Genesis 15: 5. And He took him outside, and He said, “Please look heavenward and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So will be your seed.”
When Hashem blesses Abram, Abram is without a child and is shown the promise of things to come.
Genesis 15:6 6. And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him as righteousness.
The word for righteousness used here is Tzedekah also known as charity. Abram excelled in his kindness to others. What is being shown here is the multitude of benefits that giving to others brings upon ourselves. What we give is what the Creator is expressing through us. We become conduits of giving even as it is shown here as great as all the stars in the heavens.
Genesis 15: 18. On that day, the Lord formed a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your seed I have given this land, from the river of Egypt until the great river, the Euphrates river.
A great sleep had fallen upon Abram and a frightful darkness as a flame and furnace passed between the split sacrifices Abram had prepared. During his sleep Hashem tells Abram about the fate of the Jewish people, their four hundred years of captivity and their return to the land Hashem promises Abram in the above verse.
The covenant is the eternal connection. The land of Yisrael is outlined here as Abram and the Jewish people’s inheritance. Deeper still are the results of our own connection within with all that is coming to be. The seeds of experience rest in Hashem’s hand for sure but there is template for connection being presented here.
First the sacrifices represent always the laying aside and the consuming with the divine fire the material dross of our animal natures. This consuming does not so much as destroy as it transforms these sacrifices into their higher spiritual natures.
Second the seeds of Consciousness always produce the inheritance of what is yet to come. In order to spend that holy time wisely we have to subdue or transform our lower natures into their uplifted spiritual counterparts.
Third the unity of that connection with Hashem is always shown in the grand scheme of things. Abram is given the vision of Yisrael in bondage for four hundred and their liberation and return to the very ground Abram occupies in the moment.
This tells us that the submersion into darkness is part of the process of transformation that is ongoing and eventually leads to liberation. The darkness too represents the gestation period that all things go through from inception-conception through birth and growth into full maturity. This conceptual awakening occurring during Abram’s sleep is what will lead to the birth of Yitzhak.
It is the deepest secret that Consciousness makes out of itself that which becomes itself in another fashion. The promise and covenant by Hashem are that once this process becomes to be understood it will continue to evolve itself as even the process itself is governed by the same laws of Consciousness. These laws of Consciousness have always been known as Torah. B”H.
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