Archive for month: September, 2019
Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 16:1-14.
2 Chronicles 16:7 (NIV)
7 At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand.”
On verses 1-9: King Asa and his land of Judah are attacked by Baasha king of Israel. Baasha sets up a stronghold at Ramah near the border of Israel and Judah, preventing any more Israelites from flocking to Judah (see 2 Chronicles 15:9). Instead of placing his hope in God, Asa places his hope in King Ben-Hadad of Aram to save him. With silver and gold from the temple as well as from his own palace, Asa bribes King Ben-Hadad of Aram to break his treaty with Baasha and attack Baasha. King Ben-Hadad of Aram accepts the bribe and helps Asa to fend off Baasha. However, God sends the prophet Hanani to rebuke Asa, saying that “[b]ecause you relied on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand” (v7).
在詩篇第一篇和卅二篇的第一個字都是“ashrei”（אשרי），英文譯為“快樂”，中文譯為“有福”。第一篇第一節這樣開始：Happy is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked。中譯:1-2節：不從惡人的計謀，不站罪人的道路，不坐褻慢人的座位，唯喜愛耶和華的律法，晝夜思想，這人便為有福！
32篇第一節：Happy is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered over. 得赦免其過、遮蓋其罪的，這人是有福的！
Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 15:1-19.
2 Chronicles 15:4 (NIV)
4 But in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them.
On verses 1-19: In this passage God sends Azariah with a message to King Asa of Judah at a time when Asa fears going to war (v1). He reminds Asa of how God worked in the past – how there was a time in Israel’s history when the Israelites did not know God personally (v3-4). At that time there was lots of unrest and turmoil from wars and threats of war (v5-6). But when the Israelites turned to God and sought God, they found Him and experienced Him personally (v2-6). With this in mind, Azariah tells King Asa to be strong and to keep going with the work Asa started in removing idolatry from the land of Judah (v7). Encouraged by Azariah’s message, Asa removes idols from the lands of Judah and Benjamin (v8). He repairs the altar at the front of the temple (v8). He also assembles all his people at Jerusalem for a worship service (v9-10). At the worship service Asa and the people offer plentiful sacrifices to God (v11) and covenant to seek God together (v12-14), all with great rejoicing (v15a). As further evidence of how committed and eager Asa’s heart was to seeking the Lord (v17), he deposes his grandmother Maacah as queen mother and burns up the Asherah pole she had erected (v16). He also brings the silver, gold and articles of his father Abijah into the temple (v18). As a result, Asa and the nation of Judah enjoyed ten years of peace (v19; see also 2 Chronicles 14:1).
大衛的詩，交於伶長。For the leader. A psalm of David.
在希伯來文裡，在這詩篇的最前面註明了這是大衛王寫給領導者For the leader的詩篇。他沒有誇耀他的功績，相反地，他把自己的軟弱全然呈現在世人面前。他把他最痛苦最無助時的感情表露無遺。讓世人明白，不要只看領導者輝煌的一面，事實上，每個領導者都有他軟弱失敗的時候。而能讓一個真正的領導者得力重新抬頭，是來自仰望神，來自耶和華的幫助。
2 Chronicles 14:1-7 (NIV)
1 And Abijah rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David. Asa his son succeeded him as king, and in his days the country was at peace for ten years.
2 Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God.
3 He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.
4 He commanded Judah to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, and to obey his laws and commands.
5 He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him.
6 He built up the fortified cities of Judah, since the land was at peace. No one was at war with him during those years, for the LORD gave him rest.
7 “Let us build up these towns,” he said to Judah, “and put walls around them, with towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours, because we have sought the LORD our God; we sought him and he has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered.
On verses 1-7: Asa takes over from his father Abijah as the new king of Judah. Asa’s first course of action is to lead Judah in turning away from idol worship (v3, 5) and toward seeking and obeying the Lord (v4). As a result, the land of Judah experiences great peace, rest, strength and prosperity (v5b-7).
What can we learn from this? When we take the time to remove the idols from our lives and to seek the Lord, we give God more room to work and in return He brings His peace and blessing into our lives.
Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 13:1-22. Let’s go!
2 Chronicles 13:18 (NIV)
18 The men of Israel were subdued on that occasion, and the men of Judah were victorious because they relied on the LORD, the God of their fathers.
On verses 1-22: King Abijah takes over from his father Rehoboam as king of Judah and goes to war against King Jeroboam of Israel. Despite being grossly outnumbered (compare Abijah’s 400,000 soldiers to Jeroboam’s 800,000 troops) and despite Jeroboam’s attempt to ambush Abijah’s army, Abijah’s army gains a decisive victory over Jeroboam’s army. The reason the Chronicler gives for Abijah’s victory is because he and his troops “relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers” (v18).
Here the Chronicler focuses on how Abijah relied on the Lord. He even includes a speech from Abijah about how faithful he and his people of Judah are compared to Jeroboam and Israel. In contrast, when 1 Kings 15 gives its account of Abijah’s reign as king of Judah, its treatment of Abijah is negative. The writer of 1 Kings says that Abijah “committed all the sins his father had done before him”, that “his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God”, and that it was for the sake of his father David that God allowed Abijah to have any strength at all (1 Kings 15:4).