美麗的隱基底

撒母耳記上24章6節   我的主乃是耶和華的受膏者,我在耶和華面前萬不敢伸手害他,因祂是耶和華的受膏者。

現在的隱基底是以色列的國立天然公園,也是一個旅客必然要去的地方,因為它除了有沙漠中的甘泉之外,還含有一個以色列最偉大的國王在這裡發生的故事,帶給後人極大的啟示。

話說大約兩千多年前,大衛還是一個廿歲出頭的小伙子,因為被神揀選,預備當以色列的王,因此受到當時的王掃羅極大的嫉恨,要追殺置他於死地。大衛帶著幾百人在掃羅王的追殺裡四處奔逃,來到了這個乾旱的曠野,到處都是危崖絕壁山洞,卻有湧自崖壁的泉水。這裡,是野羊出没之處,又名「野羊的磐石」。這裡,有一條流淌不息的小溪,名為「大衛河」,是為了紀念大衛在流亡時的一段經歷。

當大衛與從人為了有美好的棲息之所而高興時,有人也把這消息傳給掃羅。掃羅就帶著三千軍兵,往野羊的磐石去尋索大衛和跟隨他的人。

〈撒母耳記上〉24章記著:到了路旁的羊圈,在那裡有洞,掃羅進去大解;當時,大衛和跟隨他的人正藏在洞裡的深處。(怎麼這樣巧?)  大衛本來可以輕而易舉地奪去掃羅的性命,但由於大衛敬畏神,因此不伸手加害耶和華的受膏者,也不讓跟隨的人去殺害他,最後只是悄悄割下掃羅外袍的衣襟。他說:「我的主乃是耶和華的受膏者,我在耶和華面前萬不敢伸手害他,因祂是耶和華的受膏者。」

多好的機會啊! 掃羅己是60多歲之人,大衛正值青年,掃羅大解時身邊也沒有軍士,只要大衛一伸手,這個惡夢就可以解決,大衛就可以登基當王,為什麼不做?換了你,會放過這樣的機會嗎?從人都可以說,是神把他交在你手裡啊!莫負天意!

Real Wrath, Real Mercy

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Ezekiel 5:1-17.  Let’s go!

On verses 1-17:  Here comes another object lesson from Ezekiel, given to catch the attention of the spiritually calloused Israelites.  Ezekiel senses God telling him to shave his head and beard with a sharp sword.  He is to burn one third of the shavings inside the city.  He is to take another third and strike it with the sword, doing this all over the city.  He is also to take the last third of his hair shavings and scatter them to the wind.  All of these actions were to symbolize how, as punishment for their persistent disobedience and idolatry, God would give the Israelites over to famine (possibly symbolized by the fire), military attack (symbolized by the sword), and to wild beasts and disease (symbolized by the wind).   The reference in verse 10 to fathers eating their children and children eating their fathers is talking about how severe the famine would become that the Israelites would resort to cannibalism.

“How could a loving God do this to His own people?” you may ask.  It is worth noting that for centuries God repeatedly and with great clarity warned the Israelites that they should expect such consequences if they continued to disobey Him and persist in rebellion and idolatry.  See, for example, Deuteronomy 28 where Moses warns the people of all the problems they could expect to come upon them if they disobey.