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.
(Psalms 76:3-4)

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.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (XIII)

For God redeems Zion, and builds the cities of Judah; and they have dwelt there, and have it in possession. And the descendants [lit. seed] of His servants inherit it, and those who love His Name dwell in it.
(Psalms 69:35-36)

These verses underline the eternal bond between God and Israel. No matter the separation and destruction, He promised to redeem the traits, ways and attributes that both share. These are the “cities” as values and principles where we dwell, which are also our inheritance and possession.

We can understand our descendants as our “seed”, not only as children and grandchildren, but also as the goodness we create with our actions. Thus we assimilate that by being and doing goodness we love God’s Name, which is also the goodness where we are destined to dwell forever.

Remember Your congregation that You acquired long ago, which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your inheritance; this mount Zion, [where] Your presence comes. (74:2)

Again, the promise to redeem Israel is mentioned as the long time God’s acquisition to prevail in goodness as His inheritance. All this happens in Zion as the bonding time and space between God and Israel, where His presence “comes”.

Let’s notice that no matter where Zion and Jerusalem are mentioned in the book of Psalms, every verse quoted is a continuous affirmation of the same principle and message. The verse in 74:2 is the continuation of what is said in 69:35, as it happens with all the remaining quotations.

Lift up Your steps to the perpetual desolation. Defeat all the evils of the enemy in the sacredness [of Your temple]. Your foes roared in the place where You have met with us. They set up their banners as signs. They have burned Your sanctuary to the ground. They have desecrated the dwelling place of Your Name. (74:3-4, 7)

King David cries up to God for His complete final redemption from those that pretend to occupy His dwelling place, and to make their lower traits and trends conduct every aspect and expression of consciousness. These are indeed perpetual desolation as the predicament of self-centered materialistic fantasies and illusions.

The verse continues to indicate that only in the sacredness of the goodness that dwells in God’s sanctuary we can defeat all forms and expressions of evil.

By embracing goodness as our essence and true identity, and as the sanctuary where we bond with the goodness of our Creator, there is no evil that we can overturn and transform into something positive to make life even much better.

In order to return to goodness, not only as our real identity but also as our constant redemption, we must begin to remove the labels, banners and signs that define us as what they represent.

These are the negative and destructive traits that desolate what we once believed were the best in us. These are the evils that burn our bond with goodness as our essence and true identity that comes from the goodness that speaks of the Name of God.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (XII)


Why look ye envy, ye mountains of peaks, at the mountain God has desired for His habitation? Yea, the Lord shall dwell therein forever.
(Psalms 68:17)

We have said often that mountains symbolize immutable ideas, values, beliefs or principles. The higher these are, the harder to move, change or modify. In this verse we see a comparison between all kinds of them to the one that represents God’s ruling principle for His creation.

Envy is what we feel when something or someone else has what we desire the most. The only remedy for it is to be or become what we covet. Not to have what we lust but to become our own object of desire.

This may sound as a narcissistic statement but it isn’t, because this is not about possessing what we desire as confessed predators of it. If we covet abundance, we have to become the source of abundance, and so on.

The mountains envy being the dwelling place of the Creator, and we understand it as the mountain or destined ruling principle to direct life in this world.

In this sense, anything that is not goodness wishes to be goodness, for it is the source of all existence. We are talking about something indeed eternal, as the second part of the verse points it out.

Out of Your temple in Jerusalem, where kings shall bring presents to You. (68:30)

In this particular psalm 68, we read that all that God has created is summoned to acknowledge, recognize, praise and revere Him for what He does; mountains as principles, and kings as rulers that direct our consciousness in regards to what we think and do.

Once more is reiterated that everything that we believe, value, appreciate and cherish must be inspired, sustained and nurtured by the positive ways, means and attributes of goodness as the temple where we honor and bond with our Creator with the best in us.

All these that comprise our consciousness are the “kings” that rule in what we are, have and do, and certainly are the highest offerings we elevate to the Source of goodness. In this awareness we revere Him.

“Revered is God in Your sacred places, the God of Israel. He gives strength and power to the people [of Israel]. Blessed be God. (68:36)

God’s sacred places are His ways and attributes (Exodus 34:6-7) with which He relates to His creation, that proclaims Him as the God of Israel. As we have frequently indicated, He is the ruling principle by which the people of Israel define and manifest their identity, for in this identity they find their strength and power to make goodness prevail in this world.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (XI)

Praise waits for You, O God, in Zion; and to You the vow is performed.
(Psalms 65:2)

We evoke and call for our Creator in the place where we can find Him. In this verse once more King David invites us to reflect on Zion. It is reiterated again that we find, recognize and acknowledge God in what we have in common with Him, which is goodness.

