Metaphysical meaning of Dathan (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Dathan (mbd)
Dathan, da'-than (Heb.)--cistern; fountain; spring; mandate; edict; decree; religious law.

A Reubenite, son of Eliab; he was one of those who rebelled against Moses and Aaron and was destroyed (Num. 16:1).

Meta. A leading thought in the religious consciousness of man that is established in the letter of the law as being the fount, or spring the source, cause, or motive of religious service and Truth.

This thought does not see back of outer ceremonies to true spiritual understanding and service. It cannot perceive why that which Moses and Aaron signify should be chosen of the Lord ahead of it; that is, it cannot understand why thoughts centered in the inner spirit of divine law should give better, truer worship than those that are centered upon outer rites and ceremonies alone. Consequently it rebels against those ruling thoughts in consciousness (Moses and Aaron) which see beyond the outer form of religion to the Spirit of truth and order their service and worship accordingly.

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