Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Moses, the ten commandments, mount Sinai

The ten commandments given by God to Moses has fascinating spiritual depth. They are the laws given by God to man, now let us follow the sequence of events as they occurred a few days before the ten commandments were delivered. Also, we will analyze the inner depth and fish out any underlying meanings to these commandments. Below is the text from the bible from Exodus 19, through Exodus 20.

19:1 In the third month after the children of Israel had gone forth out of the land of Egypt, on that same day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.

19:2 When they had departed from Rephidim, and had come to the wilderness of Sinai, they encamped in the wilderness; and there Israel encamped before the mountain.

19:3 Moses went up to God, and Yahweh called to him out of the mountain, saying, "This is what you shall tell the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel:

19:4 'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings, and brought you to myself.

19:5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice, and keep my covenant, then you shall be my own possession from among all peoples; for all the earth is mine;

19:6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel."

19:7 Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which Yahweh commanded him.

19:8 All the people answered together, and said, "All that Yahweh has spoken we will do." Moses reported the words of the people to Yahweh.

19:9 Yahweh said to Moses, "Behold, I come to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever." Moses told the words of the people to Yahweh.

19:10 Yahweh said to Moses, "Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments,

19:11 and be ready against the third day; for on the third day Yahweh will come down in the sight of all the people on Mount Sinai.

19:12 You shall set bounds to the people round about, saying, 'Be careful that you don't go up onto the mountain, or touch its border. Whoever touches the mountain shall be surely put to death.

19:13 No hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether it is animal or man, he shall not live.' When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come up to the mountain."

19:14 Moses went down from the mountain to the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes.

19:15 He said to the people, "Be ready by the third day. Don't have sexual relations with a woman."

19:16 It happened on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain, and the sound of an exceedingly loud trumpet; and all the people who were in the camp trembled.

19:17 Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God; and they stood at the lower part of the mountain.

19:18 Mount Sinai, the whole of it, smoked, because Yahweh descended on it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.

19:19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by a voice.

19:20 Yahweh came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. Yahweh called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

19:21 Yahweh said to Moses, "Go down, charge the people, lest they break through to Yahweh to gaze, and many of them perish.

19:22 Let the priests also, who come near to Yahweh, sanctify themselves, lest Yahweh break forth on them."

19:23 Moses said to Yahweh, "The people can't come up to Mount Sinai, for you charged us, saying, 'Set bounds around the mountain, and sanctify it.'"

19:24 Yahweh said to him, "Go down and you shall bring Aaron up with you, but don't let the priests and the people break through to come up to Yahweh, lest he break forth on them."

19:25 So Moses went down to the people, and told them.

20:1 God spoke all these words, saying,

20:2 "I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

20:3 You shall have no other gods before me.

20:4 "You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

20:5 you shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them, for I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me,

20:6 and showing loving kindness to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

20:7 "You shall not take the name of Yahweh your God in vain, for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

20:8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

20:9 You shall labor six days, and do all your work,

20:10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to Yahweh your God. You shall not do any work in it, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your man-servant, nor your maid-servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates;

20:11 for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day, and made it holy.

20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.

20:13 "You shall not murder.

20:14 "You shall not commit adultery.

20:15 "You shall not steal.

20:16 "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

20:17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."

20:18 All the people perceived the thundering, the lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking. When the people saw it, they trembled, and stayed at a distance.

20:19 They said to Moses, "Speak with us yourself, and we will listen; but don't let God speak with us, lest we die."

20:20 Moses said to the people, "Don't be afraid, for God has come to test you, and that his fear may be before you, that you won't sin."

20:21 The people stayed at a distance, and Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

20:22 Yahweh said to Moses, "This is what you shall tell the children of Israel: 'You yourselves have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

20:23 You shall most certainly not make alongside of me gods of silver, or gods of gold for yourselves.

20:24 You shall make an altar of earth for me, and shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace-offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I record my name I will come to you and I will bless you.

20:25 If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones; for if you lift up your tool on it, you have polluted it.

20:26 Neither shall you go up by steps to my altar, that your nakedness may not be exposed to it.'

The first line in Exodus 19, verse one indicates that it started on the third month, which in our present time will correspond to the month of March. Now from this starting point pay attention to the number three.

In Exodus 19, verses 10-11 they were instructed to be ready on the third day. So put together ,the ten commandments was delivered on the third day of the third month. Follow the works of the trinity of lights as God uses his numbers to shape the laws of life.

In Exodus 19, verse 12, the people were instructed not to touch the mountain on the day of the gathering. Whoever does so, whether man or beast was to be put to death. As I played in my mind the events on that day, I could imagine the apprehension, fear, suspense, and anticipation among the Israelites. The men were also instructed not to make love to their wives on that third day.

On the third day the upper part of the mount Sinai was filled with dense clouds and there were lightening and thunder as if the sky has descended on the mountain. Moses went up the mountain with Aaron, who had been sanctified as a priest. The presence of God was horrifying to the Israelites that they asked Moses to go up to the mountain and speak to God.

I can imagine that it was like a voice from the clouds of heaven that all those gathered could hear. It must have been loud and thunderous indeed.

I pondered over the ten commandments asking myself the question, why ten and not eleven or nine commandments. For I know that God chooses his numbers precisely and they do have a universal significance.

The ten commandments are universal laws of karma divided into two levels, things that pertain to the spiritual or heaven and things that pertain to the earth and human beings. The ten is separated into three and seven. The three pertains to heaven and the spiritual and the seven pertain to the earth and human beings.

Observe that in the ten commandments the first three verses apply to things spiritual or heaven, the following seven from the fourth commandment to the tenth commandment apply to our human ways of life. This pattern is a universal order of the tree of life and the structure of the spiritual and the material worlds. Heaven is governed by three powers, whereas the earth is governed by seven powers. It is the Trinity of Lights of three powers that rule over the seven levels of all things on the earth.

The first verse of the ten commandments reads "Thou shall have no other gods before me". True indeed God is the beginning, the seed, and comes first before anything else. It is the creator that brings forth anything into existence, without whom nothing will exist. It is the station of Kether, number one of the tree of life, emphasizing the center from which all emanates.

The second law is "Thou shall not make an idol image of anything in heaven or on earth to worship it". In this law resides the fact that human beings will turn to humans and possibly even worship them. Human nature is fascinated by what is beyond our comprehension and even so we must not worship anyone that walks the worth with super natural powers. No matter what the person says or what miracles the person performs. In this law Jesus even reminded satan that we are to worship God only. The second law is the second station of the tree of life, pertaining to Binah, understanding.

The third law states that "Thou shall not take the name of God in vain". In this line we are to know that the name of God is holy and mighty, and we are not to profane it, or abuse its use. Call upon it in reverence, and look upon it like an atomic bomb. Once it explodes it has the power to destroy and shape things and move the very foundations of the earth. The third law pertains to the third station of the tree of life, which is that of Chokmah, wisdom.

These three laws are the governing laws of the spiritual over the seven on earth and are the governing laws pertaining to things spiritual. The remaining seven pertain to laws of mankind that allow us to live harmoniously among ourselves. The powers of the seven express themselves through the seven planets and in man through the seven glands or chakras.

Recommended books for reading

The Seed Master
The Trinity of Lights
La Semilla Maestra

BARAKATA… May blessings be upon you
Ken Nunoo