Gnostic Doctrine

Friday, 14 September 2018

The Cosmos: Genesis 1 as a Cosmic Temple

The Cosmos Is God’s True Temple

Genesis 1 is the record of creation shown to Moses. Let the reader consider the history of the creation as a revelation to himself as an inhabitant of the earth. It informs him of the order in which the things recorded would have developed themselves to his view, had he been placed on some projecting rock, the onlooker of the events detailed.

Genesis 1 the creation as the temple of God

Genesis 1 is presenting the universe as the temple of God

23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.

1 ¶ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

20 ¶ And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

35 ¶ Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:

36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.

The Cosmos is God's True Temple

27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:
29 That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.
30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.

In other words translators have seen this as two separate heavens - the “heaven” and the “heaven of heavens”. In Hebrew “the heaven of heavens” is in the construct state and therefore a string (in this case only two) of nouns used to describe one single thing. “The heaven of heavens” is separate from the “heaven”.

Solomon's model of the cosmic temple

48 And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name:
49 Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,
50 And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them:

1 Kings 8:48 When they return to you with all their heart and being in the land where they are held prisoner, and direct their prayers to you toward the land you gave to their ancestors, your chosen city, and the temple I built for your honor,

49 then listen from your heavenly dwelling place to theirnprayers for help and vindicate them.

50 Forgive all the rebellious acts of your sinful people and cause their captors to have mercy on them.

Solomon’s Model of the Cosmic Temple

Genesis 1: Creation of the Cosmic Temple

1 Kings 7:49 the pure gold lampstands at the entrance to the inner sanctuary (five on the right and five on the left), the gold flower-shaped ornaments, lamps, and tongs,

1 Kings 6:31 He made doors of olive wood at the entrance to the inner sanctuary; the pillar on each doorpost was fivesided.

[the doors separate the light & darkness]

1 Kings 6: 9 He finished building the temple and covered it with rafters and boards made of cedar.

[Word for firmament is only exilic; Psalm 19:1, 150:1, Ezekiel 1:22-23, 25-26, Daniel 12]

1 Kings 6:9 He finished building the temple and covered it with rafters and boards made of cedar.

[The firmament separates waters above (rain), from waters beneath (the brass Seas)]

1 Kings 7: 23 He also made the large bronze basin called “The Sea.” 

[waters below, gathered into one place]

1 Kings 6: 29 On all the walls around the temple, inside and out, he carved cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom.

1 Kings 6:4 He made framed windows for the temple. 

[windows “in the firmament”; in front of the ceiling]

1 Kings 6: 4 He made framed windows for the temple.

[providing natural light at different times & seasons]

1 Kings 6:29 On all the walls around the temple, inside and out, he carved cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom. 

[ the cherubs are the living things of Genesis 1:20-25]

1 Kings 7: 48 Solomon also made all these items for the LORD’s temple: the gold altar, the gold table on which was kept the Bread of the Presence, 

[for the priestly service]

Gen 1:3 let there be light

49 And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold,
gen 1:4 separting light and darkness

31 And for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive tree: the lintel and side posts were a fifth part of the wall.

gen 1:6 let there be a firmament

9 So he built the house, and finished it; and covered the house with beams and boards of cedar.
the firmament seprates aters above from waters beneath the brass seas

gen 1:9 waters gathered the sea
1 kings 7:23
waters below gathered into one place

gen 1:11-12 trees bearing fruit

1 kings 6:29

gen 1:14-18 lights in the firmament

1 kings 6:4

windos in the firmament in front of the ceiling

providing natural light at differnt times & seasons

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