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1 Herrens ark var i filistrenes land i syv måneder.

2 Da tilkalte filistrene prestene og spåmennene og sa: Hvad skal vi gjøre med Herrens ark? Si oss hvorledes vi skal sende den fra oss tilbake til dens plass!

3 De svarte: Dersom I sender Israels Guds ark bort, må I ikke sende den uten gaver, men I skal gi ham et skyldoffer til vederlag; da skal I bli lægt, og I skal få vite hvorfor hans hånd ikke viker fra eder.

4 Da sa de: Hvad er det for et skyldoffer vi skal gi ham til vederlag? De svarte: Fem bylder av gull og Fem mus av gull, efter tallet på filistrenes høvdinger; for det er en og samme plage som har rammet alle, også eders høvdinger.

5 I skal gjøre billeder av eders bylder og billeder av musene som ødelegger eders land, og gi Israels Gud ære; kanskje han da tar sin tunge hånd bort fra eder og fra eders Gud og fra eders land.

6 Hvorfor vil I forherde eders hjerte, likesom egypterne og Farao forherdet sitt hjerte. Måtte de ikke la dem fare og dra bort da han hadde latt dem få kjenne sin makt?

7 Ta nu og gjør en ny vogn, og ta så to nybære kyr som det ikke er kommet åk på, og spenn kyrne for vognen, men ta kalvene fra dem og før dem hjem!

8 Så skal I ta Herrens ark og sette den på vognen, og de gullsaker som I gir ham til skyldoffer, skal I legge i et skrin ved siden av den og så sende den avsted.

9 Så skal I se efter om den tar veien opover til sitt eget land, til Betsemes; for da er det han som har voldt oss denne store ulykke; men hvis ikke, så vet vi at det ikke er hans hånd som har rammet oss; da er det bare et tilfelle at dette har hendt oss.

10 Og mennene gjorde således: De tok to nybære kyr og spente dem for vognen, men kalvene holdt de tilbake hjemme.

11 Så satte de Herrens ark på vognen og likeså skrinet og gullmusene og billedene av sine bylder.

12 Og kyrne gikk rett frem efter veien som førte til Betsemes; de holdt stadig samme vei og rautet alt i ett og bøide ikke av hverken til høire eller til venstre, og filistrenes høvdinger gikk efter dem like til Betsemes-bygden.

13 Innbyggerne i Betsemes var nettop i ferd med å høste hveten i dalen; og da de så op, fikk de se arken, og de blev glade da de så den.

14 Da vognen kom inn på betsemesitten Josvas mark, stanset den der. Der lå en stor sten. Da hugg de treverket i vognen i stykker og ofret kyrne til brennoffer for Herren.

15 Og levittene tok ned Herrens ark og skrinet som stod ved den, det som gullsakene var i, og de satte dem på den store sten, og Betsemes' menn ofret samme dag brennoffer og slaktoffer til Herren.

16 Filistrenes fem høvdinger så på dette og vendte samme dag tilbake til Ekron.

17 Dette var de bylder av gull som filistrene gav som skyldoffer til Herren: for Asdod én, for Gasa én, for Askalon én, for Gat én, for Ekron én.

18 Og gullmusene svarte til tallet på alle filistrenes byer som tilhørte de fem høvdinger, både de faste byer og landsbyene. Vidne herom er den dag idag den store sten på betsemesitten Josvas mark som de satte Herrens ark på.

19 Men Herren slo nogen av mennene i Betsemes fordi de hadde sett på Herrens ark - sytti mann av folket slo han; og folket sørget fordi Herren hadde slått så mange av folket ihjel.

20 Og mennene i Betsemes sa: Hvem kan holde stand for Herrens, denne hellige Guds åsyn, og til hvem skal han dra op fra oss?

21 Så sendte de bud til innbyggerne i Kirjat-Jearim og lot si: Filistrene har ført Herrens ark tilbake; kom ned og hent den op til eder!

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Exploring the Meaning of 1_Samuel 6      

The Philistines were desperate to get rid of the stolen Ark of the Covenant. They had suffered plagues, and the statue of their god, Dagon, had fallen. Seven months after they had taken the Ark, the priests and diviners of the Philistines advised that it should be returned to the Lord “Jehovah” in Israel’s territory, accompanied by a suitable “trespass offering”. This would be an admission of guilt.

It was decided that the offering should be five gold tumors, or hemorrhoids, and five gold mice - representing the two afflictions that had plagued their people, and the five cities of the Philistines. They built a special cart to carry the Ark and the trespass offering, and two young milk cows pulled it. The cows were set free to find their own route, and headed straight for Israelite territory. The Israelite people in the border town of Beth Shemesh saw the cart coming, and rejoiced. They used a large stone as an altar, split up the wood of the cart and offered the two cows as a sacrifice. The golden objects were then distributed through the land.

In Divine Providence 326, we get an explanation of the meaning of the symbols in this chapter:

The hemorrhoids that plagued the Philistines in 1 Samuel 5 represent earthly loves separated from spiritual ones. The golden hemorrhoids represent earthly loves that have been purified, and made good.

The mice represent distortions of the truth which destroy the church. The golden mice represent the repair of the destruction via good loves and actions.

The cart that carried the ark and the trespass offerings symbolizes a new teaching, and the cows that led it symbolize “good earthly feelings.” The cows lowed as they led the cart. Swedenborg writes of this story that we must turn the obsessions that our earthly self holds with evil into good desires, and that the lowing of the cows as they drew the cart away represents how difficult this is. The sacrifice of the cows when they reached their destination indicates that the Lord was appeased. (See Divine Providence 326)

These symbols reveal something about our relationship with God, and the importance of uniting faith and charity, good and truth, within ourselves. The Philistines represent a spiritual state with faith separate from charity, and this chapter tells us that in order to reunite our faith with charity we must turn our loves of evil into the desire to do good with our knowledge.

The end of the chapter tells that the people of Beth Shemesh, who received the Ark of the Covenant, made a fatal mistake: some of them looked into the Ark. As a consequence, 50,070 of their people died. They sent a message to the people of Kirjath Jearim, asking them to come down and take the Ark from them.

The primary message here is the power of the Lord’s Ten Commandments. In the book True Christian Religion, we are taught that there was tremendous holiness and power in the law written on the stone tablets, because it was a “summary of the whole of religion.” The two engraved tablets represent the link between us and God. One of them contains a synopsis of all things related to God, and the other, a synopsis of all things related to us (see True Christian Religion 285 286). If we are to ever trespass the commandments or treat them as less than holy, harm will surely come. Therefore, we must work with the Lord in order to acquire an appropriate reverence for His commandments. This needs to go together with an active and sincere effort to obey them to the best of our frail and limited human ability.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Apocalypse Explained 700

Apocalypse Revealed 529

Divine Providence 326


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 5945

Doctrine of Life 59

Doctrine of Faith 52

True Christian Religion 284, 595, 691


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 827

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til
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fem
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mus
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en
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land
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gasa
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gat
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byer
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sett
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