Three Craftsmen: Heaven, Earth, and Water

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121) “Let Israel rejoice in those who make him.” Those who make him are the Creator and his father and mother. Because the man was made with the participation of man, his wife, and the Creator, it is written about it, “Let us make man,” in partnership with his father and mother.

The Creator has made three craftsmen from which to elicit the world: heaven, earth, and water. Each of them served one day, then returned to serving one day each, as before.

122) In the first day, the heaven executed his craftsmanship, as it is written, “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” In the second day, the water executed their craftsmanship, as it is written, “And God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the water, and let it divide between water and water.’” Half the water went up, and half the water remained below. Had the water not divided, the world would not exist. In the third day, the earth elicited as she was commanded, as it is written, “And God said, ‘Let the earth put forth grass, herb.’” It is also written, “And the earth brought forth grass.”

123) Thus far each craftsman of those three craftsmen executed their crafts and did as they were commanded. Three others remained in the work of creation. On the fourth day, the first craftsman, heaven, was commanded to execute his craft, as it is written, “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven.’” On the fifth day, the water executed, meaning the second craftsman, as it is written, “And God said, ‘Let the water swarm with swarms of living creatures.’” On the sixth day, the earth did her craft, as it is written, “And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth the living creature after its kind.’”

124) When these three craftsmen completed their work, the Creator said to them, “I have one craft to do, and this is man. Join together and I am with you; we will make man. The body is yours, and I will partake with you in giving the soul, and we will make man.” As there were three craftsmen who partook in the work of creation in the beginning, so was it later in the creation of man.

The father is the one in whom he made the work of heaven, and the work of the water is where the whiteness in man is from. And the woman, who is the third craftsman, is like the earth, from which the redness in the newborn comes. The soul is from the Creator, who partook with them. It is written about it, “in those who make him,” the Creator, his father, and his mother.

125) Although his father and mother passed away from this world, man’s joy is in all the participants, for when a man includes the Creator in his joy, the Creator comes to the Garden of Eden and takes his father and mother from there, His partners. He brings them with Him to that joy, and all are in there. People do not know, but in a man’s plight, the Creator is with him alone; He does not let his father and mother know, as it is written, “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God.”

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