The Oral Torah and the Kabbalah.
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 threat” (Howard Schwartz. “Tree of Souls”).
The whole Talmud consists of 63 tractates, and in standard print is over 6,200 pages long. It is written in Tannaitic Hebrew and Aramaic. The Talmud contains the teaching and opinions of thousands of rabbis on a variety of subjects, including Halakha (law), Jewish ethics, philosophy, 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 (Splendor or Radiance) is the foundational work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbalah.
The Zohar (Splendor or Radiance) is the foundational work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbalah. (Encyclopedia Judaica).
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, 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 Encyclopedia Funk & Wagnalls. “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 (
The key here is that “..Kabbalah is the concealed part of..” God’s Word. I believe in the proposition put forth by Emanuel Swedenborg that God’s revealed WORD (Bible) contains three levels. There is the natural, the spiritual and the deepest, highest inner circle of God angels, the third heaven.
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; or whether out of the body I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such as one caught up to the third heaven” (2 Corinthians 12:2).
If we know then there is a third level of heaven, then there must be a first and second level.
The Glory and the Spiritual took on the natural form of men in the world
“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” (John 1:14).
Like a mathematical string, theologians and scholars have been searching for the Kabbalah or the “The Concealed Part of God’s Word”.
Like a mathematical string, theologians and scholars have been searching for the Kabbalah or “The Concealed Part of God’s Word”. For us who are Christians, 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 all LOVE and all TRUTH. It is a well source for our spirits and our mental health.
If There is No Actual Devil or Satan, then Who is He?
I would like to use a secular movie to illustrate who the Devil and Satan really are. The director of the movie “Revolver” (2005), Guy Ritchie was exploring the concept of the Jewish Kabbalah or “the concealed part” as the premise for his movie script story.
The main character is Jake (Jason Statham). While in prison two former jail mates, Avi and Zack attempt to get Jake to understand the nature of the human ego. Which Avi calls “the greatest con the (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, Jake makes every effort to resist what his ego is telling him to do.
I would propose that this is a terrific illustration of who the Devil and Satan really are. It is something that is innately a part of our inner being. It is something we are born with. It is something we inherited from our parents. Unless we tap into the strength and power of Jesus Christ we cannot overcome which is this tendency toward evil by which we are so strongly drawn to.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil (ego), and he will flee from you” (James 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 study of physics that allowed us to place men on the moon. There are immutable laws which frame even the spiritual creation of the universe.
In the Book of Proverbs 6:16-19, it states ”There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that run swiftly to evil, a false witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up discord among brothers”.
This could easily describe the Id. The Id is the brains and instigator to set inmotion all kinds of evil and mischief. It is constantly plotting to get the ego to do it’s bidding. This is an accurate picture of the Devil and Satan. This is something that is attached to our inner being, nature, and character! Again, it is something we are born with. It is something we inherited from our parents. Unless we tap into the strength and power of Jesus Christ we cannot overcome which is this tendency toward evil by we are so strongly drawn to.
If we prayerfully read the Scriptures and ask God to illuminate our minds to see the TRUTH of its teachings we can see the Devil or Satan is NOT omnipotent, NOT omnipresent, and NOT Omniscience. It is NOT even close. So if the enemy is not without us, then the enemy has to be within us!
The Devil and Satan are Not Our 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 I could 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 that command and make me want all kinds of things that weren’t mine. So sin came to me because of the command. But without the law, sin has no power. Before I knew the law, I was alive. But when I hear the law’s command, sin began to live” (Romans 7:7-9).
The Ten Commandments God’s Own Law
God wrote this Law with His with his own finger and gave it to Moses. It is the greatest document the world has ever seen! All other Scripture was given by inspiration and revelation to the minds of men (humans).
In the New Testament, when Jesus came to earth He summarized the Ten Commandments of the law into two;
“Jesus answered, “The most important command is this: ‘People of Israel, listen! The Lord our God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second most important command is this: ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.’ These two commands are the most important.” (Mark 12:29-31 ERV)
So now, this sinful nature (the “Id”) Within Us was Directly Confronted
The question became what will the ego do now! ME or GOD?? Decisions, Decisions! It became clear it is all about the decisions we make.
Why is the sinful nature (Id) within us become so agitated? Because that creep is the complete opposite in nature and character compared to God’s characteristics and the behavior found in His kingdom.
What is the sinful nature (Id) composed of? The love of self, the love of the world and of the flesh;
“Don’t love this evil world or the things in it. If you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. This is all there is in the world: wanting to please our sinful selves, wanting the sinful things we see, and being too proud of what we have. But none of these comes from the Father. They come from the world. The world is passing away, and all the things that people want in the world are passing away. But whoever does what God wants will live forever”. (1 John 2:15-17 ERV)
So, can you see that our enemy is not an entity or evil high commander of hell named the Devil or Satan! It is our own sinful nature (Id). If we have that 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 have no place for God and keep Him out. If we lust within our flesh, we corrupt the temple and dwelling place created for God.
But praise is to God; “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).
This Leads to All Kinds of Errors In the Christian Church
Much of the modern Christian church teaches that on the cross, Jesus took away the sins of the world. Jesus did not remove the sins of the individual, He BORE THEM.
Through His sacrifice, Savior God gives us the POWER to overcome the flesh, the world, and the devil. We have to participate in our salvation and redemption of our souls. This requires us to tap into the power of the cross and make a concerted effort to make the right decisions in our behavior.
“Do for others what you would want them to do for you. This is the meaning of the Law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets. “You can enter true life only through the narrow gate. The gate to hell is very wide, and there is plenty of room on the road that leads there. Many people go that way. 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. (Matthew 7:12-14 ERV)
“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” (Matthew 16:24).
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 end up destroying our souls. At the end of the movie, prominent psychologists in their scientific lexicon describe “the hidden part”.
“Ego is the worst confidence trickster we could ever imagine because we do not see it”. Dr. Yoav Sattilo.
“The single biggest con is ‘I am you’. Dr. Steven C. Hayes.
“The problem is the ego hides in the last place you would ever look”. Dr. Peter Fonagy.
“It disguises your thoughts as its thoughts. Your feelings as its feelings. People have no clue there is an ego”. Leonard Jacobson.
“To protect one’s own ego, it knows no bounds. It will lie, steal, kill and do whatever it takes to maintain what we call ego boundaries”. Dr. Andrew Samuels.
“At first it is difficult for the mind to accept that there is something beyond itself”. Dr. David Hawkins.
“Your greatest enemy is your own inner perception of your own ego”. Dr. Obadiah S. Harris.
“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
“Loving God means obeying his commands. And God’s commands are not too hard for us, because everyone who is a child of God has the power to win against the world” (1 John 5:3-4 ERV)
In the Book of Revelation, blessings are pronounced to all the seven churches “that overcomes”. This is the Kabbalah, the concealed part that must be confronted and dealt with.
“There is a new day rising. My church will no longer tumble 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 Lord!”.