The Book of Origin – Chapter 4
Chapter 4 – Abraham Father of a Nation and Sarah Mother of a Nation – the Word
1st tone of 3rd period – Soul as Mind –
“Seeking the matrix of man’s true identity, Abraham trusts God with his desires ‘that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds’ (S&H 1:12). Note how this elementary spiritual attitude identifies our thought with the first tone of the third day of creation, where ‘Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts, even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear’ (S&H 506:18). Through Abraham (standing for the creative Word) the petals of the holy purpose open; but it is in Isaac, his son (standing for the manifest Christ), that the purpose itself appears. Hence the sagas of Abraham and Isaac both come within this opening tone.”
THE THIRD DAY (SOUL) BEGINS with
THE ABRAHAM SAGA
Human thought must identify itself with the twofold idea implicated in the first two periods so far (Mind and Spirit), for they foreshadow the first two comings of Christ with Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy (Christian Science) so that man may enter the land of his spiritual identity.
The tones of Soul as Mind and Soul as Spirit take place in the Patriarchal (Father) period with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. These three men are God’s inspired architects to Israel’s identity (Soul). Israel (Womanhood) is represented as Joseph. In the tone of Soul as Mind there are the Abraham and Isaac sagas with Israel at the point of origin. In the tone of Soul as Spirit there are the Jacob and Joseph sagas where Israel is brought to birth “the seed of the idea underlying the first two periods is sown by the divine Patriarch, or Father, in the soil of human consciousness until it constitutes the whole of man.” Hence, the manhood and Womanhood of God are represented in Jacob’s two sons of Judah (manhood, from which Jesus Christ comes from) and Joseph (Womanhood, from which Mary Baker Eddy comes from).
The Word in the tone of the Word
The North Star – the Open Bible Keystone – “Prayer”
Genesis 11:31 – And Terah took Abram [later is spiritually renamed Abraham] his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
Now Terah takes his family to a city that has the same name as his dead son. Was his son the founder of this city? It does not matter, what matters is what Haran means. Haran means: “strong; elevated; exalted; mountaineer.” Haran is another symbol for the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth. And it was in this heightened mental environment that Terah takes his family to live. Terah remains in Haran because his name means “delay.” Terah represents material fatherhood and it is the idea that man is born of man instead of God that must be left behind by Abram. Once Terah, the belief that man is the son of man, dies God tells Abram to leave Haran. Abram must descend down into the land of Canaan, specifically Mamre.
The three geological locations form a pyramid if you place Ur of Chaldees in Babylon. You may wonder why Terah would travel northward from Ur (in Babylon?) in order to get to Canaan that was in the east. Well the Bible is not really concerned with the story making logical sense, it is really only concerned with the symbology of it all. The writer was telling us that Abram had to lift up his thought before he could enter into the Promised Land, or the Holy Land. And Haran represents this heightened mental climb. It is the exalted idea of spiritual origin.
Abram had to leave astrology and horoscopy behind him, which is what Ur represented. Mary Baker Eddy said that the science of astrology was secondary. She did not say that it was not important to understand the science of astrology, but she said that compared to divine Science it is most certainly secondary. Why would astrology be something that man should study? It would be studied so that man could understand the matrix systems of divine Science! Astrology presents symbols, and Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols.” So Abram was being taught spiritual Science by studying the symbols of astrology. But once he understood this secondary science it was time for him to go up hire.
It is said (at the end of chapter 13) that the land where Abram goes to after he leaves Haran is Mamre. Might this name not suggest the Mother (Mam) – Son (re – sun) or the Madonna and Child event?
B. Spirit – The First Step Up – Start of Abram’s spiritual odyssey (Genesis 12:1-9)
Genesis 12:1-3 – 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 shew thee: 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: 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.
Abram obeys God. Although going to Mamre is descending down (Womanhood descends) he is also ascending up the pyramid (manhood ascends). Could this represent true marriage (atonement) between God and man? Abram takes his nephew, Lot, with him. He will consider Lot as his first possible heir, because his wife Sarai is barren. Lot means, “dark, concealed, veiled.” He represents Abram’s sensual thought.
Abram is seventy-five when he leaves Haran. Seventy-five is 3 x 5 squared. To me this is a clue that Abram is working in the synonym of Soul and must distinguish between material life (a five) and spiritual life (a five).
Genesis 12:6, 7 – And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite [descendants of Ham] was then in the land. 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.
Genesis 12:8, 9 – And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Ha-ion on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
It seems as if Abram is recognizing the divine calculus symbolized by the altars that he sets up.
C. Soul – The Second Step Up – Sarai in a foreign palace; ordeal ends in peace and success, Abram and Lot part (Gen. 12:10-13:18)
This section of the story prefigures what later happens to the Israelites with Joseph needing to go down into Egypt and Moses having to bring them out of Egyptian bondage.
Genesis 12:10-13 – And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: 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. 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.
Abram takes his wife into Egypt for sustenance, but he fears for the purity and safety of his ideal, which is his Womanhood, but she is under divine protection and Pharaoh (material sensual government) cannot harm her. It may have actually been true that Sarai was Abram’s sister, as well as, his wife. Most certainly, spiritually speaking, they were brother and sister.
