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Metaphysical meaning of Asnah (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Asnah (mbd)
Asnah, as'-nah (Heb.)--bramble; dweller in the thorn bush; thorn bush.

A man whose children belonged to the Nethinim, who came up from the captivity with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:50). The Nethinim were servants in the Temple. They were set apart to wait on the priests and to do the menial work in the Temple and in the Temple worship. After their return from the captivity their position was regarded as more honorable than it had been before.

Meta. The belief in servitude to God; a belief that, when it dominates the mind of a Christian, makes him really a slave. The life of such a one is full of trials and harassing experiences and hard places (bramble, thorn bush, dweller in the thorn bush). His path is thorny indeed, until he recognizes that he is a son of God, free-born; then he enters into the joy and the freedom of sonship. His Christian life is no longer a burden, nor is his service given from the standpoint of duty. He lovingly and happily expresses his spiritual faculties and powers in serving God and his fellow men; even the most lowly service is a joy to him.

Preceding Entry: Asiel
Following Entry: Aspatha