Monday, December 5, 2016
The Song of Songs: The Love Story of God and Israel (XVI)
“You are entirely beautiful, My beloved, and there is no blemish in you. With Me from the Lebanon, O bride. With me from the Lebanon. Look from the peak of Amana, from the peak of Senir and Hermon, from the habitations of lions, from the mountains of leopards. You have captured My heart, My sister, O bride. You have captured My heart with one of your eyes, with one bead of your necklace.” (Song of Songs 4:7-9)
In this bonding there is no blemish in Israel, for her love is as pure and sacred as God's love coming from the pure whiteness (Lebanon) of the Temple of Jerusalem.
From this highest level of consciousness, every conception, idea, thought, emotion, feeling and passionate expression are as high as the mountains, above their basic nature and trends. Up there we elevate our driving life forces and instincts as the lions and leopards that also represent strength, swiftness, beauty and majesty.
God rejoices in the goodness of Israel's traits and qualities that build a place in human consciousness to manifest His ways and attributes in every facet and dimension of life in the material world. Thus Israel as God's espouse fulfills her mission as His partner in creation.
Israel's eye looks forward to make His will prevail in the world, and even one single of her traits (“a bead of her necklace”) point out to the paths God wants humankind to walk.
“How beautiful have been your loves, My sister espouse. How good your loves have been better than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than all perfumes! Sweetness drops from your lips, O espouse. Honey and milk are under your tongue. And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon. A closed garden is My sister espouse, a closed spring, a fountain sealed. Your offshoots are an orchard of pomegranates with precious fruits.” (4:10-13)
God continues praising Israel's essence and true identity, and the goodness of her contributions to humankind, as His partner (“My sister espouse”) for the material world. These are better than the sensual, temporary pleasures enjoyed by the emotions aroused by wine, perfumes and fragrances.
God's love poetically evokes the sweetening goodness of the ethical and moral principles taught by Israel from God's Torah to the nations.
The delights coming from love's ways and attributes are seen and experienced as Israel's identity reflected by her garments' fragrance, emanated from her permanent bond (the Temple of Jerusalem) with God's love.
God describes Israel's essence as a garden, spring and fountain concealed to the nations as the lower traits and negative trends of ego's fantasies and illusions. In this closed garden, spring and fountain make sprout pomegranates and precious fruits.
Again we see pomegranates and precious fruits as allegories of God's commandments, coming from this hidden splendorous orchard.
This sealed garden with springs and fountains are the source and midst of the Messianic consciousness to be revealed in Israel's final redemption. In this new consciousness evil does not exist, but only the goodness of love's ways and attributes as the ruling and directing traits that will lead humankind towards the exclusive interest of the human heart.
The Creator promises Israel to reveal even the hidden light we don't see in the darkness.
“And I shall give you the treasures of darkness, and the hidden riches of sealed places, that you shall know that I am the Lord, who call you by your name, yea, the God of Israel.” (Isaiah 45:3)
The pomegranates and precious fruits we are going to harvest in this sealed paradise of the Messianic consciousness will be beyond description or current human comprehension.
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.