日月停止一日之久

〈約書亞記〉  10: 14  在這日以前,這日以後,耶和華聽人的禱告沒有像這日的,是因耶和華為以色列爭戰。

閱讀經文:〈約書亞記〉  10:1-27

南方的五王攻打基遍,基遍要求以色列人相助的這場戰役,實在是驚心動魄,成為膾炙人口的一個故事。耶路撒冷、希伯崙、耶末、拉吉和伊磯倫五個大城, 很可能原先與基遍有合約,要一起對抗從沙漠而來的以色列人,萬萬沒有想到他們會先投降,讓其他五王在害怕憤怒之餘,不得不連合起來懲罰基遍。因為基遍是一 座大城,如都城一般,比艾城更大,並且城內的人都是勇士,倘若沒有他們的力量,其他五王得勝的機會就減少了,因此他們決定去攻打基遍,給約書亞一個下馬威,也給迦南的其他族裔看看,誰敢歸降約書亞,他們就去打誰,讓大家都不敢去和以色列人和好。

基遍投降的原因和喇合一樣,因為聽見神藉著摩西和約書亞所行的神蹟,為了求生存而寧可暫時委屈自己,投降以色列人,歸降在耶和華神的羽翼之下。人沒有了生命,還能怎樣?但只要有一口氣 在,便有希望,便有將來。可惜很多人不這麼想,他們寧可像那五王一樣,選擇抗拒耶和華神,以致於全軍覆沒。面對五王聯軍,約書亞害怕了嗎?他肯定害怕了,因此 神的安慰立即臨到:「不要怕他們;因為我已將他們交在你手裡,他們無一人能在你面前站立得住。」

約書亞看重與基遍的立約,基遍一向他求救,他立刻出援。但是他心裡還是忐忑不安。但是尊重合約的人,神也尊重他。因此神立刻安慰約書亞:「不要怕他們,因為我已將他們交在你手裡,他們無一人能在你面前站立得住。」有了神的保證,約書亞如虎添翼,夜間行軍,從吉甲到基遍走了大約25英里,經過四千尺陡峭的山路,給五王來個措手不及。他們萬萬沒有想到以色列人來得如此神速。可見有神的祝福,也要有人的努力;只有神的祝福,人若不努力,那就可惜了。

When You’ve Given Up On Yourself

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is John 21:1-14.  Let’s go!

John 21:1-3 (NIV) 
1  Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: 
2  Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 
3  “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

On verses 1-3:  By “going out to fish” (v3), Peter may have been saying, “I tried and failed at this spiritual leadership thing.  I’m going back to my old life, my old job as a fisherman.  How else am I going to eat and live now that I’ve denied Jesus and made a fool of myself?”  Going out to fish with Peter were James and John (“the sons of Zebedee” – v2), who were Peter’s old fishing partners and fellow disciples, as well as Thomas, Nathanael and two other disciples.  

Whereas Peter had given up on himself, Jesus had not given up on Peter.  In the sequence that follows, Jesus shows Peter that he has not given up on him by subtly recalling specific miracles Jesus had done in the lives of Peter and his disciples.  It’s a great reminder that when we have failed, or think we have failed, in major ways, we may be inclined to give up on any dreams we had concerning God using our lives and going back to our old way of living.  But even after we have failed in major ways, Jesus still does not give up on us.