The True Meaning of the 7 Days of Creation: Spiritual Rebirth
The Beginning: The Spiritual Meaning of GENESIS 1:1-2
next Verse 1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The most ancient time is called "the beginning." By the prophets it is in various places called the "days of old" and also the "days of eternity." The "beginning" also involves the first period when man is being regenerated, for he is then born anew, and receives life. Regeneration itself is therefore called a "new creation" of man. The expressions to "create," to "form," to "make," in almost all parts of the prophetic writings signify to regenerate, yet with a difference in the signification. As in Isaiah:--
Every one that is called by My name, I have created him for My glory, I have formed him, yea, I have made him (Isaiah 43:7).
And therefore the Lord is called the "Redeemer," the "Former from the womb," the "Maker," and also the "Creator;" as in the same Prophet:--
I am Jehovah your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King (Isaiah 43:15).
The people that is created shall praise Jah (Ps. 102:18).
Thou sendest forth Thy spirit, they are created, and Thou renewest the faces of the ground (Ps. 104:30).
That "heaven" signifies the internal man; and "earth" the external man before regeneration, may be seen from what follows.Verse 2. And the earth was a void and emptiness, and darkness was upon the faces of the deep; and the Spirit of God was brooding upon the faces of the waters. Before his regeneration, man is called the "earth void and empty," and also the "ground" wherein nothing of good and truth has been sown; "void" denotes where there is nothing of good, and "empty" where there is nothing of truth. Hence comes "thick darkness," that is, stupidity, and an ignorance of all things belonging to faith in the Lord, and consequently of all things belonging to spiritual and heavenly life. Such a man is thus described by the Lord through Jeremiah:--
My people is stupid, they have not known Me; they are foolish sons, and are not intelligent; they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. I beheld the earth, and lo a void and emptiness, and the heavens, and they had no light (Jeremiah 4:22, 23).
Awake as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art not thou it that drieth up the sea, the waters of the great deep, that maketh the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over? Therefore the redeemed of Jehovah shall return (Isaiah 51:9-11).
Such a man also, when seen from heaven, appears like a black mass, destitute of vitality. The same expressions likewise in general involve the vastation of man, frequently spoken of by the Prophets, which precedes regeneration; for before man can know what is true, and be affected with what is good, there must be a removal of such things as hinder and resist their admission; thus the old man must needs die, before the new man can be conceived.next
Author: E. Swedenborg (1688-1772).