When we call God, let’s do it in goodness for the sake of goodness, for the place of His dwelling is goodness. In that place in consciousness we praise Him and make our vows to Him, which are the commitment and determination to being, having and doing goodness.

Happy is the man whom You choose and bring near, that he may dwell in Your courtyards, be satisfied with the goodness of Your house. Sacred Your temple! (65:5)

Many are the times when we are chosen, but few when we choose to be chosen. This verse is about choosing to be near God. We also can understand this as being happy to be chosen by the goodness others bestow on us. Certainly true happiness and joy come from living in goodness, for it is our complete fulfillment and plenitude.

This verse reminds us the sacredness of goodness as the house where we find our Creator, from whom all goodness comes. Let’s remind ourselves that a house with its courtyards represents the consciousness with which we live. All we have in that place determines who we are, what we have and do.

I will come to Your house with burnt offerings. To You I will perform my vows. (66:13)

Once more, God’s “house” is where our highest level of consciousness and utmost awareness of goodness meet with His goodness. Hence it is where we offer the best in us to renew and replenish it with the promise of making it prevail in what we are and do.

A Father of the fatherless, and a Judge of the widows, is God in the habitation of His sacredness. (68:6)

We are fatherless when there are no ruling and guiding principles for which to live. In this sense, father and mother are the sustaining, nurturing and conducting sources that give meaning to our life.

The same goes to having or lacking judgment to do what is right, proper and just, in situations when we don’t have the material and moral support to cope with life.

Let's be aware that God’s habitation encompasses the ruling, ethical principles of His ways and attributes that we see in the goodness He wants us to live.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (X)


“And I am like an olive tree in the house of God, and my trust in the loving kindness of God for ever and ever.
(Psalms 52:10)

King David’s love, devotion and praise to the Creator are emblematic, for there has not been someone like him to exalt His works and wonders.

These qualities also embrace those of an olive tree, deep rooted, strong and long lasting. There seems to be a corresponding nature between the aforementioned qualities and the trust derived from them, with the eternal loving kindness by which God sustains His creation.

Let’s remember that olives produce the oil to light up the darkness of the late and early hours of the day. Every time we hear or speak about anointment, it is about our capacity to enlighten ourselves with the multidimensional and transcendental meanings of the Torah.

This is the same anointment that leads us to our final redemption with the ultimate knowledge and awareness of the Creator in our consciousness that takes place in “the house of the Lord”.

Planting consciousness in this house like olive trees means to live permanently in the awareness of the truth that God’s loving kindness is from where we came, and to where we are destined to live forever and ever.

“Who shall give from Zion the redemption of Israel? The Lord will turn the captivity of His people. Jacob will be glad, Israel will rejoice. (53:7)

The verse tells us that God’s final redemption for Israel, and consequently for humankind, comes from Zion as the connecting place between the Creator and the material world.

We must realize that Zion, as the total awareness of our connection with God, is the time and space of our complete freedom from anything different from God’s ways and attributes, which we understand as pure goodness free from what is alien to it.

Our captivity encompasses all that lacks goodness, which is living in the negative and destructive predicament of the evil ways of an egocentric approach to life.

As long as we don’t lose focus of goodness and acknowledge it as our essence and true identity, we recognize ourselves as Jacob and Israel, the two aspects of a life committed to reveal God’s will for the material world, which is to make goodness prevail.

Once we allow goodness to manifest in all levels, aspects and expressions of human consciousness, we begin to rejoice and be glad of living in true redemption, free from the captivity of evil.

As we see it in the following verse, living in this awareness is the culmination of the fulfilled prophecies in the Hebrew Bible with their transcending and eternal quality.

I will dwell in Your tent forever. I will take refuge in the covert of Your wings, forever. (61:5)

In the Hebrew tradition, tents are related to places of learning and study of the Torah in regards to how God relates to His creation. God’s tent is as unfathomable and impenetrable as the Creator, for He is eternal.

