FORTY GENERATIONS

by MJSmith

– or – SEVENTY-SEVEN GENERATIONS?

            In the Book of St. Matthew (which is in the tone of the Word) chapter one presents forty generations from Abraham to Jesus.  This number forty symbolizes the generation of man’s spiritual birth, because a woman is pregnant for forty weeks.  In Matthew the lineage goes only back to Abraham, the first father of the Israelites (in the Third Day of Soul).  The Lord God Jehovah is not the God Almighty that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew.  Yet in the Book of St. Luke (which is in the tone of Christianity) Jesus lineage goes all the way back to Adam (a man of sin) being “the son of God.”  I believe that there is a specific reason for this.  I believe that the Word begins with a spiritual type of manhood (Jesus), while Christianity seems to lead us back to the pure idea or our true being – God.  When this happens we find that we are home in heaven.  Yet perhaps a Bible verse from John 16:28 helps explain the difference between the two lineages of Jesus.  Matthew (the Word) – “I came forth from the Father,” Mark (the Christ) – “and am come into the world again, I leave the world,” Luke (Christianity) – “and go to the Father”.  Mary Baker Eddy tells us, “Science unfolds the eternal verity, that man is the spiritual, eternal reflection of God” (S&H 296:2).

            Matthew begins with Abraham (with the beginning [of Israel] – as the Word seems to want it that way – and finishes up with Jesus, so it actually does follow a Word order.  Yet Luke begins with Jesus and goes all the way back to Adam and finally God, stating that Adam is “the son of God.”  It does not say that Adam is the Son of God (with a capital S), because Jesus IS the Son of God.  Luke 3:23 reads:  “And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, …”  Notice that “the son” is not in italics when speaking of Jesus in relation to Joseph, what this actually means is that Jesus was supposed to be Joseph’s son, but he physically is not the son of Joseph.  All of the generations from Joseph onward (or backward in time as one would say) are given italics for “the son” to specify that Jesus is different in nature, that Jesus is Spirit not matter.
            In Luke there is a total of seventy-seven generations.  To look at it another way, there are seven (cycles) times eleven groups of generations.  The number eleven is also 7 + 4 – or – seven synonymous terms for God (the numerals of infinity) plus the divine infinite calculus (of the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science).  However, because we are in the tone of Christianity in the book of Luke, I believe that the four tones are Christianity as the Word, Christianity as the Christ, Christianity as Christianity and Christianity as Science.  This presents to us the complete idea behind Christianity’s Wheel Matrix.  But, again, because we are in the Christianity tone, the seven synonymous terms must also follow the Christianity order, even though it is in the descending order (as is the names of the generations) and likewise the Christianity order is also in a descending (or counterclockwise order).  So, as Brown sets up the Book of Luke we find we follow the following order of divine tones:  Christianity as Science with Life, Truth, Love; Christianity as Christianity with Spirit; Christianity as the Christ with Soul; and Christianity as the Word with Mind and Principle.  (I will present this to you later on in fuller detail.)
            So, you may think that the BIBLE is inconsistent (or the writers have lied to you) because there are way more than forty generations from Jesus to Abraham in Luke.  But, we are not looking for continuity between the two Gospels; rather we are looking for symbols and/or spiritual understanding of the Scientific patterns found within the two different Gospels (one for the Word and one for Christianity).
            Since I have presented the pattern for Luke, I would also like to present the pattern for Matthew.  Following the Word order (with the seven synonymous terms) it begins in the tone of the Word as the Word with Mind, Spirit, and Soul.  It continues with:  the Word as the Christ with Soul, Principle, Life; next there is the Word as Christianity with Life and Truth; and finally there is the Word as Science with Life, Truth, and Love.  This presents the Ascending Order, as with the Seven Days (Genesis 1-2:3).
            The main difference between Matthew and Luke is that in Matthew we only have begetting going on (“I come from the Father”).  The Textbook does not say “the son of” in any of these “generations”.  While, in Luke, there is no “generation” there is only “the son of” – a Christianity idea (where the Christ-man will “go to the Father”).
