Joshua 6

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1 Men Jeriko var lukket og stængt for Israelitterne, ingen gik ud eller ind.

2 Da sagde HE EN til Josua: "Se, jeg giver Jeriko og dets Konge og Krigere i din Hånd.

3 Alle eders våbenføre Mænd skal gå rundt om Byen, een Gang rundt; det skal I gøre seks Dage;

4 og syv Præster skal bære syv Væderhorn foran Arken. Men den syvende Dag skal I gå rundt om Byen syv Gange, og Præsterne skal støde i Hornene.

5 Når der så blæses i Væderhornet, og I hører Hornets Lyd, skal alt Folket opløfte et vældigt Krigsskrig; så skal Byens Mur styrte sammen, og Folket kan gå lige ind, hver fra sin Plads."

6 Josua, Nuns Søn, lod da Præsterne kalde og sagde til dem: "I skal bære Pagtens Ark, og syv Præster skal bære syv Væderhorn foran HE ENs Ark!"

7 Og han sagde til Folket: "Drag ud og gå rundt om Byen, således at de, som bærer Våben, går foran HE ENs Ark!"

8 Da nu Josua havde talt til Folket, gik de syv Præster, som bar de syv Væderhorn foran HE EN, frem og stødte i Hornene, medens HE ENs Pagts Ark fulgte efter;

9 og de, som bar Våben, gik foran Præsterne, som stødte i Hornene, og de, som sluttede Toget, fulgte efter Arken, medens der blæstes i Hornene.

10 Men Josua bød Folket: "I må ikke opløfte Krigsskrig eller lade eders øst høre, og intet Ord må udgå af eders Mund, før den Dag jeg siger til eder: åb! Men så skal I råbe!"

11 Så lod han HE ENs Ark bære rundt om Byen, een Gang rundt, og derpå begav de sig tilbage til Lejren og overnattede der.

12 Tidligt næste Morgen gjorde Josua sig rede, og Præsterne bar HE ENs Ark,

13 og de syv Præster, som bar de syv Væderhorn foran HE ENs Ark, gik og stødte i Hornene; de, som bar Våben, gik foran dem, og de, som sluttede Toget, fulgte efter HE ENs Ark, medens der blæstes i Hornene.

14 Anden Dag gik de een Gang rundt om Byen, hvorefter de vendte tilbage til Lejren; således gjorde de seks Dage.

15 Men den syvende Dag brød de op tidligt, ved Morgenrødens frembrud og gik på samme Måde syv Gange rundt om Byen; kun på denne Dag drog de syv Gange rundt om Byen;

16 og syvende Gang stødte Præsterne i Hornene, og Josua sagde til Folket: "Opløft Krigsskriget! Thi HE EN har givet eder Byen.

17 Og Byen skal lyses i Band for HE EN med alt, hvad der er i den; kun Skøgen ahab skal blive i Live tillige med alle dem, som er i hendes Hus, fordi hun skjulte Sendebudene, som vi udsendte.

18 Men I skal tage eder vel i Vare for det bandlyste, så I ikke attrår og tager noget af det bandlyste og derved bringer Bandet over Israels lejr og styrter den i Ulykke.

19 Men alt Sølv og Guld og alle Kobber og Jernsager skal helliges HE EN; det skal bringes ind i HE ENs Skatkammer!"

20 Så opløftede Folket Krigsskrig, og de stødte i Hornene og da Folket hørte Hornene, opløftede det et vældigt Krigsskrig; da styrtede Muren sammen, og Folket gik lige ind i Byen; således indtog de Byen.

21 Derpå lagde de med Sværdet Band på alt, hvad der var i Byen, Mænd og Kvinder, unge og gamle, Hornkvæg, Småkvæg og Æsler.

22 Men til de to Mænd, som havde udspejdet Landet, sagde Josua: "Gå ind i Skøgens Hus og før Kvinden og alt, hvad hendes er, ud derfra, som I tilsvor hende!"

23 De unge Mænd, som havde været Spejdere, gik da ind og førte abab ud tillige med hendes Fader og Moder og hendes Brødre, hele hendes Slægt og alt, hvad hendes var; de førte dem ud og lod dem stå uden for Israels Lejr.

24 Men på Byen og alt, hvad der var i den, stak de Ild; kun Sølvet og Guldet og Kobber og Jernsagerne bragte de ind i HE ENs Hus's Skatkammer.

25 Men Skøgen ahab og hendes Fædrenehus og alt, hvad hendes var, lod Josua blive i Live, og hun kom til at bo blandt Israeliterne og gør det den Dag i Dag, fordi hun havde skjult Sendebudene, som Josua havde sendt ud for at udspejde Jeriko.

26 På den Tid tog Josua Folket i Ed, idet han sagde: "Forbandet være den Mand for HE ENs Åsyn, som indlader sig på at opbygge denne By, Jeriko. Det skal koste ham hans førstefødte at lægge Grunden og hans yngste at sætte dens Portfløje ind."

27 Således var HE EN med Josua, og hans y udbredte sig over hele Landet.

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Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 6      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth and New Christian Bible Study Staff

Joshua 6: The Fall of Jericho

Here, the first conflict for Israel in Canaan presents itself: the taking of the city of Jericho, which stands directly and obstinately in the path of the Israelites, preventing them from moving forward. This conflict embodies the whole essence and scope of all the rest of the conquests in the Joshua story, which in the inner meaning is to overcome and rule the things in our lives which oppose what God wants for us.

Jericho is to be taken with a siege, and God gives Joshua a procedure to follow: You shall march round the city once a day for six days in absolute silence. Seven priests shall carry seven rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march round the city seven times, and then the priests shall blow their trumpets. All the people are to shout with a huge shout, and then the walls of the city will fall down flat. And all the people are to go up and take the city.

This is quite unlike any other siege, where walls have to be scaled and fire catapulted in to burn things, but... this is a spiritual siege. The siege of Jericho represents how we are to lay siege to, or deal effectively with, our own evils and tendencies. It is the description blueprint for the battle between good and evil, which is our battle too. (See Doctrine of Faith 50).

In the Bible, Jericho is sometimes called the ‘city of palm trees’, giving a lovely idea of it. Its name means “a place of fragrance”, or, “his (the Lord’s) sweet breath”. It sounds perfect, but this has been usurped by invaders and takers who are now in complete possession of this sweet city and who will hold on for all they're worth (Apocalypse Explained 502[11]). This is really an account of the influence of hell in human life, and especially our unregenerate lives, when we are open to whatever feels self-gratifying.

Jericho, we hear, is shut up tight. It is not going to be an easy matter – because the work of regeneration never is – but this also describes hell’s fear; it is shut up tight because of the Israelites (Heaven and Hell 543). In us, when we become aware of a better way to live and we want to follow the Lord - whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light - hell will soon hit back in some devious imperceptible way to hold on to what it has got. It is scared of losing us.

This takes us to the siege and its tactics. The march once a day around the city for six days, carrying the ark, is to see every part of our situation from every angle, and it is also to parade our worship and adoration of the Lord (by parading the ark). The time period, six days, is always to do with the work involved in our regeneration as we see evil and shun it, pray to God, stand back and determine. (Arcana Caelestia 10373)

The seventh day involves seven marches round the city, then the trumpets and the shouts. This is the culmination, the Sabbath. For us, it is the avowal that we know the Lord is now ruling our will and our life and there will be no turning back or weakness of giving in. Jericho is now taken! The command is that every living thing in the city is to be completely destroyed because we must be unrelenting against all the things in our lives that go against God.

The gold, the silver, and the vessels of brass and iron, were put into the treasury of the house of Jehovah. The "gold and silver" represent the knowledges of spiritual truth and good, and "the vessels of brass and iron" represent knowledges of natural truth and good. In the profane hands of the idolaters of Jericho, those knowledges could be tools to serve dire falsities and evils. In the house of Jehovah, they could be serviceable knowledges, applied to good ends - hence their being salvaged. (See Heaven and Hell 487)

The prostitute Rahab (who had hidden Israel’s spies and confessed the Lord’s power) and all her family are brought out and given safekeeping. For us, this is the acknowledgement of the truth that we are sinful (as she was) and that if it were not for the Lord we would plunge into who knows what. But now we know and confess the power and truth of God. And then, the Israelites burn the city with fire and Joshua pronounces a curse on anyone who ever rebuilds this city. We are to abhor evil for what it is and be faithful to the Lord our God.

The story of the destruction of Jericho is then the pattern for all our resistance and resolve in seeing and overcoming evil, while confessing, as we do this, that the battle is the Lord’s. (Charity 166)

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 8815


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 728, 2799, 2838, 2973, 5955, 9396, 9416

Apocalypse Revealed 397, 529

Doctrine of Life 59

True Christian Religion 284


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 55, 458, 502, 700

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