Seed as the Dust
When Abram reached Canaan, Lot moved away from Abram and lived separately with his family. The most-high communicated only with Abram not with Sarai during the initial time of their journey. Abram used to inform about all divine matters to his family members and they went forward as per those rules.
When Sarai heard from Abram that the most-high promised him descendants like seeds of the dust, she obviously thought the promise may not be through her because she herself considered her as a Barren woman. So Sarai thought to help Abram to fulfil the promise of the most-high through her own idea. It is quite natural to approach things in the incarnated nature and act in the basis of reality what we see, hear and experience through five senses. Sarai also thought in such human nature about the divine promise and finally she got into a conclusion to execute the promise through the most beautiful Egyptian slave named Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “The most-high has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”
Abram also now in the incarnated nature, agreed to Sarai’s suggestions. After Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave to Abram to be his wife. In his human nature Abram accepted her as wife and slept with Hagar and she conceived. Even though this was mutually agreed plan, there after fight started between Hagar and Sarai. Since Abram and Sarai took decisions based on their incarnated nature to fulfil the divine promise, they struggled to manage the consequences. None of the divine promises can be achieved through the efforts of incarnated nature. Finally, Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.
A messenger of the most-high found Hagar near a spring in the desert and told to her – “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” Not only that she received from the messenger the same promise that Abram received – “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”
So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael. This was the initiation of the first promise Abram received – “Don’t worry, a son from your body will be your heir.”
Seed as the Stars
Abram and Sarai thought this was the only promise the most-high given to them regarding the subject of their descendants. But when it was time for the fulfilment of second promise again the most-high started communicating with Abram.When Abram was ninety-nine years old, most-high said “I will make a covenant between us and give you a huge family.” If the first promise was initiated by the human effort of Abram, hear the most-high is reminding this promise is going to be a covenant.
And then the most-high reveals about the covenant like this – “This is my covenant with you: You’ll be the father of many nations. Your name will no longer be Abram, but Abraham, meaning that I am making you the father of many nations. I will make you a father of fathers—I will make nations from you, kings will issue from you. I am establishing my covenant between me and you, a covenant that includes your descendants, a covenant that goes on and on and on.”
In this covenant most-high repeatedly reminded Abram, not going to be you or your effort, instead ‘I’ the most-high going to fulfil every single promise that I made for you. Since it is a divine plan, in the incarnated nature nothing can stop with the human intervention, so most-high will execute everything for Abram.
Most-high decided to execute this plan in two stages, first stage while the descendant of Abram in incarnated body and second stage the descanted of Abram in vital body. So most-high needed two personalities as the descendant of Abram to execute the plan in these two stages.
To initiate the first stage most-high asked to change the name of Abram and Sarai as Abraham (father of many) and Sarah (mother of many). Then most-high said to Abraham – “I will bless Sarah! I will give you a son by her!” Means it was not from the flesh of Abram but a divine child from most-high without the physical and biological involvement of Abraham. It simply means a promised son directly from got through Sarah.
Then most-high said, to identify the generation themselves starting from that promised son, and to separate them from the other worldly people they have to have an evident mark on their body by circumcise every male (circumcise by cutting off the foreskin of the penis; every male baby will be circumcised when he is eight days old, generation after generation). When most-high talked to Abraham who was 99 and Sarah was 90 years old. Abraham could not fathom this promise because never ever in his life spam of life, he did not see a woman becoming pregnant at 90. In the incarnated nature a normal man cannot accept anything against his logical thinking and hence Abraham considered it as a joke.
Recovering, Abraham said to most-high “See with our intellectual thinking and wise decision with all my physical effort and consequences, luckily I got a son, so keep that son Ishmael as the promised son”. Abraham tried to make the most-high the reality and making him understands the impossibility of the promise. But the most-high said, “That’s not what I mean. Your wife, Sarah, will have a baby, a son. Name him Isaac (Laughter).” The most-high said “I will bless Ishmael and make sure he has plenty of children (like dust on ground); I will make him a great nation. But I will establish my covenant with Isaac (like stars in the sky) whom Sarah will give you about this time next year.” Here also the most-high reminded Abraham the promised son is not by you but by me through Sarah (a divine son).
Abraham took his son Ishmael and all his servants, every male in his household and circumcised them, cutting off their foreskins that very day, just as God had told him. Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised. His son Ishmael was thirteen years old when he was circumcised.
Encounter to Sarah
The most-high sent three angel messengers in human nature and visited Abraham and Sarah. Abraham and Sarah prepared a wonderful feast for them. Actually this three human being shows the triune nature (holy spirit, divine soul and vital body) of most-high. After they had fellowship the messengers spoke to Sarah first time.
Before departure most-high said to Abraham, “I am coming back in my vital body about this time next year. When I arrive, your wife Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was listening at the tent opening, just behind the man.
Abraham and Sarah were old by this time, very old. Sarah was far past the age for having babies. Sarah laughed within herself, “An old woman like me, get pregnant with this old man of a husband?” Again most-high said to Abraham, “Is anything too hard for Me? I will be back about this time next year in my virtual body and Sarah will have a baby.” Then most-high reminded Abraham about the second stage of His plan too – “Abraham is going to become a large and strong nation; all the nations of the world are going to find themselves blessed through him. Yes, I’ve settled on him as the one to train his children and future family to observe almighty’s way of life, live kindly and generously and fairly, so that He can complete in Abraham what he promised him.”
