The Bible is not a book about history, even though there is history in the Bible. Archaeological excavations are made on the basis of information found in the Bible, and ruins are discovered that confirm the expectations. The Bible makes use of this history, however, as a means to explain the process of Man’s involution/descent into the material world, his stay there, and his evolution and ascension out of it again.The same story is told over and over using different metaphors. In other words, the Bible does not give an accurate account of history since that is not its purpose.
The timeline in the Bible is not always linear. In many instances it takes the form of recurring cycles, sometimes intersecting with each other. Occasionally the whole process of consciousness’s descent, evolution, and ascension is emphasized in a ‘point,’ a summary of one word or image, which gives the impression that at the end of one story the spiritual evolution of man’s soul has been completed, but then another part of the story begins and the story of consciousness’s descent, evolution, and ascension is being told all over again.
Actually the Bible starts with such an announcement, or a ‘point,’ as can be seen in the first two words of Genesis:
‘Beresjit bara’, in the beginning created … It has been interpreted as ‘with a beginning created …’, or even as: ‘with a point created …’
- In numbers it is written as: 2-200-1- 300-10-400 2-200-1
The ‘point’ here is: 2-200-1:
- 2 involution in the world of duality
- 200 the point of the greatest distance from the world of unity and oneness and the
the pinnacle of separation
- 1 return to oneness
In principle that could be all. The whole process of consciousness’s descent, evolution, and ascent is announced and explained. Finished! But it is only the beginning and the story continues.
A little further on in Genesis we see such a ‘point’ again, when God puts Adam to sleep so He can remove a rib in order to create a woman—or so I thought as a child. But this image of God putting Adam to sleep is the ‘point’ in which the whole process of sleep, the ‘tardema,’ is described, which immediately afterwards starts to unravel. (By ‘sleep’ we mean the soul of man’s descent into matter).
At the end of the story of Adam and Eve we see another such ‘point,’ when Adam is 130 years old, which points to the thirteen of Oneness and Love, and Eve gives birth to Seth (completion of the process) and then mysteriously vanishes, meaning that Adam and Eve have become one again. This is confirmed by the fact that Adam alone lived another 800 years and got sons and daughters. Have you ever wondered why the rest of Adam’s life isn’t mentioned even though he lives another 800 years? Esoterically, it isn’t necessary. The completion of the process takes Adam out of the story and it then continues with Cain and Seth.
In Genesis chapter 22 we see the same thing happen again in the story in which God commands Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Here the ‘point’ is a whole story, as we shall see.
In his article “Why did God ask Abraham to sacrifice Isaac?,” Joshua already explained the principle of the First, Second, and Third Logos, all being One. This also applies to Abraham. In this story Abraham, the ram and Isaac are one but still have to fuse together completely.
It is the story of Consciousness – which had descended into the world of matter to gain awareness – being put to the final test before rising up again with awareness gained.
Although on the surface it looks differently, this is the point where Abraham begins to leave the story (in the next chapter his wife, Sara, his female and physical side, dies) and shortly after that Isaac takes over the storyline in his own right, whereas esoterically in the storyline of his father Isaac was a part of him. Abraham lives on then on another conscious level, just like Adam did.
Joshua compared the sacrifice of Isaac to the crucifixion of Jesus and made clear that it is the same story. It is our story. The same is true for the story of the Exodus from Egypt and because I found elements from this story in the story about the sacrifice of Isaac, I would like to explain a little about the Exodus from Egypt first.
Egypt, the country, both present and past, has nothing whatsoever to do with the esoteric meaning of the Hebrew name ‘Mitsrajim,’ nor do the historical pharaohs have anything to do with the esoteric meaning of the word ‘par’oh,’ even if the people of Israel once lived in Egypt for a time.
The Hebrew word ‘Mitsrajim,’ is a metaphor for the world of duality. It has the grammatical form of a dualis (which in Hebrew describes things of which there are two, like hands, feet, eyes, ears etc.) It is written as:
- 40: from beginning to end this is the world of the ego and emotions.
- 90-200: this can be read as ‘tsura’, form, but also as ‘tsara’, troubles, suffering.
- It is the world of the deepest point of descent into matter and also of enslavement and addiction (400), which is not written in the word ‘Mitsrajim’ itself but implied by the number of years that the people of Israel are said to have lived there, as well as by the story told about those years.
- 10: as promised, God is always there with us.
When Israel (esoterically mankind), has finally realized that it has become a slave of its ego and cries to God for help, the following is what they have to do before God can deliver them from their slavery. They have to prove their willingness to undertake action in order to overcome their addiction. And this is where we will find similarities with Abraham’s sacrifice.
They will have to kill – ‘sjachat,’ in Hebrew, the same verb as used in Abraham’s story – a lamb. ‘Sjachat’ is 300-8-9.
- 300 the divine process of involution – stay in the world of matter – evolution.
- 8 the oil that anoints the messiah, that will lead us upwards again.
- 9 the birth of the new world of higher awareness the messiah will lead us into.
Next Israel will have to strike the blood of this lamb on the doorposts of their houses in order to prevent the Angel of Death from entering their house when all the firstborn in ‘Mitsrajim’ will be killed (which is of course also a metaphor).
- Blood is ‘dam,’ 4-40.
- Door is ‘delet,’ = the character dalet (4).
