Metaphysical meaning of Kedemah (mbd)
Kedemah, ked'-e-mah (Heb.)--eastern; toward the east; Orient; going before; precedence; the first; principle; ancient; eternal; immutable; that which exceeds all limits.
Meta. 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, eternal).
Ishmael represents the thoughts that are the fruit of the personal or carnal in man. Kedemah, the youngest of his twelve sons, bespeaks the individual's turning within to his inner or true being, which is spiritual, eternal (toward the east). This makes us think of Paul's words in I Corinthians 15:46, 47: "Howbeit that is not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; then that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is of heaven." God, Spirit, and the Christ, who is man's true inner self, are first (the first); otherwise the outer man could not be. In outer expression and manifestation, however, the physical man appears to come first, and he seems to run the full gamut of experience in the outer consciousness before he finally turns about and begins to search within his own inner being to find God, Spirit, his true source and sustenance.