The Book of Origin – Chapter 7

by MJSmith

Chapter 7 – The Arch of the Covenant of Science

     Jacob will eventually bless his twelve sons, and the blessing he bestows on Joseph is most revealing in regards to Joseph’s character.  Jacob says, “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well, whose branches run over the wall…the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)…the Almighty…shall bless [Joseph] with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb.  The blessings of thy father…shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren” (Gen. 49:22).
     The Joseph saga succeeds the Jacob saga.  Likewise today’s independent nonsectarian Science of Christian Science, as it develops, succeeds the original religious founding of Christian Science.  Mary Baker Eddy wrote Science into the Textbook during her Founding Mission, just as Joseph (Jacob’s first and only love) was born to Jacob in the course of his Founding Mission.
     At the beginning of Joseph’s saga Jacob’s family is living (in belief) in the comfort and security of Canaan (physicality).  They assume an exclusive and circumscribed (circumcision) outlook upon their family’s religion (church).  This will contrast with Joseph’s outlook when he is banished into the outside world; when he is excommunicated from the family church (a Mother Church).  Joseph’s brethren resent his progressive spiritual growth and his continuing revelation, which Joseph claims for himself, so they excommunicate him from the fold (or the flock).  A similar thing happened in 1909 to a loyal follower of Mary Baker Eddy’s.  Her name was Augusta Emma Stetson.  Her First Church Branch of New York was so successful that it rivaled The First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston, and the men of Boston feared the woman’s success.  They figured the only way to get her out of their way was to have her excommunicated from The First Church and her OWN Branch Church.  Another important person who was excommunicated around forty years later was John W. Doorly.  Where would the Independent Christian Scientists be today if Doorly had remained in the church by giving up his matrix system?  And so, not only did Stetson and Doorly have to be excommunicated they both had to be thrown into the pit and sold out by their own Brotherhood of Christian Scientists.
     The blessing that Jacob gives to Joseph is in the form of spiritual Mother Hood (Love and Mind in Christianity) and Womanhood.  As a fruitful bough, whose branches (branch churches) extend over the wall (of limitation by ecclesiastical despotism’s misuse of a Church Manual), Joseph illustrates the illimitable resources of universal man after the organic confines of ecclesiastical despotism are removed.  Joseph is a typification of the city of our God where there are no boundaries or limitations.  “Joseph’s eventual supremacy over the land of Egypt reveals him as the true identity of mankind, feeding a famished human race with the Science of its own true being.”[1]
     Joseph’s excommunication, just as Augusta Stetson’s excommunication, is not an evil thing; it is rather the providence of divine Love.  If Joseph had remained at home, within the boundaries of material organized religion, he would never have been able to have grown spiritually and become ruler over Egypt (the world belief in material organic life = slavery of the worst kind).  God leads Joseph into Egypt in order to prepare the world for Science.  “As he himself tells his brothers when they are reunited towards the end of the story, ‘God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.’  Christian Science and the world are one.  It is not in accord with the plan of Love that Christian Science should be lost in a religious organization.  Hence the transfer of its pure Science [Joseph] to what looks like an outside world [Egypt].”[2]

Science in the tone of the Word

MIND

Joseph and his brothers, Jacob and Joseph part (Gen. 37:1-36)

     Because Joseph is, and always has been the driving spiritual impulse behind Jacob’s mission, Jacob loves Joseph more than all his brothers.
     Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan [physicality].  These are the generations of Jacob.  Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives:  and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. (Gen. 37:1, 2)[3]  Joseph is seventeen (for seven years he has been in misery and felt afflicted) because he is with the servant sense (Bilhah and Zilpah) of life in matter, his father’s wives by-the-law (Letter of the Law).

Joseph's Coat of Many Colors

Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors

     Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children,[4] because he was the son of his old age:  and he made him a coat of many colors. (Gen. 37:3)  Israel’s old age represents his time of wisdom in Spirit, as he is Israel.  This coat was probably an ornamental tunic that was worn on the outside of his other clothing.  The coat of many colors symbolizes the colors of the divine matrixes – for the seven synonymous terms for God (Mind [red], Spirit [orange], Soul [yellow], Principle [green], Life [blue], Truth [indigo], Love [violet]),[5] the divine calculus (the Word [metallic red], the Christ [gold], Christianity [silver], Science [metallic green), and the four Sciences (Science itself [metallic green], divine Science [metallic teal], absolute Christian Science [purplish blue], and Christian Science [purplish pink]).[6]  This coat is made from “the entire hues of Deity.” (Mis 194:15).  (Editor’s note:  My colors on the above diagram are not exactly perfect.  It is hard to get metallic colors on my paint program.)
     And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. (Gen. 37:4)  The more Jacob loves Joseph the more the brothers become jealous and hate him.
     Such coats are mentioned elsewhere in the Bible and these types of coats are given to female virgins.  This coat was given to Joseph’s Womanhood, not his manhood.  This is because Womanhood is the higher idea.  Coats, or jackets, are also a form of protection.  What type of protection did this coat give Joseph’s Womanhood?  It must be the protection that comes from the complete understanding of God and man’s relationship to God.  Because Joseph was given (taught) the divine matrix system of Science he was higher, mentally speaking, than his brothers were, hence, he would dream about his superiority.
     And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren:  and they hated him yet the more. (Gen. 37:5)  They were jealous of Joseph that God spoke to him through dreams and did not speak to them through dreams.  What is important to understand about the dreams is if Joseph had kept his mouth shut and not told his brothers about his dreams they may have never tried to sell him.  Yet, if they had not sold him how would Israel (the nations) have been saved during the time of famine?
     And he said unto them, “Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:  For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.” (Gen. 37:6, 7)  Joseph’s sheaf was placed into the center hub of the circle, into the cycle; it is of main importance, like the capstone head on the pyramid.  To think that they should make obeisance, submit in obedience, to Joseph?  This ticked them off.  Below is the the Sheaf of Wheat Keystone from Window of the Open Book.  I feel that it represents the sheaf of Joseph.

The Sheaf of Wheat Keystone
     And his brethren said to him, “Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us?”  And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. (Gen. 37:8)  Mortal mind hates the spiritual (Womanhood) because it reigns over it (the physical, the mortal, the corporeal) and has dominion over it.
     And he dreamed yet another dream; and told it his brethren, and said, “Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold the sun and the moon and the eleven stars [his brothers] made obeisance to me.” (Gen. 37:9)  The sun and the moon are symbols for Joseph’s father (sun) and mother (moon).  And, because the twelve stars of the woman’s God-crown represent the twelve sons of Jacob, then these stars spoken of represent Joseph’s eleven brothers.  Joseph “reveals his superiority of that which is inclusive and whole (Joseph himself) over what is exclusive and partisan (his brothers).”[7]
     And he told it to his father, and to his brethren:  and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, “What is this dream that thou hast dreamed?  Shall I [this is the corporeal Jacob speaking] and thy mother [Jacob’s higher ideal – Isreal] and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?” (Gen. 37:10)  The rebuke comes from mortal manhood (Jacob), not from Motherhood (Israel) because ecclesiastical despotism rears its ugly head at anyone who claims their status of Godhood, or their royal divinity!  Many Christian Scientists today deny Mary Baker Eddy as the second coming of Christ because they are afraid of what other religious peoples will think about them.  We have been so brainwashed by our church dogmas (human opinions) that we are afraid to admit our own oneness (atonement) with God.
     Now these two dreams are really one dream, just dreamed at two different times.  This pattern is repeated later on with the butler and baker dreams, and Pharaoh’s dreams.  Joseph himself tells Pharaoh what this means – “God hath showed Pharaoh what he is about to do.”  So if Joseph has had two dreams with the same message this means that, “God has shown Joseph what he is about to do.”  Then God has determined this dream to actually happen.  And I am sure that his brothers know this and this is really why they are upset and it is also probably why Jacob rebukes Joseph.
     And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying. (Gen. 37:11)  Josephs’ brothers are jealous because they have not had prophetic dreams.  They want them and wonder why they have not been chosen to receive these dreams.  Even though Jacob rebukes Joseph there is Israel who knows in his (her) inner heart that Joseph is meant for greatness, so he takes the dream as prophecy (observes it).
     “Joseph’s brethren are like the wicked husbandman in Jesus’ parable who would slay the heir to their master’s vineyard in order that the inheritance might be theirs.  ‘The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner,’ Jesus explains to the priests and the scribes (Luke 20:17).  The word ‘calculus’ is from a root meaning ‘stone.’  Joseph, the ‘stone of Israel,’ typifying the divine matrix calculus, is rejected by the builders of a personally authoritarian way of life.  But, as experience shows, Joseph (this stone) becomes in the end the headstone of the corner.  Spiritually speaking, Jacob rested his head on this very stone of Israel when he first saw the ladder [pyramid matrix] uniting heaven [the Stargate] and earth [the pyramid].”[8]  Remember that this pillow stone also became a pillar stone!  Doorly’s excommunication was the same thing happening again, the divine calculus was being given the boot by the Boston Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors rejected the cornerstone of The First Church.  They could not understand that Mary Baker Eddy was claiming to be this cornerstone by having a stained glass window, depicting herself, being seen at the corner of The First Church!  Today it is denied that the woman in the window is Mary Baker Eddy, even though it is plain for all to see that it is Mary Baker Eddy.
     The actual cornerstone of The First Church contains – a Bible, a copy of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and other writings by Mary Baker Eddy.
     And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem. (Gen. 37:12)  Is not the Father’s flock really the sheep congregation of the Church?  And because of Simeon and Levi Shechem is the land of ecclesiastical despotism, remember the actions they took when their sister was raped.
     And Israel said unto Joseph, “Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them.”  And he said to him, “Here am I.”  “And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again.”  So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. (Gen. 37:13, 14)  Joseph is sent into the land of ecclesiastical despotism to check upon the work of his brothers, if they are being successful in feeding the Lord’s flock.  Joseph is sent out from the valley of Hebron “ford [the river of Science]; company [Christian Science Associations].”
     And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field:  and the man asked him, saying, “What seekest thou?”  And he said, “I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.”  And the man said, “They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan.”  And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan. (Gen. 37:15-17)  The story does not tell us who this man is, but he is of vital importance.  Without this man telling Joseph where his brothers went the story would not be able to proceed.  In a way, it is as if this man has been put in the field on purpose, he is like an angel who is put there so that God can have Joseph taken down into Egypt.
     In Christian Science we have the Field of workers, those who are members of the church and pray and demonstrate Christian Science on a daily bases.  Feeding their flocks means to give the sheep food for thought (mental digestion).  Dothan means, “double feast.”  Positively this land provides the church congregation with a double portion of food.  However, the mental mood of Joseph’s brothers is in an evil mode of thought and this double portion, in this case, is not completely spiritual (from the tree of life) their double portion is dualistic thinking that comes from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
     And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.  And they said one to another, “Behold, this dreamer [spiritual prophet] cometh.  Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, ‘Some evil beast hath devoured him’ and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” (Gen. 37:18-20)
     And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, “Let us not kill him.”  And Reuben said unto them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him;” that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again. (Gen. 37:21, 22)  Remember what Reuben did in chapter 35?  Perhaps Reuben was rebuked, or got into some sort of trouble after going into his father’s bed.  There is no mention of him being punished for this “sin” but perhaps it is because of this that he feels he must help Joseph out?  On the other hand we could look at it this way, that Reuben, representing divine Mind, understands (hears) Joseph’s true place in Bible prophecy (or Torah prophecy) and places Joseph where he needs to be, even if it is temporarily seen as a pit. This pit is a symbol of the brother’s opposition to Joseph’s true identity and place in Bible prophecy, but it is also a symbol of the fact that Joseph will have to go down into Egypt and then be placed in another pit – a prison.  Joseph, as Womanhood, must descend.  Womanhood always descends.
     And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colors that was on him; And they took him, and cast him into a pit:  and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. (Gen. 37:23, 24)  They tried to take Joseph’s spiritual protection away from him; they thought the coat, the symbol, was his protection.  However, this protection was and always is mental.  Joseph already had the spiritual understanding of the matrix within him, and this could not be taken away from him.  They put him into the pit (this pitiful position) without water (spiritual teachings).
     And they sat down to eat bread:  and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. (Gen. 37:25)  The Ishmeelites are of Ishmael “God (is) hearing.”  Again, we have the tone of “hearing,” so in Truth God is hearing what is going on, and God specifically hears Joseph.  These Ishmeelites have come from Gilead “strong; rocky” with their camels (ships = churches of the desert).  They are going to trade their goods (their good fortune consisting of spice, balm, and myrrh) with the Egyptians (“Mizraim, which means shut in, restraint, misery, tribulation, distress.”)  The Ishmeelites must enter Egypt before Joseph, so that they can prepare his entrance into the city.
     And Judah said unto his brethren, “What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?  Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh.”  And his brethren were content. (Gen. 37:26, 27)  Judah, representing the future Kings of Principle, suggests to the brothers to sell Joseph for a profit (for a prophet, pun intended).
     Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver:  and they brought Joseph into Egypt. (Gen. 37:28)  Median means, “contention – rivalry, competition.”  It is really false brotherhood that Joseph is handed over to, just as Jesus would later on be handed over for thirty pieces of silver.  The Christ is to be sold by mortal man, the man that fails to understand the Christ God-crown missions.  Here the Ishmeelites represent the idea behind religious priesthood.  “Joseph’s brothers sell him into the hands of Ishmaelites and Midianites bound for Egypt.  As we have seen, Ishmael and Midian, sons of Abraham by Hagar and Keturah, are closely associated with the ways and means of ecclesiastical religion.”[9]  It is even possible, because they are related that they know Joseph and Joseph knows them.
     It does seem to be confusing as to who took Joseph and really sold him, perhaps this is a literary tool to try and show that Joseph is confused about what is going on?  But I do not think it is really important who took him and sold him.  What is important is the mental attitude that was behind the kidnapping and selling of Joseph by the religious brotherhood.
     And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.  And he returned unto his brethren, and said, “The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?” (Gen. 37:29, 30)  Renting ones clothes was what people did when they believed someone to be dead.  Reuben really is bothered by what has transpired, but it seems as if he is more worried about his own welfare “and I [what will happen to me and] whither [where] shall I go” than with Joseph’s whereabouts.
     And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood; And they sent the coat of colors, and they brought the coat to their father and said, “This have we found:  know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.  And he knew it, and said, “It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.”  And Jacob rent his clothes, put on sackcloth, and mourned for many days. (Gen. 37:31-34)  We, the reader, may once more remember when Jacob went into his father’s own tent with the goat’s meat, goat’s fur on Jacob’s hands, and Jacob was dressed in Esau’s garments.  Jacob fooled Isaac and now Jacob’s sons are fooling him.  Limited personal sense is always being fooled by animal magnetism.
     And all his sons and daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave [Sheol, the underworld[10]] unto my son mourning.  Thus his father wept for him. (Gen 37:35)  Christian Science (being Joseph) is the true comforter, so it is no wonder that Jacob’s sons and daughters were unable to comfort him.
     Eventually, Jacob believing “that Joseph is dead,” will seek “desperately to protect his youngest son Benjamin, his beloved Rachel’s second child, from what he thinks is worldly contamination.  The real Benjamin stands for Jacob’s own regenerate individuality.  Benjamin is the individualization in us all of the universal Science which is Joseph.  Once this individuality is free from smothering, frightened, ecclesiastical restrictions [because of fear of worldly contaminations] it brings reconciliation and ‘renewal of affections’ (S&H 582:9) between Joseph and Jacob’s family.  The parallel in Christian Science is between the religious body and its own true identity, the Science and system of Christian Science.  Like all Israel at the end of this patriarchal story, Christian Science (when it is one united body) relates to and belongs to the entire world.”[11]
     And the Midianites sold [brotherly rivalry is responsible for selling] him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard. (Gen. 37:36)  At this point in the Bible “Egypt symbolized the world.  Joseph is sold into the house of Potiphar, who is Pharaoh’s officer, a captain of the guard.”[12]

SPIRIT

Interlude:  Joseph is not present/Judah’s reconciliation (Gen. 38:1-30)

     The interlude of chapter 38 is about Judah, the line of thought that eventually comes to bring about the spiritual birth of Jesus.
     The Hebrews followed the levirate (levir – brother-in-law) marriage law.  If a son died, his wife was still bound to her husband’s house, hence she was to be given to her brother-in-law as a wife so that the dead son could have children.  It was the brother-in-law’s duty (the brother by law’s duty) to provide children for his dead brother.
     And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah. (Gen. 38:1)  Judah seems to separate himself from his brothers after Joseph is gone.
     An Adullamite is a person of “justice of the people; equity of the people.”  It seems then, as if Judah is trying to get away from his brother’s religious order to gain equity “a body of legal doctrines and rules developed to enlarge, supplement, or override a narrow rigid system of law.”[13]  Hirah means, “white; pure; noble; high born; splended; distinguished freedom; liberty.”  To me, this land of Adulla sounds like the United States of America with its Constitution.  I think that Judah is looking for something better than what his other brothers are clinging to in their religious beliefs.  And perhaps it is this search that eventually enables his “seed” to bring forth the first coming of Christ.
     And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her. (Gen. 38:2)  Shuah, the father, is a male Canaanite – of physical sense, hence he represents a false type of manhood, that which bows down to mortal mind.  Shuah means, “a sinking down, i.e., as in the mud; settling down; bowed down, i.e., the mind or soul; despair; depressed; depression; pit.”  This is interesting remember that Joseph was placed in a pit of (his brother’s) opposition (to Joseph).  Can Judah climb out of this opposition to his brother without first sinking down from his own despair (which is the feeling that he has betrayed Joseph)?  We do not know the name of Judah’s wife, as we are not told, so her name is not important.  We must understand that she represents a false type of womanhood because of what her father stands for.
     And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er.[14] (Gen. 38:3)  Er means, “awake; watchful alert; watcher; watchman.”  These sound like good qualities to have, and they are, but will we be watching what the erring mortal sense man is doing, or will we be looking to the Christ and seeing what the Christ is up to?  How many of us watch the evening news and absorb all it is telling us yet forgetting to watch that the Christ Mind be within our own thoughts?
     And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan. (Gen. 38:4)  Onan means, “able-bodied; strong; stout; virile; vigorous; substantiated; wealthy; luminous, bright.”  Again, these sound like good qualities, but will Onan be of the human intellect or will he reflect divine Mind?  Will he be strong via mussel or via Spirit?
     And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah:  and he was at Chezib when she bare him. (Gen. 38:5)  Shelah means, “tranquility; security; rest; peace; inquiry; petition; prayer; request; demand.”  Chezib means, “lying; false; fraudulent; deceitful; false hopes, i.e., idols.”  Shelah is a false type of peace, peace in matter.  It is a place of personality worship (idolatry).
     And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar. (Gen. 38:6)  Tamar is true Womanhood.  Judah did a much better job at picking a wife for his son than he did for himself!  Tamar means, “standing forth; ascending; high; lofty; erect; upright; mast; spire; column of smoke [by day]; landmark; date palm; palm tree; phoenix.”  Tamar is the power of victory and conquest of the Science of Being for the individual Christian Scientist.  She is “erect” where Judah’s wife was “bowed over.”  She represents the true Sentinel (watchwoman), the true strong, luminous, bright Mind, and the Golden Shores of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony.
     And Er was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him. (Gen. 38:7)  Er is no longer needed because Tamar is now present.
     And Judah said unto Onan, “Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.”  And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. (Gen. 38:8, 9)  Onan spilled his sperm on the ground of Adam man.  He was not about to provide a child (seed) to his brother when he preferred to have his own son.  He did not understand that the qualities of spiritual watchfulness would make him stand strong, be luminous and bright.
     And the thing that he did displeased the Lord:  wherefore he slew him also. (Gen. 38:10)  The false sense of what Onan represented died.
     Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, “Remain a widow at thy father’s house, till Shelah my son be grown.”  for he said, “Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did.”  And Tamar went and dwelt in her father’s house. (Gen. 38:11)  It seems as if Judah is aware that his two sons are dead because of what Tamar really represents.  He is afraid that his third son will die if she remains in Judah’s house, or camp, so he sends her off to her own father’s house.  He probably has no intention of letting his third son marry Tamar either, so he really is breaking the law, in breach of the marriage contract (covenant).
     And in the process of time the daughter of Shuah, Judah’s wife, died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. (Gen. 38:12)  Timnath means “part; portion; number; lot; allotment; assignment.”  So Judah, along with his sense of justice for all people, goes up to the sheepshearers that make allotments.  This reminds me of the ripping up of Joseph’s coat of many colors and the Roman soldiers that rent Jesus’ garments into four sections.  “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also coat:  now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.  They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be:  that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots [Timnath].  These things therefore the soldiers did.” (St. John 19:23, 24)  “Is not this coat ‘the divine Science of man…woven into one web of consistency without seam or rent’ (S&H 242:25) – woven [into a Textbook], that is, with ideas of the spectrum (the understanding)”[15] reflected by the Glover weave?
     Tamar hears that Judah has gone to Timnath and she puts off her widow clothes.  She covers herself in a vail.  She sits in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; she sees Shelah is grown, and that she was not given to him as a wife. (Gen. 38:13, 14)  Tamar sees (her eyes are opened to the fact) that Judah has broken the law and has no intention of honoring it.
     The open place actually means, “opening of the eyes” and “entrance.”  It is because of Tamar’s vail that we can only see her opened eyes.  I also feel that the “open place” is symbolic for the God-crowned woman’s place in Bible prophecy.
     The clothes are important because Joseph’s coat was previously taken away from him.  She takes off her clothes of bereavement to put on a vail (of death?).
     When Judah saw her he thought she was a harlot because she covered her face. (Gen. 38:15)  And he turned to her by the way, and said, “Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee.”  And she said, “What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?” (Gen. 38:16)
     He said, “I will send thee a kid from the flock.”  She asks, “Will you give me a pledge [a binding promise; contract], till thou send it [until you send for the kid]?” (Gen. 38:17)
     “What pledge?” he asks her.  She replied, “Thy signet, bracelets, and staff that is in thine hand.”  And he gave it [them to] her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him. (Gen. 38:18)  Now these three items originally were a seal, a cord, and a staff.  The seal was made out of clay and had Judah’s identity engraved in it.  This seal was like a modern day driver’s license, a proof of identification.  The seal had a hole on the backside for the cord to go through and the seal would be worn like a necklace.
     And she rose up and took off her vail and put on her garments of her widowhood. (Gen. 38:19)  Her widowhood actually represents that fact that Judah has deprived her of a husband via his third son.
     And Judah sent his friend with a kid to her, to receive his pledge [back] from the woman’s hand, but was not able to find her. (Gen. 38:20)  Remember his friend is Hirah, Judah’s own nobility, freedom, and liberty.
     And he [Hirah] asked about the harlot that was openly by the way side.  And they said there was no harlot in this place. (Gen. 38:21)  There literally was no known harlot for the place, as Tamar was not a harlot.
     He returned to Judah and told him he could not find her, there was no harlot in this place. (Gen. 38:22)  Just as when Reuben returned to the pit and found that Joseph was gone.
     Judah said, “Let her take it [the pledge] to her, lest we be shamed:  behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.” (Gen. 38:23)  He has honored the deal, can he help it that the woman did not stick around to take the kid.  Okay, again, remember here is a sense of trickery with garments and a goat.  Jacob was punished for his deception but Tamar is not punished.  Why?  Because her deception was moral and upright, she had the law on her side.
     Three months later Judah is told that Tamar had played the harlot, and that she was with child by whoredom.  And Judah said, not knowing how she came to be pregnant, “Bring her forth, and let her be burned.” (Gen. 38:24)
     When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, “By the man, whose these are, am I with child.  Discern [spiritually understand] I pray thee, whose are these, the signet [the signet was a seal used to make an impression for official use to give one’s personal authority to a document or keep privacy to a letter], and bracelets [symbolic of a bond by the law, a hand-cuff], and staff [a stamp; a supporting rod].” (Gen. 38:25)  I actually like the King James translation, because I get more from the symbol of the bracelet than the cord.
     Judah acknowledged them.  “She hath been more righteous than I, because that I give her not to Shelah my son.”  And he knew her again no more. (Gen. 38:25)  The same thing happens to Judah as to Jacob when he presents Joseph’s coat to Jacob and asks him to acknowledge them (identify them as his son’s coat).  Judah recognizes the three items belonging to him.  And he admits that Tamar has been righteous where he has not been righteous, he broke the law.  Judah is being punished for his crime with his younger brother and the deception played on Jacob.
     He never had sex with her again.  Notice the double standard.  Judah was allowed to have sex with a harlot, or what he thought to be a harlot, but his daughter by law was to be burned because (it was thought that) she had sex with a man outside Judah’s house.
     The kid and garments are physical props of intertextuality (interweaving).  Tamar represents Israel and she is not punished.
     During Tamar’s travail behold twins were in her womb. (Gen. 38:27)  We are immediately reminded of Jacob, the “heel graber” and his twin brother Esau.
     And the one put out his hand, the midwife took it and bound [tied it with] a scarlet thread, saying, this came out first. (Gen. 38:28)  The one means the first son.  The scarlet color is symbolic of sin, of fallen Adam (red) man.  However, it is also a “rich color” that was probably used by royalty.  So, the Babylonian woman in Revelation was “pretending” to be a queen or woman of royalty, but she was really a harlot.  The opposite happened here, however, a noble woman was pretending to be a harlot so that she could have a son.  I think that the scarlet thread is also a symbol for The First Degree.
     And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out and she said, “How hast thou broken forth?  this breach [of contract] be upon thee.” And because of this his name was Pharez. (Gen. 38:29)  Pharez means – breach be upon you; a breaking of the contract.  Tamar sees that he takes after his father, Judah, who breached the marital contract.  Pharez of The Second Degree was the first to be born.  So he broke his brother’s contract that he, as the firstborn son, should receive the birthright and blessing.
     And afterward came out his brother that had the scarlet thread upon his hand:  and his name was called Zarah. (Gen. 38:30)  Zarah (scarlet thread upon hand) means:  “brightness” and “sprout; decendant; child.”  Zarah of The First Degree becomes the second son.  This takes us back to Jacob’s birth and his struggle with Esau, but in this instance the lowly actually is victorious over his brother before he is born.
     This ends the chapter and we move on to Joseph being “down” in Egypt.

