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Exodus 4:22: Firstborn Son of the Lord

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:16 am

Israel: The Firstborn Son of the Lord

“Thus says the Lord [Yahweh]: ‘Israel is my firstborn son’” (4:22).

This verse attracts the attention of Christian mekubalim, gnostics, for in it there is the mention of a ‘son of God,’ the ‘firstborn,’ and as we know the Messiah is called the “only begotten son” in John 3:16. Thus this verse indicates a deeper spiritual and metaphysical meaning of the term ‘son of God,’ conveying esoteric wisdom concerning the Messiah, the Anointed One.

First there is the natural contemplation of the passage within which this verse occurs. It was spoken to Moses following his call and consecration as a prophet at the burning bush when he began his journey back to Egypt. It was a prophecy that was to be spoken to Pharaoh of what the Eternal One intended to do, a forewarning, as it were, of the final plague, the slaying of the first born of Egypt, citing the cause of that severe judgement. This itself, of course, may lead to very deep, esoteric contemplations concerning the foreknowledge of God Most High and the play of free will, and so on; but that Israel in this moment of prophecy, this moment of seeing, hearing and feeling beyond space-time, is called ‘firstborn son’ is more stunning, for it is also a prophecy of the coming of the Messiah.

Indeed, as we know, the soul incarnate as Jacob, Israel, was destined to be the Messiah, destined to incarnate as Yeshua. Thus, that the Eternal One calls Israel ‘my first born son’ alludes to the Messiah as the ‘only begotten son’; hence a prophecy of the coming of the Messiah and the True Exodus that God Most High intended from the very outset of the revelation of God to humankind. There is this within the prophecy spoken at the outset of the movement of the exodus from Egypt, the revelation of the ultimate intention of the Eternal One, the salvation of souls through the Great Ascension. Yet, the calling of Israel ‘my firstborn son’ holds other secret mysteries as well, insights into the spiritual and metaphysical reality of the Messiah.

Understand, Israel is called the ‘firstborn son,’ and as we know this is a metaphor, something put into human terms to indicate spiritual and metaphysical mysteries, not something to be taken literally. Certainly so, for we know Jacob, Israel, nor the children of Israel, was literally the ‘son’ of God Most High,’ or ‘children of God Most High,’ for the Infinite and Eternal One does not beget offspring as human beings do, nor does God Most High have any partners or associate gods; as stated in the Shema, Yahweh is One, there is One God, the Most High, the Absolute Light, there is no other god, there are no associate gods, none whatsoever! If the Eternal One calls Israel ‘my firstborn son,’ then ‘only begotten son’ must have a very different meaning than what many later period Christians have come to believe, and also the true message of the Holy Gospel must be very different than what many believe. You see, with reference to God Most High - the Supreme, the term ‘son of God’ can only be understood as metaphorical and symbolic, implying something of a ‘resemblance’ to God, a true image and likeness of God, and in this, in some way, all in a great mystery, implies the ‘inheritance’ of the Divine Attributes and Divine Presence of God; hence, it connotes an intimate nearness and oneness with God, the True Light.

As we know, often Adonai Yeshua spoke of the reality of the Messiah as the ‘Son of Adam,’ and likewise, as we know, Adam, the Human Being, was created in the image and likeness of the Eternal God (Yahweh Elohim). Thus, ‘Son of Adam’ implies a Perfect Human Being, one in whom the true image and likeness of God is realized and made manifest, and likewise, ‘Son of God’ implies the very same reality, though something more, something of the station and states of the Messiah conferred upon Yeshua, and upon all souls that come into being as the perfect man, perfect woman, the perfect human being - the Human One of Light. Indeed, when the station and states of the perfect human being, ‘son of Adam,’ are attained through the mercy and grace of God Most High, the true image and likeness of God Most High being realized and manifest, then God takes up the attributes of that human being and God places the attributes of God into that human being, and so that human being may be called ‘son of God,’ or ‘daughter of God’, for they are the ‘inheritor,’ in a manner of speaking, of the attributes of God, the Absolute Light, and drawing near through spiritual resemblance, they recognize and realize the innate oneness of their soul, and indeed the oneness of the inwardness of all things in creation, with God Most High; thus they abide in an awareness of oneness with the Divine Presence of the Most High, the Supreme.

