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Two Silver Trumpets: Numbers 10:2

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:59 pm

Two Silver Trumpets: Numbers 10:2

“Make two silver trumpets; you shall make them of hammered work; and you shall use them for summoning the congregation, and for breaking camp.”

As the passage continues citing that when these trumpets are blown together the whole congregation was to be summoned to assemble before the prophet at the entrance to the tent of meeting, but when only one was blown the leaders, the heads of the tribes of Israel, were to be summoned to gather before the prophet at the entrance to the tent of meeting. When sounded another way, the sounding of an “alarm,” with each sounding of them different tribes were to be set into motion for breaking camp. Thus, the trumpets were used to gather the people and to set them in motion in their journey through the wilderness of Sinai. This holds deep meaning. Let us look into it with God’s help.

As we know, in the Zohar silver is attributed to mercy and gold is attributed to severity, and so these trumpets correspond with mercy from heaven and God. Understand, these were used to call an assembly for the sake of the sharing the revelations the prophet received from the Holy One, and so represent the mercy of God in revelation, in unveiling and self-disclosure to those who believe and turn to the Lord. When two are blown together the whole congregation was called to assemble, but when only one was blown the leaders, elders of Israel were called. This corresponds with a revelation for the common faithful people, the outer or exoteric teachings of religion in the revealed, inspired Scriptures, and revelations for the spiritual elect, the ‘chosen’; hence inner and secret teachings, or esoteric teachings, taken up my mystics and gnostics - those who sojourn the Straight Path. This is true of all three of the great revelations of the One Faith and One Way - the One God (Torah, Gospel and Quran); there is revelation for common people of faith, and hidden within it are revelations of secret mysteries of God and secret wisdom of God for those able to glean it with God’s help.

Thus, there are teachings for the faithful, the common people, and teachings for the chosen ones, the mystics and gnostics, and as we know, as reflected with the prophets and apostles of God and the anointing they receive, there are the ‘chosen of the chosen.’ All of these levels of knowledge, understanding and wisdom are in the very same revelation, each believing soul seeing what they have eyes to see and hearing what they have ears to hear, each according to the knowledge God gives to them, or according to the self-disclosure of God to them, all as God wills, all as God ordains. Such is the mercy and love of God for all who believe and turn to God. Praise God!

These various levels of knowledge of God, and what different individual may glean of this knowledge, reflects the many different grades of souls, from those laboring for the tikkune of nefesh, the vital soul, to those laboring for the tikkune of ruach, the spirit or intelligence, and neshamah, the heavenly soul or divine nature.

Now these same horns, which represent the mercy of God in revelation - outer, inner and secret revelation, were also used to herald the breaking of camp, the setting of the tribes into motion in their sojourns within the wilderness. This indicates that whatever the level of the knowledge of God gleaned from the revelations, each individual must live according to the truth and light revealed to them, and worship God according to their knowledge of God. Necessarily, from the faithful to the spiritual elect, to the ‘chosen of the chosen,’ there will be a greater and greater manifestation of the truth and light in their lives - a greater embodiment of the Divine Presence, and there will be diverse ways in the worship of God. At the outermost level the literal commands and obligations are enacted and upheld, but with the inner and secret levels the spiritual essence of the commandments is enacted and the love of God, and zeal for the knowledge of God, carries individuals well beyond obligation or requirement. All of this, though, is within the Holy Scriptures, within the great revelations of God that have been given to us.

It is very interesting to note that these horns were used only so long as the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness of the desert. Once they settle in the Holy Land there would be little use for them. This suggests a ‘revelation of revelations,’ and a time to come when each soul shall see ‘face to face’ with no need of any limited outward revelation; hence, the mystery of souls in the end-of-days and world-to-come.

In closing we can share an open secret. The great ones among knowers of God (gnostics) behold the revelation of revelations in this world, and so it is that lofty new teachings and revelations of secret mysteries flow from them freely as they share the knowledge and power of their Self-realization with those close to them.

