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Reviewing Solomon’s Temple

The Temple in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus was no longer Solomon’s Temple.  and it was no longer the Second Temple built by Zerubbabel after The Captivity in Babylon. An inspiration from the arch-angel Michael (known then as Marduk in those Persian times) had moved Cyrus the Great to free the Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild their temple.

Was it a third temple built by Herod the Great who had been selected by Rome to be King of Judea or did Herod merely fix-up the second Temple? The question is important to some concerning prophecy of the third temple. Thus it was either new construction or reconstruction by King Herod that the Romans would tear down after the defeat of Jewish Revolt in the year 70 CE.

This raises the questions:

  • Was Herod’s Temple the Third Temple?
  • Was Jesus-Christ the Third Temple? (recall John 2:19 where “Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ “)
  • Is there to be a new temple in Jerusalem where currently the mosque Dome of the Rock exists?

We will examine these questions in a later post to this blog.

For now, let’s examine Solomon and Hiram and the First Temple.

 

The Biblical version of Solomon goes like this:

1 Kings 4:29 -34 (for more see Bible Gateway)

The Wisdom of Solomon

29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.

30 And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

31 For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about.

32 And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

33 And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.

34 And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.

Then 1 Kings 7:

Dimensions of Temple and Adjoining Buildings

It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace. He built the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon a hundred cubits long, fifty wide and thirty high, with four rows of cedar columns supporting trimmed cedar beams. It was roofed with cedar above the beams that rested on the columns—forty-five beams, fifteen to a row. Its windows were placed high in sets of three, facing each other. All the doorways had rectangular frames; they were in the front part in sets of three, facing each other.[b]

He made a colonnade fifty cubits long and thirty wide.[c] In front of it was a portico, and in front of that were pillars and an overhanging roof.

He built the throne hall, the Hall of Justice, where he was to judge, and he covered it with cedar from floor to ceiling. And the palace in which he was to live, set farther back, was similar in design. Solomon also made a palace like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had married.

All these structures, from the outside to the great courtyard and from foundation to eaves, were made of blocks of high-grade stone cut to size and smoothed on their inner and outer faces. 10 The foundations were laid with large stones of good quality, some measuring ten cubits and some eight.11 Above were high-grade stones, cut to size, and cedar beams. 12 The great courtyard was surrounded by a wall of three courses of dressed stone and one course of trimmed cedar beams, as was the inner courtyard of the temple of the Lord with its portico.

Solomon sends for Hiram

13 King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Hiram, 14 whose mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali and whose father was from Tyre and a skilled craftsman in bronze. Hiram was filled with wisdom, with understanding and with knowledge to do all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all the work assigned to him.

15 He cast two bronze pillars, each eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumference. 16 He also made two capitals of cast bronze to set on the tops of the pillars; each capital was five cubits high. 17 A network of interwoven chains adorned the capitals on top of the pillars, seven for each capital. 18 He made pomegranates in two rows encircling each network to decorate the capitals on top of the pillars. He did the same for each capital. 19 The capitals on top of the pillars in the portico were in the shape of lilies, four cubits high.20 On the capitals of both pillars, above the bowl-shaped part next to the network, were the two hundred pomegranates in rows all around. 21 He erected the pillars at the portico of the temple. The pillar to the south he named Jakin and the one to the north Boaz. 22 The capitals on top were in the shape of lilies. And so the work on the pillars was completed.

23 He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line of thirty cubits to measure around it. 24 Below the rim, gourds encircled it—ten to a cubit. The gourds were cast in two rows in one piece with the Sea.

25 The Sea stood on twelve bulls, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south and three facing east. The Sea rested on top of them, and their hindquarters were toward the center. 26 It was a hand-breadth in thickness, and its rim was like the rim of a cup, like a lily blossom. It held two thousand baths.

