January 2001


Part 23

We start with the story of Hager stopping at a fountain of water - which is the psychic on the way to Shur (going round about).

An angel tells her that she is to call her son Ishmael (understanding of God) and that "…his hand will be against every man, and every mans hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren."
Continuing at:

Chapter 16:

Verse 14. "Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi (the well of the living one who seeth me: the recognition by the individual that life is divine); behold, it is between Kadesh (sanctified, consecrated) and Bered (the seed is the word)."

We are told to use the psychic, but not to get stuck in it. So Hagar must return and take her part. The psychic is a part of life, as is ESP and all the phenomena that goes with it. Therefore use it, walk through it, but do not get stuck in it. This is why Hager eventually goes away, but she has to serve her purpose at this point, and remain there so Abram can learn to use his psychic level and then move on.

Verse 17. "And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram."

God makes another Covenant with Abram.

Chapter 17:

Verse 4. "As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations."
Verse 5.
"Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram; for thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee."
Verse 10.
"This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised."
Verse 15.
"And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be."
Verse 16.
"And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her; yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her."

The change of name for Sarai (contentious) to Sarah(princess) means that Abraham's spiritual nature no longer is in a state of struggle or contention; the spirit no longer struggles with Abraham. It is becoming dominant as the princess or ruler of his life.

Abraham laughed at the scenario of a son for Sarah, but was still told to name his future son Isaac. He then went and did as he was told - to circumcise all his household.

Circumcision was nothing new for it was used in those days as a means of cleanliness. But it was a symbol of obedience and this will be covered in a later issue under the true explanation of the Covenant.

Chapter 18:

He still gets to study a little about the Egyptian religion, but it is not as good as studying under Melchizedek. That is why Hager is still around, along with Ishmael. Now the three men came to speak to Abraham and confirmed the birth of a son to Sarah. They then went down to Sodom and Gomorrah to find ten good men that would save the city, which in a strange episode Abraham bargained God down from fifty to ten.

Chapter 19:

There is a diversion here to enable Lot to be brought back into the story. For Lot is the negative side that is allowed access because Abraham is still into the psychic.

The two men as they came to the city found so much evil in the way of life that they told Lot to leave with his family before the city was destroyed. His son-in-laws mocked him but finally -

Verse 15. "And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take they wife, and they two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city."

Lot was a righteous man, the people in the city were not. They were into all sorts of weird practices. Lot had two daughters, remember they are his spiritual aspects, and they are not named. Abraham sees three people (angels) while Lot only sees two. Abraham sees spirit,soul,and body: Lot sees only soul and body. This shows that Lot is not quite up to Abraham's level.

Lot was hesitant to leave but was allowed to go to Zoar, mean-ing a lower level because he was afraid to go to the mountains.

Verse 26. "But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt."

What is interesting is that in the Bible she is not told to not look back, there is just the plain statement of Verse 26. So what is salt? It is a preservative, she looks back trying to preserve the old state of affairs. It is the same with old illness, and past relationships. Trying to hold these things in place we are set, we have to let the past go, and not look back.

Verse 30. "And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar; and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters."
Verse 31.
"And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come unto us after the manner of all the earth."
Verse 32.
"Come let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father."

They did so, and became with child.

Verse 37. "And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab (seems to have two sides, one seed of the father, flowing from the father, and the other, most external conditions of life, with a possibility of good.); the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day."
Verse 38.
"And the younger, she also bare a son, and called him name Banammi (the offspring of the darkened phase of consciousness in man that Lot signifies): the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day."

As Moses Mainmonides has said the more fantastic a story, the closer you have to look at the real meaning.

When the soul reaches a certain level of unfoldment, the type of phase that person is in, tends to out-picture in their environment, and is usually represented by the sons or daughters of that particular person. Since Lot's daughters are not named that means that he has backed off from any kind of spiritual attainment. Lot's wife was not named either, no names for any of the women, so Lot did not have a very high spiritual attainment.

What is it that people do when they are fearful, and their spiritual life had dropped by the wayside? They hide . . . they go to bed and hide under the blankets or go into a 'cave'. This means that Lot's space is very much into materiality and fear, and the only saving grace is that his daughters are still in the story.

Moab the first son represents the thought that perpetuates body consciousness, the carnal mind, lust of the flesh, but with the possibility of good.

Benammi the second son, and the father of the Ammonites, means son of my people, son of my kindred, son of my tribe, segregation, personal selfishness. This thought is the thought of the clan, when this belligerence is the thought of the nation, it looks on itself as superior to all other nations, proceeds to compel them to acknowledge the superiority by force of arms.

The Ammonites waged constant war against Israel but were eventually defeated. Isn't this happening today, belligerence? The sons of Ammon were the forces raised against Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat is the one that gathered all his people of Israel together and they stood and praised God. They did not look to the army down in the valley below (see - they were in a higher state of consciousness) and all of a sudden the enemy started quarreling amongst themselves, they dissipated and disappeared. This is telling us to turn away from the situation and praise God and the problem will resolve itself.

The little vignettes that go around the main basic character gives the reasons behind the stories. That is why what seems to be details of the stories of hundreds of years ago, is really the symbolism that keeps those very stories alive.


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