Sunday, July 13, 2014
The Messianic Consciousness in Jewish Prophecy (LXV) Isaiah
In this chapter Isaiah refers once more to the Messianic Era through God's words. We have repeatedly remarked that it is related to the bond of Israel with the Creator. This means that Israel is the bearer of this new consciousness, as stated in the Torah and reiterated by the Jewish Prophets. Israel is the chosen one to be the means toward the Final Redemption, and no other nation. This is clearly indicated in the Hebrew Bible. In this context we assimilate that the Messianic Consciousness is manifest to humankind through Israel.
Thus we understand the Jewish king messiah as the focal point from whom this new and final consciousness will expand and encompass all aspects of life, individually and collectively. Therefore, when God refers to the Jewish messiah, He makes him part of Israel. This king is not separated from his people, for he is destined to gather and unify his Jewish brethren. Also to establish them all in their ancestral land, and initiate with them the Final Redemption as promised by God.
“Behold, My servant, whom I uphold. My chosen, in whom My soul delights. I have put my Spirit on him. He will bring justice to the nations.” (Isaiah 42:1)
These words illustrate the closeness of the Messianic Consciousness to God's Love. God addresses the Jewish king messiah as the servant in whom He upholds His will. Let's be aware that his primordial duty is to serve God and His will. This is the kind of servant God wants from all of us. People in which He upholds His will, as agreed in the Pact between Israel and God. He chooses Israel as His partner to fulfill His will for the material world. Hence He accepts us as His desired people He has blessed, and on whom He has put His Spirit. Thus we fulfill His commandment to be the Light for the nations.
Again we realize that being the Light for the nations means to do what is right for them. It is about to do goodness for the sake of goodness, as the essence of God's will for the material world. In this context, to be and to do goodness are the ways to do “justice” among the nations, which represent negative trends and traits in consciousness. We are commanded to transform them into positive and constructive qualities in all dimensions of life.
“He does not shout, nor raise his voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street. He doesn't break a bruised reed. He doesn't quench a dimly burning wick. He will bring justice to truth.” (42:2-3)
This new transcendental consciousness approaches life only by and through positive traits for the sake of goodness. Hence there is no need to shout this out or being arrogant to communicate the goodness inherent to Love's ways and attributes. As we allow these to guide our discernment, thoughts, mind, emotions, feelings and instincts, their expressions and outcome will also be positive. From this we realize that violence and ruthlessness are not part of Love's attributes, for the latter are the means to make goodness prevail as the truth that is expected as the result of doing justice. Thus we assimilate the meaning of “bringing justice to truth”, for truth comes from goodness and falsehood comes from evil.
“He does not become weak nor bruised, until he sets justice in the earth. And the isles wait for his instruction with hope. Thus says the Lord God, He who created the heavens and stretched them out. He who spreads out the earth and that which comes out of it, He who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk in it.” (42:4-5)
Being and manifesting the truth should not imply being hurt or damaged in our quest to make it prevail, for truth defends itself. It doesn't need advocates or supporters, similar to the sun and the air. Truth doesn't need us, we need the truth. God reminds us this to make us aware that while we live in the truth He established as our lifestyle, we are exempt from living in the realm of negative traits and trends. As we settle in the truth, justice is served.
Those of us who isolate ourselves in the quest for the truth we want to reign in our individual and collective consciousness, are the isles that “wait for his instruction with hope”.Goodness is the instruction God established in His Creation, and the Messianic Consciousness sets this same instruction as a Divine decree: “Thus says the Lord God, He who created the heavens and stretched them out”. Hence we understand what our Sages say when they teach that the goodness of the Messianic Consciousness is the Spirit of God that “hovered over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2).
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness, and holds your hand, and sustains you, and makes you a Covenant for the people, as a Light for the nations. To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out of prison the bound one, from the house of restraint those sitting in darkness.” (Isaiah 42:6-7)
God calls us through righteousness, holds our hand and sustains us, for righteousness is part of Him. Hence righteousness is a common bond He established for us, like the Covenant with Israel as the gift to transform the collective consciousness of humankind. The righteousness we call goodness is what opens our eyes in our blindness, the captivity in the constrains of ego's fantasies and illusions, and the negative traits and trends we call darkness.
From the Book's Foreword
Let's reexamine our ancestral memory, intellect, feelings, emotions and passions. Let's wake them up to our true Essence. Let us engage in the delightful awareness of Love as the Essence of G-d. The way this book is written is to reaffirm and reiterate its purpose, so it presents its message and content in a recurrent way. This is exactly its purpose, to restate the same Truth originally proclaimed by our Holy Scriptures, Prophets and Sages. Our purpose is to firmly enthrone G-d's Love in all dimensions of our consciousness, and by doing it we will fulfill His Promise that He may dwell with us on Earth forever. Let's discover together the hidden message of our ancient Scriptures and Sages. In that journey, let's realize Love as our Divine Essence, what we call in this book the revealed Light of Redemption in the Messianic era.