27 He also made ten movable stands of bronze; each was four cubits long, four wide and three high.28 This is how the stands were made: They had side panels attached to uprights. 29 On the panels between the uprights were lions, bulls and cherubim—and on the uprights as well. Above and below the lions and bulls were wreaths of hammered work. 30 Each stand had four bronze wheels with bronze axles, and each had a basin resting on four supports, cast with wreaths on each side. 31 On the inside of the stand there was an opening that had a circular frame one cubit deep. This opening was round, and with its base work it measured a cubit and a half. Around its opening there was engraving. The panels of the stands were square, not round. 32 The four wheels were under the panels, and the axles of the wheels were attached to the stand. The diameter of each wheel was a cubit and a half. 33 The wheels were made like chariot wheels; the axles, rims, spokes and hubs were all of cast metal.

34 Each stand had four handles, one on each corner, projecting from the stand.35 At the top of the stand there was a circular band half a cubit deep. The supports and panels were attached to the top of the stand. 36 He engraved cherubim, lions and palm trees on the surfaces of the supports and on the panels, in every available space, with wreaths all around. 37 This is the way he made the ten stands. They were all cast in the same molds and were identical in size and shape.

38 He then made ten bronze basins, each holding forty baths[v] and measuring four cubits across, one basin to go on each of the ten stands. 39 He placed five of the stands on the south side of the temple and five on the north. He placed the Sea on the south side, at the southeast corner of the temple. 40 He also made the pots and shovels and sprinkling bowls.

So Hiram finished all the work he had undertaken for King Solomon in the temple of the Lord:

41 the two pillars;

the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;

the two sets of network decorating the two bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars;

42 the four hundred pomegranates for the two sets of network (two rows of pomegranates for each network decorating the bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars);

43 the ten stands with their ten basins;

44 the Sea and the twelve bulls under it;

45 the pots, shovels and sprinkling bowls.

All these objects that Hiram made for King Solomon for the temple of the Lord were of burnished bronze. 46 The king had them cast in clay molds in the plain of the Jordan between Sukkoth and Zarethan. 47 Solomon left all these things unweighed, because there were so many; the weight of the bronze was not determined.

48 Solomon also made all the furnishings that were in the Lord’s temple:

the golden altar;

the golden table on which was the bread of the Presence;

49 the lampstands of pure gold (five on the right and five on the left, in front of the inner sanctuary);

the gold floral work and lamps and tongs;

50 the pure gold basins, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, dishes and censers;

and the gold sockets for the doors of the innermost room, the Most Holy Place, and also for the doors of the main hall of the temple.

51 When all the work King Solomon had done for the temple of the Lord was finished, he brought in the things his father David had dedicated—the silver and gold and the furnishings—and he placed them in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple.

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Now comes the Queen of Sheba to visit Solomon (1 Kings 10):

10 When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions.Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built,the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.

She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard. How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.”

10 And she gave the king 120 talents of gold, large quantities of spices, and precious stones. Never again were so many spices brought in as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

11 (Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir; and from there they brought great cargoes of almugwood and precious stones. 12 The king used the almugwood to make supports for the temple of the Lord and for the royal palace, and to make harps and lyres for the musicians. So much almugwood has never been imported or seen since that day.)

13 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for, besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country.

[thanks to www.biblegateway.com for the above text from 1 Kings]

Some important points from above are:

  • Hiram was the son of a widow
  • Hiram came with understanding and with knowledge to do all kinds of bronze work
  • The Temple Legend contains much more about Solomon, Hiram, and the Queen of Sheba – we’ll explore this more in another post.

Soul, Consciousness, and Embryology

  • Is mind a product of brain and body?
  • Does consciousness arise magically out of matter?
  • Are embryo cells individually intelligent, knowing what to do?

Like these questions above, the study of Embryology gives us some wonderful leading questions to this subject of consciousness. Here are some more:

  • What were we actually doing when we were an embryo?
  • Who is realizing itself?
  • When does this realization occur?
  • Are there patterns to consciousness arising that apply generically to all humans?
  • How does one exist as an embryo?

Much of modern philosophy on consciousness begins with an adult in its study. Only a few years ago, it was felt that by about 7 years of age, tEarly embryohe brain completed its infrastructure development as a hard wired machine that now could be properly filled with knowledge data.  Mental illness was typically seen as irreversible because it arose out of ‘bad wiring’.  Today plasticity of the brain has been recognized but often this fixed-brain psychology persists in practitioners.

