I normally like to post original content. Today I was checking the blogs I subscribe to and Chris of Sharpening Iron had a great post I wanted to share. Here’s an excerpt and you can click through to his article if you want to read the rest…
Posted by Chris Taylor on July 10, 2008
Many of you recognize that I have been searching for a deeper appreciation of Scripture in my walk with God.
I’ve been reading some Jewish commentaries in my pursuits and have drawn a deeper appreciation (through the Holy Spirit) of the life and times of the prophets and kings of Israel and Judah and their relation to God’s revelation of His anointed Son, Jesus Christ.
It was only natural I assume that my thirst for “more of God” led me to kabbalah – the mystical teachings of Jewish sages that was originally oral and only lately has been put down in written forms.
I was highly skeptical about what I would find and I always attempt to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1) to see if there was value to be had in the kabbalah teachings.
I. Brief History of Jewish Kabbalah:
The history of Jewish Kabbalah is surrounded by legends as is to be expected with any mystical teachings.
Perhaps I should define “mysticism” as given by Wikipedia (while not always appropriate, is appropriate in my case)
Mysticism: is the pursuit of achieving communion, identity with, or conscious awareness of ultimate reality, the Other, divinity, spiritual truth or God through direct experience, intuition, or insight.
For me, Jewish mysticism might have been a road to experience a deeper communion with God through spiritual insights into scripture that might not be readily apparent.
According to some:
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