詩篇八十三篇

亞薩的詩歌。

1 神啊,求祢不要靜默!神啊,求祢不要閉口,也不要不作聲!
2 因為祢的仇敵喧嚷,恨祢的抬起頭來。
3 他們同謀奸詐,要害祢的百姓;彼此商議,要害祢所隱藏的人。
4 他們說:「來吧,我們將他們剪滅,使他們不再成國,使以色列的名不再被人記念。」
5 他們同心商議,彼此結盟,要抵擋祢。
6 就是住帳篷的以東人和以實瑪利人,摩押和夏甲人,
7 迦巴勒、亞捫和亞瑪力、非利士,並推羅的居民。
8 亞述也與他們聯合,他們做羅得子孫的幫手。(細拉)
9 求祢待他們如待米甸,如在基順河待西西拉和耶賓一樣,
10 他們在隱多珥滅亡,成了地上的糞土。……

這是祭司亞薩的最後一首詩歌,對以色列人而言,這是一首預言詩,因為這首詩的預言在今天都應驗了。亞薩當年所寫的“就是住帳棚的以東人和以實瑪利 人,摩押和夏甲人,迦巴勒、亞捫、亞瑪力、非利士並推羅的居民,等等;便是今天的阿拉伯聯盟、約旦、土耳其、伊朗、黎巴嫩、敘利亞、伊拉克,等國。他們經常向世界公告,要把以色列趕出地中海,要消滅以色列,使人永遠不再提起。就像這詩篇裡的第4和12節說的:“他們說:來吧,我們將他們剪滅,使他們不再成國,使以色列的名不再被人記念。/我們要得神的住處,作為自己的產業。”

詩篇八十二篇

亞薩的詩。

1 神站在有權力者的會中,在諸神中行審判,
2 說:「你們審判不秉公義,徇惡人的情面,要到幾時呢?(細拉)
3 你們當為貧寒的人和孤兒申冤,當為困苦和窮乏的人施行公義。
4 當保護貧寒和窮乏的人,救他們脫離惡人的手。
5 你們仍不知道,也不明白,在黑暗中走來走去,地的根基都搖動了。
6 我曾說:『你們是神,都是至高者的兒子。』
7 然而你們要死,與世人一樣;要仆倒,像王子中的一位。」
8 神啊,求祢起來,審判世界,因為祢要得萬邦為業。

在這詩篇裡,最引起你注意的是什麼?你覺得亞薩是否在比較眾神?雖然許多英文聖經的翻譯也是gods(諸神),但是我覺得信息聖經的譯文比較貼切一點。其原文如下:1God calls the judges into his courtroom,    he puts all the judges in the dock.畢牧師把它譯為法官,或審判者。從希伯來文直接譯為英文,猶太拉比採用divine(神聖者),比喻審判者位置的神聖。

從整篇的內容來看,你覺得亞薩在講什麼?很明顯地,亞薩是在指責那些坐在審判位置的人,不是神。所以第6-7節畢牧師譯為6-7 “I commissioned you judges, each one of you,    deputies of the High God, But you’ve betrayed your commission    and now you’re stripped of your rank, busted.” (我委託你們每個法官, 作為至高神的代表。可是你出賣了你被託付的權柄,現在你的身份地位被剝奪了,被淘汰了。”

When Faith Empowers Your Life

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Hebrews 11:20-29.  Let’s go!

Hebrews 11:20-22 (NIV) 
20  By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
21  By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
22  By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.

On verses 20-22:  When your life is empowered by God-pleasing faith, you will have a heart to encourage and help the next generation.  That’s what happened in the case of Isaac, Jacob and Joseph.  At the end of their lives they each spoke words to bless, protect and guide the generation coming after them.  These men saw their story as being connected to and continued by those in the next generation.  Likewise, may you have a heart to bless, protect and prepare the next generation, and may you see the next generation not as competition but as a continuation of the story God is writing in and through your life.

What Faith Looks Like In Real Life

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Hebrews 11:8-19.  Let’s go!

On verses 8-19:  To illustrate what faith looks like in real life, the writer of Hebrews focuses in on the life of Abraham and his wife Sarah.  Their incredible story is told in Genesis 12-25.  Here’s what I learned verse by verse about what faith looks like from the life of Abraham and Sarah as described by the writer of Hebrews.

Hebrews 11:8 (NIV) 
8  By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 

On verse 8:  Faith is going where God tells you to go, even when you don’t see the whole picture.  So if you’re waiting to see the full picture before you go, guess what?  You’re not living by faith.

Hebrews 11:9 (NIV) 
9  By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 
On verse 9:  Faith is leaving your comfort zone and letting go of what’s familiar and comfortable.