Futurologists such as Ray Kurzweil insist that artificial intelligence (AI) will one day soon be able to ‘reverse engineer’ the brain and thereby endow a computing machine with the ability to think and act like a human being.  Ray goes on to claim that with the exponential growth in computing capabilities, that by mid-century (roughly 2050) we will pass a Singularity point after which AI will race along leaving carbon-only humans behind. He states that to survive we will need to become a hybrid person, part carbon-based and part computer (silicon based) and eventually the weaker carbon-based part will disappear.  This concept of a hybrid human, oddly, may have some unintended truth to it which I’ll discuss in another offering later.  In many ways, we began down this path with the ‘personal computer’. But the intention that we can reverse engineer the brain to build a computer-based mind will fail because it fails to recognize the role of soul in human thinking.

Soul? Is not this an out-dated concept rejected in the 19th century? Indeed, materialism has sent the concept of soul to its death. Only religion, it seems, holds on to the concept to use it for the promise of an afterlife. Now, through an examination of pre-birth, through embryology, we can ask if this materialistic concept makes sense! [BTW, until the 8th Ecumenical Council at Constantinople, the human was always thought of as soma, psyche, and pneuma: body, soul, and spirit].

We turn now to embryologist Jaap van der Wal, some of whose work can be found here.  One of his [slightly edited quoted] papers show that “an embryo ‘behaves’. It is shaping its body, it moves, it performs (literally).  The first manifestation of behavior we exhibit as the psychosomatic body-mind being that we are, is our morphological behavior – that is to say, our body.  The gestures we make on the physiological level are also performance, the en-act dimension in us.  Going upright, finding the balance, centering: these are acts of the soul, of the human Self or spirit.  Before we can do these psychologically, we perform them physiologically at about one year of age, as in, trying to get upright in a playpen.  And even that is not the first time.  The first time you found your balance was when you shaped and organized the bodily organization as an embryo.  The human body is the only primate and mammalian body where the gravity center is organized inside and within the body.  To come to yourself as a human being you need the organization for that, i.e., a body (not only a brain) that can do so.  This is exactly what you do in the growing and shaping of your body as an embryo: you perform here the act of going upright and balancing in a morphological way.”

“Our body is behavior, human behavior, to be explicit.  The body is not a thing, an anatomical substrate; it is a performance, a function, a behavior.  Soul does not have a body, it is body; body does not have a soul, it is soul.  Even your spinal columnskeleton and brain (organs that for example are nearly structuralized to death and physical substance) are ‘on the move’, are processes. [Note the mystical numbers: 7, 12, 5, 5, 3]. I learned from embryology, Motion is primary, form is secondary!  Form arises out of motion (and not the reverse as reductionistic thinkers always propagate).  In that motion a behavior is performed.”

“Within the embryo, form and function are still related and linked together firmly.  Bodily and physiological functions are pre-exercised as growth gestures and as growing movements in the embryo.  In this respect a human being has already breathed long before he has taken his first breath after birth.  The dynamics with which lungs, thorax and diaphragm are developing and unfolding may be considered as a type of breathing because these dynamics are already breathing movements.  Considered in this way, an embryo looks, grasps, walks.  This can be called morphological behavior.”

Thus, I am a being of soul and body (not body and soul). It is not my muscles that move me, rather, it is my willing activity in my soul directed from my I that moves my limbs.  I am integrated with my body for my life on earth but I must not be confused to believe that my body is me or is moving me.  Consciousness is primary.

This takes us to more leading questions:

  • Does the soul exist before birth? before conception?
  • Can consciousness exist without the brain? If so, how is it different?
  • Besides our awake consciousness, we know we have three levels of lesser consciousness: dreaming, dreamless sleep, and coma. How many higher levels might there be?
  • If consciousness is primary, did evolution arise from it? If so, is the fossil record a story of the sequence of what precipitated out of a consciousnes

How I Became So Interested in How Christianity Spread So Easily in the World

My ancestors were often Congregational ministers. I even have roots that go to the Mayflower. This background led me, in my early teens, to wonder how it was that Christianity spread so easily if what spread is the same as what one meets in churches today.

