從水裡拉出來的孩子

出埃及記二章10節     孩子漸長,婦人把他帶到法老的女兒那裡,就做了她的兒子。她給孩子起名叫摩西,意思說:「因我把他從水裡拉出來。」

在一個清朗的早晨,十歲的米利暗被啜泣的聲音吵醒了,睜眼一看,是母親約基別在做一個蒲草箱,蒲草通常被視為是雜草,但也被用來作為織繩、織席、製作草鞋之用,甚至可以被用來製船。她在箱子內外塗上瀝青和石漆。米利暗揉揉眼睛,問:「媽媽,你在做什麼?」三歲的亞倫也好奇地學姐姐:「媽媽,那是什麼?」

約基別擦掉眼淚,小聲地說:「小弟三個月了,哭聲太大了,媽媽得想個辦法。不能讓法老發現,叫人把他丟到河裡弄死。」米利暗嚇得抱住了胸,亞倫沒聽懂,看著姐姐,説:「怕怕」。

約基別對米利暗說:「媽媽需要你的幫忙。今天下午媽媽要把弟弟放在這箱子裡,放在河邊的蘆葦叢中。平常法老的女兒會在那時到河邊洗澡,你要幫媽媽留意,看看公主會不會注意到這個箱子。然後,她抬頭望天,彷彿在禱告:「神啊,救救這個孩子吧。」他們為了保護這個剛出生三個月的兒子,己經盡量不讓他哭;三個月了,兒子的哭聲越來越響亮,怕再也隱瞞不了,若被埃及人發現,他只有死路一條。除了耶和華神,還有誰能保護他呢?那天下午,約基別帶著米利暗,趁沒人注意時,把箱子擱在河邊的蘆荻中。約基別先回家,米利暗遠遠站著,要知道他究竟怎麼樣。

Keep Your Life and Lose It, Lose Your Life and Keep It?

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Today’s passage is Luke 17:31-37. Let’s go!

Luke 17:31-32 (NIV)
31  On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 
32  Remember Lot’s wife!

On verses 31-32: What happened to Lot’s wife? In Genesis 19:26, when Lot and his family were fleeing from the city of Sodom as it was being destroyed, against God’s command Lot’s wife looked back. In focusing too much on the material things that she left behind, she was stopped in her tracks and became a pillar of salt. Similarly, Jesus warns that when he comes again, material possessions should be the least of our concerns.

埃及新王朝

出埃及記一章17節    但是收生婆敬畏神,不照埃及王的吩咐行,竟存留男孩的性命。

以色列人在埃及享福的30年,隨著約瑟的過世而走下坡了。「有不認識約瑟的新王起來,治理埃及」,這裡的「新王」指的是新的王朝。這個新王朝的法老對他的百姓說:「看哪,這以色列民比我們還多,又比我們強盛。來吧,我們不如用巧計待他們,恐怕他們多起來,日後若遇什麼爭戰的事,就聯合我們的仇敵攻擊我們,離開這地去了。」他的想法和別人不一樣,一般應該是擔心外族起來「統治埃及」,他卻擔心外族「離開埃及」?不過假如我們看過埃及的大型建築,就不難理解勞動力對法老的重要性。

在約瑟的時代,由於荒年,約瑟先是以糧易畜,用糧食換走了百姓的牲畜;再來又用糧食買他們和他們的地,百姓和他們的地就都屬於法老了,人和地都要給法老效力。百姓又求約瑟給他們種子去種地,使他們得以存活。後來約瑟立下規矩,百姓打糧食的時候,要把五分之一納給法老,四分可以歸百姓做地裡的種子,也做百姓和他們家口孩童的食物。惟有祭司因有從法老得的常俸,所以不用賣身也不用賣地(創47)。這種規矩流傳下去,強迫勞役,也就是每年要無償為政府做一段時期的工作,變成稅收的一種形式。

Don’t Be So Future-Focused That You Miss God’s Will For Today

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Today’s passage is Luke 17:20-30. Let’s go!

