約書亞記 6

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1 圍繞耶利哥耶利哥的城門因以色列人的緣故,就緊緊地關閉,沒有人出入。

2 耶和華對約書亞:“,我已經把耶利哥耶利哥,以及英勇的戰士,都交在你的中了。

3 你們所有能作戰的男丁要圍繞這城,一天圍繞次,都要這樣行;

4 並派祭司拿著個羊角,走在約櫃的前面;到第七,你們要繞城次,祭司也要吹角。

5 當羊角吹起號,你們見角聲的時候,全體民要聲呼,那時城牆就必塌陷;你們各要向前直衝。”

6 於是嫩的兒子約書亞把祭司召了來,對他們:“你們要抬起約櫃;並派祭司拿著個羊角,走在耶和華約櫃的前面。”

7 他又對人民:“你們前去繞城吧,拿武器的人要走在耶和華約櫃的前面。”

8 約書亞吩咐人民以祭司拿著個羊角,走在耶和華的前面,並且吹角,耶和華的約櫃在他們面跟著走。

9 拿武器的人走在吹角的祭司前面,在約櫃面也有防衛的隊伍跟著走,祭司一面走,一面吹角。

10 約書亞吩咐人民:“你們不可呼,不可讓人見你們的聲音,連一句也不可出,等到我吩咐你們‘呼’的那,你們才可以呼。”

11 這樣,耶和華的約櫃繞城而行,圍繞了次,眾人就回到中,在裡住宿。

12 約書亞清起來祭司又抬起耶和華的約櫃。

13 拿著個羊角的祭司,走在耶和華的約櫃前面;一面走,一面吹角;拿武器的人走在他們前面,在耶和華的約櫃面也有防衛的隊伍跟著走;祭司一面走,一面吹角。

14 第二日,眾人又繞城一次,然後回到裡去;日他們都是這樣行。

15 城牆塌陷到了第七日,清黎明的時候,他們起來,以同樣的方式繞城次;只有這一日,他們繞城次。

16 到了第七次,祭司吹角的時候,約書亞就對人民:“你們呼吧,因為耶和華已經把這城賜你們了。

17 這城要完全毀滅,城和城中的一切都歸耶和華;只有妓女喇合,和所有與她在家中的都可以存活,因為她收藏了我們派去的使者。

18 不過你們要謹慎,不可取那當毀滅的物,恐怕你們貪心,取了那當毀滅的物,就使以色列成為當毀滅的,使以色列遭遇災禍。

19 可是,所有的和銅的器皿,都要歸耶和華,存入耶和華的房中。”

20 於是民呼,祭司也吹角。見角聲的時候,就聲呼城牆就塌陷了;於是,民衝入城中,向前,把城攻取。

21 他們把城中的一切,無論女老幼、牛羊和,都用刀殺盡。

22 喇合全家蒙救約書亞對窺探那地的兩個人:“你們進那妓女的家裡去,照著你們向她所起的誓,把那女人和她所有的一切,從家裡。”

23 那兩個年輕密探就進去,把喇合和她的父母、兄弟、她所有的一切,以及她所有的親屬,都領出,安置在以色列的外。

24 眾人把城和城中的一切都用燒了;只有和銅的器皿都放入耶和華聖所的房裡。

25 約書亞卻放過妓女喇合和她的父,以及她所有的一切;她以色列中,直到今日,因為她收藏了約書亞派去窺探耶利哥的使者。

26 凡重建耶利哥城的必受咒詛那時,約書亞要民起誓,說:“起來重建這耶利哥城的,那耶和華面前是可咒可詛的;他立地基的時候必喪長子;他安城的時候必失幼子。”

27 耶和華與約書亞同在;約書亞的名聲傳遍全地。

  

Exploring the Meaning of 約書亞記 6      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth and New Christian Bible Study Staff

Joshua 6: The Fall of Jericho

Here, the first conflict for Israel in Canaan presents itself: the taking of the city of Jericho, which stands directly and obstinately in the path of the Israelites, preventing them from moving forward. This conflict embodies the whole essence and scope of all the rest of the conquests in the Joshua story, which in the inner meaning is to overcome and rule the things in our lives which oppose what God wants for us.

Jericho is to be taken with a siege, and God gives Joshua a procedure to follow: You shall march round the city once a day for six days in absolute silence. Seven priests shall carry seven rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march round the city seven times, and then the priests shall blow their trumpets. All the people are to shout with a huge shout, and then the walls of the city will fall down flat. And all the people are to go up and take the city.

This is quite unlike any other siege, where walls have to be scaled and fire catapulted in to burn things, but... this is a spiritual siege. The siege of Jericho represents how we are to lay siege to, or deal effectively with, our own evils and tendencies. It is the description blueprint for the battle between good and evil, which is our battle too. (See Doctrine of Faith 50).

