“Peace has in it confidence in the Lord: that He directs all things, provides all things, and that He leads to a good end.” - Arcana Caelestia §8455
Kempton New Church

December
2

Isaiah 60:2. “For, behold! The darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness the peoples; but on Thee shall Jehovah rise, and His glory shall be seen upon Thee.”

For the children from Matthew 4

12. And when Jesus had heard that John was delivered up [into custody], He departed into Galilee;

13. and leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is on the seacoast, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali,

14. that it might be fulfilled which was declared by Isaiah the prophet, saying,

15. The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;

16. the people who sat in darkness saw great light; and to them who sat in the region and shadow of death, light has risen.

17. From then Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent ye, for the kingdom of the heavens is near.

Readings from the Heavenly Doctrine

AC 10053:2. Where the Lord is treated of, “glorification” is the uniting of His Human with the Divine Itself which was in Him, thus with Jehovah His Father, by which uniting He made His Human also the Divine good. [This] is manifest from the passages in the Word where mention is made of “glory,” and “glorification,” when spoken of Jehovah or the Lord, as in these passages:

The glory of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it (Isa. 40:5)…

Jehovah shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee; the nations shall walk to thy light (Isa. 60:2, 3).

These passages treat of the Lord, and by “the glory of Jehovah” is meant the Lord as to Divine truth, for the Divine truth proceeding from the Lord is the “glory of Jehovah”… And as it is the Lord who is treated of, it is Jehovah Himself, for He says, “I am Jehovah; this is My name, and My glory will I not give to another.” (Isa. 42.8)

AE 526:5. [Isaiah 60:2] is said of the last time of the church, when the Lord is to come into the world, and judgment is to be accomplished. Because there will then be no longer any good of love or truth of faith, but the evil of falsity and the falsity of evil, that day is called “a day of darkness and of thick darkness.”

AR 413:3. By “darkness” in these places is signified falsity arising either from ignorance of the truth, or from a false principle of religion, or from a life of evil.

AE 526:15. It has been shown thus far that “darkness” signifies in the Word the falsities of evil. “Darkness” signifies also falsities not of evil, such as were the falsities of religion among the upright Gentiles. These falsities were with them because of their ignorance of the truth. That these falsities were also called “darkness” is evident from the following passages:

This people walking in darkness have seen a great light; those dwelling in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light become bright (Isa. 9:2).

AC 3863:7. …“seeing a great light” signifies receiving and believing the truths which are of faith. On those who are in faith heavenly light is said to “shine,” for the light which is in heaven is Divine truth from Divine good.

AC 3195:6. From these passages it is very plain that the Lord as to the Divine good and truth in the Divine Human is called “light.”

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