Abraham, River of Faith: Chapter 3, Part Two

Now, for all intents and purposes, the written Torah is used interchangeably with Moses, as it was he who carried it down.  It is called the Law of Moses, when in fact it is the Law of El.  However, over time, conflation and usage simply overlapped the one with the other.  This effect emerges as stereotyping in modern culture.  When you see x and y together long enough, you begin to refer to them as a single unit, as if they are inextricable from one another.

Moses is a good captain for the Great Barge.  Like all captains, he has to hard enough to make the tough calls on the waters ahead.  He has the distinction of meeting Socrates’ standards of leadership: he didn’t want the job to begin with.  Further, when he is offered a chance to be the father of a new humanity, he roundly rejects it.  When he is informed that there are elders showing gifts, he is relieved.  Someone else can herd the cats for a while.

Frustration in dealing with the slovenly generation of the desert resulted in him going postal on the Rock of Meribah, where his nerved were taxed to the point of the abandon of reason.  For this, he could not cross into the promised land, a bum deal if ever there was one.  They drove him crazy, and he has to pay for it?  This completes the epic of the rambunctious rubes who left the state of Egypt.

This offers us a window on the people who came out to the desert-and why the ordinances were written as they were.  These were a slave people, which means, historically, they were illiterate and uneducated.  That is how you establish a control matrix over slaves, a method used up until the 20th century.  A reading of the Mitzvah reveals an audience who can do very little without supervision and guidance.  Indeed, the overall metaarchitecture of the written Torah is superintendence, which would place the Hebrews directly perpendicular to the people who would receive them-the Greeks.

The Greek world, as the figurehead of civilization, was driven by doubt, which leads to questioning.  This forms the context of almost all learning, which leads to advances in knowledge.  The Hebrews were not sent in this direction.  Rather, they were given a shepherd to follow, and a rulebook to observe.  As discussed, these rules were not about growing a civilization.  It was a management system, to polish up the rubes, who showed, throughout the Tanakh, that they indeed needed close observation to function.

They were fearful, ignorant, and abused.  This is not speculation.  What reasoning person, having seen the pillar of fire, the ten plagues, the parting of the sea, then proceeds to grief the Elohim who did them?  After Moses and the Levites cut down thousands, and the ground eats Korah and the 3000, who would EVER go outside the lines? But they can’t help themselves.  They were just slaves: they exhibited the behavioral characteristics of the victims of abusive relationships: always looking for a human presence like Pharaoh or Moses to follow and having attachment anxiety in the absence of that. El is expressing frustation here not antipathy. El is simply out of His mind concerning His children-not because He hates them, but rather, the reverse.  He wants to make a Holy people of them-but all they do is complain that they had better meat in Egypt.

It us not difficult, then, to see why the ordinances look as they do.  They spell out a very controlled, defined existence, which is managed to near-strangulating tightness.  This is only just if the recipients simply CANNOT get their head right.  This training program makes the navy Seals look like hippies at Woodstock.  After all, the Seals were never eaten by the ground, forced to drink gold, or run through the camp and kill everyone in arms reach.  They were never carpet bombed by a death plague, or told by the commandant that they would never graduate the program.

having belabored the point, I hope I have driven it home.  The Great Barge was made to very slowly, very deliberately trundle through time, without a great deal of hard waters to face.  The rolling Great River was too difficult for the first generation, and subsequent ones did little better.  Stephen died for stating what was known: ‘you were given the Law, as by Elohim, and you did not keep it.’  Next, then, we should examine how the story of the Great Barge unfolded as it made its’ way down the Euphrates.