October 2001


Part 26


Chapter 20:

Verse 17. "So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children."

Verse 18. "For the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife."

 These two apparently innocuous verses hold a very important message. Melchizedek had chosen Abraham to be the leader and teacher but he wasn't going about it the right way. Abraham was the one who had gone through the challenges and had been given the high spiritual knowledge to pass on to his family and descendents.

But he was, like each of us at times, beginning to get discouraged and give up on his increasing conscious awareness. If he had done that then Melchizedek would have not been fruitful, all would have been barren.

For when you hear about the womb being closed up or people being barren, that means the chief character has reached a barren place in their evolvement. So here we have Abraham reaching a barren spot. All the households around him were barren.

But Abraham then turns, takes another step, he is going to be 'good'. After all he is going to have faith in himself, and he is renewing his efforts to go on to a higher state of consciousness. Then the wombs are opened up and the household is not barren anymore.

These stories always mean so many different things, but the words always mean the same thing. So whenever you see the word barren, barren state of the land or barren of children, it is a barren state of consciousness. The same with famine, it means you have reached a plateau or level spot in your journey.

Abraham is absolutely the story of 'us'. We can see where we have gone through the same struggles and trials that he goes through and his final achievements. How he reaches a high place of consciousness, and then falls off it again. How he goes to a mountain top and back down again, and even tries another religion. But there is always a constant spiral upwards.

This is what is so encouraging with the old Bible stories - they have all been there! 'Done that'!

If we just take that closer look we can gain so much from them, and be encouraged by seeing the resolving of their dilemmas by applying it to ourselves. For we move up step my step in our evolvement along our spiritual path.


January 2002