拉馬撒巴各大尼

馬太福音27: 45_50_拉馬撒巴各大尼

45 從午正到申初,遍地都黑暗了。 46 約在申初,耶穌大聲喊著說:「以利!以利!拉馬撒巴各大尼?」就是說:「我的神!我的神!為什麼離棄我?」 47 站在那裡的人,有的聽見就說:「這個人呼叫以利亞呢!」 48 內中有一個人趕緊跑去,拿海絨蘸滿了醋,綁在葦子上,送給他喝。 49 其餘的人說:「且等著,看以利亞來救他不來。」 50 耶穌又大聲喊叫,氣就斷了。

耶穌是早上九時被釘,從午正到申初是指從正午十二時到下午三時,遍地都黑暗了。黑暗,表示連太陽的光也完全被遮住。正午十二時至下午三時,應該是一天中陽光最猛最烈的時刻,為何遍地黑暗?世界本來是黑暗的,沒有希望的,被死亡和罪的權勢所控制的。耶穌來了,祂醫治生病的人,讓瞎眼的看見,把天國的好消息帶給人,賜給人有永生的盼望;可惜光照在黑暗裡,黑暗卻拒絕了光,因此世界又回復了黑暗。

在此時,耶穌經歷了祂一生最大的痛苦。祂不在意降生在卑微的馬槽,與牛羊馬為伍;祂不在意約瑟和馬利亞的貧窮;祂也不在乎沒有枕頭之地的流浪生涯;祂甚至不在意為門徒洗腳,被門徒出賣;祂也不在意十字架上的苦楚。但是當祂發現自己被神離棄時,祂發出了哀號:“以利!以利!拉馬撒巴各大尼?”就是說:“我的神!我的神!為什麼離棄我?”那時的耶穌以人的身份,全心緊緊抓著對神的信靠,卻發現神離開祂了。神為何要離開祂的兒子?因為此時的耶穌背負了全人類的罪債,與聖潔的神無法在一起了。神的聖潔和公義,使祂不能沾染自己,去接近“有罪”的耶穌。

Slaying the Giants in Your Life

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 20:1-8.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 20:1-3 (NIV) 
1  In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, Joab led out the armed forces. He laid waste the land of the Ammonites and went to Rabbah and besieged it, but David remained in Jerusalem. Joab attacked Rabbah and left it in ruins. 
2  David took the crown from the head of their king–its weight was found to be a talent of gold, and it was set with precious stones–and it was placed on David’s head. He took a great quantity of plunder from the city 
3  and brought out the people who were there, consigning them to labor with saws and with iron picks and axes. David did this to all the Ammonite towns. Then David and his entire army returned to Jerusalem.

On verse 1-3:  Here we see a longtime enemy of Israel, the Ammonites, fighting against King David and his army.  Under the leadership of David’s commander in chief Joab, the armies of Israel defeat the Ammonites soundly and consign them to labor.   In a similar way, the Bible says that for a long time we were enemies of God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:21), constantly fighting against its king – Jesus Christ — until the day we surrendered to Him and allowed Him to take over our lives.  When the kingdom of God took over our lives, we went from being his enemies to becoming his servants.