ACV7 S16: AC 5191-5208

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Genesis 41

1. And it came to pass from the end of two years of days and Pharaoh dreamed, and behold he stood by the river.
2. And behold out of the river there came up seven kine, beautiful in look and fat in flesh; and they fed in the sedge.
3. And behold seven other kine came up after them out of the river, evil in look and thin in flesh; and stood by the kine upon the bank of the river.
4. And the kine evil in look and thin in flesh did eat up the seven kine beautiful in look and fat. And Pharaoh awoke.
5. And he slept and dreamed a second time, and behold seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, fat and good.
6. And behold seven ears thin and parched with the east wind sprung up after them.
7. And the thin ears swallowed up the seven fat and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold it was a dream.
8. And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof; and Pharaoh told them his dream; and no one interpreted these things to Pharaoh.
9. And spoke the prince of the butlers unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my sins this day.
10. Pharaoh was wroth upon his servants, and put me in custody in the house of the prince of the guards, me and the prince of the bakers:
11. And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each one according to the interpretation of his dream.
12. And there was with us there a Hebrew boy, servant to the prince of the guards; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each according to his dream he did interpret.
13. And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he brought back upon my station, and him he hanged.
14. And Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the pit; and he shaved, and changed his garments, and came unto Pharaoh.
15. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and no one interpreteth it; and I have heard upon thee, saying, thou hearest a dream to interpret it.
16. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, Not unto me; God shall answer peace to Pharaoh.
17. And Pharaoh spoke unto Joseph, In my dream behold I stood beside the bank of the river:
18. And behold out of the river there came up seven kine, fat in flesh and beautiful in form, and they fed in the sedge:
19. And behold seven other kine came up after them, thin and evil in form exceedingly, and lean in flesh, such as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt for badness:
20. And the lean and evil kine did eat up the first seven fat kine;
21. And they came to their inwards and it was not known that they had come to their inwards; and their look was bad as in the beginning. And I awoke.
22. And I saw in my dream, and behold seven ears came up upon one stalk, full and good;
23. And behold seven ears, withered, thin, and parched with the east wind, sprung up after them;
24. And the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears; and I told it unto the magicians; and no one telleth it to me.
25. And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one; what God is about to do He hath shown to Pharaoh.
26. The seven good kine are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.
27. And the seven thin and evil kine that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears parched with the east wind shall be seven years of famine.
28. This is the word that I spoke unto Pharaoh; what God doeth He hath caused Pharaoh to see.
29. Behold there come seven years of great abundance of produce in all the land of Egypt;
30. And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the abundance of produce shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;
31. And the abundance of produce shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine after it, for it shall be very grievous.
32. And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice, it is because the word is established by God, and God is hastening to do it.
33. And now let Pharaoh see a man intelligent and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
34. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint governors over the land, and take the fifth of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance of produce.
35. And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and heap up corn under the hand of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them guard it.
36. And the food shall be for a store to the land against the seven years of famine that shall be in the land of Egypt; and the land shall not be cut off in the famine.
37. And the word was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
38. And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Shall we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the spirit of God?
39. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God has caused thee to know all this, there is no one so intelligent and wise as thou.
40. Thou shalt be over my house, and upon thy mouth shall all my people kiss; only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
41. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
42. And Pharaoh took off his ring from upon his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen, and put a necklace of gold upon his neck;
43. And he made him ride in the second chariot that he had; and they cried before him, Abrech; and he set him over all the land of Egypt.
44. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt.
45. And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath the daughter of Potiphera priest of On for a woman; and Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.
46. And Joseph was a son of thirty years when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from before Pharaoh, and passed over into all the land of Egypt.
47. And the earth made gatherings in the seven years of abundance of produce.
48. And he gathered together all the food of the seven years that were in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities; the food of the field of the city, that which was round about it, put he in the midst thereof.
49. And Joseph heaped up corn as the sand of the sea, exceeding much, until he ceased to number, because it was without number.
50. And to Joseph were born two sons before the year of famine came, whom Asenath the daughter of Potiphera priest of On bare to him.
51. And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh; For God hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.
52. And the name of the second called he Ephraim; For God hath made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.
53. And the seven years of abundance of produce that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.
54. And the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said; and there was famine in all the lands; and in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
55. And all the land of Egypt was famished, and the people cried unto Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all Egypt, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.
56. And the famine was over all the faces of the land; and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to Egypt; and the famine was strengthened in the land of Egypt.
57. And all the earth came into Egypt to buy, to Joseph; because the famine was strengthened in all the earth.

