SEPHIROT IN ANOTHER "NEW TESTAMENT" TEXT
As we have
mentioned earlier, there are allusions to Tipheret in the texts of the "New
Testament" in the for form of Yeshua being, "the image of the invisible God,
etc." Looking deeper into one of Paul's letters, we can find a hidden reference to
the ten Sephirot.
To begin, when speaking of these ten emanations of God, the following can be considered
- Keter is so "close" to Eyn Sof
itself, that little can be known about it. It represents the eternal depth of riches of Eyn
- Chokmah is Godly wisdom and the first Sephirah
that can be known in some way.
- Binah is understanding/knowledge, the counterpart
- Chesed symbolizes love and mercy in Scripture. It
is the "natural way" of God.
- Gevurah the counterpart to Chesed, symbolizes
justice and severity in Scripture.
- Tipheret has a central relationship to all of the
other Sephirot, and an involvement with the unification of the Sephirot and the name of
God. Tipheret is associated with Messiah.
- Netzach and Hod are considered
to be the conductors through which God's essence is conveyed between the upper realms and
the lower ones.
- Yesod is the "foundation" of "all
- Malkut is associated with the "glory"
(Shekinah) of God.
With this in mind, we turn to the end of chapter 11 of the letter to the Romans, where
we find Paul speaking of God in the following terms:
Romans 11:33-36: O the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways
past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his
counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Keeping in mind the characteristics of the Sephirot (shown above), we can break down
Paul's salutation in Romans 11, as follows:
O depth of riches,
and knowledge of God,
how unsearchable His judgments
and untraceable His ways!
for who did know the mind of the Lord? or who did become His counsellor?
and it shall be given back to him again?
or who did first give to Him,
because of Him, and through Him, and to Him [are] the all things;
to Him [is] the glory -- to the ages. Amen.
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