The Dividing Line
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing,
and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together
in the same mind and in the same judgment.
1 Corinthians 1.10 (Spoke 2, Cycle 3)
The name of the second letter, Bet (בית), denotes a
house. This arose from its ancient form
which looked like a house or tent. It is familiar to Christians via the
name Bethlehem, the House of Bread, where Jesus, the Bread of Life,
entered the world, becoming housed in human flesh. Thus the Rabbis teach that "the
house symbolizes the ultimate purpose of all reality: to become a dwelling
place below for the manifestation of G-d's presence." Christians recognise this divine House
as Jesus Christ in whom "all the fulness of the Godhead dwells."
Bet is one of ten letters that play a special
role in the grammar of the Hebrew language. When prefixed to a word, it
signifies the preposition in, by,
with or within. The
First Word of the Bible, Berashith,
is a prime example of this, being formed from
Rashith, (beginning), prefixed with the second letter Bet.
Many such examples are found in the Alphabetic Verses. For example, the
last three verses corresponding to Bet in Psalm 119 each exemplifies
this meaning. Note that the word order is lost in translation. In the
Hebrew text, each verse begins with the letter Bet.
||I have rejoiced in the way (בדרך)
of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.|
||I will meditate in thy precepts (בפקדיך, bephiqudekah), and have respect unto thy ways.|
||I will delight myself in thy statutes
(בחקתיך, behuqothekah): I will not forget thy word.
Symbolically, Bet encompasses the whole range of concepts found in the
numerical category defined by the Number Two, such as Duality, Division, Image, and Reflection.
God's use of these elements is particularly easy to trace
through Scripture. I begin with the Second Day of Creation which is
characterized by Division:
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the
waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the
firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the
waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the
firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
The Second Day (Genesis 1:6)
The next time God divided the waters is in Exodus, the Second Book
of the Bible:
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD
caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea
dry land, and the waters were divided.
The Second Book (Exodus 14.21)
The theme of Division is amplified in the Second Seal of Revelation,
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the
second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red:
and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and
that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
The Second Seal (Revelation 6.3)
The power to remove peace from the earth, to
cause the civil division called war, is here represented by a
Sword, which is the great archetypal instrument of Division generated from the
Line, the Second Geometric Construct. This theme of the Second Seal
also coheres with the ancient Rabbinical explanation of why the phrase "it was good" is
missing from the Second Day of Creation. In The Gates of Light (16th century), Rabbi Gikatilla explained that ...
" ... it was good is not mentioned on the second day because it
is the essence of difference and separation ... Wherever there is
distinction and separation, good is not to be found, for good comes to bring
peace and connect all things."
He then linked this with Genesis 2 where God said "It is not good
that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him."
|The Numerical Category defined by the Number Two|
|Second Divine Person
||The Son of God, Word of God, Image of God|
||Thou art my Son, this day I have begotten thee. - Only
passage to be referenced by number in Scripture.|
||Division of the waters|
||Division of the waters of the Red Sea and the declaration
of Israel as God's Son|
||No graven Images|
||Horseman with Sword - the instrument of Division.|
|Second Geometric Construct
||The Line - the root of the symbols of the Rod and the
Sword, which in turn symbolize the