1 Samuel 6

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1 Efter at HE EN Ark havde været i Filisternes Land syv Måneder,

2 lod Filisterne Præsterne og Sandsigerne kalde og sagde: "Hvad skal vi gøre med HE ENs Ark? Lad os få at vide, hvorledes vi skal bære os ad, når vi sender den hen, hvor den har hjemme!"

3 De svarede: "Når I sender Israels Guds Ark tilbage, må I ikke sende den bort uden Gave; men I skal give den en Sonegave med tilbage; så bliver I raske og skal få at vide, hvorfor hans Hånd ikke vil vige fra eder!"

4 De spurgte da: "Hvilken Sonegave skal vi give den med tilbage?" Og de sagde: "Fem Guldbylder og Fem Guldmus svarende til Tallet på Filisterfyrsterne; thi det er en og samme Plage, der har ramt eder og eders Fyrster;

5 I skal eftergøre eders Bylder og Musene, som hærger eders Land, og således give Israels Gud Æren; måske vil han da tage sin Hånd bort fra eder, eders Gud og eders Land.

6 Hvorfor vil I forhærde eders Hjerte, som Ægypterne og Farao forhærdede deres Hjerte? Da han viste dem sin Magt, måtte de da ikke lade dem rejse, så de kunde drage af Sted?

7 Tag derfor og lav en ny Vogn og tag to diegivende Køer, som ikke har båret Åg, spænd Køerne for Vognen og tag Kalvene fra dem og driv dem hjem;

8 tag så HE ENs Ark og sæt den på Vognen, læg de Guldting, I giver den med i Sonegave, i et Skrin ved Siden af og send den så af Sted.

9 Læg siden Mærke til, om den tager Vejen hjem ad Bet-Sjemesj til, thi så er det ham, som har voldt os denne store Ulykke; i modsat Fald ved vi, at det ikke var hans Hånd, som ramte os, men at det var en Hændelse!"

10 Mændene gjorde da således; de tog to diegivende Køer og spændte dem for Vognen, men Kalvene lukkede de inde i Stalden.

11 Derpå satte de HE ENs Ark på Vognen tillige med Skrinet med Guldmusene og Bylderne.

12 Men Køerne gik den slagne Vej ad Bet-Sjemesj til; under ustandselig Brølen fulgte de stadig den samme Vej uden at bøje af til højre eller venstre, og Filisterfyrsterne fulgte med dem til Bet-Sjemesj's Landemærke.

13 Da Bet-Sjemesjiterne, der var ved at høste Hvede i Dalen, så op og fik ØjeArken, løb de den glade i Møde;

14 og da Vognen var kommet til Bet-Sjemesjiten Jehosjuas Mark, standsede den. Der lå en stor Sten; de huggede da Træet af Vognen i Stykker og ofrede Køerne som Brændoffer til HE EN.

15 Og Leviterne løftede HE ENs Ark ned tillige med Skrinet med Guldtingene, der stod ved Siden af, og satte den på den store Sten, og Mændene i Bet-Sjemesj bragte den Dag Brændofre og ofrede Slagtofre til HE EN.

16 Da de fem Filisterfyrster havde set det, vendte de ufortøvet tilbage til Ekron.

17 Dette er de Guldbylder, Filisterne lod følge med i Sonegave til HE EN: For Asdod een, for Gaza een, for Askalon een, for Gat een og for Ekron een.

18 Guldmusene svarede til Tallet på alle Filisterbyerne, der tilhørte de fem Fyrster, både de befæstede Byer og Landsbyerne. Vidne derom er den Dag i Dag den store Sten på Bet-Sjemesjifen Jehosjuas Mark, hvorpå de satte HE ENs Ark.

19 Men Jekonjas Efterkommere havde ikke taget Del i Bet-Sjemesjiternes Glæde over at se HE ENs Ark; derfor ihjelslog han halvfjerdsindstyve Mænd iblandt dem. Da sørgede Folket, fordi HE EN havde slået så mange af dem ihjel;

20 og Bet-Sjemesjiterne sagde:"Hvem kan bestå for HE ENs, denne hellige Guds, Åsyn? Og hvor vil han drage hen fra os?"

21 Og de sendte Bud til Indbyggerne i Kirjat-Jearim og lod sige: "Filisterne har sendt HE ENs Ark tilbage. Kom herned og hent den op til eder!"

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Exploring the Meaning of 1_Samuel 6      

The Philistines were desperate to get rid of the stolen Ark of the Covenant. They had suffered plagues, and the statue of their god, Dagon, had fallen. Seven months after they had taken the Ark, the priests and diviners of the Philistines advised that it should be returned to the Lord “Jehovah” in Israel’s territory, accompanied by a suitable “trespass offering”. This would be an admission of guilt.

It was decided that the offering should be five gold tumors, or hemorrhoids, and five gold mice - representing the two afflictions that had plagued their people, and the five cities of the Philistines. They built a special cart to carry the Ark and the trespass offering, and two young milk cows pulled it. The cows were set free to find their own route, and headed straight for Israelite territory. The Israelite people in the border town of Beth Shemesh saw the cart coming, and rejoiced. They used a large stone as an altar, split up the wood of the cart and offered the two cows as a sacrifice. The golden objects were then distributed through the land.

In Divine Providence 326, we get an explanation of the meaning of the symbols in this chapter:

The hemorrhoids that plagued the Philistines in 1 Samuel 5 represent earthly loves separated from spiritual ones. The golden hemorrhoids represent earthly loves that have been purified, and made good.

The mice represent distortions of the truth which destroy the church. The golden mice represent the repair of the destruction via good loves and actions.

The cart that carried the ark and the trespass offerings symbolizes a new teaching, and the cows that led it symbolize “good earthly feelings.” The cows lowed as they led the cart. Swedenborg writes of this story that we must turn the obsessions that our earthly self holds with evil into good desires, and that the lowing of the cows as they drew the cart away represents how difficult this is. The sacrifice of the cows when they reached their destination indicates that the Lord was appeased. (See Divine Providence 326)

These symbols reveal something about our relationship with God, and the importance of uniting faith and charity, good and truth, within ourselves. The Philistines represent a spiritual state with faith separate from charity, and this chapter tells us that in order to reunite our faith with charity we must turn our loves of evil into the desire to do good with our knowledge.

The end of the chapter tells that the people of Beth Shemesh, who received the Ark of the Covenant, made a fatal mistake: some of them looked into the Ark. As a consequence, 50,070 of their people died. They sent a message to the people of Kirjath Jearim, asking them to come down and take the Ark from them.

The primary message here is the power of the Lord’s Ten Commandments. In the book True Christian Religion, we are taught that there was tremendous holiness and power in the law written on the stone tablets, because it was a “summary of the whole of religion.” The two engraved tablets represent the link between us and God. One of them contains a synopsis of all things related to God, and the other, a synopsis of all things related to us (see True Christian Religion 285 286). If we are to ever trespass the commandments or treat them as less than holy, harm will surely come. Therefore, we must work with the Lord in order to acquire an appropriate reverence for His commandments. This needs to go together with an active and sincere effort to obey them to the best of our frail and limited human ability.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Apocalypse Explained 700

Apocalypse Revealed 529

Divine Providence 326


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 5945

Doctrine of Life 59

Doctrine of Faith 52

True Christian Religion 284, 595, 691


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 827

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