與弟兄和好

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21 「你們聽見有吩咐古人的話說:『不可殺人』,又說:『凡殺人的難免受審判。』 22 只是我告訴你們,凡向弟兄動怒的,難免受審判;凡罵弟兄是拉加的,難免公會的審斷;凡罵弟兄是魔利的,難免地獄的火。

23 所以,你在祭壇上獻禮物的時候,若想起弟兄向你懷怨, 24 就把禮物留在壇前,先去同弟兄和好,然後來獻禮物。 25 你同告你的對頭還在路上,就趕緊與他和息,恐怕他把你送給審判官,審判官交付衙役,你就下在監裡了。 26 我實在告訴你:若有一文錢沒有還清,你斷不能從那裡出來。

耶穌藉著光和鹽向我們啟示基督徒的人生是一個怎樣的人生呢?第一是要守神的律法和教導,言出必行,表裡合一。不能光說不練。其次是與人和好。與人和好裡最重要的就是控制自己的脾氣。有俗話形容一個人刀子嘴豆腐心,但是主耶穌說,“凡向弟兄動怒的,難免受審判;凡罵弟兄是拉加的,難免公會的審斷;凡罵弟兄是魔利的,難免地獄的火。”

From a Deceiver to a Receiver

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Hosea 12:1-14. Let’s go!

To appreciate God’s message to the Israelites (and to us) in Hosea 12, you need to know something about Jacob, one of Israel’s forefathers and the man after whom the nation of Israel was named. Jacob’s life forms the backdrop to a lot of what Hosea 12 is talking about.

You see, Jacob lived much of his life thinking he had to scratch, claw and fight for everything he had. His approach toward all of life was “transactional”. Like a merchant, he was constantly striking deals with people, including when it came to finding a wife (v12), and even with God: “I’ll give you this, if you give me that.” As part of this, Jacob would often lie to get ahead, pretending to be someone that he was not. In this way Jacob lived up to his name, which means “deceiver”.

成全律法和先知

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17 「莫想我來要廢掉律法和先知,我來不是要廢掉,乃是要成全。 18 我實在告訴你們:就是到天地都廢去了,律法的一點一畫也不能廢去,都要成全。 19 所以,無論何人廢掉這誡命中最小的一條,又教訓人這樣做,他在天國要稱為最小的;但無論何人遵行這誡命,又教訓人遵行,他在天國要稱為大的。 20 我告訴你們:你們的義若不勝於文士和法利賽人的義,斷不能進天國。

做世上的光和鹽是怎麼一回事呢?且聽耶穌慢慢道來。第一件事就是不要把摩西的律法當古董,也不要把先知的教當成過時的課本。有的人覺得幾千年前傳下來的律法肯定跟不上時代了,所以把十誡丟到背後,放進倉庫,把聖經當成過時的教科書。甚至當時的宗教領袖也是表面拿著律法,說的一套做的又是一套。

A Father’s Love Like No Other

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage, Hosea 11:1-12, contains one of the most tender descriptions of the father heart of God that you will find in the Bible.  Hosea 11 describes how God was like a loving father to His child Israel (also called Ephraim) (v1), how He taught Israel how to walk, carried Israel by the arms, took care of Israel’s needs without Israel even knowing (v3).  With cords of kindness and ties of love, this loving Father led Israel (v4), helped Israel when Israel was in trouble and humbly fed Israel (v4).

Yet Israel was rebellious toward this Father.  As verse 2 says, “the more I called Israel, the further they went from me.”  As verse 7 says, “My people are determined to turn from Me.” Wayward Israel seemed destined to keep following anyone other than their Heavenly Father. 

世上的光

馬太福音5:14-16_世上的光

14 你們是世上的光。城造在山上,是不能隱藏的。 15 人點燈,不放在斗底下,是放在燈臺上,就照亮一家的人。 16 你們的光也當這樣照在人前,叫他們看見你們的好行為,便將榮耀歸給你們在天上的父。

有沒有人想問問耶穌,這句話是不是說錯了?祂是不是要說:“我是世上的光”,被人記成:“你們是世上的光。”耶穌是世上的光,這句話聽起來很順,也很得體。可是一聽到“你們是世上的光”,你有沒有想立刻躲起來的感覺?有沒有搞錯啊?人怕出名豬怕肥,出名己經夠糟糕了,還要變成光,是不能隱藏的。

要是我跟朋友說,我是世上的光,他們可能都會笑得上氣不接下氣了;若是跟家人講,他們可能都會嗤之以鼻:“就你這角色?不說你發黑就行了,還發光?”作鹽還可以,因為鹽是在暗處發揮作用,鹹不鹹看各人口味;但是作光,行嗎?神對我們竟有如此大的信任! 因此,很多人都有自知之明,只敢說自己是一個小燭光,在風中搖擺不停,幾乎被吹滅掉的小燭光。

Who or What Are We Serving?

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Hosea 10:1-15. Let’s go!

Hosea 10:12-14 (NIV)
12 Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.
13 But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors,
14 the roar of battle will rise against your people, so that all your fortresses will be devastated– as Shalman devastated Beth Arbel on the day of battle, when mothers were dashed to the ground with their children.

世上的鹽

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13 「你們是世上的鹽。鹽若失了味,怎能叫它再鹹呢?以後無用,不過丟在外面,被人踐踏了。

有的人說基督徒要作世上的鹽,但是耶穌說的是:“你們是世上的鹽。”神要的不在於我們做什麼,而是祂讓我們成為什麼。當我們一旦信主,有了新的生命之後,我們就是世上的鹽了。正如耶穌在世上時,祂說祂就是神,與神合一的聖子,不在於祂行的神蹟或醫治了多少病人,而在於祂與父原為一(約10:30)。

鹽的功能是調和,防腐,消毒殺菌,維持血液中酸鹼值的平衡,還有美容護髮的功效,等等。但是它的一切功能都必須在它的鹽味還在時才有功效,若沒有了鹽味,就不能使它再鹹,只好丟掉。不管是海鹽、玫瑰鹽、岩鹽、餐桌鹽,什麼鹽都是這個道理。

6 Results of Rebelling Against God

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Hosea 9:1-17.  Let’s go!

Here in verse 10 we see a picture of God as being so excited and overjoyed when He first chose the Israelites to be His people.

Hosea 9:10a (NIV) 
10 “When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your fathers, it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree…

However, as we hear about over and over in the book of Hosea, the Israelites lived in persistent rebellion against God and repeatedly broke God’s heart.