Daily Zohar # 1408 – Yitro – The Ten Commandments – Part 1
Portion of Yitro
In the portion of Yitro we read the Ten Commandments but they are actually Ten Utterances or ‘sayings’ from God.
Exodus 20:1 “וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלהִים, אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה לֵאמֹר”
“And God spoke all these words, saying…”
God created the universe for us and we have the power to build and destroy. We can choose good or bad therefore God’s words cannot be commandments.
Idol worshipping happens when we follow a system that takes away our free choice. If we follow a spiritual (or any) leader blindly then we lose our connection to the creator. This is idol worship.
The verb “וַיְדַבֵּר” (and he spoke) that is used in the verse (20:1) comes before the ten sayings. And then comes “אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה” (all those words/sayings). The root is “דבר” and it is used for speaking and for things, “דְּבָרִים”. From this we understand that God spoke these words to us at the lower level of Malchut.
Speaking “דיבור”, comes out from the mouth and this is where thoughts form a connection to the physical world. The words of God here, are sayings, Utterances, statements but not commandments.
G-d has given us his best advice. Those are the basic rules of the spiritual system and connection to the Ten Sefirot from Keter to Malchut.
” אָנֹכִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִיךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מִבֵּית עֲבָדִים: לֹא-יִהְיֶה לְךָ אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים, עַל-פָּנָי”
” I am YHVH your God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.”
The first word of the ten is אנכי, “I am”.
The first letter is Alef א that is the first of the 22 Hebrew letters and represents Keter.
This word explains the entire spiritual system.
א- אורות – Lights. Everything starts with spiritual lights.
נ – ניצוצות – Sparks – The lights from above break into sparks to give us the option to work with it and make connection to the Endless light.
כ – כלים – Vessels – With the vessels we can ‘collect’ the sparks of lights and elevate them.
י – Numerically 10 and represents the entry point of the light to the created world, keter and the system of the 10 Sefirot.
The Ten Sefirot is the root and the spiritual system that governs EVERYTHING in existence, If it has a name or any kind of definition, it is part of the system of the Ten Sefirot.
We all should know that the Endless Light אין (three letters from the first word) created everything using the system of the ten. The fourth letter כ is for כתר , Keter.
The second word of the first utterance is YHVH that was the first thing created using the system of the 10 Sefirot. It is the power of the Endless reveled to us in all the worlds below.
With this understanding how can one think that there are other Gods, but YHVH.