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1 以色列人出去與非利士人打仗,安營在以便以謝;非利士人安營在亞弗。

2 非利士人以色列人擺陣。兩軍交戰的時候,以色列人敗在非利士人面前;非利士人在戰場上殺了他們的軍兵約有

3 百姓回到裡,以色列的長老耶和華今日為何使我們敗在非利士人面前呢?我們不如將耶和華的約櫃從示羅抬到我們這裡,好在我們中間我們脫離敵人的手。

4 於是百姓打發人到示羅,從那裡將基路伯上萬軍之耶和華的約櫃抬來。以利的兩個兒子何弗尼、非尼哈與的約櫃同來。

5 耶和華的約櫃到了中,以色列眾人就聲歡呼,地便震動。

6 非利士人見歡呼的聲音,就:在希伯來人聲歡呼,是甚麼緣故呢?隨後就知道耶和華的約櫃到了中。

7 非利士人就懼怕起:有到了他們中;又我們有禍了!向不曾有這樣的事。

8 我們有禍了!誰能救我們脫離這些大能之呢?從前在曠野用各樣災殃擊打埃及人的,就是這些

9 非利士人哪,你們要剛強,要作大丈夫,免得作希伯來人的奴僕,如同他們作你們的奴僕一樣。你們要作大丈夫,與他們爭戰。

10 非利士人以色列人打仗,以色列人敗了,各向各家奔逃,被殺的甚多,以色列的步兵仆倒了三萬。

11 的約櫃被擄去,以利的兩個兒子何弗尼、非尼哈也被殺了。

12 當日,有一個便雅憫從陣上逃跑,衣服撕裂蒙灰塵,到示羅。

13 到了的時候,以利正在道旁在自己的位上觀望,為的約櫃裡擔憂。那進城報信,合城的就都呼喊起

14 以利見呼喊的聲音就問:這喧嚷是甚麼緣故呢?那急忙報信給以利。

15 那時以利九十歲了,眼目發直,不能見。

16 對以利:我是從陣上的,今日我從陣上逃回。以利:我兒,事情怎樣?

17 報信的回答以色列人非利士人面前逃跑,民中被殺的甚多!你的兩個兒子何弗尼、非尼哈也死了,並且的約櫃被擄去。

18 他一提的約櫃,以利就從他的位上往後跌倒,在旁折斷頸項而;因為他年紀老邁,身體沉重。以利作以色列的士師四十年。

19 以利的兒婦、非尼哈的妻懷孕將到產期,他的約櫃被擄去,公公和丈夫死了,就猛然疼痛,曲身生產;

20 將要的時候,旁邊站著的婦人們對他:不要怕!你生了男孩子了。他卻不回答,也不放在上。

21 他給孩子起名以迦博,說:榮耀離開以色列了!這是因的約櫃被擄去,又因他公公和丈夫都死了。

22 他又:榮耀離開以色列,因為的約櫃被擄去了。

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Exploring the Meaning of 1_Samuel 4      

Although it was clear throughout Israel that Samuel had been established as the Lord’s prophet, the Israelites were still unprepared to listen to his prophecy. A new battle took place between the army of Israel and the army of the Philistines, that went decidedly in the Philistines’ favor. About four thousand men of Israel died.

The Israelites were in great distress, and they sent for the Ark of the covenant from Shiloh in order to summon the power of the Lord. Accompanying the Ark were the two sons of the High Priest Eli: Hophni and Phinehas. When the Ark reached the Israelite camp, the Israelites shouted with joy, and the Philistines became afraid. They knew that the Israelite God was surely with them, and they remembered His power from the plagues of Egypt (in Exodus 7 through 12). The Philistines, in order to avoid being enslaved by the Israelites, summoned courage and defeated Israel. In the process, they captured the Ark of the Covenant.

A messenger was dispatched to bring the bad news to Shiloh, where Eli was. Hophni and Phinehas were dead, and the Ark was in enemy hands. Upon hearing the news, the elderly Eli fell backwards from his seat and died. Phinehas’ wife was heavily pregnant. The bad news broke her spirit and she died shortly after delivering a son that she named Ichabod. The doom predicted in Chapter three of 1 Samuel had come to pass.

The Ark of the Covenant contained two stone tablets, on which were written the Ten Commandments. These were written by the finger of God, and given to Moses on Mount Sinai. The Commandments represented the covenant between the Lord and people. They would be joined together through love and faith: God’s love for His people, and their love for Him. Love, faith in God and obedience to His message would forever bind them. The covenant is only fulfilled when people, individually and collectively, do what is written on those two tablets (see True Christianity 285.)

When the Israelites lose the Ark of the Covenant in this story (and with it, the Ten Commandments) it symbolizes the loss of a person’s covenantal relationship with the Lord their Creator. This covenant can be severed, if we choose to break it, and this story is a representation of the destruction that breaking the covenant can cause. God, however, will never give up on us, and is always ready to come into our lives if we accept Him.

In True Christianity 285, Swedenborg writes that God is always ready to keep His commandment with us, but we must use our free will to keep our commandment with Him. This is illustrated in a quote from Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.”

While this story is an example of a covenant with God described in the Old Testament of the Word, this relationship between God and His people (and, of course, with each one of us individually) is a theme throughout all of the Bible. The New Testament describes a new covenant that the Lord seeks to build with each of us.

The Philistines, whom the Israelites were battling in this chapter, are mentioned in Swedenborg’s writings, where he writes that they represent faith without charity. Both faith and charity are necessary to follow the Lord, and knowledge of what is right and true is not useful unless we apply it to our lives. If we do not, this knowledge simply becomes memory instead of an ongoing part of our life (see Arcana Coelestia 1197). In this chapter, the Israelites lose a battle to the Philistines and surrender the Ark of the Covenant, which contains the Ten Commandments. Since Philistines represent knowledge without charity, perhaps this story is telling us that in order to keep our covenant with God, it is not enough to know what is required of us, what is written on the tablet. We must also act accordingly. When we both understand the commandments and practice them, then we are able to keep our covenant with God.

Swedenborg

Výklad(y) nebo odkazy ze Swedenborgových prací:

属天的奥秘 1343, 1703, 2576, 4763, 9396, 9416


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