            What does “generation” mean?  According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary it means:  1  a:  a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor   b:  a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously    c:  a group of individuals having contemporaneously a status (as that of students in a school) which each one holds only for a limited period   d:  a type or class of objects usually developed from an earlier type   3 a:  the action or process of producing offspring:  PROCREATION    b:  origination by a mathematical, chemical, or other process:  PRODUCTION; specif:  formation of a geometrical figure by motion of another   c:  the process of coming or bringing into being”.  We must also understand what “begat” or “beget” means:  “more at GET   1:  to procreate as the father:  SIRE   2:  to produce as an effect :  CAUSE” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary).  So, the key word is “cause”.  What is the only cause?  God.  So, in the tone of the Word, the Cause of the begetting is God.  God is the only Father there is.
            What is interesting in telling of the lineage of Jesus, in Matthew, is that there are three groups of fourteen male generations.  So this sort of tripped me up – because the way Matthew presents it one winds up thinking that there are forty-two generations, but in reality there are really forty, because two names were utilized twice.
            I return to the beginning of the forty generations, with Abraham, the father of the Hebrew race.  Abraham’s saga is in the tone of the Word, but what is interesting about Abraham, is that he is desperately trying to have an heir.  This means that Abraham must proceed through the divine infinite calculus.  At first he believes his nephew Lot to be his heir.  Lot represents the Word as the Word; yet, Lot is not the rightful heir.  Next, Abraham believes that the Christ servant is to be his heir (who represents the Word as the Christ), but again, this is not so.  Then he has a physical son from the woman of bondage.  Ishmael (who represents the Word as Christianity) is the father of the Arab nation, and he is representative of the tone of Christianity, but not to be the heir of Abraham.  There can be only one rightful heir, and that is the heir of Science.  But Science alone is not enough; Science must be paired with the Christ, the Son of God.
            Abraham “begats Isaac” whose saga is in the tone of the Christ.  It is Isaac as the Christ Scientist (in the tone of the Word as Science) that is the rightful heir.  Abraham, after Sarah dies, sends his Christ servant back to his homeland in order to find a wife for Isaac, the Christ Scientist.  Rebecca returns with the servant and eventually gives Isaac twin sons (really one son that is dualistic in nature).  These twin sons are total opposites (matter and Spirit); Esau seems to be covered in the red hair of Adam (matter) while the Jacob supplants Esau.  This is because Jacob is the spiritual heir.  Esau-Jacob represents the material and human coincidence, while Jacob-Israel represents the human and divine coincidence.  Even Jacob’s two wives are symbols of Jacob’s wrestling between matter and Spirit, and I believe, even though I have nothing to substantiate this fact, that Leah and Rachel are also twins.
             Jacob’s saga is in the tone of Christianity, for it is with Jacob that we have the twelve sons and one daughter that make the Unity Circle of Christianity.  While the twelve sons revolve around the rim of the wheel within the hub we find the one and only daughter, Leah’s seventh child of Love.  Dinah is Jacob’s one and only daughter, so she prefigures the woman God-crowned of Revelation 12.  I feel that Dinah (even born of Leah) represents Joseph’s womanhood (when she is spiritually understood as Love).  Dinah is generic man.  It is not until after Dinah is born that Rachel is able to give birth to Joseph (Science).  After Dinah is raped and her two ecclesiastical brothers Simeon and Levi kill the prince responsible, along with his father and fellow citizens, that Dinah is basically never mentioned again.  I believe that this is because Joseph is Dinah’s spiritual identity.  Dinah, like Esau and Leah represents the material mind that must be spiritually translated back to God by Science (Israel-Joseph).  This is why Joseph is given the coat of many colors (coats that are given to young females).  This coat symbolizes the Covenant made between God, man, and the universe during the Second Day of Spirit after Noah’s Ark landed upon the capstone of the mountain.  This Covenant is fulfilled during the Sixth Day of Truth when the woman God-crowned (Mary Baker Glover) discovers Christian Science.

