Jonah 1

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1 En het woord des HEEREN geschiedde tot Jona, den zoon van Amitthai, zeggende:

2 Maak u op, ga naar de grote stad Nineve, en predik tegen haar; want hunlieder boosheid is opgeklommen voor Mijn aangezicht.

3 Maar Jona maakte zich op om te vluchten naar Tarsis, van het aangezicht des HEEREN; en hij kwam af te Jafo, en vond een schip, gaande naar Tarsis, en hij gaf de vracht daarvan, en ging neder in hetzelve, om met henlieden te gaan naar Tarsis, van het aan gezicht des HEEREN.

4 Maar de HEERE wierp een groten wind op de zee; en er werd een grote storm in de zee, zodat het schip dacht te breken.

5 Toen vreesden de zeelieden, en riepen een iegelijk tot zijn god, en wierpen de vaten, die in het schip waren, in de zee, om het van dezelve te verlichten; maar Jona was nedergegaan aan de zijden van het schip, en lag neder, en was met een diepen slaap bevangen.

6 En de opperschipper naderde tot hem, en zeide tot hem: Wat is u, gij hardslapende? Sta op, roep tot uw God, misschien zal die God aan ons gedenken, dat wij niet vergaan.

7 Voorts zeiden zij, een ieder tot zijn metgezel: Komt, en laat ons loten werpen, opdat wij mogen weten, om wiens wil ons dit kwaad overkomt. Alzo wierpen zij loten, en het lot viel op Jona.

8 Toen zeiden zij tot hem: Verklaar ons nu, om wiens wil ons dit kwaad overkomt. Wat is uw werk en van waar komt gij? Welk is uw land en van welk volk zijt gij?

9 En hij zeide tot hen: Ik ben een Hebreer; en ik vreze den HEERE, den God des hemels, Die de zee en het droge gemaakt heeft.

10 Toen vreesden die mannen met grote vreze, en zeiden tot hem: Wat hebt gij dit gedaan? Want de mannen wisten, dat hij van des HEEREN aangezicht vlood; want hij had het hun te kennen gegeven.

11 Voorts zeiden zij tot hem: Wat zullen wij u doen, opdat de zee stil worde van ons? Want de zee werd hoe langer hoe onstuimiger.

12 En hij zeide tot hen: Neemt mij op, en werpt mij in de zee, zo zal de zee stil worden van ulieden; want ik weet, dat deze grote storm ulieden om mijnentwil over komt.

13 Maar de mannen roeiden, om het schip weder te brengen aan het droge, doch zij konden niet; want de zee werd hoe langer hoe onstuimiger tegen hen.

14 Toen riepen zij tot den HEERE, en zeiden: Och HEERE! laat ons toch niet vergaan om dezes mans ziel, en leg geen onschuldig bloed op ons; want Gij, HEERE! hebt gedaan, gelijk als het U heeft behaagd.

15 En zij namen Jona op, en wierpen hem in de zee. Toen stond de zee stil van haar verbolgenheid.

16 Dies vreesden de mannen den HEERE met grote vreeze; en zij slachtten den HEERE slachtoffer, en beloofden geloften.

17 De HEERE nu beschikte een groten vis, om Jona in te slokken; en Jona was in het ingewand van den vis, drie dagen en drie nachten.


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.

   Studovat vnitřní smysl

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:

Hemelse Verborgenheden in Genesis en Exodus 901, 1188, 1343, 1709, 2606, 2788, 4495, ...

Apocalyps Onthuld 505

Leer over de Gewijde Schrift 29

Ware Christelijke Religie 211


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 532, 622

Spiritual Experiences 1391

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