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Michael Chester
Michael Chester
4 days ago

5199. Spiritual beauty is the affection of interior truth.

Task: Reflect on what is meant by a love of truth, and how it manifests in our lives.

Michael Chester
Michael Chester
Reply to  Michael Chester
2 days ago

I was drawn to exploring Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in John’s Gospel, chapter 4. ‘I can give you water so that you will never thirst again. If you drink the water that I give, a fountain will arise within you.’ I read William Barclay’s commentary on the story and David Millar’s commentary and got a very good feel for the difference between the natural mind and the rational mind. The natural mind comes up with likely possibilities of why certain events happen because it is understanding the events of the story literally. The rational mind… Read more »

John Talbot
John Talbot
5 days ago

5201 ‘And they fed in the sedge’ means instruction. This is clear from the meaning of ‘feeding’ as receiving instruction, dealt with below, and from the meaning of ‘the sedge’, or longer grass that grows near rivers, as facts known to the natural man. since such factual knowledge is meant by ‘grass’ or ‘plant’ , as is plain from the Word, ‘feeding in the sedge’ therefore means receiving instruction in factual knowledge , and through this knowledge instruction regarding things that are good and true. For factual knowledge serves as a means. Indeed it is like a mirror in which… Read more »

Simon Mervyn-Jones
Simon Mervyn-Jones
5 days ago

5192 “Pharaoh” is the natural in general, which was now at rest, and had left all things to the celestial of the spiritual which is “Joseph” “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My load is light. Matthew 11: 28-30 Thus says The Lord, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is,… Read more »

Mary Smuts
Mary Smuts
6 days ago

5202 [4] They are, moreover, of such a nature as to come with difficulty into the light of the human understanding; for they are secret things of regeneration, of which though in themselves innumerable, man knows scarcely anything. From his early infancy to the last of his life in the world and thereafter to eternity, the man who is in good is being born again every moment, not only as to interiors, but also as to exteriors, and this by amazing processes. It is these processes that for the most part constitute angelic wisdom, which is known to be ineffable,… Read more »

Sarah Walker
8 days ago

AC 5201 (3)…(Isaiah 49:8-9); I have given Thee for a covenant of the people, to restore the land, to distribute the wasted heritages, to say to the bound, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Be ye revealed. AC 5194… Unless these two make a one in man nothing is produced; for the good of love without the truth of faith does not determine or qualify anything, and the truth of faith without the good of love does not effect anything; ….. For this reason the ancients compared to marriages one and all of the things in the world,… Read more »

Sarah Walker
Reply to  Sarah Walker
1 day ago

Submission Its strange how settling remembering this task was…. how it removed fear and anxiety – like oh that’s right – I don’t need to worry about how to express it best but more that its about trust in the Lord and the process. That if I just stay present with the state and trust that what flows will be what is needed. I may change my language for the other that I am communicating with at the time but it will because I am being present in the state and not that I am trying to control it… and… Read more »

Gretchen & Harald Sandstrom
Gretchen & Harald Sandstrom
8 days ago

5202 [3] “This new will is from the celestial of the spiritual, which together with its influx into the natural, is treated of in this chapter. How the case is with the natural in this state is described in the internal sense-that the truths in it were banished through falsities . . .”   Question/Task: In what circumstances am I in a state in the natural in which truths have been banished by falsities, since communities from the hells will always attack truths with falsities? One answer: When I’m reading the Word and I’m “fighting” or “wrestling” with the truths… Read more »

Gray Glenn
Gray Glenn
8 days ago

I have a THIRD ROUND QUESTION, which follows a roundabout thought process: 5191The second state of the [celestial/good/charity] [of/from] the [spiritual/truth/understanding] illustrated by Joseph being elevated above what [I call “me”/my natural/external manifestation] –the elevation of good/what is heavenly, of/from the Lord/the Word above [my] Egypt—which is all the memory-knowledges of/in my natural/external manifestation—my whole thought structure and mechanical thinking processes.   5192 A state when my whole thought structure and mechanical thinking processes are at rest and in which my whole thought structure and mechanical thinking processes HAVE LEFT ALL THINGS TO [celestial/good/charity] [of/from] the [spiritual/truth/understanding].   The number… Read more »