Genesis 12:14-20 – And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house [consciousness]. And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels. And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife. 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? Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, and take her, and go thy way. And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.
Chapter 13 verses 1-12 are about Abram and Lot parting ways. Abram now understands that he must part from Lot “dark, concealed, veiled.” Lot is basically Abram’s sensual thoughts. Both men have great wealth and great properties, so much so that they are too big as one group. Spiritual wealth and material wealth cannot remain as one. Abram remains in Canaan while Lot dwells “in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.” The word plain can refer to a mental level of consciousness just as dwelling is not just living at a certain place, but it is a mental exercise. What level of consciousness do we side upon (the First Degree or the Second Degree or the Third Degree)? What is it that one dwells upon in their thought? Is it God, or is it matter (or perhaps one could say love of man as a mortal sexual being – Sodom)?
In Canaan (verse 14) Abram looks up from north to south, east to west that is the divine calculus. This land (as mentioned in verse 15) will be his, and his seed’s land forever (the present reality of his being). Abram places his tent (his consciousness) and dwells in the plain of Mamre “fully assimilated; well-fed; abundantly supplied; fatness; firmness; virility; vigor; strength”. Mamre is in Hebron “a community, alliance, company, friendship”.
D. Principle – The Third Step Up – Abram comes to the rescue of Sodom and Lot (Genesis 14:1-24)
The Word in the tone of the Christ
The Daystar – the Madonna and Child Keystone – “Atonement and Eucharist”
Four kings war
1. Amraphel (keeper of the gods; keeper of the treasures; or, speaker of mysteries; enlightener of secrets) king of Shinar (two rivers; divided stream; wholly severed; wholly cast off; divided mind; overthrow of restraint; revolution)
2. Arioch (lionlike; venerable) king of Ellasar (strong rebellion; oath of Assyria; oak of Assyria)
3. Chedorlaomer (sheaf band; handful of sheaves; roundness of a sheaf) king of Elam (hidden; concealed; remote time; eternal; everlasting; fully developed; a young man; puberty)
4. Tidal (splendor; renown; veneration; awe; fear) king of nations. These four kings make war
against the five kings
1. Bera (spontaneous gift; son of thought; son of desire; son of evil; son of wickedness) king of Sodom (burning; consuming with fire; conflagration; secret intrigues; hidden wiles; covered conspiracies; place of bitumen or lime)
2. Birsha (son of wickedness; son of impiety; son of godlessness; full of wickedness; fat with evil) king of Gomorrah (overbearing; material force; tyranny; oppression)
3. Shinab (father’s tooth; sharpened desire; father of change; father of mutation; father of transgression) king of Admah (dumb; silent; unrelenting; unmerciful; menacing; a fortress; a tomb)
4. Shemeber (splendor of heroism; superior brilliance; striving upward to the height; high flight; superior name) king of Zeboiim (wild place; place of ravenous beasts; hyenas; carnivorous wild beasts generally; ravenous; appetites; bestiality)
5. king Zoar (reduced; made small; lessened; smallness; littleness; brought low; despised; contemned; dishonored) of Bela (swallow up; destroy; devour one’s substance; utterly consume; vanish away; destruction)
There is a war between false Christ prophets of the five inner (subjective) material senses (which is where Lot dwells) and the four outer (objective) mortal beliefs that attack the body from outside. The four outer mortal beliefs are that man is subject to (ruled over by) sin, sickness, disease, and death. It seems that the five senses served the outer mortal beliefs for twelve years but in the thirteenth year they rebelled, and the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer, one of the four kings, smote the Rephaims (bonds; glooms; terrors; fears; fearful ones; giants; strong ones) in Ashteroth (heaven; offense; transgression; confidence in material conditions rather than trust in God) Karnaim, and the Zuzims (emitting rays; sparkling; glittering; flowing out like rays; spouting; sprouting; flowing; flowering; flourishing; budding; fertile; moving about; restless) in Ham (oblique; curved; inferior; hot; blackened), and the Emims (the terrible; formidable people; terrors; objects of terror, i. e., idols) in Shaveh Kiriathaim (plain of Kiriathaim; plain of the twin cities; plain of the double meetings). And the Horites (troglodytes; cave dwellers; dwellers in black holes) in their mount Seir (standing on end; bristling; shaggy; hairy; rough; shrinking; shaking; shuddering; stormy; tempestuous; horror; fearful; he-goat; satyr; wood demon), unto Elparan (Terebinth of Paran; oak of Paran; strength of Paran; oak of the region of the caves), which is by the wilderness.
The four hostile kings eventually take Lot and his goods and depart. And one from Hebron (a confederate) came and informed Abram what happened to Lot. Abram took his servant thoughts (318 of them) and pursued the four kings unto Dan (animal magnetism must be reversed by Daniel “righteous judgment”). One of these servants, although not mentioned in chapter 14 by name, is Eliezer “God of help; God my help; God of succor; God is help.” With this type of understanding it is no wonder that Abram is victorious (in Genesis 14:16).
The King of Sodom goes to meet Abram and Lot and asks Abram to pay homage to him (the senses). But the Christ appears in Abram’s consciousness, or his own Christhood is understood. This understanding of the Christhood manifests the subjective and objective as one world instead of two.
