The Third Round: Session 6 Overview – The responses of the ‘self’ that occur when our understanding of first principles from the Word are developing, and we are trying to apply them (11 mins)

And it came to pass in those days, and Moses grew, and he went out unto his brethren, and saw their burdens; and he saw an Egyptian man smiting a Hebrew man, one of his brethren. And he looked forth hither and thither, and saw that there was no man, and he smote the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. And he went out the second day, and behold two Hebrew men quarreling; and he said to the wicked one, Wherefore smitest thou thy companion? And he said, Who set thee for a man, a prince, and a judge over us? Sayest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely the word is known.

Exodus 3:11-14

The tension between the ‘truths of faith within the church’

Arcana Coelestia 6766. And he said, Who set thee for a man, a prince, and a judge over us? That this signifies perception that he was not as yet so far advanced in the truths of faith as to settle differences within the church, is evident from the signification of “he said,” as being perception (of which often above); and from the signification of “a man a prince,” as being one who is in primary truths, thus who has been preeminently enlightened in the doctrine of truth. Such a one was meant in the representative church by “a prince,” and hence by the words “Who set thee for a man, a prince?” is signified that he was not yet so far advanced in the truths of the church (that a “prince” is one in primary truths, see n. 5044). And from the significance of a “judge,” as being one who settles disputes or differences, here differences within the church, because between two Hebrew men, by whom are signified those who are of the church.

[2] In the supreme sense the subject treated of has been the beginnings of the law Divine in the Lord’s Human, and now the subject treated of is the progress of this law; but in the internal sense the subject treated of now is the progress of Divine truth with the man who is being regenerated. This progress is such that the man is for the first time enabled to discriminate between falsity and truth; for from the truth in which he is he can see falsity, because it is opposite; but he cannot at this first time settle differences between the truths of faith within the church; in order to be able to do this he must make further progress, for man is enlightened successively. This is very evident from youths and young men, who believe the doctrinal things of their church to be truth itself, and from these judge of falsities, but as yet are not able to settle differences between matters of faith within the church. This ability comes by degrees; and therefore a man to whom this is possible must be of a more advanced age, and must have the interiors of his understanding enlightened.

Fear for our life when we are amongst ‘alienated memory knowledges/scientifics”

AC 6769. And Moses feared, and said, Surely the word is known. That this signifies that he was among alienated scientifics, and not yet in truths, so as to be safe. This appears from the signification of “fearing,” as denoting not to be in safety, for in such case there is fear. The reason why he is not in safety is, that he is not in truth; for those who are in truths are in safety wherever they go, even in the midst of the hells. The reason why they who are not yet in truths are not in safety is, that  things not true communicate with evil spirits. These things are signified by the words, “Moses feared, and said, Surely the word is known,” that is, to the Egyptians among whom he was, as is also evident from what immediately follows that “Pharaoh heard this word and sought to kill Moses.”

The identification of falsities is their casting into hell

AC 6762… With respect to his banishing it among falsities, which is signified by “he hid him in the sand,” the case is this. Infernal spirits who are in falsities , when they have been in the world of spirits, and have there endeavoured to destroy truths with those who are in temptation, are afterwards banished to the hells, from which they can no more come forth. This I have been enabled to know by many experiences. Such is the signification of being banished among falsities.

Third Round posts are short audio clips taken from Round 3 comments offered in the online Logopraxis Life Group meetings. The aim is to keep the focus on understanding the Text in terms of its application to the inner life along with reinforcing any key LP principles that have been highlighted in the exchanges.
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