93.5.2 The Melchizedek mission in
Palestine and the subsequent appearance of Michael among the Hebrew
people were in no small measure determined by geography, by the fact
that Palestine was centrally located with reference to the then existent
trade, travel, and civilization of the world.
Jesus was born, the entire Mediterranean world was a unified empire.
Good roads, for the first time in the world's history, interconnected
many major centers. The seas were cleared of pirates, and a great era of
trade and travel was rapidly advancing. Europe did not again enjoy
another such period of travel and trade until the nineteenth century
From Rick: 93.5.3 For some time the
Melchizedek receivers had been observing the ancestors of Abraham, and
they confidently expected offspring in a certain generation who would be
characterized by intelligence, initiative, sagacity, and sincerity. - I wonder how closely we all are monitored.
The following quotes do not answer this question but have to do with how our Guardian Angels deal with us.
(113:3.1) One of the most important things a destiny guardian
does for her mortal subject is to effect a personal co-ordination of
the numerous impersonal spirit influences which indwell, surround, and
impinge upon the mind and soul of the evolving material creature.
(113:4.1) The guardian
seraphim are ... mind
stimulators; they continually seek to promote circle-making decisions
in human mind. They do this ... from the outside inward, working
through the social, ethical, and moral environment of human beings.
Angels do not invade the sanctity of the human mind; they do not
manipulate the will of mortals...The guardian
of destiny influences you in every possible manner consistent with the
dignity of your personality; under no circumstances do these angels
interfere with the free action of the human will. Neither angels nor any
other order of universe personality have power or authority to curtail
or abridge the prerogatives of human choosing.
From Rick: 93.8.1 Melchizedek
wanted to leave the scene of his earthly activities a sufficient length
of time before Abraham's death to insure that the truth of the one and
only God would become strongly established in the minds of his
followers. - I am not sure I follow the reasoning here. This was to
train Abraham; to ensure that Abraham would have full responsibility for
the Salem faith for a while and instill it in his followers?
I think they are referring to not only Abraham but to the teachers Melchizedek had prepared for the spread of his teachings discussed in Papers 94, 95 & 98.
From Rick: 93.9.4 Soon
he made converts among the Philistines and of Abimelech's people, made a
treaty with them, and, in turn, became contaminated with many of their
superstitions, particularly with their practice of sacrificing
first-born sons. - So the almost sacrifice of Isaac may have been factual?
89:6.7 ...The idea of
offering the first-born as a sacrifice was widespread among the
ancients, especially among the Phoenicians, who were the last to give it
spectacle of Abraham constrained to sacrifice his son Isaac, while
shocking to civilized susceptibilities, was not a new or strange idea to
the men of those days. It was long a prevalent practice for fathers, at
times of great emotional stress, to sacrifice their first-born sons.