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Spoke 2 - Bet

Exodus, Jeremiah, 1 Corinthians

The Second Commandment

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Exodus 20.4f

The divine harmony between the Second Commandment, the Number 2, and the content of the Second Spoke is beautiful to behold. It essence of Spoke 2 ultimately descends from the very nature of the eternal Godhead revealed in the names and character of the Second Person of the Trinity. It begins with the fundamental Bet KeyWord בן (Ben, Son), the title of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Hebrew alphabet (Aleph - Bet) is the story of the Father אב (Av) and the Son בן (Ben), and when the Father and the Son share the same House בית (Bayit), we find the Stone אבן (Aven) of Prophecy נבא (Navah, anagram of Stone):

The Stone of Prophecy revealing the union of the Father and Son

This is the Cornerstone of Creation, the Foundation Stone of the Christian faith. This is the Gospel - the union of the Father and the Son in Jesus Christ, in whom "All the fulness of the Godhead dwells bodily" (Colossians 2.9). It is very significant that this perfectly coheres with the traditional Rabbinical understanding of the Stone, as explained in the words of Rabbi Heshy Grossman in [Research and Reviews] > A New Dimension. These ideas also appear in the word play of John the Baptist in Matthew 3:9:

And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father (av): for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones (avenim) to raise up children (benim) unto Abraham."

Matthew 3:9

The prohibition against graven images links directly to the nature of Christ who is "the image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1.15). All of this coheres with the concepts naturally subsumed in the category defined by the Number 2: Duality, Division, Image, and Reflection, to name but a few. Thus we see that the Second Commandment divides Humanity (the Waters, cf. Rev. 17.15, Zech 13.) into those "who hate me" and those "who love me and keep my commandments." The origin of this image of division and regathering can be seen in the division and regathering of the Waters in the Second and Third Days of Creation. This then is reiterated in the division of the Church in I Corinthians (Spoke 2), when the sinner was cast out, and the regathering of Waters in II Corinthians (Spoke 3) when he was brought back in.

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