Jonah 1

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1 HE ENs Ord kom til Jonas, Amittajs Søn, således:

2 "Stå op og gå til Nineve, den store Stad, udråb over den, at deres Ondskab er kommet op for mit Åsyn."

3 Men Jonas stod op for at fly fra HE ENs Åsyn til Tarsis. Han drog ned til Jafo, og da han fandt et Skib, som skulde til Tarsis betalte han, hvad ejsen kostede, og gik om Bord for at sejle med til Tarsis bort fra HE ENs Åsyn.

4 Men HE EN Iod et stærkt Vejr fare hen over Havet, og en stærk Storm rejste sig på Havet, så Skibet var ved at gå under.

5 Sømændene blev rædde og råbte hver til sin Gud, og de kastede alle Sager i Skibet over Bord for at lette det. Men Jonas var gået ned i det underste Skibsrum og lå i dyb Søvn dernede.

6 Skibsføreren gik da ned til ham og sagde: "Hvor kan du sove? Stå op og råb til din Gud! Måske vil Gud komme os i Hu, så vi ikke omkommer."

7 sagde de til hverandre: "Kom, lad os kaste Lod for at få at vide, hvem der er Skyld i, at denne Ulykke er tilstødt os!" Og de kastede Lod, og Loddet ramte Jonas.

8 Da sagde de til ham: "Sig os, hvem der er Skyld i, at denne Ulykke er tilstødt os! Hvad er du, og hvor kommer du fra? Hvilket Land er du fra, og hvilket Folk hører du til?"

9 Han svarede: "Jeg er Hebræer, og jeg frygter HE EN, Himmelens Gud, som har skabt Havet og det tørre Land."

10 Så grebes Mændene af stor ædsel og sagde til ham: "Hvad har du gjort!" Thi de fik at vide, at han flyede fra HE ENs Åsyn; det sagde han dem.

11 Og de spurgte ham: "Hvad skal vi gøre med dig, så vi får Havet til at lægge sig? Thi det rejser sig mere og mere."

12 Han svarede: "Tag og kast mig i Havet! Så får I det til at lægge sig; thi jeg ved, at jeg er Skyld i, at dette stærke Vejr er over eder."

13 Mændene søgte nu at ro tilbage til Land, men kunde ikke, da Havet rejste sig mere og mere imod dem.

14 Så råbte de til HE EN; "Ak, HE E! Lad os ikke omkomme for denne Mands Sjæls Skyld og lad ikke uskyldigt Blod komme over os; thi det erjo dig, HE E, derhar gjort, som du vilde."

15 Derpå tog de Jonas og kastede ham i Havet, og straks lagde det sig.

16 Og Mændene grebes af stor ædsel for HE EN, bragte ham et Slagtoffer og aflagde Løfter.

17 Men HE EN bød en stor Fisk sluge Jonas; og Jonas var i Fiskens Bug tre Dage og tre Nætter.



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.

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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 901, 1188, 1343, 1709, 2606, 2788, 4495, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 505

Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture 29

True Christian Religion 211


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 532, 622

Spiritual Experiences 1391

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'Jonah' represents the Jewish nation.

søn
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store
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ondskab
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.

ned
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skib
Ships were used in the ancient world – as they generally are now – to carry freight from nation to nation for trade. The various...

havet
Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...

råbte
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Gud
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sagde
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

os
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kommer
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

Land
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...

tilbage
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...

blod
The internal meaning of “blood” is a little tricky, because Swedenborg gives two meanings that seem quite different. In most cases, Swedenborg links blood with...

løfter
In Genesis 28:20, 'he vowed a vow' denotes, in the internal sense, willing that the Lord will provide. In the highest sense, where the Lord...

sluge
To 'swallow' signifies natural truth.

tre
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...

dage
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...

nætter
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