Three Days in the Temple

[3.23] I said: “Oh don’t be surprised at that! Because if I wish to know anything at all, My nature is already such that I know it! The ‘how’ you would hardly understand as yet! But now again to the matter and to our ‘virgin’! Will you priests and scribes illuminate this more clearly or not?”

[3.24] Said one of the more intelligent of the considerable number of elders: “Yes, yes, we cannot possibly do otherwise than pour out a draught of pure wine for the boy, and so explain to him his Isaiah as it is correspondingly taught in the Kabbala; he will then have no more excuse for any further questions!”

[3.25] After that an extremely learned scribe came forward and said: “Well, you most inquisitive youth, collect your wits then, and listen and understand: By the ‘virgin’ the prophet did not mean a virgin of flesh and blood, but only the doctrine which God gave through Moses to the children of this world. In the most exact sense, we Priests are a living representation of this teaching and law.

[3.26] But we, being the living Word of God, are now full of sincere hope that this doctrine shall, through us, be carried forth into the whole world and shall refresh the heathen. And this living, true hope is the pregnancy of the virgin, meant by the prophets the ‘Son’ however to whom she will give birth, are indeed all the heathen’s who will accept our doctrine and these will then say, and also be named, ‘Emanuel’ i.e. ‘God is also with us!’ And such was already done before us, and happens now all the more eagerly and vitally.

[3.27] But this son shall eat honey and milk and reject the evil and choose the good. By ‘honey’ the prophet understood pure Love and true Goodness, and by the word ‘milk’ he understood the Wisdom of God, which is imparted to man through the observance of the doctrine and the law; and if one had vitally made God’s Wisdom and Love one’s own, then does one freely detest all evil, and wills and chooses the good.

[3.28] Behold, my dear boy, such is the relation of the Innermost Wisdom and Truth to the spiritual words, sayings and utterances of the prophets! All of them have only an inner, spiritual meaning which however is only discovered by the true scribe from material symbols and pictures, through the faithful and true teachings of correspondences. A layman cannot do that, and if he could, all high schools would be quite superfluous, and Moses would have no need to nominate special priests and learned men for the administration of the doctrine and the precepts of God! Do you now understand this - the only true and correct interpretation of your prophet whom so far you have not understood?”

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