Focus    on Purpose
Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

The Gospel in the

Garden

“The Bible can be studied though a

competent translation, but unfortunately,

in this fashion, one obtains a mere

microscopic morsel of the available

wisdom. This is because the message is

bound up with the language.” Rabbi

Daniel Lapin.

‘Good’, ‘Righteousness’, ’Evil’, and the Gospel.

The Hebrew language is a very rich language in which the letters each have a meaning in and of themselves, and become a commentary on the word they spell. When the Rabbis study the Scriptures, they do all sorts of things with the letters and dig out deeper meanings to the passage they are studying. I don’t have the space to share the technicalities here, but following through with some of the concepts, I want to show you a gem I discovered this week as I pondered on the concepts of ‘good’ and righteous’. Below I have listed the Hebrew letters spelling the Hebrew words for Tov (good), Righteous, and Evil and given a sampling of some the meanings associated with the letters ‘”Tov’ … is spelt Teth - personal insight, Vav - a connection between heaven and earth, and Beth - one’s heart. In other words Tov calls us to examine ourselves so that our hearts are pure and we can make a connection with God. Ancient Rabbis called this ‘being in harmony with God.’ … When Mozart, Bach, and the other masters composed music, rabbis pointed to their composition where different musical instruments  all played a different musical sound yet they were in complete harmony with each other, as a example of ‘tov’.” Chaim Bentorah The Hebrew word for righteous is Tsadaq, spelt: Tsade : humility and surrender  Dalet : door, portal, gateway Qop : Holiness, and also sacrifice.  The Hebrew word for evil is Ra’, spelt: Resh : Speaks of leadership, and also repentance Ayin : Represents the eye and everything to do with the eye, including character (The eyes are the window to the soul). Righteousness then, is humble surrender to God, which is the doorway into the holiness of God. This brings us to the place of tov - the experience of everything good as we live in harmony with Him and those around us.. Unrighteousness on the other hand, is surrender to anything other than God (any created being or thing), which opens a portal into the kingdom of darkness, and death, as we sacrifice the life for which we were created. This brings us into the place of evil (ra’) in which we are slaves to the lust of our eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Eve surrendered to the serpent, opening a door of control for the kingdom of darkness and death, sacrificing the beautiful life she knew. As she subordinated herself to the serpent’s manipulation, she succumbed to the control of her lust and covetousness, birthed as she gazed upon the fruit. Adam surrendered to Eve, entering the door to control by the kingdom of  darkness that she had opened, sacrifcing the generations of children yet to be born. He followed Eve’s leadership into disobedience, being controlled by the eyes of his heart. Jesus bowed in humble surrender to His Father, and became the door for all humanity as He sacrificed His life, so that we may be reconciled to God and come back into the place of holiness, where we once again, can live in the joy of being in harmony with our Creator. Now, in the Hebrew alphabet, the Qop (of sacrifice) stands behind the Resh (of repentance). So, when you feel like you have come to a place where your back is against a wall, turn around and see if that wall is not perhaps a cross - the cross of Jesus. Then, as you look at your life, realize that you are hopeless without the One Who created you. Turn and face the cross, bow in humble surrender to the One Who sacrificed His life for you and became the door that opens the way into the forgiving welcoming, presence of the One Who created you. As you do this, the Holy Spirit will begin a life-long process of leading you to sacrifice those things that draw you away from being in harmony with God, freeing you to drink more and more deeply from the One Who is the Source of pure Love and vibrant Life. Now Jesus sets before you Life and tov, and death and ra’ (evil)  (Deut 30:15) , and He calls you to choose life… The choice is yours.
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Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

The Gospel in the

Garden

“The Bible can be studied though a

competent translation, but

unfortunately, in this fashion, one

obtains a mere microscopic morsel of

the available wisdom. This is because

the message is bound up with the

language.” Rabbi Daniel Lapin.

‘Good’, ‘Righteousness’, ’Evil’, and the Gospel.

The Hebrew language is a very rich language in which the letters each have a meaning in and of themselves, and become a commentary on the word they spell. When the Rabbis study the Scriptures, they do all sorts of things with the letters and dig out deeper meanings to the passage they are studying. I don’t have the space to share the technicalities here, but following through with some of the concepts, I want to show you a gem I discovered this week as I pondered on the concepts of ‘good’ and ‘righteous’. Below I have listed the Hebrew letters spelling the Hebrew words for Tov (good), Righteous, and Evil and given a sampling of some the meanings associated with the letters ‘”Tov’ … is spelt Teth - personal insight, Vav - a connection between heaven and earth, and Beth - one’s heart. In other words Tov calls us to examine ourselves so that our hearts are pure and we can make a connection with God. Ancient Rabbis called this ‘being in harmony with God.’ … When Mozart, Bach, and the other masters composed music, rabbis pointed to their composition where different musical instruments  all played a different musical sound yet they were in complete harmony with each other, as a example of ‘tov’.” Chaim Bentorah The Hebrew word for righteous is Tsadaq, spelt: Tsade : humility and surrender  Dalet : door, portal, gateway Qop : Holiness, and also sacrifice.  The Hebrew word for evil is Ra’, spelt: Resh : Speaks of leadership, and also repentance Ayin : Represents the eye and everything to do with the eye, including character (The eyes are the window to the soul). Righteousness then, is humble surrender to God, which is the doorway into the holiness of God. This brings us to the place of tov - the experience of everything good as we live in harmony with Him and those around us.. Unrighteousness on the other hand, is surrender to anything other than God (any created being or thing), which opens a portal into the kingdom of darkness, and death, as we sacrifice the life for which we were created. This brings us into the place of evil (ra’) in which we are slaves to the lust of our eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Eve surrendered to the serpent, opening a door of control for the kingdom of darkness and death,  sacrificing the beautiful life she knew. As she subordinated herself to the serpent’s manipulation, she succumbed to the control of her lust and covetousness, birthed as she gazed upon the fruit. Adam surrendered to Eve, entering the door to  control by the kingdom of darkness that she had  opened, sacrifcing the generations of children yet to be born. He followed Eve’s leadership into disobedience, being controlled by the eyes of his heart. Jesus bowed in humble surrender to His Father,  and became the door for all humanity as He sacrificed His life, so that we may be reconciled to God and come back into the place of holiness, where we once again, can live in the joy of being in harmony with our Creator. Now, in the Hebrew alphabet, the Qop (of sacrifice) stands behind the Resh (of repentance). So, when you feel like you have come to a place where your back is against a wall, turn around and see if that wall is not perhaps a cross - the cross of Jesus. Then, as you look at your life, realize that you are hopeless without the One Who created you. Turn and face the cross, bow in humble surrender to the One Who sacrificed His life for you and became the door that opens the way into the forgiving welcoming, presence of the One Who created you. As you do this, the Holy Spirit will begin a life-long process of leading you to sacrifice those things that draw you away from being in harmony with God,  freeing you to drink more and more deeply from the One Who is the Source of pure Love and vibrant Life. Now Jesus sets before you Life and tov, and death and ra’ (evil)  (Deut 30:15) , and He calls you to choose life… The choice is yours.
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