Biblical Reasonings based on The Teaching of Qedamawi Haile Sellassie
The Book of Numbers, Bemidbar, describes the Israelites’ forty year journey through the desert on their way to the Promised Land. Why devote an entire book to the desert experience?
Bemidbar represents an important stage in the journey of the people from slavery to freedom. The wilderness, far beyond its geographic or historic reality, enters the Jewish experience as a central metaphor for understanding who we are and what we must do.
By devoting an entire book to the wilderness experience, the Torah provides an important insight into the real achievement of freedom. Leaving Egypt in a moment of pure triumph is far easier than wrestling with the burdens of establishing a functioning community. Bemidbar shows us a people dealing with the mundane frustrations of gathering food, pitching tents, establishing new rules and customs, as well as defining its leadership.
Despite the problems and murmurings described in Bemidbar, this slave people raises a new generation of freeborn children. Here is a deeper understanding of the Exodus — the maturity of a people meeting the daily challenges of life in freedom with responsibility.
The true goal of the Exodus was to take Egypt out of the Israelites. The experience of the seemingly endless journey transformed a people — crushed, frightened, subservient and dependent — into a people with initiative, self respect, anger at oppression and even militancy. The Israelites at the Jordan are a very different people from the one that left Egypt. They are ready to fight their own battles. They are a community committed to one another and to the covenant that binds them together.
Bemidbar reminds us that wherever we live, there is a better place, a world more attractive, a promised land, but the way to that land is through the wilderness. There is no way to get there except by joining together and marching day after day.
(Irwin Kula, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership)
In the previous portion and closing Parashah Massei “Journeys”, in the Book of Debarim, we examined the esoteric correspondences of the 42 station and points of interest where the Children of Israel encamped after the Exodus from Egypt to the Plains of Moab. During this strong’s Parashah Debarim, we will continue to compile study notes and explore esoteric correspondences regarding important events, people and places referencing to
each by WORD (source Charles Filmore’s Metaphysical Dictionary and Strong’s Concordance, unless specified otherwise, with author’s commentary inserted)
Deuteronomy 2:2-3 And the “Lord” YaHWeH spake unto me, saying, Ye have compassed this mountain (Seir) long enough: turn you northward.
The Father (Qedamawi Haile Sellassie) in The Son (Yeshua HaMashiakh) as The Son (Yeshua HaMashiakh) is in The Father (Qedamawi Haile Sellassie) and HE who be in I is greater than i who be in the world.
>Yahweh יְהֹוָה (HE BE Who HE BE/ “the existing One”) is one of God‟s names as given in the Bible. In the Authorized Version it is improperly translated “the Lord.” In the American Standard Version the name Jehovah is given where Jah/(YAH) occurs inthe Hebrew text (see Ex. 6:2, 3 and Psalms 83:18).
Metaphysical. Moses says in Exodus 3:14, 15 that Jehovah told him that His name means: “I AM
THAT I AM.” Hebrew students say that the original word is JHVH. which means the ever living male
and female principle. Lee’s Hebrew Lexicon identifies this name with Christ, as the manifestation of
God that speaks to patriarchs and prophets. Jesus confirms this in Matthew 22:42-45, where He reveals
that the Christ existed before David, whose son He was supposed to be. In the Old Testament the
spiritual I AM is symbolically described as Jehovah- in the New Testament it is called Christ.
(see Matthew 27:37, Mark 15:26, Luke 23:38, John 19:19)
This is why many of the Sanhedrin freaked out and told Pilate not to write what already “Was Written” (see John 19:21), even in the Nebayim “Prophets”
>spake (Amar אָמַר) I.to say, speak, utter;(Qal) to say, to answer, to say in one’s heart, to think, to command, to promise, to intend
>”Mount” Seir se’-yir שֵׂעִיר –standing on end; bristling; shaggy; hairy; rough; shrinking; shaking;
shuddering; stormy; tempestuous; horror; fearful; he-goat; satyr; wood demon.
a A mountainous land or country, near the Dead Sea, that was occupied first by the Horites and
later by Esau and his descendants (Gen. 14:6; 36:8, 9). Edom and Seir are the same land, Edom referring
to Esau and Seir to the Horites. b The name of a Horite chief (Gen. 36:20).