Science in the tone of the Christ

SOUL

Reversal:  Joseph (found) guilty, Potiphar’s wife (pretends to be) innocent (Gen. 39:1-23)

     And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, brought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. (Gen. 39:1)  Down is used twice in this verse, and it probably refers to the fact that Egypt is mentally lower, or not as spiritually minded as the Israelites are.  Potiphar being a captain is a symbol for the Christ capstone head, even if he is an Egyptian.  Potiphar means, “dedicated to Ra, belonging to the sun.”  Ra, or Re, was the Egyptian sun god; he is an early type-symbol for the Christ Son (Sun).  In this sense then, Potiphar does represent the Christ Mind, for it is this Christ Mind (house consciousness) that Joseph is given charge over.
     And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.  And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his [Joseph’s] hand [power]. (Gen. 39:2, 3)
     And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him:  and he made him overseer over his house [consciousness], and all that he had he put into his hand [put everything under Joseph’s power]. (Gen. 39:4)  Potiphar is a eunuch (saris), a courtier.  Eunuchs did have wives and were put in charge of the harems.  This may explain why his wife treats Joseph the way she does.
     And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.  And he left all that he had to Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat.  And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favored. (Gen. 39:5, 6)  Joseph was in charge of everything except for the bread (woman) that his master did eat (have sex with, if he did have sex with his wife), in other words Potiphar’s wife was off limits.
     “Such is the measure of Joseph’s growing eminence.  While personal vested interests desire to be rid of troublesome new ideas, the ideas themselves are at work in world consciousness, out of reach of ecclesiastical control.  The reason for Joseph’s prosperity is that he is not a new religion seeking to impose itself upon the world, but is the true idea of humanity as a whole brought to birth by the whole of humanity.  Fundamentally, the Science and system of Christian Science is not at work in the world, but is the true idea of humanity as a whole brought to birth by the whole of humanity.  Fundamentally, the Science and system of Christian Science is not at work in the world, but is the world itself at work.  Joseph is not so much in Egypt, Joseph is Egypt.  He is Egypt’s (the world’s) real spiritual selfhood appearing to itself.”[16]
     Later on, in the Joseph Saga there is a similar name – Potiphera.  Potiphera will become Joseph’s father-in-law (father by marriage).  His name means, “belonging to Ra; dedicated to the sun.”  Joseph’s own Womanhood is the daughter of Potiphera.  She will represent Joseph’s true Womanhood, while Joseph is about to meet up with false womanhood (a Babylonian woman of sorts).
     And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. (Gen. 39:7)  False womanhood lusts after the divine nature that Joseph manifested, she wanted to taint it and make it impure.  Tamar’s eyes were opened, but this Egyptian woman has cast (discarded) her eyes (spiritual discernment).
     Joseph refuses to lie with her and he says unto his master’s wife, “Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife:  how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:8, 9)  Potiphar has held nothing from Joseph accept for his wife.
     And she spoke to Joseph day after day, but he did not hearken unto her, he would not lie by her, or be with her.  And it came to pass that Joseph went into the house to do his business:  and there was none of the men of the house there within.  And she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.”  And he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. (Gen. 39:10-12)  This is like when Joseph’s coat is ripped off of him.
     This is the first telling of the incident.  It is told as action, “she caught him by his garment” and Joseph “fled, and got him out.”
     She saw that Joseph left his garment in her hand and “fled forth…”  This is the second time of telling, what she saw, and she hardly has time to gather her thoughts before she called the men of her house and spoke to them saying, “See, he has brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice.  And when he heard me lift up my voice and cry, he left his garment with me, and fled, and got [away] him out.” (Gen. 39:13 -15)  The first time that she tells the story is what she says without gathering her thoughts.  In the Hebrew telling, she actually says “he got away” as to say he escaped from her.  It is her mistake showing her guilt.  She relates the story differently (her second telling) to the Egyptians by calling Joseph a “Hebrew…to mock us.”  Remember how Ishmael mocked Isaac?  Now it is Joseph she says mocks Egypt.
     She lays up the garment by her until his lord came home.  And she said (a third time), “The Hebrew servant, that you have brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me.  And as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.” (Gen. 39:16-18)  This is the third telling.  She has had time to think so she says that, “he left his garment with me, and fled out.”  The mockery, dally, even though it was a lie, claimed that Joseph treated the mistress with contempt and ridicule.
     After Potiphar heard his wife’s worth his wrath was kindled.  And he put Joseph into prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound.  But the Lord is with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. (Gen. 39:19-21)  If Joseph really had approached the woman why would Potiphar not have Joseph killed?  The original writings probably said something like “When his master heard the story ‘thus and so your slave did to me.’”  He was probably listening with half an ear, or he had heard similar stories coming from his wife before, and he really did not believe his wife was telling the truth.  Potiphar’s wrath was probably toward his wife because he now had to get rid of the best worker his household had ever had.
     And he [the Lord] put in Joseph’s [power] hand the prisoners in the prison, that what ever they did he was the doer of it.  And all Joseph did prospered because the Lord made it prosper. (Gen. 39:22-23)
     The idea that is Joseph (the Womanhood of God) maintains its pure identity despite the efforts of Potiphar’s wife to defile it and misrepresent it.  Even in prison the Lord was with Joseph.

PRINCIPLE

Joseph hero of Egypt (Gen. 40:1-41:57)

     After all this, that transpires with Joseph, the kings butler and baker offended the king of Egypt. (Gen. 40:1)
     Pharaoh is wroth with these two chief officers and puts them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, the prison where Joseph was bound. (Gen. 40:2, 3)
     And the captain charged Joseph with them, and he served them:  and they continued a season in ward. (Gen. 40:4)
     Then they both dream one night.  And in the morning Joseph came in and saw they were both sad.  He asked them why they were sad. (Gen. 40:5-7)
     They said, “We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.”  And Joseph asked, “Do not interpretations belong to God?  Tell me them, I pray you.” (Gen. 40:8)
     And the chief butler told him, “Behold, a vine was before me; and in the vine were three branches, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes and Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.” (Gen. 40:9-11)
     And Joseph said, “This is the interpretation of it.  The three branches are three days.  Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place.  And you will deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast butler.”   (Gen. 40:12, 13)
     “Think on me when it shall be well with thee,” Joseph asks, “and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house [imprisoned consciousness].  For indeed I was stolen away [kidnapped] out of the land of the Hebrews, and here I have done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.” (Gen. 40:14, 15)
     And when the chief baker saw the good interpretation he told Joseph, “I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head.  In the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh, and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.” (Gen. 40:16, 17)
     And Joseph said, “This is the interpretation thereof:  the three baskets are three days.  Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.” (Gen. 40:18, 19)  Remember that Jesus used bread as a symbol for his body and wine as a symbol for his blood during the last supper?
     And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants:  and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.  And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again, and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.  But he hanged the chief baker:  as Joseph had interpreted.  Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgot him. (Gen. 40:20-23)
     Joseph “interprets the dreams of Pharaoh’s baker and butler who are with him in the prison.  The baker serves Pharaoh’s bread, the butler serves his wine.  ‘Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit,’ Science and Health teaches (S&H 495:27).  The butler who presses Pharaoh’s grapes is restored to his place, but the baker who allows the birds to steal away his bakemeats [Truth] is hanged.  What Joseph must set before the world is the living spirit (wine) of Science, not its dead letter.  In the true understanding of the Christ Science, letter and spirit are one, and both are alive and free.”[17]
     I feel that there is a little bit more to it than just this.  I feel that the two dreams, as well as the upcoming dream of Pharaoh himself, relate to what has happened to the Christian Science Church since December 3, 1910.  Joseph lives in the Third Day of Soul, add three days to this (as both dreams related three days hence) and you wind up being in the Sixth Day of Truth when Mary Baker Eddy had her God-crown mission, with the Womanhood (cup) mission of Christian Science.  The true king, which is Principle, will restore the butler, will raise up her head to the capstone corner with her place in Bible prophecy as the Woman God-crowned and as the second coming of Christ.

Wine.  Inspiration; understanding.” (S&H 598:17)

     And as often happens, the positive Truth is followed by a negative account.  The second dream relates to the Mary Baker that is Eddy.  The Christian Scientists prospered well with the “wine” of inspiration and understanding so long as the Spirit of the Law went along with the Letter of the Law.  However, when the Letter of the Law was taken down to the courts (a prison) by the modern day Pharaoh – a Board of Directors – the Letter of the Law outweighed the Spirit of the Law.  When this happened Mary BAKER Eddy’s Principled (white) baskets (woven matrix without seam or rent) that were full of bread and/or bakemeats (Truth) were eaten up (mentally digested) by the flock (birds) of Christian Science, however, most of the birds really understood the matrix of the basket (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures).  And so Pharaoh – the Board of Directors – hung the Baker ideas without support (spiritual understanding) that becomes human intellectualism.  And the Board of Directors crucifies the Woman Baker; she is metaphorically placed upon the tree of knowledge.  And the flock (Field) eats her flesh (spiritual ideas) without perceiving the Truth itself.
     Bakemeats has to do with meal.  So the three baskets of bakemeats are symbolic of the three measures of meal that the Woman placed leaven into (until the whole was leavened).  These three measures of meal are “Science, Theology, Medicine.”
     The butler forgets about Joseph, just as the Christian Scientists do not remember the Womanhood God-crown mission of Mary Baker Eddy.  They have forgotten her place in Bible prophecy and left her under the dominion (dungeon of the Dame = Mother Church) of the Church Hierarchy.
     Two full years go by and then Pharaoh dreams.  Behold, he stood by the river. (Gen. 41:1)  Two full years represents Mind and Spirit before Pharaoh is ready for God’s prophecy.  The king or Principle stands by the river of divine Science.
     And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favored kine [cows] and fat-fleshed; and they fed in a meadow [field]. (Gen. 41:2)
     And behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favored [offensive] and lean fleshed [unproductive; unsuccessful]; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river.  And the ill favored and lean-fleshed kine did eat up the seven well formed and fat kine [that had been productive and successful].  So Pharaoh awoke. (Gen. 41:3, 4)
     And he slept and dreamed the second time:  and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon the stalk, rank and good. (Gen. 41:5)
     And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them. (Gen. 41:6)
     And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears.  And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream. (Gen. 41:7)  These two dreams are prophetic in nature, sent by God.
     In the morning [when enlightenment was upon him] he felt troubled so he called for his magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men.  And he told them his dreams but none of these mentalities were able to tell him the meaning of the dreams. (Gen. 41:8)
     Then the chief butler said, “I do remember my faults this day.  Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard’s house, both me and the chief baker.  And we both dreamed dreams on the same night.  We dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.  And there was a young Hebrew man who was the guard’s servant.  We told him our dreams and he interpreted them.  And it came to pass, as what he interpreted to us, so it came to pass.  Me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.” (Gen. 41:9-13)
     Then Pharaoh sent for Joseph and quickly brought him out of the dungeon.  Joseph shaved himself, changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. (Gen. 41:14)  Egyptians shaved their faces so Joseph shaved his face according to Egyptian practice.
     Pharaoh told Joseph he dreamed but there is no one that can interpret it.  I have heard that you can understand a dream and interpret it. (Gen. 41:15)
     Joseph replies, “It is not in me:  God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” (Gen. 41:16)
     And Pharaoh told Joseph his dream.  (See Gen. 41:17-19)  “…such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness (verse 20)…And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favored, as at the beginning.  So I awoke.” (verse 21)
     And Pharoah tells about his second dream.  And he declared it to the magicians [priests] but none of them could declare it to him. (Gen. 41:22-24)  They could not make it spiritually clear.
     And Joseph tells Pharaoh that his two dreams are really one dream.  “God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.  The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years:  the dream is one.  And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine.  This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh:  What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.  Behold, there comes seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:  And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine shall consume the land, and the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.  And for that dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.  Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.  Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.  And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.  And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.” (Gen. 41:25-36)
     To me, in today’s world, Pharaoh’s dreams mean that the Board of Directors must wake up to the erroneous path they have been on.  The Cause of Christian Science was/has been successful because of Mary Baker Eddy’s own success.  Her momentum kept the Cause moving forward, kept it growing, for 30-40 years.  These early Christ Kine were successful; however, the Board of Directors changed all this because of their change in management.  They took over the Field that had come up from divine Science (the river) and took all they could.  When they decided to dominate the Branch Churches (Concord Grapevine) and run the cause with hanged ideas (human intellectualism) the kine of ecclesiastical despotism swallowed up the Christ Kine successful workers.
     The second dream speaks about seven (symbols for the seven synonymous terms for God) ears of corn.  Because The Christian Science Monitor was to harm no man.  The east wind represents communism, and it blew in (crept into) the daily newspaper by way of its appointed editor, and took over The Christian Science Monitor.  And the seven thin ears that listen to error and evil devour the seven rank [Christian soldiers] and full ears.  Hence the daily newspaper became International = communistic.  And let us pray that the Board of Directors really do wake up!
     And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favored, as at the beginning. (verse 21)  So it does no good for the present generation of Christian Scientists to depend on the early students of Christian Science, because their own understanding is limited (lean) and has not spiritually progressed.  They do not understand the seven names for God, or their four orders, or the four levels of Science.
     And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.  And Pharaoh said, unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is?  And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art; Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled:  only in the throne will I be greater than thou.  See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. (Gen. 41:37-41)
     And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee:  and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt. (Gen. 41:42-43)

