July 2002



Chapter 22:

Verse 17.    "That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore: and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies."

Verse 18.    "And in thy seed shall all nations (collections of thoughts that are to process through the physical) of the earth be blessed: because thou hast obeyed my voice." 

Verse 19.    "So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba." 

Verse 20.    "And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying Behold Milcah, she hath also borne children unto thy brother Nahor:"

There was Haran, one of Abraham's brothers, which was the father of Lot, then Nahor (passionate), the other brother which was married to Milcah (advice, counsel), and they had Bethuel (house of God). (Abraham keeps going to Bethuel or Bethel during his journeyings). From Bethuel comes Rebekah (beauty of nature). Since Rebekah was from Bethuel (house of God) that means she was raised in a high state of consciousness. Isaac is going to get wedded to the spiritual aspect of Rebekah , joy and laughter to beauty of nature, quite a partnership. Isaac has learned all that Abraham could teach him.

Chapter 23:

Verse 1.    "And Sarah was a hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah."

Verse 2.    "And Sarah died in Kirjatharba (city of perfection): the same is Hebron (friendship, brotherhood, united) in the land of Canaan (material existence, lowland): and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her."

Verse 3.    "And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke into the sons of Hath (filed with fear, destroyed), saying,"

Verse 4.    "I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight."

You never hear of anyone burying their dead. They were nomads. and didn't possess the land to bury anyone in before. This is the first you hear of Abraham buying land. Even though they offered to give it to him he would not take it.

So Abraham gives Ephron (impulsive, volatile) four hundred shekels of silver 'for the field in Machpelah, (equally divided) which was before Mamre, (fully assimilated, abundantly supplied) the field and cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure.' the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan.'

So there is one field in the land of Canaan that does belong to the children of Abraham. That forever and ever more belongs to the children of Abraham. People think that when they went into the Promised Land that they just took the land but there was a portion of it that was really theirs.

Sarah is the consciousness of Abraham. Abraham is burying his spirituality. He doesn't go back down into Egypt, but he is never again active with his spirituality. What he does is marry again, and has seven more children. He does not go back into the psychic, but he goes down into the physical. He married Keturah (fragrant smoke) and all of the children he had were mixed, very human in their thinking, very human in their aspirations.

Sometimes we do this, we just give up and bury any thoughts we might have had of studying. But, we can't do that,, we must go on. In the latter years of our life we have a little more time to attend to our spiritual life, that is when we usually make the most progress. Abraham didn't, he just went off and enjoyed himself. ( I've done my job and Isaac can take it from here.)

What he was really doing was bringing the body up into alignment with the spiritual nature. He had stopped going up because he had buried his spiritual side in the subconscious, but his subconscious wouldn't allow him to go down into the physical, just for the physical sake. He was transmuting his body to a different level. He lived to be a hundred and seventy five and was buried in the cave with Sarah. But before all this he had another task to perform - find his son a wife. Direct his son to wed himself to a higher state of consciousness.

Chapter 24:

Verse 2.    "And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh."

Verse 3.    "And I will make thee swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughter of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:"

Unusual comment 'God of heaven and the God of earth'? But why not Canaan, because it means low-land. He did not want his son to be wedded to any of the low-level attributes.

Verse 4.    "But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac."

The servant is being told to go to Haran (strong, elevated) where Abraham's brother Nahor (passionate) lives, the grandfather of Rebekah (beauty of nature, the daughter of Bethuel (house of God). So Isaac is being sent to learn more about his spiritual life..

Here follows that long story of the finding of the well at Haran. Rebekah coming for water and giving the servant a drink, getting water for the camels and offering lodging. This with the blessing of her brother when he sees the silver that the servant is prepared to give his sister.

So what is the purpose of 27 verses devoted to this story? It is to see the welcoming environment. So the servant really knows that the house is truly the house of God, that they have been led to the right place. In this case water simply represents water. We do not have to read the symbolic meaning into the words every time, depends on what they are in relation to.

Verse 62.    "And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi (Beer-Laahairoi, well of the living one that seeth me); for he dwelt in the south country."

Verse 63.    "And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw and behold the camels were coming."

Verse 64.    "And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel."

Verse 65.    "For she said unto the servant, what man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a veil, and covered herself."

Verse 67.    "And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death."

The deeper meaning of a wonderful love story. Back next time to the last of Abraham.


Dec. 2002