The PhariseePharisee stood and prayedprayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
I fastfast twice in the weekweek, I give tithes of all that I possess.
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heavenheaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
I telltell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every oneevery one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touchtouch them: but when his disciplesdisciplessawsaw it, they rebuked them.
But Jesus called them unto him, and saidsaid, Suffer little children to comecome unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdomkingdom of God.
Verily I saysay unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdomkingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enterenter therein.
And a certain ruler askedasked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do toto inherit eternal lifelife?
And Jesus saidsaid unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
And he saidsaid, All these have I kept from my youth up.
Now when Jesus heardheard these things, he saidsaid unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poorpoor, and thou shalt have treasuretreasure in heavenheaven: and come, follow me.
And when he heardheard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
And when Jesus sawsaw that he was very sorrowful, he saidsaid, How hardly shall they that have riches enterenter into the kingdomkingdom of God!
For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enterenter into the kingdomkingdom of God.
Then he took unto him the twelvetwelve, and saidsaid unto them, Behold, we gogo up to Jerusalem, and all thingsall things that are writtenwritten by the prophets concerning the Son of manSon of man shall be accomplished.
For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:
And they shall scourge him, and putput him to death: and the thirdthird day he shall riserise again.
And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
Verse 1. That man ought to keep his internal or spiritual mind continually open to Divine influx, notwithstanding all the opposition of the external or natural mind
Verses 2-6. Since however false principles may prevail in the latter mind, yet if the desire of truth grounded in good prevail at the same time in the former mind, it will sooner or later become accepting of the light of truth.
Verses 7-8. Which consideration ought therefore to be attended to, because it proves that the Divine Truth is always present with those who are in the love of it, to deliver them from all false and evil persuasions, however it may appear at times to be absent, and to produce no effect. (First part of Verse 8).
Verse 8. Still, at the end of the Church, when there is no longer any faith, because there is no charity, Divine Truth, though revealed from heaven, will not be received. (Latter part of Verse 8).
Verses 9-15. For at that time man will be under the delusive idea, that he may be admitted into heaven by virtue of his works, without any regard to the principle from which they are done, whereas none are admitted into heaven but the humble and the penitent, whose works are not done from themselves, but from the Lord.
Verses 15-16. That the goods and truths of innocence ought all to be ascribed to the Lord, because heaven consists in such acknowledgement, and the Lord has communication with those goods and truths.
Verse 17. None therefore can be admitted into heaven, unless they be principled in innocence.
Verses 18-28. Nor can any one enter into heaven, unless he acknowledge the Lord, even as to His Human essence to be the God of heaven, and that from him is every good which is good, and unless he live also according to the precepts of the decalogue, by abstaining from those evils as sins, which are there forbidden.
Verses 19-20. For the Lord alone is good, and the source of good, and the way to attain conjunction of life with Him is to observe His precepts, which precepts teach, that man ought not to destroy or pervert in himself the life of love and charity; nor to ascribe that life to himself, but to the Lord alone; nor to call anything good or true but what is of the Lord; thus that he should respect and exalt in himself the Divine good and truth above every other.
Verses 21-22. Yet these precepts cannot be fulfilled, until man removes his heart from riches, fights against cravings, and acknowledges the Lord to be god.
Verse 23. Which things appear grievous to those who are in the knowledges of truth separate from the good of charity.
Verses 24-25. Therefore those knowledges, when so separated from the good of life, are rather hindrances to the attainment of conjunction with the Lord, since it is contrary to Divine order that knowledges of themselves, without the life of love and charity, should introduce any one into heaven.
Verses 26-27. Nevertheless they are no hindrances in case the Divine Truth be respected and exalted.
Verses 28-30. Inasmuch as all who reject their hereditary evils and falsities and acknowledge the Lord as to His Human essence to be god, shall be elevated to communication and conjunction with the Lord, and to all the joys of His eternal kingdom.
Verses 31-33. That in the Church, where mere falsities of doctrine and evils of life prevail, Divine Truth will be blasphemed, and perverted, and its good destroyed, nevertheless the Human principle of the Lord will attain to plenary glorification.
Verse 34. But these things cannot be apprehended even by those who are principled in the goods and truths of the Church.
Verses 35-43. Until they receive spiritual understanding from the LORD.
Verse 38. Asking it of Him from the pure love of truth.
Verse 39. And are the more urgent to receive, in proportion as they meet with opposition.
Verses 40-41. And explore diligently the end or intention they have in view, when they seek the knowledge of the truth.
Verses 42-43. For in such case their understandings receive light by communication with the Lord's Divine Human principle, which they gratefully acknowledge, and which is thus acknowledged by others.
hearing Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...
multitude A company, congregation, and a multitude, in the Word, are predicated of truths.
went before To "go before" in the Bible means either to lead or to prepare, depending on context. When it is said of the Lord or things...
sight The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...
glorifying 'To glorify' signifies acknowledgment and confession.
Resources for parents and teachers
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Healing the Blind Miracles Compare four stories about the Lord healing the blind by dramatizing them using the “Readers’ Theater” technique. Actors read lines from the script and act out their parts. Activity | Ages 7 - 14
The Eyes of the Blind Shall See Him Make a picture of the Lord in heaven with bright light all around Him. Cover the picture with fabric or another piece of paper, attaching it only at the top edge so that it can be lifted up to see the picture of the Lord. Project | Ages 4 - 10
The Last Supper The Lord celebrated Passover with His disciples and told them to remember Him by eating bread and drinking wine. The Lord is still present with people in a special way through the Holy Supper. Sample from the Jacob’s Ladder Program, Level 1, for ages 6-7. Religion Lesson | Ages 6 - 7
The Lord Blesses the Children This lesson discusses a story from the Word and suggests projects and activities for young children. Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6