Jonah 4

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1 فغمّ ذلك يونان غمّا شديدا فاغتاظ

2 وصلى الى الرب وقال آه يا رب أليس هذا كلامي اذ كنت بعد في ارضي. لذلك بادرت الى الهرب الى ترشيش لاني علمت انك اله رؤوف ورحيم بطيء الغضب وكثير الرحمة ونادم على الشر.

3 فالآن يا رب خذ نفسي مني لان موتي خير من حياتي.

4 فقال الرب هل اغتظت بالصواب

5 وخرج يونان من المدينة وجلس شرقي المدينة وصنع لنفسه هناك مظلّة وجلس تحتها في الظل حتى يرى ماذا يحدث في المدينة.

6 فاعدّ الرب الاله يقطينة فارتفعت فوق يونان لتكون ظلا على راسه لكي يخلّصه من غمّه. ففرح يونان من اجل اليقطينة فرحا عظيما

7 ثم اعدّ الله دودة عند طلوع الفجر في الغد فضربت اليقطينة فيبست.

8 وحدث عند طلوع الشمس ان الله اعدّ ريحا شرقية حارّة فضربت الشمس على راس يونان فذبل فطلب لنفسه الموت وقال موتي خير من حياتي

9 فقال الله ليونان هل اغتظت بالصواب من اجل اليقطينة. فقال اغتظت بالصواب حتى الموت.

10 فقال الرب انت شفقت على اليقطينة التي لم تتعب فيها ولا ربّيتها التي بنت ليلة كانت وبنت ليلة هلكت.

11 أفلا اشفق انا على نينوى المدينة العظيمة التي يوجد فيها اكثر من اثنتي عشرة ربوة من الناس الذين لا يعرفون يمينهم من شمالهم وبهائم كثيرة

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Exploring the Meaning of Jonah 4      

By Joe David and Steve David

In this fourth chapter of the Book of Jonah, (Jonah 4), the prophet Jonah has a strange reaction to his success. He's angry, and sulky. He thinks he knows better than God does. What is this story about?

Rev. George McCurdy, in his exegesis of this chapter, offers a summary in his Study Guide for the Book of Jonah, which is available for free as a .pdf, for your use. Below, we've excerpted part of his summary, and edited it for use in this context.

The people of the Jewish church in Jonah's time didn't want to reconsider their belief in their "most-favored-nation status." They challenged the Lord. They couldn't understand why He wanted to save their enemies in Nineveh.

Despite the hard lessons in chapters 1 and 2, and his success as described in chapter 3, Jonah still thought he knew better than the Lord. He thought that God was being too soft and loving -- too forgiving -- and that He needed to come around to Jonah’s tougher view.

Jonah got so angry and vengeful that he preferred to die rather than approve of the Lord’s way to save the Ninevites. His self-love wanted shade -- protection for its concepts. The Lord needed to bring such thinking to an end; the worm brought about death to the gourd from within. The Lord then sent a vehement east wind, that represents a blowing away of the stagnant thinking of the church.

The Lord's heavenly sun shone upon Jonah, but he felt faint. Here, Jonah's insistence on his own troubling view of things made him uncomfortable with the Lord’s view. The Divine guidance offered him a way to learn to enjoy the success of his neighbors as his own, but he wouldn't take it.

For us, then -- what? This story is telling us that we can't just keep the truths of the Word for ourselves; we have to go to Nineveh and share them. And then, if people start to hear them, and use them to turn their lives around, we can't allow ourselves to get resentful that the Lord accepts their repentance and forgives them. It's a very human reaction; think of the disciples vying to be first in the Lord's command structure (Luke 9:46), or the brother of the prodigal son (Luke 15:28-29), or the workers in the vineyard who had worked all day for a denarius (Matthew 20:10-12). But... it's not a good reaction. The Lord doesn't admire it in Jonah, and doesn't admire it when it crops up in our minds, either.

Rev. Martin Pennington recommends several explanatory passages from Swedenborg's theological writings:

"Shade or shadow means the perception of good and truth lies in obscurity." (Arcana Coelestia 2367)

"A vine is spiritual good (the spiritual church)". (Arcana Coelestia 217)

"A worm represents falsity gnawing away and tormenting one." (Arcana Coelestia 8481)

"'And the sun grew hot' in the contrary sense means self-love and love of the world." (Arcana Coelestia 8487)

And... here's a link to an interesting (audio) sermon on this chapter, by Rev. Todd Beiswenger.


Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 214

Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 10441

Sacred Scripture 51

True Christian Religion 226

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 401, 419

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