Metaphysical meaning of Moses (mbd)
Moses, mo'-ses (Heb.)--drawing out; drawer out; drawing forth; extracting, i. e., from the water; water-saved.
Son of Amram and Jochebed, and brother of Aaron and Miriam, of the tribe of Levi (Exod. 2:1-10; Exod. 6:20; also all of Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy). He led the Israelites out of Egypt and through the wilderness preparatory to their entrance into the Promised Land.
Meta. Moses means drawing out, extracting, i. e., from the water. The birth of Moses represents man's development in consciousness of the law of his being, from the negative side. Water represents universal negation; but water also represents the great possibility. Out of seemingly negative conditions comes the new growth.
When we are in what seems Egyptian darkness, and weak as water, we are ripe for the higher understanding. The thoughts that rule in the darkness are bent upon putting out all the children of light, but if we are of the house of faith, as were Moses' parents, then our desire to bring forth the higher consciousness will find a protector.
We must care for the infant thought of Truth and surround it with the ark of love and trust, right in the midst of its seeming enemies. "Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee."
When we have arrived at a degree of understanding of Truth (represented by "when Moses was grown") we are zealous for our principles, to the point of destroying anything that interferes with their freedom. The thought that seeks to destroy those who oppose us reacts, and we find our own people in contention. This leads to self-examination and to the revelation that we have been in great error and tried to hide our sin in the deceptions of matter. This sin calls down on us the wrath of the moral law, and Truth is obscured from us for a season. But "he sat down by a well." The all-possibility is about to manifest from another viewpoint -- the well of living water within the soul. (Exod. 2:1-15.)
Moses symbolizes this progressive or drawing-out process, which works from within outward; as applied to the universe, the upward trend of all things--the evolutionary law. In our interpretation we observe the working of the law in the individual, because it is there that we bring home the lesson, and through intelligent use of the hints given we apply it to ourselves with great profit.
Involution always precedes evolution. In Joseph down in Egypt (Gen. 37:28), we have portrayed the involution of a high spiritual idea.
In Exod. 2:15-Exod. 4, Moses' fleeing to the wilderness represents the discipline that we must undergo when we have sought the exalted One. Horeb means solitude, that is, we have to go into the solitude of the within and lead our flock of thoughts to the back of the wilderness, where dwells the exalted One, the divine I AM, whose kingdom is good judgment. There we are in training forty years, or until we arrive at a four-sided or balanced state of mind. The light of intuition or flame of fire burns in our heart, yet it is not consumed--there is no loss of substance. In thinking there is a vibratory process that uses up nerve tissue, but in the wisdom that comes from the heart this "bush" or tissue is not consumed. This is "holy ground," or substance in Divine Mind. When man approaches this he must take off from his understanding all limited thoughts of the Absolute--"put off thy shoes from thy feet."
At this inner wisdom center, God proclaims Himself to be the Father of fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; thus our real Father is Spirit.
In our communion in the silence with the light within us, the bondage of the higher to the lower is made clear to us and the true way of release is indicated. We see the possibilities of man, and the goodness of that Promised Land to which we can raise our thought. But Moses was very meek: we feel our inability and say, "Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt ?" Then we have the assurance of God's power with us: "Certainly I will be with thee." It is in this recognition of the power and presence of God that all our strength and ability lie. Jesus said, "I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in me doeth his works."
Death of Moses (Deut. 34:5-12). When we emphasize the observance of divine law we build that law in consciousness until it becomes the leader of all our spiritual thoughts. In the process of soul unfoldment every faculty must be rounded out. We find that the law (Moses) has given us the rule of action, but we must develop the acting ego (Joshua), which is very necessary to our possession of substance and life (the Promised Land). As the activity of the law wanes it is succeeded by I AM.
"No man knoweth of his sepulcher unto this day" means that the law (Moses) is carried along as the activity of a word of Truth in the subconsciousness (valley) as man unfolds in spiritual consciousness.
The idea of divine law is one of execution and activity, and unless the consciousness is purified through realizations of Truth, the law of the Lord is liberated in sense consciousness and destructive activities are set up in the organism. Purification of mind precedes regeneration of body.
When divine law is established in the subconscious realm of mind its activity is carried forward through "Joshua" (the Spirit of wisdom, I AM, Savior).
Moses, the law, ever urges man forward to greater expressions of inherent abilities, but the law requires adherence to certain principles, as it urges the children of the real to go forward. Moses, in Joshua 1:1, 2, represents the evolutionary force of new ideas that have grown in the subconsciousness until they have lifted Israel (our true, spiritual thoughts) out of the depths of sense (Egyptian) bondage into a higher life expression. He has led the new ideas safely through the wilderness of our untried and undisciplined mind to the border of Canaan; then he gives up his leadership to Joshua.
In Mark 7:10 Moses represents the phase of consciousness that is concerned with the moral law. This serves a purpose in disciplining the thoughts, but is only a preparation for the advent of the spiritual law.
In Luke 9:30 Moses represents the law, and Elijah the effect of the law; the association of the two means cause and effect.
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