Noahide Seven Commandments Torah classes
© 2016 by Rabbi Zvi Aviner
ADULTERY-7/From Eden to earth and Back
”In sorrow you shall bear children”“”
1: The Miraculous Coats and the Tree of Life
The humans were condemned to be driven out of Eden and to live on earl Earth. In His Kindness, YHVH ELoKIM gave then gifs, as it says:
“And YHVH ELoKiM made for Adam and Eve Coats of skin
and He clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21)
The Talmud debates the nature of those coats. They were coats of ‘aur,’ which can be
1. Coats of skin, ‘aur’
2. Coats of light, ‘aur.’
The best way to explain the nature of these gifts is to look what would happen to them. Tradition says that the coats endowed their wearers with the ability to ‘converse with the animals’ and to ‘observe Earth from above.’ Thus the ‘Parent’ YHVH ELoKiM increased Adam’s ability to comprehend the creatures underneath him. Thus when Adam named the creatures in Eden with the ‘right names,’ he exhibited a theoretical Wisdom on the levels of Chochma and Binah. Wearing these miraculous clothes gave him the practical knowledge of ‘conversing’ with all the creatures, so that he would serve as their “king who consults”.
Tradition also says how these coats impacted history:
Adam bequeathed them to Cain before he was exiled. The coats helped him to survive for long time in the woods.
The coats fell into the hands of Naama, Noah’s wife, after Cain was accidentally murdered by her father, the accident prone Lemech. The coats helped Naama and Noah to cater the animals in their Ark.
King Nimrod inherited the coats from Naama and Noah. The coats allowed him to understand the animals, thereby becoming ‘the animal’s king.’ He used them to ride on lions and eagles and to see the earth from above. This experience prompted him to build the Tower of Babylon, as we’ll learn in due course.
Isaac’s son, Esau, murdered King Nimrod and stole the coat for hunting. He spoke to the animals, cheated them then killed them. The gifts that YHVH ELoKiM gave to Mankind turned to evil tools in the hands of Esau.
The branch of the Tree of Life
There were other gifts. Just before the humans were driven out of Eden, it is said:
“And YHVH ELoKiM said, Behold, Adam has become like one of us, knowing ‘good and evil.’
And now, what if he put forth his hands and take also from the Tree of Life
and eating it shall live forever?” (Genesis 3:22)
The verse has been a targeted by Biblical critics arguing that G-d seems here foolishly jealous of Man, fearing that Man would live forever…
Ttradition, however explains it this way: YHVH ELoKiM spoke here to His Court, the Angels, explaining to them why Adam and the woman should INDEED be driven out. The Angels had hoped that the Heavenly Court would give the human one more chance to repent. But the CREATOR deemed it too late. The serpent was already sited deeply in their hearts, ready to entice them again with MORE PASSION. Moreover, now they knew Evil first hand, and could be driven by it. Since they had already violated the law and had eaten from one Forbidden Tree, what would stop them to eat from the next one, the Tree of Life?
YHVH ELoKiM was saying here: Adam and his wife are too advanced to remain in Eden. Their trial should henceforth be conducted on Earth!
The Gift of the Tree of Life
Seeing that Adam and his wife wished so much to eat from the Tree of Life, the Parent YHVH ELoKiM treated them with COMPASSION. He allowed them to take a brunch of the Tree of Life with them down to Earth. “Whoever owns this brunch shall live forever,’ He told them.
What happened to the branch?
Adam and Eve lived a long and fruitful life, due to the branch. When they felt that their time had arrived, they bequeathed it to their beloved son, Shet.
Seth also lived a long and fruitful life due to the branch, then bequeathed it to his son, the illustrious Enosh.
Enosh also lived a long fruitful life due to the branch. He then bequeathed it to Noah who gave it to Shem and he to Abraham and he to Isaac and he Jacob down to Moses.
Moses in turn made of it a wooden handle for the Torah scroll he wrote, and placed it inside the Holy Ark.
Moses then gave the Torah with the branch of the Tree of Life Israel who would live forever as long we observe what’s written in it.
The Torah is a guide for Man to identify the Merciful YHVH, bring Her into our heart and unite Her with the Groom, ELoKiM. Hence the first COMPASSINATE act that YHVH ELoKIM did for Adam was to give him the Tree of Life’s branch, the Torah, that would help him to live on Earth forever.
3: The Passage from Eden to Earth
Equipped with the ‘Coats of Light’ and the branch of the Tree of Life, Adam and Eve ‘traveled’ to Earth. Their passage is described in details. Let’s read the verses:
“And He, YHVH ELoKiM sent him from the Garden of Eden
to till the ground from which he was taken, and He chased out the Adam,
And He placed in East of Eden the Cherubs
And the Glowing, Revolving Sword to guard
the Way to the Tree of Life. (Genesis 3:23-24)
“And Adam knew his wife Eve and she conceived
nd she bore CainAnd she said,
I have bought a man with YHVH….”
The section comprises of two portions:
Life above Eden’s Gate, in the Virtual Eden
Life on real Earth, below the Gates.
The Gates of Eden open to Earth:
1. Into Mt. Moriah where the Holy of Holies would later stand
2. Into the Patriarch’s Cave in the city of Hebron where four couple are buried: Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah.
Tour souls pass from Eden to Earth
Adam and Eve ‘traveled’ from the virtual Eden to the real Earth. On the way they passed by the fowloing landmarks:
(1) They started at YHVH ELoKiM’S throne in Eden
(2) Then embarked on the “Way of the Tree of Life”
(3) Then Passed by the Cherubs
(4) Then by the Glowing, Revolving Sword
(5) Then through the Gate at the East of Eden
(6) Into our world on Mt. Moriah where
(7) The Holy Ark stood
4: Our Soul Passes the Same Way
Eeach and every individual’s soul passes through the same road.
First our soul is detached from “the treasure of souls” at the Throne of YHVH ELoKiM
Then it embarks on the WAY TO THE TREE OF LIFE
Then passes by the “Cherubs” which present YHVH ELoKIM in Oneness and Love
Then by the ‘Glowing, Revolving Sword’ which has two sides: one with the name of ELoKiM, the other with the name of YHVH. The Sword scrutinizes our soul when she returns, and warns her when she descends out.
Then our soul passes through Eden’s Gate to enters our world on Mt. Moriah
From there she enters our body.
And when our times arrive, our soul would go back through the Gates of Eden, pass by the scrutinizing Sword and the Cherubs, then, if allowed, would ascend up back TO SIT HIGHER NEAR HIS THRONE THAN BEFORE.
5:Cherubs guarding the Torah
The best interpretation that I could offer is this:
The Cherubs and the Sword guard the Way to the Tree of Life, which is in Eden.
Moses, however, held the branch of the Tree of Life in his hand when he wrote the Torah. He used the branch to make a handle for the Torah Scroll that he placed in the Holy Ark.
Thus Moses ‘extended’ forwards the “Way to the Tree fo Life” into our world, into the Tabernacle.
He then set up the Guard close to the Ark: The Golden Cherubs over the Ark, and the ‘Brightness of the revolving sword” into the body of the Ark. Whoever touched the Holy Ark unlawfully was struck by fire tongues that came out and burn his soul and body instantly.
Hence the Torah is well guarded. Those who approach her unlawfully would be scrutinized, brunt and removed from history. Many, many sects that deviated from the true Torah were lost from history. Only those who stick to the true Torah enjoy the historical protection of the Tree of Life. Israel would live forever, as long we stick to what is written in the Torah.
Read also: "Genesis Vs. Science, Can They Match?" By Zvi Aviner, at www.smashwords.com
END OF ADULTERY CLASS 7