Melchizedek not only represents the King of Jerusalem, which is what Abram has been seeking, but he is also the Christ prophet – the idea that is behind the term of Fisher-King. Melchizedek is a King or Principle of mental peace (Salem). This peace comes from having no material father, no material mother, having no material descent or lineage, having neither a beginning of days (birth into matter), nor end of life (death out of matter). Melchizedek is made like the Son of God (see Hebrews 7:2). This Fisher-King is the ideal that Jesus later is manifested as; Jesus is of the order of Melchizedek.
Melchizedek brings out the two symbols representing “Atonement and Eucharist.” These two symbols are bread and wine. As in the New Testament at the Last Supper, Jesus instructs his disciples to eat the bread (his body) and to drink the wine (his blood). These are not literally his body or his blood, but they are symbols. It means that we must mentally digest (take within our consciousness) that we are at-one-mental-consciousness with God (the bread of Truth), and that we are also in communion with inspiration and understanding (the spiritually distilled wine).
The material Sodom has nothing to offer the man of Genesis 1.
E. Life – The Forth Step Up – Covenant with Abram; annunciation of Ishmael (Genesis 15:1-16:16)
In chapter 15 Abram has a vision, he is concerned about his heir, and he tells God about Eliezer. Eliezer (God is my help) is the servant thought. He is Abram’s second choice as his heir, but Eliezer is not mentally high enough to fulfill this responsibility. For Abram’s successor must be the Christ Son.
God tells him about Eliezer, “This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir…Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”
Abram believes God. Then God asks him to prepare a sacrifice. Abram must give up the belief that God cannot produce his heir.
Genesis 15:12 – And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
God informs Abram that his seed will be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and they will serve these people and they will afflict them for four hundred years. This, of course, is a prophecy dream. However, when Abram’s people come out from this bondage they will have great spiritual wealth or substance. “But in the fourth [representing Principle] generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.” It is the generating thought that must be destroyed. The belief that man creates man must end. The Truth is that God creates man. Man believing that he must procreate is a very tenacious belief. Sex is very hard to give up (at least that is what the five kings testify to. It is interesting that the word testify is actually derived from the word testicles! This is due to the fact that when a man would take an oath he would hold onto the other man’s testicles [which is later described when Eliezer takes an oath with Abraham to find Isaac a bride].)
Genesis 15:18-21 – In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed [which will be Isaac] have I given this land, from the river of Egypt [the Nile] unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
The Word in the tone of Christianity
Acrux – the Southern Cross of Calvary – “Marriage”
Now, it is because of the Letter of the Law (an ark covenant, a suffer [permit] it to be so now reconciliation) that the wife, if barren, must provide an heir for her husband. Hence, after being in Canaan for ten years, Sarai presents her Egyptian handmade, Hagar, to Abram as a second wife; a wife-by-law. “Behold, now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.” (Gen. 16:2)
But after Hagar conceives Sarai despises her. Abram told her to deal with Hagar as she saw fit. Sarai was not very nice so Hagar fled. But the Lord “found her by a fountain of water [spiritual teachings] in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur [unceasing progress].”
“Wilderness. Loneliness; doubt; darkness. Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.”
It may have seemed that Hagar was lonely, in doubt, and in darkness; however, the angel of the Lord (God’s thought) provides her a vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears. A vestibule is the place one enters before going into a church auditorium; however, it also symbolizes the woman’s vagina, where birth begins – so here it would symbolize spiritual rebirth. What Hagar really represents is the forming of a church as a material organization. Hagar gives birth to certain material methods for the advancement of spiritual good (Shur). “When our great Teacher came to him for baptism, John was astounded. Reading his thoughts, Jesus added: ‘Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.’ Jesus’ concessions (in certain cases) to material methods were for the advancement of spiritual good.”
She is instructed to return to her mistress Sarai and submit herself under Sarai’s hands (power). I feel that this really means is that material organized church is to place itself under the government of divine Motherhood (Love as Mind in the tone of Christianity). Today’s wars are waged because Sarai’s children are rebelling against Christianity’s spiritual government. Hagar is told that her seed will multiply exceedingly, and because the Lord heard her affliction she is to name her son Ishmael “God will hear.”
Ishmael will become a wild man because he comes to believe in personal sense. He is unwilling to follow God. Genesis 16:12, “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Most certainly this seems to be true in today’s world! Ishmael is an erroneous postulate that the spiritual idea of God can be circumscribed within a material organ, a limited mortal body, and so be the son of a bondwoman (Egyptian slave).
“And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.” That is to say that he was 86 years old. We could, however, interpret the fourscore as having to relate to the divine calculus working within Abram’s consciousness. And the six years enables him to take his next step up to…
…THE CAPSTONE ARCH – Truth – The Fifth Step Up – FOCAL POINT OF THE ABRAHAM SAGA
In chapter 17 the term Lord is not used one time. Verse one has “I am the Almighty God,” so it is Elohim-Shaddai (Father-Mother God) that brings forth the Arch Covenant for the Spirit of the Law.
