創世記 12

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1 耶和華亞伯蘭:你要離開本地、本族、父家,往我所要指示你的地去。

2 我必叫你成為國。我必賜福給你,叫你的名為;你也要叫別人得福。

3 為你祝福的,我必賜福與他;那咒詛你的,我必咒詛他。地上的萬族都要因你得福。

4 亞伯蘭就照著耶和華的吩咐去了;羅得也和他同去。亞伯蘭哈蘭的時候年七十五歲。

5 亞伯蘭將他妻子撒萊和姪兒羅得,連他們在哈蘭所積蓄的財物、所得的人口,都迦南地去。他們就到了迦南地。

6 亞伯蘭經過那地,到了示劍地方、摩利橡樹那裡。那時迦南人住在那地。

7 耶和華亞伯蘭顯現,:我要把這地賜你的後裔。亞伯蘭就在那裡為向他顯現的耶和華築了一座

8 從那裡他又遷到伯特利東邊的,支搭帳棚;西邊是伯特利,東邊是艾。他在那裡又為耶和華築了一座,求告耶和華的名。

9 後來亞伯蘭又漸漸遷往地去。

10 那地遭遇饑荒。因饑荒甚大,亞伯蘭埃及去,要在那裡暫居。

11 埃及,就對他妻子撒萊:我知道你是容貌俊美的婦人。

12 埃及人見你必:這是他的妻子,他們就要我,卻叫你存活。

13 求你,你是我的妹子,使我因你得平安,我的命也因你存活。

14 及至亞伯蘭到了埃及埃及人見那婦人極其美貌。

15 法老的臣宰見了他,就在法老面前誇獎他。那婦人就被帶進法老的宮去。

16 法老因這婦人就厚待亞伯蘭亞伯蘭得了許多牛、駱駝、公、母、僕婢。

17 耶和華亞伯蘭妻子撒萊的緣故,降災與法老和他的全家。

18 法老就召了亞伯蘭來,:你這向我作的是甚麼事呢?為甚麼沒有告訴我他是你的妻子

19 為甚麼他是你的妹子,以致我把他取來要作我的妻子?現在你的妻子在這裡,可以帶他走罷。

20 於是法老吩咐人將亞伯蘭和他妻子,並他所有的都送走了。


Exploring the Meaning of 創世記 12      

Napsal(a) Joe David

The Inner Meaning of Genesis 12

In the previous chapter, Genesis 11, we met Abram for the first time, as his genealogy was traced down through the generations from Noah. Abram represents the beginning of a new spiritual state of humankind - a new church that would record preserve important external truths. Those external truths contained internal ones - true ideas about God the way people should live.

These external truths were encoded in stories, first preserved in oral traditions then in written scriptures in the time of Moses. In the current , Abram, goes, as commanded by God, the land of Canaan. In doing this, he effectively starts the Hebrew church (from Eber, Abraham's forebear).

All the geographic places in the land of Canaan its environs had been given spiritual significations by the people of the Most Ancient Church. In the new Word that would be written there, these places would be mentioned by name would signify spiritual ideas.

When Abraham is driven by famine in the land seek refuge in Egypt, it symbolizes a state of initial instruction for this new church. That early instruction is of an external type. Egypt, in the Word, represents scientific knowledge - the natural sciences - which teach the natural level in people.

There are two levels of "story" nested in the symbolism of the literal text. One is the spiritual story of humankind. Another, higher one, is the story of the inner spiritual process that would take place in the life of Jesus Christ. Both stories are traced out in Swedenborg's exegesis of the Word.

Here's an excerpt from his capstone work, True Christian Religion:

The Word has two senses hidden in its literal sense; these are called the spiritual the celestial senses. In the spiritual sense the contents of the Word refer chiefly the church in the celestial sense chiefly the Lord. Again in the spiritual sense its contents refer Divine truth in the celestial sense Divine good. (True Christian Religion 248)

A detailed description of the inner meaning of this chapter begins in Arcana Coelestia 1401. Here are some key excerpts:

AC 1401. True historical things begin here, all of which are representative, and each word significative. The things related in this chapter concerning Abram represent the Lord‘s state from earliest childhood up to youth. As the Lord was born in the same way as other men, He also advanced from an obscure state to one more lucid. "Haran" is the first state, which was obscure; " Shechem" is the second; "the oakgrove Moreh" is the third; "the mountain which had Bethel toward the sea and Ai on the east," is the fourth; and the "journey thence toward the south into Egypt," is the fifth.

AC 1402. The things told of Abram’s sojourn in Egypt represent and signify the Lord‘s first instruction. "Abram" is the Lord; " Sarai," as a wife, is truth to be adjoined to the celestial " Sarai," as a sister, is intellectual truth; "Egypt" is memory-knowledge (scientia). The progress from memory-knowledges (a scientificis) even to celestial truths is described; this was according to Divine order, that the Lord’s Human Essence might be conjoined with His Divine Essence, and at the same time become Jehovah.