July 2001


Part 25


We now return to the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac.
Lot is off into other realms and Abraham is left with looking at himself and saying, where do I go now?

As we look back on Abraham, we can relate to his ups and downs. He left Ur and went up to Haran; Haran at that point of his life was a high place and so was Bethal, he went there to study.

Then down into Egypt, ostensibly because there was a famine, but it was a spiritual famine for he was going down into the psychic and the material. He comes back up to Bethal and studies once more.

At this point he is separated from Lot who takes the easy road to the lowlands of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abram went up to the highland which was Bethal. Here there is a leveling off where he fights the five kings (five senses), and as he has mastered them he is then allowed to go to Hobah where he meets with Melchizedek.

Melshizedek is a high point in Abram's life, because he was the high priest of the Chaldi Colleges of those days. When Melcizedek praised him and gave him the bread and wine, this was like an accolade, later it shows up as a form of graduation in the Essene communities.

Unfortunately, often what happens to us is we reach a high point, we study, we become 'something', we get through classes, and all of a sudden down we go. This is what happened to Abram and at this point he was given Hagar.

Hagar was an Egyptian . . . why an Egyptian? - because he had resorted to the psychic again. He finally manages to rise up out of that and tries to turn out Hagar. This is where God makes a covenant with him and his name is changed to Abraham, to become the Father of nations. At the same time Sarai (contentious) gets her name changed to Sarah (noble lady).

After the interlude with Lot, where the main lesson is that we hide in a cave or retire to bed when we cannot face up to our problems. Look how often you found prophets down the ages resorting to caves in times of challenge.
Back to Abraham, in:

Chapter 20:

Verse 1. "And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country and dwelt between Kadesh (clean, pure) and Shar (never ceasing unfoldment), and sojourned in Gerar (a lodging place, a halting place)."

Whenever he journeys south he is going back to Egypt and the psychic, but this time it is only 'toward' and Gerar is a halting place. So although full of doubts he stops and takes stock. It sure skips around here as though this story was put in for a purpose.

Verse 2. "And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister; and Abimelech (unregenerate will) king of Gerar sent and took Sarah."

 Now think back to the time when Abram was in Egypt and calling Sarai his sister, it was because symbolically she was supposed to be the attribute he was wedded to. When we let doubts slip in then the consciousness is left floundering. So here again Abraham is calling Sarah his sister because he has lost his way in doubts.

Again, as with the Pharaoh, Abimelech thinks he can gain this spiritual level by taking it. Just as today we think that there is a quick fix to be gained by attending a seminar and making grand statement without raising the consciousness first.

Verse 3. "But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold thou art but a dead man for the woman which thou hast taken, for she is a man's wife."
Verse 4. "But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?"
Verse 5. "Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even herself said, He is my brother; in the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands have I done this."
Verse 6. "And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me; therefore suffered I thee not to touch her."

 This again is when although sincerely seeking we try to take shortcuts. God usually puts blocks in our way and turns us in the right direction - IF WE BUT LISTEN.

Verse 7. "Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou and all that are thine."
Verse 8. "Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and calling all he servants, and told all these things in their ears; and the men were sore afraid."
Verse 9. "Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou has brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? Thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done."

We are ever prone to blame someone else for our short-comings. Abimelech was taking the easy way by trying to appropriate the spiritual life of Abraham. But all that comes about is fear - for there is not the certainty of study to arrive at a true faith in the presence of God.

Verse 10. "And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing."
Verse 11. "And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this palce; and they will slay me for my wife's sake."
Verse 12. "And yet indeed she is my sister ; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife."
Verse 13. "And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said unto her, 'This is the kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother."

Here we have Abram doing the same thing. For Sarai was Terah's expression of his spiritual attainment, as at that time her name meant contentious. Abram, Terah's material accomplishments, was ever bucking against his father because there was this urgency to find some higher purpose.

He could not take on Sarai as his wife until he had truly studied and received the commendation from Melchezedek, and her name was changed.

But, like all of us there are still the doubts and fears that keep surfacing.

Verse 14. "And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife."
Verse 15. "And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee; dwell where it pleaseth thee."
Verse 16. "And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver; behold he is to thee [it is for thee] a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other; thus she was reproved."

 Various commentators seem to think that these stories of deceiving Pharaohs, Kings and later Isaac repeats the ploy, are just the same story repeated three times but give no valid reason why, except that they enjoyed it.

Yet when we look at them from the "Hidden Level' we can see why. When Sarai is the daughter of Terah she is his spiritual attainments but she is never mentioned so nothing was ever achieved by him. Until, she becomes the wife of Abram, then she is the spiritual aspect to which he is wedded. Each time he has doubts he resorts to denying this spiritual intention and lays it open for others.

But - look carefully, these 'others' - Abimelech and his people lay out wealth to keep Abraham near them. Give Sarah silver jewelry for the women of the tribe in an effort to gain spirituality.

Is this not what we do even today? We pay enormous amounts of money to listen to gurus in an effort to GET what they have. Instead we should be raising our consciousness to constantly be aware of the presence of God, and listen to the voice of God within.


October 2001