April 2002


Part 28


Chapter 21:

From Verse 23 - 34 
Abimelech (unregenerate will - King of the Philistines) asks Abraham to swear not to deal falsely with him. But Abraham tells him that his people have taken away a well of water that Abraham and his people have dug. Therefore Abimelech was disturbed that he had not been told of this; Abraham made a gift of sheep and oxen in order to make a covenant with Abimelech. He also set aside seven ewe lambs as a token that he had dug the well. And he then called the place Beer-sheba. (oath of the well, well of the seven, well of fulfillment.)

This name comes up many times later in the Old Testament so this is why this particular quote is important as it sets the scene for later events.

Abraham is at a plateau in his life - this is his comfort zone "for he sojourned in the Philistine land many days."

The well is also important, for water here indicates that Abraham is moving on into a higher spiritual activity - when he can make up his mind to actually move. This is the meaning of the seven it is the close of the material association with Abimelech and a change is his life.

Philistine (rolling about, transitory, migrating, emigrating, moving to and fro, wandering, deviating from a true course, rejected, infidels). This well represents that Abraham really knew that the psychic was there, but he didn't need it anymore. He had made the pact, or covenant, with Abimelech and that it was the end of an era.

Beer-sheba is important because it denotes the pact between the inner spiritual and the outer physical, and looks to the higher states of consciousness. This sets the scene for the next event. People have often wondered why on earth God tempted Abraham and tested his faith. It was just a follow-on from the story of Beer-sheba.

Hagar is gone and he was finished with the psychic - Abraham then goes onwards.

Chapter 22:

Verse 1. "And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am."

Verse 2. "And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, who, thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of."

Right here we start off with the meaning of Moriah - (a vision of Jehovah, chosen by Jehovah, Jehovah provides, fortress of the Lord, bitterness of Jehovah.) Isaac means joy and laughter and THIS is what Abraham has to sacrifice. Sometimes we have to give up the material pleasures that we have in life in order to move into a higher spiritual level. Sometimes we even have to give up friends and relatives and spouses because we have moved into a different space. This is the bitterness that is in the meaning. The things we have to give up because we are moving to a different level of consciousness. That is the whole point of the sacrifice, for remember what follows. Since the name of a 'place', or the name of a 'mountain', was never mentioned, these verses are symbolic for the 'internal'. Mountain means a higher state of consciousness so this is where Abraham is going. It is actually his reward.

Verse 4. "Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw a place afar off."

Verse 5. "And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you."

Verse 6. "And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together."

Verse 7. "And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father; and he said, Here I am, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"

Verse 8. "And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering; so they went both of them together."

Why does no one believe that Abraham KNEW just what he was doing.

Verse 9. "And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him upon the wood."

Verse 10. "And Abraham stretched forth his hand and took the knife to slay his son."

Verse 11. "And the Angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham; and he said Here am I."

Verse 12. "And he said Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him; for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing; thou hast not withheld thy son ( thine joy and laughter), thine only son, from me."

Verse 13. "And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in stead of his son."

We may have to give up some things, some way of living, old life styles to reach a higher state of consciousness but we will get something in place of the things we give up. This was an example of Abraham's faith, whatever path God put him on he was now going to follow, no matter what.

Verse 14. "So Abraham called the name for that place 'The Lord will provide; as it is said to this day, "On the mountain of the Lord it shall be provided."

This is why whatever we are praying for, treating for, affirming is not going to have any effect unless we have come to a higher state of consciousness FIRST. This seems to be the point most miss. Yet there it is in the Old Testament story of Abraham, the story of each of us. We make affirmations without doing the work of climbing the mountain and having the faith of God that he will provide.


July 2002