Our DNA molecule is beautiful in design as it rules biological life from the nucleus of every cell in the human body by a twisting ladder held together by combinations of nitrogenous base pairs, spelling the letters of complex instructions to form the building stones of flesh and bone until a breathing, mindful soul is knit.
Jacob also saw a ladder. In his dream it was set up on earth and the top reached into heaven. He saw angels of God ascending and descending it and the Lord stood above the ladder and said ‘I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac’. He promised Jacob that the land on which he lay would be given to him and his seed, that his seed shall spread abroad as the dust of the earth so that all the families of the earth shall be blessed. ‘Wherever you go, I will be with you and I will bring you again into this land. I will not leave you until I have done this’. And Jacob woke up and called that place the house of God. (Gen 28:12)
Is it a coincidence that this spiritual ladder from God to his house on earth is also a ladder. Is our twisting ladder that bears our nature but a step ladder from where we can look up?
I read the story of the Hebrew woman named Tabitha in the bible (Act 9:36-43), and found that she was given two names to describe the transformation that happened in her soul.
‘There was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation was called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and deeds. And it came to pass in those days that she was sick and died. They washed her and laid her on a bed in an upper chamber. And then sent two men to Peter, begging him to come to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the upper chamber where all the widows stood by weeping, showing the coats and garments which Dorcas had made while she was still with them. But Peter pushed it away and kneeled down and prayed : and then turned to her body and said, ‘Tabitha arise.’ And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up and called the widows, and presented her alive. And it was known throughout Joppa and many believed.
Her Hebrew name – Tabitha – means beautiful gazelle 1) and I think she deserved that name for her good works as a maker of garments and coats. Her trade must have taken her to Greece for she was then given a new name – Dorcas – which the Greeks used to describe a Christian woman, 2) because she now longed for salvation as the Dorcas gazelles thirsted for the life giving streams in the dry riverbeds of the desert. She longed for Christ Jesus, the Son of the living God, for she heard his truth, the gospel of our salvation and received the promised Holy Spirit. 3)
I wanted to see her spiritual transformation from Tabitha to Dorcas in physical form. I used the form of a teapot and combined her hollow teapot belly soul with the mercy God took on her by pouring his salvation deep into the parched lands of her soul, giving her the gift of the Holy Spirit that she may live in his eternal presence forever.
- Strong’s Concordance, 5000, Tabitha: gazelle Hebrew root is 6646: a female gazelle to be compared with 6638 in the sense of prominence, splendor and beautiful as a gazelle.
- Strong’s Concordance, 1393, Dorcas: gazelle, a Christian woman
- 2 Cor 5:17-18 Therefore if you are in Christ, you are a new creature: old things have passed away and all things have become new. And all things are from God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ.