151. Internal Meaning of Ezekiel, Chapter 28
1-5 Since they believe that they are learned from mere knowledges [cognitiones] and say in their heart that they are most intelligent from themselves, (2, 3)
6-10 therefore they will falsify all knowledges [cognitiones] of truth, and will perish thereby. (2, 3, 16)
11 Respecting learning from the Word. (2, 3)
12 From the Word they have all truths and goods of heaven and of the church; (2, 11)
12-18 in consequence of which they were in intelligence at first, but afterwards this was dissipated by means of their pride. (2)
19-20 Natural love consumed all things of the church, resulting in their destruction. (3)
21-23 Of the understanding of truth, which is meant by Zidon: it will perish by means of falsities. (2)
24 Their destruction, lest the church should be still further destroyed. (3)
25-26 A new church will come into existence, when the former has been condemned. (11)
By New Christian Bible Study Staff
The internal meaning of “blood” is a little tricky, because Swedenborg gives two meanings that seem quite different.
In most cases, Swedenborg links blood with Divine Truth – an understanding, from the Lord, of the nature of humanity and it’s relationship with the Lord. But in some cases, especially when discussing the first half of Genesis, the Writings link blood to a state of caring, or love to the neighbor.
No absolute explanation is offered for this, but it’s worth noting that blood takes a number of forms in the body – it sometimes carries nutrients and oxygen, sometimes waste products, and sometimes nutrients and carbon dioxide. So it’s not unreasonable for blood to have different meanings in different contexts.
It’s also possible that the difference is because the first half of Genesis is largely about that’s called the Ancient Church. The second great church on earth, the Ancient Church was centered on truth from the Lord, which led it into a state of love to the neighbor. It may be that in representing Divine Truth as it was known to the Ancient Church, blood also represents truth’s expression as a state of caring for others.