The name El Shaddai אֵל שַׁדַּי is one of the Hebrew names of God. The very first time we see this in the Torah was when Abraham was ninety-nine years old and that the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am El Shaddai, walk before Me and be blameless” (Gen 17:1). In the Jewish tradition, this name is also an acronym to the Hebrew phrase “He who guards the doors of the people of Israel” (Shomer Daletot Yisrael, שׁוֹמֵר דַּלְתוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל). During the Passover night in which the tenth plague was to happen in Egypt, the Israelite were commanded to slaughter a Passover lamb and to dip the bunch of hyssop into the blood and to strike the lintel and the two doorposts with it. For this will be a sign so that when the LORD pass through it at night, the plague will not destroy the first born of the house. Thus we can see here, by taking the first letter of each word from the phrase, Shomer Daletot Yisrael Sh+Da+Y ( שׁוֹמֵר דַּלְתוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל ,שׁ+ד+י), hence we get the name Shaddai – God Almighty, He who guards the doors of His people.
The Doorway To Salvation
In the New Testament, Yeshua said: “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved” (John 10:9). From here we can learn that salvation can only be attain by accepting that Jesus is our LORD and Savior. Because our Messiah Jesus is the one who guards the door into eternal salvation. Just as the Israelite were saved through the blood of the lamb. We are saved through the blood of Jesus. The author of the book of Matthew further made a comparison in Mat. 24:36-39 stating that the coming of the LORD is like the days of the great flood in Noah’s time “…until the day that Noah entered the ark”, when the LORD shut the door to the ark (Gen. 7:16). In this story, it is not Noah who closes the door, but rather the LORD Himself. Ensuring the salvation of Noah and his family through the great flood. Fascinatingly, from the design of the ark itself, there is only ‘one door’ into the ark. While the conventional design of a normal ship must always include two doors for emergency situation. Thus, the design of the ark was to foreshadowing of the coming of Christ, the ‘one door’ signifies that our Messiah is the ‘only way’ to our heavenly Father above.
The Spiritual Door Of Our Life
In life application, each of us is responsible to guard and to watch over the door of our life. When Abel offered a better offering of the firstborn from his flock and of their fat, and the LORD accepted his offering. But to Cain, his offering was rejected. In the bible we learn that Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. The LORD then said to him, “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it” (Gen 4:7). Likewise, we are commanded to watch over our heart and mind against any root of bitterness, resentment behavior, envy, unforgiving attitude and unresolved anger. For these would cause a person to stumble and fall. In the New Testament of 1 Peter 5:8, the scripture compares to “sin is like a prowling lion” prowling around and looking for someone to devour. Therefore, let us be on constant guard and to put on the armor of God daily. Be alert and of a sober mind so that our offering may be pleasing and acceptable unto the LORD. Having the blood of our Messiah Yeshua smeared over the door of our life and being sanctified. That we may turn (teshuvah) to Him by heeding the very Torah תּוֹרָה of God.
When the Israelite in Egypt was commanded to mark the door (with the blood of the lamb) of their house from the agent of destruction so that the entire household will be save, the scripture says that they heeded the Torah of the LORD. Likewise, it is also for us to guard our house and family against any form of worldliness, ungodliness and immorality. Let nothing of this world and its value encroaches through the doorway of our home that might bring destruction to our spouse, children and generation to come.
By partaking of His Torah תּוֹרָה, we are taking from the fruit of “The Tree Of Life” (etz hachayim, עֵץ הַֽחַיִּים). Just as the LORD placed cherubim and flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life, we must guard against any adversary who desires to take the word of life from us.
My friend, let us be encouraged and be filled with hope today. Because we can trust in the LORD God Almighty, our El Shaddai אֵל שַׁדַּי, for He is the one who guards over the doors of His people.