On Going Changes and Developments
When I first set up this blog back in January of this year I knew it would be a work in progress. This is my test blog to see what fits and what doesn’t. I am also using this site to work out the kinks and walk through the writing of a book I’m beginning to work on. I went a bit off topic with my recent posts on spiritual abuse. What I am discovering through this process is that I have a number of interests and passions. One blog/website isn’t adequate for dumping the variety of subject matter. At the same time they do all come under one parent heading. That parent heading is Beyond the Dalet.
Rather than attempt to cram everything onto one website I intend to develop a number of separate sites over the coming months. Since I am also working on writing a book I will be limiting the time I spend working on these sites to a couple of days a week. Once I get into the rhythm of blogging and book writing, and finding time to fix meals and get my laundry done I may be able to devote more time to blogging. In the meantime this site will be under construction with ongoing changes and developments.
Here’s a look into what will be coming in the weeks and months ahead.
Dalet 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 shadow 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.
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.
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 Dalet is about being led by our carnal nature rather than by God
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 the weight shame imposes upon us 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.
Through these blogs I hope to bring the light of Christ’s love to shine through the dark places of our soul. May His light and life penetrate your darkness revealing His great love for you.
Please be patient as I work on the ongoing changes with this blog.
Be Blessed – Betty
- Beyond the Dalet into the Tabernacle
- Beyond the Dalet into the Hebrew
- Dalet – Beyond the Shadow Side
- Through the Dalet into the Pasture