Watch Out for Mockers

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 30:1-15.  Let’s go! 

On verses 1-15:  Job has gone from being someone whom others held in high esteem (see Job 29) to one whom others mock.  When Job looks at the people mocking him, he notices that they are men much younger than him, whose fathers were deadbeats whom he would never have associated with (v1-8), “a base and nameless brood” (v8).  The ones mocking Job mock him in song (v9) and spit in his face (v10) without any kind of restraint (v11).  Job describes his mockers in military terms, how they are like an army that besieges him (v12), leaving him without any road to exit or escape (“break up my road” – v13).  They advance against Job like an army attacking a city, the walls of which are already torn down with gaping holes (v14).  As a result, Job lives in terror, feeling unsafe and humiliated (v15).

耶穌在伯利恒

約翰福音6:35耶穌說:「我就是生命的糧。到我這裡來的,必定不餓;信我的,永遠不渴。」

耶穌在伯利恒出生,為了躲避希律王追殺,跟父母逃到埃及;希律王死後,他們一家回到拿撒勒。之後,耶穌一生都在以色列國度過。 四福音書告訴我們,耶穌在祂生命的每個階段都位於一個特定的位置,這些地點不是隨機發生的,是出於神的命定和耶穌的選擇。 這些地點都有希伯來文的名字,或許可以藉著它們的名字,讓我們對聖子的一生及其代表的意義有更深的理解。

伯利恒

耶穌降生在伯利恒,符合了先知彌迦的預言:「伯利恆以法他啊,你在猶大諸城中為小,將來必有一位從你那裡出來,在以色列中為我做掌權的。祂的根源從亙古,從太初就有。(彌5:2)」以色列最偉大的君王大衛,也是在伯利恒出生。彌賽亞,以色列的救主和救世主也在這裡出生,是再合適不過了。

若不是神激動該撒亞古士督要天下人民去註冊,約瑟和瑪利亞是絕對不會選在嬰兒快要出生時遠行的。神的旨意越人的意念,藉著環境,神就完成了祂的定意。為了要讓人明白這個嬰兒的出生對世人之重要。

伯利恒的希伯來名是Beyt-lechem (בית לחם) means “house of bread” in Hebrew。在希伯來文的意思是:麵包之屋。耶穌曾在這裡用五餅二魚餵飽了五千人(可6:44),並在〈約翰福音〉裡宣稱:「我就是生命的糧。到我這裡來的,必定不餓;信我的,永遠不渴。」

Don’t Worship the Past

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 29:1-25.  Let’s go! 

Job 29:2-6 (NIV) 
2  “How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, 
3  when his lamp shone upon my head and by his light I walked through darkness! 
4  Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, 
5  when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me, 
6  when my path was drenched with cream and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil.
 
On verses 1-25:  Here Job longs achingly for the years that preceded all the loss and pain he experienced.  Those were the days when he felt God’s illuminating light and intimate friendship (v2-4), when his children were still with him and life was sweet (v5-6), when he had great status in the eyes of people (v7-11), when he helped the weak and poor (v12-17), when he was filled with confidence and hope about his future (v18-20), when people valued his counsel (v21-24), and when he enjoyed great power but was gentle in his exercise of it (v25).

世界的最初 Bereshit Olam

今天要給大家介紹一首非常浪漫的情歌—從神來的情歌

「我必聘你永遠歸我為妻,以仁義、公平、慈愛、憐憫聘你歸我;也以誠實*聘你歸我,你就必認識我─耶和華。」(何 2:19-20)

一開始的美好,總是最讓人懷念的。

分享一首超級浪漫的希伯來文流行歌–

《世界的最初 Bereshit Olam》 (附歌詞),真的覺得很美~

這是一首很有愛、又很有詩意的歌,

其實這首歌第一次聽的時候,就是想到以色列是神的妻子,

花了多少代價,神卻沒有改變對她的愛
…………………………..請點入聽歌……………………..

There, in the beginning,    在那裡,一開始,

Eve stood, lovingly, opposite Adam   夏娃帶著愛,站在亞當對面

A helper opposite him, bone from his bone   他的幫手,骨中的骨

Then walks Adam    然後亞當走向

Towards she about whom he dreamed   他夢寐以求的人

On the head of his happiness, he will raise you up with him

在他幸福之最,他會讓你與他同等

And he will not forget you, his beloved 他不會忘記她,他的愛人

Where You’ll Find Wisdom

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 28:1-28.  Let’s go!