To get a handle on this question, I had to go way back to study the Early Christians. It is indeed difficult to do so because many of the early writings were destroyed or altered by the proto-orthodox zealots and heresy hunters.  Serious theological changes came already in the 3rd century and in the next century with Constantine’s effort for unity and the Ecumenical Councils that followed.The leading “mysteries” (clues) to find the true Christianity that I see include:
  • the whole point of Christianity is the three years from baptism to ascension with the event on Golgotha followed by the resurrection, “if He had not risen, then our faith is in vain.”
  • something magnificent happened at the baptism
  • something important also happened at 12 in the temple
  • the birth of Jesus in Luke and the birth of Jesus in Matthew are different stories – different families, different hometowns, etc.
  • the expectation of a Savior existed in many religions
  • the concept of reincarnation (and karma) was common but fading
These led me to conclude:
  • Jesus (in Matthew) at birth was a man – a very significant man who the Magi (Zoroastrian Initiates) could “see” was incarnating (they accepted reincarnation)
  • Jesus (in Luke) is deeply connected to Adam – perhaps a pre-Fall purity (no karma)
  • Matthew Jesus was born first, slaughter of the innocents happened, then Luke Jesus born
  • These two are “combined” at 12 (when Luke Jesus was 12) in the Temple (see the lecture on Leonardo da Vinci in the website here)
  • This perfect vehicle for the Logos is offered to Him at the Baptism
  • Now this being is Jesus-Christ
  • In this being the Logos FULLY becomes a human being on the cross, on Golgotha
  • Of the beings of the Heavenly Hierarchies, this is the first and only to experience Death
  • The Logos overcomes Death and resurrects with a body whose physical matter is fully spiritualized (called Atma in Vedic traditions) so that one incarnated in a physical body can sense it
  • Paul calls the resurrected Jesus-Christ, the new Adam for this event opened the future for Humanity; the descent was over; the ascent could begin – and this was possible because the Logos, a God, became a Son of Man
  • The Logos, whose blood flowed into the Earth, resides now and forever more with the Earth and is joined with its destiny; at first and till now in the periphery of the Earth working inwardly (one could claim that the Logos was the Sun God, Ahura Mazdao, that Zarathrustra and others including the Jewish Prophets foresaw as coming)
  • To Moses, as the burning bush, He says “I am The I-am” (it is a mistranslation that says “I am that I am”); one should contemplate this, what is an I-am?  What is THE I-am? In tribal times, did people realize their core being as people do today as something fully independent, as an I-am? Or was that just coming to one’s awake consciousness in the time of Moses?
  • The Three Years fulfilled the Ancient Mysteries and the Law – this enabled the spread of Christianity through the apostles who brought this realization to the initiates of the dying mystery centers (e.g. Delphi, Eleusia) who grasped this and joined with their pupils (Paul establishes the Christian Mysteries at the Aeropagite’s School of Athens)
  • The so-called Second Coming will happen “in the clouds” (I sense this is happening in our times) in a realm we, in our materialism, cannot normally perceive – a realm where Life’s formative forces exist – but a realm where one today can perceive if the organs of higher perception are developed
  • Christian initiation has occurred throughout the past 2 millennium – we find this in the Perfects of the Cathars’ Elect, the Knights Templar, and the Rosicrucians – even the Mass itself has vestiges of initiation ceremony

Guiding Humanity

Historical records indicate that tribes or ethnic groups had a god that led them. Their priests were specially selected and trained in their consciousness and morality to be able to hear the guidance from their god. Later, a bit over 5000 years ago, Kali Yuga began when Humanity’s innate ability to experience the spiritual world was severed. The “discovered” Mayan calendar also described this 5000+ year period. During Kali Yuga, the Folk Spirit of a tribe could no longer guide its people so that they might develop Freedom. Humanity had the remains of Mysteries to help make good choices but gradually this faded as well. About the time of Aristotle, the Cosmic Intelligence was gradually given to Humanity.  Gnosticism, Scholasticism, and other enlightenments arose.

