When a Man is at His Best

Hi GAMErs,
Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 26:1-15.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 26:5 (NIV) 
5  He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success. 

On verses 1-5:  Uzziah, also known as Azariah, becomes king of Judah in place of his father Amaziah.  Here in these verses we see Uzziah at the prime of his reign as king.  It’s no coincidence that the period of time when Uzziah was at his best was the period of time when Uzziah was seeking the Lord and remaining teachable toward his pastor Zechariah (v5).  What can we learn from this?  You are at your best and your strongest when you seek the Lord and have a teachable attitude toward your God-given leaders. 

2 Chronicles 26:10 (NIV) 
10  He also built towers in the desert and dug many cisterns, because he had much livestock in the foothills and in the plain. He had people working his fields and vineyards in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil.
 

詩篇四十五篇

可拉後裔的訓誨詩,又是愛慕歌,交於伶長。調用百合花。

1 我心裡湧出美辭,我論到我為王做的事,我的舌頭是快手筆。
2 你比世人更美,在你嘴裡滿有恩惠,所以神賜福給你,直到永遠。
3 大能者啊,願你腰間佩刀,大有榮耀和威嚴。
4 為真理、謙卑、公義赫然坐車前往,無不得勝,你的右手必顯明可畏的事。
5 你的箭鋒快,射中王敵之心,萬民仆倒在你以下。
6 神啊,祢的寶座是永永遠遠的,祢的國權是正直的。
7 你喜愛公義,恨惡罪惡,所以神,就是你的神,用喜樂油膏你,勝過膏你的同伴。
8 你的衣服都有沒藥、沉香、肉桂的香氣,象牙宮中有絲弦樂器的聲音使你歡喜。
9 有君王的女兒在你尊貴婦女之中,王后佩戴俄斐金飾站在你右邊。
10 女子啊,你要聽,要想,要側耳而聽!不要記念你的民和你的父家,……

這是一首有很多爭議和猜測的詩篇,歷來的聖經學者有許多不同的看法。首先,大家大致上同意,這是一首描寫君王迎娶外國公主的婚禮之歌;但是主角是誰呢?

在19世紀,德國神學家Franz Delitzsch認為這首詩是猶大的約蘭王與亞她利雅(以色列王亞哈和耶洗別的女兒)結婚的時候寫的,而亞歷山大.柯克帕特里克和約翰·加爾文則認為它所指的是所羅門王與埃及公主的婚姻,近東學者Charles R. Krahmalkov認為可能是耶洗別(西頓王謁巴力的女兒)和亞哈王的婚禮。

詩篇四十四篇

可拉後裔的訓誨詩,交於伶長。

1 神啊,祢在古時我們列祖的日子所行的事,我們親耳聽見了,我們的列祖也給我們述說過。
2 祢曾用手趕出外邦人,卻栽培了我們列祖;祢苦待列邦,卻叫我們列祖發達。
3 因為他們不是靠自己的刀劍得地土,也不是靠自己的膀臂得勝,乃是靠祢的右手、祢的膀臂和祢臉上的亮光,因為祢喜悅他們。
4 神啊,祢是我的王,求祢出令使雅各得勝。
5 我們靠祢要推倒我們的敵人,靠祢的名要踐踏那起來攻擊我們的人。
6 因為我必不靠我的弓,我的刀也不能使我得勝。
7 唯祢救了我們脫離敵人,使恨我們的人羞愧。
8 我們終日因神誇耀,還要永遠稱謝祢的名。(細拉)…….

今天可拉後裔的詩篇道盡了猶太人的心痛,也是許多猶太人今天不相信有神的原因:為什麼有那麼多驕傲的歷史,而如今的猶太人卻飽經蒼桑,受盡欺侮,他們不覺得先祖的神與他們同在,他們也不相信愛他們的神會忍心把他們丟到萬國中,讓他們吃盡苦頭。但是還有一些猶太人堅定地相信,因而讓神的計劃在歷史中再一次見證祂自己,就是以色列的復國,以色列支派和猶大支派的聯合。

在1-8節裡,作者記念神在歷史中的作為,使以色列人發達,令雅各得勝,神的名也因而遠揚。9-16節,詩人提到猶太人在敵人面前轉身後退,被搶奪,被分散在列邦。17-21節,詩人闡明自己的無辜和對神的忠心;23-26節是詩人呼求,求神拯救。

God’s Plans for You Are Always the Best

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 25:1-28.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 25:1-4 (NIV) 
1  Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Jehoaddin; she was from Jerusalem. 
2  He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly. 
3  After the kingdom was firmly in his control, he executed the officials who had murdered his father the king. 
4  Yet he did not put their sons to death, but acted in accordance with what is written in the Law, in the Book of Moses, where the LORD commanded: “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sins.”

On verses 1-4:  Amaziah takes over the throne of Judah after the death of his father Joash.  One of his first orders of business is to execute the officials who had murdered his father.  He does not put their sons to death because in Deuteronomy 24:16 it says that children are not to be put to death for their fathers’ sins, and vice versa, and that each is die for his own sins. 

詩篇四十三篇

1神啊,求祢申我的冤,向不虔誠的國為我辨屈,求祢救我脫離詭詐不義的人!
2 因為祢是賜我力量的神。為何丟棄我呢?我為何因仇敵的欺壓時常哀痛呢?
3 求祢發出祢的亮光和真實,好引導我,帶我到祢的聖山,到祢的居所。
4 我就走到神的祭壇,到我最喜樂的神那裡。神啊,我的神,我要彈琴稱讚祢。
5 我的心哪,祢為何憂悶?為何在我裡面煩躁?應當仰望神,因我還要稱讚祂,祂是我臉上的光榮,是我的神。

這篇是可拉後裔寫的詩篇之一。在舊約裡的“可拉”有兩個可能的來源:第一個是以掃和阿何莉巴瑪的兒子可拉;以掃也有一個孫子亦名叫可拉,是以掃和另一個妻子亞大生的兒子以利法的兒子;以利法的後裔中就有一個可拉族。

另一個可拉是雅各的兒子利未的曾孫。利未生哥轄,哥轄生以斯哈,以斯哈生可拉。他是利未的曾孫,摩西和亞倫的堂兄弟。因為舊約記載的事蹟多是雅各家族的事蹟,所以相信這詩篇是利未的後裔可拉之後裔之一所寫。

有位猶太拉比註解,在這詩篇裡作者形容他們跟隨神的會幕從曠野到應許之地,隨後有14年在吉甲,369年在示羅,還有54年在基遍;大約經過了440年,以色列(雅各)的兒女們,在所羅門的帶領下終於在耶路撒冷為神建立了永久的休息之所,也就是聖殿。

希伯來文的會幕Tabernacle,其字根的意思是“居住dwell”,所以在第三節的結尾所說的“居所”,就是指神的會幕。神的會幕在沙漠曠野時是一個臨時的居所,經常要遷移,後來大衛立國後把會幕遷到耶路撒冷大衛城。所羅門建了聖殿之後,約櫃放到聖殿裡,會幕就不再被人提起了。

Be Proactive And Get Godly Advice

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 24:17-27.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 24:17-22 (NIV) 
17  After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them. 
18  They abandoned the temple of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols. Because of their guilt, God’s anger came upon Judah and Jerusalem. 
19  Although the LORD sent prophets to the people to bring them back to him, and though they testified against them, they would not listen. 
20  Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, “This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the LORD’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.'” 
21  But they plotted against him, and by order of the king they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the LORD’s temple. 
22  King Joash did not remember the kindness Zechariah’s father Jehoiada had shown him but killed his son, who said as he lay dying, “May the LORDsee this and call you to account.”

On verses 17-22:  Jehoiada the priest was like a father to Joash.  While Jehoiada was alive, Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (see verse 2).  But after Jehoiada dies, Joash stops getting advice from, and stops aligning himself with, people who trusted the Lord.  

詩篇四十二篇

可拉後裔的訓誨詩,交於伶長。

1 神啊,我的心切慕祢,如鹿切慕溪水。
2 我的心渴想神,就是永生神,我幾時得朝見神呢?
3 我晝夜以眼淚當飲食,人不住地對我說:「你的神在哪裡呢?」
4 我從前與眾人同往,用歡呼稱讚的聲音,領他們到神的殿裡,大家守節。我追想這些事,我的心極其悲傷。
5 我的心哪,你為何憂悶?為何在我裡面煩躁?應當仰望神,因祂笑臉幫助我,我還要稱讚祂。
6 我的神啊,我的心在我裡面憂悶,所以我從約旦地,從黑門嶺,從米薩山,記念祢。
7 祢的瀑布發聲,深淵就與深淵響應,祢的波浪洪濤漫過我身。
8 白晝,耶和華必向我施慈愛;黑夜,我要歌頌、禱告賜我生命的神。
9 我要對神我的磐石說:「祢為何忘記我呢?我為何因仇敵的欺壓時常哀痛呢?」
10 我的敵人辱罵我,好像打碎我的骨頭,不住地對我說:「你的神在哪裡呢?」
11 我的心哪,你為何憂悶?為何在我裡面煩躁?應當仰望神,因我還要稱讚祂,祂是我臉上的光榮,是我的神。

〈詩篇〉第42-49篇是可拉的後代寫的,42篇也是〈詩篇〉第二份的開始。雅各的兒子利未有三個兒子,是革順、哥轄、米拉利。哥轄有四個兒子,是暗蘭、以斯哈、希伯倫、烏薛。暗蘭的後代就是亞摩、摩西和米利暗,三個都成了以色列的領袖。哥轄諸族以烏薛的兒子以利撒反為宗室的首領。以斯哈族和希伯崙族都沒有擔當到領袖的位置,可想而知,其中必有人不滿。以斯哈的後代可拉在曠野中帶領其他宗室起來反叛摩西和亞倫,被神除滅(民16:1-35)。

God’s House, My Home

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 24:1-16.  Let’s go!

2 Chronicles 24:4 (NIV) 
4  Some time later Joash decided to restore the temple of the LORD.

On verses 1-14:   When Athaliah was ruling Judah, she abandoned the temple of the Lord and allowed it to go into disrepair.  Not just that, during that time worshipers of Baal, the idol that Athaliah worshiped, would break into the temple of the Lord and steal its sacred objects for use in their worship of Baal (v7).  Athaliah looked down on the temple of the Lord.  In contrast, King Joash comes into power and has a heart for the temple.  To finance the temple repairs, Joash orders the priests and Levites to collect monies that the law of the Lord required the people to give.  When the priests and Levites are slow to act, Joash rebukes Jehoiada the lead priest and decides to institute another way to collect the funds:  he issues a proclamation in all Judah and Jerusalem that everyone is to bring in the tax that Moses required.  The people responded gladly, pouring so many offerings into the collection chest that after the temple was repaired and rebuilt, there was money left over to make new articles for the temple (v10-14).