Association With The Lord God
By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
Dean of Jewish Studies
B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC
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Dear Friend, In the introduction I wrote, 'A modest, humble discrete individual is distinguished by virtuous characteristics. A distinguished individual is appropriate, proper and suitable for every circumstance. A distinguished individual avoids inappropriate, indecent communication and immodest clothing.
A virtuous individual is one whose pattern of living has good, desirable moral standards.
What are good moral desirable standards?
The Lord God set the standards for modesty, so when we look at what is a good moral desirable standard, we must begin with the Originator of the standard, The Lord God. The foundation for modesty is Truth. Religions teach that they have the truth they know the truth, and they teach the truth.
The Holy Scriptures Teach that 'The Lord God is Truth,' Jeremiah 10.10. 'The Torah is Truth,' Psalms 119.142. When David wrote, 'The Torah is Truth' he was making reference to The 613 Observances in The Torah, The Covenant between Noah and The Lord God and The Covenant between The Lord God and The People of Israel. The Torah is The Five Books of Moses, i.e., Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Creator of the universe Gave instructions for each of us to follow. Our obligation is to do as The Lord God instructed us.
Our Association to The Lord God is determined by how seriously we follow His Instructions. Following The Creator's Instructions is a choice. One may walk In The Path of Truth, which enjoys the Presence of God, or one may walk in the path of death with does not enjoy the Presence of God.
The Path of Truth was known and taught before being mentioned in The Torah. בְּדֶרֶךְ אֱמֶת Bih Deh Reh Kih - Emet meaning 'In The Path of Truth' is the Gematria of 667. The Gematria Miluy Echad allows us to add The Number One to any Gematria because The Lord God is Echad, i.e. One. From time to time I share a Gematria Miluy Echad. Now we must ask what if we subtracted The Aleph from a Gematria. What would the meaning of 'In The Path of Truth' be if just the Aleph was removed?
Bih Deh Reh Kih Emet / In The Path of Truth
ב2 ד4 ר200 ך20 ם40 ת400 = 667
Bih Deh Reh Kih Met / in the path of death
ב2 ד4 ר200 ך20 מ40 ת400 = 666
If The Letter Aleph representing God were removed the meaning of the phrase Bih Deh Reh Kih Emet / In The Path of Truth would change to Bih Deh Reh Kih Met / in the path of death. The Gematria would change from 667 to 666.
Again, It comes down to this question, Do we want to please God or do we want to please ourselves?
We need to speak Truth, write Truth, think Truth, preach Truth and live Truth!! Remember, Truth is only 'The Truth' when Truth is entirely true. Please notice all the benefits Truth Provides in Psalms 91.
He who dwells in the secret place of The Most High, who abides under the shadow of The Almighty, Will say to The Lord, My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust, For He shall save you from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you find refuge; His Truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night; nor of the arrow that flies by day; Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor of the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because you, O Lord, are my refuge. You have made the most High your habitation; No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling. For He shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall carry you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread on the lion and on the adder; the young lion and the crocodile shall you trample under foot. Because He has set his love upon me, therefore I will save him; I will set him on high, because he knows My Name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will save him, and honor him. With long life, I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.
Being modest is about being quiet. It is secret. Being Tzniut is not about bringing attention to one's self. It is not about being noticed. Being modest is about taking refuge in The Observances of The Torah. Those who are modest are especially careful in how they care for The Name of The Lord. We live in the shadows of His Presence. We sense The Spiritual Presence of The Creator all about us. It's not about us it's about our Creator. We live to exalt The Lord God. We study The Torah to be careful in our Observances. The Truth is more precious to us than the finest honey and the purest gold and silver. We live in The Secret Place.
Dear Ones, we speak about The Shield of Abraham in Genesis 15.1. Are we making the connection? The Lord who is Truth and The Torah which is Truth are the shield for Abraham. Are we guilty of thinking of Abraham in a One diminutional way? We think of Abraham as a man of faith but it does not end there. Jacob spoke of The Truth The Lord had Revealed to him in Genesis 32.11. Who blessed Jacob? Isaac his father. Who blessed Isaac? Abraham, his father. Who Blessed Abraham? The Lord God! Genesis 12.2 - 3
The point is that there is a great blessing in the Truth. One cannot be Tzniut with out The Truth. The Torah is The Path of Truth.
May The Lord Bless all who read, study and Observer The Torah.
Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
Dean of Jewish Studies,
B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC