施比受更為有福

〈箴言〉11:27 懇切求善的,就求得恩惠;唯獨求惡的,惡必臨到他身。

閱讀經文:箴言11:24-27

24有施散的卻更增添,有吝惜過度的反致窮乏。25好施捨的必得豐裕,滋潤人的必得滋潤。26屯糧不賣的,民必咒詛他;情願出賣的,人必為他祝福。27懇切求善的,就求得恩惠;唯獨求惡的,惡必臨到他身。

24-25節:有施散的,卻更增添;有吝惜過度的,反致窮乏。好施捨的,必得豐裕;滋潤人的,必得滋潤。

《現代中文譯本》譯為:慷慨好施,日益富裕;一毛不拔,反更窮困。慷慨好施,更加發達;幫助別人,自己受益。

《The Message》譯為:The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. 25 The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.

神的數學和人的數學算法是不一樣的。在人的數學裡,若是拿出去了,自己的就減少了;但是在神的數學裡,拿出去了,就有更多空間承受來自上帝的恩典,所以是越拿出去越富足。人總是覺得擁有越多越好,但是神要教導我們,拿出去越多越好,積財在天比屯積在地上的家裡更安全,更有保障。

信心,就是超越人的認知,相信神的應許和擁有;不看自己有多少,而是看天父有多少。施捨或施散都是指幫助缺乏的人,主耶穌說施比受更為有福(使20:35)。敢施捨的人,看的是自己的有,而不是自己的沒有;數算的是神的恩典,而不是難填的慾壑。

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Today’s passage is Acts 25:1-12.  Let’s go!

Acts 25:1-9 (NIV)
1  Three days after arriving in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem,
2  where the chief priests and Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul.
3  They urgently requested Festus, as a favor to them, to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem, for they were preparing an ambush to kill him along the way.
4  Festus answered, “Paul is being held at Caesarea, and I myself am going there soon.
5  Let some of your leaders come with me and press charges against the man there, if he has done anything wrong.”
6  After spending eight or ten days with them, he went down to Caesarea, and the next day he convened the court and ordered that Paul be brought before him.
7  When Paul appeared, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many serious charges against him, which they could not prove.
8  Then Paul made his defense: “I have done nothing wrong against the law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar.”
9  Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there on these charges?”

On verses 1 to 9:  Originally governor Festus rejected the request of Paul’s opponents to have Paul moved to Jerusalem for the trial (verses 4-5).  So why in verse 9 is Festus now giving into their request and trying to convince Paul to move to Jerusalem?  It’s because of what happened in verse 6: “After spending eight or ten days with them”, Festus was like putty in the hands of Paul’s opponents.