(by Christopher from Brutal Planet and the PaRDeS Radio Torah Portions on PaRDeS Radio and KKVV 1060AM in Las Vegas)
Our sages, of blessed memory, tell us that Hashem put a part of himself into all of Creation. Therefore given the fact that hundreds billions of individuals have existed throughout our nearly 6,000 year history on earth, 7 billion alive today and each a unique individual. There are over 3 million species of animals in existence today and almost 1 million species of plants, shrubbery, and trees. We can also take into account the billions of kinds of microscopic organisms many of which that have not been discovered. Is it possible that God is trying to show us something given that His Creation is a reflection of Him?
When I read the writings of Jeremiah and Ezekiel speaking of the same events, I see how they did not necessarily agree with one another from certain vantage points yet they had mutual respect for one another. Paul and Peter did not agree with one another on several small points and neither did Paul and Barnabas. Then there is the writings handed down from the oral of our Rabbis of old, same thing yet also a mutual respect. Why did they handle themselves in reverence to one another yet they did not always agree on several issues? The answer is very simple, and very divine. The fact is the mutual respect came from the fact that they realized how big Hashem is and they realized that each was given a unique divine spark within them that caused them to see things differently that was not in contradiction with one another yet however complimented one another by in essence making the Scripture 3 dimensional. One prime example of this are the three accounts of the throne of Hashem as recorded in Daniel, Ezekiel and in Revelation. Each saw the throne from a different vantage point. This in terms gave us a greater understanding as to what it actually looks like.
One of the main issues in the body of Messiah that has caused us to basically be our own worst enemy is the need for validation of our own personal interpretation and for the Scripture to only be seen through the eyes of one individual's interpretation within the Netzari faith or the Messianic faith or the Hebrew Roots. We tend to reject the individual, our own egos which is watered and fed by the yetzer hara, and we in turn reject God's diversity and we place Him in a box within our own minds. This ideal causes more division in the body and breads more ego and self righteousness than anything else. So what happens? To hold onto a little bit of unity we then decide to attack a common enemy we have been trained to hate, that being our former religious institution. This may seem to cause unity by preaching to the crowd cause written history can only be taken one way as opposed to the Scripture. Psychologically we then treat the Scripture the same way because of all the history we have read and we read the Scripture as only a literal novel. We say subconsciously, "well the history in terms of the who what where when and why is very straight forward and the case is closed so Scripture must be read the same way." This is dangerous and it is the essential reason so many cannot grow in their walk because they focus on looking back. Notice that Lot's wife looked back and she turned into a pillar of salt, notice that Yeshua said, "put your hand to the plow and do not look back." Yet it is simpler to look back then it is to move forward.
The thing that is amazing to be is how perfect the Tanakh is in it's Hebrew form and the New Covenant Scriptures in it's original Aramaic form, so much so even the rabbis and sages see the Scripture as being something as divine. In fact they believe every single line encompasses 72 interpretations that are indeed correct. That is rather amazing if you ask me. Notice we never hear of the Maharal bashing R. Bachya or the Baal Shem Tov bashing the Ramchal or Rambam bashing Rashi. Mutual respect all around and a humility of saying that their contemporaries had something to contribute in various areas and it is centered around the very simple concept of humility and a love for Hashem and realizing because of Hashem's amazing intellect there is so much we can learn from others and the divine spark he put within them that is different than any other individual. This is also why fellowship is so very important so that we may converse and reason together and realize, "hey I have my own sacred cows I need to get rid of and realize Paul spoke of a body in Ephesians 5-6 and 1 Corinthians 12, not just one attribute of it that made up the entire body".
Our inability to come together in true shalom is because of our inability to see how big Hashem is, He has given us many proofs of this in the formation birds fly, in the fact that no two sea shells are the same, or that each person's fingerprints are different, and to realize Hashem created not only the fingerprints, the birds or the sea shells but he also created the divine order. When we realize this, then we can come together as an effective body for our Messiah Yeshua but until then we will continue down a path of destruction we bring upon ourselves. At times we are not victims but rather we are volunteers.
Theological Insights from Rabbi Eved Banah the North American Rebbe of Ani Judaism