Exodus 4:22: Firstborn Son of the Lord

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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?


Gratefully,

Elder Gideon


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