“All religion is of life; and the life of religion is to do good.” - Doctrine of Life §1
Kempton New Church

December
15

Isaiah 60:13. “The glory of Lebanon shall come to Thee, the fir, the pine, and the boxwood together, to adorn the place of My sanctuary, and I will glorify the place of My feet.”

For the children from Matthew 21

4. And all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was declared by the prophet, saying,

5. Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King cometh to thee, meek, and mounted upon a donkey, and a colt the son of her that is used to the yoke.

6. And when the disciples had gone and done as Jesus ordered them,

7. they brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their garments on them, and they had Him sit on them.

8. And a very numerous crowd spread their garments in the way, and others cut branches from the trees and spread [them] in the way.

9. And the crowds that went before and those who followed cried out, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed [is] He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

From the Heavenly Doctrine

AC 2162:11. The subject [in Isaiah 60:13] is the Lord’s kingdom and church, the celestial-spiritual things of which are the "glory of Lebanon" (that is, the cedars), and its celestial natural things are the "fir-tree, the pine, and the boxwood" (as also in the Word elsewhere), and thus the things which are of external worship. It is said of them, "I will make the place of My feet honorable;" and this cannot be made honorable by the fir, the pine, and the box, but by the things which they signify.

AC 9406:2. The subject here treated of is the Lord, and His kingdom and church. "The glory of Lebanon," or the cedar, are spiritual good and truth; "the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the boxwood," are the natural goods and truths that correspond; "the place of the sanctuary" are heaven and the church, and also the Word; "the place of the feet" are heaven, the church, and also the Word, in ultimates. The reason why the Word also is here signified, is that heaven is heaven from the Divine truth that proceeds from the Lord; in like manner the church; and the Divine truth which makes the church and heaven is the Word. Consequently also the inmost of the tent, where was the ark containing the law, is called "the sanctuary," for the law is the Word.

AE 109:4. That "trees," which are so often mentioned in the Word, signify the interiors of man which belong to his mind and disposition, and the things that are on trees, as leaves and fruit, signify such things as are from these interiors, can be seen from [many] passages [in the Word]…. Because "trees" in general signify such things as are with man and constitute the interiors of his mind, and so also the spiritual things that are of the church, and because both are of various kinds, therefore there are so many kinds of trees mentioned, each signifying something different.

AE 606. "The place of the Lord’s feet" in a general sense means all things of heaven and the church, since the Lord as a sun is above the heavens; but in a particular sense "the place of His feet" signifies the church, for the Lord’s church is with men in the natural world, and the natural is the lowest, into which the Divine closes, and upon which it as it were subsists. This is why the church on the earth is also called "the Lord’s footstool"….

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