Jona 1

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1 Och HERRENS ord kom till Jona, Amittais son; han sade:

2 »Stå upp och begiv dig till Nineve, den stora staden, och predika för den; ty deras ondska har kommit upp inför mitt ansikte

3 Men Jona stod upp och ville fly till Tarsis, undan HERRENS ansikte. Och han for ned till Jafo och fann där ett skepp som skulle gå till Tarsis. Och sedan han hade erlagt betalning för resan, steg han ombord därpå för att fara med till Tarsis, undan HERRENS ansikte.

4 Men HERREN sände en stark vind ut över havet, så att en stark storm uppstod på havet; och skeppet var nära att krossas.

5 Då betogos sjömännen av fruktan och ropade var och en till sin gud; och vad löst som fanns i skeppet kastade de i havet för att bereda sig lättnad. Men Jona hade gått ned i det inre av fartyget och låg där i djup sömn.

6 Då gick skepparen till honom och sade till honom: »Huru kan du sova så? Stå upp och åkalla din Gud. Kanhända skall den Guden tänka på oss, så att vi icke förgås.»

7 Och folket sade till varandra: »Välan, låt oss kasta lott, så att vi få veta för vems skull denna olycka har kommit över oss.» När de så kastade lott, föll lotten på Jona.

8 Då sade de till honom: »Säg oss för vems skull denna olycka har kommit över oss. Vad är ditt ärende, och varifrån kommer du? Från vilket land och av vad folk är du?»

9 Han svarade den; »Jag är en hebré, och jag dyrkar HERREN, himmelens Gud, som har gjort havet och det torra.»

10 Då betogos männen av stor fruktan och sade till honom: »Vad är det du har gjort!» Ty männen fingo genom det han berättade dem veta att han flydde undan HERRENS ansikte.

11 Och de sade till honom: »Vad skola vi göra med dig, så att havet stillar sig för oss?» Ty havet stormade mer och mer.

12 Då svarade han dem: »Tagen mig och kasten mig i havet, så skall havet stillas för eder; ty jag vet att det är för min skull som denna starka storm har kommit över eder.»

13 Och männen strävade med all makt att komma tillbaka till land, men de kunde icke; ty havet stormade mer och mer emot dem.

14 Då ropade de till HERREN och sade: »Ack HERRE, låt oss icke förgås för denne mans själs skull, och låt icke oskyldigt blod komma över oss. Ty du, HERRE, har gjort såsom dig täckes.»

15 Därefter togo de Jona och kastade honom i havet. Då lade sig havets raseri.

16 Och männen betogos av stor fruktan för HERREN, och de offrade slaktoffer åt HERREN och gjorde löften.


Exploring the Meaning of Jona 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 Caelestia 1188, 1343, 1709, 2606, 10325

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