God’s Calling On Your Life

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 27:1-34.  Let’s go!

On verses 1-22:  Here the Chronicler gives attention to the commanders and officers who served King David and led his army which consisted of 12 divisions of 24,000 men each.  Several of the army commanders listed here are also named among David’s mighty men in 1 Chronicles 11 and 2 Samuel 23, such as Jashobeam (v2), Benaiah (v5), Asahel (v7), Ira (v9), Sibbekai (v11), Abiezer (v12) and possibly others too.  These men came from various backgrounds but all became leaders who served David and led his army divisions.

What can we learn from this?

For any team to move forward and be successful in the long run, there needs to be clarity on who the leader is.  Is there a team you belong to where the question of “Who is our leader?” needs to be answered more clearly? 

Notice that Benaiah’s dad Jehoiada was a famous priest (and one of the most famous priests in Israel’s history) (v5).  Most sons would follow the vocational calling of their fathers.  Yet in Benaiah’s case, Benaiah had a calling that was different from his dad’s. Benaiah would become one of the greatest warriors in Israel’s history.

詩篇第四篇

詩篇第四篇

 1 顯我為義的神啊,我呼籲的時候,求祢應允我。我在困苦中,祢曾使我寬廣;現在求祢憐恤我,聽我的禱告。
2 你們這上流人哪,你們將我的尊榮變為羞辱,要到幾時呢?你們喜愛虛妄,尋找虛假,要到幾時呢?(細拉)
3 你們要知道,耶和華已經分別虔誠人歸祂自己,我求告耶和華,祂必聽我。
4 你們應當畏懼,不可犯罪;在床上的時候要心裡思想,並要肅靜。(細拉)
5 當獻上公義的祭,又當倚靠耶和華。
6 有許多人說:「誰能指示我們什麼好處?」耶和華啊,求祢仰起臉來,光照我們!
7 祢使我心裡快樂,勝過那豐收五穀、新酒的人。
8 我必安然躺下睡覺,因為獨有祢耶和華使我安然居住。

這首詩是大衛寫的,詩歌名lamnatzeakh(למנצח),翻譯為“給領導者 For The Leader” 。lamnatzeakh這個字的字根menatzeakh,意思是指得勝victory。在神的眼中何謂得勝?

根據猶太古聖賢的說法:神最終的得勝是指以色列民族在神的帶領下成為一個成熟,自我實現的民族;從倚靠神蹟的文化進展到可以自我供應並且人人遵守法律的國家。這就是神的得勝。到那時,神會從天上向他們微笑。

在大衛的禱告裡,大衛將他的苦情呈明於神的面前。「顯我為義的神」表示大衛認為他自己手潔心清,只有神知道並能證明他沒罪。存著這樣的心情來向神呼求,尋求幫助。

Your Service To God Makes a Huge Difference

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 26:1-32.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 26:1 (NIV) 
1  The divisions of the gatekeepers: From the Korahites: Meshelemiah son of Kore, one of the sons of Asaph. 

On verses 1-3:  Here the Chronicler begins to list the men who served as gatekeepers at the temple.  Their role was to welcome those who entered the temple and also prevent dangerous or unclean things from entering.  They were part greeter team, part usher, part security, and 100% the first impression people received when people came to worship at the temple.  The fact that the Chronicler lists in detail who served as gatekeepers shows how important the gatekeeper ministry was, and continues to be today.  If you are part of a greeter team, ushering team or security team at the church, thank you!  Your role is a crucial one.  You are the front door of the church and the first impression people receive when they come.  In fact, for people who have never been to church before, you are their first impression of your church and of Jesus.  So never underestimate your role as a greeter, usher, or security person.  When you serve as a greeter, usher or security, know that your attitude, your demeanor and how proactive, observant and loving you are make a huge difference in people’s experience at church. 

詩篇第三篇

詩篇第三篇 

1 耶和華啊,我的敵人何其加增!有許多人起來攻擊我。
2 有許多人議論我說:「他得不著神的幫助。」(細拉)
3 但你耶和華是我四圍的盾牌,是我的榮耀,又是叫我抬起頭來的。
4 我用我的聲音求告耶和華,他就從他的聖山上應允我。(細拉)
5 我躺下睡覺,我醒著,耶和華都保佑我。
6 雖有成萬的百姓來周圍攻擊我,我也不怕。
7 耶和華啊,求你起來!我的神啊,求你救我!因為你打了我一切仇敵的腮骨,敲碎了惡人的牙齒。
8 救恩屬乎耶和華,願你賜福給你的百姓。(細拉)

這首詩歌是大衛王在逃避兒子押沙龍的追殺時所寫的。藉著詩歌,大衛寫出他心裡最深的恐懼,以及他心裡對神最深的感恩。

因為大衛和拔示巴的姦情以及大衛設計謀殺其夫烏利亞的罪,神說刀劍將永不離開大衛的家,並且他在暗中所做的事,神必在以色列眾人面前和日光之下報應他。果然,在大衛得知押沙龍叛變後逃離耶路撒冷,押沙龍便在以色列眾人面前,日光之下,和大衛留下的妃嬪親近。

1-2節,在大衛逃亡時受到許多人的攻擊,好像棒打落水狗一樣。

詩篇第二篇

詩篇第二篇 

1外邦為什麼爭鬧,萬民為什麼謀算虛妄的事?
2 世上的君王一齊起來,臣宰一同商議,要抵擋耶和華並他的受膏者,
3 說:「我們要掙開他們的捆綁,脫去他們的繩索!」
4 那坐在天上的必發笑,主必嗤笑他們。
5 那時,他要在怒中責備他們,在烈怒中驚嚇他們,
6 說:「我已經立我的君在錫安我的聖山上了。」
7 受膏者說:「我要傳聖旨。耶和華曾對我說:『你是我的兒子,我今日生你。
8 你求我,我就將列國賜你為基業,將地極賜你為田產。
9 你必用鐵杖打破他們,你必將他們如同窯匠的瓦器摔碎。』」
10 現在你們君王應當醒悟,你們世上的審判官該受管教!
11 當存畏懼侍奉耶和華,又當存戰兢而快樂。
12 當以嘴親子,恐怕他發怒,你們便在道中滅亡,因為他的怒氣快要發作。凡投靠他的,都是有福的!

