In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Prov.3;6 ב”ה
“Let’s make the next few minutes last forever….”
B’reshit- Knowledge of a Good Beginning 5778
An artist seeks to create something magnificent.
More importantly the artist seeks to create something that someone else can appreciate.
To give another being a glimpse of what the artist was experiencing, expecting and hoping for when he created. Something that allows the artist and the other to share the creation together.
God created man to be that partner to appreciate the creativity of the artist.
Our role- to create for God the second half of the creation…
appreciation, wonderment of the absolute beauty and purpose of this design.
בְּרֵאשִׁית 1;1 B’reshit- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God (ruach Elohim) was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
We have gone through the Torah together for (at least) one cycle. Here we come again, at the ‘end’ of the Fall Feasts which are to represent the “new beginning” and eternity and we are reading about Creation. There is so much vastness expressed in B’reshit using so little words. We are left with so very many unanswerable questions, it is as if God is saying: Let your imagination feast upon the possibilities! When we read this united ‘book’ which is One complete and indivisible “story” we note that as we came to the latter parts of the Torah God gave us a lot of seeming repetition but this time in very precise detail, with many masterful laws which left little room for reinterpretation or imagination. There is so much we want to delve into and so much to mediate and contemplate…the reality is we can’t even touch it. So I pray that wherever He takes us will be in complete accord with His will for our time and be a blessing and encouragement for this new start, for it is indeed a new journey and we are new people. B”H
Bara Elohim- God created. This is the overlooked preface that every single word to follow hinges upon. If you go on reading without understanding of these two words there may be the chance that you may miss everything else. Establish in your heart of hearts that God Created and that He is, therefore everything that is…belongs to Him. As you grow in faith, continually grow in trust. It is this trust and going back to these two words (God Created.) that might strengthen you for the excavation and investigation of difficult passages which raise very challenging questions. Foremost these two words (God Created.) establish that Hashem has the right to give and to take, life…land…mercy…judgment.
Since everything has come about by His WILL, the fact is…that everything that IS remains and continues to survive (and He makes that merciful decision every single morning when He ‘renews’ creation) because He deems it as good.
He separates between the light and the darkness in this world (and in us) causing the healthy separation which is necessary. The boundaries He creates are good. He calls out to the darkness…darkness which was already there. Darkness which he did not call ‘tov’, He calls out to it “Light”. So too within us. Hear His voice anew each morning & be the light He calls to daily.
9; יְשַׁעְיָהוּ 2 B’reshit The people who walk in darkness will see a great light
אוֹר גָּדוֹל (ohr gadol); Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them. 3 You shall multiply הִרְבִּיתָ the nation, You shall increase their gladness; They will be glad in Your presence as with the gladness of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
בְּרֵאשִׁית 1;16 B’reshit God made the two great lights הַמְּאֹרֹת הַגְּדֹלִים (Ha’m’ohrot Ha’g’dolim), the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. 17 God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
- It seems to me these two passages relate to one another…one speaks of the beginning and the other, the end of the age. The first commandment : “Be fruitful and multiply וּרְבוּ (coming from רָבָה rabah which can mean to multiply) is seen in these two contexts yet it is the nation of Israel who will be multiplied by Hashem and their gladness increased in these last days. This brings me back to the emphasis upon God Created. Because this is so and everything else is held up by this truth we know that God created and He saw in that origin…the ultimate purpose of creation which was that Israel become a nation, come to take up their purpose, take Torah into the world and shine it from Jerusalem and ultimately be the example for the mission of humanity in the world…and the pinnacle of this example will be seen when all see that the light is good, declaring Yeshua the Messiah is “Tov!” rendering worship when His Kingdom is come and Israel is restored to that garden of Torah (tree of life) healing the world.
1;6 בְּרֵאשִׁית B’reshit Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. 8 God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day. 9 Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it כִּי טֽוֹב was good. 11Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it כִּי טֽוֹב was good.
B’reshit- In the Beginning. Beginning of space, beginning of time, beginning of consciousness.
From stillness there becomes movement.
Before the breath of life enters the cosmos there is “void” there is stillness…
once God breathes (He breathes when He speaks) everything moves.
