On the Unity of the Biblical Calendar, Scripture, universe, and Music (Part 1)
Let me ask you a question. Do you believe the Bible? If yes, then the follow-up question is: Do you do the Bible? Ask yourself inwardly now why or why not? In the future, may I suggest we DO THE BIBLE? Yes, this phrase makes it sound like a dance – and I suppose it kind of is. That’s okay – David, king of Israel danced to His G-D – the G-D of Israel, who was, is, and always will be the G-D of heaven and of earth, to whom all heaven & earth & everything in it belong. (:
He is the G-D of Shalom (Peace), & through Him & His plan of yeshuah (the Hebrew word for salvation), we are able to know the Shalom that passes all understanding – whom we might believe to be our beloved G-D Himself. Read Isaiah 9 closely for more info.
Anywho, how do we in all we do abide in Elohim (the Most High G-D) & He in us, acknowledge Him, bless Him, dance & dance & dance to Him, glorify Him, keep His mitzvot, love Him with all our heart, nefesh – נפש – (soul), and the might of all our resources, praise Him, trust Him, worship Him…?
The key is Mashiach – משיח – Messiah from Tanakh – תנ”ך – (the Bible), who will always play a role in the yeshuah – ישועה – (Salvation) of the Jewish people. If you love the G-D of Israel wholeheartedly, should you not DO THE BIBLE?
“But what do I do?” you seem to ask. What would Noach – נח – (Noah) do? He would most likely do what G-D told Him to do. The Torah (teaching of G-D) tells us Noach “ish tsaddik” – אִישׁ צַדִּיק – Noach is a righteous man. By the way everybody, raise your hand if you know Noach relates to you & moreover is actually your relative? Yes, everyone’s hand should be up if they believe the Bible.
There are many myriad facets to Noach of import. Could it be that perhaps Noach is a preliminary Mashiach figure who saves the whole world & loves Elohim wholeheartedly? Indeed, it could well be. Izzy Avraham tells a charming story of this guy who wants to delete everything on his computer hard drive and start afresh. However, there is one file he decides he will save, who stands out above all the rest. (By the way, the name Noach means comfort, or rest). Yep, Noach (Comfort / Rest) would take comfort in Shabbat – שבת – on the 7th day – a sign of the covenant with Noach between Him & his Wonderful Creator. Also then the rainbow is a reminder of the covenant & that those in the covenant are safe no matter if the rest of the world is evil & perishes. It is also a foreshadowing of Messiah showing us 1 man can save his family & in a sense, the whole world, as a foreshadowing of Messiah. (: That’s our super great grandad all right… (: Yes, G-D’s attributes are many, yet He remains ONE. The Creator defines the Creation, not the other way around. Like the Circle of Fifths, anytime you reverse a relationship, it is no longer the same relationship.
Anyway, this guy in the story puts the file on a back-up drive & takes it out, then wipes the slate of the hard drive clean, restoring the computer to its original factory default setting and then simply placing the one file back onto the hard drive. (:
For those of us who work with clutter on our laptops, we can well imagine how nice this must be to preserve only what we really want & is best. Yes, in six days G-D says to do your best, then let Him do the rest. (:
G-D is Ruach – רוח – (Spirit) & EmMET – אמת – (Truth) & we know Him via His Ruach & via His Word, the written Truth. The two MUST cohere, for G-D is ONE. If they do not appear to cohere, it is not He who errs, but the interpreter.
Those who receive the blessing of Elohim in a linguistic capacity realize the importance of clarity in translation. They also realize, naturally, that a translation is never as exactly the same as the original. If G-D grants you the ability to learn Hebrew, please do so & read His Word in the language He chose to preserve it, eh?
To preserve YOU, G-D, our ONE TRUE TEACHER, demonstrates that He works six days in creating the world & rests ONE. In fact, ONE, as I understand it, is the most common number in the Bible. This makes sense, for G-D is ONE. Six days man is to work, but beautifully & wonderfully, G-D shows us His beautifully ordination among the numbers in 7 – the number of rest. As we know, all people relate back to Noach (whose name means Comfort, Rest). In primary school children learn ROY G BIV – a mnemonic for helping them remember the seven primary colors. Which mitzvah was it out of the 10 Mitzvot G-D told us to remember? Ah yes, zachor et haShabbat – remember Shabbat & set it apart! The number seven and Shabbat are at their very roots very close relatives in the Hebrew.
So, ONE & SEVEN are the most important Biblical numbers, we might glean from their most frequent occurrence. Could it be this is thru His perfect will? It could very well be. Perhaps this is the most basic teaching G-D gives us in His Torah.
Personally, my name is Zachary (זכריה – Zakharyah). This name begins with ז – zayin – the seventh letter of the alef-bet – and in the Hebrew meaning of Zakharyah has to do with G-D remembering His covenant with me. ז is also reminiscent of the mitzvah that helps ensure we connect with our Creator weekly and regularly – the commandment to REMEMBER Shabbat – the 7th day – to keep it set apart for our Wonderful Creator, in verse SEVEN of Exodus 20: זָכוֹר אֶת-יוֹם הַשַּׁבָּת, לְקַדְּשׁוֹ.