Luke 17:20-21 (NIV) 
20  Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 
21  nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”

On verses 20-21: When the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come (v20), what they were referring to was the end times when God would judge the world. In response, Jesus warns the Pharisees against thinking that the kingdom of God was just some future event, when in fact the kingdom of God is already here and is working. As Jesus says, “the kingdom of God is within you” (v21). 

Faith Unlocks God’s Power in Your Life

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Today’s passage is Luke 17:11-19.  Let’s go!

Luke 17:11-14 (NIV) 
11  Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 
12  As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 
13  and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 
14  When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

On verses 11-14: Notice that Jesus doesn’t touch the lepers or command their healing out loud. Instead, Jesus simply tells them to go show themselves to the priests. Why? It’s because when a leper was cleansed of his leprosy, he would show himself to a priest who would examine him and if satisfied that the leprosy was gone, would announce that the leper was now reinstated back into society. So when Jesus tells the ten lepers here to go and show themselves to the priests without having touched them or prayed for them, Jesus was expecting these ten lepers to go in faith and rely simply on Jesus’ word alone to heal them. And as they went, they were healed. 

什麼是「上帝的旨意」?

當一個人什麼都說:「這是上帝的旨意」,就證明這個人不大懂上帝的旨意。上帝的旨意是除了上帝之外,最大的事。上帝的旨意是永恆的、不變的,連《聖經》裡的使徒及先知們都不敢隨便用這個詞。「上帝的旨意」這幾個字在《聖經》用的數量很少,因為十分嚴謹,我相信一個真正敬畏上帝的人,不會隨便開口閉口講「上帝的旨意」。

「上帝的旨意」與「上帝的引導」

「上帝的旨意」與「上帝的引導」有不同的地方。「上帝的引導」是上帝特別賜給祂的兒女,藉著引導把上帝的兒女帶到上帝的計畫裡,這就是上帝的旨意。上帝的旨意要我們遵行祂的話,上帝的旨意是透過聖靈引導我們,引我們進入上帝的計畫裡。凡被聖靈引導的,都是上帝的兒女(羅8:14-16)。

「永恆的諭令」與「動性的過程」

這樣,「上帝的引導」因人而異,每個時代不同,「上帝的旨意」是每個時代相同的。旨意是在永恆裡面定的,而引導則在時代中執行。我個人把這兩個歸人這兩個名稱:「永恆的諭令」(eternal decree)及「(上帝的旨意)在歷史過程中有效能的運行」(dynamic process)。

上帝永恆的諭令展現了上帝永恆不變的旨意,上帝在歷史之中展開祂的行動,在歷史的程序裡成就祂永恆的旨意。上帝在永恆裡預定在歷史中藉著福音彰顯出誰是祂的兒女,上帝差遣基督進入歷史成全這個計畫,上帝在永恆中要從我們身上得著完全的榮耀,因而在這世界雕塑管教我們,使我們可以成為榮耀祂的器皿。

神的意思原是好的

創世記50章19-21節     約瑟對他們說:「不要害怕,我豈能代替神呢?從前你們的意思是要害我,但神的意思原是好的,要保全許多人的性命,成就今日的光景。現在你們不要害怕,我必養活你們和你們的婦人孩子。」於是,約瑟用親愛的話安慰他們。

我相信很少有人看到這個故事的結尾而不動容的。在七個荒年未到以前,安城的祭司波提非拉的女兒亞西納給約瑟生了兩個兒子。約瑟給長子起名叫瑪拿西,因為他說:「神使我忘了一切的困苦和我父的全家。」他給次子起名叫以法蓮,因為他說:「神使我在受苦的地方昌盛。」(創41:50-52)