〈詩篇〉第二篇和第一篇不同,第一篇是講到個人的立志和選擇對一生的影響,選擇跟隨耶和華神的人必蒙福;第二篇則是講到那些和以色列為敵,想要消滅以色列的邦國和君王。

在這裡詩人指出以色列的敵人有法老(埃及),瑪各,寧錄等等,但是不管那些敵人怎樣聯合攻擊,他們注定要被神毀滅。耶和華神己經在以色列的後裔中揀選人,並要在錫安膏他為王,他也要保護以色列,為以色列爭戰。

The Ministry of Prophesying

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 25:1-31.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 25:1 (NIV) 
1  David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service:

On verse 1:  What is the ministry of prophesying?  People often think of prophesying as telling the future.  But prophesying in the Bible has a broader meaning and purpose.  Prophesying is the ability to sense when the Holy Spirit is giving a message to strengthen, encourage and comfort other people and to communicate that message effectively.  Sometimes that message may speak about future events.  Sometimes that message may speak about how God sees a person or situation in the present.  The fact that the Chronicler gives attention to the ministry of prophesying shows that prophesying had an important place in the Israelites’ worship of the Lord.

2 Underrated Traits of Effective Leaders

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 24:1-31.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 24:3 (NIV) 
3  With the help of Zadok a descendant of Eleazar and Ahimelech a descendant of Ithamar, David separated them into divisions for their appointed order of ministering.

1 Chronicles 24:19 (NIV) 
19  This was their appointed order of ministering when they entered the temple of the LORD, according to the regulations prescribed for them by their forefather Aaron, as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded him.

On verses 1-19:  Here we are given a list of the names of the priests and their families who led the Israelites in worship.  The priests were divided into 24 teams and each team was to serve two weeks per year.  During the remainder of the year the members of that team would be serving the community and teaching God’s Word. 

詩篇第一篇

詩篇第一篇

1不從惡人的計謀,不站罪人的道路,不坐褻慢人的座位,
2 唯喜愛耶和華的律法,晝夜思想,這人便為有福!
3 他要像一棵樹,栽在溪水旁,按時候結果子,葉子也不枯乾,凡他所做的,盡都順利。
4 惡人並不是這樣,乃像糠秕,被風吹散。
5 因此當審判的時候,惡人必站立不住,罪人在義人的會中也是如此。
6 因為耶和華知道義人的道路,惡人的道路卻必滅亡。

大衛王在〈詩篇〉的一開始就寫了許多從人的角度去讚美神的詩歌。在〈詩篇〉第一篇裡,在決定人生的方向,在選擇前面要走的道路時,他便開始思想要怎樣走,該怎樣去走。可見大衛王是一個非常有智慧的人,他不會隨便,也不衝動。

他不是以專業作為人生的方向,也不是以興趣作為人生的抉擇,他對自己的要求是一種心態,一種在面對各種環境時都能領他走在正路上的智慧。

他要決定,要做一個正直的人或詭詐的人,他希望將來滿有收成或一無所獲。這種面對人生的態度將決定他在以色列的土地上成為一個怎樣的人。

大使命

馬太福音28: 16_20_大使命

16 十一個門徒往加利利去,到了耶穌約定的山上。 17 他們見了耶穌就拜他,然而還有人疑惑。 18 耶穌進前來,對他們說:「天上地下所有的權柄都賜給我了。 19 所以你們要去,使萬民做我的門徒,奉父、子、聖靈的名給他們施洗, 20 凡我所吩咐你們的,都教訓他們遵守。我就常與你們同在,直到世界的末了。」

耶穌的話不改變,一定應驗。在受難之前,耶穌己經告訴門徒,復活之後要到加利利和門徒會面。果然,耶穌復活後就去加利利和門徒會面了。有的人覺得為何耶穌不顯現給他看,他就相信了。耶穌的確向許多人顯現,尤其在這個世代裡,有許多回教徒、猶太教徒或佛教徒,都因為看到耶穌而成為基督徒,為什麼耶穌不向那些想要看的人顯現呢?

耶穌曾說,那些沒有看見就信的人有福了。我相信耶穌喜歡我們做有福的人。實際上,這也是真的有福,因為與其守株待兔地等待,倒不如早早相信,與神和好就能在生命中經歷耶穌了。主耶穌要向誰顯現不是我們可以決定的,但是否要做一個有福之人卻是我們可以決定的。

耶穌在約定的山上向門徒宣使了大使命。原來受難和復活都只是神計劃中的過程,更重要的使命現在才宣佈:「天上地下所有的權柄都賜給我了。所以你們要去,使萬民做我的門徒,奉父、子、聖靈的名給他們施洗,凡我所吩咐你們的,都教訓他們遵守。我就常與你們同在,直到世界的末了。」