I Samuël 6

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1 Als nu de ark des HEEREN zeven maanden in het land der Filistijnen geweest was,

2 Zo riepen de Filistijnen de priesters en de waarzeggers, zeggende: Wat zullen wij met de ark des HEEREN doen? Laat ons weten, waarmede wij ze aan haar plaats zenden zullen.

3 Zij dan zeiden: Indien gij de ark des Gods van Israel wegzendt, zendt haar niet ledig weg, maar vergeldt Hem ganselijk een schuldoffer; dan zult gij genezen worden, en ulieden zal bekend worden, waarom Zijn hand van u niet afwijkt.

4 Toen zeiden zij: Welk is dat schuldoffer, dat wij Hem vergelden zullen? En zij zeiden: Vijf gouden spenen, en Vijf gouden muizen, naar het getal van de vorsten der Filistijnen; want het is enerlei plaag over u allen, en over uw vorsten.

5 Zo maakt dan beelden uwer spenen, en beelden uwer muizen, die het land verderven, en geeft den God van Israel de eer; misschien zal Hij Zijn hand verlichten van over ulieden, en van over uw God, en van over uw land.

6 Waarom toch zoudt gijlieden uw hart verzwaren, gelijk de Egyptenaars en Farao hun hart verzwaard hebben? Hebben zij niet, toen Hij wonderlijk met hen gehandeld had, hen laten trekken, dat zij heengingen?

7 Nu dan, neemt en maakt een nieuwen wagen, en twee zogende koeien, op dewelke geen juk gekomen is; spant de koeien aan den wagen, en brengt haar kalveren van achter haar weder naar huis.

8 Neemt dan de ark des HEEREN, en zet ze op den wagen, en legt de gouden kleinoden, die gij Hem ten schuloffer vergelden zult, in een koffertje aan haar zijde; en zendt ze weg, dat zij heenga.

9 Ziet dan toe, indien zij den weg van haar landpale opgaat naar Beth-Semes, zo heeft Hij ons dit groot kwaad gedaan; maar zo niet, zo zullen wij weten, dat Zijn hand ons niet geraakt heeft; het is ons een toeval geweest.

10 En die lieden deden alzo, en namen twee zogende koeien, en spanden ze aan den wagen, en haar kalveren sloten zij in huis.

11 En zij zetten de ark des HEEREN op den wagen, en het koffertje met de gouden muizen, en de beelden hunner spenen.

12 De koeien nu gingen recht in dien weg, op den weg naar Beth-Semes op een straat; zij gingen steeds voort, al loeiende, en weken noch ter rechter hand noch ter linkerhand; en de vorsten der Filistijnen gingen achter dezelve tot aan de landpale van Beth-Semes.

13 En die van Beth-Semes maaiden den tarweoogst in het dal, en als zij hun ogen ophieven, zagen zij de ark en verblijdden zich, als zij die zagen.

14 En de wagen kwam op den akker van Jozua, den Beth-semiet, en bleef daar staande; en daar was een grote steen, en zij kloofden het hout van den wagen, en offerden de koeien den HEERE ten brandoffer.

15 En de Levieten namen de ark des HEEREN af en het koffertje, dat daarbij was, waarin de gouden kleinoden waren, en zetten ze op dien groten steen; en die lieden van Beth-Semes offerden brandofferen, en slachtten slachtofferen den HEERE, op denzelven dag.

16 En als de vijf vorsten der Filistijnen zulks gezien hadden, zo keerden zij weder op denzelven dag naar Ekron.

17 Dit nu zijn de gouden spenen, die de Filistijnen aan den HEERE ten schuldoffer vergolden hebben: Voor Asdod een voor Gaza een, voor Askelot een, voor Gath een, voor Ekron een.

18 Ook gouden muizen, naar het getal van alle steden der Filistijnen, onder de vijf vorsten, van de vaste steden af tot aan de landvlekken; en tot aan Abel, den groten steen, op denwelken zij de ark des HEEREN nedergesteld hadden, die tot op dezen dag is op den akker van Jozua, den Beth-semiet.

19 En de Heere sloeg onder die lieden van Beth-Semes, omdat zij in de ark des HEEREN gezien hadden; ja, Hij sloeg van het volk zeventig mannen, en vijftig duizend mannen. Toen bedreef het volk rouw, omdat de Heere een groten slag onder het volk geslagen had.

20 Toen zeiden de lieden van Beth-Semes: Wie zou kunnen bestaan voor het aangezicht van de HEERE, dezen heiligen God? En tot wien van ons zal Hij optrekken?

21 Zo zonden zij boden tot de inwoners van Kirjath-Jearim, zeggende: De Filistijnen hebben de ark des HEEREN wedergebracht; komt af, haalt ze opwaarts tot u.

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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

Goddelijke Voorzienigheid 326


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Hemelse Verborgenheden in Genesis en Exodus 5945

Leer des Levens 59

Doctrine of Faith 52

True Christian Religion 284, 595, 691


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 827

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