當約瑟看到可愛的嬰兒時,他終於可以忘記一切的困苦和他的父家。神用這個兒子安慰了約瑟,使曾經籠罩他的黑暗和痛苦都像翻過了一頁,給他有力量去面對光明的前景。這就是瑪拿西的意義。翻頁了,人生翻頁了,約瑟的生命裡再度有了歡笑。第二個兒子的來臨,使約瑟深深感受到神的祝福,神讓他在埃及昌盛。他曾在埃及受苦,但是也在此昌盛。這兩個名字都使他想到「神使我…」,他深深體會到神是他生命的主宰,每一步,每一個環境都是出於神的美意。

Serve with an Attitude of Gratitude and a Heart of Humility

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Today’s passage is Luke 17:1-10.  Let’s go!

Luke 17:1-3a (NIV) 
1  Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. 
2  It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 
3  So watch yourselves…

On verses 1-3: From Jesus’ words here we can know that God watches the way we influence others, especially the generation coming after us. Do we encourage others to obey God or to sin against Him? God will hold us accountable for the way we affect the next generation, so let’s be careful to set the best example we can and to offer the best leadership we can by God’s grace.

圭必不離猶大

創世記49章8-12節     猶大啊,你弟兄們必讚美你,你手必掐住仇敵的頸項,你父親的兒子們必向你下拜。猶大是個小獅子。我兒啊,你抓了食便上去。你屈下身去,臥如公獅,蹲如母獅,誰敢惹你? 圭必不離猶大,杖必不離他兩腳之間,直等細羅來到,萬民都必歸順。猶大把小驢拴在葡萄樹上,把驢駒拴在美好的葡萄樹上。他在葡萄酒中洗了衣服,在葡萄汁中洗了袍褂。他的眼睛必因酒紅潤,他的牙齒必因奶白亮。

在〈創世記〉38章裡說了一個有關猶大的故事。猶大是利亞生的第四個兒子。利亞懷孕生流便(魯本)時說:「耶和華看見我的苦情,如今我的丈夫必愛我。」 她又懷孕生西緬,就說:「耶和華因為聽見我失寵,所以又賜給我這個兒子。」她第三子叫利未,因為:「我給丈夫生了三個兒子,他必與我聯合。」 第四次懷孕生子時,她說:「這回我要讚美耶和華。」因此給他起名叫猶大。所以猶大本來是最好的一個名字,意思是「讚美」;可惜被賣耶穌的猶大把這個名字給污染,沒人再敢用此名。

但是當我們看到雅各在最後的祝福裡,他把將來出彌賽亞的支派福份給了猶大。就像神給亞伯拉罕的祝福,亞伯拉罕把祝福傳給以撒,以撒又把祝福傳給雅各,雅各又把祝福傳給了猶大。這條線在舊約裡一直主導下去,直到主耶穌的降生,所以我們來看看猶大的家庭。

猶大年輕時跟一個迦南人的女兒結婚,所以我們可以想見,神若沒有讓雅各把全家人帶到埃及,他們的後代一定都是和迦南人混交的混血兒了。猶大和妻子生了三個兒子,珥,俄南和示拉。猶大為珥娶妻她瑪,但是珥行耶和華眼中看為惡的事,他就死了。在猶太人中有個習俗,哥哥死了若沒留後,弟弟要為了哥哥留後,與嫂子結婚。

Don’t Try to Justify Yourself

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Today’s passage is Luke 16:15-31. Let’s go!

Luke 16:15 (NIV) 
15  He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.

On verse 15: What does it mean to “justify yourselves in the eyes of men”? To justify yourself means to do things or say things with the goal of showing God or others how good, righteous and godly you are. 

The Pharisees were famous for justifying themselves. They would boast about the things they had done as a way to show how spiritual they were. They would even point to their wealth as evidence that they were righteous in God’s sight. That is why just prior to this verse Jesus speaks against the Pharisees’ love of money.

Today people try to justify themselves also, whether they realize it or not. For example, when I ask people whether they think they will go to heaven when they die, the conversation will often go like this: