Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Messianic Consciousness in Jewish Prophecy (LXVIII) Isaiah

“I have declared, and I have redeemed, and I have announced, and there was no strange god among you. Therefore ye are My witnesses, says the Lord, and I am God. Yea, since the day was I am the One, and there is none that can deliver out of My hand. I will work, and who can reverse it?” (Isaiah 43:12-13)

God's Final Redemption is imminent, for He reaffirms that there is no reversal. He makes clear time and again that idols or false gods don't have any power besides Him. Let's pay attention to the reiterated warnings and repetitions against anything we give the power to control our lives. We must understand this as a constant invitation to recognize that we are God's creatures, and we owe all we are, have and do, to His Love for us. We are an emanation of His eternal loving kindness, which is the Essence that defines our true identity.

The only way to fully assimilate this uncontested reality is by putting aside all self-centered fantasies and illusions out of ego's belief that we are gods of our individual lives. From this delusional belief we create the idols and gods to which we serve with our greed, lust, coveting, arrogance and anger on one side; and with our frustrations, depressions, obsessions, addictions and attachments that keep us captive and away from the goodness of Love's ways and attributes as the unalienable freedom of our Essence and identity.

“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: 'For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and I will bring down all of them as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships of their shouting. I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King'.” (43:14-15)

The Creator reaffirms His promise to transform our consciousness by removing the burdens of negative traits and trends referred here as Babylon, fugitives and Chaldeans, including the shouting of their ways (“ships”). Again He presents Himself not only as God but as the Sacred of Israel, which means that He is what is sacred in us. Hence He is the King as the sole conductor of all aspects and dimensions of life He expects us to embrace.

“Behold, I am doing a new thing, it springs forth. Do ye don't know it? I make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” (43:19)

Even if we can't believe it possible to remove evil and negativity from human consciousness, our Creator can. Therefore we better believe it. He also asks us if we don't know it, in case we ignore that He can change deserts into rivers, and wilderness into blossoming fields. Thus He can transform our consciousness into a one-way direction in which only goodness is the cause and the effect, for the higher destiny the Creator has for us. This is the purpose of the Final Redemption and the Messianic Era.

God brings up our memories of the Exodus from Egypt (43:16-18) to remind us His total control over His Creation, and all the events that have occurred since the beginnings of our history. This premise is the preamble of our comprehension of the Messianic Consciousness.

“The beast of the field honors Me, dragons and daughters of an ostrich. For I have given waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen. The people which I formed for Myself, My praise they proclaim.” (43:20-21)

In the Messianic Era all living creatures will honor and praise the Creator, for He not only have the power to create and sustain but also to transform. This too goes in particular for Israel, whom He gives His knowledge (the Torah) as the waters to sustain the consciousness He wants for His will. This is the same consciousness that praises Him as the King of all.

“Yet you have not called upon Me, O Jacob, neither have you wearied yourself about Me, O Israel.” (43:22)

Regardless God's Love for Israel, He questions the motives of our hearts to despise the eternal bond with Him (43:23-24). We are His chosen, but we don't choose Him back. This leads us to reflect on the Essence and identity He gives us in the Torah, which is also the water that sustains us in our journeys in the material world.

“I, even I, am He that blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and your sins I don't recall. Cause Me to remember, we are judged together; declare you, that you may be justified.” (43:25-26)

If God is ready to erase and forget our transgressions, and has already forgiven us, can we justify our misdeeds? God's Love is greater than our Love, and we must not take this as a reason to dishonor our bond with Him. He wants us to remember His Love, and return to His ways and attributes as the real freedom in our consciousness.

“Your first father sinned, and your teachers transgressed against Me. Therefore I declare profane the princes of the Sanctuary, and I give Jacob to condemnation, and Israel to reproaches.” (43:27-28)

Our separation from God broke up the bond with Him, and our negative choices led us to their destructive consequences. Yet God in His Love claims credit for this, telling us that He invalidated the priestly service in the Temple, and sent Israel to condemnation and reproach by the nations. This means that instead of us blaming God for the outcome of our negative actions, we must reflect on the choices we make.

Thus we realize that our Redemption begins as we return to our Essence and true identity with which He created us as the goodness of Jacob, and the righteousness of Israel. These are the names by which He calls us to remind us what we really are and have in life, and the purpose and destiny of these two names.

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