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    Deconstructing Genesis

    A short look at the allegory of Abraham and Sarah

    The bible is not a book to be taken literally... it is an allegorical document which contains many very insightful and profound lessons as to how our inner processes of consciousness work.....
    case in point is this story:

    The story of Abraham is the story of the growth of faith in our lives

    and the tests that we draw to ourselves to make us grow.

    The story of Abraham is allegory, even Paul emphasizes this in Galations 4:23-26, ".....

    Which things are allegory: for these are the 2 covenants (promises);

    the one from the mount Sinai

    which gendereth to bondage,

    which is Agar (Hagar).

    For this Agar

    is mount Sinai in Arabia,

    and answers to Jerusalem

    which now is,

    and is in bondage with her children.

    But Jerusalem which is above is free.

    which is the mother of us all."


    God told Abraham that they would have children,

    yet they did not believe at first and so Sarah gave her handmaid Hagar to achieve the result.

    This tendency with us all to look at the first thing that makes sense,

    is reasonable

    to our materialistic ways of thinking.

    We try to find answers

    in the outer world

    before we are willing to look inwards.

    We attempt to find satisfaction in the outer,

    the lesser

    and miss the greater.

    Hagar means (=) stranger.

    The materialistic thought is always a stranger to the spiritual thought.

    The reference to Mt Sinai

    is a reference to living under the Law of the 10 commandments,

    The Law of a people in bondage.

    It was clever of Paul (and very subtle)

    to differentiate between the Jerusalem which now is and is in bondage (to the Romans, at the time)

    and the Jerusalem which is above,

    which is free

    and is the mother of us all.

    The obvious Jerusalem,

    the city in bondage to the Romans

    is all that most people see,

    The Jerusalem which is above

    is the consciousness of Peace

    that comes from complete reliance on the inner Source (God),

    This consciousness is always free

    and is the mother of us all....

    the faith that is the beginning of everything.

    Abram stands for faith in the invisible power of the Source (or God if you prefer...G*d is no respecters of persons).

    Sarai stands for the feeling or emotional side.

    (Every wife in scripture is metaphor for the subjective side of the consciousness which is represented by the husband)

    Sarai here in this story represents emotions that faith is afraid to acknowledge.

    Gen 12:5

    And Abram took Sarai his wife,

    and Lot his brother's son,

    and all their substance that they had gathered,

    and the souls that they had gotten in Haran;

    and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan;

    and into the land of Canaan they came.

    The meaning for Sarai is


    So we have faith taking along negative thoughts:

    contentious feelings

    and dark negative thinking

    represented by Lot,

    as well as the spiritual awareness it has gathered in Haran.


    Haran is an exalted state of mind.



    and its not yet purified thoughts

    depart for Canaan (the lowlands of materiality)

    In Sichem, (burden bearing), there was famine,

    as there always is in this kind of thinking.

    Famine means

    a state of mind

    where there is no spiritual inspiration

    upon which faith can be nourished.

    It is in this now impoverished state of mind that one will look to Egypt for relief,

    the fleshpots of Egypt stand for bondage to materiality

    (understand =agreement, as does silence; commerce....contract ).

    The Egyptians stand for the kind of thoughts which dwell in this state of mind.

    So, Abram had built up his soul consciousness to an exalted state (Haran),

    yet shortly thereafter, he entered into a state of famine consciousness

    and went so far as to look to Egypt

    (bondage to materiality)

    for his good.

    {*It is of interest to note that he was not sent there through guidance by God, but rather by his own confused thinking.}


    12:10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

    12:11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:

    12:12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.

    12:13 Say, I pray thee, thouart my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

    12:14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.

    12:15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.

    12:16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.

    12:17 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.

    12:18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?

    12:19 Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.

    12:20 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

    Briefly, this story means

    that we are continually taking our faith,

    as yet unproven,

    together with our feeling side

    and our remaining negative thoughts,

    back into bondage

    to fear.

    In turning to the Source

    we give lip service

    only to our awareness of God/Source

    and have within us

    a heap of rubbish

    that comes from putting our faith

    in the little ego self.

    This kind of conflict always causes a famine in the land,

    the state of consciousness

    where there is no spiritual inspiration.

    The entire story of Abram becoming Abraham

    is the story of the unfolding of faith in individual consciousness

    and the various experiences that come through proving faith.

    God had promised Abram (faith in the invisible power)

    that he would be blessed forever

    and his seed (ideas)

    would inhabit the world.

    But with his negative thoughts and feelings which still remained,

    faith seeks the security of sense consciousness (Egypt).

    As we go about proving our faith, it is important that each one of us understand some of the pitfalls along the way.

    In the beginning,

    we will come to a place where there is famine,

    that is, we seem to lack the spiritual inspiration that we have had in our exalted state of mind.

    The answers to our prayers just aren't coming through as we would like and we are inclined to doubt.

    We then do not really trust our spiritual inspiration,

    and fearful that our faith will not stand up,

    we permit our feeling side (here portrayed by the wife)

    to be taken over by the ruling thought in sense consciousness (Pharaoh)

    This ruling thought

    may be a belief in hard times

    or any other sense of separation

    from our highest good.

    The feeling or emotional side is always receptive to the intellect.

    We cannot, at any time, forsake our direction over the subconscious mind.

    To do so is to hand over our dearest possession to the dominant thought in sense consciousness.

    Great troubles come of this.

    To let someone or something else take charge of one's own thinking is the most dangerous thing we can do.

    It leads only to destruction and bondage.

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