Do you have a bony ass?

I am not talking about the junk in your trunk, or the lack of it. I am speaking in biblical terms concerning the quality of your service to others—your “donkey-ness.” This issue of labor and its innermost quality is addressed in Genesis 49:14.

Issachar is a bony ass.”

In Scripture, an “ass” or “donkey” represents one’s ability to be of service (the burdens and challenges we carry during our worldly labors). However, the name ”Issachar” in its original tongue means “hire,” and thus represents labor, which seeks reward, merit and monetary compensation.

Angels have no such terrestrial motives and view any reward or compensation as behaving like a “bony ass”—that is, anyone who will not move a muscle (inner stubbornness) without the promise of payment for services rendered. Angels seek goodness, therefore, goodness is its own reward. God’s angels consider the earthly objective of working only for personal gain as impure and even spiritual theft by which one converts the innocent love toward the neighbor into love toward oneself (which is opposite to heavenly love).

Of course, we must all work for a living while we inhabit this terrestrial orb. However, people can cultivate a deeper, inner life, in which pleasure and happiness is derived from helping others beyond mere monetary concerns, status or reputation. This deeper value puts “meat” on our spiritual bones—our spiritual framework and foundation.

A bone without flesh symbolizes an activity, which has little spiritual life in it.

Muscle atrophies when not put to use. Same goes for the muscle and strength of our inner spirit.

When we do not exercise spiritual love in life we are seen by the angels in heaven as being a bony ass.

About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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