In the Bible, Jericho is sometimes called the ‘city of palm trees’, giving a lovely idea of it. Its name means “a place of fragrance”, or, “his (the Lord’s) sweet breath”. It sounds perfect, but this has been usurped by invaders and takers who are now in complete possession of this sweet city and who will hold on for all they're worth (Apocalypse Explained 502[11]). This is really an account of the influence of hell in human life, and especially our unregenerate lives, when we are open to whatever feels self-gratifying.

Jericho, we hear, is shut up tight. It is not going to be an easy matter – because the work of regeneration never is – but this also describes hell’s fear; it is shut up tight because of the Israelites (Heaven and Hell 543). In us, when we become aware of a better way to live and we want to follow the Lord - whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light - hell will soon hit back in some devious imperceptible way to hold on to what it has got. It is scared of losing us.

This takes us to the siege and its tactics. The march once a day around the city for six days, carrying the ark, is to see every part of our situation from every angle, and it is also to parade our worship and adoration of the Lord (by parading the ark). The time period, six days, is always to do with the work involved in our regeneration as we see evil and shun it, pray to God, stand back and determine. (Arcana Caelestia 10373)

The seventh day involves seven marches round the city, then the trumpets and the shouts. This is the culmination, the Sabbath. For us, it is the avowal that we know the Lord is now ruling our will and our life and there will be no turning back or weakness of giving in. Jericho is now taken! The command is that every living thing in the city is to be completely destroyed because we must be unrelenting against all the things in our lives that go against God.

The gold, the silver, and the vessels of brass and iron, were put into the treasury of the house of Jehovah. The "gold and silver" represent the knowledges of spiritual truth and good, and "the vessels of brass and iron" represent knowledges of natural truth and good. In the profane hands of the idolaters of Jericho, those knowledges could be tools to serve dire falsities and evils. In the house of Jehovah, they could be serviceable knowledges, applied to good ends - hence their being salvaged. (See Heaven and Hell 487)

The prostitute Rahab (who had hidden Israel’s spies and confessed the Lord’s power) and all her family are brought out and given safekeeping. For us, this is the acknowledgement of the truth that we are sinful (as she was) and that if it were not for the Lord we would plunge into who knows what. But now we know and confess the power and truth of God. And then, the Israelites burn the city with fire and Joshua pronounces a curse on anyone who ever rebuilds this city. We are to abhor evil for what it is and be faithful to the Lord our God.

The story of the destruction of Jericho is then the pattern for all our resistance and resolve in seeing and overcoming evil, while confessing, as we do this, that the battle is the Lord’s. (Charity 166)

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Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 6      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth and New Christian Bible Study Staff

Joshua 6: The Fall of Jericho

Here, the first conflict for Israel in Canaan presents itself: the taking of the city of Jericho, which stands directly and obstinately in the path of the Israelites, preventing them from moving forward. This conflict embodies the whole essence and scope of all the rest of the conquests in the Joshua story, which in the inner meaning is to overcome and rule the things in our lives which oppose what God wants for us.

Jericho is to be taken with a siege, and God gives Joshua a procedure to follow: You shall march round the city once a day for six days in absolute silence. Seven priests shall carry seven rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march round the city seven times, and then the priests shall blow their trumpets. All the people are to shout with a huge shout, and then the walls of the city will fall down flat. And all the people are to go up and take the city.

This is quite unlike any other siege, where walls have to be scaled and fire catapulted in to burn things, but... this is a spiritual siege. The siege of Jericho represents how we are to lay siege to, or deal effectively with, our own evils and tendencies. It is the description blueprint for the battle between good and evil, which is our battle too. (See Doctrine of Faith 50).

In the Bible, Jericho is sometimes called the ‘city of palm trees’, giving a lovely idea of it. Its name means “a place of fragrance”, or, “his (the Lord’s) sweet breath”. It sounds perfect, but this has been usurped by invaders and takers who are now in complete possession of this sweet city and who will hold on for all they're worth (Apocalypse Explained 502[11]). This is really an account of the influence of hell in human life, and especially our unregenerate lives, when we are open to whatever feels self-gratifying.

Jericho, we hear, is shut up tight. It is not going to be an easy matter – because the work of regeneration never is – but this also describes hell’s fear; it is shut up tight because of the Israelites (Heaven and Hell 543). In us, when we become aware of a better way to live and we want to follow the Lord - whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light - hell will soon hit back in some devious imperceptible way to hold on to what it has got. It is scared of losing us.

