Isus Navin 21

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1 Tada dođoše glavari otačkih porodica levitskih k Eleazaru svešteniku i k Isusu sinu Navinom i glavarima porodica otačkih i plemenima sinova Izrailjevih.

2 I rekoše im u Silomu u zemlji hananskoj govoreći: Gospod je zapovedio preko Mojsija da nam se daju gradovi gde ćemo živeti i podgrađa njihova za stoku našu.

3 I dadoše sinovi Izrailjevi Levitima od nasledstva svog po zapovesti Gospodnjoj ove gradove i podgrađa njihova:

4 Izađe žreb za porodice Katove; i dopade sinovima Arona sveštenika između Levita žrebom trinaest gradova od plemena Judinog i od plemena Simeunovog i od plemena Venijaminovog.

5 A ostalim sinovima Katovim dopade žrebom deset gradova od porodica plemena Jefremovog i od plemena Danovog i od polovine plemena Manasijinog.

6 A sinovima Girsonovim dopade žrebom od porodica plemena Isaharovog i od plemena Asirovog i od plemena Neftalimovog i od polovine plemena Manasijinog u Vasanu trinaest gradova;

7 Sinovima Merarijevim po porodicama njihovim od plemena Ruvimovog i od plemena Gadovog i od plemena Zavulonovog dvanaest gradova.

8 Daše dakle sinovi Izrailjevi Levitima te gradove i podgrađa njihova žrebom, kao što beše zapovedio Gospod preko Mojsija.

9 I daše od plemena sinova Judinih i od plemena sinova Simeunovih ove gradove koji se kazuju po imenima:

10 I dopade sinovima Aronovim od porodica Katovih između sinova Levijevih, za koje pade prvi žreb,

11 Njima dopade: Kirijat-Arva, a Arva je otac Enakov, a taj je grad Hevron u gori Judinoj, s podgrađem svojim unaokolo.

12 A polje oko tog grada i sela njegova daše Halevu sinu Jefonijinom u nasledstvo.

13 Daše dakle sinovima Arona sveštenika grad za utočište krvniku Hevron s podgrađem i Livnu s podgrađem.

14 I Jatir s podgrađem i Estemoju s podgrađem,

15 I Olon s podgrađem i Davir s podgrađem,

16 I Ajin s podgrađem, i Jutu s podgrađem, i Vet-Semes s podgrađem: devet gradova od ta dva plemena.

17 A od plemena Venijaminovog Gavaon s podgrađem, i Gavaju s podgrađem,

18 Anatot s podgrađem, i Almon s podgrađem: četiri grada.

19 Svega gradova sinova Arona sveštenika trinaest gradova s podgrađima.

20 A porodicama sinova Katovih, Levitima, što ih još beše od sinova Katovih, dopadoše na njihov žreb gradovi od plemena Jefremovog;

21 Dopade im grad za utočište krvniku Sihem s podgrađem u gori Jefremovoj, i Gezer s podgrađem,

22 I Kivsajim s podgrađem, i Vet-Oron s podgrađem: četiri grada;

23 A od plemena Danovog: Eltekon s podgrađem, Giveton s podgrađem,

24 Ajalon s podgrađem, Gat-Rimon s podgrađem: četiri grada.

25 A od polovine plemena Manasijinog: Tanah s podgrađem i Gat-Rimon s podgrađem: dva grada.

26 Svega deset gradova s podgrađima dadoše porodicama sinova Katovih ostalima.

27 A sinovima Girsonovim između porodica levitskih dadoše od polovine plemena Manasijinog grad za utočište krvniku Golan u Vasanu s podgrađem, i Vester s podgrađem: dva grada;

28 A od plemena Isaharovog: Kison s podgrađem, Davrot s podgrađem.

29 Jarmut s podgrađem, En-Ganim s podgrađem: četiri grada;

30 A od plemena Asirovog: Misal s podgrađem, Avdon s podgrađem,

31 Helkat s podgrađem, i Reov s podgrađem: četiri grada;

32 A od plemena Neftalimovog grad za utočište krvniku Kedes u Galileji s podgrađem, i Amot-Dor s podgrađem, i Kartan s podgrađem: tri grada.

