Rabbi Dr Zvi Aviner
IDOLATRY-8/End of Days Judgment
Since Moses words about the Six Days are credible,
So should his words about Adam be credible.
After all, Moses’ goal is NOT to tell us about nature
as much about ourselves, and our relation with G-d
Moses says, that on the sixth Day, before the Sabbath,
ELHM announced the creation of Adam.
And as we know, ELHM, the All-Mighty JUDGE
Creates things for JUDGMENT.
What then is Adam’s JUDGMENT?
You see that in the Text.
On the Sixth Day, before making Adam,
ELHM Judged all the creatures He had created earlier on the Day
And He said that “It was good.”
Then, after making Adam, at the End of the Sixth Day
He passed anew judgment on all the Six Days,
to see whether or not they are Very Good
as it says:
And ELHM saw everything that He had done
And behold, it was Very Good.
and it was evening, and it was morning, Day Six (Genesis 1: 31)
Hence, the advent of Adam in the world should
Elevate CREATION from ‘good’ to ‘very good’
In ELHM’s eyes.
Since CREATION can’t do that elevation by itself,
It is up to Adam to accomplish that remarkable task.
What should Adam do to be deemed Very Good?
The answer is: We know that all previous creatures were judged
at the end of their Days, whether or not they could
Support the next Day.
So is Adam judged, at the End of the Sixth Day,
whether or not he could supports the next Day,
In our case – support the Eternal Sabbath
Note that in Genesis Chapter One, a Day is an era,
And the Seventh Day is also an era, in the future.
Our week, is only set up to commemorate
the Cosmic Week, the “Week of CREATION.”
Thus, at the End of Time, the End of the Sixth Day
The CREATOR will Judge Adam whether or not
he has become Very Good, ready to enter the Sabbath.
What would happen if Adam wins?
ELHM would “finish’ – end – His work, abstain from doing more work
And enter the Sabbath, along with Adam and the entire Six Days
As it says at the End of the Sixth Day:
“And ELHM finished on the Seventh Day
all the work that He had done,
and He abstained on the Seventh Day
from all the work that He had done” (Genesis 2: 2-3)
Note that in Hebrew, Shabbat means Abstaing.
What would happen if Adam fails to be Very Good?
You see that in the same text. It can be read as:
ELHM would ‘FINISH” – terminate with wrath – all the work
that He had done, the entire Six Floor Building, Including Man
Thus, according to Moses, Adam carries an enormous task
On our tiny shoulders. The fate of the Universe is pending
On our behavior.
What should Adam do to win?
Can Mankind, flesh and blood creatures,
Living in such harsh world,
Accomplish that task an be deemed Very Good in ELHM’s eyes?
On that, we’ll learn next class