Metaphysical. The significance is virtually the same as that of Edom, the physical or sense
consciousness in man (bristling, shaggy, hairy, rough, tempestuous, fearful, he-goat, and so forth; Seir
apparently refers especially to the very emotional and stormy, yet deep-seated, carnal tendencies in the
(See Article Massei “Journeys” for esoteric correspondence of Mountain[s])
Deuteronomy 2:4-5 And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore: Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession
>Children of Esau (Benyi Esuaw בְּנֵי־עֵשָׂו)
Children, The thoughts of reality
Esau, e’-sau (Heb.)–hairy; hirsute; rough; shaggy.
Son of Isaac, and twin brother of Jacob (Gen. 25:25; 27:38-41).
Metaphysical. The body, or physical vigor. In the immature consciousness the natural man is moved by desire. Appetite and passion are satisfied regardless of the higher law. Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage.
The threat of Esau against Jacob’s life represents the inward rebellion that we often feel when we
change our modes of thought.
>Meddle (garah גָּרָה) I.to cause strife, stir up, contend, meddle, strive, be stirred up
Deuteronomy 2:9 And the LORD said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession.
>Distress (tzwur צוּר) I.to bind, besiege, confine, cramp
>Moabites (et-Mowab אֶת־מֹואָב) Moabites,–of or belonging to Moab.
Descendants of Moab, son of Lot (Gen. 19:37)
Metaphysical. Thoughts springing from and belonging to that in consciousness which Moab
signifies. (See Article Massei “Journeys” for esoteric correspondence of Moabites)
>Ar, är עָר (Heb.)–a city (especially a fortified city); a strong city; to excite, arouse, an enemy.
The chief city and capital of Moab. It often stands for the whole of Moab (Num. 21:28).
Metaphysical. An aggregation of strongly established thoughts (a strong city) in the carnal mind
(Moab). It is the seat of, the activities of the carnal mind–of the seemingly inherent baseness and
depravity in one who has given himself over to sensuality (to excite, arouse, an enemy). When an
individual is awakened to the understanding that he is a son of God, that his body is God’s temple, and
that he is inherently good instead of evil, the overthrow of Ar of Moab is at hand. (See Isa. 15:1.)
>”Children of” Lot (lowt לוֹט)–covering; veiling; muffling; hidden; concealed; covert; secret; clandestine;
black art; magic; sorcery; dark-colored; sad.
Son of Haran, who was Abram’s brother (Gen. 11:27, 31; 14:12).
Metaphysical. The subjective or negative side of faith. Abram represents the expanding of faith
in man’s consciousness. When Abram went out to seek a new country in response to the call of Spirit,
Lot went with him. ly interpreted this means that when faith expands in consciousness, begins to go out
into a new country, its old subjective aspect goes with it and expands also.
When the division took place between Abram and Lot, Lot chose the “Plain of the Jordan, . . .
like the land of Egypt, as thou goest unto Zoar” (Gen. 13:10). The Jordan here signifies equilibrium of
forces, and Zoar means inferior. So we should beware how we link the I AM with faith that is
established in the flesh. It is Lot, and is allied to the negative.
Can also be said to symbolize the part of man’s
consciousness that is still in darkness–in other words, the natural or animal man.
It is related in Genesis 19:26 that when Lot’s wife was fleeing from the destroyed cities of the
plain, Sodom and Gomorrah, she looked back, and “became a pillar of salt.” Salt is a preservative,
corresponding to memory. When we remember the pleasures of the senses, and long for their return, we
preserve the sense desire. This desire will manifest somewhere, sometime, unless the memory is
dissolved through renunciation.
Deuteronomy 2:10-12 mentions the Enims, and Horites that previously dwelt in the land of the Moabites, before Yahweh destroyed them.The Enims were as tall as the Anakim.
>Enim (E’y’miym אֵימִים) “terrors”
>Anakims (AnaQiym עֲנָקִים) “the long-necked; giants.”
Descendants of Arba, through Anak (Deut. 9:2). They were a race of giants, in southern Canaan
Metaphysical. The intellectual thoughts and states of consciousness in man that believe that the
outer, formed world, with its customs and teachings, is real and is the source of man’s strength, power,
and good, instead of seeing that the outer manifestation is but an expression of man’s inner thought and
word and of itself has no sustaining power.
>Horim/Horites (Horiy חֹרִי) –cave dweller; imprisoned; free; noble;
a Son of Lotan of the Horites, and brother of Heman (Gen. 36:22). b An Israelite, of the tribe of
Simeon, whose son Shaphat was one of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land of Canaan (Num.
Metaphysical. Thoughts belonging to the depths of the subconsciousness (cave dweller). The one
is wholly given over to the error beliefs signified by the Horites. The other, who is of the tribe of
Simeon (one who listens and obeys), has become, through the dawning light of Spirit, higher and nobler,
which tends to the ultimate freeing from the dominion of sense even of that in the individual which
appears to be mortal and physical. The Horite and the Israelite named Hori represent the two extremes
of this remarkable Hebrew word: one, imprisoned; the other, free, noble.
Horites (A. V., Genesis 36:30, Hori; Deuteronomy 2:12, Horims), ho’-rites (fr. Heb.)–
troglodytes; cave dwellers; dwellers in black holes.
The Horites were very closely connected with the Edomites, the descendants of Esau. They were
the inhabitants of the land of Mount Seir, before they were overcome by Esau. After that they lived in
the land with the Edomites (Gen. 14:6). (See also Genesis 36.)
Metaphysical. The Horites, like the Edomites, have their seat of action in the physical organism.
The Horites refer more especially to the deep-seated, subconscious (cave dwellers), error, fleshly
Deuteronomy 2:13 Now rise up, said I, and get you over the brook Zered. And we went over the brook Zered.
>Rise (Quwm קוּם) I.to rise, arise, stand, rise up, stand up
>Zered (זֶרֶד) power to spread abroad; exuberant growth;
luxuriant foliage; willow bush; willow brook.
a A brook. b A valley. The brook empties into the Dead Sea, and in the valley was one of the
places where the Israelites camped while journeying through the wilderness on their way to the
Promised Land (Num. 21:12; Deut. 2:13).
Metaphysical. An abundant increase and growth in consciousness of the substance of one’s
thoughts and words; also the ability to radiate and express to the outer that which is being established so
abundantly within one f power to spread abroad, exuberant growth, luxuriant foliage, willow bush,
Deuteronomy 2:19 And when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession.
>Ammon, (am’-mown עַמּוֹן)–a great people; an extensive people; a fellow countryman.
From Ben-ammi, son of the younger daughter of Lot (Gen. 19:38). The Ammonites were
descended from him.
Metaphysical. The central dominating thought of that which the Ammonites symbolize in
consciousness–the belief in carnality; also the extensiveness of this line of thought in mortal man.
Descendants of Ben-ammi, son of Lot, and enemies of the Israelites (Deut. 2:3:3; I Sam. 11:11; I
Metaphysical. Popular opinion; also the wild, uncultivated states of consciousness that thoughts
of sensuality, sin, and ignorance have formed in the outer world. Careless, disorderly thinking
weakens the positive, upbuilding power of the mind and opens the way for invasions of error thoughts.
Thoughts of similar character congregate and form states of consciousness, just as people who think
along similar lines congregate and form organizations. When the central thought is of the power of good,
a constructive center in consciousness is formed; when the prevailing thought is evil, a destructive center
is formed. There is a constant push and pull between these two states of consciousness, each one striving
for supremacy, and the result is weakness in mind and body.
In II Chron. 26:8 the Ammonites refer to the generative region. “The Ammonites gave tribute to
IJzziah.” Uzziah symbolizes strength. (See UZZIAH.) The strength center in the body, which is at the
small of the back, is connected directly with the physical forces, and when this center is dominant it
draws upon all the region below the diaphragm.
Deuteronomy 2:20-23 recounts, as the previous verses, additional inhabitants of the land that Yahweh destroyed.
>Zamzummim zam-zowm’-miym זַמְזֻמִּים)–buzzes; hubbub; noises; noisy multitude; swarming rabble; barbarians.
An ancient race of giants. They were called Zamzummim by the Ammonites (Deut. 2:20); they
are thought to have been the Zuzim of Genesis 14 :5.