Humanity, in picking up this intelligence, has tried to improve its lot with utopias, eugenics, free market concepts, and many other ideas most of which have failed. Our experiments tend to destroy the Human soul. We need guidance again that the spiritual world again is offering but we need to develop ourselves to be able to hear their call. We are now out of this dark age and we can once again develop the ability to experience the spiritual world.

There are ways to develop oneself to be such a servant. Rudolf Steiner gave the most modern method in his book Knowledge of Higher Worlds and Their Attainment. There is also the 8-fold path of the Gautama Buddha and others. Because the experience of the spiritual world will be new, the science of this experience will be raw and the experiences themselves can be clouded with deceptions from our own soul or from beings who wish to lead us astray.

My proposal is that meditants work with a group in addition to working alone. One person who has been working alone for a while on a given subject who feels that they have a breakthrough or some inspiration brings this to those gathered at the meeting. Such inspirations can come one morning as one awakens if one has  “posted” a selfless question during prayer or meditation for many evenings before going to sleep. The meeting members then work with this inspiration during the meeting, playing out the inspiration in their imagination of how it would work in their life. If acceptable, then the Human feedback “fleshes” out the concept; makes it practical. We arrive together at a practical picture of an inspiration that might be adopted or further worked by the originator. You see, the originator is working in the vertical, in the direct connection to God or to the heavenly hierarchies while the meeting takes this inspiration and works it in the horizontal – at the human life on earth level – thus, the cross.  I believe this method will prove to be useful for Humanity.

Cain and Abel: Male and Female Mystery Wisdom

Last post we looked at the creation of Adam and Eve and the story of Cain and Abel.  We saw that the Elohim (plural) were the creators of Adam and Eve: Adam was principally created by Jehovah and Eve by another unnamed Elohim.  All the Elohim were involved.  The Hebrew word ‘Elohim’ is typically translated into (singular) God.  The Elohim are known to be one level of the Heavenly Hierarchy which in the Christian Greek model (by Dionysius the Areopagite) are called the Exusiai.  Eve’s first child, Cain, is the result of her creating-Elohim causing her reproductive system to bring forth Cain.  Now her womb is opened.  She then unites with Adam and this results in Abel who carries the Jehovah stream.

Before Adam and Eve, according to the Mysteries, a different, less physical body existed for human incarnation – a single sex body rather than dual bodies divided into male and female.  The former body no longer suited human destiny with the changing conditions of earth.  The Elohim became involved to create a transformed body in their image. Adam and Eve were the first “to try them out”.

What applied to Adam and Eve applied to all of future humanity.  The same for the two streams of Cain and Abel (who was replaced by Seth).  These are able to find wives indicating more incarnating humans were able to find suitable, newly transformed bodies from the continued work of the Elohim.  Again, the story of Cain and Abel applies to all of humanity.

Cain’s stream becomes known as the Sons of Fire because they strive for fruits through inner fire: desire, enthusiasm, and moral motivation.  Cain’s stream is also know as the Sons of Man.  It is connected with the Sun’s mystical influence. Abel’s stream is known as the Sons of God.  Their wisdom remains calm, detached, even cool because they see that ‘it is all in God’s hands.” In that it is connected with Jehovah, it is considered connected with the Moon’s mystical influence.

To the keepers of the Mysteries, Cain’s stream represented Male wisdom while Abel’s stream represented feminine.  For fraternal orders such as the Freemasons who felt connected to Cain’s wisdom, the Abel stream had to be excluded, hence, women were not allowed to be members (until the dawn of the 20th century).

The Mysteries indicated that Jehovah instilled strife between Cain and Abel (Seth) and between their offspring.  While Abel represents the priestly linage, Cain represents the worker/warrior linage.  In ancient societies the priests ruled.  But, later, in most societies, the king arose from the worker/warrior line.  As time marched on, the priestly line remained connected to the Abel linage while the emerging kingly line was associated with the Cain linage.

The Essenes and other mystery streams expected two Messiahs: one priestly and one kingly.  These would somehow be united into one Messiah.  During the heights of the Florentine schools where Leonardo da Vinci studied, this mystery was known and Leonardo had fun depicting this in his painting Madonna of the Rocks while he had his pupils depict the scene where the two Messiahs were united into one (click here for more).  In the teenaged Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem, the two streams, kingly and priestly, Cain and Abel, are united.

