耶和華所憎惡之事

〈申命記〉 17:15 你總要立耶和華─你 神所揀選的人為王。必從你弟兄中立一人;不可立你弟兄以外的人為王。

在〈申命記〉 17章裡,摩西談到了一些神所憎惡的事。今年的四旬節從2月17日開始。四旬節的意思是從聖灰日星期三開始算40天,共六個星期,到復活節的前一天的一段時間,一同來思想和記念耶穌受難的意義。在這段時間內思考耶穌為何要受難,以及我們當如何遠離神所憎惡之事,實在很合適。

神最憎惡的事就是祂的子民或兒女遠離神去敬拜事奉別神,以及審判中要按神的律法,並聽從神的判語。比較特別的一點,便是教導以色列人要怎樣立他們的王。

有位在查經班學習了一段時期的慕道友問過一個問題:「假如神設定了一夫一妻制,那為什麼以色列人的王都娶了那麼多老婆?」他從大衛開始到所羅門,如數家珍。可見有很多慕道友對《聖經》的知識並不差。

在這章經文裡,神提到以色列人立王和做王的規矩。

1. 立王的時候,要立神所揀選的人為王,這人必定是以色列人,他們的弟兄,而不是外邦人。在美國想競選總統也要在美國本地出生才行。不曉得有沒有哪個國家選領袖時,會去找一個外國人來當?除非是被壓迫,否則大概都不會這樣做吧。
2.神說,這個王不可以為自己加添馬匹;也不可以為要添馬匹而帶百姓回埃及。馬匹只是君王想要的財富之一。有了馬匹可以增強作戰的能力,但是即使為了增強戰鬥力,也不可回埃及。因為馬雖然是為作戰之日預備的,得勝乃在乎耶和華。因此,大衛說:「有人靠車,有人靠馬,但我們要提到耶和華──我們神的名。(詩20:7)」 神所要求的便是王對神要有信心。

The Most Important Question You Will Ever Answer

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is John 8:48-59.  Let’s go!

John 8:48-59 (NIV) 
48  The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?” 
49  “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 
50  I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 
51  I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” 
52  At this the Jews exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death. 
53  Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” 
54  Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 
55  Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word. 
56  Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” 
57  “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” 
58  “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 
59  At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

On verses 48-59:  Here in these verses Jesus makes some incredible claims:

–        Jesus claims that if you obey his word, you will never die (v51)

–        Jesus claims that he has special knowledge of who God is (v55)