Transfiguration of Sarah
Even though Abraham and Sarah could not accept what most-high said with their intellectual mind, their spirit accepted that truth. After that what happened was body of Sarah was started transfiguring as a young woman to conceive a child in her womb. With this beauty and body nature of Sarah an incident happened was, Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent for Sarah. But the most-high came to Abimelech in a dream that night and told him, “You’re as good as dead—that woman you took, she’s a married woman.” Abimelech had not yet slept with her, hadn’t so much as touched her, sent her back fearfully. Most high changed the body of Sarah like a young girl and gave her the strength to conceive and nurse the child.
Born not Made
Most-high visited Sarah exactly as he said in his vital body and did what he promised to Sarah. She became pregnant and gave Abraham a son in his old age. Abraham named him Isaac. When his son was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him just as God had commanded. Abraham was hundred years old when his son Isaac was born.
Very clearly we should understand this truth, though Isaac was Abraham son, he was a divine child from the most-high through Sarah. A divine promise will never be with human initiative, but with the most-high, using human participation but always how the way most-high decides. When most-high called Abraham for the divine future plan, actually the target was Sarah through Abraham.
So, as the most-high said to Abraham, he sent Hagar away with the child Ismael where Isaac growing as per the divine plan. But the most-high blessed both descendent of Abraham as promised and made them big nation. As we know the Arabs are very strong in their workmanship and Israelites are much more powerful in every other aspect. Till today they are contradicting each other in every area of their life even though both of them are known as the descendant of Abraham.
Child sacrifice was the ritualistic killing of children in order to please a deity, to achieve a desired result. Child sacrifice is thought to be an extreme extension of the idea that, the more important the object of sacrifice, the more devout the person is.
To break such cruel man made customs most-high said to Abraham to give his son Isaac as living sacrifices just like the other religious people do for their gods. Since this was a ritual from many years Abraham know the importance of such child sacrifices and if it is not done, they believed the punishment from their Gods will be unpredictable. So without denying the order from most-high, this supernatural personality also like other human created Gods Abraham without informing family, decided to do the same.
Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled his donkey, took two of his young servants and his son Isaac. He had split wood for the burnt offering, set out for the place most-high had directed him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance and told his two young servants, “Stay here with the donkey, the boy and I are going over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.”
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and gave it to Isaac his son to carry, and he carried the flint and the knife. The two of them went together and arrived at the place to which most-high had directed him. Abraham built an altar and laid out the wood. Then Abraham tied up Isaac and laid him on the wood, and reached out and took the knife to kill his son. But most-high said “Don’t lay a hand on that boy, don’t touch him! Now I know how fearlessly you fear me; you didn’t hesitate to place your son, on the altar for me.”
Abraham looked up and he saw a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. Abraham took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. The ancient Mesopotamian sculpture is known as the ‘ram in the thicket reflects the wealth, status, belief, and importance of the trade networks of Mesopotamia. So through Abraham most-high broke all the belief system through the human created customs and practices to please god for wealth, status etc. Most-high once again reminded Abraham about the covenant and promises that HE had given to him, and given assurance all those promises and blessings will be fulfilled in the future.
Sarah lived 127 years, Abraham then proceeded to bury his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah that is next to Mamre, present-day Hebron, in the land of Canaan. Isaac married Rebekah and she became his wife and he loved her, so Isaac found comfort after his mother’s death. Most-high had blessed Abraham in every way.
Isaac was sixty years old when Esau and Jacob (twins) were born to him. Jacob became father of twelve sons namely – Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. Egypt Pharaoh commissioned Joseph as the charge of the entire country. Joseph settled his father and brothers in Egypt, made them proud owners of choice land—it was the region of Rameses (that is, Goshen). They became a large company of people. Jacob lived in Egypt for seventeen years. In all, he lived 147 years. Joseph died at the age of 110 years. They embalmed him and placed him in a coffin in Egypt. 70, persons in all generated by Jacob’s seed. Joseph was already in Egypt. Then Joseph died and all his brothers—that whole generation. But the children of Israel kept on increasing and the land was filled with them.
A new king came to power in Egypt who didn’t know Joseph. He spoke to his people with alarm, “There are way too many of these Israelites for us to handle. We’ve got to do something: Let’s devise a plan to contain them. If there’s a war they should join our enemies, or just walk off and leave us.” So they organized them into work-gangs and put them to hard labour. But the harder the Egyptians worked, the more children the Israelites had. The Egyptians got so angry, they couldn’t stand the Israelites and treated them worse than ever, crushing them with slave labour too. They made them miserable with work like making bricks and mortar and back-breaking work in the fields. They piled on the work, crushing them under the cruel workload. Pharaoh issued a general order to all his people: “Every boy that is born should be drowned in the Nile, but let the girls live.”
It is quite normal to have a spiritual war between intellectual system (reality world) and spiritual system (truth world). In that war, if the spiritual system wins the result will be a supernatural miracle; if the intellectual system wins the ultimate result will be an unfortunate end, saying ‘fate’. Do not consider the most-high is against human efforts, even though there is a divine blessing and protection in the human efforts, much more powerful and effective result will be for the things initiated by the most-high. Another fact was the human effort from intellectual system and divine initiative from spiritual system always contradicted each other.
Life of Abraham was always, as per the guidance of the most-high and Abraham could have brought up Isaac in the same manner. But the second generation not followed the same lifestyle initially, but later Jacob could adopt the lifestyle. The third generation of Joseph also followed the same lifestyle. From the fourth generation onwards, again the worldly culture influenced them especially when they were in the Egypt.
As most-high promised Abraham, the descendants started multiplying in Egypt, but due to their life forgetting the lifestyle that has given through Abraham they started suffering in the Egypt. Just like most-high transformed the life of Abram to Abraham now it’s time to change the life of the descendants of Abraham known as Israel.