All beings, all time, all matter and molecules…
move by Hashem’s breath.
What is Hashem saying is Good כִּי טֽוֹב ?
Is it the creation itself,
or the fact that what He created…responded, moved, and DID as He COMMANDED.
John14; 23 Yeshua replied, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.
- John1;1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
- Mishlei 6;22 When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk to you. 23 For the commandment is a lamp and the Torah is light…
- Devarim 32; 45 When Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, 46 he said to them, “Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this Torah. 47 “For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life.
כִּי טֽוֹב Ki Tov= Obedience to God’s Call (breath,command)
God could have “blinked” and the entirety of Creation could have come into being just as He wanted it to. God could have “snapped” and it would become all that He made it to be. Instead God chose deliberately to use the sense of Speech, He uses Words to Create all that is. He continues to create the conditions for His nation (all Israel of which we are a part) to find their purpose for being created through Speaking His Torah into this world. The prophets spoke to humanity & were always sent with the message of return to His Torah. Yeshua is the Word made Flesh and He lived a human existence in order to display the heart of the Torah to mankind.
The Torah is the production manual for the Human being,
so when we need help
we consult the manual.
- יְשַׁעְיָהוּ 4;42 B’reshit “He will not be disheartened or crushed until He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands will wait expectantly for His Torah.”5 Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it, 6 “I am the LORD, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, and I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations,7 To open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon and those who dwell in darkness from the prison.
- 1 Peter 2; 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11Beloved, I urge you as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from the desires of the flesh, which war against your soul.
- Colossians 1;9 … we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have full endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son,…15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
God created and even from the start we are continually faced with a “duality”. We have light and darkness, land and water, there is a verse (to which the sages answer God speaks with the heavenly beings- angels- when creating man) which seems to denote some “partnership” God has in that He seems to “consult” regarding the creation of man. This is the first and only time God says He sees the created is: tov m’aod VERY good. The first and only being that will share with God the capability to speak (communicate- create), speech is this quality which sets man apart from all other creation. Additionally man will have the ability to choose, he has freewill. Inside of man as well as in all creation we find an inner Duality. We are operating on a two track level…we are created in the “tselem Elohim” image of God thus there is part of us that is longing always to emulate His characteristics and on the other hand the ‘animal’ side (beasts were also formed from the ‘dust of the earth’, that we share in common with them) of us that is constantly warring within us to draw us back into the adamah (the earth, the world and fleshly desires). Everywhere in creation we see healthy boundaries and distinctions except for one place.
בְּרֵאשִׁית 26;1 B’reshit- Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.
2; 4 בְּרֵאשִׁית B’reshit This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made earth and heaven. 5 Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. 6 But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. 8 The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. 9 Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10 Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers… 15Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Where does the seemingly inconsistent behavior (choosing this or choosing that) derive from?
Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil –
Ets Ha’da’at Tov v’rah
What took place? How does it effect us now? How has it “shaped” the world?
בְּרֵאשִׁית 18;2 B’reshit- Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” 19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. 21So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
- The context above is the first lo tov- not good in the bible and it is because Man is alone. This is also the first “building” found in the bible and it is used as God is “building” Chavah. #1129 (v) banah בָּנָה – depending on the context it can mean: to build, to build a house, to rebuild, to restore, to be built up (like a household-children). This word is found again when Cayin (having been exiled) builds the first city, when Noach builds the Ark, when mankind begin to build the tower at Bavel.