This is enough for the moment.

May you be blessed to witness God’s unveiling before you and as you! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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Trumpets and Horns

#2 Postby Elder Gideon » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:47 am

Shalom Tau Malachi:

Your finding so many insights into this moment in Numbers that I would have overlooked inspires many contemplations! Praise the One!

To learn a bit more of what you're drawing out, I researched a bit further and was surprised to learn a few insights. The use of silver trumpets seems particular to the wandering in the wilderness, per the context you cite in Numbers 10. Metal trumpets don't appear again until much later in the monarchial context of 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles. Even more interesting is that the theurgic use of sound changes in the time of Joshua, whom the LORD instructs to prepare

The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD passed on, blowing the trumpets continually. The armed men went before them, and the rearguard came after the ark of the LORD, while the trumpets blew continually (Joshua 6:13).

We'll remember on the seventh day of their campaign encircling Jericho, that blowing these ram's horns and shouting the great shout, brought down the walls of the city. Life in the holy land thereafter is pervaded by ram's horn sound, rather than metal trumpets.

Your insight into gradations of revelation sparked my discovery of a subtle meaning of "horn," as in

The LORD is ... the horn of my salvation (Psalm 18:2),

meaning 'ray of light.' This couldn't be a more explicit image of revelation. So horns indeed, heard by those who hear according to their grade of soul, experiencing revelation of the One by their same degree of nearness to the One.

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Re: Two Silver Trumpets: Numbers 10:2

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:46 pm

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

Indeed, souls hear the revelations of God according to the grade or station of their soul, or according to their nearness to the Holy One; as we know, on a spiritual level nearness is determined by resemblance or likeness, for to ‘be near’ is to ‘be like.’ So it is with the Holy Scriptures and the insights the Holy Spirit brings to souls, each according to their grade or station, or their nearness to the Shekinah and Holy One.

Now it is given that all faithful souls strive to reach higher grades or stations beyond where they find themselves in the moment, seeking progress and maturation as they walk with the Lord and follow in the Way. It is also true, however, that souls are established in their ‘place’ by God Most High, and the ‘place’ of each soul is determined by heaven and God, predestined as God wills and ordains. Thus, it is given that from their place souls strive for a conscious evolution, laboring for the realization of higher grades, or states and stations, but then the furthest souls may reach in any given incarnation is also predestined, all rooted in the ‘place they were set’ in their incarnation. The revelations of God are, indeed, as ‘rays of light,’ or ‘streams of light,’ that shine in the midst of the darkness of this world, giving insight and illumination, enlightening souls, and within the three great revelations are many revelations, countless revelations as it were, unique insight and knowledge for each soul that hears the Word of the Lord and receives it. Understanding this, so you will understand that each soul, each individual human being, has been given their ‘place’ and ‘portion’ by God, many being established in exoteric religion, some in the esoteric wisdom of the mystics, and here and there a few who are among the perfect ones, the great tzaddikim, or ‘gnostic masters.’ All of this is ordained by God Most High, or determined by God, and souls that truly stand in their place, and hold that place given to them, whatever their place they are all righteous, and in righteousness they may experience the fullness of the mercy and grace of God, and so they may experience a radical elevation from their original place or grade when they pass into the Hereafter.

It is not given that all will be mystics, let alone gnostics - knowers of God, but do know that from among souls to whom the exoteric religion is given, and for whom that may correspond with their ‘place,’ there are souls that are uplifted into very lofty grades or stations when they depart this world, because having faith and love, and living their faith in the ‘place’ ordained for them they are counted among the righteous ones - tzaddikim, and in so doing they have fulfilled their soul’s destiny.

Likewise there may be those to whom esoteric wisdom is given, but who do not strive with full force and zeal in the fear and love of God for higher grades, or higher states and stations, and so do not reach a full spiritual realization, let alone supernal realization, and these, not having ‘stood in their place,’ and held that place given to them, not having fulfilled their destiny - God’s will for them, will not be uplifted in the Hereafter and it may be that their next incarnation is not as auspicious. So there is much to be said of standing in one’s place, whatever one’s place and portion might be.