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            The circle of tribes forms the Crown of Science, or the twelve-stared crown belonging to the woman in Revelation 12.  It is the fourth son that Jacob begets that Jesus is supposed to come from.  His name is Judah.  Yet, it is Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob and the first son of Rachel, which presents the saga of Science in the book of Genesis.  Judah represents the Fourth Day of Principle where the Kings and the Sixteen Prophets finish up the Old Testament.  However, when I place Judah upon the Unity Matrix he has two locations depending on the order used to place the tribes upon the wheel.  If you go in order of son beginning with the Open Bible Keystone (for Reuben), then Judah would be placed in the tone of the Word as the Christ where the Madonna and Child Keystone are found.  If, however, you use the divine calculus wheel order I would locate Judah in the tone of the Word as Science where the Golden Shores of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony Keystone is located.  Joseph, on the other hand, is located either in the tone of Christianity as Science with the Big Dipper Keystone, or in the tone of Christianity as Christianity with the Harvested Sheaf of Wheat Keystone.  When this is done, it may be easier to see (?) how the Word as the Christ fits in with Luke’s “the son of” and the Word as Science fits in with Matthew’s “begat”.

            Gordon Brown uses the pyramid, or ladder (remember Jacob’s ladder), structure within a circle in his book From Genesis to Revelation. However, I do not think it is correct because he leaves Dinah out of the structure.  But he has the ascension and descension of the twelve tribes (or sons) following the Days of Genesis 1-2:3 (Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love).

            Numbers 1-4 are Leah’s first four sons – Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah.  The next two sons (5 and 6) are the sons, Dan and Naphtali, of Bilhah (Leah’s handmaid).  Sons 7 and 8, Gad and Asher, are the sons of Zilpah (Rachel’s handmaid).  At this point Leah begins to have more children, to complete her seven offspring, sons 9 and 10 (Issachar and Zebulun) and daughter (Dinah) is number 11.  Finally, Rachel is able to bare children to Jacob.  Her first son is Joseph and her second son is Benoni, renamed by Jacob as Benjamin.  So while Joseph is Jacob’s eleventh son, he is Jacob’s twelfth child and while Benjamin is Jacob’s twelfth son, he is Jacob’s thirteenth child.
            Is the left side of the pattern of the pyramid, seen above, what we can use for the book of Matthew, with its six groups of seven generations?  Or is it possible that there is another pattern we should use – the same pattern utilized by John W. Doorly (seen below) with his Golden Candlestick Matrix of Science?

