Jona 2

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1 Ali Gospod zapovedi, te velika riba proguta Jonu; i Jona bi u trbuhu ribljem tri dana i tri noći.

2 I zamoli se Jona Gospodu Bogu svom iz trbuha ribljeg,

3 I reče: Zavapih u nevolji svojoj ka Gospodu, i usliši me; iz utrobe grobne povikah, i Ti ču glas moj.

4 Jer si me bacio u dubine, u srce moru, i voda me opteče; sve poplave Tvoje i vali Tvoji prelaziše preko mene.

5 I rekoh: Odbačen sam ispred očiju Tvojih; ali ću još gledati svetu crkvu Tvoju.

6 Optekoše me vode do duše, bezdana me opkoli, sita omota mi se oko glave.

7 Siđoh do krajeva gorskih, prevornice zemaljske nada mnom su doveka; ali Ti izvadi život moj iz jame, Gospode Bože moj.

8 Kad nestajaše duša moja u meni, pomenuh Gospoda, i molitva moja dođe k Tebi, u svetu crkvu Tvoju.

9 Koji drže lažne taštine, ostavljaju svoju milost.

10 A ja ću Ti glasom zahvalnim prineti žrtvu, ispuniti što sam zavetovao; spasenje je u Gospoda.

11 I Gospod zapovedi ribi, te izbljuva Jonu na zemlju.

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Exploring the Meaning of Jonah 2      

By New Christian Bible Study Staff

In Jonah 2:1-10, Jonah is trapped in the belly of the great fish. He prays for salvation, and in the end, after this terrible trial, he is vomited forth onto dry land.

Before a new church -- either a state of good and truth with a group of people, or a new state of good an truth in ourselves - can come into existence, a period of temptation, of struggle, must occur. During this time a remnant of good and truth from prior states, will be preserved. This happens to us. When we really don't want to do something that we know we should do, we get into a state of spiritual temptation. That's what this chapter is about.

In Arcana Coelestia 756, it says: "In Jonah, 'The waters closed around me, even to my soul, the deep surrounded me. Here... 'the waters' and 'the deep' stand for the full extent of temptation.

This chapter also prophesies, or foreshadows, the combats that Jesus Christ would have with the hells, and his most grievous temptations at the time. The “three days and nights during which Jonah was in the bowels of the fish,” signify the entire duration of the combat with the hells.

In the New Testament, in Matthew 12:39-41, there's a reference back to this story:

"No sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. And now One greater than Jonah is here.

For us, then... what? When we've turned away from the Lord, and we're in "the belly of the fish" - in temptations, struggles, combats, and everything looks pretty hopeless - then if we really pray, and seek the Lord's help, he can help us.

Here's a link to an interesting (audio) sermon on this chapter, by Rev. Todd Beiswenger.

Here, too, is a link to Rev. McCurdy's study guide for the Book of Jonah, which is available for free as a .pdf, for your use.


Haupterklärung(en) aus den Werken Swedenborgs:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 212

Weitere Verweise Swedenborgs zu diesem Kapitel:

Arcana Coelestia 247, 756, 1691, 3880, 4728, 6726, 8278, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 191

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 220, 518, 538, 622, 750

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Resources for parents and teachers

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 How the Lord Saved Jonah
A retelling of the story for young children with beautiful color illustrations. 
Story | Ages 4 - 6

Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Jonah and the Great Fish
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 Jonah and the Great Fish
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Jonah and the Great Fish (3-5 years)
Project | Ages 4 - 6

 Jonah and the Great Fish (6-8 years)
Project | Ages 7 - 10

 Jonah and the Great Fish (9-11 years)
Project | Ages 11 - 14

 Jonah Disobeys the Lord
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Jonah in the Great Fish
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Jonah Swallowed by a Fish
Another way to make a 3 dimensional fish that can swallow Noah. 
Project | Ages up to 6

 Quotes: Divine Providence and Evil
Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 The Prophet Jonah
This article shows how the Lord tried to teach Jonah to be merciful and kind when Jonah disobeyed the Lord because of his hatred toward the Assyrians. 
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14