以笏和珊迦

〈士师记〉 3:28a    对他们说:「你们随我来,因为耶和华已经把你们的仇敌摩押人交在你们手中。」

阅读经文:〈士师记〉 3:12-31

摩押人是罗得的大女儿和罗得的后裔,罗得是亚伯拉罕的侄子,以色列人是亚伯拉罕的后裔,所以摩押人和以色列人有亲戚关系。他们之间的关系时好时坏,在〈路得记〉里记载当伯利恒有饥荒时,有的以色列人就跑到摩押地避灾;大卫逃难时,也曾把父母放到摩押地去避难。但是在这章里,摩押人约了亚扪人和亚玛力人一起去攻打以色列人,占据了棕树城,也就是耶利哥城。棕树城是耶利哥城的别名,因为在耶利哥城里有许多棕树。

这三族人战胜以色列人,以色列人就服侍摩押王伊矶伦十八年。以色列人何时离开神,何时就失去力量,被敌人所胜。我们也是一样,我们何时离开神,就会失足,或失败。主耶稣说:「因为离了我,你们就不能做什么。(约15:5c)」〈士师记〉里的以色列人,正像有些相信主耶稣的人,虽然身在迦南地,却不一定肯遵行神的话去生活,反而偏行已意,以致常被试探所胜,跌入苦难之中。但是爱我们的神却从不曾离开我们,总是等着我们回转,等著向我们伸出援手。

神会使用谁去拯救以色列人呢?在我们的心中,能拯救一个民族的岂不是超人吗?现在电视电影上不仅有男超人、女超人,还有蜘蛛人、蝙蝠侠,不胜枚举。在人的心中,能拯救人的必然有超凡的力量,一只手可以举起一架坦克,一跑可以快过飞机,但那些都是假的,是人幻想出来的。以色列的「超人」,都是神兴起的。

God’s Plan Is Greater Than Our Mistakes

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Genesis 13:1-18.  Let’s go!

Genesis 13:1-2 (NIV)
1  So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him.
2  Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.

Verses 1-2:  Remember who Lot is.  Lot was Abram’s nephew, the son of Abram’s deceased brother Haran (Genesis 11:27).  After Haran died, Lot and Abram lived together in one household under care of Abram’s dad Terah (Genesis 11:31).  When Terah died, Abram took Lot under his wing and became a father figure in Lot’s life.  Practically speaking, because they lived so close to each other for much of their lives, Abram saw Lot like a younger brother and cared for him that way (see verse 8).

Genesis 13:3-4 (NIV)
3  From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier
4  and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the LORD.