This takes us to the siege and its tactics. The march once a day around the city for six days, carrying the ark, is to see every part of our situation from every angle, and it is also to parade our worship and adoration of the Lord (by parading the ark). The time period, six days, is always to do with the work involved in our regeneration as we see evil and shun it, pray to God, stand back and determine. (Arcana Caelestia 10373)

The seventh day involves seven marches round the city, then the trumpets and the shouts. This is the culmination, the Sabbath. For us, it is the avowal that we know the Lord is now ruling our will and our life and there will be no turning back or weakness of giving in. Jericho is now taken! The command is that every living thing in the city is to be completely destroyed because we must be unrelenting against all the things in our lives that go against God.

The gold, the silver, and the vessels of brass and iron, were put into the treasury of the house of Jehovah. The "gold and silver" represent the knowledges of spiritual truth and good, and "the vessels of brass and iron" represent knowledges of natural truth and good. In the profane hands of the idolaters of Jericho, those knowledges could be tools to serve dire falsities and evils. In the house of Jehovah, they could be serviceable knowledges, applied to good ends - hence their being salvaged. (See Heaven and Hell 487)

The prostitute Rahab (who had hidden Israel’s spies and confessed the Lord’s power) and all her family are brought out and given safekeeping. For us, this is the acknowledgement of the truth that we are sinful (as she was) and that if it were not for the Lord we would plunge into who knows what. But now we know and confess the power and truth of God. And then, the Israelites burn the city with fire and Joshua pronounces a curse on anyone who ever rebuilds this city. We are to abhor evil for what it is and be faithful to the Lord our God.

The story of the destruction of Jericho is then the pattern for all our resistance and resolve in seeing and overcoming evil, while confessing, as we do this, that the battle is the Lord’s. (Charity 166)

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Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

属天的奥秘 8815


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

属天的奥秘 728, 2799, 2838, 2973, 5955, 9396, 9416

Apocalypse Revealed 397, 529

Doctrine of Life 59

True Christian Religion 284


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 55, 458, 502, 700

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兄弟
"兄弟 "在《圣经》中有两种用法,在现代语言中仍有体现。一种是指实际的血缘关系;另一种是以 "人的兄弟关系 "的方式,更广泛地指共同性。 第二种用法在圣经中是一致的,意思是指那些活在行善的爱中的人。这可以是不同层次的,从简单的顺服的喜乐,到服侍别人的慈善之爱,再到主自己的崇高之爱。但在这些爱中都是兄弟。 启示录解释》,第746页。 "这样的人之所以被称为弟兄,是因为他们都有一位父亲,即主;那些在爱主的好处上,在对邻舍的仁爱上,都是主的儿子。(S)既然是一位父亲的儿子,他们也是弟兄。而且,主父的大诫命,就是要他们彼此相爱,因此,是爱使他们成为弟兄......" 有血缘关系的兄弟,情况就比较复杂,其意义更多的是受兄弟的身份和故事背景的影响。一般来说,它们反映了行善的愿望和对如何行善的理解之间可能存在的统一。该隐和亚伯以及几对双胞胎都是如此。雅各布和以扫、犹大的儿子撒拉和法勒斯、约瑟的儿子以法莲和玛拿西;在每一个案例中,一个代表了行善的愿望,另一个代表了对真理的理解。 因为这种善与真的兄弟情谊,兄弟可以根据上下文的不同,代表任何一种。事实上,约瑟的兄弟们的意义在他的故事中不断变化,因为他们代表了犹太信仰的先驱的精神衰落和重生。...

以色列的
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...


火,在精神意义上,根据上下文,既可以意味着爱,也可以意味着恨,就像自然之火既可以让你感到舒适,让你感到温暖,也可以让你感到害怕,让你的房子烧毁。我们的语言也反映了这一点--我们使用的概念,比如燃烧的仇恨或燃烧的爱。所以,火就是爱,要么是对邻居和对主的爱,要么,在不好的意义上,是对自己的爱,如果不受良心的约束,会导致对任何反对它的人的仇恨。


在圣经时代,特别是旧约时代,许多人都是游牧民族,他们住在帐篷里,可以快速地打点、移动和重新搭建。当然,还有一些人住在房子里,一般是用石头和木头做的,相当永久。介于这两者之间的是更大、更精致的帐篷式结构,称为帐棚或住所;摩西为约柜所建的帐棚就是以这种模式为基础。 那么,"住 "在某个地方,意义重大--它比单纯的参观要多得多--但却不如住在那里永久。而事实上,在《圣经》中,住在某处,代表着进入那种属灵的状态,并与之交往,但不一定是永久的。 同时,"住处 "代表着激发居住在其中的人的各种爱,从最邪恶的--例如以赛亚书第9章中的 "那些住在死亡阴影里的人"--到会幕本身的崇高状态,会幕是作为主的住处而建造的,代表着天堂的所有细节。


