创世记 7

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1 耶和华挪亚:你和你的全家都要进入方舟;因为在这世代中,我见你在我面前是人。

2 凡洁净的畜类,你要带母;不洁净的畜类,你要带一公一母;

3 空中的飞也要带母,可以留种,活在全地上;

4 因为再过,我要降在地上四十昼夜,把我所造的各种活物都从地上除灭。

5 挪亚就遵着耶和华所吩咐的行了。

6 洪水?滥在地上的时候,挪亚整岁。

7 挪亚就同他的妻和儿子儿妇都进入方舟,躲避洪

8 洁净的畜类和不洁净的畜类,飞并地上一切的昆虫,

9 是一对一对的,有公有母,到挪亚那里进入方舟,正如所吩咐挪亚的。

10 过了那洪水?滥在地上。

11 当挪亚岁,二十七日那一天,大渊的泉源都裂开了上的窗户也敞开了

12 四十昼夜降大雨在地上。

13 正当那日,挪亚和他儿子、含、雅弗,并挪亚的妻子个儿妇,都进入方舟。

14 他们和百,各从其类,一切牲畜,各从其类,爬在地上的昆虫,各从其类,一切禽,各从其类,都进入方舟。

15 凡有血、有气息的活物,一对一对地到挪亚那里,进入方舟。

16 凡有血进入方舟的,都是有公有母,正如所吩咐挪亚的。耶和华就把他在方舟里头。

17 ?滥在地上四十往上长,把方舟从地上漂起。

18 势浩大,在地上大大地往上长,方舟在面上漂来漂去。

19 势在地上极其浩大,都淹没了。

20 势比十五肘,岭都淹没了。

21 凡在地上有血动物,就是飞、牲畜、走,和爬在地上的昆虫,以及所有的人,都死了。

22 凡在旱地上、鼻孔有气息的生灵都死了

23 凡地上各类的活物,连人带牲畜、昆虫,以及空中的飞,都从地上除灭了,只留下挪亚和那些与他同在方舟里的。

24 势浩大,在地上共一五十

  

Exploring the Meaning of 创世记 7      

Napsal(a) Joe David

In Genesis 7:1-24, the literal text is the heart of the "Noah and the Ark" story. Noah and his family go into the ark, and bring animals with them, two by two. A great flood comes, and the world is drowned, but the ark is safe, floating on the flood.

In the internal sense, the flood signifies the destruction of the "Most Ancient Church" - a stage in human development that was - at first - characterised by a simple monotheism, and an innocence, and a high degree of spiritual awareness.

Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, symbolise that initial human spiritual state, before "the fall", when they eat the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Then, the story of Cain and Abel, and listing the descendants of these people, trace - in the inner meaning - the gradual but pervasive corruption of the spirituality of that church.

In Genesis 7, a flood of water - representing a tide of evil and falsity - destroys that corrupted church. The people of that church effectively destroy their own spiritual lives.

In the Noah story, the Lord preserves the remnants of good and truth that still exist (represented by Noah, his family, and the selected animals), to provide for the beginning of a new church. That's what is meant by the ark and its preservation.

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