Jonah 1

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1 Viešpats tarė Amitajo sūnui Jonai:

2 “Eik į Ninevę, didį miestą, ir šauk prieš jį, nes jų nedorybės pasiekė mane”.

3 Jona pakilo, kad bėgtų nuo Viešpaties į Taršišą. Jis pasiekė Jopę, kur rado laivą, plaukiantį į Taršišą, sumokėjo už kelionę ir, įsėdęs į jį, su kitais plaukė į Taršišą nuo Viešpaties akivaizdos.

4 Viešpats pasiuntė smarkų vėją. Kilo didelė audra jūroje, ir laivui grėsė pavojus sudužti.

5 Jūrininkai išsigando, ir kiekvienas šaukėsi savo dievo. Jie išmetė laive esantį krovinį į jūrą, kad laivas palengvėtų. Tuo metu Jona buvo nusileidęs į laivo vidų ir kietai miegojo.

6 Kapitonas atėjo pas jį ir klausė: “Kaip tu gali miegoti? Kelkis, šaukis savo Dievo! Gal Jis prisimins mus ir mes nežūsime?”

7 Po to jie kalbėjosi: “Eikime, meskime burtą, kuris iš mūsų kaltas dėl šitos nelaimės”. Jie metė burtą, ir burtas krito Jonai.

8 Tada jie klausė jį: “Pasakyk, dėl ko mums šita nelaimė? Kuo tu užsiimi? Iš kur keliauji? Iš kokio krašto ir iš kurios tautos esi?”

9 Jis jiems atsakė: “Aš esu hebrajas, garbinu Viešpatį, dangaus Dievą, kuris sukūrė jūrą ir sausumą”.

10 Tie vyrai labai išsigando ir klausė jo: “Kodėl taip padarei?” Jie žinojo, kad jis bėgo nuo Viešpaties, nes jis jiems tai buvo papasakojęs.

11 Tada jie sakė jam: “Ką turime daryti su tavimi, kad jūra mums nurimtų?” Nes jūra siautė vis smarkiau.

12 Jis jiems atsakė: “Imkite mane ir meskite į jūrą! Tada jūra jums nurims; nes aš žinau, kad dėl manęs kilo ši baisi audra”.

13 Vyrai yrėsi visomis jėgomis, kad grįžtų prie kranto, bet neįstengė, nes jūra nesiliovė siautusi.

14 Jie šaukėsi Viešpaties: “Maldaujame Tave, Viešpatie, neleisk mums žūti dėl šito žmogaus, nepriskaityk mums nekalto kraujo, nes Tu, Viešpatie, darai, ką nori”.

15 Tada jie paėmė Joną ir išmetė jį į jūrą. Jūra nurimo.

16 Tie vyrai labai išsigando Viešpaties, aukojo Viešpačiui aukas ir davė įžadus.

17 Viešpats paruošė didelę žuvį Jonai praryti. Jis išbuvo žuvies pilve tris dienas ir tris naktis.

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Exploring the Meaning of Jonah 1      

By Rev. Martin Pennington and Rev. George McCurdy

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:

Arcana Coelestia 901, 1188, 1343, 1709, 2606, 2788, 4495, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 505

Sacred Scripture 29

True Christian Religion 211


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 532, 622

Spiritual Experiences 1391

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Word/Phrase Explanations

Jonai
'Jonah' represents the Jewish nation.

pakilo
It is common in the Bible for people to "rise up," and it would be easy to pass over the phrase as simply describing a...

dievo
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...

laivas
Ships were used in the ancient world – as they generally are now – to carry freight from nation to nation for trade. The various...

mus
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

krito
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual...

dangaus
"Air" in the Bible represents thought, but in a very general way – more like our capacity to perceive ideas and the way we tend...

sakė
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

jūra
Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...

įžadus
In Genesis 28:20, 'he vowed a vow' denotes, in the internal sense, willing that the Lord will provide. In the highest sense, where the Lord...

praryti
To 'swallow' signifies natural truth.

naktis
The sun in the Bible represents the Lord, with its heat representing His love and its light representing His wisdom. “Daytime,” then, represents a state...

Resources for parents and teachers

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 Casting Lots
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 How the Lord Saved Jonah
A retelling of the story for young children with beautiful color illustrations. 
Story | Ages 4 - 6

 Jonah
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Jonah and the Great Fish
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 Jonah and the Great Fish
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Jonah and the Great Fish (3-5 years)
Project | Ages 4 - 6

 Jonah and the Great Fish (6-8 years)
Project | Ages 7 - 10

 Jonah and the Great Fish (9-11 years)
Project | Ages 11 - 14

 Jonah and the Stormy Sea
Color the drawings and then follow the directions to make a 3 dimensional picture. 
Project | Ages 7 - 14

 Jonah Disobeys the Lord
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Jonah in the Great Fish
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Jonah Swallowed by a Fish
Another way to make a 3 dimensional fish that can swallow Noah. 
Project | Ages up to 6

 Jonah Thrown Overboard
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Mighty Tempest on the Sea
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Quotes: Divine Providence and Evil
Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 The Prophet Jonah
This article shows how the Lord tried to teach Jonah to be merciful and kind when Jonah disobeyed the Lord because of his hatred toward the Assyrians. 
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14


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