Teisėjai 7

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1 Jerubaalas, kitaip Gedeonas, anksti atsikėlęs, su savo žmonėmis pasistatė stovyklą prie En Harodo versmės, o Midjano stovykla buvo į šiaurę nuo jo, prie Morės kalvos, slėnyje.

2 Viešpats tarė Gedeonui: “Turi per daug vyrų, kad atiduočiau Midjaną į tavo rankas, kad Izraelis negalėtų didžiuotis prieš mane, sakydamas: ‘Aš išsilaisvinau savo jėgomis’.

3 Paskelbk žmonėms: ‘Kas bijo ir nedrąsus, tegrįžta namo!’ ” Pasitraukė dvidešimt du tūkstančiai, o dešimt tūkstančių vyrų pasiliko.

4 Viešpats tarė Gedeonui: “Dar per daug žmonių. Nuvesk juos prie vandens. Ten Aš juos tau atrinksiu. Apie kuriuos sakysiu: ‘Tas eis su tavimi’, tuos pasiimk, o apie kuriuos sakysiu: ‘Tas neis su tavimi’, tie tegrįžta!”

5 Gedeonas nuvedė žmones prie vandens. Viešpats tarė Gedeonui: “Atskirk kiekvieną, kuris laks vandenį kaip šuo ir kuris klaupsis gerti ant kelių”.

6 Skaičius lakusių iš rankos buvo trys šimtai vyrų, o likusieji gėrė atsiklaupę ant kelių.

7 Tada Viešpats tarė Gedeonui: “Per tuos tris šimtus vyrų, kurie gėrė iš rankos, Aš jus išgelbėsiu ir atiduosiu midjaniečius į tavo rankas; visi kiti žmonės tegrįžta į savo namus”.

8 Paėmęs maisto atsargas ir trimitus iš žmonių, pasiuntė juos į savo palapines, o tuos tris šimtus vyrų paliko stovykloje. Midjaniečių stovykla buvo žemiau, slėnyje.

9 Tą pačią naktį Viešpats tarė Gedeonui: “Pulk midjaniečių stovyklą, Aš juos atidaviau į tavo rankas.

10 O jei bijai eiti, tai su savo tarnu Pura nusileisk į stovyklą

11 ir pasiklausyk, ką jie kalba. Tuomet sutvirtės tavo rankos kovoti prieš juos”. Jis nusileido su savo tarnu Pura prie stovyklos sargybų.

12 Midjaniečių, amalekiečių ir rytų gyventojų slėnyje buvo tiek daug kaip skėrių, o jų kupranugarių buvo be skaičiaus, kaip smilčių ant jūros kranto.

13 Gedeonas nuėjęs išgirdo vieną pasakojant sapną savo draugui: “Sapnavau miežinės duonos kepalą, riedantį į midjaniečių stovyklą. Jis pasiekė palapinę ir taip į ją atsitrenkė, kad ji apvirto ir subyrėjo”.

14 Jo draugas atsakė: “Tai ne kas kita kaip izraelito Gedeono, Jehoašo sūnaus, kardas. Dievas atidavė į jo rankas midjaniečius ir visą stovyklą”.

15 Gedeonas, išgirdęs sapną ir jo aiškinimą, pagarbino ir, sugrįžęs į Izraelio stovyklą, tarė: “Kilkite, Viešpats atidavė midjaniečių stovyklą į jūsų rankas”.

16 Gedeonas padalino tris šimtus vyrų į tris būrius, padavė jiems į rankas trimitus ir ąsočius su deglais viduje

17 ir įsakė: “Žiūrėkite į mane ir darykite, ką aš darysiu.

18 Kai mes visi nueisime prie midjaniečių stovyklos, aš trimituosiu ir jūs trimituokite iš visų pusių aplink stovyklą, šaukdami: ‘Viešpaties ir Gedeono kardas!’ ”

19 Gedeonas ir šimtas su juo buvusiųjų vyrų nuėjo prie stovyklos. Tik pasikeitus vidurnakčio sargybai, jie visi trimitavo ir sudaužė ąsočius, kuriuos laikė rankose.

20 Visi trys būriai trimitavo, sudaužė ąsočius ir, laikydami trimitus dešinėje rankoje bei deglus kairėje, šaukė: “Viešpaties ir Gedeono kardas!”

