Sunday, September 14, 2014
The Messianic Consciousness in Jewish Prophecy (LXXIV) Isaiah
“Behold, these shall come from far; and, lo, these [others] from the north and from the west, and these [others] from the land of Sinim [from the east].” (Isaiah 49:12)
God summons the children of Israel from all the places and corners of the earth. He decreed that all, even those assimilated among the nations, are destined to return to their inherited land. Being far away from the Creator does not refer to a geographical distance. In time those who listen to His call for our Final Redemption will return. God's call is not meant to be answered by all, for He gave us free will to either reject or embrace our Jewish identity.
We have mentioned the oral tradition (midrash) regarding the Exodus from Egypt, and the return of the Jews exiled in Babylon. In the case of Egypt we learned that only 20% chose to follow Moses, and in the case of Babylon even a much lesser amount chose to return to the land of Israel. Historically, a few of the children of Israel have remained faithful to the Covenant with God. The same is expected to happen for the Final Redemption. Although God has decreed that He will gather us from all corners of the earth, this calling is for those who choose to return.
“Sing, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth, and break forth into singing, O mountains. For the Lord has comforted His people, and has compassion upon His afflicted.” (49:13)
Those of us who hear God's calling must rejoice and sing in happiness with all our levels of consciousness. These are our higher awareness (heavens) of God, and our lower sensual nature (earth), as well as our faith, beliefs, values and principles (mountains). As all of these hear the calling, we also feel and live our imminent Redemption when we realize that God's loving kindness and compassion are our complete freedom. Thus we understand that God's ways and attributes are also the traits and trends we must enthrone in all levels of consciousness in order to end the affliction under the predicament of ego's fantasies and illusions.
“But Zion said: 'The Lord has forsaken me, and the Lord has forgotten me'.” (49:14)
Those who don't choose back to God's calling rather blame Him for their separation from Him. They purposely ignore that the return to His decreed Redemption is entirely up to us. We have said that Zion, Jerusalem and the Temple represent the highest awareness of our permanent connection with God. When this awareness is lost, it blames God as the culprit of our estrangement from Him. Indeed it is never lost, for it is permanent, but in our exile in ego's fantasies and illusions we believe and feel that God abandoned us.
“Does a woman forget her suckling, the loved one -- the son of her womb? Yea, these forget. But I, I don't forget you. Behold, on the palms of the hands I have graven you, your walls are before Me continually.” (49:15-16)
God reiterates His Covenant with Israel, and His Love for His children. He calls us as our Father who reminds us that, in spite of our separation and oblivion of Him, He does not forget us. He keeps us not only in His thoughts but also in His Love, for He loves us. Our names are graven in His hands, and the strength (our walls) of our bond with Him is always standing.
“Hastened have those building you, those destroying you and laying you waste go out from you.” (49:17)
Our oppression under the negative traits and trends of consciousness, triggered by ego's fantasies and illusions, becomes our desperation that makes us live in haste. God reminds us that these are the destroyers which turn us into waste. Hence He will remove them from our consciousness.
“Lift up your eyes round about, and see: all of them have been gathered, they come to you. As I live, says the Lord, you shall surely clothe you with them all as an ornament, and gird yourself with them, like a bride.” (49:18)
The Prophet again remarks that God will transform the negative traits and trends into positive qualities that will occupy every aspect and dimension of life. These will be the ornament and beauty that will manifest in our discernment, thoughts, values, principles, emotions, feelings, passions and instincts, as well as in what we have, say and do. These will be the splendor we see in the bride that is ready to marry her master.
“Because your wastes and your desolate places, and the land of your ruins, surely now are straitened because of inhabitants, and far off have been those consuming you.” (49:19)
Our former negative and destructive traits will become as empty places that also will be too narrow for the expansion of the new consciousness that awaits us. Every negative trend that swallowed up the goodness of our Essence and true identity will be removed.
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.