Metaphysical. Disorder, confusion, worries, fears, inharmony, the result of the rule of physical
force, of vitality, of strength, in individual consciousness, without any restraining or refining influences
whatsoever. (The meaning of Zamzummim is buzzes, hubbub noises, noisy multitude, swarming rabble,
barbarians. These people were an ancient race of giants, who disappeared before the time of the
Israelites. They gave place to the Ammonites, who dwelt in their land until they in turn were conquered
The Ammonites were enemies of the Israelites; they represent, among other things, “popular
opinion.” This is a very active restraining influence over brute force and strength. Man first begins to
restrain himself, and to act in a more civilized manner, to a great extent because of what others may
think and say, since he learns early to desire the good will of his friends and associates. Then as he gains
a degree of refinement because of this and other human reasons (Ammonites), higher ideals come to
him, until sooner or later he unfolds to the place wherein he is ready for true spiritual understanding and
expression, which are here represented by the Israelites.
>Avim (Awyim עוים)-the Avites; ruins; perversions; iniquities.
a A rude, uncultivated people descended from Canaan, a people who for a long while lived in a
portion of Palestine (Deut. 2:23; Josh. 13:3). b A city of Benjamin (Josh. 18:23). c The people that the
king of Assyria sent from Avva to live in Samaria in place of the Israelites, whom he had taken away (II
Kings 17:31, Avvites).
Metaphysical. The most primitive, unenlightened ideas of the carnal man regarding his life
forces and functions. These ideas cause man to look upon himself as purely physical and to place
himself on a plane with animals–the dog and the ass, symbolized by the gods Nibhaz and Tartak, whose
worship the Avvim, or Avvites, introduced into Samaria (II Kings 17:31). It is needless to point out that
such thoughts (people) are very erroneous in their character (iniquities, perversions) and are decidedly
inimical (ruins) to the spiritual good of the individual. They work against Truth, which alone can set
man free from materiality and bring him into his true birthright of abiding life and good.
phi-cycle manifestation of the Avim mind?
>Caphtorims (Kaphtoriym כַּפְתֹּרִי) converted; changed; covered and surrounded; covered with a crown;
a covered cup- the cupped hands; sphere; buckle; hand, capital of a column; a sphere; ail arena; a
circlet or buckle.
Caphtor is connected with Egypt, also with the Philistines (Deut. 2:23; Jer. 47:4); it is thought
that its inhabitants came formerly from Egypt and were descendants of a son of Ham. Caphtor was
primarily the country or principal seat of the Philistines, the Philistines being of the same race as the
Caphtorim or Mizraites.
Metaphysical. The evolution (converted, changed) that is constantly taking place in the hidden
depths (covered and surrounded, a covered cup) of man’s seemingly physical being (the Caphtorites,
being descendants of Ham, represent the physical in man). A covered cup, covered and surrounded, the
cupped hands, also suggest the warmth, the tenderness, the brooding quality of God’s love; the loving
care of the Father extends even to the phase of man that he has named physical and mortal. The
crowning point of man’s unfoldment Godward (covered with a crown, capital of a column) is the lifting
up and redeeming of his outer consciousness and body, which have hitherto been deemed unworthy of
his higher thought, and impossible of spiritualization.
One meaning of sphere and arena is “circuit or range of action . . . place or scene of action, or
existence.” A buckle is something that fastens or holds together, while circlet suggests spiritual unity.
Caphtorim (in A. V., I Chronicles 1:12, Caphthorim), caph’-to-rlm (Heb.)–converters; converts.
The inhabitants of Caphtor (Gen. 10: 14); they are supposed to have been Egyptians who were
descended from Mizraim, son of Ham, and of the same race as the Philistines.
Metaphysical. Changing, growing, unfolding thoughts that belong to the seemingly physical in
man.-Destroyed the Avim
Deuteronomy 2:24 Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle.
>Arnon, (är’-nown אַרְנוֹן)–swift; roaring; rushing stream; a murmur; noisy; rejoicing.
A river on the boundary between Moab and the land of the Amorites; later between Moab and
Israel (Num. 21:13; Josh. 12: 1) .