Four years pass (a divine calculus reckoning) when God makes another covenant with Abram. And this is the capstone point, the highest point, of the Abraham Saga because Abram is spiritually named Abraham. Hence, this Arch Covenant is not with Abram but with Abraham, it is not with Abram’s son Ishmael, it is with Abraham’s son Isaac. This covenant says, “Every manchild among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or brought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.”
What does the circumcision really mean? Symbolically I feel that it relates to the imprisonment of a material organization, that the walls (skin) is cut away and then there are no more material limitations placed upon the person by the material church (under the Letter of the Law). This is an early symbol for the city of our God.
W. Gordon Brown says that the circumcision is the rolling away “the reproach of Egypt [Ishmael]” from off the children of Israel. Abraham must not mix matter (Hagar) with Spirit (Sarai). Also, the infinite cannot be circumscribed within the finite.
I have read where men think it is wrong to be circumcised because their sex drive is diminished. What better way to help man overcome the lies of sexual sensual desire than to make the penis less sensitive to physical pleasure, even if that pleasure is only a mental belief? IF men of Christian Science are upset about being circumcised then they really are not accepting the Scientific Statement of Being as Truth! For it says, “There is NO sensation in matter.” There is no sensation in a sex organ either. And if these men of Christian Science still think sex is okay then they have not learned the true teachings of Christian Science.
Abraham’s Womanhood is spiritually translated to Sarah “noble woman; princess” or Womanhood that is Principle-Love. It is in verse 16 that Abraham is told that Sarah will be “a mother of nations; kings of people [people of Principle] shall be of her.” Of course, Abraham laughs at this statement and says within his heart, “Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?”
Genesis 17:18 – And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!”
Abraham is basically saying, “God, my son can be my heir, I already have him!” So as, the nephew Lot (in the Word in the tone of the Word) and servant, Eliezer (in the Word in the tone of the Christ) are not to be Abraham’s heir so the universal Ishmael (in the Word in the tone of Christianity) is not to be Abraham’s heir. For none of these sons can be the highest ideal. So, what is the highest ideal to be? It must be the Christian Scientist son Isaac in the Word in the tone of Science.
E’. Love – The First Step Down – Covenant with Abraham; annunciation of Isaac (Genesis 17:19-18:15)
God confirms that Sarah shall have a son and gives Abraham this son’s name – Isaac “he will laugh,” and he is the son of the Arch Covenant (the Spirit of the Law). Isaac will be the inspiration of joy, and what inspires man to be joyful if it is not Christian Science?
God also promises that Ishmael will be the father of twelve princes, however, reinforced – Isaac is whom God establishes the Arch Covenant with. And Sarah will bear Isaac “unto thee at this set time in the next year.”
And Abraham takes himself, his son, and his male servants and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin “in the selfsame day” yet in the very next verse (24) we find out that Abraham is ninety-nine and Ishmael is 13 (verse 25). So what is going on here?
Ishmael being 4 would represent the divine calculus, or perhaps even Principle and Abram being 90 would be symbolic of the close of a cycle, spiritual rebirth. I feel that with the circumscribing of the city foursquare, with the closed in walls of the material organization (Ishmael) that the limitations placed upon Abram by the Letter of the Law must be cut off. And when this is done, then Abram becomes Abraham the “father of nations.” He becomes free from limitations (a foreskin) and then the Spirit of the Law comes to him as the city of our God, and his own Christ Sonhood, Isaac, will be born to him. But the process takes time and this is why Abraham has nine years (a spiritual rebirth) taking place in the blink of an eye. If we take the chapter literally it does not make any sense how at the beginning he is ninety and at the end he is ninety-nine! Ishmael also must undergo this same spiritual rebirth cycle of nine years. When this is done he is an early symbol for what Israel shall become with its thirteen tribes in its circular form. In Numbers the twelve tribes (Levi is replaced by one of Joseph’s sons) are encamped (in a circular format, or as the Wheel or Cult of Israel) around the Holy Tabernacle Tent. The thirteenth tribe is Levi (the priest tribe). Levi is divided up into four groups and placed upon the four sides of the Tabernacle – on the North (Word), the East (Christ), the South (Christianity), and the West (Science).
The Word in the tone of Science
The Moon – The Golden Shores of Love and Peaceful Sea of Harmony Keystone – “Christian Science versus [reverses] Spiritualism”
Genesis 18:1-5 – And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.
Notice that the text is back to the use of Lord. Abraham sits expectantly in his open doorway of his Holy Tabernacle Tent of Meeting (with God). Three angels, divine messengers from God, appear to him, but Abraham understands their divine oneness and refers to them as “My Lord” and not “My Lords.” They represent the Holy Trinity of God as Life, Truth, and Love. Abraham’s spiritual sense is dark in comparison to the Holy Ghost, the divine Spirit.
Genesis 18:6 – And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.
These three measures of fine meal prefigure the three measures of meal spoken of by Jesus that a woman should place leaven into. The three measures of leavened meal represent God’s Life Science, God’s Theology of Truth, and God’s Love Medicine. Sarah, Womanhood, must be the one to knead these three measures of leavened meal. She must mold them to shape public opinion, or the true dogma about God, the spiritual teachings about God that is based upon Life, Truth, and Love. The Woman of Principle is to make the cakes (having the round shape) and place them upon the hearth or place them within the heart that is conscious only of the heavenly-home.
