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Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
when He had said these things, He went before, going up to Jerusalem.
AC 2781:8-9. To “ride upon a donkey” was a sign that the natural was made subordinate; and to “ride upon a colt the son of a female donkey” was a sign that the rational was made subordinate.... Because of this signification, and because it belonged to the highest judge and to a king to ride upon them, and at the same time so that the representatives of the church might be fulfilled, it pleased the Lord to do this.... The reason for the representation was that the natural man ought to serve the rational, and this the spiritual, this the celestial, and this the Lord: such is the order of subordination.
AE 31:7. One who does not know the signification of ... “a donkey’s colt,” in a representative sense, will suppose that the Lord’s riding upon a donkey’s colt was significative of misery and humiliation. But it signified royal magnificence; for this reason the people then proclaimed the Lord king, and strewed their garments upon the way. This was done when He went to Jerusalem, because by “Jerusalem” is signified the church... and “garments” signify truths clothing and serving good....
AE 1210. “To praise God” signifies confession and worship, because the Lord has no wish to be praised and glorified from any love of Himself, but only from His love for man, for man cannot help but praise and glorify the Lord, that is, give praise and glory to Him, when he acknowledges in heart that there is nothing of good in himself, and that he can do nothing of himself, and on the other hand, that all good is from the Lord, and that the Lord can do all things. When man is in this acknowledgment, he puts aside what is his own [proprium] , which belongs to the love of self, and opens all things of his mind, and thus gives room for the Divine to flow in with good and with power. This is why it is necessary for man to be in humility before the Lord, and why humility can be from no other source than self-acknowledgment and acknowledgment of the Lord. According to this acknowledgment, reception takes place.
6 Pronounced BETH-fuh-gee, meaning house of young figs; Bethany means house of dates.
7 Psalms 118:26; “Lord” means Jehovah.
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