In some cases Scripture informs us that good things will come our way no matter how odd or awkward of a situation it puts us in. For instance, one of the good things God promises us is that we will find benefit from sucking the breast of kings.
Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles [nations], and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob. Isaiah 60:16
Since coming upon the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, I no longer have to dread such a situation. Furthermore, I do not need to see milk dripping out of a king’s breast to strengthen my faith in God. Besides, kings (the few that are left) have more important things to do.
Swedenborg made the discovery that the Holy Word was created as a multidimensional document containing THREE main levels of interpretation. The lowest level consists of the literal meaning of the words. Above this, all the words lose their involvement with time and space and have psycho-spiritual meanings. And on the highest level, the Holy Word has a Divine meaning, in which the Lord God is the only topic treated.
Let me provide some set-up.
The reason why the highest level treats only of God is because the Word is God (John 1:1-3), and therefore, having a Divine Form is the only form the Word could have existed in before creation.
In order to create a finite document by which God could reveal Himself to humankind, Divine Truth had to take on the constraints of human language—a language formed from the finite ideas of time and space. This top-down process from a heavenly origin to a worldly document happens by means of the correspondence principle. In other words, Divine Spiritual Truth finds its equivalent expression in finite worldly terms.
For example, since “kings” represent the ultimate authority and law of a worldly kingdom, they symbolize, and are a metaphor for, the higher Divine Truth and Law that rules God’s heavenly kingdom.
Therefore, to “suck milk from the breasts of kings” translates spiritually into receiving nourishment from God’s Truth. This is similar to the spiritual meaning behind the biblical phrase, “a land flowing with milk and honey.” This passage is not meant to depict a land whose rivers literally flow with milk and honey instead of water, but rather, that we will come to a special spiritual state, from religion, where goodness and truth flow through our hearts and minds.
If you have ever found yourself struck by some of the odd scenarios depicted in Scripture that challenge your discriminating mind and acumen, it is because the descent of Divine Truth into human language often results in words describing puzzling and unlikely events.
All the oddities in Scripture disappear when one seeks the higher meanings and deeper wisdom contained within. The inerrancy of the Bible is not dependent on how well it matches up with the archeological evidence, but from its infinite depth of meaning, which can be verified by anyone one who wishes to make a little extra effort.
Would you be willing to challenge your mind to make the effort?