1 Samuel 7

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1 Da kom Mændene fra Kirjat-Jearim og hentede HE ENs Ark op til sig og bragte den til Abinadabs Hus på Højen; og hans Søn El'azar helligede de til at vogte HE ENs Ark.

2 Fra den Dag Arken fik sin Plads i Kirjat Jerim gik der lang Tid; der gik tyve År, og hele Israels Hus sukkede efter HE EN.

3 Da sagde Samuel til hele Israels Hus: "Hvis I vil omvende eder til HE EN af hele eders Hjerte, skil eder så af med de fremmede Guder og Astarterne; vend eders Hu til HE EN og dyrk ham alene, så vil han fri eder af Filisternes Hånd!"

4 Derpå skilte Israeliterne sig af, med Ba'alerne og Astarterne og dyrkede HE EN alene.

5 Da sagde Samuel: "Kald hele Israel sammen i Mizpa, så vil jeg bede til HE EN for eder!"

6 Så samlede de sig i Mizpa og øste Vand og udgød det for HE ENs Åsyn, og de fastede den Dag og sagde der: "Vi har syndet mod HE EN!" Derpå dømte Samuel Israeliterne i Mizpa.

7 Da Filisterne hørte, at Israeliterne havde samlet sig i Mizpa, drog Filisterfyrsterne op imod Israel; og da Israeliterne hørte det, blev de bange for Filisterne.

8 Og Israeliterne sagde til Samuel: "Hold ikke op med at råbe til HE EN vor Gud, at han må frelse os af Filisternes Hånd!"

9 Da tog Samuel et diende Lam og bragte HE EN det som Brændoffer, som Heloffer; og Samuel råbte til HE EN for Israel, og HE EN bønhørte ham.

10 Medens Samuel var i Færd med at bringe Brændofferet, rykkede Filisterne frem til Kamp mod Israel,men HE EN sendte den Dag et vældigt Tordenvejr over Filisterne og bragte dem i Uorden, så de blev slået af Israel;

11 og Israels Mænd rykkede ud fra Mizpa, satte efter Filisterne og huggede dem ned lige til neden for Bet-Kar.

12 Derpå tog Samuel en Sten og stillede den op mellem Mizpa og Jesjana; og han kaldte den Eben-Ezer, idet han sagde: "Hidtil har HE en hjulpet os!"

13 Således bukkede filisterne under, og de faldt ikke mere ind i Israels Land, men HE ENs Hånd lå tungt på Filisterne, så længe Samuel levede.

14 De Byer, Filisterne havde taget, fik Israel tilbage, fra Ekron til Gat; også Landet der omkring frarev Israeliterne Filisterne; og der var Fred mellem Israel og Amoriterne.

15 Samuel var Dommer i Israel, så længe han levede;

16 han plejede årlig at drage rundt til Betel, Gilgal og Mizpa og dømme Israeliterne på alle disse Steder;

17 derefter kom han hjem til ama; thi der havde han sit Hjem, og der dømte han Israel. Og han byggede HE EN et Alter der.

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Exploring the Meaning of 1_Samuel 7      

Here we find a broad-brush description of the life of Samuel, the last Judge of Israel, and the reality of the Israelitish world that he presided over. After the Philistines returned the Ark of the Covenant, it was taken to the city of Kirjath Jearim. Samuel commanded the people of Israel to rid themselves of their idols and worship of foreign gods, and return to worshiping the Lord. Chief among these idols was Baal. Baal was understood and worshiped in a variety of ways, most notably as the male god of fertility. Ashtoreth was the female equivalent.

The Children of Israel, like the nations around them, were polytheists at that time. They needed to be regularly convinced that Jehovah, the Lord, was the chief and most powerful God. A belief in only One God, who we now know as the Lord God Jesus Christ, was beyond them at that time. (see Arcana Coelestia 8301)

The people of Israel were called together by Samuel at Mizpah, where he judged them. The Philistines learned of this gathering and once again set out to make war with them. The Israelites made an offering to the Lord, and He responded to their cry by allowing them to push the Philistines back and reclaim cities that the Philistines had taken in previous conflicts.

Other similar skirmishes took place throughout Samuel’s life. There was an ongoing struggle between the Children and Israel, and the surrounding peoples. It represents the struggle we have between good and evil -- between the truths of the one God, Jehovah, and the Ten Commandments, and between the false, but popular, loves of self and the world.

Swedenborgian teachings describe how, in the earliest times of spiritual awareness in humanity, people knew that there was only one God, who was their Divine Creator and Redeemer. However, as people fell away from true faith, their worship degenerated and gradually became the worship of idolatry and multiple gods. In True Christian Religion 159, this is described as a form of insanity.


Výklad(y) nebo odkazy ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 1453, 8301

Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 700, 817

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