Why is it that we cannot experience Hashem outright? He is hiding behind this concept of nature that He created, but for what purpose?
As I have stated many times we are here on Earth to improve ourselves spiritually and to make adequate correction that will bring us to an eternity of joy with Hashem. We accomplish this task by voluntarily and willingly serving Hashem and doing all that He asks of us. If we didn't have the free will decision capability we would not accomplish our mission. Hashem did not create us as robots to just automatically do everything without a thought process. We say everyday that Hashem created us in His image. This is not referring to a physical image; but, that we have personality traits that emulate Hashem and allow us to do His will. This also means that we are capable of deciding and carrying out, of our own free will, His commandments or not doing them. Without the ability to decide, the rectification to our souls would not occur. If we were aware of Hashem’s presence, the system would not give us free reign to do our thing – right or wrong. So He hides and even makes everything look random just to help us.
The question is: Will Hashem continue to hide; or, when the redemption comes and the testing is over, will we experience Him as we did at
Mount Sinai? It is
not well known that it wasn’t Moses alone that experienced Hashem, but the
entire congregation of close to 3 million as well. Why am I saying experienced Him instead of
“heard Him?” It is brought down that our
five senses completely melded together to give us a complete experience. The fact that “We heard the light and we saw
the sound” lets us know it was a miraculous experience that is
indescribable. It was so scary that the
Children of Israel cried out to Moses after Hashem disclosed only two
commandments “we are afraid; you continue to tell us the commandments.”
What will actually happen in the future when Hashem is no longer hidden? We get some insight from the Torah – the story of Joseph and his brothers. I am not going to retell all the details (if you don’t know the story, you now have your first homework assignment – look it up). The important facts are that Joseph’s ten brothers (Benjamin not included), out of jealousy, threw him into the pit then sold him into slavery. Joseph, who was 17 years old, was taken down to Egypt where, through a series of events, he wound up as second in command to Pharaoh (that Yiddishe sechal – if you don’t understand this statement, get back to your homework assignment). He saved
and the rest of the world
through his plan to horde food from a period of 7 productive years to feed
everyone during the 7 years of famine that followed. His own brothers came down to Egypt to take
advantage of the available food at which time Joseph put them to the test. They were not aware that this Egypt VIP of Egypt, now 39 years of age, was their
brother. They hadn’t seen him in 22
years, but Joseph recognized them. His
biggest concern was to find out if they had repented the sin of what they did
to him. When he realized the pain that
his brothers were experiencing over their misdeeds, Joseph in a very emotional
state disclosed to his brothers “I am Joseph your brother.” We are told that at that point his brothers
miraculously were given total insight as to what had transpired during the 22
years of separation and that Hashem was the One who had caused it. The brothers were comforted to know that it
had to happen that way to accomplish the will of Hashem (it was the forerunner
to Hashem forming His chosen nation).
Beautiful story, but why am I bringing it up here? The Chofetz Chaim tells us that this story is prophecy of how in the end of days Hashem will say the words again “I am Hashem, your G-d.” At that time all of history miraculously will become clear to us. We will fully understand why everything happened the way it did according to Hashem’s will. I snuck in the word “again” when I said that we will hear Him. What did I mean by that? This is the second redemption with the first one being at the time we were taken out of
and brought to Mount Sinai. This time will be a permanent redemption; after
which Hashem will no longer be allusive to us.
We will be totally aware of His presence and all the pleasant changes
that the end will bring. We will no
longer have an evil inclination since we will no longer need free will. No more testing means no more
temptation. In other words, everyone
will only want to serve Hashem with joy and love. There is no decision to make when you have
only one very pleasant choice. There
will be no more war, hatred, sickness or death.
At some future time, known only to Hashem, we will experience the resurrection
of the dead, all our departed loved ones will return (there are some exceptions
that will not but that’s another story). The overall timeline as to what is coming up
and when is very involved, but hopefully will be covered in a future blog post
(I can’t wait).
Your blog is a blessing, thank you for taking the time and energy required to keep it so informative. This article hit a cord with me because this year, since Pesach the weather and spring have been absolutely beautiful and the fragrances of spring so intense,almost healing/restorative to the soul.I sensed Hashem's presence strongly but I am unable to discern what he is saying. This has been THE most "alive" spring seen in years. How does one go about understanding what HE is saying??