Micro-macro. Let’s talk about this beautiful concept in the world. Each cell is like a human, each human is like a cosmic universe. Physically. And the same goes for spiritually. A person is a mishkan, a mishkan is the universe. A person is the universe. Symmetry in nature and exact science to both physical and spiritual world.
You are scratching your head and saying, okay, this blogger really lost it with this post. But here, let me give you a smattering of some interesting reading tidbits culled from Wiki and other sources:
• “four common states of matter: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma.”
• Human genome – four strands in DNA
• “Four elements Earth, Water, Air, and Fire frequently occur; sometimes including a fifth element or quintessence (after “quint” meaning “fifth”) called Aether in ancient Greece and India. The concept of the five elements formed a basis of analysis in both Hinduism and Buddhism. In Hinduism, particularly in an esoteric context, the four states-of-matter describe matter, and a fifth element describes that which was beyond the material world. Similar lists existed in ancient China and Japan. In Buddhism the four great elements, to which two others are sometimes added, are not viewed as substances, but as categories of sensory experience.”
• Four-lettered name of G-d
• Four levels of created beings: Domaym(inatimate), Tzomayach(growing thing), Chay(animal life) & Medaber(human)
Okay, folks, so there we have it, this common theme of four in our world..with some folks claiming that there really is a fifth aspect beyond our comprehension. So now, let us see how that works in the Mishkan-Tabernacle…
• Five major vessels in Tabernacle, one beyond space, leaving four.
Again I quote (why write, if someone wrote so beautifully before me something I can quote):
“The Tabernacle represents a microcosm of the universe – a distillation of all energies, patterns and resources found in the material world. Therefore as the microcosm of creation, the activities performed in constructing the Tabernacle precisely parallel those acts performed by God (so to speak) in creating the world. Thus, these are the same activities that we refrain from on Shabbat.” http://www.jewishpathways.com/files/Shabbat_Day_of_Rest.pdf quoting the Malbim
G-d created a world with laws to it. Right before Shabbos, ten things were created “bayn Hashmashos” in the twilight hours. They are: mouth of the earth, the mouth of the well, the mouth of the donkey, the rainbow, the mannah, the staff of Moshe, the Shamir worm, the written characters,writing and Tablets, Some say demons, the burial place of Moshe and the ram of Avrahahm. And some say, tongs. Every positive had a negative created with it. These ten things were additional things.
The Gemara in Yoma, Kiddushin, and Bova Basra, says that“Aron she’asa Moshe lo haya min hameedah.” “The Ark made by Moshe was not part of the measure.” Holy of Holies was twenty Amos. Once the Ark was put in, on each side of the Ark, there was ten amos, even though the ark itself was two and one-half Amos wide. Which means the Ark did n0t take physical space.
The four vessels in the Tabernacle bound by space were the Menorah, the Altars and the Table. The fifth item is the Aron — beyond the material world.