Abraham then found a calf, a symbol of the Christ, that was tender and good, and gave it to a young man (the original man of God) and this man dressed the meat quickly. Thus, Abraham put before the three angels the Christ meat, Christ butter, and Christ milk. And they mentally digested it all.
Then they ask about Sarah’s whereabouts. Abraham tells them that she is in the tent. Then the divine man said, “I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.”
And Sarah hearing these words laughed also. And the Lord asked Abraham why she laughed. And she denied laughing because she was afraid.
Isaac, never the less, is a child of promise (of the Arch Covenant).
D’. Science itself – The Second Step Down – Abraham comes to the rescue of Sodom and Lot (Genesis 18:16-19:38)
In verse 16 the men rose up and looked toward Sodom. And because of Abraham’s importance is he is filled in on God’s plans to destroy Sodom where Lot is dwelling. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is really a result of the spiritual sense within Abraham’s consciousness. Philistine moralism plays no part in the birth of the Christ idea. The Word as Science eliminates from Abraham’s experience whatever opposes the onlyness of Spirit in preparing for the coming heir [the Christ ideal].
Of course Abraham asks if the righteous must be destroyed along with the wicked. And he descends in his numbers with fifty (for Truth), then forty-five (for Love), then forty (for Science itself), then thirty (for divine Science), then twenty (for absolute Christian Science), and finally ten (for Christian Science).
God promises to save the city if there are any who are on the Side of Light. “And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.”
Now there had been three angels, but only two (because of the dualistic nature of Sodom) angels go to Sodom at even where Lot sat in the gate. Just as Abraham had been sitting in his tent’s door, so Lot sits at the city’s gate. Abraham “ran to meet” them and “bowed himself toward the ground” while Lot seeing them “rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground”. This seems to show that Abraham was on an even conscious level with the three angels and rushed to be in that conscious level, while Lot had to rise up his mental thinking in order to meet the higher ideas. Abraham only bowed himself toward the ground while Lot seems to have felt it necessary to bow his personal sense toward the ground. Lot represents the germ (sperm) of goodness that will be saved from the city.
Lot invites the two men to come to his house, to enter into his consciousness and spend the night with him. This reminds me of Jacob when he wrestles with the stranger. The two angels say that they are going to stay in the street all night. I feel this means that they want to spread out their goodness throughout the collective consciousness of Sodom. But somehow he persuades them to join him at his house where he makes them a feast, only he baked unleavened bread, later a symbol for the “Passover” of death.
Before they were to lie down the men of the city surrounded the house, “both old and young, all the people from every quarter”. This simply means that the counterfeit of the city foursquare and the city of our God was being displayed by the townspeople.
The men of Sodom (homosexuality) wanted to have sex with the two angels. Lot is willing to sacrifice his daughters to these men (he probably knew they were not interested in his daughters), but he felt duty bound to protect the angels as he had invited them into his consciousness. This just riled the men and they pressured Lot, however, the angelic beings brought Lot back inside to safety. And the angels made the mortal men blind so that they could not find the entrance into Lot’s enlightened consciousness.
Then the angels told Lot to get everyone that was of his consciousness and bring them with him, for they were going to destroy Sodom so Lot must leave the city, or the mental realm that he had been dwelling in.
Lot had sons (ideas) of the Letter of the Law that he tried to persuade to leave the city with him but they did nothing but mock him. Without the Spirit of the Law the Letter of the Law is not understood or obeyed.
Lot, his wife (his womanhood), and two daughters are instantaneously brought out of the city of Sodom and he was told, “Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.”
Lot and his womanhood (spiritual being) had to escape error. He was not allowed to look back to it, nor was he allowed to remain on a level plain (of thought). He had to ascend higher, up the mountain or else he would be consumed by error.
But Lot does not want to go higher, he prefers to stay in the mortal realm, he begs to be able to go to a close city “a little one” that is called Zoar. And he was aloud to go to Zoar. This was a temporary place of residence, Lot was not prepared to take such a giant leap forward all at once; he had to take baby (small) steps.
Of course, we all know that Lot’s wife looked back to the material world she was leaving and was turned into a pillar of salt. It could be that she was covered in ash. It really does not matter if it was salt or ash, but rather the fact that looking back to our past ways, or our past failures, our past sins is not living and it freezes us in one place to where we cannot move forward or upward.
Finally Lot is able to go up “out of Zoar,” and “dwell in the mountain.” He has his two daughters with him. It says (verse 30) that he feared to dwell in Zoar. He was afraid to remain on the lower plain of thought because he probably thought he would slip back into his old habits. He went to dwell in a cave with his two daughters. This cave is a symbol for the Church, as early churches were located in caves, but a cave is also symbolic of birth, specifically the matrix birth.
And the firstborn daughter (the First Degree) said unto the younger (the Second Degree), “Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth [which would be through material sex procreation]: Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.”
The first night the firstborn daughter went in to her inebriated father. The second night the second born daughter went in to her inebriated father. And both daughters conceived Lot’s sons, which would also be his grandsons. The firstborn daughter’s son was Moab, father of the Moabites and the second born daughter’s son was Ben-ammi, father of the children of Ammon.