Disclaimer: I am not saying any of this IS, Its just a culmination of my thoughts from a lot of searching and just simply and closely reading. Please don’t let it be a distraction the main point being- God has boundaries. God has a structure. God gave us a detailed template of the earthly dwelling place where His shkinah (indwelling Presence) could be accessible (to a degree) and evident. This place was the Mishkan, the whole purpose of which was to ‘breach’ the space created from the garden between Hashem and Adam. Adam was appointed the ‘job’ of guarding the Garden. What if the Holy of Holies is like unto where the two Tree’s are (the CENTER of the garden in Eden), the Garden which is “IN” the place called Eden is like unto the Holy Place (recall the word used for separation between heaven/earth, Light/darkness is the same word used to describe the Partition Moshe placed between the Holy of Holies and the Holy Place of the Mishkan.) and the ground speaks of the courtyard area where Adam was formed (then brought into the Garden to ‘do his job’, his Avodah for Hashem) and the rest of the “eretz” land or earth is the field or the extension…where Adam and Chavah are eventually exiled. The reason I bring this up is because I want you to consider that Adam would perhaps go into the Holy of Holies only when appointed (just like the Temple service) and that perhaps Chavah was not even ‘permitted’ there at all. Consider as well the question I have always asked myself…why was the serpent there? I don’t think he was there. I think the damage he did was outside the Holy place. I believe it may be a possibility that there were boundaries in Adam’s service in the Garden at Eden. I think the problem arose when those boundaries were ‘crossed’. Chavah was ‘alone’ in the “field” and suddenly the serpent shows up and has access to her. Then, if it so, she comes and Adam allows her access…this is where the problems arise. In short, I don’t think the snake was wrapped around the tree in the Garden that God planted, which He placed the man into it to do a job. He was to take “of the tree of life” and bring that good fruit out into the world, teaching it as al the Kohanim were to do. Then I believe he may have ‘gone back in’, learned more and come back out to teach and share the blessings of that place, of Hashem…outward. If his job were also to guard the tree and the garden…this is a job in which he failed and when he is banished, he will be like everyone else- working the field and striving for bread every day of his life ( unlike the Kohanim who were provided for and didn’t have to plant and sow because they were busy keeping up the Temple.) The Keruvim with the flaming swords then took his place to guard the garden and the way to the Tree’s, much like in the Temple where the Keruvim were stationed at the “gate” the cover of the Holy Ark of the Testimony to “guard” the Torah inside…in the Holy of Holies.
# 5172(v)nachash נָחַשׁ -to hiss; to whisper;to practice enchantment,sorcery;to forebode, divine.
- Vayikra 19; 25-26’In the fifth year you are to eat of its fruit, that its yield may increase for you; I am the LORD your God.‘You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying.First found in reference to Laban, next Joseph in Egypt, then here -5xs in Torah.
#5175 (masc n) Nachash נָחָשׁ – a serpent.
בְּרֵאשִׁית 1;4 ____________________ Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5 “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
- There are several problems here. In the Torah there is only one time when an animal is speaking, and this is Bilaam’s she-donkey. He is on his way to curse the Jewish people, then he ends up counseling toward the downfall of the men of Israel who are later invited to dine (take, and eat) by the Midianite women. (Don’t forget the reference to the Angel and the flaming sword guarding- Shamar the way to the set apart people). The donkey shouldn’t talk. The serpent shouldn’t talk…Bilaam was a diviner and in some contexts the shoresh of Nachash has something to do with divination (which goes completely against the Torah). Nachash is using the sense of speech, this time he uses it in order to cause destruction (versus God who created with speech). It is as if Nachash is approaching Chavah when she is vulnerable, without her husband’s protection or guidance and giving her a prediction about the future should she choose to eat of the tree. He is also using the image of God in a corrupted way. Like all pagan idolaters they worshipped the self, the way to become higher themselves, to know things, to reach into the realms of the mysterious and to find out ahead of time future events,etc. To “cheat God” out of His sovereignty to decide (thereby cheating man out of his capability to choose based upon the circumstances God “placed” around him). The image of God means His characteristics. Being like Him means emulating His divine attributes which He “called out to Moshe” when he hid him in the cleft of the rock.
The word here used to describe Nachash is #6175 (adj) arum עָרוּם- which can be translated dependent upon the context as: crafty, cautious, prudent (in a good sense). It is found only here in Torah. It’s shoresh comes from #6191(v) aram עָרַם – to make naked, to uncover, to act craftily. This is the same root the word Naked in the text of Adam and Chavah is found. Nachash is not hiding, he is coming right out, he is approaching Chavah, he is speaking freely and there are elements of ‘truth’ in his pitch.
Why was Nachash so interesting in tempting Adam, what was his motivation?
