The Heart and the ARK

Deuteronomy 6:6
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.

Deuteronomy 30:14
[ ] the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.

Psalm 37:30

The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks what is just.  31 The law of his God is in his heart;
his feet do not slip.

Jeremiah 31:33
“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

In the heart is the law; in the holy of holies is the ARK, the essence of all teachings, the most symbolic of all.

The heart is the trunk of a tree, the priests are the branches, and the people are the leaves. When it is all in order, will the fruit be good or bad? You shall know a tree by its fruits. When the tree trunk is healthy, won’t the fruits be fair? So then when the Holy of Holies is in full order, won’t the temple shine its light among all nations? When the heart is content, won’t your life be joy. Yeshua whose heart was with light from father said that if we do what he says, his joy will remain in us. But what does this all mean anyway?
The ARK. It is the aleph and the tav, the dichotomy of man, of the temple, of life, of creation, of the Tanakh and the NT, of the mind and the heart, of the spirit and the earthly, of G-d and man, of the infinite and the finite, of the eternal and the temporary. It is the symbol of choice between oneness and endless plurality, heaven and hell, knowledge and ignorance, wisdom and legality, justice and technicality, salvation and bondage.

What?

The design. Every detail is accounted for. Let’s consider the most important ones. A box containing the ‘instructions’ is covered by a seat, that of Mercy, backed and sided by 2 cherubim and above and between which the divine light shines. This order and the relationship between the parts are very important for all the teaching of the whole bible.

Yeshua tried to explain this, but He had so many more things to reveal and the apostles could not bear them yet, as there was already so much to get! They could not understand ‘Oneness’, never mind other details.
The location of the Ark: being in the HoH, the heart of the Temple, demonstrates that all this symbolism is to be understood with the heart the Spirit guiding. Precisely!
Symbolism:
The aleph and the tav.

  • The aleph.

The beginning, the separation of heaven and earth, the works of above (yud – the shekinah) united (vav- the seat of mercy) with the works below (yud- the Torah) this relationship is amplified in the tav.

  • The tav.

The ancient tav, a horizontal bar crossing the upper part of a vertical longer bar, like the ‘cross’, it is the signature, the divine seal. It shows the relationship between Father above and Son below, a long vav (union) cut by a horizontal dalet (a doorway). ‘I am the door’ He said and He died on a Tav, ‘I am the aleph and the tav’ (in greek, this was translated as the alpha and the omega, but Yeshua spoke Hebrew and Aramaic, thus He would have used those letters which havea much deeper meaning as we see).

It’s all about Oneness.

The Spirit unites; the door between the son (us) and father is the Spirit, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is that ‘dalet’ making a’ tav’ of the ‘vav’. The dalet is the seat of mercy, father, the Shekinah, of course, and the Son is the living word, the living torah, made alive only when united through the spirit with Father who is our life. What am I saying?

Look: the seat of Mercy is the only mean of communication between the inside of the box where the Law is, and the outside where the Shekinah appears. See further:

  • The dichotomy of man.

We are flesh and spirit. The law is to the flesh what the Shekinah is to the spirit. If we are in the flesh, we are under the law. Unless we are’ more righteous than the scribe and the Pharisees, we will in no way enter the kingdom’; unless we are in the ‘Spirit, above the Law’, sitting on the seat of mercy as it is said: ‘I desire mercy not sacrifice (the law)”.

  • Dichotomy of the temple.

The court of Israel and the court of women, of marriage. The two parts: your body and your soul united to another body and soul through the body, the work of the flesh. Your partner is the yud below to who you are tied legally, you are the yud above as in your life you are the one whose soul connects with Father, the Shekinah (The court of Israel was for men only, but in the case of the metaphor, the roles are reversed on the individual basis but in a marriage the man is commanded to lead so the court of Israel is for the man). The Man then, as a leader, must have that position in the marriage; and so if the man is close to God in Spirit, what law can be against letting the spirit guide a sanctified union?

  • Dichotomy of the temple complex and the court of Nations (Salomon’s colonnade, etc)

The temple with the court of the Nations, in the same manner can be seen as the part sanctified (in the Spirit) and the other part to which the blessings from the temple were bringing ‘light’.

  • you as the leader of your group.

You are the yud above in contact with the divine and you relate through a physical way (the vav- teaching divine mercy, a vertical union) to your group- the yud below- giving instructions –the law. Is there any law against a leader of a group leading his group in righteousness?

  • The HoH and the sanctuary; the heart and the mind –see further.
  • Dichotomy of life.

