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, and in the symbolism of Jesus’ parables.
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