The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 212
'Jonah' represents the Jewish nation.
The Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...
Fish signify sensual affections which are the ultimate affections of the natural man. Also, those who are in common truths, which are also ultimates of...
The belly (Psalms 16:4) signifies the interior understanding.
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...
As with most common verbs, the spiritual meaning of “crying” or “crying out” (meaning a shout or wail, not weeping) is highly dependent on context....
An affliction "such as was not from the beginning of the world, no nor ever shall be", mentioned in Matte 24:21, means the infestation from...
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.
'Passed' or 'expired' denotes the conclusion of whatever state is being discussed.
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.
Over' or 'upon' in the Word, signifies being within, because the highest part in successive order becomes inmost in simultaneous order. This is why the...
The symbolic meaning of "seeing" is "understanding," which is obvious enough that it has become part of common language (think about it; you might see...
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...
The Bible describes many things as being holy, or sacred. The Ark of the Covenant is one very holy object. The inmost chamber of the...
'A temple' represents heaven and the church. The sacred place where the ark was, represents the inmost, or third heaven, and the church among people...
Water was obviously of tremendous importance in Biblical times (and every other time). It is the basis of life, the essential ingredient in all drinks,...
The nature of the soul is a deep and complicated topic, but it can be summarized as "spiritual life," who we are in terms of...
There are only a couple of references in the Writings to "close" used as a verb, and both stem from Amos 9:11, which talks about...
Something 'round' relates to good. 'A small round thing,' as in Exodus 16:14, refers to the good of truth in its first formation. This is...
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...
The Writings tell us that the Lord's love is the sun of heaven, and it is natural for us to look above ourselves to the...
"Earth" in the Bible can mean a person or a group of like-minded people as in a church. But it refers specifically to the external...
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.
According to Swedenborg, the Lord is life itself, and we are recipients of life. This is true even of the most evil spirits, who loved...
When people pray in the Bible, it means they are opening up their internal states. When it is the Lord praying, or a figure who...
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...
'To observe' stands for all aspects of the Word in general.
'Vanity' signifies evil and the falsity of evil. 'Vanities of strangers' signifies falsities of religion.
In many cases, the spiritual meaning of "own," both as a verb and as an adjective, is relatively literal. When people are described as the...
In regular language, "mercy" means being caring and compassionate toward those who are in poor states. That's a position we are all in relative to...
Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving (Rev. 7.) signify divine spiritual things of the Lord.
In Genesis 28:20, 'he vowed a vow' denotes, in the internal sense, willing that the Lord will provide. In the highest sense, where the Lord...
'Salvation, to the Lord our God,' as in Revelation 19:1, signifies an acknowledgment and confession that salvation is from the Lord.
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...
'Vomit' relates to the falsification of divine truth.
'Upon' or 'over' signifies being within.
Land' in the Word, denotes the church, for the things which signify the church also signify the things relating to the church, for these constitute...
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How the Lord Saved Jonah
A retelling of the story for young children with beautiful color illustrations.
Story | Ages 4 - 6
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10
Jonah and the Great Fish
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3
Jonah and the Great Fish
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6
Jonah and the Great Fish (3-5 years)
Project | Ages 4 - 6
Jonah and the Great Fish (6-8 years)
Project | Ages 7 - 10
Jonah and the Great Fish (9-11 years)
Project | Ages 11 - 14
Jonah Disobeys the Lord
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14
Jonah in the Great Fish
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14
Jonah Swallowed by a Fish
Another way to make a 3 dimensional fish that can swallow Noah.
Project | Ages up to 6
Quotes: Divine Providence and Evil
Teaching Support | Ages over 15
The Prophet Jonah
This article shows how the Lord tried to teach Jonah to be merciful and kind when Jonah disobeyed the Lord because of his hatred toward the Assyrians.
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14
By Rev. Todd Beiswenger
We know that when we get in a tight spot, it is time to pray! What makes Jonah's prayer special isn't so much the prayer itself, but it is Jonah's transformation that goes with it. He's realized that his choices have only made him miserable, and he's ready to do God's will.