Dec. 2002


Part 29


Chapter 25:

Verse 8.    "Then Abraham gave up the ghost and died in his old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people."

Verse 9.    "His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Sohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre."

Verse 10.    "The field that Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth; there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife. "

Here is something so strange, where did Ishmael come from? The last time we hear of him he went down to Shur, married and had sons and daughters. There then follows a history of his generations. Ishmael's sons, which as you follow through their names you will see the heritage that the descendents have followed:

Nabojoth … cultivation of the soul, inspired words, heights.
His descendents, the Nabatheans, in Arabia, Petraea and Arabian Felix.
Kadar... confused, unsettled, disturbed, obscure thought, also overcast, mournful.
The tribe which sprang from him and their territory in the desert between Arabia, Petraea and Babylonia.
Adbeel … yearning for God, disciplined of (for) God.
Mibsam … perception of sensing of the joy and beauties of spirit, delightful, pleasant,
Mishma …fame, hearkening, obeying, obedient
Dumah … dumb, silence, a tomb.
Massa … seventh so, burden
His land near Dumah in Mount Seir
Hadar… hidden principle, powerful
Tema … sun burnt, good fortune, prosperity, abundance.
His posterity at the Persian Gulf.
Jetur … that which keeps within bounds.
Naphish … numerous
His descendents, west of Jordan, subdued along with the Hagarites and Jeter and Nodah by the two and a half tribes?
Kedemah … principle, that which exceed all limits.

Note that there are no names for the daughters he is supposed to have had. That means that the spiritual was not a part of his experience. If you take the time to follow down his descendents in 1 Chron 1:30 you will see what happens to them, and why they are still troublesome to their neighbors even today.

Verse 11.    "It came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac, and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi." (of the living on who beholds me a well or fountain in the wilderness of Paran, between Kadesh (holy) and Bered (seed place)).

It is interesting as you follow the names and places within the Old Testament to see just how each name really does have a meaning for the Patriarch and his life. It is not only just for one of the Patriarchs. It is relevant for all of us to show that the way we live our lives follows the same pattern, even though we have been taught down the ages by these examples what to do and what not to do.
This is why I have given the Hidden Bible Secrets as a seminar and class so often, and am putting them as a series in 'Pulse'. They are still applicable to our journey through life if we but have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Running water is always the spiritual life, so as we pursue the rest of the life of Isaac and his sons you see that He really did not have a very dramatic life himself because he rested in the Lord. He also did not have any daughters so that his spiritual life was not expressed. How many today live quiet spirital lives completely unacknowledged but we know them as beautiful people when we come in contact with them.

Verse 21.    "Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord was intreated by him, and Rebekah his wife conceived."

Verse 22.    "The children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord."

Verse 23.    "The Lord said to her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from they bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger."

Verse 24.    "When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb."

Verse 25.    "The first came out all red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau."

Verse 26.    "After that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them."

Verse 27.    "The boys grew; and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

Verse 28.    "Isaac loved Esau; because he did eat of his venison; but Rebekah loved Jacob.

This is such a familiar story but look closer.
Isaac ... laughter
Rebekah … fluttering
Esau … hirsute, hairy.
Jacob … following after, supplanted.
See the lineage - neither Isaac nor Rebekah added anything to their spiritual life because there was no daughter. Just what appears also to be two oddball sons as the result of Isaac's life.
This is just the first example we have that we do not inherit from our parents a set life. It can change as we allow our spiritual self to express. All Unity students know the story of Myrtle Fillmore. She did not inherit 'consumption' from her mother (A personal note here - doctors get so annoyed when I refuse to give family history. I am old enough now to have acquired my own life history).
The following shows how Jacob had to be separated from his twin to follow his own path.

Verse 29.    "Jacob sod (to cause to boil) pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint.

Verse 30.    "Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red (earthly) pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

An interesting note here the name Edom means 'red' from the colour of the pottage he so yearned for.
But further along it also is the name of the tribe he fathered, the Edomites. This name was also given to the country where they dwelt as was normal procedure. Later it was called Idumea, which is where the family of Herod of the New Testament came from. Previously it was called Mount Seir, from the progenitor of Horites, lwho had their name from Hori grandson of Seir, because it was descriptive of their habits as dwellers in caves.
Edom means the outer man. Esau's descendents were actually later the enemy of the Israelites. They were conquered by David and became servants to him. Whenever the physical wonders around like that it usually get conquered in some way.

Verse 31.    "Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright."

Verse 32.    "Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?"

Verse 33.    "Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he swore unto him, and he sold his birthright unto Jacob."

Verse 34.    "Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils and he did eat and drink and rose up and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright."

Esau is selling his spiritual birthright for the physical in life. He is ignoring his birthright in order to turn to the physical aspects. All the way down through the ages the eldest son of the tribe was the spiritual leader (George Lamsa is the more modern example of this aspect).

Chapter 26:

Verse 1.    "There was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that in the days of Abraham. Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerer.

Famine is a barren time in someone's life. Shur and Gere are close together and they are down toward Egypt. It is unusual for Isaac to become barren like this. He had produced sons, which we have already discussed and shows where his spirituality was set. We have also heard of Abimelech in the life of Abraham who visited him when he was going through a barren time of his life.

Verse 2.    "The Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:"

Verse 3.    "Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee, for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and will perform the oath which I swore unto Abraham thy father;"

Verse 4.    "I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;"

Verse 5.    "Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statues, and my laws.

Going down to Egypt has always meant going to the lower psychic level which Abraham in his despair was wont to do. Some call this the dark night of the soul, it comes to all of us at some time or another. God told Isaac to have patience and not take that route. For him to think he would be able to walk through it. I always tell my practitioners that you will still have challenges but you will be able to walk through them faster and easier.
Jacob is still faced with the same set- up as his father, which we will come to next time.




April 2003