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THE KEY NOTE OF THE BIBLE.
What is the key note of the Bible! Is it possible to find a key note in these sixty-five books that we call our Bible? These books supposed to be written by all sorts and conditions of men, during many different periods in the world's history, written by men who, in many instances, could have no way of knowing anything about their predecessors, nor could they have foreseen the destiny of their work, unless they were unusually gifted seers; can it be possible that there is a unifying chord running through such a tangled mass of strings, as many have considered these stories to be? To the writer there is a chord that sounds clear and true from cover to cover of the "Dear Old Book." If summed up in one word, perhaps no word can be used, that will so aptly convey the idea, as the simple word "Christ," if by the word Christ we mean man made God.
In the first chapter of Genesis we see the perfect thought form of Elohim manifesting. They are the architypes, or patterns, of the seven great kingdoms of nature, as they will ultimately become in the long course of evolution.
In the second chapter, beginning with the fourth verse, we see the Lord Jehovah beginning his work of starting the great evolutionary march by which these kingdoms are to gain perfection, which is the destiny shown to be theirs upon the higher planes. The egos of humanity have already advanced up to the human stage upon another chain of planets, and are now lying upon the Buddhic Plane ready for their start upon this earth. Lord Jehovah forms for them bodies of mental matter, and breathes into them the breath of life and they become “Living Souls," not Physical bodies. By desire they bring themselves down upon the Astral Plane, and the Lord Jehovah gives them an astral body to help them manifest there. Then as they gratify desire they drop into Physical bodies that are waiting for them, having evolved up from the lower kingdoms. Lord Jehovah then wraps about them the skins of animals, or their own physical skins. All is in the plural, and is the story of the descent of Spirit into matter in order to manifest.
In the experiences of the Hebrews, we see the typical stages by which man must mount on his way back to the God from whom he came.
In their struggles against the bondage of Egypt (bondage of the lower nature) through the wilderness of ignorance, they slowly learn the law by experience, and from the teachings of the great Moses (Lord Jehovah) they learn that the gratification of the desires brings only disgust. At the same time they develop intellect, and at last they find themselves upon the bank of the Jordan or the descending flood of their own degenerative tendencies. Here it is that Moses lays his hands upon the shoulders of Joshua (Jesus) and that compassionate brother takes charge of the race to teach them that by purification alone can they attain the higher planes of consciousness that it is their destiny to reach. Jesus seems to be used as a type of the Masters, many of whom are shown as remaining with us and sharing in this great work for humanity. Here and there sporadic instances occur, where we see one of the people transcending the natural development of the race, and to these we see the great Initiations given, and the Initiate at once enters the work of helping the Great Ones in their effort to teach and assist humanity. In fact the whole of the book that we call Bible is the story of the typical stages in the life of humanity, not anywhere is personality accentuated. 'Tis all the story of you and of me, in the day that we attain the place that these experiences naturally develop. It is the story of the fall of spirit into matter, and its struggle to get back to God. The story of your life and my life, just as truly as it is the story of the lives of the Great Ones who preceded us upon the path.
All of the stories are in a sense historical, but when they happened is not at present revealed to us. They are used to convey a spiritual truth that is greater than any mere historic occurrence could possibly be. The Great Initiations of the Great Ones who have been the guides of humanity during the ages, are clearly shown, and the trials and victories by which they attained their present height. We are given the view of the Great Brother, whom the Jews called Lord Jehovah, guiding the race upon the physical plane; Joshua (Jesus) and the other Masters with Him, teaching them to purify themselves, and the Great Christ teaching them how to attain the “Glory I had with the Father before the world was.” How to become the perfect, the God-Man.
The four letters IHVH translated Jehovah indicating the Trinity of manifestations of the Supreme is used in three senses in the Old Testament. El Jehovah, El Shadai (God Almighty) refers to the higher Trinity; while the Lord Jehovah refers to the great loving brother whom the Hindoo calls the Manu; and the “Jehovah of Hosts, or the “Lord God of Hosts, refers to the God in the heart of every man. “The light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1). This latter is what we have been taught to call the Soul, but this is inaccurate, for the Soul is the body of the Spirit, and this inner Jehovah is the Spirit, making of ourselves the body, Soul, and Spirit, of St. Paul. This “Jehovah of Hosts, or “Lord God of Hosts,” the God in the heart, is the one that is always so rebelliously chiding the race in the places that have been erroneously translated “cursed."
This is the God who is jealous. He wants to rule instead of the personality. This is the struggle of the Spirit with flesh, and its cry ever is, “The Soul that sinneth it shall die. It is our higher selves struggling with our lower selves, to reduce the personality to obedience to Spirit. No curse from the “ALL WISE, no curse from the Great Loving Elder Brother “Lord Jehovah," only our higher selves chiding our lower selves because we do not please ourselves.
So there is One God. “In Him we live, and move, and have our being There are three Great Elder Brothers (who are types of many others who have attained now), Lord Jehovah, Jesus, and Christ, and we too are the sons of the Living God making the completed Trinity. Thus does “Jehovah of Hosts' of the Old Testament become the “Christ in the heart” in the New Testament, or the new dispensation, when the race shall have attained the divine destiny so gloriously shown us by our Great Elder Brother, the first born among many brethren to. attain the Goal, “Our Bright and Morning Star."
Surely Christ is the key note of the Bible. Not Christ the Jewish man only, whom we all love to honor and whom we all know to be the great teacher of Gods and of Men, but the Great Universal Christ, Humanity, that great Son of God who shall return from the far country, and be to the Father a Son worthy to reign with Him, when He shall have attained to “the fullness of the stature of the Christ.” May the magnitude of the conception fill the minds and hearts of all who read, and may they strive to emulate Him who stands with hands outspread in blessing as His glorified body is revealed to John in Revelations.
To the average reader the thought of the Mysteries has been associated with some kind of a heathen religion that flourished in ancient days. Not many have taken time even to read the article in the "Encyclopædia Britannica”, much less to study the subject at length. This is largely because western ideas have been unduly distorted by lack of accurate information in regard to Oriental manners, customs, history, and ideals. We have occupied the unique position of accepting for our spiritual guidance a purely oriental book, full of the quaint imagery and beautiful figures of speech of a very poetic people, but have utterly scorned all things else Oriental, absolutely refusing to recognize the inhabitants of those countries as really civilized, dubbing them heathen, and assuming an air of great superiority over them. We have taken their book but have utterly ignored their ideas as to how it should be read, and have persisted in reading all those exquisite figures of speech as literal historic facts. Truly it is a strong argument for the inspiration of the book, that we have not gotten into more trouble than we have. Being inspired, however, and intended to guide man at every stage of his development, it has given us nourishing food for our spiritual natures in spite of all of our clumsy attempts to distort the real meaning of the passages.
The natural result of such a course of action, however, has been to cut us off from much information that might have been ours. It has closed Oriental libraries against our scholars, and has hindered their getting the instruction needed to study intelligently the great truths they found; it has prevented their penetrating to the secret archives of the wisdom of the east, through causing them to scorn the necessary preparation; and it has given to the traveler the patronizing air which has been resented, and from