Job 28:1-11 (NIV) 
1  “There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.
2  Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore.
3  Man puts an end to the darkness; he searches the farthest recesses for ore in the blackest darkness.
4  Far from where people dwell he cuts a shaft, in places forgotten by the foot of man; far from men he dangles and sways.
5  The earth, from which food comes, is transformed below as by fire;
6  sapphires come from its rocks, and its dust contains nuggets of gold.
7  No bird of prey knows that hidden path, no falcon’s eye has seen it.
8  Proud beasts do not set foot on it, and no lion prowls there.
9  Man’s hand assaults the flinty rock and lays bare the roots of the mountains.
10  He tunnels through the rock; his eyes see all its treasures.
11  He searches the sources of the rivers and brings hidden things to light.

On verses 1-11:  Why does Job speak at length about how people mine for silver and gold?  It’s because Job is comparing getting wisdom to mining for precious metals.  In both cases the treasure is hidden beneath the surface, requires an intentional and difficult search to find, is hard to reach (v4), and cannot be perceived by bird or beast (v7-8, 20-21).

4 Consequences of Being Money Obsessed

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 27:13-23.  Let’s go!

Job 27:13-23 (NIV) 
13  “Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty:
14  However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.
15  The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.
16  Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,
17  what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver………

On verse 13:  Here Job begins to describe what happens to the person who spends their life chasing wealth but who does not trust or obey God’s commands.  In the verses that follow Job will describe four consequences that happen to those whose number one obsession is getting rich.

Ahava 愛的真義

雅歌1:4   我們必因你歡喜快樂,我們要稱讚你的愛情,勝似稱讚美酒。

“We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine.”  (Song of Songs 1:4)

情人節的活動起源於,對一位在羅馬殉道的天主教神父華倫泰(Valentine)的記念,因為當時的羅馬皇帝禁止男人結婚,要他們專心當兵;但是華倫泰無視禁令,仍然為年輕人舉行婚禮,後來在公元269年2月14日被斬首。

就像大多數的假期一樣,記念華倫泰的活動變成了商人謀財的契機,妨間的卡片、鮮花和巧克力大行其道。但是真正的愛遠遠王止於糖果或鮮花,因此今天我們要通過這個古老的希伯來文Ahava來理解神對‘愛’的教導。

希伯來語中的愛這個詞-ahava(אהבה),由三個基本的希伯來字母組成:aleph(א),hey(ה)和vet(ב)。

從a-hav-a的這三個根字母中,我們得到根詞hav(הב),hav表示給予。這字根包含了一個真理,付出便是愛的根本,也就是愛的基礎。夫妻之間的愛情是互相給予的, 我們對伴侶的投入越多,聯繫就越牢固,愛就越深。

在起初

創世記1:1  起初,神創造天地。

今天開始我們暫停一下系列性的查經靈修,改為每日一句的靈修,假如我們每天可以記住一句經文,一年就可以記住365句了。我們會參考《以色列聖經學院》的經文解釋,從希伯來文的背景去理解神的話。

在希伯來文的‘起初Beresheet’, 有一個隱藏的意思在其中。

英文《聖經》一般都把它譯為In The Beginning (在起初),這並不十分正確,在希伯來原文裡,這個字更加有意思。《聖經》裡的第一個希伯來文是beresheet,  意思是“at the heading”,在頭之處。

頭指的不只是身體的最上面,並且是全身最有智慧,人類身份的核心。

《聖經》給人類的信息是:神創造天地是一個智慧的,有計劃去做的過程,而不是一個隨機發生的錯誤。因此閱讀《聖經》絕不應僅僅是閱讀行為, 而必須是一種智力活動。 為了使《聖經》深入人心,我們都需要動腦筋。

當我們如此開始讀神的話語時,我們就會明白,相信耶和華神絕對不是迷信,而是一個相當科學和理智的過程。雖然有很多事情我們暫時不能明白,也因而讓我們認識到人的智慧有限,應當把信心放在那位無所不能的神身上,讓祂成為我們的頭,讓祂的智慧也啟發我們跟隨祂的決心。

Leave It to the Holy Spirit to Do THAT

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 27:1-12. Let’s go!

Job 27:1-12 (NIV) 
1  And Job continued his discourse:
2  “As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made me taste bitterness of soul,
3  as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils,
4  my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit.
5  I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity……..

On verses 1-12:  After his friends have repeatedly tried to convince Job that he has sinned and needs to repent, here in these verses Job is more adamant than ever about his innocence.  As he says in verses 5-6, “I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity. I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.”  Later on, when God appears to Job and speaks to him directly, Job will repent.  But until God appears to him personally, Job will not budge no matter how much his friends try to accuse him.