耶稣在耶路撒冷_最大的诫命

马太福音21章37节    耶稣对他说:你要尽心、尽性、尽意爱主你的神。

华理克牧师说,祷告要以聆听开始。怎样聆听神的声音呢?就是要读《圣经》。

Prayer starts with listening. How do you listen to God? By reading the Bible.

因此从今天到复活节,我们要分享从耶稣骑驴进耶路撒冷后的一些教导。因为我发现,当我们去聆听主在这段时间的教导时,你会更感受到祂心里的迫切和无奈。主耶稣希望我们知道或记得什么?祂己经进耶路撒冷,慢慢走向十字架,祂知道祂成为一个人的样式,走在人群中间,可以触摸抚慰和医治人的时间己经不多了。

而法利赛人对祂更加注意,敌意更深,这时犹太去找了祭司长,要把耶稣交给他们。他们十分高兴,就应许给犹大银子。犹大开始寻思怎样把耶稣交给他们。

这是预备庆祝逾越节的时候,耶路撒冷有许多外来的旅客,要献祭的犹太人,却没有想到,当年亚伯拉罕献以撒时,神预备了羊羔;而这次神正准备献上祂自己的独生子。

A Great Way to Minimize Trouble in Your Life

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Amos 3:1-2 (NIV)
1  Hear this word the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel–against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:
2  “You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins.”

On verses 1-2:  The Lord chose Israel especially to be a light to other nations.  However, Israel was not faithful to the Lord, breaking His heart and defaming His name with their continual idolatry.  The fact that God would punish Israel for their sins shows us that with authority from God comes accountability from God.

What can we learn from this?  God holds accountable those to whom He has given authority.  If we are faithful with the authority He has given us, He will reward us.  If we are unfaithful with that authority, He will discipline us.

耶稣在耶路撒冷_骑驴进耶路撒冷

约翰福音12章36 节      你们应当趁著有光,信从这光,使你们成为光明之子。

先知撒迦利亚曾预言:「锡安哪,应当大大喜乐;耶路撒冷啊,应当欢呼。看哪,你的王来到你这里!祂是公义的,并且施行拯救,谦和地骑着驴,骑着小驴,驴的驹子。(亚9:9)」

这段经文得如许清楚,将来到耶路撒冷的,犹太人的王将著驴驹子进耶路撒冷,充份表明耶稣知道祂在做什么,犹太人也明白这件事的含意。可是在罗马统治下,有没有人担心这事的发生呢?一旦罗马政府听到有人以犹太人的王,按著圣经上的预言进耶路撒冷,他们会怎么想?会采取什么措施?

犹太人的长老之担心不是空穴来风,犹太人己经有过几次革命,想争取独立和自由,可是每次都被阵压得死伤无数,伤亡惨重。在耶稣升天后也有革命,犹太人就被逐出耶路撒冷了。这就是百姓和当权者的两极心态。

因此当门徒欢呼:「奉主名来的王是应当称颂的!在天上有和平,在至高之处有荣光!」时,几个法利赛人对耶稣说:「夫子,责备你的门徒吧!」耶稣说:「我告诉你们,若是他们闭口不说,这些石头必要呼叫起来!」(路19:38-40)

耶稣进耶路撒冷的这天做了几件事,一是耶路撒冷哀哭,二是洁净圣殿,三是咒诅无花果树,又和法利赛人辩驳祂的权柄,以及用比喻教导百姓。在〈约翰福音〉12章里记载了几个特别重要的教导:1. 一粒麦子不落在地里死了,仍旧是一粒;若是死了,就结出许多子粒来。2. 耶稣若从地上被举起来,就要吸引万人来归祂。3. 你们应当趁著有光,信从这光,使你们成为光明之子。4. 信子就是信父。

God Watches How We Respond to His Grace

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Today’s passage is Amos 2:1-16.  Let’s go!
 
Amos 2:1-8 (NIV) 
1  This is what the LORD says: “For three sins of Moab, even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath]. Because he burned, as if to lime, the bones of Edom’s king, 
2  I will send fire upon Moab that will consume the fortresses of Kerioth. Moab will go down in great tumult amid war cries and the blast of the trumpet. ……

On verses 1-8:  Whether it’s treating our neighbors dishonorably like Moab did (v1-3), rejecting the Lord to follow other gods as Judah did (v4-5), abusing the poor (v6-7), committing sexual immorality (v7-8), and ignoring God’s holiness as Israel did (v8), God sees all the ways that we sin against Him.  Nothing is hidden from His view.  Yet what amazes me is that as holy and just as God is, God is equally loving and merciful, so much so that the wrath God feels toward our sin He placed on His own Son instead so that ultimately we could be spared the punishment we deserve for our sin.  God did not turn back His wrath from our sin.  Instead, He directed His wrath against our sin toward His own Son instead, so that we could go free.  It is at the cross where Jesus died that we see all at once the incredible holiness, justice, love and mercy of God.

耶稣在耶路撒冷_修殿节与好牧人

约翰福音10章9节   :耶稣说:「我就是门,凡从我进来的,必然得救,并且出入得草吃。」

好牧人的比喻是耶稣一个很出名的教导。根据〈以西结书〉34章里,主耶和华说:「看哪,我必亲自寻找我的羊,将他们寻见。 (结34:11)」,所以犹太人知道,从大卫的后裔中所出来的弥赛亚,将是一位牧者。耶稣为何要在修殿节传讲这个信息呢?