Metaphysical. The life current in man. which is tumultuous (swift, roaring, noisy, rushing
stream) under the dominion of carnal thought (Moab and the Amorites), but is a rejoicing of the whole
man when possessed and guided by Israel, the real and the true.
>Sihon, siy-hown סִיחוֹן)–wiping out; uprooting; eradicating; exterminating; sweeping away, i. e., as
a warrior sweeping all before him; great; extreme boldness.
A king of the Amorites who refused to let the Israelites pass through the borders of his country.
He went out to fight against Israel, but was smitten by the Israelites and his land was taken from him
Metaphysical. The strong, seemingly unconquerable desire of the animal nature of man for sex
sensation; also the almost ferocious determination with which he carries this desire into activity when
the “mind of the flesh” rules in him, and its destructive tendencies (great, extreme boldness, sweeping
away, i. e., a warrior sweeping all before him, wiping out, uprooting, exterminating). This sense desire
that Sihon signifies is the central ruling thought of the Amorite state of consciousness while man is
under the dominion of the carnal mind.
>Amorites (Emoriy אֱמֹרִי)–dwellers of the summits; mountaineers; highlanders.
One of the strongest and most eminent of the Canaanitish tribes, or nations (Gen. 14:7; Deut. 3:2;
Josh. 10:6-12). The Amorites were descended from a son of Canaan, grandson of Noah (Gen. 10: 16).
Metaphysical. A race inheritance; the Amorites’ seat of action is the generative function. They
can be overcome only by purification of the consciousness within and without–that is, in thought and
deed–with the “flaming torch” of Spirit. (See Gen. 15:16-21.) Generation is very strongly rooted in
man’s consciousness, and has been elevated by man in personal thought to the very heights (highlanders,
mountaineers, dwellers of the summits). But it must be put away, that one may be regenerated in mind
>king (melek מֶלֶךְ)-The executive faculty in every man whose life is guided, governed, and
>Heshbon, (hesh’-bown חֶשְׁבּוֹן)–power of thinking; reason; understanding; intelligence; purposing;
inventing; arts; devices.
The city of Sihon, king of the Amorites. It was taken and occupied by the Israelites (Num. 21:25-
34). It belonged first to Moab and was taken by the Amorites, and in turn by the Israelites (Num. 21:26).
Metaphysical. Sihon–extreme boldness, a sweeping away, as a warrior sweeps all before him–
corresponds with the significance of the Amorites. The Amorites are a race inheritance that have their
seat of action in the generative function. Sihon, the central ruling activity of this state of consciousness
while man is under the dominion of the carnal mind, is the strong, seemingly unconquerable desire of
the animal nature of man for sex sensation; also the almost ferocious determination with which he
carries this desire into activity.
But Heshbon (purposeful, active intelligence, understanding, reason, which are naturally of a
cleansing, constructive, uplifting character) cannot remain forever under the rule of sense and carnality.
The day of truer purpose and understanding comes, and this intelligent life consciousness passes into the
hands of the Israelites–the higher religious and spiritual thoughts in the individual. Thus it becomes a
great factor in the establishing of a consciousness of abiding life and Truth throughout the organism.
In Song of Solomon 7:4 the eyes of a loved one are likened to the “pools in Heshbon.” This
denotes great intelligence, light, and understanding, of which the eyes are the outer organs. The eyes
shine in beauty and brilliance according to the depths of true spiritual sight, the very light of life, which
is realized in consciousness and stands back of them.
Deuteronomy 25-36 Recounts how YaHWeH hardened Sihon’s spirit and give him an obstinate heart, by refusing to Moses request to pass through his dominion, in peace. YaHWeH would utilizes Sihon’s “stiff-necked” stubborn proud thinking to set an example to the other nations under the whole of heaven that the Children of Israel would come into confrontation with. They would be stricken with fear when they heard of Sihon’s defeat.
>Spirit. (Ruwuakh רוּחַ: I. wind, breath, mind, spirit) Spirit and Mind are synonymous (Author Note: In this context, Filmore’s metaphysical definition of all Spirit being of The Divine Mind is questionable, as we must examine the type of spirit that Sihon was influenced by in his deliberation)
>heart (lebab לֵבָב: I.inner man, mind, will, heart, soul, understanding) The heart is love, the affectional consciousness in man. It is the faculty through which
man receives love from Being. The heart, however, is but the visible expression of an invisible center of
consciousness. It is the center from which the divine substance is poured forth. Everyone uses his heart
center when he sends forth a loving thought.
