Joshua 6

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1 Mutta Jeriko sulki porttinsa ja oli suljettuna israelilaisilta: ei kukaan käynyt ulos, eikä kukaan käynyt sisälle.

2 Niin Herra sanoi Joosualle: "Katso, minä annan sinun käsiisi Jerikon sekä sen kuninkaan ja sotaurhot.

3 Kulkekaa siis, kaikki sotakuntoiset miehet, kaupungin ympäri, kiertäkää kerta kaupunki; tee niin kuutena päivänä.

4 Ja seitsemän pappia kantakoon seitsemää oinaansarvista pasunaa arkin edellä. Seitsemäntenä päivänä kulkekaa kaupungin ympäri seitsemän kertaa, ja papit puhaltakoot pasunoihin.

5 Ja kun pitkä oinaansarven puhallus kuuluu, kun kuulette pasunan äänen, niin nostakoon koko kansa kovan sotahuudon; silloin kaupungin muuri kukistuu siihen paikkaansa, ja kansa voi rynnätä sinne ylös, kukin suoraan eteensä."

6 Silloin Joosua, Nuunin poika, kutsui papit ja sanoi heille: "Ottakaa liitonarkki, ja seitsemän pappia kantakoon seitsemää oinaansarvista pasunaa Herran arkin edellä".

7 Sitten hän sanoi kansalle: "Lähtekää ja kulkekaa kaupungin ympäri, ja aseväki käyköön Herran arkin edellä".

8 Ja tapahtui, niinkuin Joosua oli kansalle sanonut. Ne seitsemän pappia, jotka kantoivat niitä seitsemää oinaansarvista pasunaa Herran edellä, lähtivät ja puhalsivat pasunoihin, ja Herran liitonarkki kulki heidän jäljessään.

9 Ja aseväki kulki pasunaa puhaltavien pappien edellä, mutta muu väki kulki arkin jäljessä, samalla kuin pasunoihin yhtenään puhallettiin.

10 Ja Joosua käski kansaa sanoen: "Älkää nostako sotahuutoa älkääkä antako äänenne kuulua, älköönkä sanaakaan pääskö teidän suustanne ennenkuin sinä päivänä, jona minä teille sanon: 'Nostakaa sotahuuto', silloin se nostakaa."

11 Ja hän antoi Herran arkin kulkea yhden kierroksen kaupungin ympäri; sitten he menivät leiriin ja jäivät yöksi leiriin.

12 Joosua nousi varhain seuraavana aamuna, ja papit ottivat Herran arkin.

13 Ja ne seitsemän pappia, jotka kantoivat niitä seitsemää oinaansarvista pasunaa Herran arkin edellä, kulkivat puhaltaen yhtenään pasunoihin, ja aseväki kulki heidän edellään, mutta muu väki kulki Herran arkin jäljessä, samalla kuin pasunoihin yhtenään puhallettiin.

14 Ja tänä toisenakin päivänä he kulkivat kerran kaupungin ympäri ja palasivat sitten leiriin. Niin he tekivät kuutena päivänä.

15 Mutta seitsemäntenä päivänä he nousivat varhain aamun sarastaessa ja kulkivat kaupungin ympäri samalla tavalla seitsemän kertaa. Ainoastaan sinä päivänä he kulkivat kaupungin ympäri seitsemän kertaa.

16 Ja kun papit seitsemännellä kerralla puhalsivat pasunoihin, sanoi Joosua kansalle: "Nostakaa sotahuuto, sillä Herra antaa teille kaupungin.

17 Kaupunki ja kaikki, mitä siinä on, vihittäköön tuhon omaksi Herran kunniaksi; ainoastaan portto Raahab jääköön henkiin, hän ja kaikki, jotka ovat hänen kanssaan hänen talossansa, sillä hän piilotti tiedustelijat, jotka me lähetimme.

18 Mutta karttakaa tuhon omaksi vihittyä, ettette vihi jotakin tuhon omaksi ja kuitenkin ota tuhon omaksi vihittyä ja niin tule vihkineiksi Israelin leiriä tuhon omaksi ja syökse sitä onnettomuuteen.

19 Ja kaikki hopea ja kulta sekä vaski-ja rautakalut olkoot pyhitetyt Herralle; ne joutukoot Herran aartehistoon."

20 Silloin kansa nosti sotahuudon ja pasunoihin puhallettiin. Kun kansa kuuli pasunan äänen, niin se nosti kovan sotahuudon; silloin kukistui muuri siihen paikkaansa, ja kansa ryntäsi ylös kaupunkiin, kukin suoraan eteensä. Niin he valloittivat kaupungin.

21 Ja he vihkivät miekan terällä tuhon omaksi kaiken, mitä kaupungissa oli, miehet ja naiset, nuoret ja vanhat, vieläpä härät, lampaat ja aasit.

22 Mutta niille kahdelle miehelle, jotka olivat olleet vakoilemassa maata, Joosua sanoi: "Menkää sen porton taloon ja tuokaa nainen ja kaikki hänen omaisensa sieltä ulos, niinkuin olette hänelle vannoneet".

23 Silloin ne nuoret miehet, jotka olivat olleet vakoilemassa, menivät ja toivat ulos Raahabin sekä hänen isänsä, äitinsä, veljensä ja kaikki hänen omaisensa; kaikki hänen sukulaisensa he toivat ulos ja jättivät heidät Israelin leirin ulkopuolelle.

24 Mutta kaupungin ja kaikki, mitä siinä oli, he polttivat tulella; ainoastaan hopean, kullan sekä vaski-ja rautakalut he panivat Herran huoneen aartehistoon.

25 Mutta portto Raahabin sekä hänen isänsä perheen ja kaikki hänen omaisensa Joosua jätti henkiin; ja hän jäi asumaan Israelin keskuuteen, aina tähän päivään asti, koska hän oli piilottanut ne tiedustelijat, jotka Joosua oli lähettänyt vakoilemaan Jerikoa.

26 Siihen aikaan Joosua vannotti tämän valan: "Kirottu olkoon Herran edessä se mies, joka ryhtyy rakentamaan tätä Jerikon kaupunkia. Sen perustuksen laskemisesta hän menettäköön esikoisensa ja sen porttien pystyttämisestä nuorimpansa."

27 Ja Herra oli Joosuan kanssa, ja hänen maineensa levisi kautta maan.

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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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