Spiritual Meaning of EXODUS 16:25-27
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AC 8501. Verses 25-27. And Moses said, Eat ye this today, because today is a sabbath to Jehovah, today ye shall not find it in the field. Six days ye shall gather it, and on the seventh day is the sabbath, it shall not be in it. And it was on the seventh day, there went out some of the people for to gather, and they found none. "And Moses said," signifies information concerning this matter; "Eat ye this today," signifies appropriation to eternity; "because today is a sabbath to Jehovah," signifies because good has been conjoined with truth by the Lord; "today ye shall not find it in the field," signifies that then good shall no longer be acquired by means of truth; "six days ye shall gather it," signifies the reception of truth before it is being conjoined with good; "and on the seventh day is the sabbath," signifies that afterward there is conjunction; "it shall not be in it," signifies that no longer shall there be good by means of truth; "and it was on the seventh day," signifies a state of conjoined good and truth; "they went out some of Me people for to gather, and they found none," signifies that they desired to acquire, but it was not possible.

AC 8502. And Moses said. That this signifies information concerning this matter, is evident from the signification of "saying," as involving what follows, here information about the manna, that they would not find it on the sabbath day.

AC 8503. Eat ye this today. That this signifies appropriation to eternity, is evident from the signification of "eating," as being appropriation (n. 3168, 3513, 3596, 4745); and from the signification of "today," as being to eternity (n. 2838, 3998, 4304, 6165, 6984).

AC 8504. Because today is a sabbath to Jehovah. That this signifies because good has been conjoined with truth by the Lord, is evident from the signification of "the sabbath," as being the conjunction of good and truth (n. 8495); and from the signification of "today," as being to eternity (n. 8503); that "Jehovah" in the Word denotes the Lord, has been frequently shown above.

AC 8505. Today ye shall not find it in the field. That this signifies that then good shall no longer be acquired by means of truth, is evident from the signification of "not finding," when predicated of the good which is obtained by means of truth, as being to acquire no longer; and from the signification of "field," as being man, here the mind of the man in which good is implanted by means of truth; for man is called "a field" from the fact that he receives the truths of faith, which are seeds, and brings forth the fruits of the seeds, which are goods.

[2] How the case herein is shall be briefly told. Before regeneration man acts from truth, but through it good is acquired; for truth becomes good with him when it becomes of his will, and thus of his life; but after regeneration he acts from good, and through it truths are procured. To make this still clearer. Before regeneration man acts from obedience; but after regeneration from affection. These two states are inverse to each other; for in the former state truth rules, but in the latter good rules; or, in the former state man looks downward or backward, but in the latter upward or forward.

[3] When a man is in the latter state, that is, when be acts from affection, he is no longer allowed to look back, and to do good from truth, for at that time the Lord flows into the good with him, and leads him by means of the good. If at that time he were to look back, or were to do good from truth, he would act from his own; for he who acts from truth leads himself, whereas he who acts from good is led by the Lord. This is what is meant by these words of the Lord:--

When ye see the abomination of desolation, let him that is upon the house not go down to take anything out of his house; and let him that is in the field not return back to take his garments (Matt. 24:15, 17, 18).

In that day, whosoever shall be upon the house, and his vessels in the house, let him not go down to take them away; and whosoever is in the field, let him likewise not turn back to the things behind him. Remember Lotís wife (Luke 17:31, 32).

How the case is further with these things see (n. 3652, 5895, 5897, 7923, 8506, 8510). These are the things which in the internal sense are signified by the words that "the manna would not be found in the field on the seventh day, and that there went out some of the people for to gather and they found none."

AC 8506. Six days ye shall gather it. That this signifies the reception of truth before it is being conjoined with good, is evident from the signification of "six days," as being states of combat and of labor (n. 8494), here a state of the reception of truth, or a state when good is acquired through truth (n. 8505), for in this state there are labor and combat. In this state man is let into temptations, which are combats with the evils and falsities in him; and then the Lord fights for the man and also with him. But after this state there is a state of the conjunction of good and truth, thus at that time a state of rest for the Lord also. This state is what was represented by the rest on the seventh day, or day of the sabbath. That the Lord then has rest, is because when good has been conjoined with truth, the man is in the Lord, and is led by the Lord without labor and combat. This state is what is meant by the second state, treated of above, (n. 8505).

AC 8507. And on the seventh day is the sabbath. That this signifies that afterward there is conjunction, is evident from the signification of "the seventh day" or "the sabbath," as being the conjunction of good and truth (n. 8496).

AC 8508. It shall not be in it. That this signifies that no longer shall there be good by means of truth, is evident from what has been unfolded above (n. 8505).

AC 8509. And it was on the seventh day. That this signifies a state of conjoined good and truth, is evident from the signification of "the seventh day" or "sabbath," as being the conjunction of good and truth (n. 8507).

AC 8510. There went out some of the people for to gather, and they found none. That this signifies that they desired to acquire, but it was not possible, is evident from what was unfolded above (n. 8505). It is there made plain what it is to act from the truth which is of faith, and what from the good which is of charity, namely, that he who acts from the truth which is of faith is not yet in the order of heaven, but that he who acts from the good which is of charity is in this order. For the order in which man is led by the Lord is by manĎs willing, consequently by means of good, for this is of the will, and then his understanding ministers, consequently truth, for this is of the understanding. When this state is attained, then is "the sabbath;" for then the Lord has rest; this state comes forth when good has been conjoined with truth. That this state is the Lordís "rest," can be seen from the fact that Jehovah, or the Lord, after the creation and labor of six days, on the seventh day rested from all His work (Gen. 2:2). This state is the state of heaven; consequently heaven itself is called a "sabbath," or in heaven there is said to be a "perpetual sabbath." That by the creation in the first chapter of Genesis is meant a new creation or regeneration, and that by the six days in that chapter are meant temptations and combats, see what has been unfolded at chapters 1 and 2.

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