THE CHARIOT
     “Joseph’s supremacy is unchallengeable.  Man’s divine reality absolutely governs the human concept.  In Science, humanity’s real identity is found to be divinity itself.  The textbook teaches:  ‘Immortal Mind, governing all, must be acknowledged as supreme in the physical realm, so-called, as well as in the spiritual’ (S&H 427:23).”[18]
     And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnath-paneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On.  And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt. (Gen. 41:44)  Zaphnath-paneah means, “the god has spoken and he who granted life he has (gained a new) life” and “the savior speaks and lives; health of world; savior of the universe; salvation of the age; savior of the dynasty; sustainer of the life of the world.” “Savior of the world,” “Revealer of secrets,” “God speaks and lives,” are the exalted meanings of Joseph’s new Egyptian name.  Remember that Joseph comes to Egypt, and Egypt symbolizes the world or the universe, it is Science that comes to save the universe (world).  Science and Health actually means, “Salvation.”  From this it is clear to understand that Joseph prefigures Christian Science.
     Asenath means, “She is of Neit;[19] dedicated to Neit; favorite of Neit.”  Neit should be Isis, the Egyptian goddess.  And according to Professor Gary A. Rendsburg Asenath means, “the deity of Isis.”  Isis was an early typification of true Womanhood.  She represents the mother of will (Ephraim) and understanding (Manasseh).  Isis also represents an early typification for the woman God-crowned.
     Potipherah means, “he who is given by Ra” and “belonging to Ra; dedicated to the sun.”  He was a priest of On, which means, “Bethshemesh [house[20] of the sun]; Heliopolis; city of the sun; embodiment of light; luminous corporeality; radiating brilliance; the sun; faculty; ability; strength; power of radiation; wealth; substance.”  It is a city in Lower Egypt (which is in the North) and Moses was educated here.  What this really means to me is that Joseph marries himself – the light that is Mind.  And this bright Mind will bring forth (give birth to) the method (his two sons) for a Christian Science treatment.

Reflection Understood

     Many early civilizations worshiped the sun because it provided warmth, light, and energy.  Because of the sun the crops grew and provided food.  It is easy to see why the sun would be a god to them.  Even Jesus Christ, being called the Son of God is described as being the Sun of God.
     The sun and its rays, however, provide a perfect symbol for reflection.  Man reflecting God.  If God is thought of as being the sun (or Sun) then everything revolves around Him.  The sun is a giant ball and an infinite number of rays of light are projected out from it.  If we think of man as a ray of light then he is one with God, he is never separated from God; he is God’s reflection.  If we think of all rays together as one omni-directional ray this would give us a good idea generic man and of Christ, of all mankind being one Christ, and this oneness (the Son-rays) is one with God (the Sun).  The ray can never be separated from the sun.

     The following is from Our Journey Toward true Selfhood by Frances Thurber Seal, pages 8 & 9.

     In the revelation given us through Mary Baker Eddy, we find man in two-fold character, “man [in this instance, Joseph] including the universe [in this instance, the world or Egypt],” and “the universe [in this instance, the world or Egypt] including man [in this instance, Joseph].”  The man who includes the universe is defined as “the full representation of Mind.”  In an article in Miscellany, Mrs. Eddy has illustrated very clearly these two.  “If we say that the sun stands for God, then all His rays collectively stand for Christ” (the truth of man or the true man).  Is not this generic man, the “full representation of Mind,” the complete expression of Principle?  She continues, “…and each separate ray for men and women.”  Is not this lesser man, the son of Man, this individual idea, man?
     We usually define noumenon as cause, but it is more definitely stated as the real substance, or thing itself, which is the basis or cause of phenomena.  Mind, being noumenon, is necessarily one with and inseparable from its idea, phenomenon.  God being noumenon, the man who includes the universe is phenomenon, the complete idea; and the universe including man is phenomena, God and His thoughts.  Here again we find the lesser man, lesser in quantity, but not in quality–the son of Man, the individual and infinitely varied expression of the infinite idea, man.  “As a drop of water is one with the ocean, the ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being.”  (Science and Health)
     And what is the nature of this son of Man?  What are his characteristics?  He is the active expression of that which we may term the Jesus-consciousness.  Jesus was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  In Unity of Good, Mrs. Eddy writes, “The more I understand true humanhood, the more I see it to be sinless–as ignorant of sin as the perfect maker.”  This true humanhood, incapable of knowing sin, is the son of man on earth and in heaven.  He walks the earth, but his consciousness is forever in heaven.

     And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt.  And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. (Gen. 41:46)  Thirty years is supposed to be when Jesus Christ began his God-crown mission.
     And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.  And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities:  the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same.  And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number. (Gen. 41:47-49)
     And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare [revealed] unto him.  And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh:  For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.  And the name of the second called he Ephraim:  For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction. (Gen. 41:50-52)
     Manasseh means, “who makes to forget; causing forgetfulness; out of the forgotten; from oblivion.”  In order to REALLY forgive others we have to FORGET what we believe they have done to us – what sins they have committed toward us.  Joseph had to forgive (forget) his brother’s betrayal.  How do we forget that someone did harm to us?  We would have to deny the error.  If we deny that we were ever harmed or afflicted by anyone, or anyplace, or anything then we forget the lies.  Ephraim means, “doubly fruitful; very fruitful; productive.”  God makes Joseph fruitful in the land of his affliction, because good is real, the only reality, the only Truth, hence Ephraim represents the affirmation of Truth.  This is the Christian Science Treatment – the denial of error and the affirmation of Truth!  Remember, that Joseph’s two sons are presented in this order – the denial of error and the affirmation of Truth.
     And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said:  and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.  And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread:  and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.  And the famine was over all the face of the earth:  and Joseph opened all the storehouses; and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.  And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands. (Gen. 41:53-57)
     “So infinitely productive are the seven plenteous years that Joseph gathers in corn ‘as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.’  Then, during the seven years of famine, his munificent granaries are opened up, and all the world comes to Joseph for corn.  For ‘the famine was over all the face of the earth.’
     “In the eternal Science of being ideas are substance.  Ideas are infinite, without number.  Their substance is inexhaustible.  They are classified fundamentally in Christian Science as the numerals of infinity, the unexpendable, self-propagating understanding of Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love, the true identity of the universe.  ‘Take, eat, this is my body,’ says the infinite Christ-idea regarding this very substance.  Feeding mankind with the truth about itself, the infinite everpresence of Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love brings with it the proof that there is no such thing as a dearth of true substance anywhere on the face of the earth.  And thus Joseph feeds a spiritually famished world.”[21]

Science in the tone of Christianity

LIFE

Two trips to Egypt (Gen. 42:1-43:34)

     “‘Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals.  It is the open fount which cries, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters”’ (S&H 13:2).  Isaiah’s original text includes, ‘come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price’ (Isa 55:1).  Joseph’s boundless spiritual resources, and his impersonal impartial sense of them, are well described by these words.”[22]
     Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, “Why do ye look one upon another?  Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt:  get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.” (Gen. 42:1, 2)
     And Joseph’s ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.  But Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him. (Gen. 42:3, 4)
     “The famine is no respecter of persons or sects.  Jacob and his family living in the land of Canaan are just as much affected as everyone else.  Hearing of Egypt’s provisions, Jacob sends his sons there for corn.  But he will not let Benjamin go with them.  Jacob honestly believes that he is responsible for keeping Benjamin pure.  Therefore he holds on to him and guards him personally.  Little does he know that all there is to the forbidding outside world of Egypt is his own beloved Joseph, waiting with open arms for Benjamin, longing to make clear that he (Joseph) is the spiritual and scientific reality of Jacob and all his sons.
     “Solely on account of the absence of Benjamin, the brothers fail to recognize Joseph.  But Joseph has no difficulty in recognizing them.  The whole idea, which is Joseph, is greater than the sum of its individual parts.   Parts, seemingly separated from the whole and from each other, are unable to appreciate the idea of their own wholeness until they find their relationships with one another within the whole.  Joseph is inclusive in his outlook, the brothers are exclusive.  Only the presence of Benjamin can restore a state of reciprocal understanding and therefore of spiritual recognition.
     “Benjamin’s mother died when he was born.  Benjamin is that idea of regenerate individuality in man which gives up the ghost of a personal sense of motherhood in order to reflect in itself the foursquare matrix of the motherhood of God.  Because of the absence of Benjamin, Joseph appears to his brothers not as the outpouring matrix of universal Love but as the cruel and exacting world of Egypt.  ‘If you are genuine and honest seekers for Truth you will not fail to reunite me with Benjamin,’ his words to them imply.”[23]
     And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came:  for the famine was in the land of Canaan.  And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land:  and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth. (Gen. 42:5, 6)
     “And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, “Whence come ye?”  And they said, “From the land of Canaan to buy food.”  And Joseph knew his brothers but they did not recognize him.  And Joseph remembered the dreams that he dreamed of them, and said unto them, “Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.” (Gen. 42:7-9)
     And the brothers said, “Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.  We are all one man’s sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.” (Gen. 42:10, 11)
     And Joseph said, “Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.” (Gen. 42:12)
     And they said, “Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one [Joseph] is not.” (Gen. 42:13)
     Joseph said, “That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies:  Hereby ye shall be proved:  By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.  Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you:  or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.” (Gen. 42:14-16)
     And he put them all together into ward three days.  And Joseph said unto them the third day, “This do, and live; for I fear God:  If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison:  go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:  But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and he shall not die.”  And they did so. (Gen. 42:17-20)
     And they said to each other, “We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.” (verse 21)
     And Reuben answered them, saying, “Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear?  therefore, behold, also this blood is required.” (verse 22)
     And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.  And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes. (Gen. 42:23-25)
     “The cause of the trouble is Simeon – the binding religiosity of an authoritarian way of life.  Therefore Simeon must himself be bound.  Once this is done, the brothers’ sacks are filled with corn, their money is restored, and thy return home to Jacob with Joseph’s new demand.  What Joseph has to give them is indeed without money and without price.  Its cost is the surrender of an egocentric, misconception of individuality.  To liberate Benjamin is to pay this price.”[24]
     And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.  And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack’s mouth.  And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack:  and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us? (Gen. 42:16-28)
     And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying, “The man, who is the lord of the land spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.  And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:  We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.  And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone:  And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true menso will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffic [travel back and forth] in the land.” (Gen. 42:29-34)
     And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack:  and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.  And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children:  Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away:  All these things are against me. (Gen. 42:35, 36)
     And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee:  deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again. (Gen. 42:37)
     And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone:  if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. (Gen. 42:38)
     And the famine was sore in the land.  And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, “Go again, buy us a little food.” (Gen. 43:1, 2)
     And Judah spake unto him, saying, “The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, ‘Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.’  If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food:  But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down:  for the man said unto us, ‘Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.’” (Gen. 43:3-5)
     And Israel said, “Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?” (verse 6)
     And they said, “The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive?  have ye another brother?  and we told him according to the tenor of these words:  could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?” (verse 7)
     And Judah said, “Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones.  I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him:  if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever:  For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.” (Gen. 43:8-10)
     And their father Israel said unto them, “If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:  And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight:  Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:  And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin.  If I bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.” (Gen. 43:11-14)
     “Jacob is greatly distressed to learn of Egypt’s terms.  Yet such is the severity of the famine, and such is his own spiritual plight, that he has no alternative but to let Benjamin go.”[25]
     And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.  And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, “Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon.”  And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph’s house. (Gen. 43:15-17)  “The nine brothers (Simeon is held in Egypt) return once more to Joseph, this time taking Benjamin with them.  Joseph weeps for joy at the sight of his younger brother.  This is the evidence he requires of his family’s spiritual sincerity, and of their genuine desire for Truth.”[26]
     And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph’s house; and they said, “Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.”  And they came near to the steward of Joseph’s house, and they communed with him at the door of the house.  And said, “O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food:  And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight:  and we have brought it again in our hand.  And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food:  we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.” (Gen. 43:18-22)
     And he said, “Peace be to you, fear not:  your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money.”  And he brought Simeon out unto them.  And the man brought the men into Joseph’s house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender.  And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon:  for they heard that they should eat bread there. (Gen. 43:23-25)  “Simeon is released.  Even so, the brothers do not recognize Joseph.  Can it be they are still resisting the demands of their own spiritual identity?”[27]
     And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.  And he asked them of their welfare, and said, “is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake?  is he yet alive?” (Gen. 43:26, 27)
     And they answered, “Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive.”  And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance. (verse 28)
     And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, “Is this your younger brother, of whom ye spake unto me?”  And he said, “God be gracious unto thee, my son.”  And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother:  and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.  And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, “Set on bread.”  (Gen. 43:29-31)
     And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians which did eat with him, by themselves:  because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.  And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth:  and the men marveled one at another.  And he took and sent messes unto them from before him:  but Benjamin’s mess was five times[28] so much as any of theirs.  And they drank, and were merry with him. (Gen. 43:32-34)

