As I laid in bed this Shabbat morning, contemplating whether to get up so early or laze for a while, a mind-boggling reality started to cross my mind. For one who loves and worships the Creator, it is something that can be so easy to take for granted (meaning to not really look at the full reality of it) . Perhaps, that is because it is so incomprehensible, especially in this world where life is so readily devalued.
First, there is this amazing being beyond any real description we can try to write. This being is self-sufficient and has no need of anyone or anything. This being loves and is the very essence of love itself. While we cannot say that love is this being, we can say that this being is the personification of perfect love and all real love emanates from this being. In fact, if it were not for this being, we could not love.
Of course, if it were not for this being, we would not even exist. And that is where the mind-boggling aspect of this really begins. Why would an all-sufficient being with no need of anyone or anything bother to create humankind? And also this amazing universe for us to enjoy? Imagine how huge and powerful this being would have to be to create such an immense universe and to create life itself? Scientists cannot even begin to touch either of those. They brag about “creating” the beginnings of life, but what they have “created” so far is incompatible with life (a subject for a different post). Plus, they are starting with materials already in existence. This being started with nothing but itself!
Everything that is made has the earmarks of its maker. We know an artist by his/her art, for example, or an architect by the buildings he/she designs. So, we see from creation some things about this being…this Creator. The Creator likes order, for we see all around us an ordered universe. This Creator likes variety as evidenced by the many different types of plants and living creatures we not only see around us, but are still discovering! This Creator is generous for this planets is teeming with life! This Creator likes surprises as evidenced by so many things that are “outside the box”. (Think platypus, for example, and a planet that spins in the opposite direction of the rest and so on.)
This being has no gender and, yet, both genders. We know this because we are told that humankind was created in its image and humankind is both male and female. Being created in its image brings up another reality. All the living beings on this planet can be categorized, yet there is something about humankind that is transcendent…unique. We are not animals, although they have told us that for decades now. The idea that humans are just higher animals is a fairly recent invention, but it is not really difficult to see that we are different.
We make moral choices that animals don’t. Although, I have to admit that distinction seems to be fading or almost non-existent with some people in this world. But we would normally call that “evil” and most of us would agree (or at least used to agree) that a person who seemingly has no morality in their thinking and actions is “broken”. Something is wrong with them. The very fact that we are appalled at evil shows we are moral beings, even if we struggle to agree at times as to what, exactly, is evil.
Perhaps, the most mind-boggling aspect of this whole thing is that this being wants to be in relationship with us. This being is the epitome of intimacy and creativity, as evidenced by the manner of procreation and the wondrous pleasure that sexuality can bring and the horrific pain that broken relationships can bring. And relationship with us is desired!
What kind of relationship does it want? Well, this being tells us to call it “Father”, although the word is more accurately translated as “daddy”. The Hebrew word for father is “av”. Av has more than one meaning. It connotes “source”. Fathers are the source of their children through their seed and our heavenly av…heavenly Father…is the source of all we see and all we are. In a healthy family, the relationship between a father and his children is one of intimacy, heart sharing, love, support, provision, care, joy, fun, growth, discipline (training), teaching. There are so many aspects to a father/child, parent/child relationship that it would take a whole post on just that. The thing is, that is the kind of relationship “He” wants with us…that of a perfect father (parent) and His children (us). That, dear readers, is completely mind-boggling to me.
You have this immense, amazing being, the comprehension of which is so beyond our reach. We can only begin to understand tiny aspects of Him. And, yet, He wants to be thought of as a parent who is guiding us and training us and drawing us into heart intimacy with Him. Wow!
And then it gets even better. This infinite being has another side to Him. He created intimacy as evidenced by the two becoming one in marriage. Follow me on this. Humankind was created as a single being. Our English translations do not do justice to the Hebrew. Adam was a single being containing the essence of both male and female. Adam was not, originally, merely male. Havah (Eve) was separated out from Adam. What was once a single being of both genders created in the image of the Creator (who is both genders) was split to make distinctly male and female persons. As the Creator is a compound unity, so did humankind start. The uniting of male and female in marriage gives us two distinct beings yet also an amazing spiritual unity. Male and female cleave together…a word that connotes an inability to separate without causing immense damage to both. A healthy marriage is a reflection of the compound unity of the Creator.
A healthy marriage reflects deep intimacy and sharing. It is a picture of the kind of intimacy of spirit that the Creator wants with us. This is evidenced by the fact that the idea of marriage is shown all throughout the scriptures from Genesis (B’eresheet) onward.** The Apostolic writings refer to a “Bride” for which Yeshua is coming.
So, we have this immense Being who created this vast universe and everything in it and who wants an intimate, endearing relationship with His created people that we can only start to compare with that of a loving, perfect father culminating with that of a loving, perfect husband.
The word that comes to mind, and yet is so inadequate, is “wow”! Wow! Wow! Wow! Perhaps, you can now understand why my mind is boggled. That kind of intimacy has me in awe and a bit terrified, too. As a human, it is hard to comprehend that level of intimacy and my abuse experiences in this life make it very difficult to expose my heart that fully, even to one I trust so much. Yet, it is what I long for. And I believe every human, man or woman, longs for it.
I am closer to it every day…one step at a time. I hope and pray you are, too.
**It would take an in-depth post to share all the many aspects and examples of this. The more we study and see this in the scriptures, the stronger the reality of this truth hits. That is how studying the scriptures in light of the culture, original language, writing styles, context of time and understanding of the writers/speakers and readers/hearers sheds so much light on the deeper meanings (and oftentimes, the real and intended meanings). I/we cannot emphasize this enough. Trying to study from our modern-day, current culture aspect alone simply does not give us the full depth and beauty of the scriptures. Notice, I did not say it gives none…only that we are missing a LOT if that is all we do. Plus, we are finding there are many things that we simply misunderstand. We have been taught things that are inaccurate and have had very important things left out and removed. And no, I am not talking about “lost gospels” here. I am talking about things that are plainly there, if one understands the cultural and language aspects of the scriptures. Our eyes have been opened and we are amazed at what is plainly written that we missed before. Or how what simply did not make sense to us before is now made clear. What is amazing to us (although foretold in the scriptures) is that there are people all over the world who are waking up to this. We are going back to our spiritual roots.