127. Internal Meaning of Ezekiel, Chapter 4
Representation of the perverted church in the church. (2)
1-2 He should represent the falsities of the church, and the church besieged by them. (2)
3 He should represent the hardness of their heart, from which it is that they have no fear; (2)
4-8 he should also represent the church besieged by falsities of evil and evils of falsity. (2)
9-16 He should represent the falsification and adulteration of the sense of the letter of the Word, (2)
17 by which everything of the church has perished. (2, 3)
By New Christian Bible Study Staff
Swedenborg tells us that space and time in the physical world correspond to states of life in the spiritual world. So when the Bible talks about someone being “old,” the internal meaning has to do with the progression of spiritual life.
And just as elderly people in the physical world tend to be pretty settled in their ideas about life and their place in the scheme of things, the spiritual state described by “old” is one of confirmation and completion – a state in which a person’s ideas have fully crystalized, they are confirmed in who they are and what they believe and think, and they are ready to move on to a new state.
As with all things, these representations can be positive or negative – people can be confirmed in evil loves and the lies that support them just as well as they can be confirmed in love of the Lord or love of the neighber and the truths that spring from them.