Curse Reverser – Psalm 133:3
Adam’s sin brought God’s curse and death into this world (Genesis 3:17-19). After all, God created a good world (Genesis 1:31). It was all built on God’s command (Psalm 148:5). Every facet of creation was following God’s command, and obedience to God is blessing and life. When Adam introduced disobedience with his violation of God’s command, he set up an illusion. Adam did an action that seeks goodness and blessing apart from God’s direct command. This created an illusion in people’s mind that God’s command doesn’t necessarily reign supreme.
Then God commanded Israel to build a Tabernacle. Every detail of the Tabernacle was built according to God’s direct instruction. Every detail of the service of the priests followed clear commandments from God through Moses. The Tabernacle and subsequently the Temple declared the supremacy of God’s command. Every facet of these holy structures affirmed: “as God commanded Moses.”
This created a realm which is directly opposed to the effects of Adam’s sin. In the Temple man comes face to face with the recognition that God’s command is everything and everything is God’s command. In the Temple we reconnect with the true source of life and blessing.
When we pray three times a day we put our minds and our hearts in the Temple. We bring ourselves into the realm in which every molecule was fashioned in obedience to God’s explicit command. We break through the illusion of this dark world which seeks pleasure and goodness in violation of God’s command and we stand fast in the reality which sees God’s commandment as the foundation of existence. And it is from there that we draw blessing and life and the courage to remain loyal to God.
Zion is the meeting place of God and His firstborn son. It is the place where God leaned down toward us with commandments and with the spirit to implement them. And it is the place where we yearn upward with the desire to connect to His light and His truth in total submission to His command. And it is the place where God commanded life and blessing forevermore.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal