The Third Round: Summarising through Reconnecting with the Sacred Scripture at the End of the LP Cycle

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Arcana Coelestial 4739.

Verses 23-30. And it came to pass when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of various colors that was on him, and they took him, and cast him into the pit; and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. And they sat down to eat bread, and they lifted up their eyes and saw, and behold a company of Ishmaelites came from Gilead, with their camels bearing spices and balsam and stacte, going to carry them down to Egypt. And Judah said unto his brethren, What gain is it if we slay our brother, and cover up his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brethren hearkened unto him. And there passed by men, Midianites, merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And they brought Joseph into Egypt. And Reuben returned unto the pit, and behold Joseph was not in the pit, and he rent his garments. And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither do I come? “And it came to pass when Joseph was come unto his brethren,” signifies when it was preached about; “that they stripped Joseph of his tunic,” signifies that they dispelled and annihilated the appearances of truth; “the tunic of various colors that was on him,” signifies the quality of the appearances as to truths from good; “and they took him and cast him into the pit,” signifies among falsities; “and the pit was empty, there was no water in it,” signifies that there was then nothing true; “and they sat down to eat bread,” signifies appropriation of evil from falsity; “and they lifted up their eyes and saw,” signifies further thought; “and behold a company of Ishmaelites came from Gilead,” signifies those who are in simple good, such as the Gentiles are in; “with their camels bearing spices and balsam and stacte,” signifies interior natural truths; “going to carry them down to Egypt,” signifies instruction from memory-knowledges; “and Judah said unto his brethren,” signifies the depraved in the church who are against whatever is good; “What gain is it if we slay our brother and cover up his blood?” signifies that there would be nothing of profit or of eminence, if this should be wholly extinguished; “come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites,” signifies that they acknowledge it who are in simple good; “and let not our hand be upon him,” signifies that they may be without blame; “for he is our brother, our flesh,” signifies because what is from them is accepted; “and his brethren hearkened unto him,” signifies compliance; “and there passed by men, Midianites, merchantmen,” signifies those who are in the truth of this good; “and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit,” signifies aid from them that it might not be among falsities; “and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites,” signifies reception by those who are in simple good, and alienation on the part of those who are in faith separate; “for twenty pieces of silver,” signifies estimation; “and they brought Joseph into Egypt,” signifies consultation from memory-knowledges; “and Reuben returned unto the pit,” signifies the faith of the church in general; “and behold Joseph was not in the pit,” signifies that there was no longer any faith; “and he rent his garments,” signifies mourning; “and he returned unto his brethren,” signifies those who teach; “and said, The child is not,” signifies that there was no faith in it; “and I, whither do I come?” signifies where now is the church?

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And the frustration associated with the constant failure to even remotely approach the intent of the task, not to mention what the WORD says, is part of the process where the distant “dream” lingers as a reminder of what could be. The proprium has an innate and powerful ability to make one “forget” the task, the WORD, and asking the LORD for help when the “natural delights”, as you referred to them, have a grip on the lower mind. Climbing over the piles of rubble created by regret, the self inflicted “pit”, seems to be the lions share of the… Read more »

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