Climbing Jacob’s Ladder

Tithe

Definition of tithe

1: a tenth part of something paid as a voluntary contribution or as a tax especially for the support of a religious establishment

2: the obligation represented by individual tithes

3tenthbroadly : a small part

4: a small tax or levy

Although the Mosaic law required the Israelites to pay a tithe to the Levitical priesthood in support of worship, the tradition of tithing has earlier biblical origins. The first mention of a tithe goes back to Abraham, who paid tithes to the mysterious Melchizedek, he without genealogy or end of days, made like a son of God and a perpetual priest. It is obvious from the Genesis text that Melchizedek is more of an angelic figure than human, and the writer of the Book of Hebrews makes this clear in his exposition of the subject in chapter 7. Melchizedek represents the eternal spirit within of which Jesus came to fully reveal. It is up to each of us to tithe our 10% to this aspect of ourselves. What does this mean?

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While the numbers are constantly in flux, by fitting a theoretical model of the composition of the universe to the combined set of cosmological observations, scientists have come up with the composition of universe as consisting of 68% dark energy, 27% dark matter, and 5% normal matter. What if we upped that 5% to 10%, and called dark energy and dark matter “space?” This would fit nicely into Preston Harold’s assessment of Jacob’s tithe to the Lord at Peniel.

Jacob, later to become “Israel,” dreamed of a ladder set up on the earth, its top reaching to heaven, angels ascending and descending upon it. When he awoke, he took the stone used for a pillow, set it as a covenant, and made this vow: “of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.” Something in man, in life, demands tithing. If one meets the need of the day, he will see to a self-imposed taxing of his revenue. Tithing serves the Lord, thy God – one must band for himself a bit of all that comes his way. He must serve his body and its needs, seeing it as “temple,” even as Jesus did.

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Apply tithing to the second law of thermodynamics, for tithing appears to be the meaning Jacob gave to his dream. “Angels” – the expressed energy of God – ascending and descending the ladder reaching from earth to heaven bespeak a changing arrangement, not of the system itself but of the energy within it; but if tithing is the meaning inherent in this, the dream would say that in universal sense nature’s law works so that through the motion of any system all power cannot be exerted or spent because its effect is diminished as a bit of the energy is “banked” to provide in space source energy for the future. If so, source energy cannot be entirely spent: the last act provides a reserve ad infinitum –  thus, the universe rests upon the last act’s creation of a reserve. If in each move that has ever been made nature has tithed a bit of energy, there is everywhere “banked” in space a reserve in God’s name: one, and it could be that energy, made unavailable at the time, is returned in time or now as available energy. Such energy made available now would not reverse time’s arrow or the direction of the transfer of energy from available to unavailable state because now is past before man can grasp it, and thus the arrow points always from past to future.

Jacob takes the experience (the need of the day) he has in the 10% of the universe known as the material world and offers it back to spirit for continued building of creation; a perpetual genesis of everlasting life and world without end.

Until next time, peace.

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The Unconscious Beckons…

As we begin to explore what Preston Harold has to say about the unconscious, I think it would be a good idea to quote him at length.  This will get us started on the right foot…

Because today’s psychological concepts and terminology are both confused and confusing, and because Jesus symbolized and dramatized the psychological makeup of man, a brief outline of the parallel between psychology and Jesus’ teaching cannot be traced with ease and desirable clarity.  But as Lancelot Law Whyte, author of “The Unconscious Before Freud,” says of his work:

“However inadequate the present study, the attempt is necessary… For today faith, if it bears any relation to the natural world, implies faith in the unconscious.  If there is a God, he must speak there; if there is a healing power, it must operate there; if there is a principle of ordering in the organic realm, it’s most powerful manifestation must be found there.”

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What is the Biblical definition of “a principle of ordering in the organic realm?” Why, it’s GENESIS.  According to Whyte, the most powerful manifestation of GENESIS is found in our unconscious.  Harold continues…

Jesus conveyed that the psyche of man is divided: in the Book of Hebrews the author speaks of the Logos penetrating “to the very division of soul and spirit, joints and marrow – scrutinizing the very thoughts and concepts of the heart.  And no created thing is hidden from him; all things lie open and exposed before the eyes of him with whom we have to reckon.” (Heb. 4:12-13)  ImageThe origin of the unconscious is unknown, but it was incipient in Jesus’ day.  Whyte writes: “…in a tentative and speculative manner many thinkers in different cultures had already divided the mind into two or three higher and lower parts; the Egyptians, the Hebrews, and Hindus…”

The concept offered by this study is that Jesus identified Himself with the mission of enlightening man by revealing to him his own unconscious mind, that He saw this task as a mission of redemption, that He introduced the principles of functional psychic operations, and both symbolized and demonstrated the Authority and power in the unconscious versus the conscious in man.  

We will have much more to say concerning the divided psyche of man soon.  In the meantime, the next post will look at the “Authority and power” that Jesus demonstrated in the unconscious.  Until then, peace…