Facets of God Displayed in the Hebrew Aleph-Bet: Dalet, Hey, and Vav
This is the second article in a series revealing how the pictographs of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet showcase a facet of God's attributes and character.
The first three letters Aleph (ox-strength), Bet (house-family), and Gimel (camel -bestower of benefits) showed us the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We will now look at the Hebrew letters "dalet" (door-entrance), "hey" (window-revelation), and "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 through a son.
Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
— Psalm 90:1
The videos following each section are teachings that further the pictograph understanding of each letter. They are done by Jewish Jewels and hosted by Dr. Danny BenGigi, former professor of Hebrew at Arizona State University.
"Dalet" is a Door: A Path to Transformation
Jesus is the Door and the Way
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 suggests a specific path or a way into the presence of the Father.
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
Jesus being the way shows us that "the way" is through a death, burial, and resurrection to a new life with Him that ushers us into the life of salvation.
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
— Romans 6:4
Peter offers us a furthering application in his second epistle.
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" is a Window of Light and Revelation
The Light of the World Revealed
"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 worth observing is that "hey" (ה) is used twice in the covenant name of God "Yahweh" (יְהֹוָה) This possibly shows us Gods desire to reveal Himself to us.
I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord (Yahweh-יְהֹוָה) I was not known to them...But indeed for this purpose I have raised you (Moses-type of Jesus) up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.
— Exodus 6:3, 9:16
If we look at the first five letters as a whole, noting that five 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" is a Nail That Secures Things
Jesus: The Nail in a Sure Place
"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, And he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house.
— Isaiah 22:2
We can see, in the Old Testament king Eliakim being a type of Jesus as the "peg" that was raised upon the cross to secure a place for us, who became "a glorious throne to His Father's house.
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
Liberty Bible commentary follows this same thought as it concerns this Scripture.
"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
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 and that This 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
In reference to Gods Hebrew covenant name Yahweh (יְהֹוָה), once again, It is noteworthy that "vav" (ו) is placed between two "heys"(ה's). The first "hey" (ה) represents the open fellowship that Adam and Eve had in the garden. The "vav" (ו) that follows and is in the middle reveals the necessary covenant repair of Christ's death on the cross for our sins. The second "hey" (ה) after it represents the restored fellowship and revelation.
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
In combination, we see how the household is constructed with the door and the way revealed through the Lord Jesus Christ who was hung on the cross nailing our sinful debt to it.
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
Part three we will study "zayin", "chet", and "tet" which will speak to us about the fence of God's good commands.
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