21 Kiekvienas iš jų stovėjo savo vietoje aplinkui stovyklą. Stovykloje kilo panika, visa stovykla lakstė, šaukė ir ėmė bėgti.

22 Trys šimtai trimitavo, ir Viešpats atgręžė midjaniečių kardus vienas prieš kitą visoje stovykloje. Jie bėgo ligi Bet Šitos, Cereros link, ligi Abel Meholos sienos, prie Tabato.

23 Susirinko izraelitai iš Neftalio, Ašero ir Manaso ir vijosi midjaniečius.

24 Gedeonas siuntė pasiuntinius į Efraimo kalnyną, sakydamas: “Nusileiskite prieš midjaniečius ir atkirskite jiems kelią į Bet Barą ir prie Jordano!” Susirinko visi efraimai ir atkirto praėjimą į Bet Barą ir prie Jordano.

25 Efraimai pagavo du midjaniečių kunigaikščius­Orebą ir Zeebą. Orebą jie nužudė ant Orebo uolos, o Zeebą­prie Zeebo vyno spaustuvo ir persekiojo midjaniečius. Orebo ir Zeebo galvas nunešė Gedeonui į kitą Jordano pusę.

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Exploring the Meaning of Judges 7      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Judges 7: Gideon’s valiant three hundred men.

Gideon and all his men camped by the well of Harod, which can mean “eager”, and also “trembling.” The Lord told Gideon that his army was too large, which could lead Israel to boast that they won by their own efforts (rather than the Lord’s power). Gideon was instructed to send away anyone who was afraid; 22,000 went home, leaving 10,000.

Even still, the Lord said the army was too large, so Gideon tested the men by taking them down to the water to drink. The Lord directed Gideon to call out those who lapped water from out of their hands rather than kneeling down to drink with their mouths. Three hundred men were chosen by this method of selection.

The Lord then commanded Gideon to go down to the Midianite camp, and if he was afraid, to take his servant, Phurah. There, Gideon overheard one of the soldiers telling his companion that he’d had a dream, in which a loaf of bread came tumbling into the camp and struck one of the tents so that it collapsed. The other soldier said that this meant the Lord would give victory to Gideon.

Gideon gave each of his men a trumpet, and a pitcher containing a lit torch. They surrounded the Midianite camp, and at the command of Gideon, they blew their trumpets, broke their pitchers to show the torches, and shouted, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” This caused panic in the camp, and every Midianite drew his sword against another, and many fled. Then Gideon ordered the capture and killing of the two Midianite princes, whose heads were brought to him.

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We must give glory to the Lord for successes that we seem to earn, as He alone does what is good. The Lord told Gideon to reduce the size of his army, to avoid the dangers of growing too proud. Since we live our lives as if we do everything ourselves, this is a constant threat. The fact that about two-thirds of Gideon’s army were afraid and went home shows the reality of our nature (see Swedenborg’s work, True Christian Religion 442).

Lapping water from the hand reflects our need to see and examine what we take into our minds. Water stands for truth, but it can also stand for false ideas. If we drink directly from the water, we accept indiscriminately and examine nothing. Cupping and holding the water in our hands means that we can see how to apply this truth through our attitudes and actions (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 6047[2]).

Gideon’s army of only three hundred men was all it took to defeat the Midianites. The number ‘three’ stands for something which is complete or full in itself. Some spiritual examples include mind, body and soul, as well as celestial, spiritual and natural (see Swedenborg’s Apocalypse Explained 435[3] and 532[2]).

The dream Gideon overheard stands for the power of good (the bread) to break down the apparent power of what is evil and false (the tent) (Arcana Caelestia 4247[3]). The name of Gideon’s servant, Phurah, means “fruitfulness”, or “a winepress”, which is where Gideon was first called by the angel of the Lord.

The trumpet and the torch both stand for the power of truth to overcome evil and false ideas, the trumpet by its penetrating sound, and the torch by its illuminating light. There is no mention of swords for the army of Israel.

Finally, the oppression by the Midianites represents knowing what is true, but living a life governed by our own desires. This leads us increasingly further away from obeying the Lord. Of course, this must be addressed. The Midianites destroyed each other in their panic, meaning what is disorderly and against the Lord holds no validity, and eventually destroys itself (Arcana Caelestia 9320).

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 8815


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 3242, 5955, 7602, 7643, 9397

Apocalypse Revealed 397


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 455, 502, 543

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