Noahide Seven Commandments Torah classes
© 2016 by Rabbi Zvi Aviner
BLOODSHED-8/The Heavenly Court in Session Before the Flood
“And the Earth corrupted before ELoKiM”
1: The text
Do you wish to see the Heavenly Court in session? Here is the chance of your life.
In the following text, the Heavenly Court (G-d) decides the fate of Noah’s generation. Mankind would perish by the Flood, whereas Noah and his small family will be spared.
The text reads as follows:
“And YHVH saw that the evilness of Adam was great on Earth,
and that all the impulses of his heart are evil all day long,
so YHVH regretted that He/She had made Adam on Earth,
and was saddened to His/Her Heart, and YHVH said,
I will wipe out Adam whom I had made from the face of the Earth
both Man and Cattle to creeping things and the bird of the air
for I regret making them. And Noah found face in the eyes of YHVH.
These are the generations of Noah.
Noah was a complete, righteous man In his generations,
With ELoHiM Noah walked, and Noah begot three sons, Shem ham and Yafet.
And the Earth corrupted before ELoKiM
and ELoKiM saw The Earth and behold it was corrupt;
for all flesh filled with hamas, and corrupted its way on Earth.
And ELoKiM said to Noah, the end of all flesh has come before me,
for the Earth is filled with their hamas,
and I shall destroy them with Earth
and I, myself, shall bring the Flood on Earth
to destroy all flesh In which is breath of life
from Under the Heavens, and everything that is on Earth shall die.” (Genesis 6:5-13)
This is how you see the text in the regular Bible prints.
The following is the same unedited text showing its unique structure.
It comes in two parts:
The first part (in blue) describes YHVH’s assessment and verdict
The second part (in red) describes ELoKiM’s judgment and verdict
And a small ‘strip’ in the middle (in brown) describes the Heavenly Court’s assessment of Noah and his sons
Thus the text presents the Heavenly Court (HC) of the two Attributes in session.
Its beauty is unparalleled. The Heavenly Court is depicted as a ‘butterfly” with two Wings: of YHVH and of ELoKiM. Each Wing expresses the assessment and verdict of One Attribute. Then the “I myself” (in purple) expresses the final verdict of the (SELF)of the) Heavenly Court in Oneness and agreement.
Let’s read the text attentively:
2: The two Wings of the Heavenly Court
“And YHVH saw that the evilness of Adam was great on Earth, and
That all the impulses of his heart are evil all day long, and YHVH
Regretted that He had made Adam on Earth, and was
Saddened to His Heart, and YHVH said,
I will wipe out Adam whom I had
Made from the face of the
Earth, both Man and
Cattle to creeping
Things and the
Bird of the air,
For I regret
“And Noah found face in the eyes of YHVH
These are the generations of Noah,
Noah was a complete, righteous man In his generations,
with ELoHiM did Noah walk,
and Noah begot three sons, Shem ham and Yafet,”
“And the Earth
Corrupted before ELoKiM,
And ELoKiM saw The Earth and behold
It was corrupt; for all flesh filled with hamas,
And corrupted its way On Earth. And ELoKiM Said to Noah,
The end of All flesh has come before me, for the Earth is filled with their hamas,
And I shall destroy them with Earth, and I, willingly, shall bring the Flood on Earth
To destroy all flesh In which is breath of life, from Under the Heavens, and everything
that is on Earth shall die.”
Here is a unique opportunity to learn about the Heavenly Court:
Note the Court’s Protocol: YHVH speaks first then ELoKiM. The same ‘protocol’ would be followed throughout the Bible. In Sinai revelation, for instance, HVH peaks first about the goal of the Covenant than ELoKiM gives the Ten Commandments.
Since each Attributes speaks out its own ASPECT, you have hear the opportunity to KNOW what each Attribute stands for.
Note the perfect symmetry of the two Wings:
YHVH’s Wing (in blue) carries Her Name 4 times
ELoKiM’s Wing (in red) carries His Name 4 times.
YHVH assesses Mankind 3 times, then Noah once.
ELoKiM’s assesses Noah once then Mankind 3 times, in reverse order than YHVH.
Hence ELoKiM continues where YHVH has ended.
YHVH has ended with Noah, whereas ELoKiM starts with Noah.
Hence the two sections can be seen as two Wings of a ‘butterfly’ that stand against each other.