Revelation12; 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
The nature of evil is- it wan’t to be noticed.
It is the height of ego. Ego means I must be noticed in the world. Wanting to be noticed is the nature of evil. Adam and Chavah in their state of innocence didn’t notice him. So he develops this plan to be noticed, in the form of the forbidden fruit. If I can get them to eat from it, “I will be noticed, I’ll become part of their life, they will have to contend with me forevermore.”
Their state was straddling the highest spiritual mansions yet man is still having his feet on the ground…involved in the physicality. He was subject to temptation by something utterly good, “to become like God”. We are charged to learn and strive to be like God for the good. But this is supposed to be accomplished through learning and applying, not by some “magic phrase or formula”. You cannot opt for the “easy” bite, it does take work to grow in faith and godliness.
- 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.
- 1 John 2;3 By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments. 4 If anyone says, “I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But if anyone keeps His word, the love of God has been truly perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Yeshua walked. 7 Beloved, I am not writing you a new commandment, but an old one, which you have had from the beginning.
Why and how did a knowing of right and wrong originate?
How does a baby, child, adult know what is good or evil?
Is it environmentally dictated- would we adopt the vantage point we are raised into? Does it have to do with the home environment? Is it derived from education (which is still an element of being environmentally processed)? Or is there innate goodness…or badness in a person? Or is knowing good and evil, a mystery of nature God intended to remain a mystery until an appointed time? If the innate aspect of evil is pride then there are two ways of living.
One can live with inward self centeredness (everything that pulls toward me).
My life is all about my survival, my instincts, my emotional well being, my physical well being- I need I want I must have. Some needs are justified: I must eat. But the same language is used in other forms: I must have the Roles Royce.
The other way of life is to be selfless, outward centeredness.
This becomes the case in which one is living in order to serve the other. One obtains and grows but it is all with the intention of blessing others, teaching others, giving to others and most importantly…to becoming close to Hashem. This was meant to be the mission of Adam. To take the life and knowledge that was given by God and take it outward. Chavah was meant to come alongside him and help in this mission.
The voice of pride prevailed and they sought to bypass the “works” and just “know” to interpret what was good for themselves versus obey the commandments.
As soon as they are confronted their fingers point outward, unrepentant, blaming- the apex of pride.
Now instead of being like God, they are emulating Nachash. His task is ‘complete’.
Bereshit 2;24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
B’reshit 3; 6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
#1692 (v) davak דָּבַק – to be glued together, to adhere firmly, to follow hard, to come upon.
The concept of Devekut is important in Jewish culture, in modern Israeli Hebrew, “Devekut” or “dvekut” is also often a synonym for dedication toward a particular goal. In religious Judaism and in academia, refers “Devekut” to “cleaving” or “attaching oneself” to God in all areas of life.The concept is to unify all aspects of spiritual and material life, to reveal their inner divinity. That God can be sanctified and made known through the way we dress, the way we eat, the way we speak, sing, serve…everything. This is indeed the concept of taking the light from the Holy of Holies outward.
Devekus- Clinging. This is what man and woman were meant to be – partners with one another, and all human beings were made to be partners with God, the artist…Who took the ultimate step of “outward” centered living and made a masterpiece for the other to appreciate and enjoy.
Coming into a new cycle we would do well to ask ourselves, what am I clinging to? Am I depending on what I clung to this season, the spiritual heights I tapped into to last me through the year? Am I relying on what I tried to do…. or
am I entering into something now…
The Fall Feasts were about coming so close to Hashem, to coming into the Holy of Holies with Him at the appointed time, clinging, gluing, locking myself up with Hashem.
Was I locking myself up with Hashem in that chamber so that I could live off of that experience
for the coming year or…
only so that now I can learn so much more .
This will allow me to live in my mission today.
Not relying on what I once felt…
but what I am going to continue to feel.
בְּרֵאשִׁית B’reshit 3; 8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the [cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.”…
22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.