詩篇八十一篇

亞薩的詩,交於伶長。用迦特樂器。

1 你們當向神我們的力量大聲歡呼,向雅各的神發聲歡樂!
2 唱起詩歌,打手鼓,彈美琴與瑟!
3 當在月朔並月望,我們過節的日期吹角!
4 因這是為以色列定的律例,是雅各神的典章。
5 祂去攻擊埃及地的時候,在約瑟中間立此為證。我在那裡聽見我所不明白的言語,
6 神說:「我使你的肩得脫重擔,你的手放下筐子。
7 你在急難中呼求,我就搭救你。我在雷的隱密處應允你,在米利巴水那裡試驗你。(細拉)
8 我的民哪,你當聽,我要勸誡你!以色列啊,甚願你肯聽從我!
9 在你當中不可有別的神,外邦的神你也不可下拜。
10 我是耶和華你的神,曾把你從埃及地領上來。你要大大張口,我就給你充滿。……

詩篇81篇是一首慶祝住棚節的詩歌。因為猶太曆的每月初一稱為月朔,從月朔起月漸圓,直到十五滿月,稱“月望”。月朔的測定非常重要,因為一年的七個大節日能否落在準確的日子,都以月朔為基準。因此每次都要有兩個猶大祭司目測新月,確定月朔之後,祭司要吹銀號,公告要把那天分別為聖,並要有聖會敬拜神。

What Is Faith?

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Hebrews 11:1-7.  Let’s go!

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) 
1  Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 

On verses 1, 6:  In the previous verse (Hebrews 10:39), the writer of Hebrews channeled his inner football coach and encouraged his readers to keep on fighting the fight of faith.  He told them “we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved” (Hebrews 10:39).  Now the writer of Hebrews goes on to explain what faith is.  His definition, as translated by the NIV: “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (v1).  I believe this verse shows us there are two parts to faith.

First, faith is being “certain of what we do not see”.  In other words, faith is using your imperfect sight to draw a conclusion based on the evidence available to you.  Say you’re sitting on a jury trying to decide whether or not to convict someone of a crime.  There will be an element of faith involved in your decision. 

詩篇八十篇

亞薩的詩,交於伶長。調用為證的百合花。

1 領約瑟如領羊群之以色列的牧者啊,求祢留心聽!坐在二基路伯上的啊,求祢發出光來!
2 在以法蓮、便雅憫、瑪拿西前面施展祢的大能,來救我們!
3 神啊,求祢使我們回轉;使祢的臉發光,我們便要得救!
4 耶和華萬軍之神啊,祢向祢百姓的禱告發怒,要到幾時呢?
5 祢以眼淚當食物給他們吃,又多量出眼淚給他們喝。
6 祢使鄰邦因我們紛爭,我們的仇敵彼此戲笑。
7 萬軍之神啊,求祢使我們回轉;使祢的臉發光,我們便要得救!
8 祢從埃及挪出一棵葡萄樹,趕出外邦人,把這樹栽上。
9 祢在這樹跟前預備了地方,他就深深扎根,爬滿了地。
10 它的影子遮滿了山,枝子好像佳美的香柏樹。……

在這詩篇裡,你讀到了什麼?有沒有一些重複的句子一直跳進眼裡?這是一篇很悲傷的詩,因為亞薩說神以眼淚當作食物給他們吃,又量出更多的眼淚給他們喝。那是何等傷心痛苦,才會讓眼淚成河,不斷地淌流。

神為何讓祂的子民如此痛苦悲傷,在隣邦的鐵蹄下受盡蹂躪。在這詩篇裡亞薩不停地呼求:“萬軍之神啊! ”一共有四次。一國之軍的元帥己經很了不起,何況是萬軍之,不是元帥,是神。元帥有可能打敗戰,神是不會打敗戰的。

亞薩在之前不停地求神拯救他們,經過長期的禱告,聖靈讓他明白一些事情。猶大的滅亡,聖殿之遭殃,不是因為神沒有能力,而是百姓和君王、祭司長期犯罪的後果。因此亞薩的呼求改變了。

Persevere and Be Blessed

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Hebrews 10:32-39.  Let’s go!

Hebrews 10:35-36 (NIV) 
35  So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

On verses 32-39:  Once again the theme of perseverance comes up here in these verses.  To encourage the Christians he is writing to, the writer of Hebrews recalls the early days of their faith when they suffered much persecution, even having their property confiscated and going to prison for their faith.  Apparently they did so joyfully because they knew that they “had better and lasting possessions” (v34).  (It reminds me of that famous quote from missionary Jim Elliott who wrote, “He is no fool who loses what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”)  In a time when his readers were likely tempted to leave their faith or disconnect themselves from church, the writer of Hebrews encourages his readers not to throw away their confidence and urges them to persevere “so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what has been promised.”  (v36)