Shabbat and Resting Upon

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Shabbat and Resting Upon

#1 Postby sheryl » Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:23 pm

Shalom Friends!

In the continued reading and contemplation of Gates of Light, something new to my hearing has been discovered. With God's help, may this be shared with all of you.

In the teaching on the Ninth Sphere, Yesod, Rabbi Joseph tells us:

The Spirit of Elijah NaChaH (rested) on Elisha (II Kings 2:15, i.e. the root, N, SH, H refers to the induction of the spirit on Elisha.)

And it is written:

vayaNaCH (And He rested) on the seventh day. (Exodus 20:11; just as Elijah's spirit rested on Elisha.)

Wow. A whole new understanding of Shabbat is arising for me!

Genesis Chapter 2 is commonly translated as something like this:

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day Elohim completed the work which Elohim had done, and Elohim rested on the seventh day from all the work which Elohim had done. Then Elohim blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it Elohim rested from all the work which Elohim had created and made.

This translation leads us think that Elohim rested from all the work. But in the Hebrew, there is no preposition. It says simply Elohim rested work made. What is being heard new for me is that Elohim did not rest from the work. Elohim rested upon the work.

Thus for us, I am hearing that Shabbat is a rest from all our labor, so that Elohim might rest upon what has been made.

Halleluyah! Praise to Elohim for the gift of Shabbat!

Any corrections to these thoughts will be received with gratitude.


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Re: Shabbat and Resting Upon

#2 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:00 pm

Grace and peace to you in Hayyah Yeshua!

Your post shares a beautiful insight, one that has not escaped the attention of Mekubalim and their teachings on the esoteric wisdom of the Holy Shabbat. Indeed, instead of Elohim resting from the work of creation we may read it as Elohim resting upon the works of creation, and as Elohim rests upon creation, so Ruach Elohim pervades creation. The Human One is the microcosm, each human being having in them the entire universe or matrix of creation, and likewise the Human One is the culmination of creation, the anointed and enlightened human being, the Messiah, being the fulfillment of the original intention of the Holy One at the outset of creation; hence, the generation of a creature able to enter into conscious unity with the Holy One and embody the fullness of the Shekinah of the Holy One, the presence and power of the Eternal. Understanding this, Elohim resting upon creation, Ruach Elohim pervading creation, first and foremost this is Elohim resting upon the Human One, the image and likeness of Elohim, and through faithful and spiritual humanity, resting upon all creation, Ruach Elohim pervading all living beings. The Fourth Commandment to “remember and keep Shabbat holy,” which corresponds with Mercy-Hesed, holds the fulfillment of this intention of the Holy One in mind, and when we remember and keep the Holy Shabbat, so this intention is fulfilled.

Elohim resting on creation, and specifically upon faithful and spiritual humanity, corresponds with the First Attribute of Mercy, El, which is the inmost desire of God, that God might give Godself to us; hence, the greatest gift of the Divine and greatest manifestation of Mercy, one that becomes fulfilled in the coming of the Messiah, the “Lord of the Shabbat.”

Here we may recall the teaching of the Master, “the human being was not created for the Shabbat, but the Shabbat was created for the human being,” and, “the Son of Man is the Lord of Shabbat,” the one who embodies the fullness of Ruach Elohim, upon whom the Holy Shekinah of Yahweh Elohim rests - the Messiah.

When we remember and keep the Holy Shabbat, the Lord of the Shabbat is with us, the Holy Shekinah rests upon us, and the Spirit of God pervades us, and we are gathered into the Holy One, the Infinite and Eternal, and the entire matrix of creation is blessed and uplifted with us, all being gathered into the Most High. The Holy Shabbat is a time each week that holds the potential of a greater Influx of the Supernals, and as we know, those who remember and keep Shabbat, not only outwardly but inwardly, and for “its own sake,” receive a double portion of soul, which becomes the vehicle of reception of God giving Godself; hence, remembering and keeping the Holy Shabbat, ruach is joined with nefesh, and there is the generation of nefesh elokit, the power of the evil inclination is diminished and the power of the good inclination is increased and comes into dominion, and we embody something of our holy neshamah, our divine soul. Thus, truly, there is nefesh elokit and neshamah, a “double portion of soul,” and in this there is a full embodiment of our soul, joined to the Holy Shekinah and Spirit of God, for which our soul serves as a channel or vehicle on that Holy Day, and on every day that we walk in the remembrance of the Unity and Oneness of the Infinite and Eternal, and so abide in that Unity and Oneness; but first we must remember and keep the Shabbat holy, for then we are holy and Elohim can rest on us, the Holy Shekinah - “Shabbat Queen.”

Now, if the Holy One rests upon the works of creation on Shabbat, so also we are to rest upon our works accomplished in the days of works, offering all our works, all that we have accomplished, to the Holy One; when we rest upon our works, and offer them to the Holy One, so the Holy One rests upon them, and they are made perfect and complete by the Living Spirit of the Holy One, and it is all good!

We rest upon our works - good works, and we offer them to the Lord on the eve of Shabbat as we invite and welcome the Shabbat Queen; and just before we rest upon our works, and offer our works to the Lord, we confess and repent of sin, error, dispelling klippot and releasing and uplifting the sparks bound up in them. Thus, all that is good and true is gathered into Shabbat, and the Shekinah of the Holy One, Shekinah of the Messiah - Lord of Shabbat, comes to rest upon it, and upon us.

If we are wise and understand how to depart from the Holy Shabbat, then entering into the next cycle of works days - days of creation, we will abide at rest, in repose, no longer being the doer, but rather the Messiah and Holy Spirit will be the doer, or the Lord and the Queen of Shabbat will be the doer. Praise the Lord!

In closing we may speak an open secret for those who have ears to hear it. Our soul emanates from the Light Continuum - or Atzilut, and though emanating from the Light Continuum our soul abides in the Light Continuum, and therefore there is movement and rest; the same is true of the wise who have understanding, though departing the Holy Shabbat, they remain in the Holy Shabbat, and therefore their works are perfect and complete, for they are accomplished by the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim), and of such souls it is said that they are “without sin.” Contemplate this well, and understand!

May the Spirit of God lead us in the Way and reveal to us how to remember and keep the Holy Shabbat, fulfilling the original intention of the Infinite and Eternal One in creation! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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