|Section 7: Deeper Wisdom, Article 4
What About Qabbalah?
Second of Yehuveh’s Twelve Words
Crown, Overruling unity
Beauty, Balance, Harmony
Respect, Fear, Obedience
|Yehuveh’s Second Quality/Spirit/Strength: Wisdom
Chochmah [H2451], meaning wisdom, intuition, knowing how to apply knowledge and understanding.
Chochmah correlates to Yehuveh’s second commandment: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” Exodus 20:4; Deuteronomy 5:8
We are not to place cherished ideas of our own molding in place of Yehuveh’s instruction—ever! Whether we learn lifestyle-patterns or mental ideas from family, friends, educators, public media, or total strangers, no humanly-devised plan or insight is ever to replace Yehuveh’s clear instructions. “Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image [self-shaped ideas]: for his molten image [self-shaped ideas] is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. The portion of Jacob is not like them: for He is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of His inheritance: Yehuveh of hosts is His name.” Yehuveh’s eternal wisdom and the intuition we gain from it of how to live will preserve us in purity and prosperity throughout all eternity. Jeremiah 10:14-16.
In the beauty of poetry, Solomon counsels:
“Get wisdom [chochmah, H2451], get understanding [Quality 3: biynah,
Forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
“Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:
Love her, and she shall keep thee.
“Wisdom [H2451] is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom [H2451]:
And with all thy getting get understanding [Quality 3: H0998].
“Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:
She shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace
her.” Proverbs 4:5-8.
In one of the most profound statements in all of Yehuveh’s Torah Scriptures, Proverbs 9:10 states: “The fear [Quality 9: yir’ah, H3374] of Yehuveh is the beginning of wisdom [chochmah, H2451]: and the knowledge [Quality 4: da'ath, H1847] of the holy is understanding [Quality 3: biynah, H0998].” The second [chochmah, H2451], third [biynah, H0998], and fourth [da`ath, H1847] qualities/spirits/strengths are absolutely interconnected and interdependent, but it is the ninth quality/spirit/strength [yir’ah, H3374, fear of Yehuveh], the one quality which the Greek philosophers utterly removed from Qabbalah, which unlocks and implants these most essential three!
Originally Written: 2 December 2005
Latest Update: 28 July 2010
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