Noahide Seven Commandments Torah classes
BLOODSHED-8/The Heavenly Court in Session Before the Flood
“And the Earth corrupted before ELoKiM”
1: The text
Do you wish to see the Heavenly Court in session? Here is the chance of your life.
In the following text, the Heavenly Court (G-d) decides the fate of Noah’s generation as well as Noah’s family.
Mankind is doomed to perish by the Flood, while Noah and his family are to be spared.
The text reads as follows:
“And YHVH saw that the evilness of Adam was great on Earth,
and that all the impulses of his heart are evil all day long,
so YHVH regretted that He/She had made Adam on Earth,
and was saddened to His/Her Heart, and YHVH said,
I will wipe out Adam whom I had made from the face of the Earth
both Man and Cattle to creeping things and the bird of the air
for I regret making them. And Noah found face in the eyes of YHVH.
These are the generations of Noah.
Noah was a complete, righteous man In his generations,
With ELoHiM Noah walked, and Noah begot three sons, Shem ham and Yafet.
And the Earth corrupted before ELoKiM
and ELoKiM saw The Earth and behold it was corrupt;
for all flesh filled with hamas, and corrupted its way on Earth.
And ELoKiM said to Noah, the end of all flesh has come before me,
for the Earth is filled with their hamas,
and I shall destroy them with Earth
and I, myself, shall bring the Flood on Earth
to destroy all flesh In which is breath of life
from Under the Heavens, and everything that is on Earth shall die.” (Genesis 6:5-13)
This is what you see in the Bible’s text.
The following is the same unedited text showing its unique structure.
It comes in two parts:
The first part (in blue) describes YHVH’s assessment and verdict
The second part (in red) describes ELoKiM’s judgment and verdict
Each segment has a small part in the middle (in brown) describing the Heavenly Court’s assessment of Noah and his sons
Thus the text presents the Heavenly Court (HC) comprised of the two Attributes “in session.”
The beauty of this presentation of the Court is unparalleled. The Heavenly Court is depicted as a ‘butterfly” with two Wings: Of YHVH and of ELoKiM.
Each Wing expresses the assessment and verdict of One Attribute.
Then comes the expression “I myself” (in purple) that announces the final verdict of the Court(The SELF) in Oneness and agreement.
Let’s read the text attentively:
2: The two Wings of the Heavenly Court
“And HYVH saw that the evilness of Adam was great on Earth, and
That all the impulses of his heart are evil all day long, and YHVH
Regretted that He had made Adam on Earth, and was
Saddened to His Heart, and YHVH said,
I will wipe out Adam whom I had
Made from the face of the
Earth, both Man and
Cattle to creeping
Things and the
Bird of the air,
For I regret
“ And Noah found face in the eyes of YHVH
These are the generations of NOAH
Noah was a complete, righteous man in his generations
With ELoHiM Noah walked
Noah begot three sons, Shem ham and Yafet,”
“And the Earth corrupted before ELoKiM,
And ELoKiM saw the Earth and behold
It was corrupt; for all flesh filled with hamas,
And corrupted its way On Earth. And ELoKiM Said to Noah,
The end of All flesh has come before me, for the Earth is filled with their hamas,
And I shall destroy them with Earth, and I, willingly, shall bring the Flood on Earth to destroy all flesh
Here is a unique opportunity to learn about the Heavenly Court:
Note the Court’s Protocol: YHVH speaks first then ELoKiM.
The same ‘protocol’ would be followed again throughout the Bible.
In Sinai revelation, YHVH peaks first about the human heart and then ELHM presents the Laws – the Ten Commandments.
The Attribute of MERCY, YHVH, speaks first because “She” can override the verdict of ELHM.
This is also an opportunity to know what Each attribute stands for.
YHVH always speaks about the human heart, while ELHM speaks always about the Laws.
Note the perfect symmetry of the two Wings:
YHVH’s Wing (in blue) carries Her Name 4 times
ELoKiM’s Wing (in red) carries His Name 4 times.
