The importance of Sarah today is in what she symbolizes.  The transition of power that took place two thousand years ago was the type-and-shadow of the transition that is to take place today, illustrated by the beheading of John the Baptist, the beheading symbolizing the decrease of power and authority associated with mind-body disciplines, and the increase of power and authority associated with a heart-discipline.  It is important that we move with this transition by desiring to be spiritually free.

Sarah symbolizes the Heart.  Spiritual freedom can only come through the Heart.  We cannot think, practice, or pray our way to it.  As John prepared the way for the coming of Jesus, quieting the mind prepares the way for the coming of the spiritual Jesus— the word that forms a spiritual creation, the instructions for which are encoded in the symbolism of the creation story.  

The East is associated with the Spirit, and the Mind.  The West is associated with the Word, and the Heart.  If the Spirit (of Elijah/John) were enough, why send the Word (Jesus)?  The Spirit of God is Love, which alone, cannot transform us.  It cannot form us into a new creation.  That will require the word of God, truth, which when sowed in the heart, makes us spiritually free.  “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 

There is a lot of talk these days of love and consciousness.  Consciousness is the state of being conscious: mentally perceptive or alert.   But attempting to reach deeper levels of consciousness through the power of the mind is futile, because the deeper levels are of the sub-conscious, of the heart, which can only be reached through the power of the heart.  That power is called christ, through which we reach what is being called, “Christ consciousness,”  and what the Bible calls, perfect love.”  If these deeper works were being done by those of us who claim to be God’s people, or claim to be spiritual, the world would not be heading away from what Sarah symbolizes, which is  freedom.  And into what Hagar symbolizes, which is bondage.  This is happening because the power of the mind (mental energy) does not  have the power to retrieve us out of spiritual bondage.  

Abraham had sons by Hagar, Sarah, and Keturah.  Hagar and Keturah were concubines, bondwomen, symbolizing bondage.  Some scholars suggest that Hagar and Keturah were one and the same, and symbolically, this is true.  Hagar represents those of religion, who claim to have the gifts mentioned in scripture.  Keturah represents those who claim to have spiritual gifts, such as psychics, mediums, and empaths, having the ability to predict the future, tap into the spiritual realm, or into the emotional realm of someone else.  None of which can release us from our spiritual bondage.  

“And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.  But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son…”  Genesis 25:5,6

It was Sarah’s son that received all that the Father had.  Sarah symbolizes the Heart, the son symbolizing truth, which makes us free of  our spiritual bondage.   It is through the power of the heart that we claim all of the Father’s inheritance.  Love and truth.   It is within the heart that we do the spiritual works that are synonymous with the word of God— the spiritual Jesus.  David and Jesus spoke of the unholy condition of man’s heart, and its need for purification.  While many talk about the positive emotion of the Heart.  Few talk about the negative emotion of the Heart; the anger that lies buried deep in our heart, keeping us in spiritual bondage.  We want to talk about the good, which feels good.  But not about the evil, which is uncomfortable.  We do not want to see it or admit to it, resisting the holy spirit that brings it to the surface, into the light of truth, so that we may be made free of it.   In fearing to confront the evil within, we are rejecting the Word of God, which says, “resist not evil,” giving power to the evil without!  Hagar and Sarah.  Bondage and Free.  These are the Two Covenants.  

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2014


A representation of the spiritual event that was taking place at that time; a transition from worshipping God through the mind and body to worshipping God through the heart. Both were present at the time.  John with his disciples, and Jesus with his disciples, and the disciples of John were taking notice: “Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?”  Matthew 9:14.  

Jesus answers in parables, using symbolism, speaking of the children of the bridechamber, the bridegroom, the new cloth, the old garment, the new wine, and the old bottles. He is saying that it is not going to be easy for those serving God through their mind and body to accept this new way through the heart.  They found the symbolism of his parables hard to understand.  It was God’s spiritual language, which is foreign to the religious ear.  And if they were not able to hear the message in the literal sense, how could they possibly hear it in the spiritual sense, which is to obey it.  It was the new wine, which cannot be put into old bottles lest they burst, referring to the outburst of anger many Christians, who are still holding on to old religious beliefs, display when their beliefs are questioned.  What Jesus was talking about through his parables was the conception of spiritual truth.  But they, as Jesus described them, were children; unskilled and immature, completely satisfied with their old religious practices, to which they had become addicted.  Like a drug, it gave them a feeling of euphoria.  It gave them false peace, symbolized by the wall the prophet Ezekiel spoke of, which comes crashing down in difficult times (Ezekiel 13:10-15).  What we have is a time of trouble brewing, and a lot of people that are unskilled and unprepared because they have chosen the physical path over the spiritual path; choosing religious worship over spiritual revitalization and regeneration.

Let us rewind the reel of Jewish history back to Joseph, allegory to Jesus.  Both hated for the words they spoke. Both falsely accused and thrown into prison.  Both taken into Egypt to preserve their lives.  Joseph is in prison, where he comes in contact with the baker and the butler.  Each man has a dream, which Joseph interprets.  The baker will be beheaded, but the butler will continue his butlership.  John was beheaded.  Jesus went on to fulfil his mission. But unfortunately, religion prevailed, the spiritual truth, and spiritual path through the heart, subjugated, symbolized by Joseph’s imprisonment, the return of spiritual truth symbolized by Joseph’s release from prison.  The corn that Joseph gathered into the storehouses for the coming famine symbolizes the spiritual Word of God, spiritual truth that has been preserved through the symbolism of the literal Word of God. It will take a spiritual famine to get those who have chosen the path of religion to hunger for spiritual truth.  “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:”  Amos 8:11

In the spring of 2010, I was shown that we are in the exact same place we were two thousand years ago, man’s spiritual stagnation over the past fifteen hundred years due to teachings that were diametrically opposed to the spiritual teachings of Jesus, which only those few entering the narrow gate; choosing the path through the heart, understood.  I believe this is the last call to ascend the mount, which the children of Israel were instructed to do on the third day, but declined out of fear, remaining at the foot of the mount worshipping the graven image. The world entered the third day with the new millennium, the graven image symbolizing the false religious image that so many continue to worship out of fear.  These religious beliefs, like the carnal law, have no power to bring us into perfection. “If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchizedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?”  Hebrews 7:11.  That will require us to make the transition from serving God through our mind and body to serving God through the power of our heart, which is to worship God “in spirit and in truth,” the words of Jesus.  The power and authority that was once associated with religious customs and practices has been cut off, beheaded!  “Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.”   Isaiah 1:13

The children of Israel, chosen out of all the nations of the world to teach us about ourselves, received the carnal law because they transgressed the spiritual law.  The ritualistic feasts and festivals served as a tangible pattern for the spiritual, which they would have kept had they reached spiritual maturity by not resisting the Spirit of God, which they illustrated for us by resisting Moses. Their second opportunity came two thousand years ago, when the spiritual son, seed, or word returned to take them out from the bondage of keeping the letter of the law, and bring them into the freedom that comes with keeping the law spiritually, through which the carnal law is fulfil.  But the Jews would reject this spiritual knowledge, as would religious Christians, who chose to believe a doctrine diametrically opposed to that of Jesus, choosing to remain in their childish ways, worshipping the beastly religious image as the children of Israel worshipped the gold calf, never ascending the spiritual mount, through which one experiences the spiritual transformation of their heart.  The beheading of John the Baptist takes place within us when we no longer worship God through the power of our mind and body, but through the power of our heart, which is why John said he must decrease, so Jesus could increase.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2010