在圣经时代,特别是旧约时代,许多人都是游牧民族,他们住在帐篷里,可以快速地打点、移动和重新搭建。当然,还有一些人住在房子里,一般是用石头和木头做的,相当永久。介于这两者之间的是更大、更精致的帐篷式结构,称为帐棚或住所;摩西为约柜所建的帐棚就是以这种模式为基础。 那么,"住 "在某个地方,意义重大--它比单纯的参观要多得多--但却不如住在那里永久。而事实上,在《圣经》中,住在某处,代表着进入那种属灵的状态,并与之交往,但不一定是永久的。 同时,"住处 "代表着激发居住在其中的人的各种爱,从最邪恶的--例如以赛亚书第9章中的 "那些住在死亡阴影里的人"--到会幕本身的崇高状态,会幕是作为主的住处而建造的,代表着天堂的所有细节。

長子
当《圣经》谈到世代或出生顺序时,其内在的意义与灵性状态的进展和它们的相对重要性有关。那么,长子将是第一个、领先的灵性状态,为所有后续的灵性状态奠定基础。 当然,归根结底,所有的精神状态都有其源头,那就是来自于主的完美的、无限的爱,所以在最深的层面上,这种爱--主本身的本质--就是指 "长子"。在某种程度上,主的爱也是自然层面上的终极 "长子";我们可以通过不计其数的世代和亿万年的演化,清晰地追溯到创世本身的那一刻,将孩子追溯到父母。既然创造来自于主爱的无限能量,那么从某种程度上来说,他也就成了自然界的长子。 不过,圣经中大多数对 "长子 "的使用并不是在这个终极层面上,它们是指一个人或一个教会的 "长子"。这大致可分为两类。如果这个人或那个教会是属天的,它的 "长子 "就会在某个层面上有向善的愿望,从较低层面的服侍别人的愿望到最高层面的爱主。这个人或那个教会的所有方面都会从这个初生的爱中逐步流露出来。如果这个人或那个教会在本质上是属灵的--在生命的过程中和现代世界中更为常见--那么第一胎将是对什么是好的理解,对主和主的愿望的认识。那个人或那个教会的所有方面都将从这种深刻的理解中流露出来,在瑞典堡中通常被称为 "信仰"。这是《圣经》中 "长子 "最常见的意思。


从一般意义上讲,《圣经》中的门代表了人们最初的向善欲望和对真理的概念,将人们的爱和理解引入新的层次,甚至是主自己。 不过根据背景,有很多具体的内容。因为 "房子 "代表了一个人的欲望、情感和激情,门的作用是引入真正的想法,可以把这些欲望付诸行动。在更广泛的情况下,门是通向天堂本身的。 而在某些情况下,其含义被带到了一个非常具体的层面。例如,圣经时代的住宅往往有内门和外门来保护。创世记19章中,当罗得试图说服所多玛的人不要调戏探望他的天使时,他其实是去了内门外,但却留在了外门内。外门代表着对善的渴望,对所多玛男人所代表的虚假有抵抗力;内门代表着从善的渴望中涌现出来的真实想法。培养善的欲望的人可以从第一道门进入,但在从第二道门进入之前,必须学习如何表达这种欲望的真理。 提到门柱和门楣,也要区分介绍性商品和介绍性真理。

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 Battle of Jericho Review Questions
Use words from a word bank to complete sentences about the battle of Jericho.
Activity | All Ages

 Build a Diorama of the City of Jericho
Use pipecleaners and paper to make a model of the city of Jericho, the first city Israel conquered in the conquest of Canaan.
Project | All Ages

 Compare Joshua with Jesus
Complete a chart comparing Joshua and Jesus. Who were theys fighting? Where did they go? How did they show courage?
Activity | Ages 9 - 13

 Crossing the Jordan, Jericho
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Joshua and the Battle of Jericho
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Joshua and the Walls of Jericho
This lesson discusses a story from the Word and suggests projects and activities for young children.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 The Conquest of Jericho
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Destruction of Jericho
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Destruction of Jericho
The destruction of Jericho shows us that the voice of the Lord is powerful and that He can help us fight our battles as well. Sample from the Jacob's Ladder Program, Level 4, for ages 9-10.
Religion Lesson | Ages 9 - 10

 The Fall of Jericho
Family lessons provide a worship talk and a variety of activities for children and teens..
Religion Lesson | Ages 4 - 17

 The Number Seven in the Word Crossword Puzzle
Discover stories that include the number seven in the Word.
Activity | Ages 9 - 13

 The Taking of Jericho
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

 The Walls of Jericho
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Walls of Jericho
Project | Ages 4 - 10

 Walls Tumble Down
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
Activity | Ages over 18

 Why Was Joshua a Hero?
Read clues from Deuteronomy and Joshua to discover why Joshua was a hero.
Activity | Ages 9 - 13


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