a The king of Syria, whom Jehovah sent against Judah (II Kings 15:37). He was slain by Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, at the request of Ahaz, king of Judah, after Ahaz hired the king of Assyria with a large sum of money to fight for him (II Kings 16:7-9). b One of the Nethinim, whose descendants returned from the Captivity with Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:48).
Meta. A ruling thought in the phase of the intellectual realm that has no understanding of the real (a king of Syria who fought against Judah). It has a semblance of good (pleasure, delight, good will), which it uses in its reasoning against the inner religious thoughts of the individual that have given themselves over to material beliefs and loves (the people of Judah who had taken up Baal worship) instead of remaining true to omnipresent Spirit. (See BAAL and AHAZ.)
The Rezin who was one of the Nethinim signifies a thought tendency in the serving phase of mind in the Israelitish or true thoughts of man that has learned to delight in service, and to serve from a standpoint of good will and so to find pleasure in serving. Thus it brings forth thoughts that become free from bondage to sense confusion (descendants of Rezin returned to Judah from the Babylonian captivity).