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Jesus is arrested
47 But while He yet spoke, behold, a crowd; and he who was called Judas, one of the
twelve, came before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him.
AC 10130:6-7. That by the touch of the hand is also signified communication, transfer, and reception is because the activity of the whole body is collected into the arms and into the hands, and in the Word interior things are expressed by means of exterior ones. From this it is that by the “arms,” the “hands,” and especially by the “right hand” is signified power... and hence by the “hands” is signified whatever pertains to man, thus the whole man insofar as he is acting.... Moreover, that all the outer senses—sight, hearing, taste, and smell—bear relation to the touch, and are kinds of touch, is known in the learned world.... [Thus] Jesus touched the ear of the deaf man and healed him (Luke 22:51).
AE 1145:9. As “swords” signify falsities destroying truths, and “woods” signify evils destroying good, so by command of the chief priests:
A multitude went out with Judas Iscariot against Jesus, with swords and staves (Matt. 26:47; Mark 14:43, 48; Luke 22:52).
This was done because all things relating to the Lord’s passion were representative of the destruction by the Jews of all things of good and truth. With the sons of Israel there were two general punishments, stoning and hanging upon wood, stoning for injuring or destroying truth, and hanging upon wood for injuring or destroying good. For this reason:
Hanging upon wood was a curse (Deut. 21:22-23).
All this makes clear that “wood” signifies good, specifically the good of the natural man, and in the contrary sense its evil.
AE 783:2. ...Falsities from evil have no power whatever, since all power is in truths from good. But falsities have power over falsities, as like over like. This can be clearly seen from the power of infernal spirits with one another, which they exercise by imaginary things and by semblances of correspondences, by which they are desirous of seeming most powerful and mighty; but yet they have no power whatever against truths, and so wholly none that it is nothing at all....
This can be seen from the fact that the hells, in which there are myriads of myriads, are so held bound by Divine truth proceeding from the Lord, that no one in them dares raise up a finger of his hand; also from this fact, that a single angel by means of truths from the Lord is able to lead, to control, to bind, or to scatter a thousand companies of evil spirits, and this merely by a look from an intention of the will. Such power also has been sometimes granted to me by the Lord.
It may seem strange that the church at its end should be in falsities and in evils from them, and in evils and in falsities from them, and yet that truths from good have all power; and it seems as if such truths might be given by the Lord by means of truths from the Word. But the reason is that falsities have power against those who are in falsities from evil; and at the end of the church these falsities reign, and when these reign, truths are not received. For this reason falsities cannot be dispersed by truths, and therefore the devil is then called powerful, and loosed from bonds.
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