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Metaphysical meaning of Abel-mizraim (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Abel-mizraim (mbd)
Abel-mizraim, a'-bel - miz'-ra-im (Heb.)--mourning of Egypt or Egyptians; mourning or meadow of distress.

The name was given by the Canaanites to the threshing floor of Atad, because it was there that Joseph, his brothers, and the Egyptians who were with them mourned seven days for Jacob, while they were on their way to bury him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, where Abraham and Isaac were buried (Gen. 50: 11).

Meta. The feeling of sorrow and loss, in the sense man, that often accompanies the letting go of some good idea in consciousness after it has finished its work. Man's tendency is to cling to the old ideas that have been helpful to him. But when their work is done in the individual for the time being, these old ideas, no matter how well they have served, must be released from consciousness, that other and higher ideas may take their place. In the Bible a threshing floor always typifies a process of judgment, a sifting of ideas and thoughts in consciousness, a letting go of the chaff and a laying hold of the wheat.

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