The Wings ‘unite’ at their ‘bottom’ where teach assesses Noah.
The Attributes’ concerns
This extraordinary text clearly shows WHAT each Attribute is concerned about!
So many bible critics have proposed theories about ELoKiM and YHVH. The common denominator is the critics attempt to destroy the Bible’s sanctity.
Such a theory, for instance, argues that YHVH (they pronounce it Jehovah, a name that does not exist) is the ancient deity of the ‘Hebrew-Canaanites’ who lived in Judea hills. Jehovah, they say, is a bloodthirsty, vengeful deity. ELoKiM, in the critic’s view, is the deity of the northern ‘Samaritan’ kingdom of Israel. Thus, the Bible has two sources (Y and E) which were combined to one text in the 8th century BC. There is absolutely no proof to this vicious attack on the sanctity of the Bible.
The recently discovered Bible Computer Code showed beyond any doubt that the five books of Moses were written by the same, one author. Here, before the Flood, the Heavenly Court of YHVH ELKM appears so meaningfully, describing each Attribute’s point of view and verdict.
Let’s review the Wings more closely.
1. YHVH is concerned about the human heart
“And YHVH saw that the EVILNESS of Adam was great on Earth,
and that all the impulses of his HEART are evil all day long…” (Genesis )
The Merciful YHVH, who dwells in our heart, is concerned about our heart. YHVH is NOT concerned about Man’s violation of the LAW, as much as about the bad thoughts in our HEART: plotting evil all day long.
King David in his Psalms describes how evil people plot to stab the innocent in the back and take advantage of the weak and the poor.
Another example: YHVH hated Sodom because they were “exceedingly evil to YHVH”(Genesis 13:13) which means they were exceedingly heartless and cruel (as we’ll learn in due course.)
Indeed, how could YHVH dwell in Noah’s generation hearts, when it was full of evil that She hates?
2. Evil is always in YHVH’s eyes
Here is a good example how the term ‘evil’ appears ONLY in YHVH Wing. You’d never find it related to ELoKiM. ‘Evil’ is a perspective in YHVH eyes about people’s behavior. It is YHVH’s emotional reaction to Man’s merciless and cruel thoughts, as well as his deeds. In YHVH eyes Noah’s generation was ‘evil,’ merciless, uncompassionate and unforgiving.
3. YHVH regretted making Adam
”And YHVH regretted that HE/SHE had made the Adam….”
Such a misunderstood verse! Many ‘scholars’ expressed a wonder how could G-d regrets anything! Only that they have paid no attention to the subject: The Attribute YHVH. She came here only at the request of the Groom ELoKiM, in order to make Adam “In our form and our image.” She is in our World on contingency: only if we accept Her into our heart. If we would not, She would fly away from us back Her Eternal Sabbath. She would regret making us and leave us in the hands of the Groom, ELoKiM. Note that ELoKiM, in contrast, never reacts in such emotional way and would not regret anything.
4: YHVH was saddened to Her heart
”And He/She was saddened to His/Hers heart”
How meaningful is this description of YHVH’s response to Man’s evilness! Not only did She regret, She was also SADDENED to Her heart. Man’s heart affected Her Heart. Our “Mother in Heavens” was disappointed.
Imagine the impact of this on the Heavenly Court: If YHVH, our ‘defense’ in the Court is saddened by our evilness, who else would protect us from the Prosecutor, ELoKiM’s wrath?
When YHVH is enraged
Note that here YHVH was not ‘enraged.’ Her rage would be enkindled later by the Sodomites, whom She would overturn by FIRE and brimstones.
ELoKiM, on the other hand, would execute His harsh verdict on Noah’s generation by WATER. This is ELKM’s ways of punishment, as it is said: “And the Spirit of ELoKiM was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:2.) ELoKiM uses water as His whip.
Think of this when you realize that OUR sea level is on the rise, as it was in Noah’s time!
5. YHVH verdict
“And YHVH said, I will wipe out Adam whom I had made from the face of the Earth, both Man and Cattle to creeping things and the Bird of the air…”
YHVH repeats here the story of CREATION in reversed order: first Man, then Cattle and Creeping Things then Birds. Fish were not involved (Midrash).
6: YHVH assessing Noah
From assessing Mankind, YHVH moves to assess Noah:
“And Noah found face in YHVH eyes.”