As used in Scripture, the word heart represents the subconscious mind. “Out of the abundance of
the heart his mouth speaketh” (Luke 6:45).
heart, good and evil–The heart of the unregenerate man is both good and evil, but the evil is
without foundation in Being, and has no sustaining power outside man’s belief in its reality. When the
heart is purged of all thoughts adverse to good, man consciously contacts the underlying God substance.
>peace-(Shalowm שָׁלוֹם: A.completeness (in number) B.safety, soundness (in body) C.welfare, health, prosperity D.peace, quiet, tranquillity, contentment E.peace, friendship) Harmony and tranquillity derived from awareness of the Christ consciousness. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27). Steadfast affirmations of peace will harmonize
the whole body structure and open the way to attainment of health conditions in mind and body.
Until world peace is based on the divine law of love and this law incorporated into the pact of
peace as well as into the minds of those who sign the pact, there will be no permanent peace.
>nations (HaAmmiym הָֽעַמִּים “people” is used here not HaGowyim הַגֹּויִם “nations” [Author’s Note This may suggest that the ultimate intention is to ingather the people from amongst nations into the life of the Divine Mind and not for them to be cast off as outsiders, as Israel is meant to be a Light to the Gentiles HaGowyim]
Metaphysical: Aggregations of thoughts in the mind that are to be instructed through the faculties.
>heaven-(shamayim שָׁמַיִם) The Christ consciousness; the realm of Divine Mind; a state of consciousness in
harmony with the thoughts of God. Heaven is everywhere present. It is the orderly, lawful adjustment of
God’s kingdom in man’s mind, body, and affairs.
Jesus, of all those claiming intimate acquaintance with spiritual things, gave heaven definite
location. “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). Heaven is within every one of us; a place, a
conscious sphere of mind, having all the attraction described or imagined as belonging to heaven. But
this kingdom within is not material, it is spiritual.
heaven and earth–Two states of mind, the ideal and the manifestation. According to Revelation
21:1 we are to have new ideals with manifestations in the earth to correspond.
God visioned two planes of consciousness, the heaven and the earth, or more properly, “the
heavens and the earth.” One is the realm of pure ideas; the other, of thought forms. Heaven is the orderly
realization of divine ideas. Earth is the manifestation of these ideas.
“hear”ing (shema שָׁמַע) Ability to look deeper than words and catch the inner meaning. “He that hath ears, let
him hear” (Matt. 13:9). In many places the Bible indicates that the ear referred to is not the physical
organ but the listening mind.
The “ear” that conceives and really hears is the auditory center in the brain. It is here that the
mind grasps and analyzes the sound vibrations.
שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד׃
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD
Moses sent messengers to entreat Sihon at..
>Kedemoth, Qed’-e-mowth קְדֵמוֹת)–eastern districts; Orientals; Easterners; antiquities; ancients;
a A city allotted to Reuben (Josh. 13:18). b A wilderness (Deut. 2:26). Kedemoth is the plural of
Metaphysical. Each of the faculties of man has its foundation, its beginnings, in Spirit and is
truly spiritual. To become conscious of the spiritual reality of those faculties, the individual must turn to
his inner spiritual consciousness (eastern districts, Easterners). Kedemoth, a city allotted to Reuben,
signifies thoughts relating to the foregoing truth; these thoughts belong to the faculty of faith in its
aspect of discernment, or sight, for which Reuben stands.
*Kedemah, ked’-e-mah (Compare with Amharic Qedeme ቀደመ and Qedamawi Haile Sellassie ቀዳማዊ ኀይል ሥላሴ)–eastern; toward the east; Orient; going before; precedence; the
first; principle; ancient; eternal; immutable; that which exceeds all limits.
Youngest son of Ishmael (Gen. 25:15).