YHVH assesses Mankind 3 times, then Noah once.
ELoKiM’s assesses Noah once then Mankind 3 times, in reverse order than YHVH.
Hence ELoKiM continues where YHVH has ended.
YHVH has ended with Noah, whereas ELoKiM starts with Noah.
Hence the two sections can be seen as two Wings of a ‘butterfly’ standing against each other.
The Wings are ‘united’ at their ‘bottom’ with Noah.
The Attributes’ concerns
As we’ve just said, this extraordinary text clearly shows what each Attribute is concerned about. Let’s see that in details
1. YHVH is concerned about the human heart
“And YHVH saw that the evilness of Adam was great on Earth,
and that all the impulses of his HEART are evil all day long…” (Genesis 5:5 )
The Merciful YHVH, who dwells in our heart, is concerned about our heart.
YHVH is NOT concerned about Man’s violation of the LAW, as much as about the bad thoughts in our HEART: plotting evil all day long.
What is evil in human heart?
King David in Psalms fills the gap and describes “evil people” who stab their innocents fellowmen in the back, who take advantage of the weak and the poor.
In the story of Sodom and Gomorra , YHVH hated the Sodomites because they were “exceedingly evil to YHVH”(Genesis 13:13.)
It means that the Sodomites excelled in cruelty and in indifference to the plight of the sick and hungry, as the sages explained.
2. Evil is always in YHVH’s eyes
Note that the term ‘evil’ appears ONLY in YHVH Wing. You’d never see evil related to ELoKiM.
As a rule, ‘evil’ in the Bible is a perspective in YHVH eyes, about people’s misbehavior.
Evil It is YHVH’s emotional reaction to Man’s merciless heart and cruel thoughts, as well as his deeds.
In YHVH eyes, Noah’s generation was ‘evil,’ merciless, in compassionate and unforgiving.
Please do not mix the European imagination of Satan and Demons , with the “evil’ in the Bible. The only ‘evil’ in YHVH eyes is a man who does the opposite of what She cares for.
3. YHVH regretted making Adam
”And YHVH regretted that HE/SHE had made the Adam….”
Such a misunderstood verse! Many ‘scholars’ expressed wonder about “G-d’s childish regret”. Unfortunately, they are unaware of the Attribute of G-d involved.
Indeed, ELHM the Attribute of JUDGEMENT would never ever “regret” anything He had done. . YHVH, the Attribute of MERCY, is different. YHVH entered our world, as Rashi says at Genesis 1:1, to participate in Man’s creation. She is here to offer Mankind the chance to repent and be forgiven. Her present here depends on Man’s heart, where She aspires to dwell. But if She finds Man’s heart too evil, full of evil thoughts, She would “fly away.” She might first “regret” of having participated in Adam’s creation . If She retracts from the Heavenly Court, our fate would be left in the hands of ELHM, our Prosecutor, who would execute His harsh verdict by WATER, as it is said “the Spirit of ELHM was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:2).
4: YHVH was saddened to Her heart
He/She was saddened to His/Hers heart”
In addition of regretting in Man’s creation, YHVH became “saddened to Her heart” by Man’s evilness. She was disappointed. She expected Mankind to accept Her in our heart, but instead Mankind choose to accept ‘evil’ in ou heart, YHVH reaction is EMOTIONAL!
Note that here YHVH was not ‘enraged.’ She would become enraged by the Sodomites, and Her reaction to them was fire and brimstones.
5. YHVH verdict
“And YHVH said, I will wipe out Adam whom I had made from the face of the Earth,
both Man and Cattle to creeping things and the Bird of the air…”
Do not ever take MERCY a for granted. YHVH may turn to be your prosecutor, if your evilness has enraged her.
6: YHVH assessing Noah
From assessing Mankind, YHVH moves on to assess Noah:
“And Noah found face in YHVH eyes.”
In short passage, the Torah describes YHVH’s favorite reaction to Noah. And it is emotional – She LIKES him. We can imagine why – he was compassionate for Man and Animals, he was merciful and forgiving.