In this regard we may recall the parable of talents that the Master taught and the need to make use of what is given to us by God to the furthest possible extent, and with praise and thanksgiving to God Most High.

The teaching on souls having a ‘place’ designated by God is given in the passage concerning the silver horns in that, not only are they used to call an assembly for revelation, but also for the breaking of camp, and in the passage specific instructions are given for the order of the breaking camp with soundings of these horns setting into motion the various tribes from their designated places in the four directions in a prescribed order.

Concerning the sounding of horns, or trumpets, in the Holy Scriptures, with the exception of these silver horns, which specifically represent mercy, horns or trumpets may represent either mercy or judgment, depending upon the intent with which they are sounded and those who are hearing them. As an example, the sounding of the horns before the ark of covenant would be heard with dread by the enemies of Israel and Yahweh, and would correspond with pending judgment, but for Israel they would be heard with awe and wonder, and great joy, and would correspond with mercy. At times in the Holy Scriptures we hear about the sounding of trumpets in mercy, in jubilation, and at others in judgement, in dread, but still regardless of the intention what the sounding of the horns or trumpets is and will be depends upon whom is listening and hearing them. This is well reflected in the ‘last trumpet’ to be sounded at the end of days invoking the Day of Resurrection, or Day of Judgment; for some it shall be abundant mercy and for others strict judgment, all depending upon how souls have lived.

May God have mercy upon us and gather us in on the Day of Be-With-Us! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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Bronze Place

#4 Postby Elder Gideon » Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:47 am

Shalom Tau Malachi:

The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot
(Psalm 16:5).

Many thanks for further drawing out the essence of this moment in Numbers. 'Place' holds so many meanings and says more than 'portion,' which connotes a fixed amount. The Hebrew word for portion, mannah, מָנָה is very similar with the interrogative man מָן "What?," as when the children of Israel asked Moses of the manna on the ground, What is it? The supply of manna was exhaustless, unlike the Children of Israel's gratitude or remembrance of God's provisions for them. While there is a relative capacity for every soul to hear and respond to revelation, 'place' as a word hosts more layers of internal and external context.

We just studied the remarkable commentary in Zohar of a revelatory moment in Numbers 21 between Moses and the children of Israel. After their complaining against God and His Prophet, they perished from fiery serpent bites. The story is familiar: God tells Moses to cast the likeness of the same venomous serpent and erect it on a pole, so that anyone bitten my look upon it and live. What's new in the rabbis' message in Zohar are the many instances of Moses taking into account the 'place'—meaning God's inspired revelation to the entire context:

"He knew the site of smelting of gold in that bronze...and he knew its place."

"Their essence is serpent and since Moses knew the essence, root, and foundation of that place,...

"Moses followed solely the essence and made a serpent of bronze in the manner required; for its place is bronze,..."

...so Moses contemplated and made it from bronze, as required for its place" (II: 148b).

I list these examples as they describe God's revelation through Moses for the people, according to their literal, internal, and figurative 'place.' They're in the desert. Their arguing with and cursing against the LORD and His Prophet is the most painful place of separation and self-victimization. They're dying from a reflection of their own self-sabotage. The role of place—external and internal—can't be overstated.

May we return to the place revealed from, to, and for us.

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Re: Two Silver Trumpets: Numbers 10:2

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:56 pm

Blessings to you in the Holy Name of the ‘Good Serpent,’ the Risen Messiah!

What you have shared, my brother, expands the contemplation of the ‘place of souls,’ for when it is said that Moshe knew the ‘essence’ and ‘place’ from which these serpents derived this, as we know, is speaking about Gevurah-Judgment, their ‘place,’ and Binah-Understanding, their ‘essence.’ In the Zohar silver is Hesed-Mercy and gold is Gevurah, but severe judgement is represented by bronze. Although Yahweh did not state the substance the image of the serpent was to be fashioned out of, Moses understood the the place of origin of these fierce serafim among the Sefirot, or the Names of God, and so he knew to fashion the image from bronze as a fit talisman, and when it was placed upon the pole so there was an uplifting to the spiritual essence rooted in Binah; hence, the healing and mitigation of judgment.

