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When I awake...

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"As for me, I will look upon Your face in righteousness; when I awake [quts], I shall be satisfied by Your image [temunah]" (Psalm 17:15 Interlinear).

The notion of resurrection is quite present in the Old Testament, "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake [quts], some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt" (Daniel 12:2). Like many of her contemporaries, Martha believed in the resurrection on the Last Day (John 11:24).

King David knew his God and was right in the eyes of Him. That is why he knew that one day he will himself see Him at his own resurrection. His soul shall be satisfied with His image he saw like Moses saw in the desert, "With him I speak mouth to mouth, even plainly, and not in dark speeches; and he beholds the form [temunah] of the Lord" (Numbers 12:8). The temunah is an image, a portrait, a representation of God that now took the form of Jesus, "Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father" (John 14:9).