July 2004


Part 34

Here is where Jacob seems to never get himself out of trouble. He eventually had sons by Leah, but they are an example of his consciousness at the time.

1) Reuban - stands for will power, he has learned how to control and direct his life's activities, how to move away from the physical to the mental. 
2) Simeon - means he was learning to listen a little more. 
3) Levi - is a feeling of love, so he is starting to appreciate this. 
4) Judah - is the desire to accumulate.

At this point Rachael was barren showing that he was not progressing along spiritual lines. He should have produced Zebulum meaning continence but instead Rachael gives him her handmaid Bilhah, timidity, who produces Dan and Naphtali

5) Dan - is the sex nature which became Jacob's downfall. 
6) Naphtali - means strength of character.

He was trying to get out of the slump he was in. So Leah now gives him her handmaid, Zilpah. Which means extracting essence. This was a little better, he was trying to pull out all the things he had been taught, some sort of essence he could hang on to. But what he got was Gad

7) Gad - is power. 
8) Asher -- means understanding.

Finally he was catching on a little and understanding what it was really all about. It is at this point that he is working his third seven years, because Laban told him that he wasn't ready to leave.

9) Issacher - zeal. 
10) Zebulum - order continence.

Here we now go to the interesting part of Jacob's story and one that we should all learn a lesson from.
Finally Rachael gives him the son Joseph. Jehovah shall increase.

 Chapter 30:

Verse 25.    "And it came to pass, when Rachael had borne Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country."

Verse 26.    "Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go; for thou knowest my service, which I have down thee."

Verse 27.    "And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favor in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake."

Laban is telling him that he really hasn't got it yet, you are going off still a little early.

Verse 28.    "And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it." 

Verse 29.    "And he said unto him, thou knowest how I have served thee, and how they cattle was with me." 

Verse 30.    "For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the Lord hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also." 

Verse 31.    "And he said. What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, thou shalt not give me anything: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock." 

Verse 32.    "I will pass through all they flock today, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted an speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire." 

Verse 33.    "So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me."

Poor Jacob, he still does not really want to take advantage of the pure thoughts of Laban.

Verse 34.    "And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word."

Verse 35.    "And he removed that day the he goats that were ring streaked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave then into the hand of his sons."

He took all the spotted thoughts and took them up into the mountains, into a higher consciousness, leaving Jacob the white ones, with the hope that Jacob would get the point. But it was no use.

Verse 41.    "And it came to pass, whomsoever the strong cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods." 

Verse 42.   "Now when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feeble were Laban's and the stronger Jacob's.

All this time the spiritual aspects of his life were getting weaker, and the spotted were getting stronger.

On the surface this is an example of all the things we put up in front of our mind, but at another level, the pure white sheep were the pure thoughts of Laban, this symbolized the spirituality of Laban. Jacob's thoughts were spotted and brown, on a much lower level. So this emphasizes that Jacob was using the psychic level, magic and charms. Using mind manipulation in order to get the accumulated thoughts. But when he did get them they were not much use as they were all brown and marked.

Isn't that what we do? We try to manipulate 'things', we try to get things that we think we want, things we think we need. But when we get them are they really what are right for us, because they are on a lower level? This is how we behave. We make errors in our thinking when we try to gain 'things' through manipulation, instead of going directly to the spiritual which is exemplified by Laban.

We must look to God first on the spiritual level and then we can see what has been revealed to us. This is the whole point of the story of Jacob.

This story of Jacob is not just an ordinary 'story'. There is ramification after ramification in every little incident. This then gives us the key to the rest of the Bible.

He next gets in more trouble, because error begats error!



January 2005