I just finished reading ”Kabbalah A Brief Introduction for Christians” by Tamar Frankiel. Consider the following excerpt: pg 86
This is a temptation that occurs all the time at the level of Manifestation: to build ourselves a rigid little universe in which we insist on being the star players.
How do we correct our rigidity? One way is to remember that responsibility is not something that can belong to a person (”it’s my responsibility”). Responsibility is the ability to respond, which implies a larger context, a community, a world of other actors and thinkers, and God as a major player too, with intricate processes linking heaven to earth. This is the Jewish concept of convenant. We are all responsible for one another and to one another. You may be a prince or princess, given dominion over your part of the world, but you live in a larger world of nobility, including a divine king who is intimately involved.
I recalled that I was first introduced to this idea years ago while listening to Dan Juster, a Messianic Jew, and I have to admit it was foreign to my then current thinking; our decisions about where to live, work, etc. should not be based on where to find the best job, or even where we want to be, but on the group or community that God has you living in. We are to have a Kingdom mentality, not thinking of ourselves in terms of just individuals, but a part of a much bigger picture, and much larger purpose. It was a great teaching on the importance of how we view our connection with those with whom we fellowship, such as our fellow church members, or group of some kind to which we have joined ourselves. With Kingdom thinking, that relationship will be thought of like the teaching that marriage is till death do us part (or some unusual, major reason God says to go). The key being that we allow ourselves to make the commitment and obey God, not base our choices on our “economy”, whether they be emotional, financial, etc.
As for the excerpt: I was moved by the concept of responsibility not being about something that is “on” us, but it is the ability to respond. That is a whole new way of looking at it for me. It really resonated with a dream teaching I received from Opal, a being who shows up in my dreams and teaches me at times, and the teaching was simply this: You are given many opportunities in your life to inconvenience people. It is in that inconvenience that the person has the ability to receive blessing or cursing, depending on their response to the inconvenience. So even your being a problem can be a blessing if the other person responds rightly.
Everything we do as we live and move can be an expression of Him; even down to the things that seem to be “not so good”. Do you get it? My giving to others isn’t limited to my money, my time, etc.; even my needing can be a mode of giving (I give a person an opportunity to bless themselves by helping me). We are sooooooo connected to each other, even those we don’t know. And as the watchman teaching in Ezekiel (I think) says, I am responsible for the actions of others, in so far as I have given them instruction, or failed to give it.
I was also taught once in twilight that God cares more about our response to things than what we initiate. The teaching about “a soft word turning away wrath” isn’t about getting the other person to let go of their anger, it is about our response to someone’s anger. Oh my God! The more I think about this the more incredibly powerful it is!
I hope this is making sense. Tamar explained in the book that we are all like small holograms of God. No matter how small you cut the pieces, each piece is still a complete picture. That does not make us God, but it certainly reveals that we have all of Him in us. And so does all of creation. We just all express Him in different ways. The trees are emotional and clap their hands with joy; the rocks are memorial and only speak; the stars sing; etc.
What I do does effect you, and others, not just me. And that goes back to what I think in my heart is who or what I am. I am also response able to get my thinking right so my actions are right so my expression of Him is right so I can help you get your thinking right so your actions are right………
Love to get this conversation going. You know the synagogues in Jesus’ day were lively places where debate and discussion took place. There’s no reason why that can’t happen here.