Josuo 4

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1 Kaj kiam la tuta popolo transiris Jordanon, la Eternulo diris al Josuo jene:

2 Prenu al vi el la popolo dek du virojn, po unu viro el cxiu tribo,

3 kaj ordonu al ili, dirante:Prenu al vi de cxi tie, el la mezo de Jordan, kie firme staris la piedoj de la pastroj, dek du sxtonojn, kaj transportu ilin kun vi, kaj metu ilin sur la nokthaltejo, kie vi pasigos cxi tiun nokton.

4 Kaj Josuo alvokis la dek du virojn, kiujn li destinis el la Izraelidoj, po unu viro el cxiu tribo;

5 kaj Josuo diris al ili:Iru antaux la kesto de la Eternulo, via Dio, en la mezo de Jordan, kaj levu al vi sur vian sxultron cxiu po unu sxtono, laux la nombro de la triboj de la Izraelidoj;

6 por ke cxi tio estu signo inter vi. Se viaj infanoj morgaux demandos vin, dirante:Pro kio estas cxe vi cxi tiuj sxtonoj?

7 tiam vi diros al ili:Pro tio, ke disflankigxis la akvo de Jordan antaux la kesto de interligo de la Eternulo; kiam gxi iris trans Jordanon, disflankigxis la akvo de Jordan. Kaj cxi tiuj sxtonoj estos memorigajxo por la Izraelidoj eterne.

8 Kaj la Izraelidoj faris tiel, kiel ordonis Josuo; kaj ili prenis dek du sxtonojn el meze de Jordan, kiel la Eternulo diris al Josuo, laux la nombro de la triboj de la Izraelidoj; kaj ili transportis ilin kun si al la nokthaltejo, kaj kusxigis ilin tie.

9 Kaj dek du sxtonojn Josuo starigis meze de Jordan, sur la loko, sur kiu staris la piedoj de la pastroj, kiuj portis la keston de interligo; kaj ili restis tie gxis hodiaux.

10 Kaj la pastroj, kiuj portis la keston, staris meze de Jordan, gxis finigxis cxio, kion la Eternulo ordonis al Josuo diri al la popolo, konforme al cxio, kion Moseo ordonis al Josuo. Kaj la popolo rapide transiris.

11 Kaj kiam la tuta popolo transiris, tiam transiris la kesto de la Eternulo kaj la pastroj antaux la popolo.

12 Kaj la Rubenidoj kaj la Gadidoj kaj la duontribo de Manase transiris armitaj antaux la Izraelidoj, kiel diris al ili Moseo.

13 CXirkaux kvardek mil armitaj militistoj transiris antaux la Eternulo por la milito, sur la stepon de Jerihxo.

14 En tiu tago la Eternulo altigis Josuon antaux la okuloj de la tuta Izrael; kaj ili komencis timi lin, kiel ili timis Moseon dum lia tuta vivo.

15 Kaj la Eternulo diris al Josuo jene:

16 Ordonu al la pastroj, kiuj portas la keston de atesto, ke ili supreniru el Jordan.

17 Kaj Josuo ordonis al la pastroj, dirante:Supreniru el Jordan.

18 Kaj kiam la pastroj, kiuj portis la keston de interligo de la Eternulo, supreniris el Jordan, kaj kiam la plandoj de la pastroj levigxis sur la sekan teron, la akvo de Jordan reiris al sia loko kaj ekfluis kiel antauxe laux cxiuj siaj bordoj.

19 Kaj la popolo eliris el Jordan en la deka tago de la unua monato, kaj ili starigis sian tendaron en Gilgal, oriente de Jerihxo.

20 Kaj la dek du sxtonojn, kiujn ili prenis el Jordan, Josuo starigis en Gilgal.

21 Kaj li diris al la Izraelidoj jene:Se en la venonta tempo viaj filoj demandos siajn patrojn, dirante:Kion signifas cxi tiuj sxtonoj?

22 tiam diru al viaj filoj jene:Sur seka tero Izrael transiris cxi tiun Jordanon;

23 cxar la Eternulo, via Dio, elsekigis la akvon de Jordan antaux vi, gxis vi transiris, kiel la Eternulo, via Dio, faris kun la Rugxa Maro, kiun Li elsekigis antaux ni, gxis ni transiris;

24 por ke cxiuj popoloj de la tero sciu, ke la mano de la Eternulo estas forta, kaj por ke ili timu la Eternulon, vian Dion, en cxiu tempo.

  

Exploring the Meaning of Josuo 4      

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

Joshua 4: Twelve stones are taken from the river Jordan

In this chapter we pick up on the command to take twelve men, one from each tribe, which was mentioned in chapter 3. The task is for each man to pick up a large stone from where the priests’ feet stand, and take it across, and put it in the lodging place. These stones will be as memorial stones so that later generations who ask what these stones mean will be told about the miracle of the Lord in the crossing of the river Jordan.

Later, the Israelites camped at Gilgal and Joshua set the twelve stones up as a permanent memorial.

A ‘stone’ is a piece of hard rock. It corresponds to a truth; for us it stands for a truth which we have made ours and which guides us in our life (Apocalypse Revealed 231). It might be the truth that the Lord’s providence is involved in everything that happens. It could be the great truth that we will live for ever, or that God came on earth as a human being and overcame the power of hell. These and other truths are rock hard truths or stones.

