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by Jim Downs - Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 9:36 PM

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.

121:1.7 When 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 after Christ.

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.
(113:5.1) 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 up.
89:6.8.The 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.