Otherwise, YHVH wouldn’t LIKE him.
Not a word about Noah keeping the Laws. In the Merciful eyes of YHVH, what matters is the MERCY in our hearts,
Now that the Torah has presented YHVGH and Her assessment, the Torah turns to ELKM and HIs ’Judgment.
ELHM judges Noah first, then His generation, the opposite of YHVH. .In fact, ELHM picks up where YHVH has finished – NoH, then proceeds with judging Mankind.
Let’s see the judgment conducted by ELHM.
1: Noah the Righteous
“These are the generations of Noah, Noah was a complete righteous man in his generations. With ELoHiM Noah walked.”
Unlike YHVH who assesses Noah’s heart, ELoKiM judges Noah by his deeds. In ELoKiM’s eyes,
Noah is deemed righteous, for “With ELoKiM Noah walked,” he obeyed Adam’s Six Commandments. No word on Noah’s heart.
The term ‘righteous’ is specific for one who has won won judgment, or trial even in human court (Maimonides.) Noah was righteous since he walked with ELHM and abided by His Laws. abiding by his Laws.
Hence Noah ‘walked’ with ELoKiM, AND also found face in YHVH eyes. He followed YHVH ELoKiM Oneness.
After judging Noah, ELoKiM turned to judge his generation:
2: The Earth corrupted with IDOLATRY and ADULTERY
“And the Earth Corrupted before ELoKiM”
The term ‘corrupted’ is traditionally used for SEXUAL PERVERSIONS, including ADULTERY.
Thus, Noah’s generation sled from IDOLATRY to ADULTERY.
We remember Demon Naama, the priest of sexual perversions, who was Noah’s sister in law.
3-4-5: The Earth filled by BLOODSHED and THEFT
ELoKIM’s judgement continues:
”And the Earth filled with hamas”
The term ‘hamas’ refers to a deadly combination of BLOODSHED and THEFT.
We re call Tubal Cain’s gangues and Enosh’s disciples who committed heinous crimes.
How amazing it is that both camps in Noah’s generation – the Children of ELHM and the followers of YHVH – turned vicious, doing hammas
6: Having transgressed all the Commandments
“And ELoKiM saw the Earth and behold, it was corrupt;
for all flesh corrupted its way on Earth.”
‘All flesh’ corrupted, even animals. The Demon Naama, as we’ve learned, led her generation to cohabit with animals , and even taught animal to cohabit unnaturally with different species.
Thus, in ELoKiM’s eyes, Mankind exhausted all the possible transgression.
In Eden, Adam and his wife had only two Commandments to abide with: IDOLATRY and ADULTERY. Once they violated both Commandments, they were driven out.
Now on Earth, once Mankind has violated the entire Six Commandments of Adam, they lost their right to live on Earth. .
The Commandments’ order
Note also that ELoKiM’s Wing mentions the Six Commandments in order: IDOLATRY, ADULTERY, BLOODSHED, THEFT, INJUSTICE and BLASPHEMY.
We use that order in our class.
The final Verdict of the ‘Self’
“And I, myself, shall bring the Flood on Earth
to destroy all flesh in which is breath of life from Under the Heavens
and everything that is on Earth shall die.”
YHVH spoke first, then ELoKiM, and finally the “I, Myself” which is “the ‘Arbiter’ or the ‘Supreme Self’ or The Essence” of G-d.
Once the Essence has spoken, the verdict is final. is issuing its final verdict.
Noah and his role
Noah keeps the wings together
Noah is supported by the two Wings – of YHVHG ELHM – to “be lifted” over the mighty waters of the Flood.
The two Wings support him, but he also supports them – keeps them together.
Had Noah worshipped only one Wing, either YHVH or ELoKiM, the Wing wouldn’t keep him lifted.
Had he worshipped YHVH only, or ELHM only, he would have fallen to the abyss bellow.
Noah is a glue that keeps the Wings together.
Same is true for whoever practices YHVH ELHM’s Oneness. He/She supports the Wings, and the Wings supports him/her