As we know and understand, Adonai Yeshua opened the way for this complete Self-realization in God, the True Light.

Now, as we also know, the Holy Light of the Messiah is the light of all prophets and apostles of God, and as such something of the perfect human being is manifest and realized in all of these righteous and holy ones - tzaddikim, more or less, and from the outset of the revelations of God Might High the striving, the labor, for this complete Self-realization was underway, a conscious evolution set into motion by God to bring about the coming of the Messiah in this world; hence, ‘Israel is my first born son’ corresponds with the faithful and spiritual humanity through which this intention of God Most High is revealed and realized.

In this you will understand that Christian mekubalim, or Christian gnostics, do not take the term ‘Son of God’ literally, for to do so is to enter into grievous error and it leads to a severe misunderstanding of the revelation of Yeshua Messiah, the Gospel; essentially to do so it is to make “Jesus,” Yeshua, some sort of demigod, or an associated god with God Most High, God forbid! It is to misunderstand that Yeshua was fully human and was a great prophet of God Most High, though indeed he was, and is, the Perfect Human, the Perfect Tzaddik, who embodied the fullness of the Divine Presence, Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit, through the grace and mercy of God, upon whom God Most High conferred the station and states of Lordship, Sovereignty - ‘enthronement.’

Understand in many places of the gospels Adonai Yeshua makes it clear that he did not conceive of this spiritual and supernal realization as something isolate to himself, but as a remembrance of oneness with God and in God that we are all to strive to realize. Perhaps the most direct teaching of this happens in the Sermon on the Mount when Yeshua says to his disciples and the people gathered with them, “Be perfect, therefore, as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48); hence, ‘strive to realize the perfect man, the perfect woman, in you and live as a perfect human being' - the Holy Tzaddik.

This, exactly, is the aim of the Gnostic Path, or the Straight Path - to be and become a perfect human being, and so recognize and realize the innate oneness of the soul with God, the Absolute Light, just as Adonai Yeshua did, and the apostles after him, and all the true knowers of God, ‘gnostics,’ throughout the generations afterward.

In closing we can also speak another secret mystery alluded to by the words ‘Israel is my first born son.’ Understanding ‘Israel’ to mean the children of Israel, remember that throughout the Holy Torah the ‘firstborn son’ is not the one chosen by God as the spiritual successor, but rather another ‘son’ receives the succession again and again from one generation to another. This is significant, for to call Israel the ‘firstborn’ in this prophecy may be understood to imply another, greater revelation and covenant to come than the one forged with the Jews; hence, the eventual coming of the Messiah and a new covenant given not just to the Jews, but given to all humankind.

There is, no doubt, much more that may be said concerning the secret mysteries of the ‘Son of God,’ or the station and states of the Messiah, and God’s taking up the attributes of the human being and placing God’s attributes into the human being - the perfecting of the human being through supernal grace, supernal mercy, but this seems to be enough for one time. If God wills, with God’s help, perhaps we will carry this contemplation further another time.

Having been anointed with the Perfect Light and Holy Spirit may we be blessed to bring this realization of the Messiah to fruition in this lifetime! Amen.

Yeshua Shalom!
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#2 Postby Elder Gideon » Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:11 pm

Shabbat Shalom, Tau Malachi:

In closing we can also speak another secret mystery alluded to by the words ‘Israel is my first born son.’ Understanding ‘Israel’ to mean the children of Israel, remember that throughout the Holy Torah the ‘firstborn son’ is not the one chosen by God as the spiritual successor, but rather another ‘son’ receives the succession again and again from one generation to another. This is significant, for to call Israel the ‘firstborn’ in this prophecy may be understood to imply another, greater revelation and covenant to come than the one forged with the Jews; hence, the eventual coming of the Messiah and a new covenant given not just to the Jews, but given to all humankind.

Praise God for moments in revelation hidden in plain sight! Because of what you've shared, I heard this altogether differently with joy and awe.