在两约,旧约和新约之间,有一段空白的四百年。这四百年之间发生了但以理所看见的大部份的异象,也就是巴比伦兴起,再来是玛代波斯,希腊,罗马的兴起。在希腊当权时,他们玫力于把外邦人希腊化,在以色列地也不例外。尤其是亚历山大大帝死后,以色列被叙利亚国王安提阿哥四世统治,他十分残暴无道,对犹太人和其信仰无理地践踏。

他强迫犹太人竖立希腊神祇偶像,污秽圣殿,在圣殿的祭坛上献上一头猪,并自称为神;又下令禁止学习托拉(Torah,摩西五经)否则处死;犹太男性不能受割礼,又禁守安息日,等等。有一个祭司玛他提亚终于起来反抗,他和五个儿子带领犹太人和叙利亚作战,终于使耶路撒冷得到解放。历史上称为马加比战役。

洁净圣殿之后,要点上金灯台的灯,但是只剩下一瓶没有被沾污的油,离安息日又甚近,来不及做更多的油。没想到这瓶油一连燃烧了八天,直到新油做好补上。所以犹太人庆祝这个节日有好几个名子字:光明节,修殿节,哈努卡节,但是在英文里直接说这是个献殿的节日,重新把圣殿献给神的节日。

Fiercely Committed to Protecting You

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Today we begin our look at the book of Amos, written in approximately 762 B.C. Today we start with Amos 1:1-15.  Let’s go!

Amos 1:1 (NIV) 
1  The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa–

On verse 1a:   Who was Amos?  In addition to being a prophet, Amos was a shepherd, but no ordinary shepherd.  The word Amos uses for “shepherd” in verse 1 is not the common Hebrew word for shepherd but a rare word that suggests that Amos was more a breeder of sheep.  In other words, Amos was a businessman who probably owned large herds of sheep and had many shepherds working for him.  Later on we will learn that Amos also planted and harvested sycamore trees.  A man of standing in his community of Tekoa (about 10 miles south of Jerusalem), Amos was a ranch owner, a farmer and a prophet.  

What can we learn from this?  Don’t type cast yourself by your profession or job.  No matter what your profession or job is, God wants to use you in His kingdom.  You can be a businessman and God can use you to speak prophetically in a person’s life.  God calls people from all walks of life to serve Him and to represent Him.     

遇到瘟疫不是倒霉

遇到瘟疫不是倒霉,是经历上帝保守我们的日子

「我们若活着,是为主而活;若死了,是为主而死。所以,我们或活或死总是主的人。」(罗马书14:8)

人生遇到挫折、失望、打击与不如意的日子,我们若将这些事,放在主耶稣的手中,这段过程,常变成祂给我们一生,最珍贵的财产。

我无法说明这事是如何变成的,也无法解释主是如何将我们的不如意,转变成祂给我们的好礼物。苦难像一台戏,主使我从当事者,成旁观者,静看祂作为。

因此我不会讲「走出人生低谷的1、2、3、4、5步骤」,不会说「成功,就是上帝给人的祝福」。

我相信无论有没有步骤,祂引领。我相信成功或失败,在主有祂的定义。

主耶稣是照着祂的信实与慈爱,来引领我们。外在的不如意,使世界对我一时没有期待,反而让我不落在外面的活动,不沉湎于外界的掌声,不忙于会幕外面的杀牛宰羊,多点时间与空间,进入至圣所,贴近主一些。

The Day of the Lord – What Is It and How To Prepare for It?

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Today’s passage is 2 Peter 3:10-18.  Let’s go!

2 Peter 3:10-14 (NIV) 
10  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
11  Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives……

On verses 10-14:  In these verses Peter is talking about “the day of the Lord” (v1)?  The “day of the Lord” is a term found in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  It refers to the end times, or more specifically as we see in the New Testament, the time when Jesus will return to earth, physically raise Christians who have died back to life, gather His people, establish His kingdom and issue His final judgment on those who have rejected Him. 

耶稣在耶路撒冷_医好生来瞎眼的

约翰福音九章25节    有一件事我知道:从前我是眼瞎的,如今能看了!

在旧日的社会里,甚至在今天的社会里,人与生俱来的缺陷常被视为一种咒诅,令人讨厌 ,避之不及。正如门徒问耶稣,瞎子是否因为某人的罪而瞎。但是耶稣说,他的缺陷是为了要显出神的作为。这句话使人所认为可怕或可耻的缺陷变成荣耀神的,何等不可思议。原来在神的手里,没有所谓的不完美,只要我们把自己交在神的手里,所有的缺陷和不完美都将因为神的恩典而能荣耀神。

在〈约翰福音〉第九章说到耶稣医治了一个生来瞎眼的人。耶稣吐唾沫在地上,用唾沫和泥抹在瞎子的眼睛上,再叫瞎子去西罗亚池子里去洗,瞎子就看见了。西罗亚池子在耶路撒冷南边的一个水池,四面有高墙,希西家当年引基训泉水入耶路撒冷,就是进西罗亚池。整条水道的坡度很平缓,所以水流很慢。在〈以赛亚书〉8:6,耶和华晓喻以赛亚说:「这百姓既厌弃西罗亚缓流的水,喜悦利汛和利玛利的儿子,因此主必使大河翻腾的水猛然冲来,就是亚述王和他所有的威势。」西罗亚的水,虽流得缓,却是活水,是全耶路撒冷百姓倚靠的水源,也是耶稣要用的水。

Hang Onto God’s Word

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Today’s passage is 2 Peter 3:1-9.  Let’s go!

2 Peter 3:1 (NIV) 
1  Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.

On verse 1:  As an ongoing theme in 2 Peter, we see that successful Christian living is not just about constantly learning new things; it’s just as much about reminding ourselves of the truths of God’s Word that we often forget or take for granted.  How well you recall the promises of God’s Word will determine how well you live and deal with life’s challenges.

2 Peter 3:2 (NIV) 
2  I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.