A purpose once revealed can be the focus for a lifetime pursuit. If we extend this principle then a contemplation of the divine may become the focus for an eternal pursuit. What this means is that we are made to find out the answers to the questions that we come into this world seeking to know, to understand and at the highest level to transcend.
In order for there to be divine purpose there must be a divine name and this divine name is spoken of in terms of the ten sephiros of Kabbalah as follows in the portion of Zohar that speaks of Ki Tetze, this week's Torah parsha.
Zohar Ki Tetze 57.
"There is no precept but that has ten Sefiroth included in it. Of the ark "with lower, second, and third stories shall you make it" (Beresheet 6:16), to include in it the priests, Levites and Yisrael, The ark the Shechinah, is with them. The Torah of Hashem, is the fourth part of a hin, a fourth letter It is trebled by Yud Hei Vav, to complete it into Yud Hei Vav Hei. Ten grades are included in it, which are Yud Vav Dalet, Hei Aleph, Vav Aleph Vav, Hei Aleph, it shall be fulfilled in Yisrael, "But you that did cleave of Hashem your Elohim¦" (Devarim 4:4), and, "You are the children of Hashem your Elohim" (Devarim 14:1). For this name,has dominion over the image of man and over each and every limb of his."
The divine name is the aspect of consciousness about which all other aspects may be discerned. It is the jumping off point for all discussions of Torah and the raison d'être for every interpretation that ensues. Key to this understand is Hashem your Elohim. This is coded message that is repeated throughout Torah and the commentaries that appear in all the sacred writings. Here is what we need to know about Hashem your Elohim.
Elohim refers specifically to the way the world is built up from the thoughts that we are immersed in as well as the thoughts they we generate via the inspirations from above. Elohim appears first in Bereishis since the order of the universe is dependent upon the way the universe is to be built. Its very essence is tied up in the miracle of Creation that essentially come out to be "the way things work." Yes there is light and darkness, the void, the plants, the trees, the creeping things, the birds and lastly the man. All of these symbols refer to the states of mind that consciousness goes through as it is tied to the creation of the life that is centered around it.
The next divine symbol that comes into view is Hashem that appears first here…**Bereishis 2:4** "These are the generations of the heaven and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made earth and heaven." אֵלֶּה תוֹלְדוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ, בְּהִבָּרְאָם: בְּיוֹם, עֲשׂוֹת יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים--אֶרֶץ וְשָׁמָיִם.
Why is Hashem here and not in the beginning? The answer is that Hashem represent the active force of intention. It is the will to become and the choice of what to become. Everything that is made before or as the Hebrew says behabarim is for the purpose of creating the template for the world of being. Call it the backdrop of Creation or the inner workings that produce the materials that are then to be shaped according to the will of Hashem. First then comes the 'way things work,' and then after this has been pressed into being there is 'the will to become." This "will to become" is the very same focus of intention that we all have in common whenever we make up our mind to obtain some goal. Hashem is directed and most specifically directed along the line of human endeavor.
As the Zohar says of Hashem "this name has dominion over the image of man and over each and every limb of his." Nothing may come to be without this name. Bereishis 2:5 "No shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground;"
It is only then that the idea of man is brought forth following the watering of land with the mist which is the essence of all life. Bereishis 2:7 "Then the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
The combination of Hashem and Elohim, 'the Lord God,' is the combination of the way things work with the will to become. Herein we may discern the purpose of man and his quest for holiness which is the dominion of the world he inhabits daily.