Metaphysical meaning of Bear (mbd)
Bear, the (A. V., Arcturus)--group; crowd.
The Bear (Job 9:9; 38:32) is a constellation or group of stars called Ursa Major but commonly known as the Great Bear. The Arcturus mentioned in the Authorized Version, one of the brightest stars in the northern heavens, is in the constellation Bootes.
Meta. The book of Job describes a man who has become very righteous in the outer or personal consciousness, and since he has prepared the way for the Lord (for a more internal revelation of Truth, a realization of the inner Christ, or true righteousness), this change takes place in him.
Man, we are told, is a universe in himself. Everything in the outside world has its counterpart in man. Stars represent high, noble, overcoming thoughts; sometimes they are symbolical of the faculties . and powers of man. It is said of the saints that they will shine "as the stars for ever and ever," and Christ is called "the bright . . . morning star." Stars also represent revelations of Truth that are as yet remote. The human mind cannot conceive the wonders and immensity of the universe of stars. In the same way there are endless revelations of Truth that are beyond our present range of comprehension, but we shall understand them all in time. As we come into the true understanding of ourselves and of our own inner world, we become able to grasp more and more fully the phenomena of the outer world; and so we turn within for light.
Job 38:32, 33 says:"Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season ?Or canst thou guide the Bear with her train? nowest thou the ordinances of the heavens ?Canst thou establish the dominion thereof in the earth?"
As we progress and unfold in spiritual consciousness until our mind becomes capable of containing the remote revelations of Truth, which the stars here in Job stand for, we shall become able to comprehend all things and nothing will be impossible to us.
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