Her short praise of Noah speaks loudly. She ‘liked’ Noah. She related to him emotionally. He wasn’t evil. He was merciful, compassionate and forgiven person, capable of caring for the animals in his Ark. Needless to say, YHVH also found Noah’s wife, Naama, to be the same.
But being Merciful and compassionate was not enough. The Heavenly Court needed the opinion of the other Attribute: the verdict of ELKM.
Now the Torah first presents ELKM’s Judgment of Noah, then His generation. The order is reversed, in comparison to YHVH’s Wing.
1: Noah the Righteous
“These are the generations of Noah, Noah was a complete righteous man in his generations. With ELoHiM Noah walked.”
Unlike YHVH who assesses Noah’s heart, ELoKiM judges Noah by his actions. In ELoKiM’s eyes, Noah is deemed righteous for “With ELoKiM Noah walked,” he obeyed Adam’s Six Commandments.
The term ‘righteous’ is specific for winning a trial (Maimonides) even in a human court. Noah was righteous since he won ELoKiM’s Judgment by abiding by his Laws. In ELoKiM’s scale, Noah’s merits over weighted his sins.
Hence Noah ‘walked’ with ELoKiM and found face in YHVH eyes. In other words: He followed YHVH ELoKiM Oneness. He abided by the IDOLATRY Commandments.
In contrast, his generation split along the Attributes: those who worshipped ELoKiM, and those who worshipped YHVH.
Next, ELoKiM assess Noah’s generation:
2: The Earth corrupted with IDOLATRY and ADULTERY
“And the Earth Corrupted before ELoKiM”
The TERM ‘corrupted’ is traditionally used to describe SEXUAL PERVERSIONS and ADULTERY. Noah’s generation sled from IDOLATRY to ADULTERY. We remember the Demon Naama, the priest of sexual perversions, who taught her generation to commit all sorts of sexual perversions.
3-4-5: The Earth filled by BLOODSHE and THEFT
ELoKIM’s assessment of Mankind continues:
”And the Earth filled with hamas”
The term ‘hamas’ recalls the vicious gangue that rules the Gaza strip today. But In Hebrew, hamas is a deadly blend of MURDER, THEFT and INJUSTICE (Rashi.) We remember Tubal Cain and his gangues, as well as Enosh’s disciples’ heinous crimes. Interestingly, although the two camps of Mankind started with different faiths, they ended with the same hamas.
6: Having transgressed all the Commandments
“And ELoKiM saw the Earth and behold, it was corrupt;
for all flesh corrupted its way on Earth.”
‘All flesh’ corrupted, even animals. The Demon Naama taught animal species to cohabit with each other unnaturally (Rashi.)
Thus, in ELoKiM’s eyes Mankind had exhausted all the possible transgression. In Eden, Adam and his wife had only two Commandments to abide with: IDOLATRY and ADULTERY. Once they violated these two Commandments, the were driven out. Now on Earth, once Mankind has violated the Six Commandments, Mankind has also lost the right to live here on Earth. .
The Commandments’ order
Note also that ELoKiM’s Wing discusses the Six Commandments in a specific order: IDOLATRY, ADULTERY, BLOODSHED, THEFT, INUSTICE and BLASPHEMY. This order is the most basic.
After the Flood, Noah would add the Seventh Commandment, along with the Rainbow Covenant.
The final Verdict of the ‘Self’
“And I, myself, shall bring the Flood on Earth
to destroy all flesh in which is breath of life from Under the Heavens
and everything that is on Earth shall die.”
YHVH has spoken first, then ELoKiM, and now the “I, Myself”, the ‘Arbiter’ is issuing its final verdict. No reversal after that. The debate in the Heavenly Court is closed and the verdict sealed.
Noah and his role
END OF BLOODSHED 8
Noah keeps the wings together
Noah needed two Wings to support him, each from its side. Together, they ‘lift’ him up above the mighty Flood water bellow.
He needed two Wings
Had Noah worshipped only one Wing, either YHVH or ELoKiM, the Court would not have saved him. He ‘needs’ two wings. In other words, he need the agreement of both JUDGMENT and MERCY to save his life.
On the other hand, Noah is the glue that keeps the Wings together IN THIS WROLD. By this he fulfils the purpose of the creation of Adam.
Our Lives are like Noah’s Ark. We too float every day over gushing waters of trials and tribulations. We too are challenged by the Six Commandments on a daily basis. We too need the two Attributes in agreement, to save us.