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offering hast thou not required. Then I said, Lo I come to do thy will, O my God. Yea, thy law is written on my heart.”
The only account we have of Jesus showing anger is in John II, 14, when He drove the money changers from the Temple (the people who sold animals and birds for sacrifice). His words were: “It is written my house shall be called a house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of robbers.” Surely these are strong words in support of our argument.
Oh, friends, let us study our Sacred Book and develop the intuition that it is designed to develop, and show to suffering humanity the God of Love that the inner record reveals. It is high time that the white light of truth be thrown upon these books so that man may no more hide behind Sacred Writ for authority to kill either his brother man or his younger brothers the animals. CHAPTER XIV.
LIGHT THROWN UPON OBSCURE PASSAGES.
It may be well to show in a few words how much light is shed upon obscure passages in Scripture by this symbolic reading, light that will prevent much skepticism when it becomes generally diffused.
Take, for instance, the statement that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, and she stood. Now every schoolboy knows that it is simply an impossibility as read literally. In the light of this understanding all becomes luminous.
The symbol of the Lord Jehovah is the moon. The symbol of the Christ is the sun. The word “Joshua” means “Jesus," which means the help of Jehovah. As we study the life of Jesus we see that His especial work (as it is of many other Masters also) is to to assist humanity to conquer their desire natures, and build up purified vehicles in which the Christ child can be born. He leads them in their great struggle between Spirit and matter.
Now consider the allegory. Joshua (Jesus) is leading His people to battle on the spiritual hillsides. He says to Lord Jehovah, "Moon, stand thou still over the valley of Aijalon" (field of the animals, man on the animal plane), “and Sun” (Christ) "over Gideon" (Mount of Initiation) "only give me double time, for this is a fierce struggle. And double time was given Him, but more were conquered (slain) by the hailstones than by the sword. More were conquered by hard natural experiences than by the teachings of the truth.
To this day Jesus still stands on these same hillsides, helping us fight our battle against the flesh, and the Lord Jehovah still guards and guides the animal man, and still the great Christ stands on the Mount of Initiation ready to glorify those who win in the struggle and reach up to Him clean hands and a contrite heart, wholly consecrated to do the will of the Father. Thus, all
through the ages have the Initiations been going on as fast as a man could be found who was worthy; thus are they still going on, and so will they ever be given so long as a man lives who will be helped by their assistance.
Take the story of Jonah that has given so much trouble to teachers because of the evident absurdities of the literal reading of the tale. Everyone today knows that a whale cannot swallow a
. man, and every Biblical student knows that the word translated whale should have been translated big fish.
Now we find that one of the local usages of the region in which the episode of Jonah is placed is to call the caves washed out by the waves along the coast by the same name that was used in the account to describe the one that swallowed Jonah. One who has traveled extensively along that coast says that these caves often have plenty of dry land in the back part, but frequently the mouths are covered by the incoming tide or by a storm that blows landward. By looking it up you will find that Jesus uses the same word when he speaks of the incident; that is, the same Greek word that means fish. He tells us that these caves often are inhabited during storms by those who get caught there, just as Jonah was, and are obliged to stay there till the storm dies down and allows them to escape.
Now read Jonah and see if the story is not quite probable and natural.
Jonah 11, 2: “Out of the belly of Sheol" (the pit) "cried I,
The earth with its bars closed over me forever" (not a fish with whalebones).
“Yet hast thou brought up my life from the pit, O Jehovah
So much for the literal historic basis for the story. Not at all improbable.
Now let us look at it as an allegory of Initiation.
First, Jonah hears the call of God to go and preach to Ninevah, but he was not ready to answer to that call: “Lo, I come to do thy will, O God,” so he sails out on the sea of desire. When he tries that, he finds his rebellion to God sets up a great commotion among the very elements (storm). His companions, when they find he is acting in defiance to God, throw him overboard. They are gratifying desire, but with no especial rebellion to God in their hearts; they are simply following the dictates of their animal soul, with no other thought than the pleasure of the gratification of the desire. When they see a case of real defiance against God they are afraid, and they cast him overboard.
He is buried in the sea of desire till he sinks to the depths ; then, when he cries to God in real penitence, he finds himself in the cave of Initiation, Jesus speaks of his being three days and three nights in the cave, evidently thinking of His own Initiation so soon to be accomplished.
Jonah is given the Initiation and comes forth ready to do God's will, and he does it. But we are told that after every Initiation we are born upon the higher plane a babe, so we are shown the baby side of Jonah. He preaches all right, and then pouts because God does not kill the people even though they did repent. He pouts because the gourd dies, and he pouts when the Lord remonstrates with him. He is a babe just born into the kingdom.
“Jacob have I loved, Esau have I hated," says the Scripture; and we wonder how that can be. It is cleared up when we read in the “Kabbalah” that Edom and Esau stand in Scripture for unbalanced forces in man, while Jacob stands for the balanced nature. Jacob conquered his lower nature and let his angel, or his higher self, conquer.
The falling of the walls of Jericho is also explained very simply when we understand the symbolism. Walls are symbolic of the consciousness of a people. Jericho was a stronghold of the Atlantean Moon worship. Joshua commanded his people to march around the walls each day of the week, blowing upon the ram's horn, or exalting the Lamb that was slain from the beginning of the world, while following the Ark, the symbol of the Perfect Man.
The Ark is carried by the priests, while the mass of the people follow two thousand cubits behind, or two great races behind. Thus they live the Godly life six days in the week, doing it seven times as strong on Sabbath, and the walls of the city fall, or the consciousness of the people is conquered. They see the significance of the life really lived, and necromancy is conquered. Rahab the harlot, a school of broad wisdom, is saved and protected because of the crimson cord of love she threw out of the window, or on the upper planes. She is seeking truth from any source, and love is the basis of her teachings.