January 2000


Part 19

We are now on more familiar ground. When Abram (exalted father) persuaded his father Terah (lagging behind) to leave Ur (light) and travel toward Canaan, he was making a start, for his first stop was Haran (strong and elevated). Canaan actually means lowland, but before he could cope with that place he was put through many tests, for it was only a step on his journey.

Chapter 12:

Verse 1. “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.”

Verse 2. “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:”

Verse 3. “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

Verse 4. “So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.”

Verse 5. “And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.”

Verse 6. “And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Shechem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanites was then in the land.”

Plain of Moreh, is the plain of the teacher, oak of Moreh means the impart of wisdom - A state of receptive truth; a teachable state of mind. Here is where you are going to start hearing about Melchizedek. He was a very mysterious character, popping up all through the Bible writings. He is so important because he was to be the person from whom Abram received his teaching. Melchizedek means – king of righteousness, king of justice, ‘Christ’ mind.

As Abram was told to go to the plain of Moreh, it was for instruction. Just as we are sent to a class, to a church, or to a particular teacher. Abram picked up all his possessions and went.

Did you notice that Terah has disappeared out of the picture before Abram could leave Haran, for he is now seventy-five? He was told to leave his family, but still took his father along. And even Lot is going to cause him grief later on.

We so often really do have to leave our family behind in order to do God’s work.

Shechem meaning a burden, he had to work through this idea to move on to being under Melchizedek.

Verse 7. “And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.”

Verse 8. “And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east; and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord.”

Bethel means house of God.

Mountain high state of consciousness.

East of Bethel within the house of God.

Pitched his tent temporary, this is a temporary thing he is doing, like going to college for a while.

Hai or Ai heap of stones, utter destruction.

So he moved with a higher state of consciousness gained from Melchizedek that was within his temple. Knowing that he can only stay for awhile, because he was balanced between destruction and the teachings he has to put into practice.

So he goes on southward -

Verse 9. “And Abram journeyed, going still toward the south.”

Verse 10. “And there was a famine in the land (depressed, barren, without, not getting anywhere): and Abram went down into Egypt (psychic) to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.”

Verse 11. “And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon.”

Verse 12. “Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife; and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.”

Verse 13. “Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.”

This section has always been a puzzle until it is realized that wife is what they are wedded to, what they want to become with the spiritual side of life. At that particular time Sarai’s name meant contentiousness. He really did not want contentiousness in his life. Sarai was not just this meaning, she was an example of the potential of Abram. When he decides to go down into Egypt he is going down into the psychic level. Something that happens when we cannot handle the high consciousness required of us. We settle for the psychic. So he decides that this high state is not for him at this time, “She is fair to look upon”. It may be for others for he feels that he cannot hold onto her permanently so therefore she is to be his sister, for others, not for him.

We reach a point where we feel we really cannot go on any further, cannot hold onto what we have, thinking that other people can do it but we cannot. When Abram goes down into Egypt and he talks to the princes of Pharaoh and the priests of Egypt, they feel how wonderful it would be to have the experiences he has had with Melchizedek. - But you cannot take another persons consciousness and experience it through them. You have to be it yourself. - They found it impossible for them to get Sarai because Sarai was Abram’s consciousness.

You cannot take another person’s consciousness. This is why the son usually is not as good at what the father is doing. Everyone has to deal with their own consciousness.

Verse 16. “And he (Pharaoh) entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses and camels.”

Verse 17. “And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues, because of Sarai, Abram’s wife.”

Verse 18. “And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?”

When you try to take on somebody else’s ‘stuff’ you end up having very strange demonstrations in your life. This also happens when someone puts all their faith into a teacher, minister, or guru.


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