Jona 1

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1 Riječ Jahvina dođe Joni, sinu Amitajevu:

2 "Ustani," reče mu, "idi u Ninivu, grad veliki, i propovijedaj u njemu, jer se zloća njihova popela do mene."

3 A Jona ustade da pobjegne u Taršiš, daleko od Jahve. Siđe u Jafu i nađe lađu što je plovila u Taršiš. Plati vozarinu i ukrca se da otplovi s njima u Taršiš, daleko od Jahve.

4 Ali Jahve podiže na moru silan vjetar i nastade nevrijeme veliko na moru te mišljahu da će se lađa razbiti.

5 Uplašiše se mornari; svaki zazva svoga boga, i da bi je olakšali, stadoše iz lađe bacati tovar što bijaše u njoj. Jona pak bijaše sišao na dno lađe, legao i zaspao tvrdim snom.

6 Zapovjednik lađe pristupi mu i reče: "Što spavaš kao zaklan? Ustaj i prizivlji Boga svojega! Možda će nas se sjetiti Bog taj da ne poginemo."

7 Potom rekoše jedni drugima: "Hajde da bacimo ždrijeb da vidimo od koga nam dođe ovo zlo." Baciše ždrijeb i pade ždrijeb na Jonu.

8 Oni mu onda rekoše: "Kaži nam: zbog koga nas ovo zlo snađe, kojim se poslom baviš, odakle dolaziš, iz koje si zemlje i od kojega naroda?"

9 On im odgovori: "Ja sam Hebrej, i štujem Jahvu, Boga nebeskoga, koji stvori more i zemlju."

10 Ljudi se uplašiše veoma i rekoše mu: "Što si to učinio!" Jer bijahu doznali da on bježi od Jahve - sam im je to pripovjedio.

11 Oni ga zapitaše: "Što da učinimo s tobom da nam se more smiri?" Jer se more sve bješnje dizalo.

12 On im odgovori: "Uzmite me i bacite u more, pa će vam se more smiriti, jer znam da se zbog mene diglo na vas ovo veliko nevrijeme."

13 Ljudi uzeše veslati ne bi li se primakli kopnu, jer se more sve bješnje dizalo protiv njih.

14 Tad zazvaše Jahvu i rekoše: "Ah, Jahve, ne daj da poginemo zbog života ovoga čovjeka i ne svali na nas krv nevinu, jer ti si Jahve: činiš kako ti je milo."

15 I uzevši Jonu, baciše ga u more - i more presta bjesnjeti.

16 Tada velik strah Jahvin obuze ljude te prinesoše žrtvu Jahvi i učiniše zavjete.


Exploring the Meaning of Jona 1      

Napsal(a) Helen Kennedy

Billy Graham once said that the whole of Jesus' ministry could be summed up in two words; Come and Go.

COME to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

GO and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19)

In the beginning of the Book of Jonah, chapter 1, we have a story about what happens when you do the first step, but not the second. Jonah was supposed to go preach the gospel -- the monotheistic worship of Jehovah -- to the people of Ninevah. Swedenborg tells us that the verses in Jonah 1:1-2 are about the people of Israel, who had received the Word - but wouldn't go out and share it amongst the nations.

In Jonah 1:4-6, peoples' spiritual knowledge declines, and begins to perish. It happens both in the land of Israel, and in the wider world.

Here are some key symbolic elements in this account:

- A ship represents the knowledge of good and truth useful for life (a church). (Apocalypse Revealed 406)

- A sea, storm and wind represents Hell and its influence. (Apocalypse Revealed 343[4])

- To be asleep means to be deluded by our own glory. (Arcana Coelestia 147)

In Jonah 1:7-9, the people who lived outside the land of Israel had some perception that their own spiritual knowledge was lacking, and they it had led to a collapse of their spiritual state. As Swedenborg puts it, "the state of the church was perverted among themselves".

When they perceived this, they also came to understand that they needed to reject falsified truths that they were getting from the Jewish church at that time, and pray to the Lord for salvation, to try to restore real worship, real spiritual love and wisdom.

Drawing lots, or playing a game of chance, represents pulling truths apart. (Arcana Coelestia 9942.13)

In Jonah 1:10-13, throwing Jonah into the sea represents the rejection of that hollowed-out church, to make way for a new church. Then, in Jonah 1:14-16, when the people in the boat pray unto the Lord for salvation -- it works! They are saved from foundering and drowning.

What's the takeaway for us? If we're getting false ideas from our neighbors, we need to perceive it, and stop. We need to identify our false beliefs, and reject them -- throw them into the sea. Then, we need to pray for salvation -- and then a new "church" can start in us, too, personally, with renewed spiritual life. And, when we come to the Lord, and experience spiritual "rest", then we can also go share our new true ideas and good loves with our neighbors -- coming, and going.

Here's a link to an interesting (audio) sermon on this chapter, by Rev. Todd Beiswenger.

Finally, here's a link to Rev. McCurdy's Study Guide for the Book of Jonah, which is available for free as a .pdf, for your use.

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Exploring the Meaning of Jonah 1      

Napsal(a) Helen Kennedy

Billy Graham once said that the whole of Jesus' ministry could be summed up in two words; Come and Go.

COME to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

GO and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19)

In the beginning of the Book of Jonah, chapter 1, we have a story about what happens when you do the first step, but not the second. Jonah was supposed to go preach the gospel -- the monotheistic worship of Jehovah -- to the people of Ninevah. Swedenborg tells us that the verses in Jonah 1:1-2 are about the people of Israel, who had received the Word - but wouldn't go out and share it amongst the nations.

In Jonah 1:4-6, peoples' spiritual knowledge declines, and begins to perish. It happens both in the land of Israel, and in the wider world.

Here are some key symbolic elements in this account:

- A ship represents the knowledge of good and truth useful for life (a church). (Apocalypse Revealed 406)

- A sea, storm and wind represents Hell and its influence. (Apocalypse Revealed 343[4])

- To be asleep means to be deluded by our own glory. (Arcana Coelestia 147)

In Jonah 1:7-9, the people who lived outside the land of Israel had some perception that their own spiritual knowledge was lacking, and they it had led to a collapse of their spiritual state. As Swedenborg puts it, "the state of the church was perverted among themselves".

When they perceived this, they also came to understand that they needed to reject falsified truths that they were getting from the Jewish church at that time, and pray to the Lord for salvation, to try to restore real worship, real spiritual love and wisdom.

Drawing lots, or playing a game of chance, represents pulling truths apart. (Arcana Coelestia 9942.13)

In Jonah 1:10-13, throwing Jonah into the sea represents the rejection of that hollowed-out church, to make way for a new church. Then, in Jonah 1:14-16, when the people in the boat pray unto the Lord for salvation -- it works! They are saved from foundering and drowning.

What's the takeaway for us? If we're getting false ideas from our neighbors, we need to perceive it, and stop. We need to identify our false beliefs, and reject them -- throw them into the sea. Then, we need to pray for salvation -- and then a new "church" can start in us, too, personally, with renewed spiritual life. And, when we come to the Lord, and experience spiritual "rest", then we can also go share our new true ideas and good loves with our neighbors -- coming, and going.

Here's a link to an interesting (audio) sermon on this chapter, by Rev. Todd Beiswenger.

Finally, here's a link to Rev. McCurdy's Study Guide for the Book of Jonah, which is available for free as a .pdf, for your use.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 211


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 1188, 1343, 1709, 2606, 10325

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