Romans 14 The Fallen Ones
Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth.
Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Romans 14 (vs. 4)
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no
man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
Romans 14 (vs. 13)
The theme of the Fallen Ones unites Isaiah 14 (The Fall of Lucifer), Romans 14,
and Revelation 14 (The Fall of Babylon). This is one of those very
obvious thematic links that has been long recognized in the Jewish Tradition. The Talmud teaches
(Berachoth 4b) that the Letter Nun represents the
(Nephalim, Fallen Ones). This tradition is also found
in the Zohar, and is often repeated in Jewish Homilies. It is deeply integrated with Scripture
in many ways. I begin with the Rabinnical explanation
for an anomoly found in the Alphabetic Psalm 145,
in which the verse corresponding to Nun is missing.
The Rabbis teach that the Nun is missing because it alludes to the fall of Israel, but that it is
included as a prophecy of the rise of Israel in the next verse, corresponding to Samekh
The LORD upholdeth (Samekh) all that fall
(Nephalim), and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
Just as Gimel and Dalet are linked together as
Giver and Poor, so Nun and Samekh are linked as
Fallen and Supporter. It is then with some wonder that we behold exactly the same pattern governing
the chapter sequence of Romans! Look at the words quoted at the head of this chapter!
They are nearly identitcal
to the Samek verse of Psalm 145! Furthermore, Romans 14 speaks specifically about not causing
a brother to fall, while
Romans 15 opens with words that sound like they could have been written by the Apostle James,
under inspiration of the letter Samek (Romans 15.1):
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not
to please ourselves.
How bright is the Light of God! Give glory to Him who upholds the Fallen!