Dalet


Dalet (also written as Daleth or Daled) is the fourth letter in the Hebrew alphabet. It sounds like our letter “D” as in “Dad”. Every line in Psalm 119:25-32 starts with this letter. Dalet looks like this:

Vector illustration of the Hebrew Letter Daleth

Remember from last week how Gimel meant “giver” and how that letter was a picture of a person with his foot stretched out in motion, running toward Dalet to give it gifts? The reason why Gimel was running toward Dalet is because “Dal” means poor, weak, or needy.” The God-Man (Aleph — Jesus) came to earth to be master of the house (Bet) and to give the good gift of redemption (Gimel) to the poor and weak (Dalet).

The word “Dalet” means “door” or “gate”. A door is a barrier that must be opened in order to go through to another place. It separates two spaces and has a threshold which must be crossed.

Jesus said:

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

Jesus Christ is our means of crossing over from death to life, from darkness to light. But we must go through Him (I am the way… John 14:6). The Messiah is our Dalet, our portal to fellowship with God and eternal life. When a person believes in Jesus and accepts the gift of redemption, it’s like stepping over a threshold into a new life. (“He has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24)

In Jewish tradition, the fourth letter of the aleph-bet is connected to the fourth day of creation. On day four, God separated the day from night by setting the sun, moon, and stars in the sky. They were to “serve as signs” (Gen. 1:14).

Every sunrise opens the door to a new day.
Each morning sun is a sign to us that Jesus is our source of Light.
“I am the light of the world.” John 8:12.

Every night the moon reflects the sunlight.
Each nighttime sky is a sign to us that darkness can’t prevail.
“The light shines in the darkness,
but the darkness has not overcome it.”
John 1:5

The Dalet-Door is open.
God is turning hearts toward His Son.
Could a global pandemic stir up a resurgence
of spiritual awakening and revival on the earth?
“Revive me according to your word.” Psalm 119:25

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Next: My favorite word in the Bible that starts with “D”.

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