Creation Waters

15 Feb

Here is a little Jewish tidbit I hope you enjoy.  It is a story about the first letter of the Hebrew “aleph-bet”* and it’s correlation to “water.”  The teaching is taken taken from the first and second day of creation, Genesis 1:1-2, & 6-8.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
“Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.”
Genesis 1: 1-2, 6-8 (NLT)

In rabbinic teaching, whenever God does something there is always more than meets the eye; a reason.  Genesis states that when God separated the water from above the earth (think clouds, atmosphere) and the waters below the earth (ocean, lake of fire) there is deep spiritual significance.  The waters are actually opposite to each other as we will see in the portion below.

The waters above the earth are said to be God’s joy, while the waters below the earth are said to represent man’s bitterness being separated from God.  Thus we have salt in our water while the water above is fresh.  But wait… there is more!

Here is a quote taken from the book (I highly recommend) The Alef-Beit… made available at this website… (See Note 3).

“In the service of the soul, as taught in Chassidut, the higher water is water of joy, the experience of being close to God, while the lower water is water of bitterness, the experience of being far from God.”
In Jewish philosophy, the two intrinsic properties of water are “wet” and “cold.” The higher water is “wet” with the feeling of
oneness with the “exaltation of God,” while the lower water is “cold” with the feeling of
separation, the frustration of experiencing the inherent “lowliness of man.” Divine
service, as taught by Chassidut, emphasizes that in fact the primary consciousness of
both waters is the sense of the Divine, each from its own perspective: from the
perspective of the higher water, the greater the “exaltation of God,” the greater oneness of all in His Absolute Being; from the perspective of the lower water, the
greater the “exaltation of God,” the greater the existential gap between the reality of God
and that of man, thus the inherent “lowliness of man.””

Another interesting feature about God’s first acts of creation is in he Hebrew letter “A,” (aleph).  The aleph is made up of two yuds (think English “Y”) connected by a vav… (see last post).  The yuds represent the upper and lower firmament separated by the vav… a pillar of truth!  Our world was formed in truth and accuracy… a pillar to measure against all forms of science and technology that man can invent to try to disprove God…   Thus, the higher waters (God’s wisdom) are separated by a pillar of truth from the bitterness of man’s refusal to acknowledge God as the creator of all living things… thus a life filled with bitterness.

To take this one step further, eternally there are waters of bitterness that floods man soul… the heavenly refreshment of God’s word mends the weary heart…

Be blessed!

* Note 1… Hebrew enthusiasts use the phrase aleph-bet and this is correct for two reasons.  One, the Hebrew aleph-bet came first (this honoring our languages origin) and two, the aleph and the bet are the first two letters of the Hebrew language and is where us English folk get our beloved phrase the alphabet.  And yes, our English can clearly be seen in the Greek “alpha”…lol).

Note 2:  Here is a good definition of the word Chassidut.  It’s purpose (Chassidut) is to awaken the Jewish People to its own inner self through the inner dimension of the Torah, thus preparing the way for the advent of Mashiach (or messiah).  http://www.inner.org/chassidut/chassidut.htm

Note 3:  http://www.templesanjose.org/JudaismInfo/tradition/Kabbalah/alephbet.pdf

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One Response to “Creation Waters”

  1. jbutzu March 6, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

    Reblogged this on Biblical Word Studies: Inspirational Commentary Translation and Exegesis and commented:

    This is a beautiful creation!

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