            What does W. Gordon Brown say upon this topic in this book From Genesis to Revelation?  On page 281 he speaks about Matthew, and in the tone of the Word as the Word (Mind, Spirit, Soul) he writes:  “Matthew traces Jesus’ genealogy all the way from Abraham at the beginning [the Word] of the patriarchal period [Soul].  This was where the divine matrix unfolded to us for the first time, and was the point at which God the Father sowed the seed of man’s divinity in the womb of human consciousness.”  [My interpolations.]
            How did the divine matrix unfold to us at this point of the BIBLE for the first time?  Well, we have the four living creatures presented to us as the four fathers of Israel – Abraham (the Word), Isaac (the Christ), Jacob (Christianity), and Joseph (Science), and with Jacob and his thirteen children we have the Unity Matrix, given to us (in the Book of Numbers) by Moses (still in the same Third Day of Soul), to be later depicted as Ezekiel’s Wheel (in Ezekiel 1), then as the Holy City (in Revelation), and finally presented in SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, by Mary Baker Eddy and she then gave it to us in symbol as WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK.
            “At the beginning of Matthew, correlative with this patriarchal era, the Holy Ghost overshadows Mary’s pure spiritual sense with the understanding of man’s true origin.  Mary’s acceptance and conception of the idea of humanity’s original divinity appears to the senses as the divine Science of being ushering Jesus into human presence.”[1]
            Over on page 290, W. Gordon Brown speaks about Mark and Luke:  “Mark has the accent on the Son of God, and therefore on the motherhood of God; Luke has the accent on the Son of man, and therefore on the motherhood reflected in generic man.  In the teachings of Luke, the Son of man comes to save and restore that which (to the senses) is lost.  Renan wrote that Luke’s Gospel is the most beautiful book that has ever been written.
            “Luke, the physician, is also the author of the Acts of the Apostles.  The standpoint from which he writes is Christianity.  In Matthew’s Word, we see Jesus solving the problem of being according to divine order; in Mark’s Christ, we see him as the very idea, the emanation of Principle, which brings this solution to pass; in Luke’s Christianity, we see the actual working out of the solution through the restoration of individual world-consciousness to God.
            “The spiritual pattern within which Luke unfolds his story is thus the return aspect of the Christianity order of the synonymous terms for God.  Because all things must at last be found in Principle, we begin, in Luke with the tones of Life, Truth, and Love (presenting the idea of man’s individual, collective, and universal reality), and then follow the restoration of this ideal, through Spirit, Soul, Mind, to the Principle on which it is based.  This means that the framework within which the work is done is: Christianity as Science (where the tones are Life, Truth, Love), Christianity as Christianity (where the tone is Spirit), Christianity as Christ (where the tone is Soul), leading to Christianity as the Word (where the tones are Mind and Principle).”
            If we were to look on WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK these four tones would go in counterclockwise order with the Keystones of Christianity – beginning with THE BIG DIPPER KEYSTONE, then going to THE HARVESTED SHEAF OF WHEAT KEYSTONE, then THE PALMLEAVES OF SALVATION KEYSTONE, and finally to THE LORD AND LAMB KEYSTONE.  However, I believe that Brown was seeing these seven tones being depicted on a circle where one would begin in the twelve position of a clock and descend in clockwise order to the number six.  Twelve would be Life, one would be Truth, two would be Love, so on down to six as Principle.
            Brown continues (page 290-291):  “When the human problem is thus in process of solution, the accent, as we know, is on Christian Science.  But the impulsion which puts Christian Science into operation is, in Luke’s Christianity Gospel, the Christianity of universal Love in divine Science, appearing as the Christianity of Life and Love in absolute Christian Science.
            “In Luke, as the successor to Mark, the emphasis shifts from Christ, the (individual) head, to Christianity, the (universal) body.
            “…Whereas Mark makes no reference at all to Jesus’ birth, Luke records this in a wealth of detail.  And he would seem to do so through a microscopic epitome of the tones of the matrix.  Four main tones make up this opening section of the text:  first, the announcement of the coming of John the Baptist; secondly, the announcement of the coming of Jesus; thirdly, the birth of John; fourthly, the birth of Jesus, thus the Word prepares the way for the Christ, even as Christianity prepares the way for Science.”
            So if the Christ represents the individual head while Christianity represents the universal body then what happens when the head is severed (decapitated) from the body?  If the Christ head is separated from the Christ body (the congregation or mass) then ecclesiastical despotism, chaos, and material belief in material organization transpires.  How are the two separated?  The first way is if the Christian church (body) believes that its Christ head is a material man (Jesus) with successors (Popes) – as what happened with the Roman Catholic Church.  The second way is if the Christian church (body) sees its Leader as a little old gray-haired woman (not the fulfillment of Bible prophecy) – as what happened with The First Church of Christ Scientist.  In the Illustration below the Christmas tree (and it is beheaded) represents the material organization of church.

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            Over on page 292, in the tone of Christianity as Christianity (Spirit), Brown writes:  “Christian Science ‘floods the world with the baptism of Jesus’ (’02.5:6[2]).  That this baptism points to the spiritual translation of the whole human race is indicated when, immediately after it, Luke traces Jesus’ genealogy back through the line of Mary [the BIBLE does not say anything about Mary, but speaks about Joseph, but I believe that he is correct about this.  Perhaps it is so because he tells us, back on page 290,  “Luke has the accent on the Son of man, and therefore on this motherhood reflected in generic man.”] to ‘Adam, which was the son of God.’  What appears to the senses as the Adamic race is in truth the Son of God…Luke’s need, in Christianity, is to show that the sole reality of the mortal Adam is Christ, the Son of God.”  I left out a sentence from his book, because it is incorrect; he counted wrong.