33 Svega gradova sinova Girsonovih po porodicama njihovim trinaest gradova s podgrađima.

34 A porodicama sinova Merarijevih, ostalim Levitima, daše od plemena Zavulonovog Jokneam s podgrađem, Kartu s podgrađem,

35 Dimnu s podgrađem, Nalol s podgrađem: četiri grada;

36 A od plemena Ruvimovog: Vosor s podgrađem, i Jazu s podgrađem,

37 Kedimot s podgrađem, i Mifat s podgrađem: četiri grada;

38 A od plemena Gadovog: grad za utočište krvniku Ramot u Galadu s podgrađem, i Mahanajim s podgrađem.

39 Esevon s podgrađem, Jazir s podgrađem; svega četiri grada.

40 Sve ove gradove daše sinovima Merarijevim po porodicama njihovim, što još behu između porodica levitskih; i dođe na žreb njihov dvanaest gradova.

41 Svega gradova levitskih u nasledstvu sinova Izrailjevih beše četrdeset osam gradova s podgrađima.

42 A svi gradovi imaju svoja podgrađa unaokolo; tako je u svakom gradu.

43 Tako dade Gospod Izrailju svu zemlju, za koju se zakle ocima njihovim da će im je dati, i naslediše je i naseliše se u njoj.

44 I umiri ih Gospod od svuda unaokolo, kao što se zakleo ocima njihovim; i niko se ne održa pred njima od svih neprijatelja njihovih; sve neprijatelje njihove predade im Gospod u ruke.

45 Ništa ne izosta od sveg dobra što beše obećao Gospod domu Izrailjevom; sve se zbi.

  

Exploring the Meaning of Isus Navin 21      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Joshua 21: The cities of the Levite priests and the end of the settlement.

In this chapter, the last remaining part of the settlement was completed: the provision for the Levites, the priests of Israel. This tribe had been appointed priests because only they had answered the call, “Who is on the side of the Lord?” when the Israelites had been worshipping the golden calf in the wilderness (see Exodus 32:26).

Much of the chapter is spent listing the cities given to the three sons of Aaron, who was appointed high priest. Each extended family of Aaron’s sons was given about sixteen cities. It seems very significant that a lot of these cities were the same ones given to the other tribes, and were also the cities of refuge.

Levi’s name means ‘joined’, which is very suitable for the Levite priests, who received cities in every tribal territory. This meant that the presence of priests was everywhere (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 342).

Spiritually speaking, this distribution is a wonderful illustration that our spirit lives throughout our whole body. Every part of us is alive! Every single thing in our body, from one blood cell to our heart and lungs, is maintained by our spirit, which itself is maintained by the influx of the Lord’s life. The function of everything in our body is in a perfect correspondence with the kingdom of heaven.

So, spiritually, the Levites stand for the presence of the Lord everywhere, in everything. This underlines the point that everything in the natural world - even the cities and territories described in this chapter of Joshua - reflect something about God and heaven (see Swedenborg’s Apocalypse Revealed 194). But there is another important meaning for the distribution of the priestly Levites in cities all through the tribal territories: we must keep on acknowledging that everything is a blessing from the Lord, that everything we do is for God, and that the Lord alone does what is truly good (see Swedenborg’s work, Divine Providence 91).

After the distribution of cities to the Levites, Israel was fully established in the land of Canaan. The rest of this chapter is a consolidating statement which is worth including in full:

v43. “So the Lord gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and dwelt in it.
v44. The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that he had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand.
v45. Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.”

These are words of fulfillment, culmination, assurance and blessing. Everything here traces back to the Lord. The Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, granted them victory over their enemies, and gave them the Land of Canaan; the Lord had spoken in complete truth. “All came to pass.”

This final statement is a promise of our own capacity for regeneration and spiritual progress. We are able to overcome our natural desires and selfish states; we have been established in our life with the ability to understand and do what is good. In devoting ourselves to the Lord, we find strength to see that He will never fail us, and will change us for the better. ‘All came to pass’ is our affirmation that our life is always under God’s care and providence (Arcana Caelestia 977).

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