The original Hebrew word for the “Way” is DEREK. Derek is a HUGE, BEAUTIFUL & EMPOWERING spiritual concept in Hebrew. Derek is first referenced as the “WAY” to the Tree of Life. Scripture reads, “…a flaming sword which turned every WAY (derek), to keep the WAY (derek) of the Tree of Life.” (Genesis 3:24) English translations tell us that Kruvim (Angels) and a flaming sword guard the WAY to the Tree of Life, but Hebrew gives far more detail. For example, “ET” or Alef-Tav is mentioned four times in this one verse. Alef-Tav is a code for the domain of Mashiyach. Alef is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the Beginning, and also means “strong leader”. Tav is the last letter of the Hebrew Alphabet symbolizing last but also meaning final, and “COVENANT”. Within this one verse “the WAY” to the Tree of Life we find “ET” used 4 times, this is a hint (remez) of Dalet, the 4th letter of the Alef-Bet that signifies a “door.” Spiritually speaking, Mashiyach is the 1) door, to the 2) WAY, to the 3) Tree, of 4) Life, so in John 14:6 when Y’shua says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me” He is teaching us the way to apply a spiritual principle.
The DEREK (Way) to the Tree of Life is self-explanatory, this is the spiritual path that all must take to enter World to Come, the Olam Haba, or what Christians know as “Heaven”. The only DEREK to the TREE of LIFE is Mashiyach, however, Mashiyach (Messiah) as taught by traditional religions (Judaism and Christianity) only offers different ways that require people to rely on a rabbi, priest, pastor etc. Herein is the most fundamental difference between the original HaDerek of Mashiyach and the religions of the world.
The most urgent and important spiritual need we have as members of our Human Family is to understand and use the spiritual tools and recognize the elements of the Kingdom of Heaven, that has been given to us. Neshama is another magnificent, elegant term that’s not so easy to translate into English. The first occurrence of this word form is found in Genesis 2:7 “nishmat hayyim” translated as “breath of life”, and man became a “nephesh hayah” or “living being”, but notice that “breathed” וַיִּפַּ֥ח is a different kind of “breath” than the “nishmat or breath” נִשְׁמַ֣ת חַיִּ֑ים of life. Man is created in the Tselem b’Elohim (Image of God) and it is the Neshama of man that hosts the image of God within our souls and physical bodies, this is an invisible spiritual intelligence within mankind that’s deeper than the mind and soul, it might be a bit more complex but let’s keep it simple for now.
Looking at terms that denote the “substance” and “nature of man”, such as Neshama, Nephesh, Ruach, Tselem B’Elohim, Guf, Hayah etc we see that every human being is created as an “angel” with a physical body that enables life on a physical material earth. The challenge we have is connecting our spirit with the Spirit of our Creator and having our spirits drawn out and away from the fallen spirits. Obviously, it’s difficult to connect with Heaven if we don’t fully understand and exercise the components within our own divine nature. Before we move on let’s look at one more principle. Tselem B’Elohim is first revealed in Genesis 1:26, “And Elohim (God) said, Let us make man בְּצַלְמֵ֖נוּ in our image, כִּדְמוּתֵ֑נוּ after our likeness:” It’s quite obvious that “our image” refers to us being spirit beings, so whether folks have a theology that lines up with Scripture or not, won’t change the fact that all people are a SPIRITUAL IMAGE of Elohim (God).
We don’t need to have an out of body experience to understand that our spirit, soul, and body are very distinct and complex. The most obvious indicator of our spiritual nature is when we are conscious while dreaming, bring thoughts in and out of dreams, control invisible components of a dream with another invisible but distinct component, and then record the events and imagery of dreams in our memory. Obviously, we all have a plethora of invisible intelligence that we refer to as spirit, mind, thought, mood etc., and we all have a sense of what is pleasing and comforting to our spirits and what brings us the most satisfaction. Opposite spiritual elements repel each other, similar spiritual elements attract each other. Two opposite spirits can never occur simultaneously, a bit of spiritual introspection tells us that one spirit will always dominate and replace another because they cannot cohabit the same spirit. As it is written, “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” (Matthew 7:18) Trees symbolize people, leaders and leadership styles, fruit symbolizes spirit. “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.” (Mattew 12:33) It’s impossible to separate the person from his or her spirit, or the spirit from the person. It’s on this principle of Empirical Spiritual Truth that religion offers popular and easy alternatives such as love the sinner but hate the sin, no it’s actually “their sin”, they bought the farm as they say, they become sin and sin becomes the person because the spirit of the person is the person.
As spirit-beings we’re spiritually animated by “spirit on spirit.” When spiritual leaders tell you that they can read you like a book, we really need to know what spirit they are using to evaluate us. People make “spirit on spirit” judgments, even though many don’t realize that their words are a consequence of their spirit, not the other way round. Spirit always comes first, then our mind, then our feelings but regardless whether we think we’re just speaking out of our intellect or emotions we can always distill such elements to their spiritual nature.
As you’re reading articles on this site I would encourage you to write down any “uh huh” moments when something clicks. The reason is that your spirit is speaking to you and your intellect is trying to frame thoughts that are coming from your spirit.
One of the most prolific authors in Scripture wrote about a “mystery that has been hidden from ages and generations that was revealed” and he goes on to say that the mystery is “Messiah in you, the hope of glory” and that the ultimate goal is for “every man be perfect in Mashiyach (Messiah) Y’shua (Jesus).” Colossians 1:26-28 The reality is that religious people adopt a social identity and religious theology rather than have the spirit of Mashiyach dwell within them. The fruit of the spirit of Mashiyach (Messiah) is altogether different from every form of man’s religion about Messiah, which is very interesting since Scripture tells us that is exactly what would happen in the Acharit HaYamim, the End of Days.
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Shalom & Blessings,
Baruch Ben Daniel