Sarah Walker
Reply to  Gray Glenn
7 days ago

Hi Gray… yes this passage is funny isn’t it. I don’t know this story well nor what is written in the AC ahead but to me it seems to be saying that the process is that I will be in a state at one point where all feels good and I will feel well fed with lots of spiritual food that can be applied to life and then there are also the states of struggle where I will feel like there isn’t enough food which will then eventually lead me into an acknowledgement that the external memory knowledges are only… Read more »

Ruth Duckworth
Ruth Duckworth
9 days ago

5195 ..the signification of “dreaming,” as being a prediction of things to come, thus in the supreme sense foresight; and because it is foresight, or what is foreseen, it is also providence or what is provided, as the one does not exist without the other. For providence has regard to the state in its successions to eternity, which cannot be provided for unless foreseen. To make provision for what is present, and not at the same time to foresee what is to come, and so not to make provision for the future during the present, would be without end, without… Read more »

Ruth Duckworth
Ruth Duckworth
Reply to  Ruth Duckworth
1 day ago

I have looked up that quote about our cells all being renewed every seven years and it is not actually true. The average cell lasts seven years but some neurones last all our life and skin cells are replaced every two or three weeks. But even so the concept that we can renew our bodies, make a new start every day by changing our diet and exercise is a good one. Likewise, we can make a new start every moment with our spiritual life. We stuff-up to so often, but the pattern is always there for us to make a… Read more »

Fred Braakman
Fred Braakman
9 days ago

Text: 5202 [3] In the present chapter, however, the subject treated of is the influx of the celestial of the spiritual into those things of the natural which were retained, namely, those in it that were of the intellectual part, and that are signified by “kine beautiful in look and fat in flesh.” But as the natural cannot be reborn as to intellectual things alone, there were also things of the will; for in everything there must be something of the intellect and at the same time something of the will in order that it may be anything; and as… Read more »

Janna King
Janna King
9 days ago

5207. … As regards the matter itself, that truths were banished from the natural by falsities in the boundaries, be it known that this takes place at the beginning in all regeneration; for the truths that are instilled into a man, in the beginning, are indeed in themselves truths; but they are not truths in him… and therefore in the beginning falsities are near truths; that is to say, in the boundaries where truths are there also are falsities; …When the sphere of falsity is near, as is the case in the beginning, as just said, then truths seem to… Read more »

Louise Gardam
Louise Gardam
11 days ago

Arcana Coelestia # 5202 [4]….. “From his early infancy to the last of his life in the world and thereafter to eternity, the man who is in good is being born again every moment, not only as to interiors, but also as to exteriors, and this by amazing processes.” #5207. ….”… in the other life, where the sphere of falsity applies itself to truths according to the influx of good into the truths: when only a little good flows in, the sphere of falsity is near; when more flows in, the sphere of falsity withdraws, and when good is entirely… Read more »

Siri Hurst
Siri Hurst
11 days ago

The contents of this chapter treat of the second state of the celestial of the spiritual – which is Joseph – in its elevation above the natural man. This can be seen by the story itself where Joseph is lifted out of the prison house to a high position over the land of Egypt. This reading is about the birth of a new will which is from the celestial of the spiritual and its influx into the natural. No 5207 “The seven kine beautiful in look and fat.” This number goes on to state that falsities that are near truths… Read more »

Ian Keal
Ian Keal
14 days ago

AC5202 [4] …From his early infancy to the last of his life in the world and thereafter to eternity, the man who is in good is being born again every moment, not only as to interiors, but also as to exteriors, and this by “amazing processes”. It is these processes that for the most part constitute angelic wisdom, which is known to be ineffable, and to contain such things as ear has not heard, nor eye seen, neither have entered into the thought of man. The internal sense of the Word treats of things like these, and thus is adapted… Read more »

Ian Keal
Ian Keal
Reply to  Ian Keal
5 days ago

I have noticed that when I am home for a considerable time, the proprium seems to gain the higher ground. And when I make the effort to spend quality time with grandkids, …do a lot of work in the garden, …go for a long hike, (proprial tracking devices don’t seem to work well in hilly Pennsylvania forests)…read some of my favorite passages, …or even fly my plane, …the proprium seems quiescent, and I am able to think more clearly and focus on my task with a sense of purpose and renewal. The hells are still there chattering away like the… Read more »