July 2000


Part 21

Let us take a look at what Chapter 14 is all about before we delve into it. Abram knew that he had to deal with his tendencies to let the senses take over before he could carry out Melchizedek’s program for him. So he faces the kings who are the lions in his pathway. This whole chapter is so replete with the meanings of the names of persons, and places that it is a little difficult to wend your way through them. But persist and you will find that here is one of the Hidden Secrets of the Bible, the story of you. I advise getting out your Unity Metaphysical Bible Dictionary as there is so much there is not room enough to include here. The writers of this chapter were trying to make an important point.

Amraphel king of Shinar

means lionland, a divided mind, a belief in two powers, holder onto treasures.

Arioch king of Ellasar

means lionlike, the state of consciousness where the senses rule.

Chedorlaomer king of Elam

means to depend on ones strength, arms and oneself to achieve anything.

Tidal king of nation

means the state of consciousness that belongs to the outer man, a man must succeed by how much he owns and how virile he is. (Oh Viagra?)

Chapter 14:

Verse 1. “And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Sinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations;”

Verse 2. “ That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and Birsha king of Gomorrah, Hinah kind of Admah, and Sheneber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.”

Verse 3. “All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.” (area of bitumen, became the Dead Sea)

Verse 4. “Twelve (completion) years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.”

Verse 5. And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings (the senses) that were with him, and smote the Rephaim (giants) in Ashteroth-karnaim (double honor, recognizing intellect instead of God as source of intelligence), and the Zuzim (barbarians, physical force) in Ham (blackened – given over to sensuality), and the Emim (terrors, fears, a race of giants) in Shaveh-kiriathaim (level plain).

Verse 6. “And the Horites (cave-dwellers – deep-seated fleshly tendencies) in their mount Seir (same as Edom satyr – sense consciousness) unto El-paran (oak of the region of the caves – a seeming strength), which is by the wilderness.”

Verse 7. “And they returned and came to Enmishpat (rectitude, right), which is Kadesh (pure, clean, holy) and Amalikites (vale of subconscious – animal forces), and also the Amorites (dwellers of the summits), that dwelt in Hazazon-tamar (victory divided – a divided mind).”

Verse 8. “And there went out the king of Sodom and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboim, and the king of Bela (the same as Zoar); and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim.

Abram was going to really get involved in all this mish-mash of everyone fighting each other. As to who had the most possessions, who was most virile, and even destroying what little good there was around. Everything was into the sensual and material. (Does this sound like today?) Look at what your TV programs are addressing, from Montel, Oprah, Springer, even your ads. All dealing with the excess of run-away emotions and the senses.

How does Abram get around all this, for there is nothing new in the universe?

Verse 9. “With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, with Tidal king of the nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four king with (against the) five.”

Verse 10. “And the vale of Siddim was full of slime pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there: and they that remained fled to the mountain.”

A little late to go to the mountain (a high place in consciousness), for as you see they take everything with them. This cannot be done. This is Emma Curtis Hopkins admonition, to use denials to cleanse the mind. The cleansing of all that you are holding onto must come first.

Verse 11. “And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victual, and went their way.”

Verse 12. “And they took Lot (negative side of faith, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods and departed.””

Verse 13. “And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite (a race inheritance overcome only by the purification of the consciousness within and without) by brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner; and these were confederate with Abram.”

Both brothers added to the climate of raising the consciousness, not yet where it should be, but getting there. Interesting word ‘confederate’ for they were not only helping Abram, but getting help from him,

Verse 14. “And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants (his words, he’s trained to speak without any negativity) born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen and pursued them unto Dan (righteous judgment)."

Lot (his negative aspect) has been taken into captivity by the senses. So Abram with his trained words (How often do we spout the words but do not have the knowing to back them up?) set off to rescue Lot, the negative side of himself. Three hundred and eighteen, or 3+1+8=12 - completion. I do not often go into numerology as it is a discipline I have not had the time to explore fully. But occasionally, a number seems so significant that I have to check it out. Remember also, that everything in these stories is some aspect of the prime character.

Verse 15. “And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursue them unto Hobah (lurking place, for error thoughts), which is on the left hand of Damascus.” (alertness in respect to trade and possessions)

But, do you see one word there – ‘to the left hand of Damascus’? That would be the West, and remember that the West is the outer and the East is the inner aspect.

Verse 16. “And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the woman also, and the people.”

Verse 17. “And the king of Sodom went out to meet him, after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh (placed in order, harmonious), which is the kings dale."

If you look at the story, here the king of Sodom was supposed to have been killed in verse 10 in the Vale of Siddim, so this could not have been Bera. We are therefore looking at only the word Sodom. Sodom meaning ‘secret hidden wiles’. It is those deep hidden thoughts that still have to be rooted out by Abram. The tapes that still have to be erased. So look at what follows. Abram all triumphant returns and gives his all to Melchizedek. Then up pops temptation again.

Verse 18. “And Melchizedek king of Salem (whole, complete perfect, summit) brought forth bread and wine and he was the priest of the most high God.”

This shows that bread and wine were a part of ceremonies long before the New Testament.

Verse 19. “And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:”

Verse 20. “And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.”

Abram was bringing his all to the feet of Melchizedek and then the high priest who had been his teacher before tithed back to Abram. When we give all of ourselves to God, God gives back whatever it is that is needed.

Verse 21. “And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.”

Verse 22. “And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God the possessor of heaven and earth.”

Verse 23. “that I will not take from a thread even to a shoe-latchet, and that I will take anything that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich.”

Verse 24. “Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner (new life springing into consciousness), Eschol (life force in the subconscious, man’s abundant possibilities), and Mamre (abundantly supplied) let them take their portion.”

Abram is on his way!


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