In looking closer into the Hebrew of this moment, I delighted by how the word for firstborn—bachar בָּכַר and bless—barach בָּרַךְ—share the same letters! Given that the esteemed position of the firstborn in vulnerable, desert cultures is designated with its own verb, distinct from general births thereafter, relates to another very special principle of being (for a time) the only child as well, the yachid יָחִיד. This also forms the word yachidah—the inmost part of part of soul so holy that only God Alone can enter.

Alone is a pun in this same word family, for the "unique one," "the solitary," are all associated with yachid. I delight with you in your teaching that not once in all of the generations of God's chosen family in Genesis is a firstborn heir. Neither Joseph's nor Jesse's oldest sons are chose for blessing, but their younger sons Ephraim and David, respectively.

This suggests that all of the qualities of one's yachid—one's "only begotten"—are beyond the body and in the soul. Praise God! Apart from this mystery, there would never be Christians able to enter into the covenant with the Living God! This is a vast topic, one we're wise not to take for granted after so many centuries of Christianity. The earliest generations who recognized and believed Yeshua to be Messiah did so against great resistance, much like younger brothers of the firstborn in any generation of this particular family marked by God for covenant.

What more is moving in the mystery of apparently "younger" siblings being "unique" or "dearest," such that they attracted the love of the Shekinah despite time, place, and custom?


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Re: Exodus 4:22: Firstborn Son of the Lord

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:39 pm

Grace and peace to you in Hayyah Yeshua!

What lovely insights my brother. Given what you’ve shared there is something esoteric and metaphysical I’m inclined to add to this contemplation.

As pointed out above, ‘only begotten son’ is often taken in an ignorant way, as though, indeed, God Most High has offspring, and then theologies are created that go on to imply partners or associate gods with God Most High, and in relating the teaching of the Gospel “Jesus,” Yeshua, is made into something like a demigod set upon the earth. In the midst of such ignorance the true teachings of the Holy Gospel and the great mystery of the Messiah are all but lost, and with it the full focus of worship upon the One God, God Most High.

Let us understand, however, the term ‘only begotten son’ as taught in the Holy Kabbalah - Christian Kabbalah; and may the Holy One help us understand this great mystery, granting us true knowledge of the Messiah, or Christ.

As you may recall the masters of the tradition teach us that the soul of the Messiah is drawn from Atik Yomin, the Ancient of Days, and they teach us that it corresponds with the ‘soul of Adam Kadmon,’ the primordial human, or ‘Adam Elyon,’ the supernal human. As we know, the souls of all human beings are drawn from the soul of Adam Elyon, and so that one supernal soul is the soul of all souls, the inmost aspect of all souls being emanations of that One Soul. The Messiah is called Son of Adam, then Son of God - the ‘only begotten son,’ only begotten indicates that One Soul, and the realization and embodiment of that One Soul and Oneness in the Messiah, Adonai Yeshua. In that the inmost root and essence of all souls emanates from that One Soul, so in that root and essence is an emanation of the Messiah, the ‘only begotten son of God.’ Rather than a divinity separate and apart from us, or other than us, the Messiah comes to reveal our true being, our divinity in a manner of speaking; the Messiah reveals who and what we are in God, the Absolute Light, revealing God with us, in us, and the Mystic Truth, the innate oneness of our soul with God, our very soul and self being a veil and manifestation of the One God.

Thus, the revelation of the Messiah manifest as Adonai Yeshua empowers us to strive for and attain this Self-realization of the Messiah inseparable from Yahweh, the Eternal One; through the grace and mercy of God Most High manifest as Yeshua Messiah, so this way of return, salvation, is open to us - the ability to consciously evolve and realize the perfection of our humanity, supernal and divine, with God’s help. Praise God!

It should be said that the people of the old covenant, all who had sincere faith and love, remembering and keeping the law, are blessed and uplifted with the people of the new covenant in the coming of the Messiah. Truly so, for it is like parents who raise righteous and holy children, the merit of the good works of the children going also to the parents; or it is like a tzaddik having a disciple who engages in a great labor for the kingdom of heaven, the tzaddik also sharing in that merit. Such is the way with enlightened family, regardless of the branch or covenant that God has set them into and given to them.

