IDOLATRY-4/ELKM/What Constitutes ‘Good’ in ELKM’S Eyes?
In our quest to comprehend ELKM’s Ways, we come across the tern “good” in His eyes. During the Six Day, ELKM judged each and every Day (besides the 2nd) whether or not it was “good.” Here His judgment was from the point of view of the “BUILDER, the All Mighty JUDGE.” In fact, we too are still under His Scrutiny. So it is very important for us to understand the criteria which He used for His verdicts. What exactly constitutes good (or not good) in His eyes? .
1: What Constitute ‘Good’ in ELoKiM’S eyes?
The Hebrew term for ‘good,’ tov,’ carries several connotations,all are very relevant to Genesis story. . .
1. ‘Good’ simply means ‘feeling good.’ It refers to GOD’S Feelings, Emotions. Of course, GOD – ELKM – is not human and He is beyond any human emotions, yet the Torah speaks in a language that we can understand. And the Torah wishes us to know that CREATION was done to “please” the CREATOR.
From here comes the Kabbalah notion that we are made to give the CREATOR much nachat ruach , satisfaction. As a BUILDER, though, a good verdict means that the Floor pleased the CREATOR, that it complied by His demands. Hence the BUILDER had a Master Plan for the Six Floor BUILDING- Nature.
2. Good meant “as designed,” referring to the Master Plan.
Not all creatures complied and were deemed good. The trees, for instance, were not. For they were ordered by ELKM to bring forth fruit, yet they also developed a skin, a coat, kelipa in Hebrew.
The trees would have been eliminated, had not ELKM allowed them to stay. The kelipa then developed into everything in the world that can rebel against ELKM. For instance- our evil inclinations in our hearts, it is a kelipa.
3. ‘Good’ means “winning the trial.’ It is a term used in connection to a trial. A passing Day was deemed ‘good’ if it won its trial. “Good” means a VERDICT (Maimonides) . ’
4: ‘Good’ means: viable, durable, healthy. For instance, the Daughter of Pharaoh saw the baby Moses in the ark “that he was good” meaning healthy, viable, enduring. (Exodus 2: 2.)
Thus when the BUILDER, the All Mighty JUDGE ELKM deemed a Day as good, it meant that the Day and its creatures were viable to live into the next Day. In other words, if they would support another new Floor on top.
For instance, the Third Day was deemed ‘good’ since its Waters and Vegetation would support the following Day when Fish appeared in the waters. Thus
The Light, Energy and Water of the First Day were ‘good’ in ELoKiM’s eyes, since they could support the accumulation of waters on Earth during the next, Second Day.
The Dry Land of the Third Day seemed ‘good’ since it could support the Vegetation on top of it.
The Luminaries of the Fourth Day were good, since they could support the seasons.
The Fish of the Fifth Day were ‘good’ since they could serve the Birds that followed
The Birds were ‘good’ since they could support the Crocodiles that came next
The Cattle were ‘good’ since they could support the Beasts that followed
The Cattle, Beasts and Crawling creatures were ‘good’ since they could support Adam.
5: ‘Good’ means approval “to go ahead’ with CREATION.
2: A creature’s trial depends on its position on the Ladder of CREATION
We’ve seen that the Waters of the First Day were good since they could support the accumulation of Waters on the surface of Earth on the next, Second Day.
Each creature’s trial depends on its exact position on the Ladder of CREATION. This includes us too, We were made on the Sixth Day before the Sabbath. We would be good in ELKM’s eyes if we would support the next Day- the Sabbath
And there is another special feature of Adam’s trial: unlike all previous creatures which are required to be good in order to survive, we are called upon to be Very Good, as it is said at the end of out Sixth Day-
And ELKM saw everything that He had done and behold, it was Very Good,
How can we be deemed Very Good in His eyes? On that we’ll study later in due course.
Now let’s ask, since ELKM stands for the absolute Truth, is the story of creation truthful?
Read also: “Genesis Vs. Science, Can They Match?” By Zvi Aviner, at www.smashwords.com