Genesis 12

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1 Ja Herra sanoi Abramille: "Lähde maastasi, suvustasi ja isäsi kodista siihen maahan, jonka minä sinulle osoitan.

2 Niin minä teen sinusta suuren kansan, siunaan sinut ja teen sinun nimesi suureksi, ja sinä olet tuleva siunaukseksi.

3 Ja minä siunaan niitä, jotka sinua siunaavat, ja kiroan ne, jotka sinua kiroavat, ja sinussa tulevat siunatuiksi kaikki sukukunnat maan päällä."

4 Niin Abram lähti, niinkuin Herra oli hänelle puhunut, ja Loot meni hänen kanssansa. Abram oli Harranista lähtiessänsä seitsemänkymmenen viiden vuoden vanha.

5 Ja Abram otti vaimonsa Saarain ja veljensä pojan Lootin sekä kaiken omaisuuden, jonka he olivat koonneet, ja ne palvelijat, jotka he olivat hankkineet Harranissa, ja he lähtivät menemään Kanaanin maahan. Ja he tulivat Kanaanin maahan.

6 Ja Abram kulki maan läpi aina Sikemin paikkakunnalle, Mooren tammelle asti. Ja siihen aikaan kanaanilaiset asuivat siinä maassa.

7 Silloin Herra ilmestyi Abramille ja sanoi: "Sinun jälkeläisillesi minä annan tämän maan". Niin hän rakensi sinne alttarin Herralle, joka oli hänelle ilmestynyt.

8 Sieltä hän siirtyi edemmäksi vuoristoon, itään päin Beetelistä, ja pystytti telttansa, niin että Beetel oli lännessä ja Ai idässä, ja hän rakensi sinne alttarin Herralle ja huusi avuksi Herran nimeä.

9 Ja sieltä Abram lähti ja vaelsi yhä edemmäksi Etelämaahan päin.

10 Niin tuli nälänhätä maahan, ja Abram meni Egyptiin, asuakseen siellä jonkun aikaa, sillä nälänhätä maassa oli kova.

11 Ja kun hän lähestyi Egyptiä, puhui hän vaimollensa Saaraille: "Katso, minä tiedän, että sinä olet kaunis nainen.

12 Kun egyptiläiset saavat nähdä sinut, niin he sanovat: 'Hän on hänen vaimonsa', ja tappavat minut, mutta antavat sinun elää.

13 Sano siis olevasi minun sisareni, että minun kävisi hyvin sinun tähtesi ja minä sinun takiasi saisin jäädä henkiin."

14 Kun Abram tuli Egyptiin, näkivät egyptiläiset, että Saarai oli hyvin kaunis nainen.

15 Ja kun faraon ruhtinaat olivat nähneet hänet, ylistelivät he häntä faraolle; ja vaimo vietiin faraon hoviin.

16 Ja Abramia hän kohteli hyvin hänen tähtensä. Ja hän sai pikkukarjaa, raavaskarjaa ja aaseja, palvelijoita ja palvelijattaria, aasintammoja ja kameleja.

17 Mutta Herra antoi kovien vitsausten kohdata faraota ja hänen hoviansa Saarain, Abramin vaimon, tähden.

18 Silloin farao kutsui Abramin luoksensa ja sanoi: "Mitä olet minulle tehnyt? Miksi et ilmoittanut minulle, että hän on sinun vaimosi?

19 Miksi sanoit: 'Hän on minun sisareni', niin että minä otin hänet vaimokseni? Katso, tässä on vaimosi, ota hänet ja mene."

20 Ja farao antoi hänestä käskyn miehillensä, että he saattaisivat hänet pois, hänet ja hänen vaimonsa sekä kaiken, mitä hänellä oli.

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Exploring the Meaning of Genesis 12      

By Rev. George McCurdy

The Inner Meaning of Genesis 12

In Genesis 11, we met Abram for the first time, as his genealogy was traced down through the generations from Noah. Abram represents the beginning of a new spiritual state of humankind - a new church that would record preserve important external truths. Those external truths contained internal ones - true ideas about God the way people should live.

These external truths were encoded in stories, first preserved in oral traditions then in written scriptures in the time of Moses. In the current , Abram, goes, as commanded by God, the land of Canaan. In doing this, he effectively starts the Hebrew church (from Eber, Abraham's forebear).

All the geographic places in the land of Canaan its environs had been given spiritual significations by the people of the Most Ancient Church. In the new Word that would be written there, these places would be mentioned by name would signify spiritual ideas.

When Abraham is driven by famine in the land seek refuge in Egypt, it symbolizes a state of initial instruction for this new church. That early instruction is of an external type. Egypt, in the Word, represents scientific knowledge - the natural sciences - which teach the natural level in people.

There are two levels of "story" nested in the symbolism of the literal text. One is the spiritual story of humankind. Another, higher one, is the story of the inner spiritual process that would take place in the life of Jesus Christ. Both stories are traced out in Swedenborg's exegesis of the Word.

Here's an excerpt from his capstone work, True Christian Religion:

The Word has two senses hidden in its literal sense; these are called the spiritual the celestial senses. In the spiritual sense the contents of the Word refer chiefly the church in the celestial sense chiefly the Lord. Again in the spiritual sense its contents refer Divine truth in the celestial sense Divine good. (True Christian Religion 248)

A detailed description of the inner meaning of this chapter begins in Arcana Coelestia 1401.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 482, 1401, 1402, 1407, 1408, 1409, 1410, ...

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 413, 414


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 440, 796, 921, 1025, 1403, 1461, 1475, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 503


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 340, 654, 750

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 49

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