耶穌在約但河

約翰福音1:34  我看見了,就證明這是神的兒子。

世界上有很多著名的大河,約但河也許不是其中之一;因為相對而言,約但河的氣勢或寬長都只算是一條小河。它是世界上最低的河流,由北向南貫穿巴勒斯坦地區。但是俗云,山不在高,有仙則靈;所以河不在大,有神則威。《聖經》裡記載著許多關於約但河的故事,我們就來看看一二。

你記得《聖經》中的人物哪一個最早渡過約但河嗎?我猜是亞伯拉罕,因為神把迦南地賜給他,所以他從哈蘭一路往南,一定要經過約但河才能到希伯崙或是南地。再來是誰呢?再來就是亞伯拉罕的孫子雅各,為了逃避哥哥以掃的追殺,渡過約但河,和他祖父走相反的路線回到巴旦亞蘭,在那裡娶妻生子。廿年後,再回迦南地。在雅各過約但河的前一夜,他在約但河的雅博渡口和天使摔跤,使者在這裡為他改名: 以色列。雅各為那地取名毗努伊勒,意思說:「我面對面見了神,我的性命仍得保全。」(創32:30)

再來便是約書亞率領兩百多萬以色列人過約約河,當抬著約櫃的祭司之腳一踩進水裡,那從上往下流的河水就立起成壘,不流的水也斷絕了。當所有的人到了對岸之後,祭司才上岸,祭司一上岸,約但河的水就還原,依然漲過兩岸。他們上岸後在吉甲安營,立石記念為「要使地上萬民都知道耶和華的手大有能力,也要使你們永遠敬畏耶和華你們的神。」(書4:24)

雖然在舊約裡,約但河流域發生了不少戰爭,這些我們就不一一細說。有趣的是在列王時期,雖然以色列和亞蘭是敵對的關係。但是有一次亞蘭的元帥乃縵患了大痲瘋,在那時大痲瘋是不治之症,糟透了! 但是在他家有一個從以色列地擄來的小女孩,建議他去找先知以利沙。他也真的去以色列找以利沙,沒想到以利沙叫他去約但河浸七次。他很生氣,後來聽僕人的勸,還是去約但河浸了七次,沒想到他的大痲瘋真的痊癒了。他說:「如今我知道、除了以色列之外、普天下沒有神」(王下5:15)

6 Ways to Build Rapport When Talking with Others

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 33:1-18.  Let’s go!

Job 33:1-7 (NIV) 
1  “But now, Job, listen to my words; pay attention to everything I say.
2  I am about to open my mouth; my words are on the tip of my tongue.
3  My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know.
4  The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
5  Answer me then, if you can; prepare yourself and confront me.
6  I am just like you before God; I too have been taken from clay.
7  No fear of me should alarm you, nor should my hand be heavy upon you.

On verses 1-7:  At first when I read these 7 verses, the initial impression I get is that Elihu is a bit long-winded and in love with himself.  Then I thought, “Well, maybe it’s because Elihu is nervous, so he ends up speaking quite verbosely at the beginning.” But the more I study Elihu’s words, the more I think I can appreciate Elihu’s purpose in speaking this way:  Elihu is trying to make it clear to Job where he is coming from.  He is trying to build rapport with Job.  How?