Sunday, May 20, 2018
JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (XIV)
“And behold, in Shalem is His Tabernacle and His dwelling place in Zion. There He has broken arrows of a bow, shield, and sword, and war, forever.”
The foundation of God’s presence, the love of His goodness, is peace as the place where He completely reveals His promised redemption, the beginning of living forever in His ways and attributes.
Shalem means wholeness, completion, fullness and the totality where there is no lack and nothing is missed, for all is contained in it. This realization makes us aware of peace, shalom; and Zion the awareness that in this completion we live permanently in God’s presence, for His oneness encompasses everything.
Thus we learn about our need to build the Temple of Jerusalem as the Tabernacle by which we connect and bond with our Creator.
We are the ones who have to rebuild the Temple, for it is up the yearning and desire to return to the goodness from which we were created. The love of goodness is the foundation of our bond with God.
Our Sages say that idolatry, murder and incest led to the destruction of the First Temple; uncalled for hatred caused the destruction of the Second Temple; and that uncalled for love will build the Third and final Temple that will last forever.
We have to recognize goodness as our essence and true identity, for goodness is what will bring us together and will show us new ways and means to experience it, once we live it as our permanent connection with God’s love.
This is the awareness that goodness doesn’t dwell with negative traits and trends, represented by arrows and bows, shields and swords that herald disputes, conflicts, confrontations and wars.
“But [He] chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which He has loved. And He built His sanctuary [lit. sacredness] as a high place, like the earth which He has founded forever.” (78:68-69)
As we know, Judah is the tribe that remained faithful to their God, in spite of the divisions, confrontations and disputes among the children of Israel. This is why they have been known as Jews, for they are the descendants of Judah.
In His prophetic awareness, King David knew this, and wrote these verses to praise them as the bearers of the transcendental responsibility of building the Third Temple that, like the Earth, will last forever.
In the second verse, we see that the promised revelation of God’s presence in Zion is a two-way event that demands the participation of the Creator and the Jewish people. He will establish (“build”) His sacredness in a “high place” that can only exist in the highest level of our consciousness.
Hence we understand that in such place dwell our best traits and qualities nurtured only by goodness for the sake of goodness as the purpose of God’s creation, for it is its foundation by which we build the eternal bond with Him.
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.