There is no life without death, but without life all is dead. How good is the law if there is no life? The Shekinah is life, the rules when focused on life give peace. The Shekinah can only be united through mercy to the rules, the Letter, otherwise the meaning of the rules dies, and the Shekinah loses its meaning as well. Is there any law against life? “the letter is Death”.

  • Dichotomy of creation.

The law applies to creation, speaks about creation and defines it. Creation is in a box, it has limits, the spirit is free above, it is His mercy that covers, atone for creation. Is there any law against redemption?

  • Dichotomy of the Tanakh and the NT.

Again, the law and the spiritualization of the law tied together by mercy. Mercy opens the law to the Spirit above. The NT demonstrates how the process taught in the law flourishes through divine mercy, how to be in the Spirit, guided by it. Should there be any law on explaining the spirituality of a spiritual law?

  • Dichotomy of the mind and the heart

The mind is limited, in charge of the flesh, it needs rules and limits, it is limited and is meant to be so. It is in charge of the survival of the body. Is is the priesthood as we have seen above who cannot meet Father, the ones kept outside the HoH, not the High Priest. The heart understands Father and is unlimited. When matters are in the heart, the mind if in good union, makes it happen. This union is called faith, when both the mind and the heart are united and the heart leads in union with Father, then there is Love and Peace. What law is against Love?

  • Dichotomy of the spirit and the earthly

The spirit is infinite, the earthly is definable. The law defines, the body fails; the spirit lives, is life, eternity, unbound by time, mercy allows then the Spirit to guide the body and protect it. What law is against the Spirit?

  • Dichotomy of G-d and man

Father above, man below, mercy rules! What law is against Mercy?

  • Dichotomy of the infinite and the finite

The Shekinah is unbound, the law is in a box, it defines, it limits. What law can be against infinity?

  • Dichotomy of the eternal and the temporary.

This earth is temporary, the laws apply to this condition. Eternity doesn’t change, truth doesn’t change, truth is eternal, truth needs no law. The temporary changes, we change, we are temporary, we need guidance. Truth is from above; and unless we are in the spirit, we cannot understand the eternal above. What law can be against eternity?

It is the symbol of choice between oneness and endless plurality, our mind does not understand oneness, the laws point to that Oneness. They are instructions to understand union: Father is echad, we must love him with ALL of ourselves and we must love each other and be One- echad. He is oneness, we are many, he is the Shekinah, we are the myriads of law breakers. What law is against Oneness with Father?

  • Dichotomy of Heaven and hell

Heaven above, hell below. No laws in heaven, heaven is Oneness with Father, hell is separation, plurality from Father. What law is against heaven?

Dichotomy of knowledge and ignorance

No one can fulfill all the laws, in the flesh the laws keep our ‘priests’ busy running around like mad chicken in a hen house on a hungry-fox day. We try to know the whole entire physical universe, this is the tree of knowledge, and the laws are the branches, the more we think know the less we actually know. Thus is ignorance. The true knowledge is in the trunk, in knowing ‘nothing’; much like a child, though knowing nothing, knows everything. The source of knowledge knows all, it is infinite. The law, boxed and limited, leads to your loss of truth knowledge above, as your eyes look down. What law is against knowledge of righteousness?

  • Dichotomy of wisdom and legality

Wisdom is above the law. Wisdom is from the heart, the Spirit, from the Shekinah. Those adamant onto the interpretation, onto the exact meaning, the righteousness of the letter, are lost in the law and cannot attain wisdom; for the law is limited to case solving in a vain attempt to separate right and wrong, whereas wisdom resolves differences and focuses on union. What law is against wisdom?

  • Dichotomy ofJustice and technicality

Justice applies, seeks the truth, Technicality deals with concepts, Justice applies mercy, Technicality has no concept of righteousness, and so a criminal is exonerated on a technicality. Merciful Justice is above the law. Is there any law against justice and mercy?

  • Dichotomy of Salvation and bondage.

The study of law for the sake of the law leads to ignorance, ignorance to bondage. Salvation is freedom from that bondage. The Spirit wrote the law, therefore the understanding of the law remains in the Spirit. Understanding the law for its own sake binds to its own limits. The spirit is freedom, the Spirit is infinite. Being in the Spirit, with it, frees from the ignorance that bonds. The Spirit is above the law. What law is against salvation?

That is the image of the Ark, the Law kept in darkness till Mercy opens its covering and let the light of the Spirit shine upon it.

He who judges by the book, so he shall be judged.

He who judges by the Spirit, the purpose of the instruction, of the law, in Mercy and in Truth, shall display the wisdom of righteousness, seeking reconciliation and forgiveness, rather than retaliation and punishment.

That is the Ark.

Think outside the box!

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Published on July 13, 2010 at 5:56 am  Leave a Comment  

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