The presence of the Lord seems to be more specific to the garden, I believe to that central space with the two trees. God seems to be calling just to the man (the one who’s supposed to be there.) Then it seems as though Adam is indicating, the woman… is with me (perhaps because she was not supposed to be.) Since man is the head he bears the responsibility, he, man is banished from the garden, to the ground…from which he was made. As we read on in the parasha we find life going on, Cayin and Hevel are born and when Cayin is eventually banished…he goes out even further, I believe this may be the extended “field”.
In the beginning God Created. He spoke and we still have these words today. He spoke again from Sinai and made commandments which when we follow them…find life. Once more when He looks and finds that His creation is being obedient to His command He calls it “ki tov”. When man is obedient it is “tov ma’od” very good, this is because we do have the choice.
Already, so much has happened. The consequence of Adam’s choice to blur the boundaries, for Chavah to take on the role as head defining for herself what was tov…is that there will be struggle. Struggle in the produce of the ground, struggle in the produce of the womb. The ultimate and continual struggle to choose between good and evil that is ongoing- personal and universal.
B’reshit 3; 14 The Lord God said to the serpent,“Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, and dust you will eat all the days of your life; 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.”16 To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you.” 17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you will eat the plants of the field; 19 By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
How can one involved in the struggle see…the good purpose?
Hashem, with the greater perspective of the whole,
realizes that we do need the struggle to truly taste success.
Therefore man was given the struggle. The reward is yet to come.
To appreciate, we work and we wait.
- B’reshit 2; 5 Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground.
- Isaiah 50; 1Thus says the LORD, “Where is the certificate of divorce By which I have sent your mother away? Or to whom of My creditors did I sell you? Behold, you were sold for your iniquities, And for your transgressions your mother was sent away. 2 “Why was there no man when I came? When I called, why was there none to answer?
(Aiekah- Where are you? my son in the garden? My child today? Where are you with Me and our walk together?)
- Isaiah 59;15 Yes, truth is lacking; and he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. Now the LORD saw, and it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice. 16 And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that there was no one to intercede; Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, And His righteousness upheld Him.
(Let it not be that the Lord looks and becomes grieved in His heart, let it be that the sons and daughters of the Kingdom are taking the fruit of the Torah into the field and sowing it with love.)
- Matthew 13;37 He replied, “The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed represents the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40 As the weeds are collected and burned in the fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom every cause of sin and all who practice lawlessness. 42 And they will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
(You’ll work and you’ll toil in struggle with the ground- for harvest. We are to be working this field by sowing light into people. Relationships forged in genuine outward centeredness, real concern for the “other”. To those who forget the value of human life, to those who forget their brother, to those who come to adopt the claim “I’m not my brother’s keeper…” like to Cain, the ground wont yield to you at all. )
Before heading into this week’s Parasha of Noach, take a minute to contemplate. How fast did it take things to go from perfection, magnificence, the highest spiritual height…to banishment, murder, complete corruption? We come from the heights of the spiritual ravishment found in the Fall Feasts and as we well know the Torah cycle intersects with real life. This author’s experience has truly been a great and mighty fall, descent. The hope that lies ahead once again kisses my wounds with inspiration. That as the world, as our lives and hearts falter and fail God is right on hand willing to wash clean, and start again. Starting with rest, filling with grace…that is what the Flood was. A mikveh, the rebirth that meant the commencement of closeness once more.
If there was a lack of the proper translation of the Light sent down to us from the appointed times for the Fall season let the deluge serve as a starting point to tap back into the concepts of cleansing-detoxification-reset-reconnecting to the only reality: our relationship with Hashem. May you be completely filled with a renewed sense of excitement for this New cycle. I praise Hashem and ask a blessing over you as we connect and cling to the good fruit of this tree of life.
Mirjam, you struggled and prevailed. You always compassionated with my struggle. I wish you were here and miss you. This learning is in your memory. It is a blessing! I love you so much.
Resources: Much of this entry was learned from Rabbi Laibl Wolf http://www.spiritgrowjosefkrysscenter.org/profile/laibl-wolf, Rabbi Ari Kahn arikahn.blogspot.co.il, Rabbi David Fohrman alephbeta.org and more. See the Homepage on this blog and My Resources entry for a complete list.