Abram’s sacrifice and vision

In Genesis: 15:5 God took Abram and brought him forth abroad and showed him the stars of heaven and told him that his seed would be as the stars of heaven. This, Abram acknowledged and believed God, but when God told him that he would inherit the land of Canaan, Abram’s response was ‘bema ida’במה אדע meaning ‘how can I know this’ or prove to me that this is to be. The question arises why Abram believed God that his seed would be like to the starts of heaven albeit his wife Sarai was barren and he did not have an heir, yet he was did not believe that he could inherit the Land of Canaan. This question has to be resolved later (See hyperlink Change in names Abram and Sarai). We then see the mystical response of God expressed through the sacrifice prepared by Abram: 1 heifer, 3 years old, divided into two pieces; 1 Ewe, 3 years old, divided into two pieces; 1 Ram, 3 years old, divided into two pieces; 1 turtledove, un-divided; 1 pigeon, un-divided

Then as the ‘sun was going down’ a deep sleep fell upon Abram and lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him, and God told him all that would be (Genesis 15:12)

i. His seed would be a stranger in a strange land and they shall afflict them for 400 years

ii. And that nation, that they shall serve, shall be judged

iii. They shall come out in great substance

iv. Abram shall die and be buried in peace

v. In the 4th generation they shall return again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not fulfilled

Then we are told that once all this has been revealed – the sun went down -and a fire went through and consumed the sacrifices.

So what is going on?

Firstly, when God ‘brought him forth abroad’ there is an aberration in the time-space arrangement. On the one hand, God shows him the stars of heaven – presumably at night. On the other hand, he falls into a deep sleep when the sun was going down.

In fact, when Abram asks: ‘be ma ida’, God takes him to another world where time and space reach different dimensions, then shows to him all that will be to him and his seed.

How is this done?

The arrangement of the Abram’s sacrifice is in fact one of the Cabalistic arrangements of the 10 Sefirot, whereby the un-divided pigeon and turtledove, by definition of being un-divided, represent two co-joined parts of two Sephirot each, hence the sum number of parts is 10.

Through this mystical structure God then takes him through the act of the six days of creation. Before the act of creation there was ‘oneness’, designated by the embryonic and un-divided pigeon. Then during the six days of creation the ‘one’ becomes ‘two’: the duality of the divided horned animals, representing the three stages of creation carried out during the six days.

Then God shows how this becomes ‘one’ again in the form of the more mature turtledove. And so too how the purpose of Abram and his seed, through the process of experience of the horrors of duality, (Genesis 15:12) And a horror of great darkness fell upon him), is to become one again with God.

He then shows the horrors of the world of duality as it will be experience in Egypt for:

Canaanכנען spelt: caf –nun-ayin-nun = 20-50-70-50 = 190

Egypt =Mitzraim מצרים spelt: mem-tzadik-resh-yod-mem = 40-90-200-10-40 = 380

Hence the ratio of Canaan: Egypt is 1:2

Canaan is the world of ‘oneness’ and Egypt is the world of duality.

Moreover, Mitzraim (Egypt) ends in the letter ‘im’ meaning plurality in Hebrew, and hence implies a land of the world of multiplicity.

There are four kinds of animals: the cow, goat, sheep and bird (the turtledove being a more evolved form of pigeon), and so God mentions the fourth generation of that shall come hither again, (Genesis 15:16) i.e. the Israelites will come out ofEgypt and migrate back to Canaan after the 4th generation[1].

This revelation shown to Abram is ‘instant knowledge’ and takes place between ‘the sun was going down’ and ‘the sun went down’: the twilight period between the end of one day and the beginning of the next. And so God demonstrates the truth of the vision He had shown to Abram by consuming the 10 Sephirot. It was after God had accepted the sacrifice He made the covenant with Abram and his inheritance of the land of Canaan – the land of oneness.



[1] The period spent in Egypt was not 400 years as commonly believed but only 86 years. This will be discussed later.

 

 

 

 
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