I am the Lord your God, who led you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:2-3)
The Hebrew word for "I am" used in this verse is Anoki, and it alludes to what is considered the essential divine name in the Torah which was spoken to Moses at the burning bush—Ebeieb Asher Eheieh. This may be translated as, "I am who I am" or "I am that I am," or "I shall be that I shall be." "Anoki" is also related to the name of Enoch, which is a word meaning "initiate" and is the name of one of the holy individuals whom legend says departed the material dimension by way of a spiritual ascension and did not experience death.' "Anoki" therefore points to God as the sacred unity within and beyond creature and creation and, ultimately, to the truth of our inmost being—the light-presence. As we may recall, in the Gospels. Master Yeshua is noted for "I am" sayings, such as "I am the way, and the taith and the life . . .' Rather than the person of Yeshua as a man, Gnostics understand that all "I am" sayings refer to the Christ presence, which is the inmost being of each and every one of us.
This is reflected by the divine name that follows Anoki, which is Yah-ivcb Elobenu. As we have seen, Yahweh indicates the One life-power— that which is, was, and forever shall be. Elohenu, which translates as "your God indicates the life-power within oneself—the divine "I am."
I The other holy individual being the prophet Elijah
The key message here is that, at the inmost level of our soul of light, we have always been, are now, and forever shall be inseparable from the sacred unity that God is. We already exist in the sacred unity of the One life-power, and are a direct expression of the One life-power. As the name Yeshua implies, by becoming aware of the sacred unity, we are restored to wholeness of being and are set free.
According to the Gnostic Christian Kabbalah, Egypt is a code word in the Torah for the dominion of the demiurgos and archons, and Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt, is a code word for the ego-illusion—hence the sense of an isolate and separate self-existence, apart from others, our environment, ana divine being. If we are able to restore ourselves to the awareness of sacred unity, in that instant we experience something of the divine illumination an '. re liberated from our bondage to cosmic ignorance or the feelings of lack am: isolation that so often plague us.
The saying, "You shall have no other God before me," can also be translated, "You shp.l' not place the gods of others before me." Prom a Gnostic perspective this is very revealing, as is the divine name Yah-weh Elohenu, for it points us within ourselves for knowledge and understanding of the source of our being, and it points to a direct mystical experience. This first commandment indicates the Spirit of truth, as the sacred unity within and behind all life, and directs us to follow the truth and light as it is revealed in our own experience, rather than looking outward to the "gods" of others. Thus, the beginning of the law is the gnosis of the divine "1 am" within oneself, which is what Sophians mean when they speak of the Living Yeshua.
There is a beautiful affirmation and promise in this commandment. It says to us that each and every one of us who seeks to experience the divine presence and power within ourselves and our lives can and will. Moreover, it affirms that, in this experience, we will come to understand and express our unique essence, that we will be and become most truly ourselves. After all, there is no one else we are meant to be but our unique and ircividual self, which is the expression of Christos in us and as us. In so doing, we add texture to the sacred unity, the greater glory of the sacred unity is revealed, and another cell awakens
:n the body of Adam Kadmon—the primordial human being.
If we were to speak this commandment in the clearest and most simple way as it is understood among Sophians, it would be this: Remember at\d be yourselj—your true self (Christ self).
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