All true people of God, women and men of God, are just that - ‘people of God,’ Truth; all having knowledge of God, Truth, as God has revealed it to them. Praise God!

O Holy One, please continue Your unveiling and self-disclosure with us and in us, and increase our knowledge, understanding and wisdom; please enlighten our hearts and minds, and the souls within us! Amen.

Yeshua Shalom!
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Born From Above

#4 Postby Elder Gideon » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:36 am

Shalom Tau Malachi:

Rather than a divinity separate and apart from us, or other than us, the Messiah comes to reveal our true being, our divinity in a manner of speaking; the Messiah reveals who and what we are in God, the Absolute Light, revealing God with us, in us, and the Mystic Truth, the innate oneness of our soul with God, our very soul and self being a veil and manifestation of the One God.

I'm most grateful for your attributing the source of our being 'only-begotten' to Adam Elyon, the Supernal Soul of the Human One. In this, I hear the essence of each soul as an emanation of the One Soul—Adam Elyon. Praise God! In this light, a very familiar teaching from the Gospel of John opens up yet more detail and light power:

Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit’ (3:3-8).

Being "born from above" has endless implications, going far deeper than the assumption of the "certainty of faith" which you've introduced recently. In my experience, this is Light Transmission—direct and unmediated knowledge of the One God within, around, and ever beyond. It is this degree of certainty, knowledge, that is "born from above." How might teachings of this state interact with what you've shared above, of being "firstborn" and "only-begotten"?

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Re: Exodus 4:22: Firstborn Son of the Lord

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:18 pm

Blessings to you in the Holy Light of the Messiah, the light of all prophets and apostles of God!

Yes, indeed, the inmost essence of every soul, yechidah, emanates from the One Soul, Adam Kadmon, Adam Elyon, and so each soul in its inmost essence is a manifestation of the One Soul, and we may say that the Messiah corresponds with the light of that One Soul, primordial light, supernal light - the Breath of God through which the One Soul comes into being; that Holy Light, of course, is the radiance of God Most High, the Absolute Light, and this light corresponds with the life of all things in creation, all creatures, in heaven and on earth. In this, perhaps, we may understand that the Messiah - the Holy Light of the Messiah, was with God, in God and was God, ‘before’ the creation of Adam, the Human One, and indeed, even in the beginning ‘before’ the first utterance of creation, “Let there be light.” The very purpose for the creation of Adam - humanity, is the realization and embodiment of the Messiah (Holy Light and Spirit of God) and in this to have knowledge of God, and specifically knowledge of the Absolute Oneness of God, or knowledge of the Essential Being of God and Divinity of God.

As we know, the Holy Light of the Messiah is the light of the One Soul - Adam Kadmon, Adam Elyon, and as such it is the light of all prophets and apostles of God, and all true tzaddikim, all holy and enlightened ones; indeed, for this Holy Light and Spirit is that which awakens and enlightens souls, and it is through this ‘light’ that souls are able to ‘hear’ the Living Word of God and able to witness, ‘see’, the unveiling and self-disclosure of God, and so acquire true knowledge of God through the realization of Oneness. In the Gospel of St. Thomas Adonai Yeshua teaches that if you seek to know God then you must seek to know yourself, for in the knowledge of yourself - your True Being, True Self, is the knowledge of God. Indeed, for it is through this and as this that God reveals Godself to souls; hence, as the ‘Christ Self,’ or ‘Divine I Am.’

In this, perhaps, you may understand the esoteric meaning of Yeshua’s teaching, “No one shall come to the Father save through Me” - the Divine Self, the Divine I Am.

This, of course, is not speaking of our ego, the false self, but we are speaking of our inner being, the inner aspects our our soul - neshamah, hayyah and yechidah.

