A Hot Retirement in The Villages
What we missed in the flood...
The Torah portion Noach (Noah) is full of hidden treasures to be unearthed each year. No, unintentional terrible pun.
The chaos of the flood recalls the first of the Creation:
The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and
the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. (Ge 1:2)
Many are familiar with the rabbinic view that it was the spirit of Messiah hovering over the Creation waters. More interesting comments are from
The breath of God was hovering upon the surface of the waters...
The Throne of Glory was standing in the air and hovering over the surface of the water by the breath of the mouth of the Holy One, Blessed is He, and by His statement, like a dove that hovers over the nest.
Perhaps Rashi's insight comes from the intervention that brought comfort to the waters:
But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass (avar) over the earth, and the water subsided. Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained; (Ge 8:1-2)
Rashi is known for his effort to solve puzzles of the Biblical text. In this case, the puzzle is that if it were a wind that passed over the earth, the tumult of the waters would increase, not decrease. Wind brings and stirs the storm. Rashi therefore posits that it was not a physical wind, but a spirit, His breath, that stilled the waters. This does make more sense in applying the Hebrew word ruach, which can be interpreted as spirit, wind, or breath.
To pass over (avar) means more than just passing over, it is the root of Hebrew, those who have passed over the Great River to the promised Land. It also hints to those who in faith have passed over the Rivers of Eden to the resurrection.
Here's another textual mystery for Rashi and those of us who have been baffled by "gopher wood" ever since we watched the gopher chew off Lady's muzzle in Lady and the Tramp:
Make for yourself an ark of
wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. (Ge 6:14)
The mystery of gopher wood is in its root, which suggests that gofer is associated with sulfur and brimstone:
Although the ark would float on the rising waters of destruction, ironically their salvation was fire and brimstone! From this,
Rashi comments about the generation of the flood: "It was decreed upon them to be wiped out by sulfur" (Bereishit Rabbah 27:3 Sanhedrin 108b), and he says, "the waters of the flood were hot and sulfurous." (Sefer Zikaron)
Okay, the rabbis say some strange things, but how in the watery world of Noach could the flood waters have been hot and sulfurous? As it turns, out a recent news article documents it!
Stunning Volcanic 'lost world' Discovered Deep in the Ocean
By James Rogers | Fox
Scientists have discovered a stunning volcanic 'lost world' off the coast of Tasmania. Experts made the find while mapping the seafloor 249 miles east of Tasmania. A chain of 'seamounts', or undersea mountains, were spotted in deep water, offering the first glimpse of a spectacular "underwater world." Scientists say that the mountains rise up to 9,843 feet from the seafloor, but the highest peaks are still 6,562 feet beneath the waves. "Our multibeam mapping has revealed in vibrant detail, for the first time, a chain of volcanic seamounts rising up from an abyssal plain about[16,404 feet] deep."
So Rashi wasn't crazy after all! When the "fountains of the deep" broke up, it included volcanic undersea mountains that spewed out sulfur, or "fire and brimstone," to quote the Pentecostal preacher.
The news article goes on to describe the volcanic undersea mountains as teeming with undersea life, especially migratory whales and fish who use the undersea volcanic mountains as navigation guides. Jonah Two describes the descent to "Sheol," "the pit," or hell, as descending into the watery abyss, more evidence that both water and fire are instruments of destruction:
Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the stomach of
the fish, and he said, I called out of my distress to the LORD, and He answered me.
I cried for help
from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice.
You had cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the current engulfed me.
All Your breakers and billows passed over me. So I said, 'I have been expelled from Your sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple...
I descended to the roots of the mountains.
The earth with its bars was around me forever,
But You have
brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God...
Salvation [Yeshuata] is from the LORD.
Are you ready? Here comes the pitch!
The pitch that covered the gopher wood, that is:
; from H3722; properly, a cover, i.e.
a village (as covered in);
(as used for coating), and the henna plant (as used for dyeing); figuratively,
, satisfaction, sum of money,
The coating on both sides of the "brimstone" wood was kofer, both a redemption and a "village." Perhaps Yeshua can explain the connection among these flood words.
