"Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them," Exodus 25:8
"But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!...listen in heaven your dwelling place..."" 1 Kings 8:27-30
"Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name," Deut. 10:20
"[Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polnoy says] 'There are two kinds of devekut [clinging to G-d]. One is that of the learned who cleaves to God directly, and the other is that of common people who do not know how to cleave to the Lord directly....The rabbis...explain it as follows: 'Is He not a devouring fire? The verse, therefore, means to cleave to the learned,'" Dresner,The Zaddik: The Doctrine of the Zaddik According to the Writings of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polnoy, pgs. 129-130
"What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" Psalm 8:4
"Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image," Genesis 9:6
" 'If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance," Deuteronomy 21:22-23Why should G-d care if a human corpse is left out overnight? Why the need to bury it the same day?
The reality is that G-d is the template and man is the copy. To desecrate the copy somehow desecrates G-d. And here's the interesting part: notice in the prohibition listed above (Deut. 21) that a human corpse is not connected to the soul. So it's not just the soul that is made in the Divine Image--but the human body itself somehow reflects the Divine form.
Let me repeat that: the human body itself reflects the Divine form.
Jewish Law reflects this to some extent when it prohibits making a complete image of a human being.
How can G-d, a transcendent being, have a form? Isn't "form" a physical concept? How can a physical form reflect the Divine Image? Wouldn't that imply that G-d had a physical form?
"Let us make humanity in our form, according to our shape..." Gen. 1:26
And that brings us to another paradox: the paradox of a Divine Messiah.
Yeshua was born of a virgin and yet human. He lived as an traditional Jew of His day--yet referred to Himself as the great "I am" and people tried to stone Him for blasphemy (John 8; Mark 14).
How can a transcendent being such as G-d dwell in the cramped confines of a human body?
But this is just another paradox of Judaism. One doesn't have to understand it in order to believe it. The question for everyone is this: Is Yeshua who He claimed to be?