Understand, the Messiah is the Light Transmission, in all of its gradations or manifestations, from the outermost to the inmost, and that moments of light transmission with living tzaddikim are unveilings and self-disclosures of God - revelations of the Divine Presence, and those correspond with the remembrance of your True Being as you are in God, inseparable from God, and are ‘glimpses,’ ‘tastes,’ of the Absolute Oneness that God Is, opportunities for the recognition and realization of the Mystic Truth, the Oneness of God Most High; hence, the knowledge of the Messiah, the realization of the Messiah, which is the ‘good news’ of the Holy Gospel.

Now you have heard it said that when a soul enters into the inmost states and stations, entering into full enlightenment - Oneness, the Living Presence of all of the holy and enlightened ones of the past, simultaneous present and future are in that place, in that point within space-time, and indeed, is made manifest as that holy and enlightened one. This is the realization of the Messiah, the realization and embodiment of the One Soul. Understand, every time this occurs is as for the first time, and as such, there is something of the ‘firstborn’ and ‘only begotten’ in the experience. Contemplate this well, and understand!

All in a great and supreme mystery, understand, all prophets, apostles and great tzaddikim are equal in the Eternal One (Yahweh) and Light Continuum; though, indeed, in their manifestation and mandate, as they appear in this world, they differ and are of various grades so that there is the appearance of ‘greater’ and ‘lesser’ prophets, and so on. They all inwardly, however, bear the same anointing and essential realization - the light that is within them is the Holy Light of the Messiah, and the Spirit of the One God moves with, in and through them, and manifests as them, all as God wills, all as God ordains.

In this, perhaps, in what Adonai Yeshua shared with Nicodemus you will understand that he is teaching of the Straight Path, the way of the prophets and apostles of God, and inviting us to sojourn in that way - the ‘One Way’ that is within and behind all of the revealed religions, and all of the authentic mystical traditions of the world.

These are a few thoughts that it is given for me to add today.

May God be our seeing and hearing so that we may understand; may the Lord increase our knowledge! Amen.

Yeshua Shalom!
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Re: Exodus 4:22: Firstborn Son of the Lord

#6 Postby Tau Malachi » Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:28 pm

Blessings to you in the Holy Light of the Messiah, light of all prophets and apostles of God!

We have considered two titles of the Messiah, Son of Adam and Son of God, and so there is another we may consider, Son of David. This also appears in the gospels and holds deep meaning in the Holy Kabbalah. With the blessing of God Most High we may look into this and with God’s help may acquire some insight.

As we know, in the Zohar Malkut-Kingdom is called ‘David,’ and Malkut corresponds with the exterior Shekinah, or Divine Presence. Thus, Son of David indicates ‘Son of the Shekinah,’ the word ‘son’ indicating a complete and perfect image and likeness of the Holy Shekinah, the Divine Presence, such that it may be said that the Holy Spirit was the very spirit of Adonai Yeshua. In proclaiming the coming of the Messiah Yohanan the Baptist preaches, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near!” Thus, according to the word of the Lord in the prophet Yohanan, the Messiah is the kingdom of heaven, the Holy Spirit being his spirit (ruach), the fullness of the Holy Shekinah indwelling him, and being manifest as him. Son of David alludes to this, certainly so!

Yet there is something more, for Son of David connotes the conferring of Sovereignty, such that also being called Son of God, Yeshua Messiah is exalted above all other prophets, for he is the Messiah - the perfect one anointed with the Supernal Light, the light of all of the prophets and apostles of God Most High. In effect, the Habad of all prophets and apostles from the first to the last is in him.

Now, wherever and whenever a perfect woman or man appears - a complete and perfect image and likeness of the Holy One, in effect the Holy Shekinah indwells them and manifests as them, all as God wills and ordains, all as is their destiny; so, truly, the Holy Light of the Messiah is in them, and they are a ‘star of heaven’ in this world, and are a messenger of the unveiling and self-disclosure of God, the Absolute Light, bearing authority and power to unveil and self-disclose as the Holy Spirit moves them.

There is, no doubt, more that might be said of the title Son of David, but these were a few thoughts of teachings I wished to share today.

May we be blessed to realize and embody the Truth of the World-To-Come while as yet in this world, and may the Holy Light of Truth shine from within us! Amen.

Yeshua Shalom!
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