            I would now like to give to you an outline of the two different lineages.  I have used numbers by the names in order to present how many names there are.

NAMES BEGAT IN ST. MATTHEW
“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”

1 and 2 – Abraham begat Isaac
2 and 3 – Isaac begat Jacob
3 and 4 – Jacob begat Judas “and his brethren”
4 and 5 – Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar
5 and 6 – Phares begat Esrom
6 and 7 – Esrom begat Aram
7 and 8 – Aram begat Aminadab
8 and 9 – Aminadab begat Naason
9 and 10 – Naason begat Salmon
10 and 11 – Salmon begat Booz of Rachab
11 and 12 – Booz begat Obed of Ruth
12 and 13 – Obed begat Jesse
13 and 14 – Jesse begat David the king  (This represents the first group of fourteen, where there actually are fourteen people.)

1 (14 from above) and 2 – David begat Solomon “of her that had been
the wife of Urias”
2 and 3 – Solomon begat Roboam
3 and 4 – Roboam begat Abia
4 and 5 – Abia begat Asa
5 and 6 – Asa begat Josaphat
6 and 7 – Josaphat begat Joram
7 and 8 – Joram begat Ozias
8 and 9 – Ozias begat Joatham
9 and 10 – Joatham begat Achaz
10 and 11 – Achaz begat Ezekias
11 and 12 – Ezekias begat Manasses
12 and 13 – Manasses begat Amon
13 and 14 – Amon begat Josias (Although we have fourteen names we really have only thirteen new people in this group.)

1 (14 from above) and 2 – Josias begat Jechonoias “and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon”
2 and 3 – Jechonoias begat Salathiel
3 and 4 – Salatheil begat Zorobabel
4 and 5 – Zorobabel begat Abiud
5 and 6 – Abiud begat Eliakim
6 and 7 – Eliakim begat Azor
7 and 8 – Azor begat Sadoc
8 and 9 – Sadoc begat Achim
9 and 10 – Achim begat Eliud
10 and 11 – Eliud begat Eleazar
11 and 12 – Eleazar begat Matthan
12 and 13 – Matthan begat Jacob
13 and 14 – Jacob begat Joseph “the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” (Again, although we have fourteen names we really have only thirteen new people in this group.  This means that there are only a total of forty generations (40 names) instead of forty-two generations (14 + 14 + 14 = 42).

the son of” NAMES IN ST. LUKE
            I believe that these names are laid out in the matrix structure of St. Luke itself – as W. Gordon Brown lays the book out.  I only came to this conclusion after listing them out for you in this post.  This does not mean that I am correct, but Mr. Brown certainly was incorrect about the topic, because he miscounted the amount of names.  He counted 74 generations when there are (for sure) 77 generations taking God into consideration.  This also makes sense in the fact that Jesus is the higher ideal – and Christianity as Science is the higher ideal of Christianity.  And we find God (the Word) in the Christianity as the Word with Principle section!  I will underline all names found in both Matthew and Luke.
CHRISTIANITY AS SCIENCE
1 – Jesus (was supposed)
2 – the son of Joseph,
3 – which was the son of Heli (in Matthew it gives the name of Jacob being Joseph’s father)
4 – which was the son of Matthat (has the name as Matthan)
5 – which was the son of Levi
6 – which was the son of Melchi
7 – which was the son of Janna

LIFE
8 – which was the son of Joseph
9 – which was the son of Mattathias
10 – which was the son of Amos
11 – which was the son of Naum
12 – which was the son of Esli
13 – which was the son of Nagge
14 – which was the son of Maath

TRUTH
15 – which was the son of Mattathias
16 – which was the son of Semei
17 – which was the son of Joseph
18 – which was the son of Juda
19 – which was the son of Joanna
20 – which was the son of Rhesa
21 – which was the son of Zorobabel