TRUTH

Joseph reveals himself [his true identity is the Christ Son of Truth] to his brothers

Final test (Gen. 44:1-34)

Conclusion of test (Gen. 45:1-28)

     And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, “Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man’s money to his sack’s mouth.  And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack’s mouth of the youngest, and his corn money.”  And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. (Gen. 44:1, 2)
     “There must be one last crucial test.  Their sacks are once more filled with corn, their money is again restored, but this time Joseph’s silver cup is hidden in Benjamin’s sack.  ‘Our cup is the cross’ (S&H 35:27).  The need is for living proof of the brothers’ willingness to yield up the mortal sense of life.  Otherwise they must return to Jacob alone, for Benjamin is now part of Joseph.”[29]  I feel that the silver cup is also symbolic of Joseph’s Womanhood, and his God-crowned mission.  Was Joseph trying to clue his brother’s and father in on who he really was with this silver cup?
     As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses.  And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, “Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, ‘Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good?  Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth [Joseph is a prophet, a “spiritual seer”]?  ye have done evil in so doing.’” (Gen. 44:3-5)
     And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words.  And they said unto him, “Wherefore saith my lord these words?  God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing; Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks’ mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan:  how then should we steal out of thy lord’s house silver or gold?  With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord’s bondmen.” (Gen. 44:6-9)
     And he said, “Now also let it be according unto your words:  he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless.” (verse 10)
     Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack.  And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest:  and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. (Gen. 44:11, 12)
     Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city. (verse 13)
     And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph’s house; for he was yet there:  and they fell before him on the ground.  And Joseph said unto them, “What deed is this that ye have done?   wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?” (Gen. 44:14, 15)  Joseph was telling them that he was capable of mentally seeing what they were up to.
     And Judah said, “What shall we say unto my lord?  what shall we speak?  or how shall we clear ourselves?  God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants:  behold, we are my lord’s servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found.” (verse 16)
     And Joseph said, “God forbid that I should do so:  but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.” (verse 17)
     Then Judah came near unto Joseph, and said, “Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord’s ears, and let not thine anger burn against they servant:  for thou art even as Pharaoh.  My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother?  And we said unto my lord, ‘We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.’  And thou saidst unto thy servants, ‘Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.’  And we said unto my lord, ‘The lad cannot leave his father:  for if he should leave his father, his father would die.’  And thou saidst unto thy servants, ‘Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more.’  And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.  And our father said, ‘Go again, and buy us a little food.’  And we said, ‘We cannot go down:  if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down:  for we may not see the man’s face, except our youngest brother be with us.’  And thy servant my father said unto us, ‘Ye know that my wife bare me two sons:  And the one went out from me, and I said, “Surely he is torn in pieces;” and I saw him not since:  And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.’  Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad’s life; It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave.  For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, ‘If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.’  Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.  For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me?  lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.” (Gen. 18-34)
     “The thought is unbearable.  Jacob will die of grief.  What are they to do?  At last, Judah makes the spiritual grade.  He offers up himself for Benjamin’s sake.  ‘I pray thee,’ he says to Joseph, ‘let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord.’  One day it will be said of Jesus, of the tribe of Judah, that he offered up himself ‘once for all’ (Heb 10:10).  This is the reverse of what happens in the fourth thousand-year period when Judah organizes and idolizes Israel’s religious temple, and the tribe of Benjamin is absorbed in Judah and lost sight of.  In the present episode, Simeon (religiosity) has already been bound, and Judah, instead of eliminating the individuality which is Benjamin (as in the fourth period), is willing to sacrifice the personal sense of self for the sake of this very individuality.  This is the price demanded of humanity in exchange for the Science of its own true being.
     “Through this act of true individuality, manhood becomes aware of its womanhood [the silver cup, a Holy Grail].  Joseph appears to them as he really is-as the absolute all-embracing Science of their father’s original ideal.”[30]
     Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, “Cause every man to go out from me.”  And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.  And he wept aloud:  and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.  And Joseph said unto his brethren, “I am Joseph; doth my father yet live?”  And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. (Gen. 45:1-3)
     And Joseph said, “Come near to me, I pray you.”  And they came near.  And he said, “I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.  Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither:  for God did send me before you to preserve life.  For these two years hath the famine been in the land:  and yet there are five years, in which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.  And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.  So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God:  and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.  Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, ‘Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt:  come down unto me, tarry not:  And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children’s children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:  And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.’  And behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.  And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.” (Gen. 45:4-13)
     And he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.  Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them:  and after that his brethren talked with him. (Gen. 45:14, 15)
     “There is heartfelt rejoicing and renewal of affections.  The twelvefold circle is once more complete; Science in its Christianity is the all-harmonious embodiment of a nonsectarian world.  Joseph urges his brothers:  ‘Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me Lord of all Egypt:  come down unto me, tarry not…tell my father of all my glory in Egypt.”[31]
     And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh’s house, saying, Joseph’s brethren are come:  and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.  And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, “Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan; And take your father and your households, and come unto me:  and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.  Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.  Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.” (Gen. 45:16-20)
     And the children of Israel did so and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.  To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment.[32]  And to his father he sent after this manner: ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses, laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way.  So he sent his brethren away, and they departed:  and he said unto them, “See that ye fall not out by the way.” (Gen. 45:21-24)  Joseph warns them not to wander off the true spiritual path.
     And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father.  And they told him that Joseph was alive and governor over the land of Egypt.  But Jacob’s heart fainted because he did not believe them.  And they told him all of Joseph’s words that he had said to them and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob revived.  And Israel said, “It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive:  I will go and see him before I die.” (Gen. 45:25-28)

Science in the tone of Science

LOVE

Telling of the two migrations to Egypt (Gen. 46:1-47:12)

     Israel journeys with all he has to Beersheba (the well of fulfillment with the seven synonymous terms for God).  Here is where he offered sacrifices to God and where God speaks to him in the visions of the night saying, “Jacob, Jacob.”  (God spoke to the human man, or The Second Degree.)  And Jacob said, “Here am I.” (from Gen. 46:1, 2)
     And God said, “I am God, the God of thy father:  fear not to go down into Egypt [the world]; for I will there make of thee a great nation:  I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again:  and Joseph shall put his hand upon thy eyes.” (Gen. 46:3, 4)
     And Jacob rose up from Beersheba, and his sons carried him, and the little ones, and their wives, in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent to carry him.  And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob and all his seed.  His sons, his son’s sons, his daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt. (Gen. 46: 5-7)
     “The divine purpose behind Israel’s sojourn in Egypt is spiritual and scientific translation.  Coming from the promised land with this goal in view, she will surely go back to the promised land.  Coming from the land of spiritual freedom she will return inevitably to this land, proving meanwhile her own immunity from servitude to a mortal body.  The whole of consciousness (not part of it) will be found in the end to be Israel’s promised land; the whole human race (not a particular section of it) will prove itself God’s chosen people.”[33]

The following names and orders follow:

Israel, who is Jacob, – Jacob’s firstborn Reuben

Reuben’s four sons are:  Hanoch, Phallu, Hezron, and Carmi

Hanoch means, “founded; centralized; arrested; straightened; agony of the soul; instructed; initiated; dedicated.”  He represents the entrance into a higher consciousness when it is founded upon Principle.

I could find no definition of Phallu.

Hezron means, “enclosed; shut in; verdant [green] fields; green pastures; court.”Single thoughts and groups of thoughts, that belongs to the faculties of Mind.  “[Love] maketh me to lie down in green pastures:  [love] leadeth me beside the still waters.” (S&H 578:6 – the 23rd Psalm)

Carmi means, “vinedresser; generous; fruitful; noble; my vineyard.”  Carmi represents a prosperous and fruitful mental attitude that prunes out all limited thoughts.

Simeon’s (receptive; obedient phase of Mind) six sons are:  Jemuel, Jamin, Chad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul (son of the Canaanite woman)

Jemuel means, “God is light; day of God; infinite and universal luminous manifestation of God.”  Jemuel represents a listening attitude that brings about spiritual understanding.

Jamin means, “right hand; right place; proper; the south, i. e., on the right when facing the Orient, east; good fortune; productiveness; prosperity; happiness; dexterity.”  Jamin is rooted to the name Benjamin.  He represents executive power of the law.

Chad means, “warrior.”[34]

Jachin means, “whom He (God) makes firm; He will set upright; He shall establish; founding; strengthening.”

Zohar means, “dazzling brilliance; brightness; whiteness; white; nobility; distinction; purity.”  Zohar is the pure, clear [spiritual], lofty, discriminating character in man.

Shaul (son of the Canaanite woman) means, “asked for; desired; wished; demanded; searching; inquiring; digging; hollowing out; excavating.”  Shaul (Saul) relates to the will, the executive faculty.  He represents the attitude that we all must have when searching for Truth.

Levi’s (love of religious law) three sons are:  Gershon, Kohath, and Merari

Gershon means, “thrusting out; driving off; expulsion; exile.”  Negatively Gershon is that which is willing to excommunicate those from the Church membership because he feels that they have broken the law in some way.  This type of man lacks divine Love.  Positively Gershon is that which kicks out mortal beliefs and lies from consciousness.

Kohath means, “called together; convocation; assembly; one who obeys a call; an ally.”  Kohath is the element in love that attracts, unifies, and gathers the congregation.  Kohath might even have something to do with a group of students belonging to a particular teacher’s Christian Science Association.

Merari means, “galling; bitter; unhappy; disobedient; rebellious.”  Negatively it is love directed by personal sense, which is ignorance of Truth and materially selfish.  Positively when love is united with wisdom, Merari (Mary) is an abiding peace, strength, and goodness.

Judah’s (prayer and praise) two dead sons and three living sons are:  Er (who is no longer part of Judah’s consciousness or nature), Onan (who is no longer part of Judah’s consciousness or nature),  Shelah, Pharez (spiritually translates Er), and Zerah (spiritually translates Onan)

Two sons of Pharez (breach) are:  Hezron and Hamul

Hezron means, “enclosed; shut in; verdant fields; green pasture; court.”  Remember Reuben’s son also has this name, so Hezron relates to Mind and Principle.

