To shoot with words to bring man on the right track

Man created by the Elohim with a special intention, Him giving them His Torah [coming from the root y–r–h, “to shoot (an arrow)”] shooting at mankind to go deep into their heart.

Lots of people when they hear about the Torah think only of the Law-book, with Laws coming from God or with Laws of Moshe. We should remember that the term “Torah” also stands for “Teachings, Instruction” and derives from the root y–r–h, “to shoot (an arrow),” and thus etymologically refers to that which “hits the mark.”

In the history of mankind we could see that man rebelled against God very soon after his creation. You would think they would have learned their lesson when they got expelled from the Gan Eden, but it looked more that as the time passed more and more descendants from A-dham went further away form the Way of the Most High.

Traditional target arrow (top) and replica medieval arrow.

When The Hashem saw what went on on earth with His creation one can imagine Him becoming very jaded with those rebellious people and sometimes wanting to shoot arrows on those people who destroyed so much in nature and made it difficult for their fellow human beings. Therefore The Formateur or Maker of everything at a certain point it was necessary to “shoot His arrows.”

The Divine Creator found it time that people would remember better their origin, their past but also would come to see about their future. For this reason He invited His prophet Moshe to write down the Words God dictated to him. In future all people had to hear from the creation of the world to the end of the wandering in the wilderness of God’s chosen people and what God wants to do with mankind and the world.

We may not forget that God had created the world with an intention. It was not to be just His playground. He did not need a Lego-construction, Play-toy or a Barbie house, to keep Himself busy. He wanted a universe where those who He had created in His image could multiply and who could maintain His garden. For the Divine Creator the human being is the pinnacle of Creation.  God created the man, using the significant verb b-r-ʾ. He wanted human beings to enjoy a unique relationship to their Maker and was always, though they could not see Him, willing to communicate with them and to share with them the custody and administration of the world.

“God said: Let us make humankind, in our image, according to our likeness! Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the heavens, animals, all the earth, and all crawling things that crawl about upon the earth! So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God did he create it, male and female he created them. God blessed them, God said to them: Bear fruit and be many and fill the earth and subdue it! Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the heavens, and all living things that crawl about upon the earth! God said: Here, I give you all plants that bear seeds that are upon the face of all the earth, and all trees in which there is tree fruit that bears seeds, for you shall they be, for eating; and also for all the living things of the earth, for all the fowl of the heavens, for all that crawls about upon the earth in which there is living being— all green plants for eating. It was so. Now God saw all that he had made, and here: it was exceedingly good! There was setting, there was dawning: the sixth day.”
(Genesis 1:26–31 SB)

“YHWH, God, took the human and set him in the garden of Eden, to work it and to watch it.”
(Genesis 2:15 SB)

“I will make your seed like the dust of the ground, so that if a man were able to measure the dust of the ground, so too could your seed be measured.”
(Genesis 13:16 SB)

“He brought him outside and said: Pray look toward the heavens and count the stars, can you count them? And he said to him: So shall your seed be.”
(Genesis 15:5 SB)

“indeed, I will bless you, bless you, I will make your seed many, yes, many, like the stars of the heavens and like the sand that is on the shore of the sea; your seed shall inherit the gate of their enemies, I will make your seed many, like the stars of the heavens, and to your seed I will give all these lands; all the nations of the earth shall enjoy blessing through your seed— And YHWH said to him: This is the land that I swore to Avraham, to Yitzhak, and to Yaakov, saying: To your seed I give it! I have let you see it with your eyes, but there you shall not cross!”
(Genesis 22:17; 26:4; Deuteronomy 34:4 SB)

God made promises with those who loved Him and wanted others to know He was going to keep His promises, because the Divine Maker is a man of His Word Who does not tell lies.

“No man is God, that he should lie, or a human being, that he should retract. He, should he say and not do, speak and not fulfill?”
(Numbers 23:19 SB)

“God did this so that we would be encouraged. God cannot lie when he takes an oath or makes a promise. These two things can never be changed. Those of us who have taken refuge in him hold on to the confidence we have been given.”
(Hebrews 6:18 GWORD)

“God is not a man, that he should lie, Neither the son of man, that he should repent: Hath he said, and will he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and will he not make it good?that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us”
(Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:18 ASV)

The Most high took care a child was put in an ark of papyrus, which could symbolise the child wrapped with papyrus the material to write on; his life been given to use the papyrus to write on the Words of the Life Giver.

“And when she was no longer able to hide him, she took for him a little-ark of papyrus, she loamed it with loam and with pitch, placed the child in it, and placed it in the reeds by the shore of the Nile.”
(Exodus 2:3 SB)

It was only in the second book of his writings he introduced himself as the toddler being saved by a daughter of Levi and a Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2) that story of the salvation of Moses shows us how all the time God uses people to get His Wishes fulfilled and to make sure His Plan shall come to fulfilment. It are the arrows God shoots at this world. He Himself has His shield and can not be touched by the fallible people. They should come to see they better also come to use the arrows of the Most High Lord of lords.

He who became a shepherd of the flock of Jethro, the priest of Midian, whose son-in-law he was, would use the chisel to carve the Words of the Supreme in stone tablets. After the first Ish and Isha, the Chavah, he was honoured by coming as one of the first people so close to the Divine Creator Originator of life. To him God made Himself and His Holy Name known.

“He said: Do not come near to here, put off your sandal from your foot, for the place on which you stand—it is holy ground! And he said: I am the God of your father, the God of Avraham, the God of Yitzhak, and the God of Yaakov. Moshe concealed his face, for he was afraid to gaze upon God. Moshe said to God: Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, that I should bring the Children of Israel out of Egypt? He said: Indeed, I will be-there with you, and this is the sign for you that I myself have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will (all) serve God by this mountain. God said to Moshe: EHYEH ASHER EHYEH/I will be-there howsoever I will be-there. And he said: Thus shall you say to the Children of Israel: EHYEH/I-WILL-BE-THERE sends me to you. And God said further to Moshe: Thus shall you say to the Children of Israel: YHWH, the God of your fathers, the God of Avraham, the God of Yitzhak, and the God of Yaakov, sends me to you. That is my name for the ages, that is my title (from) generation to generation.”
(Exodus 3:5–6, 11–12, 14–15 SB)

This Voice which sounded on that mountain for Moshe would be with him and let him write down what God wanted, so that we up to this day still have those Words of the Most High Divine Creator. Those words of the Mekhokek, written down by Moshe can enter our deepest souls as arrows very sharp. They can and should touch us to get up and to follow the direction of those arrows, the ” y–r–h” and the Torah which we should keep close to our heart so that the arrows of the world shall diminish or do nothing to those who listen and take notice of those arrows from God, them being protected by the Chomer haDin (rigor of the Law). Let us look with awe at those fiery arrows of the Torat Hashem Eloheicha (Torah or Law of יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim) and be obedient to the D’Oraita (Law directly from Torah) and living according the Will and Torat Hashem our Creator.

Let God hit your mark!



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