Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Calling of Abraham

Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy Seed, which is Christ… And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:16, 29)

Alice C. Linsley

We first meet Abraham in Ur, which is where his older brother Haran died. When Abraham's father died, Abraham was living in Haran. Abraham's call to leave Haran is consistent with the Horite Hebrew marriage and ascendancy pattern.

As was the marriage custom of the Horite Hebrew rulers, Terah had two wives. Abraham makes this clear when he explains that he and Sarah have the same father, but different mothers (Gen. 20:12).

Terah's two wives resided in separate settlements. One lived in Ur and the other in Haran to the north. Terah's territory extended along the Euphrates from Haran in southern Turkey to Ur in southern Iraq. At that time, there was a large system of lakes at the midpoint between Haran and Ur. It appears that Terah controlled much of the water commerce between Ur and Haran.

Terah's first born son by his half-sister wife was Nahor, and Nahor was Terah's proper heir. (Na-Hor means "Horus is exalted.") When Terah died, Nahor ruled over Terah's territory, and Abraham was sent away to establish his own kingdom. This is consistent with the Horite Hebrew custom of sending away sons who are not the first born. Other sent-away sons include Abraham's sons Yishmael/Ishmael (son of Hagar) and Yishbak (son of Keturah). Yishbak means “sent away." (The initial Y in these names is a solar symbol that indicates a ruler under divine appointment.)

Before he died, Abraham "made grants" to his other sons and sent them away from his heir Yitzak/Isaac (Gen. 25:6). We may assume that Terah made a grant to Abraham and sent him away from Nahor before he died. This began Abraham's journey south where he eventually became established in Edom, and where his descendants ruled for many generations.

The practice of sending away sons to establish their own kingdoms drove the Horite Hebrew expansion out of Africa into Mesopotamia and beyond. Nimrod, the son of Kush (Gen. 10), was a sent-away son who became a great kingdom builder in Mesopotamia. Abraham is one of his descendants.

This feature is important in understanding Jesus' true identity as Messiah. He left the glory he enjoyed with His Father as a sent-away son. He set aside His immortal nature that He might stoop to save (kenosis). He became mortal that He might redeem a people for Himself and establish an eternal kingdom.

As with all sent-away sons, God promises to deliver a kingdom by divine power. This pattern speaks of the Son of God who is heir to the eternal kingdom. Abraham's call is to possess the Kingdom. Psalm 2 declares this concerning the Kingdom: He said to Me, "Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee. Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Thine inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Thy possession."

The sending forth of Abraham constitutes a divine call and appointment. It means that a kingdom will be gained, not according to worldly means, but as God directs. Sent-away sons receive divine protection, guidance, territory, authority, and heirs. This pattern is found with Cain, Abraham, Moses, Yacob, Yoseph, Samuel and David.

In II Samuel 8:18, David’s sons are called priests. They are of the Davidic House which is assocaited with the Horite Hebrew settlement of Bethlehem, Jesus' birthplace. The Prophet Micah proclaimed that Messiah would be from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).

In Genesis 3:15, the Messiah is called the "Seed" of the Woman. In Abraham's time, she was shown overshadowed in images like this:

In Christian iconography, the "Woman" is shown overshadowed by a dove. The dove replaced the solar cradle of the Horite Hebrew, but the message is clear. When Mary asked how she would conceive, seeing that she was a virgin, the Angel Gabriel replied: "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)

When Abraham went to Canaan he did not abandon the tradition of his ancestors. He continued the marriage and ascendancy pattern of his Horite Hebrew people, taking a cousin wife from among his Horite Hebrew kin. Horite rulers practiced endogamy because they believed that the Seed of God would be born of their ruler-priest bloodlines. That is why the lines of priests intermarrried and why unchaste daughters of priests were burned alive (Lev. 21:9). Sexual impurity was not tolerated.

Horite priests were known for their purity and devotion to the High God whose emblem was the Sun. Plutarch wrote that the “priests of the Sun at Heliopolis [biblical On] never carry wine into their temples, for they regard it as indecent for those who are devoted to the service of any god to indulge in the drinking of wine whilst they are under the immediate inspection of their Lord and King. The priests of the other deities are not so scrupulous in this respect, for they use it, though sparingly.”

From Abraham's seed comes the Seed of God

Abraham left his father’s territory as a response to God’s call whereby God would deliver to Abraham a kingdom. To gain that kingdom, he needed a proper heir. This was not Eliezer, but the firstborn son of Sarah who was barren. Yitzak (Isaac) was the son whose miraculous coming into the world was to bring Abraham a kingdom. This speaks of the Son of God.

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

Jesus is the fulfillment of the expectation of Abraham's Horite people. He is a direct descendant of the Horite Hebrew ruler-priests. About Him it was written "My wrath will be turned against the enemy of my father Osiris and I will put him beneath my feet...” (Coffin Texts, Utterance 148). Note the similarity to the Messianic reference in Psalm 110:1: The Lord says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

The substance of Abraham's faith centers in the belief of his people that the Creator made a promise to their ancestors in Eden that a woman of their bloodlines would conceive the Divine Seed who would overthrow the curse and restore paradise and perfect communion with the Creator. From this faith Christianity emerges organically. Christians affirm that the Creator has been busy fulfilling that promise in Jesus Christ, the Divine Seed/Son. The core belief of Christianity in God Father and God Son can be traced to Abraham and his ancestors. It predates all the great world religions. Christianity is not original, but what it lacks in originality it makes up for in great antiquity, and herein rests its authority.


Alice C. Linsley said...

The term "Hebrew" is derived from the Akkadian word for priest, abru. The Hebrew were a caste of priests. Some were devotees of God the Father and God the Son. These are known as the Horite Hebrew, and Abraham was among them.

Anonymous said...

Where in the Bible can you tell me that Terah had two wives?

Alice C. Linsley said...

It was the marriage and ascendancy pattern to which Terah and his Horite Hebrew rulers adhered. It was a common practice among the Hebrew ruler-priests. See this:

Also this: