诗篇四十九篇

可拉后裔的诗,交于伶长。

1 万民哪,你们都当听这话。世上一切的居民,
2 无论上流下流,富足贫穷,都当留心听。
3 我口要说智慧的言语,我心要想通达的道理。
4 我要侧耳听比喻,用琴解谜语。
5 在患难的日子,奸恶随我脚跟四面环绕我,我何必惧怕?
6 那些倚仗财货,自夸钱财多的人,
7 一个也无法赎自己的弟兄,也不能替他将赎价给神,
8 叫他长远活着,不见朽坏,因为赎他生命的价值极贵,只可永远罢休。
10 他必见智慧人死,又见愚顽人和畜类人一同灭亡,将他们的财货留给别人。……

这篇诗篇非常独特,因为诗人是向着世人发声的。他一开始就说:「万民哪,你们都当听这话。世上一切的居民,无论上流下流,富足贫穷,都当留心听。」他的话有这么重要吗?可见其内容必是有关万民,而不是一两个人。

在这诗篇里他只有两处提到神,就是人必须把赎价给神,而且每个人必须付自己的赎价,不能由他人代付;二是只有神才能救赎人的灵魂脱离阴间的权柄,只有当神肯收纳一个人的灵魂时,那个人的灵魂才能幸免于阴间。

去阴间有何可怕呢?在那里死亡必做他们的牧者,他们的美容必被阴间所灭。换句话说,到了阴间你再也漂亮不了啦! 那是灵魂之死,那么肉体之死又如何?一是什么也带不走,荣耀也尽失去,永远再也见不到光明。

God Chose You

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 29:1-19.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 29:11 (NIV) 
11  My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him and serve him, to minister before him and to burn incense.”

On verses 1-19:  We now turn our attention to one of the greatest kings in Judah’s history, Hezekiah.  At 25 years old, Hezekiah takes over the throne from his father Ahaz, and in the first month of his reign, his first priority is to reopen the temple of the Lord, which his father had shut down for years.  After repairing the temple, Hezekiah brings in the priests and Levites.  In their presence, Hezekiah acknowledges that the reason Judah has become an object of ridicule among this nations, the reason why they have lost many who are dear to them, has everything to do with the fact that his and their ancestors have forsaken the Lord and His temple (v6-7).  So Hezekiah initiates his plan to make a covenant with the Lord and to have the people return to Him.  He involves the priests and Levites in his plan, reminding them that God has chosen them to serve Him (v11), putting them to the task of purifying the temple of everything unclean and getting the temple ready for use once again (v12-19).

诗篇四十八篇

可拉后裔的诗歌。

1 耶和华本为大,在我们神的城中,在他的圣山上,该受大赞美!
2 锡安山,大君王的城,在北面居高华美,为全地所喜悦。
3 神在其宫中自显为避难所。
4 看哪,众王会合,一同经过。
5 他们见了这城,就惊奇丧胆,急忙逃跑。
6 他们在那里被战兢疼痛抓住,好像产难的妇人一样。
7 神啊,祢用东风打破他施的船只。
8 我们在万军之耶和华的城中,就是我们神的城中,所看见的正如我们所听见的:神必坚立这城,直到永远。(细拉)
9 神啊,我们在祢的殿中想念祢的慈爱。
10 神啊,祢受的赞美正与祢的名相称,直到地极,祢的右手满了公义。……

根据犹太人的资料,在第一圣殿时期,也就是所罗门的圣殿时期,每周的第一天,除了亚伦做祭司的后裔之外,其他的利未人都会颂唱一种特别的赞美诗。而在第一圣殿被毁之后,犹太人在晨祷结束之后会继续吟唱每日的诗篇,来记念当年有圣殿时的敬拜,并且祈求神的救赎和重建圣殿。

在每周的周一,他们会朗诵诗篇48篇,也就是我们今天读的诗篇。Jonathan Sacks拉比说:「这是一首赞美耶路撒冷之美丽和坚忍的诗歌,这圣城将会比所有想征服她的人站立得更长久!」另外一位约瑟夫拉比说:「这是属于永恒之人的永恒之城! 」

以色列首都耶路撒冷,是史前的全球宗教重镇,也是完整保留人类信仰文明演进史的一个城市。耶路撒冷同时是犹太教、基督教和伊斯兰教三大亚伯拉罕宗教的圣地,三千年来不曾有一座城市的光芒可以盖过耶路撒冷。

诗篇四十七篇

可拉后裔的诗,交于伶长。

1 万民哪,你们都要拍掌,要用夸胜的声音向神呼喊!
2 因为耶和华至高者是可畏的,祂是治理全地的大君王。
3 祂叫万民服在我们以下,又叫列邦服在我们脚下。
4 祂为我们选择产业,就是祂所爱之雅各的荣耀。(细拉)
5 神上升,有喊声相送;耶和华上升,有角声相送。
6 你们要向神歌颂,歌颂!向我们王歌颂,歌颂!
7 因为神是全地的王,你们要用悟性歌颂!
8 神做王治理万国,神坐在祂的圣宝座上。
9 列邦的君王聚集,要做亚伯拉罕之神的民,因为世界的盾牌是属神的,祂为至高。

现在有许多国家都在进行总统或总理大选。以色列的选举己经是五个月里的第二次,内塔尼亚胡和对手势均力敌;美国、加拿大和台湾也都如火如荼地在预备在进行将来临的选举。每一场选举的过程都很紧张, 充满了未知数,当结果发表时,胜出的一方必然十分高兴,用夸胜的声音欢呼,鼓掌叫好。鼓掌,即拍掌,是一种非常兴奋的表示。

诗篇46-48篇一直在形容神怎样为以色列人赢得胜利,也因而他们热烈地欢庆神是全地的王,万民的主宰。世人的王和领袖一直在换,我们都会为自己心中的领袖或欢呼或悲伤,但是我们赞美永恒的神不受时间的控制,可以从过去、未来和现在去默想神的伟大,以及祂的王权永远坚立的事实。

Are You Overly Impressionable?

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 28:1-15.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 28:3 (NIV) 
3  He burned sacrifices in the Valley of Ben Hinnom and sacrificed his sons in the fire, following the detestable ways of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.

On verses 1-4:  Ever met someone who was easily impressionable?  In other words, they would easily fall for anything that any stranger would say and fall headlong for whatever latest fresh, new philosophy or belief system is out there.  A good argument can be made that Ahaz was the most easily impressionable king in Judah’s history.  Whenever he saw other nations worshiping other gods that he did not grow up with, Ahaz wanted to worship those same gods as well.  Whenever he saw some new foreign religious practice that was different from what he grew up with, with little discernment or discretion Ahaz would adopt it, even if it meant doing something as horrific as sacrificing his own children in the fire (v3).  At the same time, Ahaz had this tendency to disregard, downplay, and take for granted the Lord whom his father Jotham had worshiped.   

诗篇四十六篇

可拉后裔的诗歌,交于伶长。调用女音。

1 神是我们的避难所,是我们的力量,是我们在患难中随时的帮助。
2 所以地虽改变,山虽摇动到海心,
3 其中的水虽砰訇翻腾,山虽因海涨而战抖,我们也不害怕。(细拉)
4 有一道河,这河的分汊使神的城欢喜,这城就是至高者居住的圣所。
5 神在其中,城必不动摇,到天一亮,神必帮助这城。
6 外邦喧嚷,列国动摇,神发声,地便熔化。
7 万军之耶和华与我们同在,雅各的神是我们的避难所。(细拉)
8 你们来看耶和华的作为,看祂使地怎样荒凉。
9 祂止息刀兵,直到地极;祂折弓断枪,把战车焚烧在火中。
10 你们要休息,要知道我是神!我必在外邦中被尊崇,在遍地上也被尊崇。
11 万军之耶和华与我们同在,雅各的神是我们的避难所。

由于以色列位于叙利亚 – 非洲裂谷的断层线上,以色列这块土地上曾经发生过无数次的地震。在〈阿摩司书〉里,先知一开始就提到在以色列王耶罗波安时曾经发生过大地震。因此写此诗篇的作者也注意到这个现象,借着对大自然界的反应,他描述了以色列人对神的信心,不会因为地的改变或山的摇动而害怕,因为他们在历史中经历了神的保守。

有人认为这诗篇是在希西家王的时代写成的,那时亚述王基拿西立攻打犹大,希西家王恳求神的拯救,神就应允他。一夜之间,在亚述营中杀了十八万五千人。「清早有人起来,一看,都是死尸了」,〈列王记〉的作者写是神的使者杀的,只有形容死尸,没有血流成河,所以神是怎样收拾这亚述大军,谁也不知道。

3 Ways Pride Can Destroy Your Life

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 26:16-23.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 26:16 (NIV) 
16  But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall…

On verse 16:  Notice it was Uzziah’s pride, not his power, that led to his downfall.  What can we learn from this?  When you think you are powerful, be especially wary of pride.  Powerful people are not necessarily prideful.  You can be humble and powerful like Jesus, or you can be prideful and powerful like Uzziah.  The choice is yours.  That said, pride often affects us when we think we are powerful.  So when things are going well, when your business or ministry grows, when you’ve got some accomplishments or experience under your belt, be careful not to let pride slip into your life. 

2 Chronicles 26:16 (NIV) 
16  …He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.

On verse 16b:  According to the Jewish law, only the high priest was allowed to enter the temple and burn incense on the altar.  But Uzziah thinks, “I’m the king.  I can do whatever I want.”  Before, when Uzziah was younger, he knew his place as king and he had a good relationship with the priests of the land.  In fact, Uzziah would sit under the teaching of the prophet Zechariah.