The Oral Torah and the Kabbalah.
We will start with the Old Testament and those that studied and examined it. To give a
quick synopsis; According to Jewish tradition, the Oral Torah was passed down orally in
an unbroken chain from generation to generation until its contents were finally committed
to writing following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, when Jewish
civilization was faced with an existential threatHoward Schwartz, Tree of souls: the
mythology of Judaism, Oxford University Press, 2004. p lv. The whole Talmud consists of
63 tractates, and in standard print isover 6,200 pages long. It is written in Tannaitic
Hebrew and Aramaic.The Talmud contains the teachings and opinions of thousands of
rabbis on a variety of subjects, including Halakha (law), Jewish ethics, philosophy, custom
history, lore and many other topics. The Talmud is the basis for all codes of Jewish law
and is much quoted in rabbinic literature.
The Zohar (Hebrew: זֹהַר, lit. Splendor or Radiance) is the foundational work in the
literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbalah. 2[Scholem, Gershom and Melila
Hellnershed. “Zohar.” Encyclopaedia Judaica. Ed. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik.
Vol. 21. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. 647664. The Zohar first
appeared in Spain in the 13th century, and was published by a Jewish writer named Moses
de Leon.De Leon ascribed the work to Shimon bar Yochai(“Rashbi”), a rabbi of the 2nd
century during the Roman persecution who, according to Jewish legend,] hid in a
cave for thirteen years studying the Torah and was inspired by the Prophet Elijah to write
the Zohar. This accords with the traditional claim by adherents that Kabbalah is the
concealed part of the Oral Torah. [Jacobs, Joseph; Broydé, Isaac. “Zohar”. Jewish
Encyclopedia. Funk & Wagnalls Company.]
“The Concealed Part of God’s Word”
So it could be said the Zohar is the search (of Jewish Rabbis) to academically find God
Himself (esse) in the written Word. Many have called this “mysticism”. I am not going to
try and write a dissertation, but lay the floor work for an unknown blog article!
The key here is that “..Kabbalah is the concealed part of..” God’s Word.
I am a Swedenborgian in the proposition that God’s revealed Word contains three levels.
The natural, the spiritual and the deepest, highest; the celestial (the inner most circle of
God’s throne). As the Apostle Paul said himself; “I knew a man in Christ above
fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body,
I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven“. 2Co 12:2 KJV.
So naturally, it follows there must a level one and level two of heaven.The next proposition
is that the Word is spiritual truth and wisdom as well as natural truth and wisdom. “And
the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the
only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth”. 7Joh 1:14 ESV. The Glory and the
Spiritual took on the natural.
“You carefully study the Scriptures. You think that they give you eternal life. These same
Scriptures tell about me!” Joh 5:39. So as Jesus plainly taught, the Word not only
gives natural wisdom, it gives spiritual wisdom unto eternal life. In summation at the
highest level the “Scriptures tell about me”..(Esse).
We are aware of at least three written Words that have been given to mankind on
the earth. Two are obvious, the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The othersare least referenced, i.e. “So the sun did not move, and the moon stopped until
the people defeated their enemies. This story is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun
stopped in the middle of the sky. It did not move for a full day” 7Jos 10:13. “David told
his men to teach the song to the people of Judah. This song is called The Bow, and it is
written in the Book of Jashar” 2Sa 1:18.
Like a mathematical string, theologians and scholars have been searching for the Kabbala
or “The Concealed Part of God’s Word”. For us as Christians, may I say, we are searching
for “More Love, More Power, More of You in My Life”. We are searching for the Esse, or
the “I AM” in the Word to fulfill our hearts and our destiny. It is the culmination
of truth and love, wisdom and charity. It is the well source for our spirits and our mental
The Movie, “Revolver”, 2005
I would like to use a secular movie to illustrate who the Devil and Satan really are. The
director ofthe movie at the time (Guy Ritchie) was exploring the concept of Jewish
Kabbala, “the concealed part”. The main character is Jake (Jason Statham). Two former
cell mates, Avi and Zack attempt to get Jake to understand the nature of the ego. Which
Avi calls “the greatest con that [the ego]ever pulled was making you believe that he is you.”
This is the ultimate con, no one will ever cut ties with the ego, when they have invested
their whole life and being into it. At the end of the film (spoiler alert), Jake makes every
effort to resist what his ego is telling him to do.I would propose that this movie plot
illustration is similar to Scripture teachings, on the Devil and Satan. “Submit
yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil (ego), and he will flee from you” 7Jas 4:7.
The Ego and the Id
Sigmund Freud introduced these two terms to the study of Psychology. Again, I am using
secular postulations to illustrate kingdom principles. Much like the scientific studies of
the universe that allowed us to place men on the moon, there is immutable laws which
In the Book of Proverbs 6:1619, it states “six things the Lord hateth, and seven that are an
abomination unto Him”, namely: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent
blood, A heart that devises wicked plots, Feet that are swift to run into mischief, A
deceitful witness that uttereth lies, Him that soweth discord among brethren.
