April 2004


Part 33

Chapter 29:

Verse 28.    "And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also."

Finally after Jacob works seven years and only gets Leah, the human soul, he progresses and gets Rachel, the spiritual soul. He has the knowledge of how to attain spiritual awareness, but Rachel is barren. Barren means he hasn't produced anything. With all his learning he hasn't learned how to manifest. Even though he hated the weary studies he finally gets four sons by Leah, Reuban, Simeon, Levi and Judah. This signifies his physical and mental development. But he still is unable to realize the higher consciousness, so he gets angry. He's disappointed with Rachel, and he takes Bilhah her servant for his wife. Therefore he goes backwards, just as Abraham did with Hagar.

It is as though he said, I'm not going to try anymore, lets settle for what we can. From there we get to the story of the sheep and cattle. He is as usual impatient with his progress and he turns to magical tricks. He broke a cardinal rule that you never use your spiritual powers to either injure or gain advantage over others. He was misusing his spiritual powers. This is why he crept away in the middle of the night, as we shall see.

 Chapter 30:

Verse 6.    "And Rachel said, God hath both judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath give me a son: therefore called she his name Dan."

The son in those days then belonged to the wife not the handmaid. Dan means the physical aspect, judgment, and the sex nature. (See Gospel According to Thomas)

Later on Jacob makes the statement that Dan is the serpent that bites at his heels. This was Jacob's down-fall; he kept on going his own sweet way and allowing his physical nature to finally pull him down.
He does have eventually one daughter Dinah - intuition. So he does develop a little of his spiritual nature. But the rest was all physical, and psychic.

Here we take time out to review before we go on to see what happened to Jacobs 12 sons and one daughter.

The following create a pattern throughout the old testament, every patriarch encounters these concepts.

 1. Tho - symbolism of allegory, it was left out of the Bible translations of Gen 2, verse 4. Because it implied that everything following was symbolism. Hard for literalists to deal with.
2. Plague or famine - a drop in consciousness, barren, a loss of spirituality, usually when you come back up you are at a higher level (some call this the dark night of the soul).
3. East - within.
4. West - without.
5. South - going to the south, lowering your consciousness, going into the physical or as in going to Egypt the psychic.
6. Mountain top - higher state of consciousness.
7. Wife - spiritual aspect, when the wife is named then the main character in the story is wedded to that spiritual aspect.
8. Sons - when named are what the main character has developed in the material aspect of life.
9 Daughters - when named are the spiritual aspect that the main character has developed or produced.
10. Change of name - change in consciousness.
11. Birthright - We are heir to the Kingdom of God, the guarantee for our birthright is the covenant, the head of each tribe is supposed to carry this agreement on.
12. Pitching a tent - tent means temporary, i.e. on a mountain, cannot stay in that consciousness.
13. Digging a well - flowing water means a spiritual level, the flowing of spirit activity through us. A stagnant well, pool, or pond means the psychic, the stagnant side of mental or lower spiritual activity.

When something does not fit this pattern of names and places, we know that it has been added in at a later date.

An example of what the teachers faced in those days when there were no words for the absolute or abstract. If someone tried to explain to us that Abraham was going into a higher state of consciousness within, but he couldn't stay very long, and he was leaving everything else on the outer. That he was going to build that consciousness and call upon God, then he would come down out of that consciousness, and go back into the material. Here is how they did it.

Chapter 12.
Verse 8. "And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel (house of God), and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the West, and Hai (or Ai - a heap of rubbish or a heap of rubble - to the east of Bethel) on the East; and there he builded an altar to the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord.
Verse 9. "And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south."

This was when he went down into Egypt.

We started off with Adam & Eve, went through Noah, on to Abraham and Isaac. We are now into Jacob. We have found that there are parallels between the lives of each of the main characters of this first Book of the Bible. Each one follows a pattern of rising spirituality, then down they go into the depths or down into Egypt, usually it's down into Egypt. This is typical of the journey each one of us takes.
Which is why we can learn so much from them as to how to work through each of our experiences; from down to up again and even a little higher, a little more aware in consciousness.

In the beginning the peoples were much into the physical then moved to the intellect. Abraham was into blind faith. But Isaac and Jacob were more into the intellect, Jacob let the psychic take hold so that his son Joseph took the whole tribe down into Egypt, until Moses rescued them after 400 years.

Jacobs's journey to Laban to get married to Rachel, the beautiful of Life. Laban who was pure spirituality was to give Jacob lessons which is why Jacob went 'up' to Haran in the mountains.

Jacob working seven years for Rachel but getting Leah, was not double dealing by Laban, but the clue is in Leah's name, which means weary or exhausted. The first seven years he spent controlling his mental attributes, overcoming his physical aspect. He found this so wearying and exhausting. If he had really reached spiritual level he wouldn't have felt this way. This showed Laban that he had not moved to the level required to obtain Rachel as his wife.

The number seven means completion of development, so this is the end of one phrase and the beginning of another. We are sometimes like Jacob. We attend class and study and find that we aren't getting anywhere, and we give up, decide to go on to something new. We can watch ourselves in all of these stories. Jacob gets Leah and then Rachel, he knows it all, but he finds it hard to put it into practice, don't we all. Next time we see how Jacob got into more trouble.


July 2004