Metaphysical. The inner or true being of man, divine principle; that which exists from
everlasting to everlasting, man’s true spiritual or Christ self (Orient, eastern, the first, principle, ancient,
…to request passage to the…
>Jordan (see Article Massei “Journeys”)
Sihon refused and battle ensued at
>Jahaz (in A. V., Joshua 13:18, Jahaza; Joshua 21:36, Jahazah), (Yahatz יַהַץ)–trampled upon; a
place trodden down; a threshing floor; contention; quarrel.
The place in the wilderness where the Israelites, under Moses, fought against and defeated
Sihon, king of the Amorites (Num. 21:23).
Metaphysical. A place in the wilderness of man’s undisciplined thoughts wherein he gains a
decided victory over sense desire (see SIHON and AMORITES), while he is on his journey toward
spiritual perfection in both mind and body (the Promised Land).
A threshing floor, a place trodden down, trampled upon, contention, and quarrel denote the
seeming trial, inharmony, inner conflict, and positive affirmation of Truth that usually precede and aid
in bringing about man’s victories over error.
Deuteronomy 2:33-35 And the LORD our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain:Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we took.
Yahweh gave victory over the enemies of the Children of Israel from
>Aroer, (ar’-wo-er עֲרוֹעֵר)–ruins; desolation; barren; bare; naked; inclosed.
The name of three or four cities and towns in Palestine (Num. 32:34; Josh. 13:16; I Sam. 30:28).
One of these towns had been taken from the Amorites; it was situated on the north side of the river
Arnon (Deut. 4:48).
Metaphysical. Those seemingly empty, waste, despairing states of thought into which one gets
occasionally, states wherein everything looks dark and bare and there appears to be no way to the
fulfillment of the good that one is seeking to demonstrate (ruins, desolation, naked). In such a time one
needs more than ever to be strong and of good courage. One should hold faithfully to the abundant
substance, strength, joy, and overcoming power of Spirit, so that the thought aggregations represented
by the cities named Aroer may be built up and established in Truth.
>Gilead, (gi’lad גִּלְעָד)–mound of witness; massive witness; enduring rock; rock of time; great
a The mountain where Jacob encamped when he fled from his father-in-law, Laban. It was there
that Laban overtook him, and that the covenant between them was made (Gen. 3I:21, 2355). The
caravan of the Ishmaelites to whom Joseph was sold by his brothers was from Gilead (Gen. 37:25). It
was on this mountain, too, that Gideon chose the men who went with him to defeat the Midianites (Judg.
7:3). b The name of an Israelitish man (I Chron. 5:14). c A city (Hos. 6:8).
Metaphysical. The high place in consciousness where Spirit discerns and witnesses to what is
true and to all man’s thoughts and acts, that an adjustment may be made throughout mind and body. If
we let our high ideals and standards become subject to sensate, error reasonings, our spiritual
discernment becomes obscured and our Gilead becomes a city of them that work iniquity; it becomes
stained with blood works against our life and health (Hos. 6:8).
Deuteronomy 2:37 Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not, nor unto any place of the river Jabbok, nor unto the cities in the mountains, nor unto whatsoever the LORD our God forbad us.
>Jabbok, (yaboQ יַבֹּק)–pouring out; emptying; flowing rapidly; effusing; diffusing; dissipating;
pounding; beating down; pulverizing; covering with dust; wrestling.
A tributary of the river Jordan; it was on the east side of the Jordan. Jacob wrestled with the
angel at the ford of the Jabbok (Gen. 32:22). This river was at the border of the country inhabited by the
children of Ammon (Num. 21:24), and became a boundary of the land allotted to the tribes of Reuben
and Gad (Deut. 3:16).
Metaphysical. The definitions of Jabbok point to an undue dissipation, effusion, pouring forth of
the life force in man; they suggest a very swift and unrestrained flowing of this stream of life, with no
intimation of conservation or of wise direction. This is because the life flow has been activated entirely
by the “mind of the flesh”; the Jabbok river ran through the country of the Moabites, Amorites, and
Ammonites. Israel smote Sihon, king of the Amorites, and possessed his land from the Arnon (see
ARNON) to the Jabbok (Num. 21:24), even to the children of Ammon; for the Ammonite border was
strong. (See AMORITES, MOABITES, and AMMONITES.) Thus the life stream is coming nearer to
the dominion of the real, true thoughts and activities (Israelites) in the individual.