By Rev. Junchol Lee
We use a calendar that has 12 months and 365 days in it. As it nears December 31st, we feel as though something is getting close to an end, and yet on January 1st it feels like a new beginning. Our life is composed of many endings and beginnings. We may live one life, but within this one life we have many different journeys.
(References: Habakkuk 3:17)
7494. People therefore who either pervert, annihilate, or reject the good of love and the truth of faith residing with them do not have life within themselves. For life received from the Divine consists in willing what is good and believing what is true. But those who do not will what is good, only what is evil, and do not believe what is true, only what is false, possess the opposite of life. This opposite of life is hell and is called death; and those people are called the dead. The fact that the life of love and faith is called life and also eternal life, and those who possess it within themselves are called living persons; and the fact that the opposite of life is called death, and also eternal death, and those [who possess the opposite of life within themselves] are called dead persons, is clear from a large number of places in the Word, such as Matthew 4:16; 8:21-22; 18:8-9; 19:16-17, 29; John 3:15-16, 36; 5:24-25; 6:33, 35, 47-48, 50-51, 53, 57-58, 67; John 8-21, John 24, John 51; 10:10; 11:15, 26; 14:6, 19; 17:7; 20:31; and elsewhere.
1. And Jehovah said to Moses, Go to Pharaoh, and you are to tell him, Thus said Jehovah the God of the Hebrews, Send My People away, and let them serve Me.
2. For if you refuse to send them away and you still hold them back,
3. Behold, the hand of Jehovah will be on your livestock that are in the field, on the horses, on the asses, on the camels, on the herd, and on the flock - an extremely severe pestilence.
4. And Jehovah will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of the Egyptians, and nothing will die of all that belongs to the children of Israel.
5. And Jehovah set a fixed time, saying, Tomorrow Jehovah will do this thing in the land.
6. And Jehovah did this thing on the morrow, and all the livestock of the Egyptians died; and of the livestock of the children of Israel not one died.
7. And Pharaoh sent, and behold, not even one of the livestock of Israel had died. And Pharaoh's heart was stubborn, and he did not send the people away.
8. And Jehovah said to Moses and to Aaron, Take for yourselves in fistfuls 1 the ashes of the furnace, and let Moses scatter them in the direction of heaven before Pharaoh's eyes.
9. And there will then be dust over all the land of Egypt, and there will be on man and on beast sores breaking out into pustules, in all the land of Egypt.
10. And they took the ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses scattered them in the direction of heaven, and sores producing pustules developed, breaking out on man and on beast.
11. And the magicians could not stand before Moses on account of the sores; for there were sores on the magicians and on all the Egyptians.
12. And Jehovah made Pharaoh's heart unyielding, and he did not hear 2 them, as Jehovah had spoken to Moses.
13. And Jehovah said to Moses, Rise up in the morning early, and stand before Pharaoh; and you are to say to him, Thus said Jehovah the God of the Hebrews, Send My people away, and let them serve Me.
14. For this time I am sending all My plagues onto your heart, and onto your servants, and onto your people, in order that you may know that there is none like Me in the whole earth.
15. For now I could stretch out 3 My hand, and strike you and your people with pestilence, and you would be cut off from the earth.
16. But yet for this reason have I caused you to stand 4 - for you to see My power, and in order that My name may be declared in the whole earth.
17. You go on exalting yourself against My people by not sending them away.
18. Behold, about this time tomorrow I am causing it to rain an extremely heavy hail, of which there has not been the like in Egypt from the day it was founded even until now.
19. And now send, assemble your livestock and all that you have in the field; every man and beast that will be found in the field and will not be gathered home, 5 the hail will come down on them and they will die.
20. And he that feared the word of Jehovah among the servants of Pharaoh caused his servants and his livestock to flee to the houses.
21. And he that did not take the word of Jehovah to heart left his servants and his livestock in the field.
22. And Jehovah said to Moses, Stretch out your hand towards heaven, and there will be hail in all the land of Egypt, on man and on beast, and on every plant of the field in the land of Egypt.
23. And Moses stretched out his rod towards heaven, and Jehovah gave forth voices 6 and hail, and fire ran down to the earth; and Jehovah caused hail to rain onto the land of Egypt.
24. And there was hail, and at the same time fire running down 7 in the midst of the hail, extremely heavy, of which there had not been the like in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.
25. And the hail struck in all the land of Egypt everything that was in the field, from man and even to beast; and the hail struck every plant of the field, and broke every tree of the field.
26. Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, there was no hail.
27. And Pharaoh sent and called Moses and Aaron, and said to them, I have sinned this time; Jehovah is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.
28. Plead with Jehovah, there have been enough of God's voices' and of hail; and I will send you away, and you will not continue to remain.
29. And Moses said to him, As I am going out of the city I will spread out my palms towards Jehovah; the voices' will cease, and there will be no more hail, in order that you may know that the earth is Jehovah's.
30. And [as for] you and your servants, I know that you do not yet fear the face of Jehovah God.
31. And the flax and the barley were struck; for the barley was a ripening ear, and the flax a stem. 8
32. And the wheat and the spelt were not struck, for they were hidden. 9
33. And Moses went out from Pharaoh, from the city, and spread out his palms towards Jehovah; and the voices' and the hail ceased, and the rain was not poured on the earth.
34. And Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the voices 6 had ceased; and he continued to sin, and made his heart stubborn, he and his servants.
35. And Pharaoh's heart was made unyielding, and he did not send the children of Israel away, as Jehovah had spoken through the hand of Moses.
1. literally, with the fullness of your fists
2. literally, hear towards
3. literally, send
4. i.e. have raised you up
5. or to the house
6. i.e. claps of thunder
7. Swedenborg appears to have misread a Hebrew word here.
8. i.e. the pods were formed on the culms or stems
9. i.e. had not yet begun to mature in the ear