The 8 and 800

In Exodus 20: 9-10 it is stated:

Six days shall you labour, and do all your work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates:

The implication of this statement is not only one should keep the Sabbath, but also one should work 6 days a week. This point is often forgotten. It is not sufficient just to keep the Sabbath, but also one must work 6 days. Hence there are the six days of work where our consciousness is fixed to this physical plane; then there is the seventh day, when we allow our consciousness to transcend beyond the physical needs of this world.

This can be extrapolated on the spiritual plane in the case of the Flood. So it was that after six hundred years of Noah’s life and after seven days of entering the Ark, the Flood began:

And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth: And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth: (Genesis 7: 6, 10).

The 7th day is a day of rest and even though the Sabbath is like any other day of the week, it is created as a space in time. It is where a space has been created within the normal flow of time for the devotion to God. For this reason all kinds of ‘fences’ geder or laws have been placed around the Sabbath for our existence on that day, such as not turning on lights, not shopping, not cooking, not driving a car etc. These may seem absurd from the outside yet are put there to assist the individual to pass the Sabbath in the most spiritual manner possible without getting tied up in the normal chores of life.

The essence of the 7th day is that acts of creation cease and the process that cause change of matter, the process of destruction in order to create, stop {1}. (See hyperlink 17 and good). It is the basis of the act of creation that in order to create another form must be destroyed. In the words of The Joker in Batman – you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. For this reason on the Sabbath nothing should be created or destroyed and in particular because the act of creation was initiated through light – the fire principal – no fire should be invoked on Sabbath.

The purpose of the 7th day, the Sabbath is not an end in itself, rather it is a means to an end. It is in preparation for the 8th day, for the next world, to fulfill the covenant with God.

The number 8 is represented by the 8th letter of the alphabet, chet ח . Eight is sighted many times in the Bible and in post-biblical events: the 8 days of Hanukah; the circumcision on the 8th day of birth.

In Hebrew eight is shemoneh spelt שמונה and has the same root as shemen, שמנ meaning oil in Hebrew as in anointing oil. The gematrical value of shemen שמן 300-40-50 = 390 and is the same value as Heaven, shemayim in Hebrew spelt שמים 300-40-10-40 (see hyperlink Jacob’s ladder). So we see a certain link between 8, oil and heaven.

A further relationship between the ‘8’ and oil can be seen in the 8th son of Jacob, Asher, for in the blessing of Jacob to Asher, he says: his bread shall be fat and he shall yield many royal dainties, (Genesis 49:20). Here the word ‘fat’ is shmenah, spelt shin-mem-nun-heh שמנה and therefore has the same root as oil shemen שמנ and ‘8’. The relationship between Asher as the 8th son, oil and heaven is reaffirmed in the blessing of the tribe of Asher by Moses, where he says, Let him dip his foot in oil (Deuteronomy 33:24).

Oil is also related to the Messiah, who is also called ‘the anointed one’ for Messiah is spelt mem-sin-yod-chet משיח and anointing oil is Masach, spelt mem-sin-chet משח. Anointing oil, masach, also has the same letters as the word for happy, sameach, spelt: sin-mem-chet שמח . Hence, Messiah, anointing oil and happiness have the same root letters: mem-sin-chet,משח and can be related to the tribe of Asher, meaning happiness, so-named by Leah who says at Asher’s birth: Happy am I for the daughters will call me blessed, (Genesis 30:13).

So ‘8’ symbolizes and represents a covenant or bridge between Man and God and between Heaven and Earth.

This concept of ‘8’ and a covenant between God and Man is extended further in the parasha Noah. After the flood when all Noah’s extended family and animals and birds have exited the Ark, God makes a promise that He never again will destroy the Earth for man’s sake (for man is evil and wicked in his heart).

I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth (Genesis 9:13)

In Hebrew rainbow is keshet spelt koph-shin-taf קשת having a numerical value of 100-300-400 = 800. As we know 800 is the centane value of the number 8 and just as the circumcision which is carried out on the 8th day is a covenant between Man and God on the physical plane, so the rainbow is the covenant between the Earth and God on a spiritual plane. Effectively the covenant expresses never to invert the act of creation that took place on the 5th and 6th day of creation when life was created on Earth.

Moreover the format of the word keshet (100-300-400) is similar in form to the last three letters of the first word (phrase) in the Book of Genesis: ‘In the beginning’, Bereshit in Hebrew and spelt shin-yod-taf שית with numerical values: 300-10-400. The meaning is the same: a spiritual bond between 300 which is Heaven, the spiritual male and 400 which is Earth, the spiritual female, through the spiritual form of unity, God (the 100). (See hyperlink In the beginning for further explanation).

Eight represents death, re-birth, renewal (the meaning of the word Hanukah is renewal). In an astrological context it is represented by the 8th house and the sign Scorpio which both symbolise death, re-birth, renewal and the completion of a cycle.

The implications of the number 8 and the essence thereof is that is symbolizes the link between Man and God, Heaven and Earth, the prana, the neshama, the soul the breath that flows between heaven and Earth, Man and God. It is a vital part of our understanding of our relationship with God and how this links to other relationships and phenomena expressed in numerical values.

This concept can be extrapolated further where, just as 7+1 =8 so 7 x 7 +1 = 50. Hence the ‘8’ is related to the ‘50’ which is the Yuvel, the Jubilee Year. It is the time, after 49 years, of renewal, of return and of change. So in the Bible it is said that in the fiftieth year all leased land returns to its original owner, all debts must be paid and the land must be given year of rest in addition to the sabbatical year of rest given every 7 years. The link between 8 and 5, 50 and 500 is further discussed in (See hyperlink 5, 50 500).

{1} The concept of destruction and creation is represented in the Hindu god Shiva who has five important tasks: creator, preserver, destroyer, concealer, and revealer. He can be seen in the form of Nataraj where he has 5 limbs and dances the dance of destruction and creation encircled by a ring of fire.


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