Ariel Ben Avraham's book on the Jewish conception of God's love according to the Hebrew Scriptures and Jewish theology. How we relate to God's love as our common bond with Him. You can order the book directly from the author at email@example.com.
From the book:
"Let's be aware that we are emanated from God' love. Whatever we are and have come from Him and it is His, including the love that we are and give. Love is our essence and identity."
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Ecclesiastes: The illusion of vanity and the reality of love (XXVIII)
“This is an evil in all that is done under the
sun, that there is one event unto all; yea also, the heart of the sons of men
is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that
they go to the dead. For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope;
for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” (Ecclesiastes 9:3-4)
We all face evil in this world under the sun,
for it happens to all. As part of human consciousness to exercise free will,
evil dwells with us as the necessary reference to choose goodness.
If we make evil our choice, it fills our hearts
and minds to make us fall into ego’s fantasies and illusions as the expressions
of madness for what we live and for what we eventually die.
This again brings us to the awareness that a
meaningful life is associated to goodness, while the vanity and futility of
evil turn us into the living dead.
It’s better to live in goodness, even if is little,
than living dead in abundance as it happened with the generation of the Flood
and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, who in their extreme abundance they lived
in depravity and perversion.
“For the living
know that they shall die; but the dead know not anything, neither have they any
more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. As well their love, as
their hatred and their envy, is long ago perished; neither have they any more a
portion forever in anything that is done under the sun.” (9:5-6)
We are subtly taught here that goodness
accumulates, adds and multiply, for it is always remembered and praised for the
benefit of the human condition.
Those who live in, with, by and for goodness
know that it is their only true possession because it is part of who they are.
In this awareness they complete their life and its purpose when they die.
The goodness that they have done makes them
always living, for their memory is blessed and honored even after their
passing; while the memory of the wicked is erased, for their negative deeds are
only reminders of what must be removed from life.
“Go your way, eat
your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has
already accepted your [good] works. Let your garments be always white and let your
head lack no oil.” (9:7-8)
These verses evoke the Jewish final redemption
and Messianic times that we are destine to live, rather sooner than later, for
goodness is the purpose of God’s creation that includes life in this world.
Goodness is the purpose and motivation to go
into the world and enjoy the things that can make us happy, and to exult in a
joyous heart knowing that we reap the produce and benefits of the goodness for
which we live.
This is the realization that goodness is the
bond with our Creator that keeps us pure, complete and wholesome. In this
awareness we are permanently enlightened with the oil of our knowledge of Him.
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.