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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mosaic Covenant in the Light of the New Covenant



The story of Moses is packed with encounters with the Divine Presence - the burning bush, the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire and the Divine Glory descending on the Tent of Meeting. The whole Torah is a means to purify the people of Israel so that they can enter into a deep relationship with the Divine Presence. The Torah and its sacrificial system are centred and rooted in the understanding that encounter with the Divine Presence is the reason for living.

Moses in the Wilderness pitched his Tent of Meeting in which he placed the holy Ark of the Covenant over which the Divine Presence dwelt. Exodus 33 reveals that Moses would commune with the Divine Glory as with a friend. Joshua ben Nun however remained in the Tent in Perpetual Adoration when Moses went back to the camp. This Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting was a chapel of Adoration of the Shekhinah.

Later we see in the time of Samuel that Samuel and Eli also practiced all night adoration of the Shekhinah lying prostrate before the Ark of the Covenant. The Israelite mystics, prophets and adorers lay prostrate before the Divine Presence. In the Temple there were rooms set aside near the Holy of Holies for this intense adoration of the Divine Presence manifesting above the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant. Jeremiah (see 2 Maccabees 2) later hid the Tent of Meeting and the Ark of the Covenant on the mountain where God saw God’s inheritance (Mt Sinai) in a cave. Jeremiah prophesied that in the future when the Jews would receive God's mercy then a divine manifestation would occur on this mountain and the Tent and the Ark would be rediscovered. St Thomas Aquinas along with other Catholics speak of the Catholic tradition that Elijah and Enoch will appear and take the Ark of the Covenant from its hiding place and place Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on the Mercy Seat and proclaim to the Jews that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the Messiah and the Divine Presence of God.

The manifestations of the Shekhinah in the Old Testament times were awe inspiring events and Moses (Exodus 3:6),Elijah (1 Kings 19:13) and even the Seraphim (Isaiah 6:2) cover their faces in His Divine Presence. In the New Covenant the Shekhinah takes on flesh, and at the Last Supper He humbles himself and hides both His humanity and Divinity under the form of bread and wine. In the Eucharistic Presence one can gaze on the Divinity with unveiled face and approach Jesus without fear of death or disaster.

Joshua as mentioned above spent time in adoration of the Shekinah and the Torah states that he was full of the Spirit and thus selected by God to be Moses' successor. Joshua was given the name Joshua as a sign of the coming of God's salvation (Yeshuah). Joshua's original name was Hosea. Due to his many hours of adoration he is now named for God's Salvation (Yehoshuah) as a sign of the coming Messiah who is Salvation (Yeshuah) incarnate. Joshua a son (descendant) of Joseph of the tribe of Ephraim is the son of Nun - Joshua ben Nun. Nun is a fish or fishhook so Joshua is called the son of a fish or fishhook. Joshua enters the earthly Tent or Tabernacle and intercedes for Israel. The High Priest Yeshua (Jesus or Joshua) in the Book of Zechariah enters the Heavenly Tabernacle in a mystic vision. Both Joshua ben Nun and the High Priest Yeshua are signs of Yeshua ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ) who is the great High Priest of our Faith who enters the Heavenly Tabernacle to intercede for all mankind as recorded in the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Joshua's name of fishhook is connected with the letter 'vav' of the Hebrew Alphabet which is also called fishhook. The 'vav' in the Jewish mystical tradition is the third letter of the Divine name YHVH. The 'vav' represents the manifestation of the Divine Presence in the spiritual realm (Yetzirah) called there Ben (Son) or Zer Anpin. In this Jewish mystical tradition the name Y-H-V-H is especially associated with the Divine Presence as Ben (Son). This is the Divine Son of Man mentioned by Daniel and also found in the Books of Enoch.

The concept of the fish and fishhook also leads us to Jesus' comments about His followers (talmidim) becoming fishers of men and the sign of Jesus was to be the sign of the Fish in the Early Church. In the 'Zohar' the Holy Child is associated with the sign of the Fish as a son of Joseph. The descendants (sons) of Joseph of Arimathea are also called the Fisher Kings. The concept of Fisher Kings can also be found in the writings of the Ancient Sumerians - which speak of Shepherd and Fisher Kings in the time before the Flood. The Patriarch Enoch was one of these Fisher Kings who was later deified by the Sumerians as the God Anu. Stories of magical fish are told in regards to King David's son King Solomon as well as in regards to David and Solomon's descendants the Fisher Kings of the Holy Grail.

In early Christian art fish, bread (loaves) and grapes are used as Eucharistic symbols. The multiplication miracle of the loaves and the fish are seen as a sign of the Eucharist (see John 6). Moses who is to be the Shepherd of Israel is fished out of the waters of the Nile by Pharaoh's daughter in his small reed ark. There is a deep Eucharistic connection between the three arks mentioned in the Torah. The ark of Noah, the ark of the baby Moses and the Ark of the Covenant.

In the New Covenant these three arks are all seen as signs of Mary the New Ark of the New Covenant. Mary is the Heavenly Ark of the Covenant revealed in Apocalypse 11-12 and in Luke 1 which describes the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. Her maternal womb was the ark that contained her baby son Yeshua (Jesus) and her Immaculate Heart is the ark of refuge in the times of peril in the New Covenant. Jewish traditions further reveal that as babies both Noah and Moses shone with a supernatural light and later the adult Moses, after his encounters with the Divine Presence, shone so brightly that he had to veil his face. This light is the light of the Messiah who is the Divine Presence that was reflected by Noah and Moses and the other Adorers of the Shekhinah. 


Our Lady's Immaculate and burning heart manifests out of eternity as the fire of the Burning Bush from which the voice of her Son the God of Israel speaks to Moses. This fire of the Mother's Heart is also present at the Giving of the Torah and is the pillar of fire that leads Israel by Night for she is the one the walks in beauty in the night. She is Night and Dark Light as the Black Madonna and the Bride of the Song of Songs for she has no light except that of her Son who is the Divine Sun of the Will of God.

In popular imagination the knights of King Arthur and the Knights of the Grail are seen as wearing brilliant shining armour. In reality the Knights of the Grail shine with the Eucharistic Glory and their shining armour are the Divine Attributes of God that they become cloaked in as a fruit of their hours of Eucharistic Adoration.

Moses was chosen by God because he was the most humble man on the face of the earth in his day. It is only the humble (anavim) that can comprehend the hidden mysteries of the Divine Presence through lowering themselves in adoration before the Divine King. These are the Anavim of Y-H-V-H we meet in the New Testament. The Messiah Himself was to be the Aniv (humble one) riding on a donkey. The whole sacrificial system of offerings of flesh, wheaten cakes (i.e. bread), oil and wine in the connection with the shedding of blood into silver chalices, is rich in Eucharistic allusions and signs. The 12 loaves of shewbread on the Altar, the incorrupt portion of Manna preserved in the Ark of the Covenant and the Passover Seder meal with the Passover lamb are all deeply significant for an understanding of the Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration. To fully draw out the Eucharistic significances in the Mosaic Covenant would take a library of books. 


The whole cult of the New Covenant priesthood and Sacrifice of the Divine Liturgy is not a novelty but a renewal at the deepest levels of the Sacrificial cult given to Israel in First Testament times. As Pope Benedict XVI taught that "the New Covenant as ratified at the Last Supper... was a prolongation of the Covenant of Sinai, which was not abrogated but renewed".

1 comment:

Remnant Clergy said...

Could you do a study on Shekhinah in general? I would be very interested.