Moab means, “seed of the father; water of the water; flowing from the father; what of the father?; of his father.” Positively, Ruth, from whom David and (supposedly) Jesus are descended, is a Moabitess.
Ammon means, “a great people; an extensive people; a fellow countryman.”
C’. divine Science – The Third Step Down – Sara in foreign palace; ordeal ends in peace and success; Abraham and Ishmael part (Genesis 20:1-21:34)
Abraham and Sarah journey “toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.” Gerar means, “a sojourn; a lodging place; an encampment; a halting place.”
Once more they are in a foreign place and in verse 2, “Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: And Abimelech (father of the king or human will), king of Gerar, sent and took Sarah.” Now have you thought about how old Sarah is said to be? Yet she is still beautiful enough that the king sends for her! But before anything bad can take place God comes to the king in a dream and says, “Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.”
Genesis 20:4, 5 – But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation? Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
Genesis 20:6, 7 – 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. 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.
In the morning the king rises and asks Abraham why he has done this thing to him and his kingdom, why did he say that Sarah was his sister but not his wife? Abraham basically tells him that the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake. This can be explained in the fact that Jesus was crucified because of his Womanhood teachings of divine Science. The priests hated his spiritual perfection and found it cause to kill him.
Then Abraham states that in truth Sarah is his sister, the daughter of his father, but not the daughter of his mother; and she became his wife. Now most people immediately think that Abraham married his half-sister, and perhaps he did, but perhaps Abraham was speaking spiritually, that in Truth Sarah is the daughter of God but not of Abraham’s material mother-earth.
So the king presents many good things (ideas) to Abraham, and land (a mental dwelling place) to Abraham. Abraham prays for the king and his people, and they are healed, and the women’s wombs (matrix systems) are opened up.
It follows in chapter 21 immediately after the human will is healed and the women’s wombs are opened up, that Sarah’s womb also opens up and she conceives Isaac. And when Isaac is eight (symbolic of resurrection; atonement; eternity; and endlessness) days old Abraham circumcises him to uphold the Arch of the Covenant. Abraham is 100 years old, meaning he resides under the government of the one Mind, the Mind that is God.
The Christ in the tone of the Word
The first minor star – the Woman God-crowned Keystone – ”Animal Magnetism Unmasked”
“Abraham has outgrown his early need for concessions to materiality. His spiritual ideal is no longer barren. Sarah herself is fruitful at last, and the promised heir is born. ‘And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.’” Isaac means “laughter.” When we receive the spiritual ideal, when it is born to us, we feel much happiness and joy.
Isaac grows and is to be weaned, and on that day Abraham made a great feast. And Sarah sees Hagar’s son mocking her own. What this means is that she understands that Ishmael is the counterfeit of Isaac. So she tells Abraham to cast out the bondwoman and her son because the son of mortal mind cannot be the true heir, mortal mind cannot even come close to the true representative of Life, Truth, and Love.
“Sarah’s uncompromising attitude towards the son of the bondwoman is explained by Paul in Galatians. ‘Which things are an allegory,’ he says, ‘Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman…he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise…Agar…answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all…Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.’
“In this epistle Paul contrasts the works of the flesh with the fruit of the Spirit, and Mary Baker Eddy uses his words to conclude the chapter ‘Animal Magnetism Unmasked.’ the fifth chapter of the textbook. She shows how Christian Science, like the American nation, must declare its independence from authoritarian motherhood. Otherwise Christian Science is in bondage. The issue is clear cut. It is between bondage, on the one hand, and freedom, on the other. Only when Jerusalem above, the city foursquare, is the mother (matrix) of us all do we find within this city freedom from organic servitude. Let us remember that throughout the fourfold story of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, the self-assertive seed of the spiritual matrix is, step by step, being sown in human consciousness, not abstractly, not intellectually, but in terms of our life-experience.”
It is hard for Abraham to let go of what Ishmael represents mentally, but God tells him, “Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice [because she voices the Truth]; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.”
So early the following morning Abraham rises to do what must be done. And Hagar and Ishmael wander in the wilderness of Beersheba. And when she was out of water she wept. Nor did she want to witness the death of her son. And God sends his angel thought and she is told again that her son will become a great nation.
Then her eyes opened up, her vision was no longer clouded by fear, and she saw a well of water.
“Hagar and Ishmael are divinely sustained. Wells of water, rightly belonging to Abraham, but which the Philistines claim are theirs, succor the bondwoman and her son. Philistine morality purports to sustain organic life, whereas this is done only by spirituality (Abraham). As Jesus said to the woman at the well in Samaria: ‘Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life’ (John 4:13).”
Ishmael grew and became an archer, and he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran (Paran has to do with caves, and caves represent churches) and Hagar found him an Egyptian woman (another bondwoman).
Next Abraham has a scrabble over a well (spiritual teachings) with Abimelech’s servants (thoughts). A covenant between Abimelech and Abraham is then set up. Abraham took sheep and oxen (Christ thoughts). And Abraham separately set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. Abimelech asked what was up with that? Abraham replied that he was to take out of his hand the seven ewe lambs (young Christ ideas of Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love) that they would be a witness unto him, that Abraham had dug the well (that he was the source thought behind the spiritual teachings). Thus, the place was called Beersheba because they both swore there. Beersheba means, “well of the oath; well of the seven; well of fulfillment; seventh well.” Hence this well really represents the idea of Love as the source of our fulfillment and/or completeness.
