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Metaphysical meaning of Beth-shemesh (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Beth-shemesh (mbd)
Beth-shemesh, beth-she'-mesh (Heb.)--house of the sun.

a A border city of Judah, a city of the priests (Josh. 15:10; 21:16). b A city in Naphtali (Josh. 19:38). c A border city of Issachar (Josh. 19:22). The Beth-shemesh of Jeremiah 43:13 is the same as the city of On in Egypt. Ir-shemesh (Josh. 19:41) is supposed to be another name for Beth-shemesh. It was to Beth-shemesh in Judah that the milch kine took the Ark when the Philistines gave it into their keeping, and it was there that so many men were killed miraculously (according to I Samuel 6: 19) for looking into the Ark.

Meta. A sun consciousness (house of the sun). To the unregenerate man (Philistines and Egyptians), also to the unawakened intellect of man, this consists of thoughts pertaining to Baal worship, or a looking wholly to the outer formed universe and to outer methods and ways, or to the psychic, to bring about understanding and good. But as the individual comes into an understanding of Truth he realizes that the central sun (or Son) of the universe and of himself is not a formed, manifest thing; that it does not belong to the psychic, soul, or purely mental realm. It is an idea in the one Mind, God, an idea that comprises all true ideas and alone contains all possibility. He then looks to this inner, unmanifest spiritual Source for his light, his power, and his every good, and he is blessed accordingly.

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