But here, it is a stone which has been washed and worked on by the waters of the river Jordan, and over much time has become fashioned and rounded by erosion. So, it could be a life-truth, for example that we are to show respect to other people. That’s a great truth, but now it is connected with our understanding of the Lord. So we are to show respect to other people because each and every person has been created by God for a unique purpose. And we can also add that we know how it feels when other people respect us.

So we assemble our twelve memorial stones. These are to be recalled, remembered, revisited by us again and again as time passes. “Yes, God brought me here from where I was before.” (Arcana Caelestia 1988). This meaning of the stones helps us with the apparent contradiction in the chapter between Joshua 4:9 where “the stones are set up in the Jordan and are there to this day” and verse Joshua 4:20 where “Joshua sets up the twelves stones from out of the Jordan, in Gilgal.” Stones can’t be in two places at once, but yes, spiritually they can and need to be.

We need to always remember and be mindful of how the Lord works with us in giving us truths for our life. Everything is the Lord! These are stones in the Jordan. Yet we need to always remember that we are to live, act, and turn away from any evil as if it is only us making that decision and doing it. These are the stones set up at Gilgal (Apocalypse Explained 700[14]). Both of them are involved in our regeneration and spiritual life.

Then we are told that the men of the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh went across the Jordan armed and went before all the other tribes. This links with several other mentions of these tribes who had chosen to live back over the Jordan and not in the land of Canaan. They stand for our outward life and our life in the world which, while it is not directly spiritual, must have qualities that come from God’s truths. Here, those qualities come from being willing to go in and fight to help take the land (Arcana Caelestia 2184).

Verse 13 says that about 40,000 prepared for war and crossed the river Jordan before the Lord for battle. Here is a number. Numbers in the Word are helpful clues to the inner meaning. The number 40 always stands for some kind of temptation or crisis in the Word – for example, Jesus was in the wilderness 40 days and 40 nights, tempted. Here, 40 has grown to become 40,000 but it has the same meaning of temptation (Arcana Caelestia 2273). Our spiritual life and regeneration will certainly take us into various temptations (‘battles’) and the Lord allows them so that we grow stronger through them. The whole conquest of Canaan is nothing else!

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Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 4      

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

Joshua 4: Twelve stones are taken from the river Jordan

In this chapter we pick up on the command to take twelve men, one from each tribe, which was mentioned in chapter 3. The task is for each man to pick up a large stone from where the priests’ feet stand, and take it across, and put it in the lodging place. These stones will be as memorial stones so that later generations who ask what these stones mean will be told about the miracle of the Lord in the crossing of the river Jordan.

Later, the Israelites camped at Gilgal and Joshua set the twelve stones up as a permanent memorial.

A ‘stone’ is a piece of hard rock. It corresponds to a truth; for us it stands for a truth which we have made ours and which guides us in our life (Apocalypse Revealed 231). It might be the truth that the Lord’s providence is involved in everything that happens. It could be the great truth that we will live for ever, or that God came on earth as a human being and overcame the power of hell. These and other truths are rock hard truths or stones.

But here, it is a stone which has been washed and worked on by the waters of the river Jordan, and over much time has become fashioned and rounded by erosion. So, it could be a life-truth, for example that we are to show respect to other people. That’s a great truth, but now it is connected with our understanding of the Lord. So we are to show respect to other people because each and every person has been created by God for a unique purpose. And we can also add that we know how it feels when other people respect us.

So we assemble our twelve memorial stones. These are to be recalled, remembered, revisited by us again and again as time passes. “Yes, God brought me here from where I was before.” (Arcana Caelestia 1988). This meaning of the stones helps us with the apparent contradiction in the chapter between Joshua 4:9 where “the stones are set up in the Jordan and are there to this day” and verse Joshua 4:20 where “Joshua sets up the twelves stones from out of the Jordan, in Gilgal.” Stones can’t be in two places at once, but yes, spiritually they can and need to be.

We need to always remember and be mindful of how the Lord works with us in giving us truths for our life. Everything is the Lord! These are stones in the Jordan. Yet we need to always remember that we are to live, act, and turn away from any evil as if it is only us making that decision and doing it. These are the stones set up at Gilgal (Apocalypse Explained 700[14]). Both of them are involved in our regeneration and spiritual life.

Then we are told that the men of the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh went across the Jordan armed and went before all the other tribes. This links with several other mentions of these tribes who had chosen to live back over the Jordan and not in the land of Canaan. They stand for our outward life and our life in the world which, while it is not directly spiritual, must have qualities that come from God’s truths. Here, those qualities come from being willing to go in and fight to help take the land (Arcana Caelestia 2184).

Verse 13 says that about 40,000 prepared for war and crossed the river Jordan before the Lord for battle. Here is a number. Numbers in the Word are helpful clues to the inner meaning. The number 40 always stands for some kind of temptation or crisis in the Word – for example, Jesus was in the wilderness 40 days and 40 nights, tempted. Here, 40 has grown to become 40,000 but it has the same meaning of temptation (Arcana Caelestia 2273). Our spiritual life and regeneration will certainly take us into various temptations (‘battles’) and the Lord allows them so that we grow stronger through them. The whole conquest of Canaan is nothing else!

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 1585, 4255


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 2838, 3858, 6804, 6983, 9396, 9416

Apocalypse Revealed 348, 529

Doctrine of Life 59

True Christian Religion 284


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 222, 430, 529, 700

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