Remember Rashi saying that the Throne of Glory hovered above the waters?
Jesus, perceiving that they were intending
to come and take Him by force to make
, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone. Now when evening came,
disciples went down to the sea, and after getting into a boat, they started to
sea to Capernaum (
). It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet
to them. The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind (
Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened. But He said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." So they were willing
to receive Him into the boat
immediately the boat was at the land
to which they were going. (John 6:15-24
Yeshua needs to avoid being made king by force because he first must suffer and descend to Sheol, and then resurrect to await the Father's timing. Why did Yeshua decide to hover over the turbulent waters instead? He was prophesying to his disciples that the people had the right idea but the wrong timing.
, means Village of Comfort or Quiet City; it is from the same root as
, the disciples willingly opened the
window (some translations say "light" instead of window)
of their hearts to receive the light of the Spirit of Messiah hovering
on the Throne over
the dark waters in the
evening on Day
One of Creation.
When the disciples received the Creative Word, instantly the dry land appeared, just as Messiah in the Creation separated light from darkness and gathered the seas, making dry land appear. They instantly arrived in a Village of Rest when they received his
in their ark.
Another incident is in the Shem Tov (Howard, 1995, pp. 70-71)
of Matthew 14.
walks on the stormy water at night, which frightens the disciples into thinking he is a demon.
says, "Let faith be among you, for it is I; do not fear."
assures them that he is incarnate with the authority of the
control the turbulent water and wind.
Only faith could produce the result the disciples see, which was the
the substance and evidence of a supernatural feat in
body, a prophecy of resurrection like Noach's and Jonah's.
Peter, who knows that the Spirit of Messiah was what hovered over the face of the waters, asks for a sign that
also rests on him in his human
body, a resurrection only
can bring to humankind.
Peter asks that
, the Word, command him to hover on the water with him.
does call Peter. Peter
struggles with the tangibles, but the sign of resurrection is understood:
said to him: 'Man of little faith, why did you doubt?' When they went up
boat, the wind (
) became quiet, and those in the boat worshipped him and
: 'Truly you are the Son of Elohim
hovered on the surface of chaotic waters as in the days of
, and the Hebrew text reads, "
Veh-ka asher alo beh-anyah nach ha-ruach
." (Howard, p. 71) In English, a translation
they (Peter and
) went up into the boat, the wind became quiet."
word for "quiet" is the same word as
differently. Their destination
was a supernatural "gofer" village of
, a village of rest and
As the Spirit of Messiah calmed the waters of the flood, bringing comfort to
in the ark of pitch, kofer, redemption, so
came to bring the disciples to their destination of quiet and rest (
What happens, though, when the physical village of comfort does not live up to its prophecy of a Lower Garden experience at the resurrection of the dead?
Can one enter the Lower Garden and resurrection without repentance?
Then He began to denounce the cities in which most of His
because they did not repent
! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the
had occurred in
and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago in
I say to you, it will be more tolerable for
and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. NeverthelessI say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you
" (Mt 11:20-24)
Sodom, too, was judged in fire and brimstone.
supernatural bugs of King Abaddon who ascend from The Abyss of Sheol have teeth "like the teeth of lions."
(hell) is to lie among other souls who "breathe forth fire," the "world of iniquity" that James describes. It is not the Holy Spirit fire falling from the world above so that
testimony is given in the languages of the earth, but the fire of wicked tongues:
My soul is among lions;
I must lie among those who breathe forth fire,
Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows
And their tongue a sharp sword. (Ps 57:4)
The Comfort Village of redemption has many chambers, like Noach's ark. There is a place for those of faith to be comforted by Yeshua's redemption both inside and out, even in a time of judgment, brimstone, chaos, and tribulation. Yeshua's warning? Repent and retire to The Villages of Comfort. That pitch gives everyone an opportunity for a home run to resurrection in the Garden.
In my Father's house are many rooms; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. (Jn 14:2)
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