“The Alabaster Jar” (Featuring the Hebrew letter dalet)

Acts 3:6 (VOICE) Peter: I want to give you something, but I don’t have any silver or gold. Here’s what I can offer you: stand up and walk in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the Anointed One.

In the ancient pictograph language, the Hebrew letter dalet represents a door or an impoverished and humble man. It is preceded by the letter gimel which is representative of a camel or rich man. Within this area of the Hebrew alphabet, there is the picture of a rich man who stoops down (like a camel with a burden) to give to a poor and humble man. It is the picture of our relationship with God and our relationship with our fellow man. It is also a powerful key to flowing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

In Acts 3:6, Peter addresses a crippled and poor man. Peter’s pockets are empty of silver and gold. One could say that he is impoverished too. And yet, he gives the crippled man what he does have—and it’s certainly not chump change. Peter stoops down like a camel to lift the poor man up. Power from on high flows through Peter, and the man is miraculously healed! Peter’s physical pockets were empty, and yet he became the vessel that supernaturally met this man’s need!

Who was really the poor man in this account? I would have to say that both men were impoverished, and both were touched through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Peter was not the healer, but he became the vessel of our Heavenly Healer, YHVH Rapha. Peter had no earthly wealth but was rich in the Holy Spirit. In that moment, Peter followed in the example of the Messiah and emptied himself. All at once, he was poor and rich—his humility opened the door to the limitless power of God.

When we live in a lowly state, we make room for God to work in and through us. Yet lowliness means that we never take our eyes off the True Source. As Rebbetzin Chaya Nebel puts it, “Humility is not saying I’m nothing. Humility is knowing who you are and knowing where [you come] from.” To be a child of God means that we continually remain in need of our Father’s life-sustaining power and provision—just as our neighbor does.

We serve God best when we remember that the redemption of the earth doesn’t rest solely upon our shoulders. We are merely vessels, children who walk in humble authority and play our part. Like Peter, we can say to our neighbor, “I’ll give what I have. This power isn’t mine, but I know where it comes from.” We draw our wealth from an unlimited, eternal Source. Our Father, the Life-Giver of all is the True Source that sustains and restores.

2 Corinthians 4:7 (TPT) We are like common clay jars that carry this glorious treasure within, so that the extraordinary overflow of power will be seen as God’s, not ours.