Noahide Seven Commandments Torah classes
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IDOLATRY-7: What is ‘Good’ in ELoKiM’s Eyes?
Know your CREATOR, know yourself and know the difference
Moses concurs with Science about the history of the Universe. That by itself is a amazing, a living miracle in our hands. Who told him that an accurate story, 3500 years ago?
But Moses also adds something that science can’t say and wouldn’t say: that all this long history was initiated and conducted and JUDGED by a CREATOR, who wore a ‘hat’ of a JUDGE, ELKM, or set on the throne of Judgment.
Each Day of CREATION, Moses says, ELKM judged the passing Day. Like a BUILDER who builds a Six Floor Building, He came at the end of each Day to assess the last Floor: is it good?
Sometimes, like on the THIRD and SIX Day, He came twice to check the passing Floor, while once, on the Second Day, He ‘skipped’ the Judgment altogether.
Not good in His eyes
Judgment, by definition, entertains the option of being ‘not good’ in the JUDGE’s eyes. In that case, the Builder-JUDGE-ELKM would terminate the passing Day and start all over again. After all, ELKM is a harsh JUDGE, who gives life and can take life away with no MERCY.
These considerations are important, since we, Adam, are part of that Judgment.
What then was ELKM checking day by Day?
What constitutes ‘good’ in His eyes?
What constitutes ‘not good; in His eyes?
1: What is ‘good’ in ELoKiM’s eyes?
Here are several answers:
1. ‘Good’ means ‘feeing good,’ that He was ‘pleased.’ This is the source for the Kabalistic notion that the initial impetus for CREATION was the CREATOR’S Desire to ‘feel good,’ nachat ruach, about His CREATION. Man’s task, therefore, is to make our CREATOR ‘feel good’ about us.
2: ‘Good’ can mean ‘compliant’| with His commands. ‘Good’ here is a VERDICT of ELKM’s JUDGEMENT. Anyone who rebels against Him is ‘not good.’
Kabala noticed that the Trees did not fully comply with ELoKiM’s command, since they not only developed fruits but also a coat, kelipah, without being ordered. From here came the (Kabalistic) custom to refer to any resistance to ELKM’s will as “the Kelipa.”
3: ‘Good,’ tov, can also mean ‘viable,’ durable, healthy. For instance: Moses’ mother saw her newborn baby that “he was good,” viable, healthy, therefore she placed him in the basket and let the basked float in the Nile (Exodus 2: 2.)
4: ‘Good’ means ‘strong’. In the case of the Builder-ELKM, ‘good’ means ‘strong enough to support another Day on top of it.’ This is why the Builder checked each Floor (besides the second) at the end of the Day.
This implies that every creature is deemed ‘good’ in ELKM’s eye if it can support the life in the next Day.
Thus the Light, Energy and Water of the First Day was deemed ‘good’ in ELoKiM’s eyes, since they complied with His words, pleased Him, were found durable and strong to support the next, Second Day.
The Dry Land of the Third Day was ‘good’ since it supported the Vegetation that pursued.
The Luminaries of the Fourth Day were good, since they supported the appearance of the first mobile life in the oceans on the Fifth Day
The Fish of the Fifth Day were ‘good’ since they supported the Birds that followed.
The Birds were ‘good’ since they supported the Crocodiles that feed on them.
The Cattle were ‘good’ since they supported the Beasts that followed.
Cattle and Beasts and Crawling creatures were good since they somehow support the birth of Adam.
Note that Man is not different. Man too must support the next Day, the Seventh, to be deemed good in ELKM’s eyes.
5: ‘Good’ can also mean ‘fitting the Master Plan.’ It implies that the CREATOR-BUILDER-JUDGE followed a Master Plan in CREATION.
Hence a creature can be good on one Day, since it fits the Plan, and ‘not good’ on another Day, since it can’t support the life of the next Day. In that case, that creature would be eliminated.
6: ‘Good’ also means ‘beautiful.’ Thus, a bride is seen ‘good in the groom’s eyes’. From here comes the notion that ELKM is like a Groom, while CREATION is like a Bride. (We’ll return to this notion later.)
2: The trial depends on the creature’s position
A creature’s trial depends on its ‘position’ on the Ladder of CREATION.
Each creature must support the next one, and the next Day.
Adam too is judged according to our position on the Ladder of CREATION.
Since Adam is born at the junction between the Sixth and the Seventh Day,
It comes out that Adam must support the next, seventh Day.
Otherwise, he would be eliminated.
Since Moses account of CREATION is credible,
Let’s pay attention to what he says about Adam’s trial!
Select the best answer
(1) ELoKiM said at the end of the second Day ‘that it was good’ (a) true (b) false (c) He said that Adam was good (d) He said that the Day wasn’t good
(2) Usually ELoKiM passed His judgment (a) at the middle of the Day (b) at the end of the Day (c) At Midnight (d) At Dawn
(3) Being good in ELoKiM’s eyes means (a) He was pleased (b) being viable (c) being strong to support another Day (d) all the above
(4) Light of the First Day was ‘good’ because (a) ELoKiM did not wish to sit in darkness (b) light supports grass, shrubs, and trees (c) light supports the Beginning (d) Light came before ELoKiM
(5) ELoKiM will Judge Man at the end of (a) the First Day (b) the Third day (c) the Sixth Day (d) the Sabbath
(6) ELoKiM deemed a Day as ‘good’ if (a) the Day fits His Master Plan (b) the creatures in it comply with His Laws (c) the creatures in it gave Him a Good Feeling (d) all the above
(7) If a creature is deemed not good, it would be (a) given another chance by Mercy (b) it would be forgiven and allowed to enter the next Day (c) it would be eliminated (d) it would survive despite of ELoHiM’s wrath
(8) Adam needs to be (a) good (b) neutral (c) slightly good (d) very good
(9) ELoKiM, the Builder of a Six Floor Building (a) judges every floor (b) didn’t leave a Floors unchecked (c) wants every Floor to support another on top (d) all the above
(10) if Adam is deemed good, would this be (a) enough to survive (b) enough to excel (c) enough to see the next Day (d) not enough to survive ELoKiM’s harsh scrutiny
Read also: "Genesis Vs. Science, Can They Match?" By Zvi Aviner, at www.smashwords.com
END OF TORAH CLASS IDOLATRY 7