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CHAPTER THREE

ONE

 

 

 

The number one means unity
Numerical Oneness.  Organic Onenes

The first letter in Hebrew alphabet which its numerological value of 1 is Aleph.  

Aleph has no sound and it is the beginning of everything.    
This is God.  
In India we have clear teaching of Nirguna Brahman and Saguna Brahman.  
God is unknowable because he cannot be interacted in His fulness by any human.  Hence even though he is all properties, humans will not be able to understand or comprehend and define God.  The concept is inherent also in Caballah which is adopted by the Christian Caballists as God defined as Ein.  Ein means nothing or meaning unknowable. It is not that God is nothing, but we can know nothing about God. They call it neti, neti meaning - not this, not that.  It is only when God expresses himself within the realm of human existence we can know God and then again that will not be the essence of God.  God in his essence is unknowable.  God makes himself knowable as he creates realms within himself and we know God’s emanations or energies within that realm of interaction.  In Eastern Churches we distinguish between God’s Essence and God’s Energies.

Ein - Nothing is the definition as best as we could define God. If we want to assign an essence itself we have to go beyond nothingness - which are defined by the Caballists as Ein Sof and Ein Sof Ahr . Ein Sof is explained as infinite - which implies fulness of all properties,  EinSof Ahr implies infinte Light with Character.  Only when God reveals himself we have diversity and hence sees Him as an organic unity. This is Saguna Brahaman - the first appearances of God.  This cannot be unity nor His essence.  This is the basis of Christian Trinity argument.

 

 

 

The first letter or number one Alef has no sound, yet in Hebrew it is written as a Person “the Great I AM”. This represents the Ein - the Nirguna Brahman which extends to Ein Sof  as the root of all realities . Since Alef has no sound, the first reality is expressed by the first and the second letters of Hebrew together which is the word Ab or Av which simply means Father. God is defined as the father of everything both the material and spiritual world.  Ab hence is the Ain Sof Aur - the infinite, light and Abba  the Saguna Brahman.

 

 


This unity has two aspects. Primarily it indicates numerical oneness.  One - no more and no less.

Again this oneness may be more organic so that there is a unity within it.

Here is what the numerology describe it.
PersonalityTraits: Original, Individual, Master, Creator, Leader, Pioneer, Dominance,
The Beginning 1 gives birth to all other numbers.  

However, that being said, Jungian psychology places 1 as a symbol of unity.
Like the old saying there is no "I in T-E-A—M" when people work together as one, and have 1 individuals among them, the changes that result astound.

You can see these reflected in the Biblical numerology:

The first thing that brings to mind is the Shema of Israel:

 

 

In fact the basis of monotheism is that God alone exist.  Everthing else are emanations of God’s energies which form the cosmos.  It is not part of the essence of God.

In that sense even the cosmos is in existence within God and forms part of the oneness of God.

 

 Yachid represents numeric oneness which has no components. One Alone. This is represented in the case of God as “I AM” or El
Echad on the other hand is an organic oneness of many components forming unity.  This is represented the case of God as Elohim where the plural is used.

In Hebrew there is duality word for the singular El as Elah.
In the Shema of Israel, God is not Yachid but Echad.  
God is not homogeneous but hetrogenious and is potentially infinte.
The word YACHID, which always means one and ONE ALONE (not a unified one) is NEVER used of God ANYWHERE in the Old Testament.  

In the New Testament, the greek word corresponding to  Yachid  is Hen. See John 10:30; Matt. 19:5; Mk 12:29.  There is a corresponding word for Yachid in Greek which is Monos - One Only. See Matt 24:36; 1 Tim 1:17.  Two examples can be shown which makes it clear.

 

The Organic oneness concept is seen in the prayer of Jesus:
I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.  This is the echad of 1

Apart from the defining of God as one, we have referrences to Jesus as One or First

Jesus is called the firstborn of every creature (Colossians 1:15)
Jesus is called the firstborn from the dead (1:18)
Jesus is called the firstborn among many brethren (Romans 8:29).
Jesus is called the "first of the firstfruits" (1Corinthians 15:20, 23), indicating the immortal humanity through the resurrection.  
Jesus  is called the FIRST or Alpha (the first letter of the Greek language) and the Last or Omega (last letter of Greek) (Revelation 1:11, 17, 22:13).

             
   Greek              Alef- Tau (Hebrew forms: pictograph to modern)
Notice Tau was a Cross

Christianity entails one hope, one faith, one baptism, one Lord and Savior and one Father (Ephesians 4:4 - 6).  Alef in the ancient pictograohic writing was the head of an ox indicating power and authority while, Tau the last letter was indeed a cross which indicates total redemption back to the beginning of all creation.

In any language or culture around the globe, the number one means unity. It is of great importance no matter where you go. One has a dual nature, as do most numbers, in that it represents both primacy – being first – and unity – being a whole, singular thing. The number one is self-sufficient; it stands alone, indivisible by any other numbers, as the primary source of all numbers after it. By its very nature the number one leaves out any differences that may exist between numbers. It is neither in conflict or harmony with any.

The organic unity is particularly clear in the concept of
husband and wife who become one flesh,
and in exactly similar way in the concept of the Church as one body.

Jesus prayed to God that his followers
“that they may all be one,
just as you, Father, are in union with me
and I am in union with you.”—
John 17:21; Matthew 19:6.

 

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Yacheed  means absolute unity, or uniqueness, an only one.
It occurs only twelve times in the Old Testament (3x22),
viz: Pentateuch, 3 timess and Rest of Old Testament 9 = (3
2) times.

· Genesis 22:2, "Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac."

· Genesis 22:12 and 16, "Hast not withheld thy son, thine only son."

· Judges 11:34, "She was his only child."

· Psalm 22:20, "Deliver...my darling" (marg. only one).

· Psalm 25:16, "I am desolate and afflicted."

· Psalm 35:17, "Rescue...my darling (marg. only one) from the lions."

· Psalm 68:6, "God setteth the solitary in families."

· Proverbs 4:3, "I was...tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother."

· Jeremiah 6:26, "Mourning as for an only son."

· Amos 8:10, "I will make it as the mourning of an only son."

· Zechariah 12:10, "As one that mourneth for his only son."

These are all the occurrences of the word Yacheed, and here therefore we see the meaning of the word.
But this is not the word which is used in Deuteronomy 6:4, and it is never used of Jehovah.
It is used of the Lord Jesus as the only begotten Son; but never of Jehovah—the self-existant One (- Echad). <<<<<