LOVE
22 – which was the son of Salathiel
23 – which was the son of Neri
24 – which was the son of Melchi
25 – which was the son of Addi
26 – which was the son of Cosam
27 – which was the son of Elmodam
28 – which was the son of Er

CHRISTIANITY AS CHRISTIANITY
29 – which was the son of Jose
30 – which was the son of Eliezer
31 – which was the son of Jorim
32 – which was the son of Matthat
33 – which was the son of Levi
34 – which was the son of Simeon
35 – which was the son of Juda

SPIRIT
36 – which was the son of Joseph
37 – which was the son of Jonan
38 – which was the son of Eliakim
39 – which was the son of Melea
40 – which was the son of Menan
41 – which was the son of Mattatha
42 – which was the son of Nathan

CHRISTIANITY AS THE CHRIST
43 – which was the son of David
44 – which was the son of Jesse
45 – which was the son of Obed
46 – which was the son of Booz
47 – which was the son of Salmon
48 – which was the son of Naasson
49 – which was the son of Aminadab

SOUL
50 – which was the son of Aram
51 – which was the son of Esrom
52 – which was the son of Phares
53 – which was the son of Juda (In Matthew it says “Judas”.)
54 – which was the son of Jacob
55 – which was the son of Isaac
56 – which was the son of Abraham

CHRISTIANITY AS THE WORD
57 – which was the son of Thara
58 – which was the son of Nachor
59 – which was the son of Saruch
60 – which was the son of Ragau
61 – which was the son of Phalec
62 – which was the son of Heber
63 – which was the son of Sala

MIND
64 – which was the son of Cainan
65 – which was the son of Arphaxad
66 – which was the son of Sem
67 – which was the son of Noe
68 – which was the son of Lamech
69 – which was the son of Mathusala
70 – which was the son of Enoch

PRINCIPLE
71 – which was the son of Jared
72 – which was the son of Maleleel
73 – which was the son of Cainan
74 – which was the son of Enos
75 – which was the son of Seth
76 – which was the son of Adam
77 – which was the son of God

            There are two possible reasons why the names are so different between the two Gospels, one reason being that the names must be understood symbolically via their spiritual interpretations (which would take a lot of time to do) or that one lineage is actually Joseph’s (in Matthew) and the other is Mary’s (in Luke).  I tend to think that the latter reason is the one that is most explainable, and the reason for this is that the male BIBLE writers may have wanted to hide the fact that Luke gave Mary’s lineage for Jesus.  This would also explain why W. Gordon Brown says that Luke gives us Mary’s lineage.  What is interesting in regards to both lineages is that both go back to King David but one son is Solomon, the other is Nathan.  We could then say that perhaps Joseph was in the line of King Solomon, while Mary was in the line of Prince Nathan.  Both were of David’s four sons who were born in Jerusalem (II Samuel 5:14).  This is an important fact to know – that Jesus was of the royal line, if not physically via Joseph, then via his mother Mary.
            If we are to apply the Unity Matrix (or Stargate Matrix) to Matthew and Luke we would have the following:  For the Word as the Word we would have the Open Bible Keystone with “Prayer” (chapter 1 of SCIENCE AND HEALTH); the Word as Christ with the Madonna and Child Keystone and “Atonement and Eucharist” (chapter 2); the Word as Christianity with the Cross of Calvary Keystone and “Marriage” (chapter 3); the Word as Science with the Golden Shores of Love Keystone and  “Christian Science versus [reverses] Spiritualism” (chapter 4); Christianity as Science with the Big Dipper Keystone and “Christian Science Practice” (chapter 12); Christianity as Christianity with the Harvested Sheaf of Wheat Keystone and “Some Objections Answered” (chapter 11); Christianity as the Christ with the Palmleaves of Salvation Keystone and “Science of Being” (chapter 10); and finally Christianity as the Word with the Lord and Lamb Keystone and “Creation” (chapter 9).

[1] From Genesis to Revelation, by W. Gordon Brown, p. 281

[2] Message of 1902 to The First Church of Christ Scientist.