Because He loves me, I love Him. Because He remembers me, I remember Him. I remember Him & may I always remember Him & my covenant with Him & ever be faithful for the rest of eternity in Him. I love Him so much! I know so much Shalom through knowing Him, for He is the True Shalom, the Shalom of Yerushalayim & the Shalom that passes all understanding. Indeed, the G-D of heaven passes all earthly understanding. His ways are far higher than our ways & it is our privilege to experience Him and have Him teach us His ways. If there is any good whatsoever, it is from Him. May you ask G-D to reveal to you His plan of yeshuah (salvation) if you have not already experienced such a powerful joy as this does. G-D promises to send you His Ruach, His Spirit, to teach you His ways if you accept His plan of yeshuah (salvation). HE is the G-D of our deliverance. He is LIGHT. Through Him all things ARE. Nothing IS without Him. Without His Ruach (His Spirit, His Breath), all creation would wither – would not even subsist – let alone exist. There would be nothingness. However, fortunately, that is pretty unthinkable.
What is thinkable tho, is that if you do not hop aboard His ARK, as Noach did, then you will perish amid the unrighteous as He creates a more perfect renewal of His creation. Since SEVEN has the authoritative connotation of completion & perfection in Scripture, many try to believe in “Y7K,” the belief that, as a day is as a thousand years to Elohim, the world will have 6 thousand years before the thousand year reign of Mashiach (Messiah). Let’s see…if the Jewish calendar calculates the current year as the Gregorian year plus 3760 (or 3761), then that puts us around 5773 or quite possibly later since there may well be some “lost” years of calendar calculation due to Babylonian captivity.
So get real about your faith – you do not have infinite time unless you accept G-D’s plan of yeshuah (salvation) – and even if you do, then use that as a light to others, for they do not have infinite time unless they are in the ARK…so to speak.
What is the ARK to us, anyway?
The ARK is synonymous with the COVENANT with our wonderful Creator. Our wonderful Creator makes promises to us that so long as we are faithful to Him, He will always be faithful to us. It is beautiful, simple, & “if p, then q.” Of course it is His Logic. It is Order. It is Who He Is. It is His Word. He is His Word.
I know from the Psalms that He knit me together in my mother’s womb. My parents were reading the stories of Yochanan the Immerser (John, who preached immersion in a mikvah as a part of the sanctification of sins) & his dad, the kohen hagadol, the high priest, Zakharyah (Zechariah). You can read about Yochanan and Zechariah in the Jewish Encyclopedia. ☺
So anyway, as I teach music as well, I notice the most major numbers are 1, 5, 7, and 12. These numbers are all “ordinal numbers,” and 12 is the number of (divine) governance. As I also teach German, I notice in English, as well as in Hebrew & German, the ordinal numbers are the basis for all the other numbers. This seems to hold true in all languages?
Amazingly, there is renewal both in the major scale and in the chromatic scale. The major scale is like the days of the week – day 1, day 2, day 3, etc. (Yom Rishon, Yom Sheni, Yom Slishi, etc.) The Chromatic Scale is like the months of the Biblical calendar year.
On the Biblical calendar we again see the numbers 1 and 7 playing the dominant role. The first month, Aviv (meaning Spring), is the beginning of the year. It makes so much more sense, doesn’t it? G-D’s new year begins in Spring. He ordains normally 12 months – sometimes there will be a deviation, & a 13th month will occur in a calendar year. This is real. It is a leap month.
There are only 12 musical notes in name. When we play all these notes we call them the chromatic scale.
So anyway, 1, 5, 7, and 12 are the most major numbers, for example, playing guitar. If you play an open string, for example on the A string, that is a 1. The if you add, 5, 7, or 12 to that, hey! It sounds nice. Well done. ☺
You know, without even talking about the rest of the more minor patterns out there, let us reflect on the amazing craftsmanship of Elohim. Our Wonderful Creator sees fit to show us in o so many ways the concept of renewal. The octave is a wonderful example of this with the major scale. 1 2 3 4 5 6 SEVEN! Yay! That’s complete! Oh WAIT – EIGHT! That means we’re starting again – just like starting a new week – there’s a renewal! We are spiraling upward so to speak, as if on an ascending staircase. We would not say last week’s 1st day is the exact same as this week’s 1st day – & so it is also better to say this week’s 1st day is the same in name only. So every day is literally a new day, yet there is constant renewal of the patterns of Elohim. So again, to be clear, the pattern of the major scale aligns well with the days of the week and their concept of renewal.
The pattern of the chromatic scale aligns well with the months of the year and their concept of renewal.
Compare / contrast the following, eh!
A major scale:
A B C# D E F# G# A (7 notes, renewing on the 8th note)
A chromatic scale:
A A# B C C# D D# E F F# G G# A (12 notes, renewing on the 12 notes) *
So both scales begin & end on 1 – or the same note (in name) upon which they began. (The observative might also note there are 5 “accidentals.”) The number 5 in Scripture denotes Grace, or G-D’s Goodness, as I understand it. The chromatic scale is the more complete scale and you may study this thinking of 12 in Scripture and in music.
…TO BE CONTINUED…
*It is fascinating to NOTE that the SEVENTH of the major scale is the 11th in the chromatic scale. In Hebrew, the word for the ELEVENTH month SOUNDS like the WORD for the SEVENTH – only is spelled with a TET instead of a TAV: שְׁבָט instead of שבת.