And Abimelech returned to Philistine. Then Abraham planted a grove there and upon the Lord, the everlasting God. And he sojourned there for several days. In other words, Abraham understood the seven days that belong to the everlasting God.
The Christ in the tone of the Christ
The 2nd minor star – the Oil Lamp Keystone – “Science, Theology, Medicine”
This tone has two sections to it. The first section will end this chapter and the second section will begin the following chapter (of this book). In this first section Abraham sacrifices the organic sense of fatherhood. In the second section the Bible presents Sarah dieing and being buried. This signifies the passing away of the belief in organic motherhood. Isaac’s real Maker is “divine Truth and Love” (S&H 106:11)
“The Christ-child, symbolized by Isaac, must, in the tone of Christ as the Christ, pattern the divine ideal that appeared to Abraham in the Word as the Christ, namely, Melchizedek, king of the heavenly Jerusalem. Like Melchizedek, this child must be found ‘without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God.”
B’. absolute Christian Science – The Forth Step Down – Climax of Abraham’s spiritual odyssey (Genesis 22:1-19)
In this section God tells Abraham to take his “only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” (Gen. 22:2) Moriah stands for the vision and revelation of God.
“In the land of Moriah, on the mountaintop [capstone] site of the future city of Jerusalem, Abraham is called by God to offer up his son Isaac – that is, to give him back to his real Maker. The story is a prefiguring symbol of where, in the gospel, God the Father apparently sacrifices His beloved Son. But the purpose of this is to show that, in fact, the Son was never taken away from the Father, and therefore that no such sacrifice has really to be made. It further prefigures the lesson taught in Revelation, where the woman’s man child is caught up unto God as soon as he is born, or restored to his rightful creator.”
What is the sacrifice of Isaac really about? Yes, it does represent an earlier typification of Jesus Christ being crucified (the Lamb being sacrificed), but this section is really about Abraham’s sacrifice of mortal fatherhood. He must be willing to sacrifice this part of himself and understand that God is really the only Father there is, or the only Life there is. “Abraham’s fidelity to the idea that God is the only author of man is fully tested and not found wanting. His allegiance to one Father — one divine Patriarch — does not falter.”
Abraham gets up early in the morning and saddles his ass, two of his young men (the young men represent his material eyes) are to travel with him, Isaac, and clave the wood for the burnt offering. He rose up, and went to Moriah.
On the third day, Soul, Abraham lifted up his eyes (his spiritual vision not sense vision), and saw the place “afar off.” He has his material vision remain there with his ass (animal sense of burden). Then he took his son and journeyed onward toward the revelation that is Christian Science. He took the wood of the burnt offering and placed the burden of carrying the wood upon Isaac. He took the fire in his hand, and a knife and they headed on.
It is then that Isaac speaks, “My father. Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
Abraham replied, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.”
Genesis 22:9-13: And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
The ram is a grown up lamb. And it is this father of the lamb that becomes sacrificed, not the lamb itself. The belief that man is the creator of man is what is actually sacrificed. “The two-horned dilemma which says either that man creates man independently of God, or else that God creates man through man, is sacrificed for the real relationship of God and man. Abraham gives Isaac back to God through understanding that his son was never, in the first place, taken away from God.”
The name of the place is called Jehovah-jireh even today. Jehovah-jireh represents the understanding that God, as I am, is the one and only provider (Father). And Abraham is told that he will be blessed and that his seed will be “multiplied as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall posses the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” (Gen. 22:17, 18)
Then Abraham returned to the young men (his two eyes), however, the ass (his material burdens of the animalistic nature [dualism]) is gone. He is able to go back to the two men because his vision is now of the one eye (the Oneness of God), not the two (dualism of corporeal sense). He returns, with Isaac, to Beersheeba (Love).
A’. Christian Science – The Final Step Down to the Foundation Stone – Genealogy of Nahor (Genesis 22:20-24)
Nahor means, “snorting; snoring; angry; passionate; eager; irascible; piercing; slaying.” Nahor represents the arousing of a higher desire in man, through the activity of Abraham – faith – or accompanying the faith activity that Abraham signifies. He pierces the darkness or mortal consciousness and a new line of thought transpires. This new line of thought transpires through his twelve sons. Eight sons are via Milcah while four are by his concubine Reumah.
Milcah means, “queen; rule; counsel; advice.” She is good wisdom and good judgment.
The first son:
Huz means, “firm; throne; chair; steadfast.” It is clear that Huz represents true faith (being that he is steadfast). He represents that which governs.
The second son:
Buz means, “despicable; contempt; despised.” The real man finds error, evil, to be despicable. He despises error. He does not honor the laws of matter and is found to be contempt.
The third son:
Kemuel means, “council; God stands; God’s righteousness; God raises up; judgment of God; assembly of God; God’s congregation.” This name represents the Spirit of God, divine rightness and judgment, in the ascendancy in individual consciousness, growing and taking a firmer hold which brings about a closer union of the true, higher spiritual thoughts of the mind (the assembly). Kemuel is Christian Science treatment.
