Monday, October 17, 2016
The Song of Songs: The Love Story of God and Israel (IX)
“The blossoms have appeared in the land, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land.” (2:12)
God tells us that once we choose goodness, our harvest is also goodness. This is a fundamental principle for the final redemption and the Messianic era, for only positive traits and trends will motivate and lead our thoughts, emotions, feelings, passions and instincts.
Goodness is founded not only on common sense and empirical knowledge (experience), but primordially on principles, values, ways, attributes, ground rules and guidelines. In such foundations we are supposed to approach our moment to moment reality. The elements of this foundations must be learned from an early age, for these are the core of the goodness we want to have abundantly in life since its beginnings.
We learn them from the Torah and God's ways and attributes as our connection with Him. Thus we realize that goodness must precede wisdom, as we mentioned above, when we said that true love does not exist without wisdom and true wisdom does not exist without love. This is “the voice of the turtle dove” that has been heard, and still is heard in our land.
This verse reminds us of king David's words on the same theme.
“The land shall yield her produce; and God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us, and all the ends of the land shall be in awe of Him!” (Psalms 67:6-7)
“The blossoms have appeared in the land” also point out to another prophetic admonition.
“Redeemers ascended to mount Zion to judge mount of Esau, and to the Lord has been the kingdom.” (Obadiah 1:21)
The redeemers in reference to renewed and empowered positive traits and trends that will lead all levels and expressions of consciousness, by correcting, rectifying and redirecting the negative traits and trends represented by the “mount of Esau”.
Thus we understand that Zion (Jerusalem and its Temple) is the place of the permanent awareness of our connection with God's love. In Zion dwells the highest and loftiest traits and qualities we share with God's ways and attributes.
The prophetic message of Obadiah makes us aware that our redemption depends on letting the “redeemers” as love's ways and attributes rule and lead eternally every facet and expression of human life. The outcome of this is jubilation, joy and singing of the highest happiness we will have ever experienced: “the time of singing has come!”
Allegorically, “the voice of the turtle dove” represents the expression of the new consciousness we will have when evil will be removed from the face of the earth. Thus we understand the words of Maimonides.
“In that [Messianic] era, there will be neither famine or war, envy or competition for good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be freely available as dust. The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know God. Therefore, the Jews will be great sages and know the hidden matters, grasping the knowledge of their Creator according to the full extent of human potential, as Isaiah 11:9 states: 'The world will be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the ocean bed'.”
(Laws of the kings and the wars 12:5)
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.