by R. Nati at Mystical Paths
(Continuing instructions from Yishaiyahu HaNavi, Isaiah the (biblical) prophet for these troubled times... Part 1 here, Part 2 here)
4) EMUNAH! Faith in Hashem, pure unadulterated belief in Hashem! This is righteousness. The product of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quiet and security forever. (Isaiah 32:17) He says it straight, the way to peace is through righteousness, not through treaties and deals.
What is righteousness, and how do we to obtain this? Again he tells us...
"Wash yourselves, purify yourselves, remove the evil of your deeds from before My eyes; cease to doing evil. Learn to do good, to seek justice, vindicate the victim, render justice to the orphan, take up the grievance of the widow. 'Come now let us reason together, says Hashem...If you are willing and obey, you will eat of the goodness of the land. But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword...for the mouth of Hashem has spoken" (Isaiah 1:16-20)
"Woe to those who inscribe inscriptions of falsehood and who write fraudulent documents to deprive the destitute of justice and to rob justice of the poor of My people...What will you do about the day of retribution, about the catastrophe that comes from afar? (The word catastrophe in Hebrew can be translated as holocaust.) Where will you leave your wealth? ... "You will not survive, your money can't save you."
Oh, Ariel, (Jerusalem) ...It will happen with quick suddenness. By Hashem, Master of Legions, will be remembered, with thunder and earthquake and loud sound, storm and tempest and consumming fire...the multitude of nations who muster themshelves against Ariel... so will be the multitude of all the nations that muster themselves against Mount Tzion. Ponder it and be astonished, They have been utterly blinded, they are drunk... (Isaiah 29:5-9)
"Now go and write this prophecy on a tablet in their presence and inscribe it in a book; let it remain until the final day." (Isaiah 30:8)
I'm no prophet but it does that day may be close or at hand. Ad mosai? (Until when???) We keep asking when, and Hashem says 'when do you want it?' We can end this one of two ways. We can repent and turn to Hashem out of love as in the ways descibed above. Or Hashem forbid, we can wait and turn to Hashem through punishment, it is up to us! For we will return, it's up to us how.
Hashem is our judge; our lawgiver; our king; He will save us. But the end of the ungodly nations, Isaiah is pretty clear on what will be fall them who stand against Hashem. Not only does He judge the nations and punish them, He starts with their heavenly host. He first removes their protection, He descends on Edom and judges them according to their deeds. 'For Hashem is making a sacrifice at Bozrah and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.'(Isaiah 34:6).
So is there to do? The prophet tells us!
(Isaiah 35:2-10) They will see the glory of Hashem, the majesty of our G-d. Now here are the instructions:
"Strengthen the weak hands and give support to failing knees. Say to those of impatient heart, 'Be strong; do not fear.' Behold, your G-d will come with revenge, with divine retribution; He will come and save you... Then the redeemed of Hashem will return and come to Tzion with glad song, with eternal gladness on their heads they will attain joy and gladness, and sadness and sighing will flee."
A person is confronted daily by many many obstacles which try annihilate him completely. It would be utterly impossible to stand up against them were the Holy one, blessed be He, not to help a person every single second of every single day.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
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