Hamul means, “spared; pitied; mildness; gentleness; compassion; sympathy, mercy.”   Hamul’s attitudes pertain to the individual’s salvation.

Issachar’s (he will bring reward) four sons are:  Tola, Phuvah, Job,  and Shimron

Tola means, “licking; swallowing; a worm; coccus worm; coccus color; crimson; scarlet; very red; crimson cloth.”

Phuvah means, “utterance.”

Job means, “persecuted; calamitous; afflicted; adversity; adverse desire; a coming back; restored to one’s senses; penitent; converted.”  The later Job, from the book of Job, is that which, because of the physical problems he has, changes man where he will repent or turn to the Christ Mind.  We have tests (that seem to be problems or trials) in order for us to prove God’s allness.

Shimron means, “extended; watch; watch place; extreme vigilance; careful keeping; watch height.”  Shimron is a watchful, attentive attitude.

Zebulun’s (dwelling) three sons are:  Sered, Elon, and Jahleel

Sered means, “fear; trembling; flight; escape.”  Negatively Sered is that which flees from fear, or escapes from fear, in order to get away from it, which is really making a reality out of evil.  Positively we escape from fear when we are filled with Love – “Perfect love casts out fear.”

Elon means, “strong man; an oak; any embodiment of strength, power, or stability.”  Elon represents thoughts of strength and power.

Jahleel means, “waiting on God; awaiting God; hoping in God; hope of God.”

     These are all Leah’s sons born in Padanaram – the (matrix) table of Aram (the highlands).  Dinah is also born, making it a total thirty-three. (Verse 15)

Gad’s (fortune; assembly; troop) seven sons are:  Ziphion, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli

Ziphion means, “looking out; looking about; watcher; watchman; high watch; watchtower; observer; waiter; expecter.”

Haggi means, “festive; festal; feast; festival; joyous; rejoicing.”  Haggi is that which is free from oppression.

Shuni means, “rest; quiet; calm; peace; tranquility; ease.”  Negativily Shuni is the love of ease in matter, which is a bad thing.  Positively Shuni is the Sabbath, the idea behind God resting in perfect action.

Ezbon means, “pushing to understand; hastening to understand; splendor; bright.”  Ezbon is the receptive ear that hears Truth.

Eri means, “my watcher; watching; worshiping Jehovah.”  Eri is attention to the higher, divine law.

Arodi means, “fleeing; a wild ass.”  Arodi is meekness, stubbornness, persistency, and endurance.  This is a good thing when it is directed by Truth and not error.

Areli means, “lionlike; valiant; heroic.”  Areli is moral courage, the courage to stand by what is right.

Asher’s (straight; prosperous; happiness; blessedness) five children are:  Jimnah, Ishuah, Isui, Beriah, and Serah (sister)

Jimnah means, “prosperity.”  This son magnifies the already prosperous Asher.

Ishuah means, “he will liken to; resembling (another); equal to; self-answering; self-satisfying; equality; plainness; bowed down; level; even; smooth; tranquil; quiet.”  Some of these qualities go back to Jacob. (even; smooth)

I could not find the meaning of Isui.

Beriah means, “whom Jehovah created; begotten of Jah; brought forth of Jehovah; Jah is maker.”

Serah (the sister) means, “poured forth; diffused; spread out; extension; redundance; abundance; excess.”  Waste is a negative thing, however, if the Church extends because it is the city of our God, then it is a positive thing and there is no waste.

Two sons of Beriah are:  Heber and Malchiel

Heber means, “that which passes further; on the other side; a passing over; a going beyond; ultramundane; beyond the terrestrial; not of this world; hidden from sense; occult.”  The only death there can be is to corporeal life, or the belief that life exists in matter (material organization).  “The other side” is believed to be the spirit world, but this is not true.  Spirit is here and now and there is no waiting for it.

Malchiel means, “rule of God; judgment of God; counsel of God; God is king [Principle]; God’s king, i. e., one appointed by Him; God’s dominion.”  We must give God dominion in our conscious thought.

     These are the son’s (and daughter) of Zilpha (Leah’s handmaid).  Making for a total of sixteen beings (a divine calculus). (Verse 18)

Joseph’s (extension) two sons are:  Manasseh and Ephraim

Benjamin’s (son of the South, son of my right hand) ten sons are:  Belah, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard

Belah means, “swallow up; destroy; devour one’s substance; utterly consume; vanish away; destruction.”  Belah represents that once we comprehend Truth as the only reality we can let go of error.

Becher means, “early; first fruits; first-born; birthright; youth; firstling; young camel.”  Becher is the destroying and letting go of error – the denial of error that precedes the affirmation of Truth (Ephraim).  So, Becher is somewhat like Manasseh to Joseph.

Ashbel means, “man of Baal; reproof of God; judgment of God.”  Ashbel is the admonition of Spirit in man’s consciousness that is against Baal[the objective world belief; the counterfeit of the God, as Baal means Lord].

Gera means, “gain; kernel; scraping; rough; enmity; a pilgrimage; sojourn.”  Gera is faith that must be established via spiritual understanding.

Naaman means, “sociable; agreeable; amiable; sweet; pleasant; graceful; good.”  Naaman is faith and will acting in accord with Truth’s ideals.

Ehi means, “union; united; unity; brother; brotherly; friend; friend of Jehovah.”

Rosh means, “principle; head; chief; highest; top; first; foremost; elder; former; inclination; will; affection.”  Rosh, as will, acts through faith (being steadfast) or in conjunction with faith.

Muppim means, “serpents; glidings; wavings; coverings; hiding underground; obscurities; darkenings.”  Negatively Muppim is the type of mentality that gets carried away by different doctrines or religions, it cannot stick to Christian Science, hence it never makes any spiritual progress.

Huppim means, “coastman; seashore; bank; undercover; veiled; protection; secret; covered; covert.”  Huppim seeks out Christ (fish) ideas.

Ard means, “fugitive; to flee; wild ass.”  Ard resists evil out of fear and runs away from it.  Unlike Moses, whose wisdom bade him to return to the serpent and pick it up by its tail.

     Rachel’s sons are fourteen beings (verse 22)

Dan’s (judgment faculty; animal magnetism) son is Hushim

Hushim means, “the hastening; hasters; hustlers; people of haste; vehement people; passionate people.” Hushim represents the acceleration of thought activity in the judgment faculty.  Negatively Hushim takes advantage of others, he is a hustler, one who uses deceit in such a fast way that the deceit is hard to visualize.

Naphtali’s (strength consciousness) four sons are:  Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem

Jahzeel means, “whom God apportions; allotment of God.”  Jahzeel is that which realizes strength is of Spirit that one receives in accord to his needs.

Guni means, “colored; dyed; tinted; tinged; pointed; overlaid; protected.”  In the negative Guni would be that which is impure (not of Spirit).  Positively Guni would be the protection that comes to us from realizing the colors (tones) of the seven synonymous terms for God.

Jezer means, “formation; frame; image; imagination; thought; purpose; ideation; creation.”  Jezer represents the forming faculty of Mind and of the imagination.  He is also the man created in God’s image.

Shillem means, “restoration; restitution; requital; recompense; retribution; made whole; in the way of salvation; peace.”  Shillem is the working out of the law of cause and effect in consciousness that results in good.  What is this law of cause and effect?  It is the understanding (imaging forth) that God (Principle) and its man (idea) is one.  That God is the only Cause and man is the result of God’s Cause.

     These are the sons of Bilhah (the handmaid that Laban gave to Rachel), which are seven beings (Verse 25).
     All the souls [beings] that came with Jacob into Egypt, which were of his loins, besides Jacob’s sons’ wives, all the souls were sixty-six [Truth, Truth]. (Gen. 46:26)
     And the sons of Joseph, born to him in Egypt, were two [spiritual] souls:  all the souls which came into Egypt, were seventy [Love]. (Gen. 46:27)
     And he saw Judah [Principle] before unto Joseph [Christian Science], to direct his face to Goshen: and they came into the land of Goshen. (Gen. 46:28)  Goshen means, “drawing near.”  Goshen is on the east side of the Nile, and was not far from the Red Sea.  It represents the idea of unity (the universe or world).  It is where Joseph is reunited with his family.
     And Joseph made his chariot ready and went up to meet Israel, his father, to Goshen, and presented himself to him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.  And Israel said, “Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive.” (Gen. 46:29, 30)
     And Joseph said to his brethren and father, “I will go up, and show Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father’s house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me; And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all they have.  And it shall come to pass that when Pharaoh calls upon you and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’ that ye will say, ‘Thy servants’ trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers.’ that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.” (Gen. 46:31-34)
     Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, “My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.”  And he took some of his brethren even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh. (Gen. 47:1, 2)
     And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation?  And they said unto Pharaoh, “Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.”  They said moreover unto Pharaoh, “For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan:   now therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen.” (Gen. 47:3, 4)
     And Pharaoh spake to Joseph, saying, “Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee:  The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell:  and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.” (Gen. 47:5, 6)
     And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh:  and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.  And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, “How old art thou?” (Gen. 47:7, 8)
     And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years:  few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.” (Gen. 47:9)  Jacob is saying that he has not lived as long as his father and grandfather, perhaps because he feels as if he performed evil acts of deception?  It is here that Jacob recognizes that sin leads us into sickness, disease, and finally death.
     And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh. (Gen. 47:10)
     And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.  And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father’s household, with bread, according to their families. (Gen. 47:11, 12)
     “Jacob and Joseph are restored to each other, and in their gratitude and joy they bless one another.  Jacob and Pharaoh also bless each other.  Under the rulership of Joseph, Egypt’s love for Israel is such that, in the land of Goshen, where Jacob and his family dwell as shepherds, great possessions accrue to them, and they multiply and prosper exceedingly.  All the good of the land of Egypt is theirs.  The twelve sons of Jacob become the twelve tribes of the children of Israel, and the ‘great nation’ is formed.  The greatness of the matrix of universal Love has accomplished this formation.”[35]

SCIENCE

Joseph hero of Egypt (Gen. 47:13-27)

     And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.  And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought:  and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.  And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, “Give us bread:  for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.” (Gen. 47:13-15)
     And Joseph said, “Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.”  And they brought their cattle unto Joseph:  and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses:  and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year. (Gen. 47:16, 17)
     When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, “We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:  Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land?  buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh:  and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.” (Gen. 47:18, 19)
     And Joseph brought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them:  so the land became Pharaoh’s.  And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.  Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them:  werefore they sold not their lands. (Gen. 47:20-22)
     Then Joseph said unto the people, “Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh:  lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.  And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.” (Gen. 47:23, 24)
     And they said, “Thou hast saved our lives:  let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s servants.” (Gen. 47:25)
     And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh’s. (Gen. 47:26)  The fifth part would represent Life.