This could easily describe the Id. The Id is the brains and instigator to set in motion all
kinds of evil and mischief. It is constantly plotting to get the Ego to do it’s bidding. This is
the Devil and Satan wrapped up in one evil package. Now it is plain from Scripture
teachings the Devil is NOT omnipotent and NOT omnipresent. He is considered our
mortal adversary, antagonist and mortal enemy.
The other partner in crime is no other than OUR OWN ego. We have this wretched sinful
nature; “You might think I am saying that sin and the law are the same. That is not true.
But the law was the only way Icould learn what sin means. I would never have known it is
wrong to want something that is not mine.But the law said, “You must not want what
belongs to someone else. And sin found a way to use thatcommand and make me want all
kinds of things that weren’t mine. So sin came to me becausethe command. But without
the law, sin has no power. Before I knew the law, I was alive. But when I
heard the law’s command, sin began to live”.Rom 7:7.ERV.God wrote this Law with His
ownfinger, the Decalogue. Men such as Paul and Peter ” realized there was absolute moral
kingdom laws. “..when Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me;
for I am a sinful man, O Lord” Luk 5:8 KJV. In the New Testament, Jesus summarized the
Ten Commandments of the law into two; “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the
commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all
thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these”
Mar 12:29-31 KJV.
So now, this sinful nature (Id) within us was directly confronted. The question became,
what will the ego do now? Decisions, decisions. It is now all about the decisions we make.
Why is the sinful nature (Id) within us become so agitated? Because, it is the complete
opposite in nature and character compared God’s characteristics and His kingdom
principles when we truly observe them.
What is the sinful nature (Id) composed of? The love of self, the love of the world and of
the flesh; “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the
world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And
the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for
ever” 1Jn 2:15-17 KJV.
So, can you see that our enemy is not an entity, or high commander of hell named the
Devil or Satan. It is our own sinful nature (Id). If we have pride, we think ourselves better
than others. Even to the extent that we wish to cruelly rule over others. If we cling to and
love the world, we push out God, and his rightful place. If we lust within our flesh, we
corrupt the temple and dwelling place of God. But praise be to God; “Nay, in all these
things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” Rom 8:37 KJV.
Now here is another kicker, if God will allow me. Much of the modern Christian church
teaches that on the cross, Jesus took away the sins of the world. This is a grave error.
Jesus did not take away the sins of the world, He BORE THEM. Through His sacrifice,
Savior God gives power is available to us to overcome, because He overcome. “These
things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have
tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. Joh 16:33 KJV.
Jesus said; “But the gate that opens the way to true life is narrow. And the road that leads
there is hard to follow. Only a few people find it”. Mat 7:14 ERV. Our ego is constantly in a
battle to make the right decisions. It is promised that our (ego) will be tempted, troubled
and in tribulation in this war for our souls. Samuel Brengle, the first American Salvation
Army General said, “This warfare is as real as the battle of Waterloo and Gettysburg”. We
have to make a conscious decision every waking moment to follow Jesus, and in the power
of His blood, and the water of His Word. “Then Jesus said to his followers, “If any of you
want to be my follower, you must stop thinking about yourself and what you want. You
must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you for following me”. Mat 16:24 ERV.
Like Jake, in the film “Revolver”, we have to discover that our enemy is ourselves (Id).
Unless we can overcome ourselves and turn to God to direct our lives, it will destroy our
souls. At he end of the film, prominent psychologists, in their scientific lexicon describe
“the hidden part”.
“Ego is the worst confidence trickster we could ever imagine, because we don’t see it”. Dr.
Yoav Sattilo, Ph.D. “The single biggest con is ‘I am you’. Dr. Steven C. Hayes Ph.D. “The
problem is the ego hides in the last place you would ever look”. Dr. Peter Fonagy Ph.D. “It
disguises your thoughts as it’s thoughts. Your feelings as it’s feelings. People have no clue
there is an ego”. Leonard Jacobson. “To protect ones own ego, it knows no bounds. It will
lie, steal, kill and do whatever it takes to maintain what we call ego boundaries”. Andrew
Samuels Ph.D. “At first it is difficult for the mind to accept that there is something beyond
itself”. Dr. David Hawkins M.D., Ph.D. “Your greatest enemy is your own inner perception
your own ego”. Dr. Obadiah S. Harris Ph.D. “In religion, it manifests itself as the Devil. Of
course, no one realizes how smart the ego is, because it created the Devil so you can blame
someone else. There is no such thing as an external enemy, no matter what that voice is
telling you.” Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D.
“Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God”. 1Co 7:24 KJV.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that
overcometh the world, even our faith”. 1Jn 5:4 KJV.
In the Book of Revelation, blessings are pronounced to the seven churches “that
overcometh”. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he
shall be my son”. Rev 21:7 KJV.
This is Kabbalah, the concealed part. “There is a new day rising. My church will no longer
stumble along in darkness. I will give new illumination to the path you will be walking.
The hour draws near to a new awakening upon the earth. Prepare thee the way of the
“And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last”
Luk 13:30 KJV.
“I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works;
and the last to be more than the first. Rev 2:19 KJV.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their lives unto the death”. Rev 12:11 KJV.