This is the transcendental time and space where our consciousness is promised to dwell as in a refuge under eternal divine protection.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (IX)


Walk in Zion, and go round about her; count her towers. Mark ye her ramparts, traverse her palaces; that ye may tell it to the next generation.
(Psalms 48:13-14)

King David invites us to thoroughly know the city of God for obvious reasons. We have to know our Creator, the One who sustains us and provides us with the goodness necessary to live in this world.

Furthermore, this knowledge is actually more about us than God. As we have said frequently, Jerusalem is the highest level of consciousness by which we relate and bond with Him.

We are talking about elevated traits, attributes and qualities as the strongholds represented by “towers”, “ramparts” and “palaces” we share with God. The more we know them, recognize them, and embrace them as part of who we are, we will begin to also get acquainted with Whom we share them, in the unique place He calls His dwelling.

For such is God, our God, forever and ever. He will guide us eternally. (48:15)

Let’s be aware that this process of divine awareness is an eternal one, for God is unfathomably eternal. In this understanding we realize that our knowledge of the Creator is for all times and all generations, which means that our children and grandchildren are also born to share this divine destiny.

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shined forth. (50:2)

We have said that light in contrast to darkness, perfection in contrast imperfection, beauty in contrast to ugliness, are all references and abstractions of goodness. By definition, there is no taint, error, or defect in goodness.

This is the same quality of Zion, for it is the place and throne of the goodness emanated from God. Our Creator “shines” out of Zion, for goodness is the perfection of beauty He wants us to live, experience and enjoy for eternity.

The verse invites us to reflect on our required permanent awareness that goodness is what we must pursue for ourselves individually and collectively as our bond with God.

Do goodness in Your desire to Zion; build [You] the walls of Jerusalem. (51:20)

Our Sages refer to this verse as a prayer to ask God for goodness and the protection of Jerusalem as goodness. We can read the verse also as an invitation for us to evoke and bring goodness as the best in us, represented by Zion.

We too have to build the walls to protect goodness as the source and sustenance of our well being, happiness and complete fulfillment.

Then You shall delight in the offerings of righteousness, the burnt offering and all the entire offerings; then will they offer bulls upon Your altar. (51:21)

The Psalmist reiterates that the goodness we want to be, have and do, sustains itself in righteousness, for goodness is the ethical ruling principle in God’s creation.

The offerings we elevate in the Temple of Jerusalem represent our willingness and determination to make goodness rule every aspect, dimension and expression of our consciousness.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (VIII)


God in Your palaces [You are] known for stronghold. (Psalms 48:4)

We have said that Jerusalem, as the city of God, is also the place of His dwelling. We understand that a “place” is to be or to stand on as the leading and driving force of life and foundation of our consciousness, and in this sense that place is goodness.

The “palaces” are the positive traits, ways, means, trends and qualities which are the strongholds by which we protect ourselves and prosper, for goodness is the purpose of goodness.

As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of multitudes, in the city of our God. God established it for eternity, forever. (48:9)

Goodness is destined to prevail in God’s creation, for eternity. We come to this ultimate realization in the awareness that the city of God is such goodness. In this way we understand that “multitudes” are also the unfathomable ways and dimensions where God reigns and rules over His entire creation, as the Psalmist also proclaimed.

“And David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said, ‘Blessed are You, O Lord, God of our father Israel in all the realms, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty! For all in the heavens and in the earth is Yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom and You are exalted as head above all.”


(I Chronicles 10-11)

In this blessing King David invites us to reflect on who we are, what we have and do, for these also come from the Creator and we are destined to fulfill His will.

We have reflected on Your loving kindness, O God, in the midst of Your temple.” (Psalms 48:10)

Loving kindness is a primordial attribute of goodness, in which we inspire ourselves in our bonding with the Creator that is represented by the Temple of Jerusalem.

Abundant loving kindness is referred in the Torah (Exodus 34:6-7) as one of God’s thirteen attributes of compassion. These are considered also as the references for His judgments.

“Rejoice, mount Zion; be happy, daughters of Judah, because of Your judgments. (48:12)

This verse invites us to understand God’s judgments as a source of rejoicing, for these come from His goodness that stands in the mount of His sacredness.

The “daughters of Judah” are expressions of our recognition of goodness as our link with the Creator. These also can be understood as expressions of gratitude and recognition for God’s goodness, for in Hebrew Judah literally means “I shall thank/acknowledge God”.

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.