DIVINE SCIENCE

Reversal:  Ephraim (2nd son) is blessed over Manasseh (1st son) (Gen. 47:27-48:22)

     And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.  And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years:  so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty-seven years.  And the time grew nigh that Israel must die:  and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, “If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:  But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burying place.”  And he said, “I will do as thou hast said.” (Gen. 47:27-30)  Remember that placing the hand upon the thigh is giving an oath, or a testimony.
     And he said, “Swear unto me.”  And he sware unto him.  And Israel bowed himself upon the bed’s head. (Gen. 47:31)
     And it came to pass after these things that one told Joseph, “Behold, thy father is sick:  and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.  And one told Jacob, and said, “Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee.”  And Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.  And Jacob said unto Joseph, “God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me.  And said unto me, ‘Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
     “And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.” (Gen. 48:1-5)  Now this is interesting because Jacob purposely places Ephraim before Manasseh.  He does this on purpose and mentions his two firstborn sons in the proper order.  So, he is telling Joseph that Ephraim is going to be given the firstborn blessing and not Manasseh.  Is this done because Ephraim is the lowly, as some people suggest?  No.  Jacob gives Ephraim the blessing because Ephraim represents the affirmation of Truth.  In the earlier tone of Science in the tone of the Christ the denial of error came first.  Now in this tone Science as Science the affirmation of Truth must come before the denial of error.
     Jacob continues, “And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.  And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath; and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.” (Gen. 48:6, 7)
     And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these?” (Verse 8)  Now Israel knows who they are, but he asks because of the ceremony that is taking place.  Joseph must be able to spiritually identify them to Israel.
     And Joseph said unto his father, “They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place.”[36]  And he said, “Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.” (Verse 9)
     Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see.  And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them. (Verse 10)  Remember how Isaac’s sight was dim, and this is to remind us of the deception that Jacob made with his own father.
     And Israel said unto Joseph, “I had not thought to see thy face:  and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.”  And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.  And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him. (Gen. 48:11-13)  Joseph is presenting his oldest son to the right hand of authority (Israel) to be blessed.
     And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the first born. (Verse 14)  The word wittingly means “knowingly.”  Israel was quite aware of what he was doing.
     And he blessed Joseph, and said, “God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day.  The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” (Gen. 48:15, 16)
     And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him:  and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head.  And Joseph said, “Not so, my father:  for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.” (Gen. 48:17, 18)
     And his father refused, and said, “I know it, my son, I know it:  he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great:  but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.”  And he blessed them that day, saying, “God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh.”  And he set Ephraim before Manasseh.  And Israel said, “Behold, I die:  but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.  Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.” (Gen. 48:19-22)  Only the “flaming torch” of Spirit, or the “flaming sword” of Spirit can overcome the highlander Amorites.  It is the bow, or the Arch of the Covenant for the Spirit of the Law, which overcomes the high elite human intellectual.
     Another possible explanation for the reversal of this blessing could be as follows.  If we think of Manasseh as possibly being a typification of Britain (which was born first) and Ephraim being a typification of the United States of America we can begin to understand why Jacob gave the blessing to Ephraim.  Mary Baker Eddy wrote a poem about these two countries called “The United States to Great Britain.”

absolute CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

Interlude:  Joseph is nominally present (Gen. 49:1-28)

     And Jacob calls his sons to him.  “Gather yourselves together [encircle me], that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days [the endtime].  Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.” (Gen. 49:1, 2)

Spiritual idea crowned         
     Speaking of the woman God-crowned, Mary Baker Eddy writes, “The spiritual idea is crowned with twelve stars.  The twelve tribes of Israel with all mortals, — separated by belief from man’s divine origin and the true idea, — will through much tribulation yield to the activities of the divine Principle of man in the harmony of Science.  These are the stars in the crown of rejoicing.  They are the lamps in the spiritual heavens of the age, which show the workings of the spiritual idea by healing the sick and the sinning, and by manifesting the light which shines ‘unto the perfect day’ as the night of materialism wanes.” (S&H 562:11)

THE WORD AS THE WORD – “Prayer” – the North Star and the Open Bible  (I will not show pictures for the Window of the Open Book as they are in an earlier chapter.)
     We begin with the Word as the Word and “Prayer.”  Reuben as “praise” is like Ephraim in that first we must affirm the Truth.  And the best form of prayer is to affirm the Truth with praise of God, praise of Truth.  And we can then praise our lives and rejoice in the fact that error is not real (denial of error).  The Truth that we affirm in our prayers in our oneness with God, “Principle and its idea is one.”
     “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and power.  [If you are] Unstable as water, thou shall not excel; because you went up to your father’s bed, then you defiled it:  He went up to my couch.” (Gen. 49:3, 4)
     In the tone of the Word as Christianity we have the third chapter of “Marriage” in Science and Health.   It brings out that through our oneness (marriage) with God we are naturally one with the universe.  Reuben breaks a marriage law when he has sex (beds) with the servant handmaiden.  Because of this Reuben has become as unstable as water and will not progress spiritually because he has fallen asleep in material comfort.  IF Reuben wakes up and accepts his oneness with God, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love then Reuben becomes might, strength, and the excellency of dignity and power.
     In Genesis 35:22 it says, “Israel heard it,” Israel, the divine, heard about Reuben bedding himself to Binah.  He did not do anything about it, but kept it a secret.  Now, however, Reuben must pay for his sin.  Mary Baker Eddy’s first student was loyal to her.  However, he was bedded with a slave-woman.  She was jealous of Mary Glover and caused trouble between the teacher and student.  Mary had to part with her first student because of female energy.

THE WORD AS THE CHRIST – “Atonement and Eucharist” – The Daystar and Madonna and Child along with THE WORD AS CHRISTIANITY – “Marriage” – Acrux and the Southern Cross of Calvary
     The next two tones are as one, the Word as the Christ (Simeon) and the Word as Christianity (Levi).  In the Word as the Word (Reuben) we understand our oneness with God, in the Word as the Christ we begin to express this oneness, and in the Word as Christianity we become one with the universe.
     “Simeon and Levi are brethren [of the Church]; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations [weapons of violence are their swords; their habits of ritualism and dogma are cruel instruments].  O my soul [God], come not thou into their secret [counsel], unto their assembly [Association], mine honor, be not united:  for in their anger [through their desire for revenge and to punish sin] they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall [went into a pit, into a lower position, of enclosure or prison].[37] [38]  Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel:  I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.” (Gen. 49:5-7)  Simeon becomes one of the ten lost tribes of Israel while Levi remains with Judah.  During the Fourth Day of Principle Simeon becomes loyal to Womanhood (heaven) while Levi becomes loyal to manhood (earth).
     If man, as Simeon and Levi, fails to understand true “At-one-ment [his “Marriage” with God] and the Eucharist [his communion with God]” when steeped in ecclesiastical despotism, scholastic theology, and religious dogma or creed, then separation does happen, or takes place.  Most monotheistic churches teach that man (Levi, earth) is separated from God (Simeon, heaven) because of the fall in the Garden of Eden.
     In Christian Science there has also been a divorce between heaven and earth because the Board of Directors accepted and declared that Mary Baker Eddy (their own Womanhood) died!  And they did this in order to take control of her estate.  In order to do this they took control over the Church Manual.  In their illegal 89th edition the Board of Directors (representatives for the Word as the Christ) took over control of the Branch Churches (representatives for the Word as Christianity).  Because the Levi Board of Directors in Boston has disobeyed the estoppel clauses in the Church Manual they now feel as if they are in a prison, walled in, by the By-Laws (by the Word).  They are so steeped in ecclesiastical despotism that they cannot see that the estoppel clauses are from God and that they must obey them.  They fear the outcome of their obedience to the law!

THE WORD AS SCIENCE – “Christian Science versus [reverses] Spiritualism” – the moon with its Golden Shores of Love and Peaceful Sea of Harmony
     “Judah, you art he whom your brothers will praise:  your hand [royal power] shall be in the neck [region] of your enemies; thy father’s children will bow down before you.  Judah is a lion’s [a Christ type] whelp [a cub]:  from the prey [of] my son [Joseph], you have gone up:  he stooped down; he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?  The sceptre [the rod of divine Science] shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver [the ruler’s staff] from between his feet [this has to do with Judah’s lineage, as the staff between his feet is his penis],[39] until Shiloh [the city of peace] come [until tribute, or peace, from his fourth son (who breaches the Covenant contract of the Letter of the Law) comes unto Tamar (the woman God-Crowned who brings the Spirit of the Law to human consciousness)]; and unto him shall the gathering [obedience] of the people[s] be.  Binding his foal [young, immature ideas] unto the [Christ] vine, and his ass’s colt [stupid, obstinate, perverse, novice, untrained consciousness] unto the choice [Christ] vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes [vesture] in the blood of grapes [instead of goat’s blood]:  His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.” (Gen. 49:8-12)  Shiloh represents wholeness, soundness, peace, rest, etc., even “Prince of Peace; Savior; Messiah.”  I see Shiloh as the Seventh Day of Love, when the third advent of Christ takes place.  The description of Judah here resembles the white horseman of Revelation 19 – the Word of God.  His eyes will be red as wine, red with spiritual inspiration (fire), and his teeth (his Word) will be white (as pure) as milk – Christ-Mother’s teachings (Mary Baker Eddy’s teachings).
     Judah as the Word as Science correlates with “Christian Science versus Spiritualism.”  Judah as the lineage for the king leaders leads to the highest King of the Jews – Jesus the Christ Scientist.  But let us go back a little to the first king.  Saul believed more in spiritualism, which is the belief that Mind, Spirit, and Soul are held captive inside a corporeal body.  And it is because of this that David must become king of Jerusalem (the city of peace).  David was more of a Christ Scientist than Saul was.  When he faced Goliath, the giant physical body, he gathered up five smooth (Jacob) stones from the river (of Science).  These five stones represented Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, and Life.  It only took the stone of Mind (the First Commandment – “Thou shalt have no other minds before me.”) to bring down the giant belief in spiritualism.  And the Christ stone struck the forehead of erroneous sense.  Then David took up the sword of Goliath and decapitated the error.  So we can see that spiritualism begins, has its beginning, in religiousness (Simeon and Levi) and in the sense of dualism – that Spirit and matter can be mixed as one.  This is the opposite of “Principle [God] and its idea [man, who is completely spiritual] is one.”

CHRISTIANITY AS CHRIST – “Science of Being” – Palmleaves of Salvation
     Jacob jumps from the Word as Science to Christianity as the Christ, as he blesses Zebulun.  Our Palmleaves (pages) of Salvation is the Textbook with its “Science of Being.”  There is no room for spiritualism in the “Science of [One] Being.”  The “Science of Being” shows the universality of ideas as the Christ.  This brings forth continual spiritual evolution; it is the Christ-operation.
     “Zebulun will [mentally] dwell at the haven of [in the safety of] the sea [Mary teachings]; and he shall be for an haven of ships [churches]; and his border shall be unto Zidon [like a fortress].” (Gen. 49:13)  “Science of Being is our safe haven, for “Now is come salvation.”  In the end of this chapter is the Platform.  The Platform upon which we stand in Science is like the dock that keeps us from falling into the unstable waters (of Reuben).

CHRISTIANITY AS THE WORD – “Creation” – The Lord and Lamb
     “Issachar [compensation, reward] is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:  And he saw that rest [a resting-place] was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder [governing power] to bear, and became a servant unto tribute [came under task work, tax (arrangement), labor, duty; assignment].” (Gen. 49:14, 15)
     Issachar, who is “couching down,” represents Christianity as the Word.  This tells us that the two burdens he is between are actually the two creations presented in Genesis 1 and 2.  Mary Baker Eddy presents for us, to solve these two burdens, the chapter of “Creation.”  How do we reconcile between the Sabbath Day, “the rest was good,” (of God) for the first creation and “the land that it was pleasant” (of the Lord) in the second creation with its Garden of Eden?  By understanding that there is only one creation, the creation of ideas.  Every idea has the quality of the whole, every idea is always qualitatively as vast as the infinite One itself.  The quality of ideas reflects the quality of the infinite One.
     A Lamb – a fold, or flock, is “a group of people adhering to a common faith, belief, or enthusiasm.” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary)  If mankind believes that the two creations are not distinct and that they are one and the same creation story, if mankind believes that man is fallen from Grace, then mankind becomes a servant to labor or work.  The acceptance that there is only one creation story instead of two creation stories splits the “common faith, belief, or enthusiasm” of all Christians.  And with two creation stories being only one story we wind up with dualistic behavior and again resort back to spiritualism – that matter (evil) and Spirit (good) are mixed into a corporeal body that upon expiration will allow Spirit to go free.

THE CHRIST AS THE WORD – “Animal Magnetism Unmasked” – the Woman God-crowned
     “Dan[40] shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel [one of the ten lost tribes].  Dan shall be a serpent [animal magnetism] by the way [become a stumbling block in the path of Christ’s Way], an adder in the [spiritual] path, that biteth the horse heals [divine calculus], so that his rider [director] shall fall backward [back into the practices and methods of mortal mind].  I have waited for thy salvation [Science and Health], O Lord.” (Gen. 49:16-18)
     Dan had better be based upon the righteous judgment of the woman God-crowned or else his judgment is rooted to animal magnetism.  In the Christ as the Word we have the chapter “Animal Magnetism Uncovered.”  It is the Christ within each of us that will unmask animal magnetism.  It must be uncovered as being powerless and having no judgment (control of physical laws to do harm).  This mask is personal sense, the serpent that goads us with false words into believing that good and evil are both real (of Truth) and co-exist in the flesh and consciousness.
     In Truth there is only one God, one Christ, one power of manifestation that is always expressed at the maximum of good.

CHRIST AS CHRISTIANITY – “Physiology” – the [God-crowned woman’s] Pomegranates
     “Gad, a troop [a marauding band; a band is also a circle] shall over come [press upon their heel (animal magnetism)] him [the error of Dan]:  but he shall overcome at the last [during the endtime via Christian Science].” (Gen. 49:19)
     Gad is the tone of the Christ as Christianity with the chapter on “Physiology.”  We must realize that the oneness of God and Principle’s manifestation is omnipotent in the realm of Truth, and in the realm of so-called belief.
     Dan’s tree of knowledge produces the fruit that “would open man’s eyes” yet Tamar (Womanhood) has opened man’s eyes by correct righteousness – righteous judgment – or Christian Science treatment.  Can the serpent’s fruit make man as a god?  No, the fruit “closed the eyes of mortals to spiritual man’s God-given dominion over the earth” given to him in the Sixth Day of Truth (end of Genesis 1).   But in the endtime Womanhood, with her pomegranates (spiritual fruitage) of Venus (Love), overcomes the beliefs and lies of physiology.