The grandson that is based upon Principle:
Kemuel is the father of Aram “highlands; high; exalted.” The intellectual must give way to spiritual knowing.
The fourth son that is Life:
Chesed means, “wisdom; a savant; an astrologer; a magi; an occultist.” According to The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary this name represents physical wisdom. However, the fourth sphere of the Kabalah tree of life is called Chesed. This sphere is found on the Pillar of Mercy and it represents mercy and majesty, the loving Father, protector, and preserver of man. The forth sphere correlates with the number four Tarot card (it is actually the fifth card in the deck) – THE EMPEROR, or the Christ King.
The fifth son that is Truth:
Hazo means, “vision; revelation; prophecy; league; covenant; agreement.” The arousing of a higher desire in man (Nahor) through the activity of faith (Abraham) causes the piercing of the darkness of material belief and opens the way for a new and clearer insight of Truth (Hazo).
The sixth son that is Love:
Pildash means, “flame of fire; consuming flame; devouring ardor; destruction; ruin.” Plidash is a quickening; it is zeal. In the negative you get a building up of matter and error, yet in the positive you get a build up in consciousness and body of Truth. Pildash represents, to me, the Holy Ghost that baptizes with fire.
The seventh son that is the Word:
Jidlaph means, “dropping; dripping; tearful; weeping; flowing out; wasting away.” Jidlaph seems to be the negative phase in man. The negative is the belief in the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. However, what Jidlaph truly represents is the descending light, or Science itself, coming to man through the Word found in the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
The eighth son that is the Christ:
Bethuel means, “dweller in God; abode in God; filiation of God.” Bethuel represents man’s unity with God, man consciously abiding in God. Is this not the Christ Son? And this Christ ideal gives birth to the daughter that is the Bride of the Christ Isaac.
Rebekah means, “tying firmly; fastening; binding; noosed cord; captivating; snare; beauty that ensnares; grace that enraptures.” Soul’s natural delight in beauty. Isaac dwelt in the land of the South, so the Bride must descend from the North (of the Word) to the South (of Christianity). Rebekah typifies the Arch Covenant that God made with Noah.
Nahor’s concubine Reumah bares four sons. Reumah means, “high; raised; elevated; lofty; sublime; high-priced; red coral; pearl.” She is the feminine principle in man elevated to a high place of appreciation in consciousness; she is highly esteemed. She is the pearl of great price; hence, she represents the first Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other Mind before Me (God).”
Tebah means, “slaughter; killing; slaying; execution; life guard; body guard; cooking [a Baker?]; butchering.” Tebah is spiritual self-defense that comes from having but one Mind. And it is destructive (a butcher) to animal magnetism.
Gaham means, “flaming; burning; consuming; charring; blackness.” It is the heat (evil desires) consciousness burning itself up (coming to a climax), where the whole consciousness (man reflecting the one Mind) revolts against sense beliefs and activities, and a degree of purification is accomplished.
Tahash means, “thrusting in; breaking; burrowing; diving; badger; seal; ram; reddish.” Tahash represents life activity of the one Mind that breaks and penetrates (burrows) mortal mind. What is left but God’s seal of approval upon man?
Maachah means, “squeezed; compressed; depressed; emasculates; pressed down; worn.” Having but the one Mind emasculates error, there can be no more material creation by men and women (no more material fathers or mothers). This being said, it is the next step that Sarah must die so that the Bride of Christ may come to the Bridegroom that is Christ.
So we end up the Abraham Saga, however, Abraham’s story is not quite finished, he still is featured in the Isaac Saga.
 From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 69
 Although we do not know it yet in the Genesis narrative Sarai is supposed to be Terah’s daughter by another wife.
 Metaphysical Bible Dictionary
 Which is probably Shechem “inclining; bending down; shoulder; ridge; upper part of the back; a burden.” TMBD
 Moreh means, “teaching; a teaching; sage; prophet; imparter of wisdom. A state of mind receptive to Truth; a teachable state of mind.” TMBD
 Sarai represents Israel, or Womanhood.
 We know that this is an actual vision that Abram has because Abram sees stars (in verse 5). In verse 12 it mentions that the sun is going down.
 Genesis 15:4-5
 Genesis 15:4
 Genesis 15:7
 S&H 597:16
 S&H 56:1
 Genesis 16:16
 Gen. 17:9-14
 See Joshua 5:9
 Gen. 17:17
 Nephew is a son of ecclesiasticism.
 Gen. 17:21
 Gen. 18:10
 Gen. 18:33
 Gen. 19:4
 Gen. 19:17
 Gen. 19:31, 32
 Gen. 20:1
 Gen. 20:3
 From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 75
 “Sensual and mortal beliefs; counterfeits of creation, whose better originals are God’s thoughts, not in embryo, but in maturity; material suppositions of life, substance, and intelligence, opposed to the Science of being.” (S&H 583:1)
 “The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love.” (S&H 582:28)
 From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 75-76
 Gen. 21:12, 13
 From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 75
 Ibid, p. 76