This is significant, for the Sefirot corresponds with ‘rungs,’ ‘grades,’ or ‘states and stations,’ and as we know there are Sefirot within Sefirot, Names within Names, and so a vast array of stations and states from Malkut of Asiyah to Keter of Atzilut. The ‘place’ of souls corresponds with their grade, or the stations in which they may be established and the corresponding states that become manifest with them. As we know, though the entire array of Sefirot, Names, is within every human soul, each souls has it’s own soul root which emanates from a specific Sefirah, or configuration of Sefirot, and this corresponds with a soul’s ‘essence’ and also is part of the determination of a soul’s ‘place.’ Now, ‘place’ corresponds with the stations into which souls can reach and are established through their spiritual evolution and realization, and through God’s grace and mercy, and as we know with regards to stations they have an outer, inner and secret level, so even in exoteric religion a soul may ascend to higher stations on the outer level, and sometimes through God’s mercy and grace even achieve the inner level. Understand, if indeed, we stand in our place, and we hold our place, whatever that may be, and we walk with God in our place and from our place, so walking with the Lord we may be moved, as it were, from ‘place’ to ‘place,’ and so be uplifted in ascent, established in higher stations, and inner and secret levels of them. First, though, we must be in our place, accepting and embracing our place, rejoicing in God Most High, and so living according to our faith and knowledge; then it may come to pass that we are lead into another ‘place,’ ‘space,’ by the Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit. all as God wills and ordains. As we abide in our place, and abide in the Lord in this way, so progressively we may bring into us our spiritual essence, and realize our spiritual essence, understanding ‘our place,’ not according to nefesh in this world, but according to our neshamah, our supernal soul, and our zelem, supernal image, Atzilut, or the pleroma of light; hence, we may come to understand our place in ourselves and our place in God, the True Light, and so realize our ‘true place.’

Here we shall hint at a mystery for you to consider. As things are in themselves, they are not equal. As an example, however wonderful a creature, a frog is not equal to a human being. As things are in God, however, all things are equal, ‘frog,’ ‘human,’ ‘angel,’ you name it. Now, as you know, Makom, ‘Place,’ is also a Name of God, and if the truth of Makom were realized, one would have no ‘place’ other than God, the True Light. There is some hint of this in a name given to the inmost station of souls in the fruition of supernal realization - the secret level of the inmost station is sometimes called the “Station of No Station.” We cannot expound upon this secret mystery further here, but those with understanding may contemplate this hint and with God’s help perhaps receive some insight. So consider this, and contemplate it well!

Concerning revelation, or the unveilings and self-disclosures of God, remember these all transpire in different stations, ‘mutual way-stations,’ as it were, wherein the soul and the Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit, ‘meet’ and ‘interact,’ and so revelation. Thus, the revelation that is heard, and seen, and known, depends entirely upon the grade or station of the soul, their ‘place’ at the time of the revelation.

There are, of course, various spiritual forces that seek to obstruct and prevent our turning to God and our soul’s realization, and if and when we give into them we may find that our states swiftly change, as it did with the children of Israel in this story. Then we will need to turn to God and seek to return to our place, just as they did. Standing in our place, and holding our place, let alone striving with God for an ascent to higher stations and states, is not easy and there are many challenges along the way; but with God’s help we will be victorious, and we will overcome all obstructions, and we will fulfill our destiny. God is, indeed, the All-Merciful, All-Forgiving! Praise God!

In closing we may remind that in the story of the wandering of Israel in the wilderness the Divine Presence leads them from place to place, until eventually they are brought into the Promised Land.

May God bless us with insight and understanding! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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