above) The dalet represents a doorway and the force which transfers from one state of being to another. The lamed can represents guiding, learning and teaching but could also represent the Kingship of God. And the tav can represent God’s seal/mark which is truth. Tav can also represent the kingdom of God.

When we apply these insights from the Hebrew letters we end up with a King who ushers us into the Kingdom of God. We can see how this describes Christ as the door in (John 10:9) when Jesus said: “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” Jesus (God and King) is the doorway by which we enter the kingdom of God.

Another way the symbolism can be applied gives the picture of the Holy Spirit which is a transforming energy/force (power of the Holy Spirit) which guides with truth. In John 16:13, speaking of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said: “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 

When we look at the light or revelation contained within the Hebrew letters we get a picture of the attributes and power of God. This energy or force inherent in the dalet is the power of the Holy Spirit. On the other hand the shadow side of the letters reveals what is resident within our carnal human nature (mind, will and emotions). Our soul which scripture often refers to as our carnal/fleshly nature is easily influence by the god of this world. (2 Cor. 4:4 see below) Our spirits are made a new creation in Christ by faith. Our soul/carnal nature is in need of transformation by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. It is the power of the Holy Spirit which transfers us from one state of being to another. Another way to say it would be the continual and ongoing process of the Holy Spirit in the transformation of our soul. 

Galatians 5:17 NLT – The sinful [carnal] nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

2 Corinthians 4:4 CEV – The god who rules this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers. They cannot see the light, which is the good news about our glorious Christ, who shows what God is like.

Jesus said in John 10:1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.” Following the leading of our own soul rather than the Spirit of God will rob us of the blessing and truth of what Christ accomplished through the finished work of the cross.

The Shadow of the letters is about being led by our carnal nature rather than by God

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The shadow of the Hebrew letter dalet is: feeling condemned, toxic shame, weighted down by circumstances. The shadow of lamed: is narrow thinking which hinders receiving truth from God, unteachable, self-righteousness and/or prayer with wrong motive, setting oneself up as teacher. The shadow of Tav: is a skewed perspective of truth, self-deception, clinging to a relationship which hinders our relationship with God. As we apply the shadow meanings we end up with a skewed perception of the truth in which shame has narrowed our thinking and hindered our ability to receive the light of God’s truth.

When the our internal lens is one of condemnation and toxic shame we often end up with perception of God as always ready to punish us for our sin instead of the God who sent His Son to be the eternal sacrifice for sin. God punished sin at cross. He placed all the punishment for sin on Christ when He died on the cross. There is no more punishment for sin. God isn’t sin conscious. But because of shame imposes we often have a hard time receiving the truth of God’s incredible unconditional love for us. This shame based perspective often prevents us from having an intimate relationship with God. It is God’s desire to lead us by His Holy Spirit into all truth. That truth includes His incredible love and forgiveness.

In His discussion with Nicodemus Jesus said; “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” John 3:16-17

John 8:31-32 “…If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Ephesians 5:13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.

The Dalet/Door of Shame

The shadow of dalet is false humility and excessive humility. Here are some of the symptoms or signs of false humility

  • Forcibly imposing their opinion on others as if it is truth rather than merely their opinion
  • Admits small infractions or violations of others but ignores or minimizes major ones
  • Uses themselves as the standard others should aspire to.
  • Professing love for God and people but behaving in a cruel manner
  • Enjoys judging others
  • Someone who uses religious language to justify cruel behavior.
  • Engages in debates with other rather than engaging in discussion.
  • Tends to dominate conversation but under the guise of offering help.
  • People who exercises false humility is proud of their humility and aren’t shy about telling others they are humble.
  • Believes severe self discipline is required by God.

Excessive humility is shame and can be a sign of having been victimized by some form of abuse. It can keep us from expressing our true ability. I see excessive humility as being trapped by shame. Shame is a powerful force.

Shame, when toxic, is a paralyzing global assessment of oneself as a person. When severe, it can form the lens through which all self-evaluation is viewed. As such, some words used to express the emotion of shame include feeling insecure, worthless, stupid, foolish, silly, inadequate or simply less than. Everyone experiences shame at some time, but not everyone is ruled by toxic or overwhelming shame.  Some researchers suggest that shame comes about from repeatedly being told, not that we did something bad, but that we are something bad. Consequently, it can close us off from accepting any form of positive regard from others or ourselves. Paralyzing shame can lead us to feel undeserving of such regard. It can undermine being fully present with others and with ourselves. This makes perfect sense–it takes a lot of energy to protect us against our vulnerability to feel shame. Most importantly, difficulty with shame leave us prone to anger-anger that results when natural desires for love, connection, and validation are inhibited by the impenetrable barrier of shame.

Because the power of shame resides in our minds, the power of shame can be broken through the renewing of our thought life.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Breaking free from the mindset entrenched in shame and condemnation requires cultivating a new way of thinking. We can experience freedom and healing of past wounds and ultimately step out of the repeating cycles which have held us in place. Shame can be crippling. It can freeze us and cause us to act in ways we otherwise would not. It makes us feel less than. I like how Paul put it when he addressed the shame imposed by others upon the believers of Galatia, “This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you.” (Gal. 5:8) God didn’t author that shame. That influence comes from somewhere else. 

Visit my blog Beyond the Dalet for related issues.

Romans 5:15-18 But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.

Spending time in the presence of God is transforming. It is God’s desire that we enter through the door, which is Jesus, and find rest for our souls. 

Jesus is the dalet

John 10:1-10“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. “A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them. So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

Reading the scriptures through the lens of shame rather than the lens of God’s unconditional love can give us a skewed perspective of God, His will for our lives and His purpose for us in the earth. He loves us. Jesus (God and King) is the doorway by which we enter the kingdom of God. As we enter through the door of Jesus we find a place of peace, rest and fulfillment. His door isn’t a door to religious service. His door is a spiritual door which has the power to transform our lives, and renew our minds. 

Romans 8: 1-9 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you a free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.

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