- Huis is ‘bajit,’ = the character bet (2).
- The verb to strike is not used in Hebrew; instead it says: to give, ‘natan,’ 50-400-50.
All in all it says to give the 4 and the 40 to the 4 of the 2. A summary in words is as follows:
If you wish to escape from this enslavement/addiction (400), you must promise to leave (give, 50-400-50) your addiction to material things (4) and your hanging on to your emotions (40) behind in the world of matter (4) and duality (2). By giving this intention, you will safely surround your slavery (400) with higher awareness (50) and then you can be delivered from this world of slavery. Of course you will have to address the matter of processing these emotions, forgiving others and yourself, letting go of fear, hatred, and judgment, and taking responsibility again for your life, later in the ‘desert’. It is a long process of ‘forty’ years and more.
With all this in mind, let us return to Abraham. We had already concluded that this story is really about Abraham and not about Isaac as such, as in this stage he is a part of Abraham that still has to be integrated.
Abraham is being put to the test for the initiation of ascension and enlightenment here. All the words that are being used in Hebrew point to that. God tells Abraham to go to the mountain Moriah. The name of this mountain has been explained as the mountain where God is seen. However, this name contains also the word ‘mar’, bitter, which would make it God’s bitterness. It points to raising awareness, (climbing a mountain always does in the Bible) but also to a difficult process during the initiation.
At the third day Abraham saw the mountain. The third day is an expression of the ancient mystery cults and it says that the time of initiation is there. Abraham takes his son, the wood (literally trees), the fire and the knife and then they start climbing the mountain.
This going upwards (in conscious awareness) however is also mentioned in the term to bring a burnt offering. In Hebrew it says: ‘le ha’alot le ola.’ The word “fire” is not mentioned at all in this term but it is in the story and I think it points to the fire of the rising Kundalini, which will be the final part of this initiation. Twice we see here the word ‘al’, which means upwards (think of El Al). So literally it says something like: make him go up as what goes up. Make him ascend.
As I already said before, Abraham – the ram – and Isaac are one, though not completely integrated yet. So when Abraham and Isaac go up the mountain together, without the lamb, something is missing. This is part of the test. Will Abraham have enough trust to go up without it? Isaac is aware of it too and asks the famous question: where is the lamb? He also trusts Abraham when he answers that God will provide it, so they both stand the test. Immediately afterwards it says: and they went both of them together (Gen. 22:6). In Hebrew it says: ‘jachdav,’ which contains ‘jichud,’ unity. They both of them became one.
When they arrive at the appointed spot, Abraham builds an altar and puts the wood on it. The wood is the trees that figured so much in the creation stories. The trees that produced the fruits which had to be eaten, absorbed and digested. Now Abraham places Isaac on top of this wood and lifts him above the trees. Again a word containing ‘al’ is used. The phase of having to take in and absorb has passed, but not everything that was absorbed has been completely digested/processed yet. Remember Jesus on the cross, who lets go of his last negative feelings towards those who had crucified him and prayed for them.
Abraham takes the knife in order to kill Isaac. The verb is ‘sjachat,’ as I described already before. It is the divine but bitter process (300) that produces the oil (8) to anoint the messiah and gives birth (9) to higher awareness.
The knife is ‘ma’achelet’, 40-1-20-30-400
We find here the verb ‘achal,’ to eat/digest, right in the middle of 40- . -400, ‘met,’ which means dead, but also the world of ego and slavery.
The knife is the process of digesting every last trace of this world, as Jesus did, before being able to leave it and finally ascend. As Isaac does not resist and consciously takes part in this process, it is completed immediately in the story. This is confirmed by the fact that in Gen. 22:12 he is no longer called son, ‘ben’, but ‘na’ar,’ which in other places in the Bible is mostly translated as servant or young man. In this place some of the translations keep to ‘son’ and others say ‘boy’ but they do not see a reason for this change. The reason however is that the character of Isaac has changed by this initiation. He has become ‘na’ar’, 50-70-200, ‘50-er’. He is awake and is ready for the state of higher awareness.
And then a voice from heaven calls and the ram appears. It is caught with its horns in the thicket. It is the soul that is entwined in matter and duality, as Joshua says. This explains why it was still missing. It could not get up the mountain on its own.
The horns explain why it is a ram and not a lamb this time. A lamb does not have horns and the horns are the decisive factor here.
In one of my comments to this blog I have already explained once that a horn is ‘keren,’ 350. We keep meeting this number. 350 is 3½. It is the halfway point and the deepest point of the soul’s descent into the world of matter and the spiritual evolutionary cycle. And because of these horns the ram is stuck and cannot free himself, just like the people of Israel in ‘Mitsrajim.’ So God intervenes to get the process going again. When the eight is added to the number of the horn, the kundalini serpent, which is lying there in 3½ coils, can be anointed and turn into the messiah (358) and the process completed by the birth (9) of higher awareness. And that is what Abraham does now.
Abraham uses the knife of the final processing on the ram by freeing it from the thicket and killing (transforming) it by the divine process of producing the oil (8) for the anointment of the messiah (his Gethsemane and crucifixion, as we remember the pressure that is needed for this). In this way the final phase on earth of ascension and the birth of higher awareness begins for Abraham. Now he is a complete trinity again that is One and fully integrated and in balance.