Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Genesis Chapter 49
Metaphysically Interpreting Gen. 49:3-4
49:3Reuben, thou art my first-born, my might, and the beginning of my strength; The pre-eminence of dignity, and the pre-eminence of power. 49:4Boiling over as water, thou shalt not have the pre-eminence; Because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; Then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.
Note: There are no Unity Bible Lessons (1895-1965) for Genesis 49.
The Mysticism of Emma Curtis Hopkins
In clip 50 of Lecture Five of The Mysticism of Emma Curtis Hopkins, John Rankin quotes Emma Curtis Hopkins and adds his comments:
"Jacob conferred names on his sons which had in the mystic potency of their sounded syllables the power to compel victorious outcomes.
.... When Jacob told Reuben that 'unstable as water, thou shalt not excel,’ (Gen. 49:3-4) he meant that Reuben's secret name of the Highest Helper would hold him forever steady in the midst of his unstable tendencies, if he would steadfastly declare, 'I, Reuben, the steadfast!'.... But Reuben never could remember, except here and there and now and then at odd intervals, to declare 'I, Reuben the steadfast,' till the secret saving name given him by his father Jacob, the name within the name enlarged him beyond his temper and his talents. Reuben neglected the mystic principle as moderns have neglected the mystic possibilities in the Jesus Christ syllables. For the name Jesus Christ holds within its claspings the Lost Word with its power to open the gates of heaven and breathe through our human frames mysterious wafts of immortality. Those who neglect or reject its offers are those dropped down the line of Reuben .... by inheritance not over-handicapped, but by reason of downward viewings out-stripped and out-done." (HM 335-336.)