Then another great Medieval thinker, Nachmanides (who was a frequent critic of Maimonides’ hyper-rationalism), comes along and defends the idea that the Torah could be embedded with prophetic allusions to future events. He suggests, in fact, that the Bible can be read as a kind of a long code, with all sorts of secret information encrypted in the form of jumbled letters, numerical patterns, and subtle hints.

Yet Nachmanides isn’t the first to suggest that prophetic clues are hidden in the Torah. In fact, he is not even the first to see Hanukkah in the Torah. That tradition begins with the rabbis of the midrash. And they were even bolder, for they did not bother waiting for the appearance of a Menorah. They found Hanukkah almost immediately, in the very opening lines of Genesis:

“In the beginning, God created heaven and earth — and the earth was chaos and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep and the spirit of God hovered over face of the water — And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.” (Gen. 1:1-4)

“Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish interpreted these verses with the kingships of exile.  the earth was chaos – this is Babylon. and void – this is Persia… and darkness – this is Greece, who darkened the eyes of Israel with their decrees… on the face of the deep – this the wicked Kingdom [of Rome], whose power cannot be measured, just as the great deep cannot be plumbed. and the spirit of God hovered –  this is the spirit of the Messiah.” (Genesis Rabbah 2:4)

From: The Bible Code – Parshat BeHa’alotcha: from parshanut.com (edited).

 

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.     John 1/1 and 14 Holy Bible KJV.

 

The spirit of the Lord shall alight upon him:
A spirit of wisdom and insight,
A spirit of counsel and valor,
A spirit of devotion and reverence for the Lord.     Isaiah 11/2 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

We all went astray like sheep, Each going his own way; And the Lord visited upon him The guilt of all of us.”      Isaiah 53/6 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

But the Lord chose to crush him by disease, That, if he made himself an offering for guilt, He might see offspring and have long life, And that through him the Lord’s purpose might prosper.     Isaiah 53/10 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Out of his anguish he shall see it; He shall enjoy it to the full through his devotion. My righteous servant makes the many righteous, It is their punishment that he bears.     Isaiah 53/11 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Assuredly, I will give him the many as his portion, He shall receive the multitude as his spoil. For he exposed himself to death And was numbered among the sinners, Whereas he bore the guilt of the many And made intercession for sinners.”     Isaiah 53/12 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

and the spirit of God hovered –  this is the spirit of the Messiah.”

The spirit of G-d is not the spirit of the Messiah. The Messiah is a man that G-d makes suitable for His purpose who is born with a human spirit. The spirit of G-d alights upon him late in a sinful suffering life. He is counted a sinner and diseased.

He is not born from above first and then born into a human body. He did not exist before creation and G-d is not talking to him when G-d says to His spirit (a person G-d created) “let us form man in our image, our likeness”. He is not the Word who was with G-d and was G-d and became flesh in Jesus as Christians believe.

The Messiah is unique among all of the men of the Tanakh however. G-d crushes him with disease (puts him to grief with illness) so that he will offer himself for his guilt and the guilt of the Jewish people to suffer chastisement, bruising, crushing and punishment by G-d’s hand and power until he is suitable for the prosperity of G-d’s purpose.

G-d does the same refinement with Ezekiel to make him suitable for G-d’s purpose and Ezekiel bears the punishment for the House of Israel and Judah. Punishment for their sins. And the House of Israel and Judah were still punished. Ezekiel did not take their punishment he shared it with them just as the righteous servant shares their guilt. The Jewish people are refined in the fire of affliction and so is Ezekiel and the righteous servant of Isaiah 53.

He is the prophet like Moses a redeemer, Elijah the messenger a teacher and herald of the time of the new covenant of the forgiveness of sin, and a descendant of David who battles and wages war (a man after G-d’s own heart). He is by the words of G-d “My righteous servant who makes the many righteous”.

He goes through the experiences of Job with disease, of Jonah and near death and of Ezekiel in the bitterness and fury of his spirit in the hand of G-d. The spirit of G-d alights upon him. They are friends not the same person.

Nachmanides suggests that the Bible can be read as a kind of a long code with all sorts of secret information encrypted in the form of jumbled letters, numerical patterns, and subtle hints. Christian theology is based on the same suggestion of secret information and subtle hints.

Secret information, subtle hints and shades of meaning are not G-d’s way or in His writings any more than the spirit of G-d is the Messiah. The spirit of G-d could never be described as a sinful, suffering man of sorrows and disease.

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