Before these streams are united, there is a remarkable mystery story of the building of Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings).  Revealing this mystery will be the topic of my next blog.

Andrew

 

The Mystery of Cain and Abel

It is time for some mysteries to be made known.  Let’s start with an ancient mystery whose story applies today, namely that of Cain and Abel.  This quote of Genesis 4 (King James Version) from http://www.biblegateway.com will help us put the common story in our minds.

“4.  And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.  And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.  And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.  And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.  And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.  And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.  And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.  And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.  And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.  And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.  And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.  And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-Cain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.  And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.  If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.  And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.”

Of these two, Cain and Abel, which is more like you and me?  Cain labors on the earth for his keep while Abel merely watches over what is given to him by Jehovah.   While we likely would not kill our own brother in a crime of passion, we can say that we are more like Cain but that we aspire to be more like Abel.

While Cain and Abel were separate blood lines, today we can say that all humans appear to be a mixture of both.  I shall leave for later the question of when did these blood lines become united?  Why was Cain’s sacrifice rejected?  It reads “to his offering He had not respect.”  Why was there no respect for the hard-won fruits of Cain’s efforts?

This story has been an important one for many Western mystery streams in answering this question.  The Sons of Cain become the builder of cities, agriculture, music and the arts, sciences and metallurgy.  The Sons of Cain work with the Lifeless world.  Out of the Lifeless they bring the Living.

With Abel gone without any offspring, Adam and Eve conceive another, Seth, to be the progenitor of the Abel line.  The Sons of Abel take what the Divine has offered; they take it as it is without altering it.  They see the perfection of God’s work in all of Nature.  They enjoy a gift of wisdom about life and their relationship to God.  They revere and keep this relationship seeking to sacrifice to God the best of what God has given to them.  In this way, God knows His creation is well.

But Cain engineers what was given.  Cain seeks to know and to change the world.  Cain expresses egoism – but not in a way that allows him to not only engineer the world but also himself.  He is capable not only of evil but also of supreme goodness through transformation of his soul.

Let’s look a bit deeper into the roots of this.  When Eve says, after giving birth to Cain, ” I have gotten a man from the Lord” she is indicating that Cain is not from Adam but from another Elohim.  Earlier in Genesis it read “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”.  The word “God” here actually is the plural of the word “Elohim.” In the mysteries, the Elohim together make Man.  One, unnamed, creates Eve and then she conceives because of this unnamed Elohim.  Another Elohim, Jehovah, creates Adam.  Adam then unites with Eve to bring forth Abel.  So Cain carries an inner initiative from one Elohim while Abel carries that from another, Jehovah.  When Cain and Abel make their sacrifices, they both sacrifice to Jehovah but Jehovah cannot appreciate or respect the sacrifice of Cain.  This in itself is fertile ground for meditation.  Contemplate the effect on one’s countenance when your best fruits of your honest labor is rejected by your God.  Contemplate the soul mood of Abel and of Cain – and of Jehovah.

Confusion easily enters here because of the translation of the Hebrew word Elohim into God.  Here Elohim is plural.  The translation uses the plural terms “us” and “our”. Many early Christians believed that the God,  Jehovah, of the Old Testament, was not the same God that Christ refers to as The Father.  They found proof of this in the different levels of love expressed by Jehovah and by Christ’s Father.  For these early Christians, Jehovah was one of the Elohim while God the Father is at the height of the Heavenly Hierarchies, one of the Holy Trinity. More on this theme later.

So, according the ancient mysteries, one Elohim creates Adam while another creates Eve who is impregnated by this unnamed Elohim.  After giving birth to Cain, Eve later becomes impregnated by Adam resulting in Abel – and later still, after Abel’s death, resulting in Seth.  These form two streams of humanity – one a priestly lineage from Abel/Seth and the other a builder/warrior lineage from Cain.

I have hinted that these two streams later will unite in the mystery of Jesus-Christ.  Another important story of these streams comes in the building of Solomon’s Temple.  We’ll take up that mystery in my next blog.

Andrew

 

 

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