Originally published on October 4, 2019 at http://adeephumanity.com/2019/10/04/reading-from-the-book-of-life/
I recently was reading an article about the Quakers that came to America and settled there. One of the reasons they left England was that they felt it right that people should be able to read and interpret the Bible, to have access to the Bible for themselves. It was a kind of freedom they believed in. It is interesting that the roots of America are in independence, education, literacy and thought, all for a mental and emotional freedom.
It is also interesting as a result of that how America developed as a nation and became wealthy and as it seems to me, based upon those first Quakers. America has lost its spirit to commercialism and the fruits of those early Quakers has been plundered.
This brings me to the reason for this article. Years ago I read a book about Jewish mysticism and I was fascinated by a short story. It went something like this:
“The Angel Raziel stands on Mount Horeb and reads from the Book of Life. Anyone who can hear what the Angel is saying shall obtain wisdom and shall be wise among men. It has also been said that King Solomon read that book.” Who wrote that book of mysticism escapes me now though the story captured my mind.
Where is the Book of Life? How can I hear it? Some 30 years later I have a different understanding about the Book of Life. It is all around us. In the air. It is the trees, the sky, the birds, the seasons, and of course us humans. To be able to interpret life if you will brings us deep clarity and wisdom. From that wisdom and applied to the Bible and other spiritual works leads one to understand how to be restored, the path to follow, what do to and so on. It seems to me that Jesus was someone who also read that book. Based on what is missing in the teachings, leads me to think that perhaps he taught about the Book of Life. Perhaps it was a two part teaching for example: Here is the car, and here is the mechanics manual for repair, a kind of users’ guide.
We received one document — The Bible. Now we need the second one, how to read the Bible, how to use it…. the mechanics manual.
I do not have obvious re-searchable texts for this. This work comes about from my ability to see pattern. It also comes from my deep belief that life should make sense. And God. And the bible. What is missing seems to create a pattern for me and this information is what I think of as the second part of the teachings. I have been able to unravel parts of it by having clues and bit by bit it is coming together. Perhaps like life, it is never lost but waiting for a time to be recreated. St. Peter is said to have the keys to the kingdom of heaven. We need the keys!
I think the tools that are missing were stolen some time ago and as such our rewards were also stolen from us. So was our ability to achieve such greatness in our lives. It too was stolen. It makes me angry — but I want to put that aside and share with you what I have found, what I think.
This should be our celebration. We ARE the celebration!
Let’s you and I together, unearth and rediscover the Bible, its meaning and the hidden keys of Jesus!
If we put this all together it implies that to know God’s will for our lives, or at least a direction if not a will, we should approach God’s place (a mountain) with a holy mind and heart.
I will be putting out little writings about the places I see people stumble. I have a deep interest in the spiritual world and offer these insights that you might apply them if you are inspired to do so, that your life might gain in light, wisdom, love and understanding.
Such a world filled with individuals like yourself can only make the world a more beautiful place.
I have just been looking at Mount Horeb [i] and its significance in the Bible. Looking at Wikipedia, there seem to be 3 references in the old testament.
- When God met Moses on Mount Horeb and he told Moses to take off his shoes because he was standing on sacred ground.
- God gave Moses the 10 commandments on Mount Horeb.
- The Israelites were told to leave the mountain as they had spent enough time there and to turn around and continue their journey.
- There is also a reference that Horeb means “Mountain of God”.
Taking off one’s shoes is very symbolic and usually means that one needs to prepare the mind, soul, and body in a sacred manner. Shoes usually refer to the physical way we move in the world. To take off your shoes means to bare yourself to God or what is divine, to be naked before God.
The second major thing that happens here is that Moses is given the commandments by God. From what we know, the commandments were special and sacred. They were carved on stone tablets. If we look at the meaning of the word “commandments’ we find the following on etymonline.com
(For easier reading, just skip past all the technical stuff and follow the purple words I am referencing.)
late 13c., “an order from an authority,” originally “any one of the ten injunctions engraved upon stone tablets and given to Moses on Mt. Sinai according to Exodus,” from Old French comandement “order, command,” …
Let’s look at the root word “command” and I am struck by two things here. First is to order or direct with authority — that would be God. The second is to entrust.
- 1300, “order or direct with authority” (transitive), from Old French comander “to order, enjoin, entrust” (12c., Modern French commander), from Vulgar Latin *commandare, from Latin commendare “to recommend, entrust to” (see commend); altered by influence of Latin mandare “to commit, entrust” (see mandate (n.)). In this sense Old English had bebeodan.
So, a commandment is given by one of authority and it is about entrusting us to do something. If we look at order…
…ordren, “give order to, to arrange in a row or rank,” from order (n.). Sense of “set or keep in order” is from c. 1500. Meaning “to give commands for or to, instruct authoritatively” is from 1540s; that of “command to be made, done, or issued” is from 1763. Related: Ordered; ordering.
It is about an authority giving a set of things to be put in order or to set in a correct order. It appears to me aside from the meaning of the 10 commandments, it is also about being given direction, by God, on God’s mountain.
The third time mentions that (from Wikipedia)
” Moses recalled in Deuteronomy 1:6 that God had said to the Israelites at Horeb, “You have dwelt long enough at this mountain: turn and take your journey”, …”
and this appears that at one point the people having received the commandments were to then leave the mountain and continue on their journey.
If we put this all together, it implies that to know God’s will for our lives, or at least a direction if not a will, we should approach God’s place (a mountain) with a holy mind and heart. To do so, we need to let go of our daily concerns (take off our shoes) and apply ourselves to spiritual things with a spiritual heart. God then will give us a set of directions for our lives — things that are currently out of order that need to be put right and once we have this ‘written in stone’ (something concrete, a solid understanding), then we must leave the mountain, put on our shoes and apply God’s wisdom and direction in our day to day living. We need to ‘turn and take our journey.”
There is so much more we can learn even as we read where God wanted the people to go to. In King James Version “Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land..” and to me here, land means our life. We are to go and make right what is not right and ‘possess’ it, or in other words, become skilled, like I’ve got this! Each of us gets to master of our own life.
There is so much we can learn.