METAPHYSICAL BIBLE INTERPRETATION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
This is a series of lectures given by Mr. Edward Rabel, member of the faculty of S.M.R.S.
Fall semester 1975 - 2nd. Yr. Class. Lecture given on September 23, 1975
Gen. 8:20 - Gen 9:17, pp. 76-78 of transcript.
Covenants and the Rainbow
Now, I want to point out to you some other mysteries in this allegory, which I’m sure there’s an explanation for. I haven’t found it yet. I want to read this paragraph to you, which is in Chapter 8:
“And (now the flood is over) Noah builded an altar unto Jehovah and took of every clean beast and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar; and Jehovah smelled the sweet savor.” What a God-thought. I wonder what shape his nose was. “And Jehovah smelled the sweet savor, and Jehovah said, ‘I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for that the imagination of man’s heart is evil, from his youth. Neither will I again smite any more every thing living as I have done. While the earth remaineth seedtime and harvest, in summer and winter, day and night shall not cease.’”
Now a little later, in Chapter 9, this was found in the midst of a big paragraph:
“But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat and surely your blood, the blood of your life, will I require at the hand of every beast. I will require it, and at the hand of every man, even at the hand of every man’s brother, will I require the life of man who so sheddeth man’s blood by man, shall his blood be shed for in the image of God made ye man.”
Now, a little later in the same long paragraph,
“And I will establish my covenant with you. Neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood, neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.”
And a little later:
"The waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
Even in the book, Mysteries of Genesis, this is not clarified; this is not REALLY interpreted. It seems to imply that there had been occasions prior to this one where there were flood that absolutely wiped out all existing life forms, and that for some reason, Jehovah decides this is the last time, and even this was not a complete wipeout. He at least save Noah and his animals.
Now what that seems to indicate to me, and I could be wrong about this, and it really isn’t too important whether I’m right or wrong on this, but the only conclusion I’ve been able to draw from it is that generic man, the human family, destined for evolution, perfect consciousness, did hit at least one total wipeout, that something happened that went awry; and there was no Noah and his family, that is, the whole of mankind were in this error. And so the whole life wave was cancelled and went back to pre-elementary school again to await a new evolutionary impulse and become a new life wave.
Now, because in this particular event, Noah and his family, and there were enough clean animals, symbolizing the point that a person comes to where there is enough about himself which is worth preserving, which does contain enough potential to see the life wave through to the final victory, at that point man reaches a state of indestructibility, which the Lord of his Being will never again cancel out. You and I, in our evolutionary pattern, came to that point, where we have come thus far and now we were eligible for indestructibility. Now about how or what this other wipeout was like, I don’t know.
It seems that when this started that the destruction of us was possible. But it has come to the place where now, you and I, as a person, can never be destroyed. When man, the human ego, started-this life wave, he started as a man. You are an indestructible child of God from now on. But there’s more to it than that. By the way, this business about the animals and the blood—I don’t know what that means, and I do not accept it as a sanction for vegetarianism. I just can’t handle that, it’s too literal, it’s too cut and dried, it’s too external. Because, even in the Bible, as I mentioned, later on Peter has this vision, in which all the animals are in a net lowered down from heaven, and the voice of God says, “Rise, Peter, kill and eat.” And Peter says, “Nay, Lord, for I eat no unclean thing.” And God said, “Call nothing unclean that God has made.” Any of you figure it out?
Now the story of the flood ends on a superbly high note, found in the ninth chapter of Genesis. It starts with the 8th through the 19th verses, and it is the first and greatest covenant in the Bible, the covenant of the rainbow. I’ll just read scattered excerpts from it:
“God spake unto Noah and his sons, saying ‘Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your seed after you and every living creature that is with you. Neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood, neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.’”
In other words, you’re going to have floods, but nothing that can happen to you can destroy you. It can only destroy certain things about you which need this destruction, but never you.
“This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you for perpetual generations. I do set my bow in the clouds, the rainbow, it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And when I bring a cloud over the earth, the bow shall be seen in the cloud and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. The waters shall no more become a flood to destroy.”
There it is again. “The bow shall be in the clouds, and I will look upon it that I may remember the everlasting covenant between—” it goes on and on with the same thing.
Now that covenant obviously was an insight into truth realization that came through this author. The clouds, which the Lord said He will bring over the earth — Oh, by the way, what does earth mean in Old Testament symbols? The individual consciousness and the environment it is manifesting. This is constant, friends, memorize it; in Bible symbolism earth does not mean just this planetary orb; just as in Gurdjieff and Ouspensky teachings, moon does not mean that planet that the astronauts visited. So in our Bible teaching the earth means the individual consciousness and the environment it is manifesting. Clouds represent obscurations of the light, or problems or challenges brought into everyone’s life. You have to have them, you can’t do without them. Just as the earth has to have clouds and the results of clouds, so a human life cannot blossom and flower without challenges, or problems, or clouds. The big mistake a person makes regarding his tolerance of his challenges is to say, in effect, “I have a problem.” He can always say it this way: “I have a problem, and I also have that which contains the perfect solution. God is my help in every need! Now, the presence of God as the needed help, or the solution, is symbolized by the rainbow.
Transcribed by Bill Nelson on 02-12-2015