THE CHRIST AS SCIENCE – “Footsteps of Truth” – The Concord [Church] Grapevine
     “Out of Asher [strait-forwardness] his bread [Womanhood] shall be fat [prosperous; wealthy; profit; productive; fertile], and he shall yield royal dainties [be paid for services rendered of the King Stag’s God-crowned twelve points (belonging to the Christ) dainties – worth; choice].” (Gen. 49:20)
     Asher is the tone of the Christ as Science with “Footsteps of Truth.”  There is only one true consciousness (the consciousness of God and man coincide).  In the one Ego divine footsteps are one and the same – footsteps of Truth.  The divinity of God manifests itself as God—imbued humanity.  Nothing can stop the advancement of Christian Science.  Asher’s Womanhood (bread) is very prosperous.  Mary Baker Eddy became a very wealthy woman by taking her “Footsteps of Truth.”  However, she truly was spiritually wealthy long before she made any fortune in money (money that did not really matter to her).
     “We cannot build[41] safely on false foundations.  Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and ‘all things become new.’  Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality [“royal dainties”], and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.” (S&H 201:7 infuses added)

THE CHRIST AS THE CHRIST – “Science, Theology, Medicine” – the Oil Lamp
     “Naphtali [Rachel wrestles with sister] is a hind [female red deer] let loose [freed]:  he giveth goodly words.” (Gen. 49:21)  Naphtali represents the freedom that comes to man (the Scientist-Christian) when Mary Baker Eddy (the female red deer) is free from The Mother Church (sister obeying the Letter of the Law Ark Covenant); When the Church Manual’s estoppel clauses and By-Laws are obeyed (through the Spirit of the Law) by the Board of Directors and Field.
     Naphtali is in the tone of the Christ as the Christ and correlates with “Science, Theology, Medicine.”  This chapter presents Immanuel (God with us) manifested not outside us but Immanuel operates within us as God – Mind of man.   The three measures of meal (three mortal modes of thought – physical science, theology, and medicine) received the woman’s leaven.  She does this with her good words (the Word).
     In Ezekiel the roll (bread) represents the wheel (rota – to rotate), it is the woman’s three rolls (wheels) that are the three squared-cycles for the Unity Matrix – for the Word, the Christ, and Christianity.  The Word of God is Science, the Christ is the only Theology, and the Medicine of God is universal because of true Christianity.  Being is Immanuel “God with us.”  This fact translates (bad, evil words) all that is not Godlike back into the Godlike (good words).

CHRISTIANITY AS CHRISTIANITY – “Some Objections Answered” – the Sheath of Wheat
     “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches [Branch Churches] run over the wall [throughout the world the Word of God is published]:  The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:  But his bow [Arch Covenant] abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the [head corner] stone of Israel:)  Even by the God of thy father, who shall help you; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb [of Motherhood and its matrix]:  The blessings of the father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills:  they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.” (Gen. 49:22-26)
     Joseph, the Sheath of Wheat that all his brothers bowed down to represents the tone of Christianity as Christianity with the chapter of “Some Objections Answered.”  There are no problems (questions of God’s existence) only solutions (answers that affirm God’s existence).  “The strictures on this volume would condemn to oblivion the truth, which is raising up thousands [feeding the multitude] from helplessness [drought] to strength [abundance] and elevating them from a theoretical to a practical Christianity.  These criticisms [questions] are generally based on detached sentences or clauses separated from their context [a rent coat of many colors].  Even the Scriptures, which grow in beauty and consistency from one grand root, appear contradictory when subjected to such usage.  Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God’ [Truth][42].” (S&H 341:1)
     “Some Objections Answered” shows us that the dynamic, constantly self-restructuring universe comes from the infinite reflection of each idea with all others.  Every idea reflects every other idea.

CHRISTIANITY AS SCIENCE – “Christian Science Practice” – the Big Dipper [the Son of Man’s seven angelic stars for the seven churches]
     “Benjamin [as the son of my sorrows, who uses his executive power (son of my right hand) unwisely, or for evil, is a pirate] shall ravin [plunder, pillage] as a wolf [spiritual wickedness in high places – like a Board of Directors]:  in the morning [in the mourning, after the Woman’s death] he shall devour [eat up] the prey [woman God-crowned], and at night [in darkness, in secret] he shall divide [break up] the spoil [Woman’s estate].” (Gen. 49:27)
     Mortal man hates Womanhood and sees it as a harlot, but generic man (the real Christian-world) helps the woman (Mary Baker Eddy) and swallows up the red dragon’s (ecclesiastical despotism) flood.  Why does mortal man hate Womanhood?  Because it believes Womanhood has an immoral status because of Eve, for it believes that Eve is the cause of man’s fall.
     Benjamin is the tone of Christianity as Science with “Christian Science Practice.”  Understanding the wholeness of God (man and woman is one) and demonstrating wholeness (health) as one overcomes such hatred for the Woman.  “Christian Science Practice” shows that an understanding of the wholeness of the universe of ideas coincides with the demonstration of wholeness, health.  The understanding of being as a universe of ideas and the practical proof of this ideational universe is one.  The seven angelic stars of the universe coincide with the church’s demonstration of wholeness (of the seven synonymous terms for God, the numerals of infinity), health (presented to man in Science and Health).
     These twelve stars (sons) have to do with Mary Baker Eddy and her Church.  Will her followers (sheep) wake up and follow her and accept her as the woman God-crowned?  Or will they remain asleep and continue to deny her place in Bible prophecy?  Each son, or star, representing a chapter from the Textbook, provides us with the understanding that equips us to be one with God.
     All these are the twelve tribes of Israel [the twelve stars belonging to the woman God-crowned]:  and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them. (Gen. 49:28)

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

Joseph and his brothers, Jacob and Joseph part (49:29-50:26)

     And he charged them, saying, “I am to be gathered unto my people:  bury me with my father’s in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hitite, In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hitite for a possession of a burying place.  There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.  The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth.” (Gen. 49:29-32)
     “And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet [spiritual understanding] into the bed [foundation that he had established], and yielded up the ghost [personal sense], and was gathered unto his people.” (Gen. 49:33)
     “Jacob is 147 years old when he dies.  On his death-bed he blesses all his sons.  He wishes them to know what shall befall them in ‘the last days’ – that is, in the sixth and seventh millennia, when Christian Science shall have revealed itself and proved itself to mankind.  By that time, the original patriarchal seed will have grown to fulness of stature, and the promises that range from Abraham to Joseph will be fulfilled for the whole human race.  In Israel (the spiritual idea of God) mankind will find its true identity, and all nations of the earth will be blessed.  It is evident from Jacob’s blessings that his sons stand for states and stages of consciousness that apply to mankind as a whole.  By far the greatest blessing is the one bestowed on Joseph.  In fact, Jacob’s pronouncements to his other sons seem mostly to be analyses of their characters, and exposures of their faults, rather than blessings.”[43]
     And Joseph fell upon his father’s face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.  And he commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father [as was custom to Egypt]:  and the physicians embalmed Israel [for the after life].  And forty days [for spiritual rebirth] were fulfilled for him [Israel]; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed:  and the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days [a period representing Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love in the human].” (Gen. 50:1-3)
     “And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, “If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die:  in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me.  Now therefore, let me go up [ascend], I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.” (Gen. 50:4,5)
     And Pharaoh said, “Go up, and bury your father, according as he made thee swear.” (Gen. 50:6)
     And Joseph went up to bury his father:  and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, and all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father’s house:  only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds were left in Goshen.  And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen:  and it was a very great company.  And they came to the threshing floor [a place of judgment or separation; a place of letting go; a sifting of ideas and thoughts in consciousness, letting go of the chaff taking hold of the wheat.  Jacob has served his purpose (God-crown mission) he is to be let go of so new ideas can be accepted.] of Atad [“bramble; thorn bush; a thron” (belief in reality of trials that vex us)], which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation:  and he made a mourning for his father seven days [a period of completion or fulfillment].  And when the inhabitants of Canaan saw the morning in the floor of Atad, they said, “This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians:” wherefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim [“mourning of Egypt; meadow of distress”], which is beyond Jordan. (Gen. 50:7-11)
     And Jacob’s sons did unto him as he had commanded them:  For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field and Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a burying place of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.  (Gen. 50:12, 13)
     Joseph returned to Egypt along with his brethren and all who had went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried him. (Verse 14)
     And his brothers begin to fear Joseph.  They believe he will seek revenge because Jacob is dead.  So they send a messenger to Joseph saying, “Thy father did command before he died, saying, ‘So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil.’  And now, we pray thee forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father.”  And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. (Gen. 50:15-17)
     And his brothers also went and fell down before his face; and said, “Behold, we be thy servants.” (Verse 18)
     And Joseph said, “Fear not, for am I in the place of God?” (Verse 19)  How can there be any place but the place of God?
     “But as for you, ye thought evil [falsely] against me; but God meant it only good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.  Now therefore fear me not:  I will nourish you, and your little ones.”  And he comforted them [with Christian Science], and spake kindly to them. (Gen. 50:20, 21)  Joseph, unlike his brothers, understands that the Christ is always operating.
     And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father’s house:  and Joseph lived 110 years [the perfect life span of the Egyptian man]. (Verse 22)
     And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation [Soul]:  and the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph’s knees. (Verse 23)  Machir means, “sold; purchased; acquired; gotten; enslaved.”  Being of the second generation he represents the balance (balance scales were used in the markets to measure) of spiritual understanding and spiritual strength.
     And Joseph said to his brothers, “I die:  and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” (Verse 24)
And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.” (Verse 25)
     Joseph died, being 110 years old:  and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin [a sarcophagus, made of limestone, called the flesh-eating stone] in Egypt.
     “Under the authority and care of Joseph, Jacob’s children bury their father in the land of Canaan, in Abraham’s original burial ground.  When Joseph himself dies, the children of Israel embalm his body, and preserve it in a coffin in Egypt.  They make a vow that when at last they come up out of Egypt they will take Joseph’s bones with them for burial in the promised land.  And thus it is that during the period of Egyptian servitude Joseph is with them still.”[44]


[1] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 89

[2] Ibid, p. 89, 90

[3] We are not told what the “evil report” is.

[4] He loves Joseph even more than Benjamin.  I feel that this is because Joseph represents Israel’s Womanhood.

[5] All seven colors together make for the “seven-hued white” (Christ and Christmas v.10).

[6] These are the colors I use.  You may decide to apply different colors.

[7] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 90

[8] Ibid

[9] Ibid

[10] Sheol is the underworld that most peoples believed in during that time.  It was the Egyptians that believed in an afterlife.

[11] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 89, 90

[12] Ibid, p. 91

[13] Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary

[14] To Er is human, to forgive is divine!

[15] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 90

[16] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 91

[17] Ibid; p. 91

[18] Ibid, p. 91

[19] Or it may be spelled Neith.

[20] House represents a consciousness, so Bethshemesh would be the consciousness of light or enlightenment.

[21] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 92

[22] Ibid

[23] Ibid, p. 92, 93

[24] Ibid, p. 93

[25] Ibid

[26] Ibid

[27] Ibid

[28] Five times is a symbol for Life.

[29] From Genesis to Revelation, by W. Gordon Brown; p. 93

[30] Ibid, p. 93, 94

[31] Ibid, p. 94

[32] Again, there is the number five for Life.

[33] From Genesis to Revelation, by W. Gordon Brown, p. 94

[34] 35,000+ Baby Names; by Bruce Lansky

[35] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 94

[36] Now in reality the only place is God, or the place of God’s presence.

[37] The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary says that “digged down a wall” is “hocked an ox.”

[38] John Doorly says that the wall is symbolic of the Word.  If this is so it certainly fits in here, as Levi and Simeon would have corrupted the Word of God.

[39] Which Judah did give up to Tamar.

[40] Dan represents the “personal sense” of mortal man.  This is the red dragon.

[41] We cannot even build a Branch Church safely if it is on false foundations.  Mary Baker Eddy built the Concord Branch upon the foundation of heaven “home.”

[42] Only this one is Mary Baker Eddy’s own interpolation.

[43] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 94, 95

[44] Ibid, p. 95