Being full of the greatness of God, is to be great-ful.
The Pilgrims who sailed to this country aboard the Mayflower were originally members
of the English Separatist Church (a Puritan sect). They had earlier fled their home in
England and sailed to Holland (The Netherlands) to escape religious persecution. There,
they enjoyed more religious tolerance, but they eventually became disenchanted with the
Dutch way of life, thinking it ungodly. Seeking a better life, the Separatists negotiated
with a London stock company to finance a pilgrimage to America. Most of those making
the trip aboard the Mayflower were non-Separatists, but were hired to protect the
company's interests. Only about one-third of the original colonists were Separatists.
The Pilgrims set ground at Plymouth Rock, MA, on December 11, 1620. Their first
winter was devastating. At the beginning of the following fall, they had lost 46 of the
original 102 who sailed on the Mayflower. But the harvest of 1621 was a bountiful one.
And the remaining colonists decided to celebrate with a feast -- including 91 Indians
(Wampanoag) who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year. It is believed that the
Pilgrims would not have made it through the year without the help of the natives.
Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in the United States. In 1863,
President Lincoln decreed that the holiday was to be observed on the last Thursday of
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha and
galbanum—and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts, 35 and make a fragrant blend of
incense, the work of a perfumer. It is to be salted and pure and sacred. 36 Grind some of it
to powder and place it in front of the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting,
where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you. 37 Do not make any incense with
this formula for yourselves; consider it holy to the LORD. 38 Whoever makes incense like
it to enjoy its fragrance must be cut off from their people.”
“Aaron is to take a censer full of burning coals from the altar before the LORD and two
handfuls of finely ground fragrant incense and take them behind the curtain. 13 He is to
put the incense on the fire before the LORD, and the smoke of the incense will conceal
the atonement cover above the tablets of the covenant law, so that he will not die.
Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not
have, even what they have will be taken from them.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it,
and it will be yours.
Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
A person can receive only what is given from heaven.
AC (Elliott) n. 10276
Unless the Lord had come into the world and disclosed the inner contents of the Word,
contact with the heavens through the Word would have been broken;
and if that had been broken the human race on this planet would have perished.
For no one can think anything at all that is true or do anything at all that is good
except in heaven's strength,
that is, the Lord's coming through heaven.
The Word is what opens heaven.
Delight, feeling, will, heart.
AC (Elliott) n. 9475
'And for the incense of spices' means for delightful perception. This is clear from the
meaning of 'incense' as the things of worship that are perceived with delight, such as acts
of thanksgiving, adoration, prayer, and the like; and from the meaning of 'spices' as
truths of faith which are delightful because they originate in good.
Pleasing, odor, incense, smoke, rising
AC (Elliott) n. 10177
The altar of incense represented the hearing and receiving of everything of worship that
springs from love and charity.
The creation of the cloud of smoke was a sign of that which is raised up on high,
and the smell of the smoke was a sign of that which is pleasing,
consequently of that which is heard and received by the Lord.
And only what springs from love and charity is pleasing to and received by the Lord.
AE (Whitehead) n. 466
"Thanksgiving" also is here predicated of good. Thanksgiving comes from the heart out
Fully human, throughout, will and understanding (feelings and thought).
AC (Elliott) n. 10264
'A compounded ointment' means present within every single part of His Human.
It may be known that a human being without any perception of or affection for truth and
good is not a human beingю
Everything without exception that a human being thinks about has some connection with
truths and perceptions of them, and with forms of good and affections for them.
The human being possesses the power of understanding and the power of will, the
understanding being composed of the perception of truth, and the will of the affection for
good. The whole human being from head to toe, inwardly and outwardly, consists of
nothing other than truth or falsity that is his, and of good or evil that is his, the body
being their outward form. But this is a secret unknown in the world as yet.
AC (Elliott) n. 10265
'The work of an ointment-maker' means as a result of the influx and operation of Divinity
itself, who was within the Lord from conception.
Any expression at all that occurs in the Word should be understood in relation to
whatever it refers to, and therefore whenever an expression refers to God, God and His
operation, influx, and attributes should be understood, no matter what the literal sense
declares. In the inmost heaven angels relate everything in the Word to the Lord's Divine
Human, for their thoughts come directly from the Lord, and they perceive the Word on its
inmost level of meaning, which is the celestial sense. Here therefore they have no other
perception of 'a compounded ointment, the work of an ointment-maker' than that of
Divinity itself, within the Lord from conception, and of an influx and operation within
every single part of His Human. For with them the Lord's Human is Divinity itself. They
know that the Divine Good of Divine Love, called the Father, exists within the Lord's
Divine Human, called the Son, in a reciprocal manner, as accords with the Lord's words
stating that The Father is within Him and He within the Father, John 14:10, 11, and that
They are one, John 10:30.
Influx, Lord, thanksgiving, presence
AC (Elliott) n. 10299
10299. 'An ointment, the work of an ointment-maker' means as a result of the influx and
operation of what is Divine and the Lord's.
Those who have no knowledge of the secrets of heaven
suppose that worship begins in the person himself
since it flows from the thought and feelings within him.
But worship that begins in the person is not true worship;
consequently offerings of thanksgiving, adoration, and prayer, which begin in the person,
are not the offerings of thanksgiving, adoration, and prayer that are heard and accepted
by the Lord.
They must begin in the Lord present with the person.
Nothing can flow from the natural world into heaven,
only from heaven into the natural world
For the human being was created with no other end in view
than to be a receptacle of the Divine.
Gratitude, attitude, do this now.
Tao Te Ching, 44
If you look to others for fulfillment,
you will never truly be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money,
you will never be happy with yourself.
Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.
Thanksgiving, receiving state
AC (Elliott) n. 5957
The Lord demands humility, worship, thanksgiving.
But the Lord does not demand those things for His own sake, for the Divine derives no
glory at all from a person's humility, worship, or thanksgiving.
Rather, they are required for a person’s own sake.
If someone possesses humility he is able to receive good from the Lord,
since in that case he has been parted from self-love and its evils
which stand in the way of his receiving it.
Therefore the Lord desires a state of humility in a person for that person's sake,
because the Lord can flow in with heavenly good when that state exists in him.
Love, selfish love, Divine love, source of love
AC (Elliott) n. 10308
'It shall be holy to you for Jehovah' means that it must be attached to love that is Divine.
By love that is Divine, love to the Lord and love towards the neighbour should be
understood. The reason why this latter love as well is Divine is that it too emanates from
the Lord; for no one can love the neighbour from self. Anyone who does so from self
loves and confers benefits on his neighbour for selfish reasons; that is, the one he loves is
AC (Elliott) n. 3119
3119. 'And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham' means from the
Divine itself and the Divine Human. This is clear from what has been stated above in
3061, where the same words occur with the exception of 'Blessed'. 'Blessed be Jehovah'
was an expression of thanksgiving, and thus also of joy and gladness, that things had
turned out as one wished. In addition, as to what the ancients meant by blessing Jehovah,
see 1096, 1422.
AC (Elliott) n. 10655
10655. 'You shall keep the feast of unleavened bread' means worship of the Lord and
thanksgiving on account of deliverance from evil and from the falsities of evil. This is
clear from the meaning of 'the feast' as worship and thanksgiving, dealt with in 7093,
9286, 9287; and from the meaning of 'unleavened bread' as things which have been
purified from evil and from the falsities of evil, dealt with in 9992. Consequently 'the
feast of unleavened bread' means worship and thanksgiving on account of deliverance
from evil and from the falsities of evil. The fact that this was the meaning of that feast,
AC (Elliott) n. 10295
10295. '[These] sweet ones' means affections springing from spiritual good. This is clear
from the meaning of 'sweet-smelling spices' as affections for truth springing from good,
dealt with above in 10291. As regards their springing from spiritual good, see 10254,
10290, 10293(end). The reason why the incense was made from the spices that mean
kinds of truth springing from spiritual good, or what amounts to the same thing, why the
kinds of truth that are meant by those spices belong to the spiritual group, is that the
worship of God accomplished by means of truths springing from that good is meant by
'incense'. For acts of thanksgiving, adoration, prayer, and the like are what are meant
specifically by 'incense', see 9475. Such acts of worship are emanations from the heart
expressed through thoughts and speech. The fact that spiritual truths are the means by
which such worship is accomplished may be recognized from the ideas a person has in
mind while engaged in that worship. For the person's ideas then pass from his memory
into his understanding and come forth from there; and anything emanating from there is
called spiritual. As regards the worship of God springing from celestial good, such as
takes place among those who are in the Lord's celestial kingdom, this is not
accomplished by means of acts of thanksgiving, adoration, and prayer, as is the worship
among those who are in the spiritual kingdom, thus not by truths coming from the
memory but by truths coming from the heart, which act as one with the actual love that
governs those people. For the truths that exist with them have been inscribed on their
love, and therefore when moved by love to do what is commanded they are at the same
time moved to do so by truths, without any thought about them based on what they have
been taught, thus without any recollection of them from their memory. As regards
'incense', that it means acts of thanksgiving, adoration, and prayer, which emanate from
the thoughts of the heart through the mouth, see 9475, 10177, 10198.
AC (Elliott) n. 5957
5957. 'And to his father he sent as follows' means what was freely given to spiritual good.
This is clear from the representation of Israel, to whom 'father' refers here, as spiritual
good from the natural, as in 5801, 5803, 5806, 5812, 5817, 5819, 5826, 5833; and from
the meaning of 'sending' as freely giving. For everything that flows from the Lord by way
of the internal into the external or natural - even into spiritual good, which is 'Israel',
since it derives from the natural - is freely given. The Lord does, it is true, demand
humility, worship, thanksgiving, and much else from a person, which seem like
repayment, so that His gifts do not seem to be free. But the Lord does not demand those
things for His own sake, for the Divine derives no glory at all from a person's humility,
worship, or thanksgiving. It is utterly inconceivable that any self-love should exist within
the Divine, causing Him to require such actions for His own sake. Rather, they are
required for man's own sake, for if someone possesses humility he is able to accept good
from the Lord, since in that case he has been parted from self-love and its evils which
stand in the way of his accepting it. Therefore the Lord desires a state of humility in a
person for that person's sake, because the Lord can flow in with heavenly good when that
state exists in him. The same applies to worship and thanksgiving.