耶穌在迦拿

以賽亞書42:3 壓傷的蘆葦祂不折斷,將殘的燈火祂不吹滅,祂憑真實將公理傳開。

耶穌接到了一個喜筵的邀請,便帶著幾個新接收的門徒一起往迦拿而去。迦拿在拿撒勒和迦百農的中間,是一個在小山和溪水旁的小村,交通不方便,是一個十分安靜的小村子。

從迦百農往東南走了大約15公里,就到了迦拿。此時耶穌剛收的一個門徒腓力去找他住在迦拿的朋友拿但業,對他說:「摩西在律法上所寫的和眾先知所記的那一位,我們遇見了,就是約瑟的兒子拿撒勒人耶穌。」(約1:45) 根據對拿撒勒的認知,拿但業輕蔑地回答:「拿撒勒還能出什麼好的嗎?」

耶穌一看見拿但業,便說他是個心裡沒有詭詐的真以色列人,拿但業很詑異耶穌從何知道他?耶穌說:腓力還沒有叫你時,我己經看到你站在無花果樹下了。拿但業覺得耶穌好「神」哪!立刻稱呼耶穌是神的兒子,以色列的王。更「神」的事接著發生了。

耶穌領著幾個門徒到了迦拿的婚宴,婚禮的主人家可能是耶穌的母親馬利亞的親戚,因此她也在那裡幫忙張羅。在充滿喜樂的盛筵裡,馬利亞卻很著急地來找耶穌,因為給客人喝的酒準備得不夠,這是何等失禮的事啊!這樣大的事,馬利亞不找主人或管家再去買些酒,反而是去找兒子耶穌,可見她知道耶穌能人之所不能。因此,她對用人說:「他告訴你們什麼,你們就做什麼。」這就是耶穌變水為酒,第一件公開施行的神蹟。祂的門徒就因而信祂了。(約2:1-11)

A Game You Can’t Win

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 31:21-40.  Let’s go!

Job 31:21-23 (NIV) 
21  if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, knowing that I had influence in court,
22  then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint.
23  For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.

On verses 21-23:  In verses 16-22 Job denies taking advantage of the poor, the widow and the fatherless.  In verse 23 he says he did not sin in this way because of his fear of the Lord and the destruction that God could bring if he sinned in that way. It’s as if Job took seriously Jesus’ parable on the sheep and goats in Matthew 25:31-46 without even hearing it.  In that parable, Jesus describes himself as a King who rewards or punishes people based on how they treated the most vulnerable in society.  This parable is where Jesus famously says, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40) and “whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’” (Matthew 25:45).