Jonas 1

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1 Herrens ord kom til Jonas, Amittais sønn, og det lød så:

2 Stå op, gå til Ninive, den store stad, og tal for den! For deres ondskap er steget op og er kommet for mitt åsyn.

3 Men Jonas stod op og vilde fly til Tarsis, bort fra Herrens åsyn; og han drog ned til Joppe og fant der et skib som skulde gå til Tarsis, og han betalte frakten og gikk ombord for å fare med dem til Tarsis, bort fra Herrens åsyn.

4 Men Herren sendte en sterk vind ut over havet, og det blev en stor storm på havet, og skibet var i ferd med å knuses.

5 Da blev skibsfolkene redde og ropte hver til sin gud, og de kastet de ting som var i skibet, ut i havet for å lette skibet. Men Jonas var steget ned i skibets nederste rum og lå i fast søvn.

6 Skibsføreren gikk da til ham og sa: Hvorledes kan du sove så fast? Stå op og rop til din gud! Kanskje den gud vil tenke på råd for oss, så vi ikke går under.

7 Og de sa til hverandre: Kom, la oss kaste lodd, så vi kan få vite hvem som er skyld i at denne ulykke har hendt oss! Så kastet de lodd, og loddet faltJonas.

8 Da sa de til ham: Si oss hvem som er skyld i at denne ulykke har hendt oss! Hvad er ditt ærend, og hvor kommer du fra? Hvad land er du fra, og hvad folk hører du til?

9 Han svarte: Jeg er en hebreer, og jeg frykter Herren, himmelens Gud, ham som har gjort havet og det tørre land.

10 Da blev mennene grepet av en stor frykt, og de sa til ham: Hvorfor har du gjort dette? For de visste at han flydde fra Herrens åsyn; det hadde han fortalt dem.

11 Og de sa til ham: Hvad skal vi gjøre med dig, forat havet kan legge sig for oss? For havet blev mere og mere oprørt.

12 Han svarte: Ta mig og kast mig i havet! Så vil havet legge sig for eder; for jeg vet at det er for min skyld denne store storm er kommet over eder.

13 Mennene prøvde nu å ro tilbake til land, men de maktet det ikke; for sjøen slo sterkere og sterkere mot dem.

14 Da ropte de til Herren og sa: Å Herre, la oss ikke gå under fordi denne mann skal dø, og la ikke uskyldig blod komme over oss! For du, Herre, har gjort som du vilde.

15 Så tok de Jonas og kastet ham i havet; da holdt havet op å rase.

16 Og mennene blev grepet av stor frykt for Herren, og de ofret takkoffer til Herren og gjorde løfter.


Exploring the Meaning of Jonas 1      

Napsal(a) Helen Kennedy

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.

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Exploring the Meaning of Jonah 1      

Napsal(a) Helen Kennedy

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 1188, 1343, 1709, 2606, 10325

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