约拿书 1

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1 约拿违命

2 起来!到尼尼微城去,警告其中的居民,因为他们的恶行已经达到我面前。”

3 可是约拿起来,要逃往他施去,躲避耶和华;他到约帕,到了一只要开往他施去的;他了钱,就上(“上”原文作“”),要和他们同往他施去,离开耶和华

4 但是耶和华上忽然刮起,于是中狂作,几乎要裂了。

5 水手都很惧怕,各向自己的大声呼求;他们为了减轻的重量,就把上的东西拋在里,可是约拿舱,躺着熟睡了。

6 船长走到他面前,对他:“你怎么啦!睡得那么熟?快起来,求告你的吧!或者会记念我们,使我们不至于丧命!”

7 约拿受罚水手就彼此:“来吧!让我们抽签,好知道这场灾祸临到我们,是因谁的缘故。”于是他们抽签,结果抽中了约拿

8 他们就对约拿:“请告诉我们,这场灾祸临到我们,是因谁的缘故?你是作什么的?你从哪里?你是哪一国的人?哪一族的人?”

9 他回答:“我是希伯来人,我敬畏耶和华上的,就是那创造洋和陆地的。”

10 众人就惧怕,对他:“你为什么这样作呢?(“你为什么这样作呢?”或译:“你作的是什么呢?”)”那些人知道他躲避耶和华,原来约拿告诉了他们。

11 因为浪越来越汹涌,他们又对他:“我们该怎样处置你,才能叫浪平静呢?”

12 他回答:“你们把我抬起来,投在里,浪就会平静,因为我知道,这场风暴临到你们,是为了我的缘故。”

13 那些人虽然破浪挣扎,要把船靠岸,却是不能,因为浪不断汹涌扑来。

14 他们就呼求耶和华:“耶和华啊!我们恳求你,不要因这我们丧命;不要把无辜的血归在我们身上,因为你耶和华是照自己所喜悦的行事。”

15 于是他们把约拿抬起来,投在里,怒涛就平息了。

16 那些人就敬畏耶和华,向他献祭和许愿。

17 耶和华却安排了一条鱼,把约拿吞下约拿就在鱼腹中夜。(本节在《马索拉抄本》为2:1)



Exploring the Meaning of 约拿书 1      

Napsal(a) Helen Kennedy

Billy Graham once said that the whole of Jesus' ministry could be summed up in two words; Come and Go.

COME to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

GO and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19)

In the beginning of the Book of Jonah, chapter 1, we have a story about what happens when you do the first step, but not the second. Jonah was supposed to go preach the gospel -- the monotheistic worship of Jehovah -- to the people of Ninevah. Swedenborg tells us that the verses in Jonah 1:1-2 are about the people of Israel, who had received the Word - but wouldn't go out and share it amongst the nations.

In Jonah 1:4-6, peoples' spiritual knowledge declines, and begins to perish. It happens both in the land of Israel, and in the wider world.

Here are some key symbolic elements in this account:

- A ship represents the knowledge of good and truth useful for life (a church). (Apocalypse Revealed 406)

- A sea, storm and wind represents Hell and its influence. (Apocalypse Revealed 343[4])

- To be asleep means to be deluded by our own glory. (Arcana Coelestia 147)

In Jonah 1:7-9, the people who lived outside the land of Israel had some perception that their own spiritual knowledge was lacking, and they it had led to a collapse of their spiritual state. As Swedenborg puts it, "the state of the church was perverted among themselves".

When they perceived this, they also came to understand that they needed to reject falsified truths that they were getting from the Jewish church at that time, and pray to the Lord for salvation, to try to restore real worship, real spiritual love and wisdom.

Drawing lots, or playing a game of chance, represents pulling truths apart. (Arcana Coelestia 9942.13)

In Jonah 1:10-13, throwing Jonah into the sea represents the rejection of that hollowed-out church, to make way for a new church. Then, in Jonah 1:14-16, when the people in the boat pray unto the Lord for salvation -- it works! They are saved from foundering and drowning.

What's the takeaway for us? If we're getting false ideas from our neighbors, we need to perceive it, and stop. We need to identify our false beliefs, and reject them -- throw them into the sea. Then, we need to pray for salvation -- and then a new "church" can start in us, too, personally, with renewed spiritual life. And, when we come to the Lord, and experience spiritual "rest", then we can also go share our new true ideas and good loves with our neighbors -- coming, and going.

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

Finally, here's a link to Rev. McCurdy's Study Guide for the Book of Jonah, which is available for free as a .pdf, for your use.

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Exploring the Meaning of Jonah 1      

Napsal(a) Helen Kennedy

Billy Graham once said that the whole of Jesus' ministry could be summed up in two words; Come and Go.

COME to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

GO and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19)

In the beginning of the Book of Jonah, chapter 1, we have a story about what happens when you do the first step, but not the second. Jonah was supposed to go preach the gospel -- the monotheistic worship of Jehovah -- to the people of Ninevah. Swedenborg tells us that the verses in Jonah 1:1-2 are about the people of Israel, who had received the Word - but wouldn't go out and share it amongst the nations.

In Jonah 1:4-6, peoples' spiritual knowledge declines, and begins to perish. It happens both in the land of Israel, and in the wider world.

Here are some key symbolic elements in this account:

- A ship represents the knowledge of good and truth useful for life (a church). (Apocalypse Revealed 406)

- A sea, storm and wind represents Hell and its influence. (Apocalypse Revealed 343[4])

- To be asleep means to be deluded by our own glory. (Arcana Coelestia 147)

In Jonah 1:7-9, the people who lived outside the land of Israel had some perception that their own spiritual knowledge was lacking, and they it had led to a collapse of their spiritual state. As Swedenborg puts it, "the state of the church was perverted among themselves".

When they perceived this, they also came to understand that they needed to reject falsified truths that they were getting from the Jewish church at that time, and pray to the Lord for salvation, to try to restore real worship, real spiritual love and wisdom.

Drawing lots, or playing a game of chance, represents pulling truths apart. (Arcana Coelestia 9942.13)

In Jonah 1:10-13, throwing Jonah into the sea represents the rejection of that hollowed-out church, to make way for a new church. Then, in Jonah 1:14-16, when the people in the boat pray unto the Lord for salvation -- it works! They are saved from foundering and drowning.

What's the takeaway for us? If we're getting false ideas from our neighbors, we need to perceive it, and stop. We need to identify our false beliefs, and reject them -- throw them into the sea. Then, we need to pray for salvation -- and then a new "church" can start in us, too, personally, with renewed spiritual life. And, when we come to the Lord, and experience spiritual "rest", then we can also go share our new true ideas and good loves with our neighbors -- coming, and going.

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

Finally, here's a link to Rev. McCurdy's Study Guide for the Book of Jonah, which is available for free as a .pdf, for your use.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 211


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 901, 1188, 1343, 1709, 2606, 2788, 4495, ...

揭秘启示录 505

Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture 29

True Christian Religion 211


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 532, 622

Spiritual Experiences 1391

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