創世記 7

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1 耶和華挪亞:你和你的全家都要進入方舟;因為在這世代中,我見你在我面前是人。

2 凡潔淨的畜類,你要帶母;不潔淨的畜類,你要帶一公一母;

3 空中的飛也要帶母,可以留種,活在全地上;

4 因為再過,我要降在地上四十晝夜,把我所造的各種活物都從地上除滅。

5 挪亞就遵著耶和華所吩咐的行了。

6 洪水氾濫在地上的時候,挪亞整歲。

7 挪亞就同他的妻和兒子兒婦都進入方舟,躲避洪

8 潔淨的畜類和不潔淨的畜類,飛並地上一切的昆蟲,

9 是一對一對的,有公有母,到挪亞那裡進入方舟,正如所吩咐挪亞的。

10 過了那洪水氾濫在地上。

11 當挪亞歲,二十七日那一天,大淵的泉源都裂開了上的窗戶也敞開了

12 四十晝夜降大雨在地上。

13 正當那日,挪亞和他兒子、含、雅弗,並挪亞的妻子個兒婦,都進入方舟。

14 他們和百,各從其類,一切牲畜,各從其類,爬在地上的昆蟲,各從其類,一切禽,各從其類,都進入方舟。

15 凡有血、有氣息的活物,一對一對地到挪亞那裡,進入方舟。

16 凡有血進入方舟的,都是有公有母,正如所吩咐挪亞的。耶和華就把他在方舟裡頭。

17 氾濫在地上四十往上長,把方舟從地上漂起。

18 勢浩大,在地上大大地往上長,方舟在面上漂來漂去。

19 勢在地上極其浩大,都淹沒了。

20 勢比十五肘,嶺都淹沒了。

21 凡在地上有血動物,就是飛、牲畜、走,和爬在地上的昆蟲,以及所有的人,都死了。

22 凡在旱地上、鼻孔有氣息的生靈都死了

23 凡地上各類的活物,連人帶牲畜、昆蟲,以及空中的飛,都從地上除滅了,只留下挪亞和那些與他同在方舟裡的。

24 勢浩大,在地上共一五十

  

Exploring the Meaning of 創世記 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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