January 2004



Part 32

Here is where we enter into the adventures of Jacob. He is no longer just an expression of his father's material life.

Chapter 28:

Verse 11.    "And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.""

Verse 12.    "And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep."."

Verse 13.    "And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to they seed;"

Verse 14.    . "And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth; and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south, and in thee and in thy seed shalt all the families of the earth be blessed."

Verse 15.    "And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of."

Verse 16.   "And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not." 

Verse 17.    "And he was afraid, and said How dreadful (awesome) is this place! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."

Verse 18.   "And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it." 

Verse 19.    "And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of the city was called Luz at first."


So far, so good, here are the angels going up and down, angels are spiritual thoughts or principles. At 'a certain place' in consciousness (because the place is not even named) the understanding is illuminated. One of the stones of the place that Jacob put under his head represents the
contact of understanding with material conditions.

Sometimes when we try to meditate we just can't stay there, material thoughts keep coming into our head, this is what was happening to Jacob. The understanding keeps coming up against material conditions. The 'ladder' represents step by step realizations of Truth. These pure thoughts (angels of God) ascend and descend in con-sciousness. We keep going up and down, up two steps and backs one. This is natural as this story is telling us.

These things happen to everyone. 'Jehovah', the I am (verse 13 and 14), occupies the highest place in consciousness. The spiritualized thoughts of the mind become the seed and bless all the earth (body consciousness). The Lord is constantly in our midst, and we must eventually come into divine consciousness (verse 15). The mind is startled when it discovers God to be an omnipresent principle (verse 16).

In verse 17 there is represented the realization that the body (house) is the temple of God and that the mind is the gate to heaven (harmony). In the light of understanding, 'the morning" (verse 18), the things that have been our stepping stone become holy and we anoint them with oil (love, joy, gladness).

Bethel signifies house of God. Luz means separation; that which has seemed separate and apart is brought into unity (verse 19).

BUT and here is the forerunner of Jacob's constant downfall.

Verse 20.    "And Jacob vowed , saying. If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,"

Verse 21.    "So that I come again to my Father's house in peace, then shall the Lord be my God."

Verse 22.    "And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shalt be god's house, and of all that thou givest me I will surely give the tenth unto thee."

This looks like a covenant with God. But instead it is Jacob trying to bargain with God and that is a no -no. We give all that
we are to God and God will give back. This error follows Jacob all through his life

Chapter 29:

Verse 1.    "Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east."

Verse 2.    "And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouth."

Verse 3.    "And thither were all the flocks gathered and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in its place."

He was in the land of the people of 'within' He has already started his education. They are told that until all the flocks (all the thoughts, all the thinking) are gathered together, they will not roll the stone from the well's mouth (allowing the flowing of spirit) and water the sheep.

Verse 10.    "And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother."

Verse 11.    "And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept."

Verse 12.    "And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father."

Verse 13.    "And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things."

Verse 14.    "And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month."

Verse 15.    "And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? Tell me, what shall thy wages be?"

Verse 16.    "And Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name for the younger was Rachel."

Verse 17.    ""Leah was tender eyed, but Rachel was beautiful and well favored."

Verse 18.    "And Jacob loved Rachel; and said I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter."

 Rachel's name means ewe lamb, spiritual soul. Jacob was going to work for seven years to develop his spiritual soul under Laban to become wedded to Rachel.

He did not get Rachel because he didn't' earn her. He didn't reach the level of understanding because he got bored with it. He doesn't like working. He gets Leah, (human soul) he worked seven weary years and all he could get was a human soul.

This is what we do, we get all tangled up in the intellectual aspect of things, we know a lot 'about' God, a lot 'about' spiritual life. But we don't really put it into practice. That is what it is saying here. When we learn about something and we talk about something but we do not put it into practice, it is very wearisome. We do not seem to get anywhere. We complete our courses and we still have not made it any further.

Verse 24.    "And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah (extracting essence) his maid for an handmaid."

Talk about leave us not in temptation! 

Verse 25.   "And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah, : and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? Did not I serve thee for Rachel? Wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?

Verse 26.    "And Laban said, It must not be done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn."

Verse 27.    "Fulfill her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years."

Finally he gets to the level of a spiritual soul (Rachel) but along with her comes Bilhah (tenderness) as a handmaid ????


April 2004