耶稣在约但河

约翰福音1:34  我看见了,就证明这是神的儿子。

世界上有很多著名的大河,约但河也许不是其中之一;因为相对而言,约但河的气势或宽长都只算是一条小河。它是世界上最低的河流,由北向南贯穿巴勒斯坦地区。但是俗云,山不在高,有仙则灵;所以河不在大,有神则威。《圣经》里记载着许多关于约但河的故事,我们就来看看一二。

你记得《圣经》中的人物哪一个最早渡过约但河吗?我猜是亚伯拉罕,因为神把迦南地赐给他,所以他从哈兰一路往南,一定要经过约但河才能到希伯仑或是南地。再来是谁呢?再来就是亚伯拉罕的孙子雅各,为了逃避哥哥以扫的追杀,渡过约但河,和他祖父走相反的路线回到巴旦亚兰,在那里娶妻生子。廿年后,再回迦南地。在雅各过约但河的前一夜,他在约但河的雅博渡口和天使摔跤,使者在这里为他改名: 以色列。雅各为那地取名毗努伊勒,意思说:「我面对面见了神,我的性命仍得保全。」(创32:30)

再来便是约书亚率领两百多万以色列人过约约河,当抬着约柜的祭司之脚一踩进水里,那从上往下流的河水就立起成垒,不流的水也断绝了。当所有的人到了对岸之后,祭司才上岸,祭司一上岸,约但河的水就还原,依然涨过两岸。他们上岸后在吉甲安营,立石记念为「要使地上万民都知道耶和华的手大有能力,也要使你们永远敬畏耶和华你们的神。」(书4:24)

虽然在旧约里,约但河流域发生了不少战争,这些我们就不一一细说。有趣的是在列王时期,虽然以色列和亚兰是敌对的关系。但是有一次亚兰的元帅乃缦患了大痲疯,在那时大痲疯是不治之症,糟透了! 但是在他家有一个从以色列地掳来的小女孩,建议他去找先知以利沙。他也真的去以色列找以利沙,没想到以利沙叫他去约但河浸七次。他很生气,后来听仆人的劝,还是去约但河浸了七次,没想到他的大痲疯真的痊愈了。他说:「如今我知道、除了以色列之外、普天下没有神」(王下5:15)

God’s Purpose in Your Pain

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 33:19-33.  Let’s go!

Job 33:19-26 (NIV) 
19  Or a man may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in his bones,
20  so that his very being finds food repulsive and his soul loathes the choicest meal.
21  His flesh wastes away to nothing, and his bones, once hidden, now stick out.
22  His soul draws near to the pit, and his life to the messengers of death.
23  “Yet if there is an angel on his side as a mediator, one out of a thousand, to tell a man what is right for him,
24  to be gracious to him and say, ‘Spare him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom for him’–
25  then his flesh is renewed like a child’s; it is restored as in the days of his youth.
26  He prays to God and finds favor with him, he sees God’s face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state. 

On verses 19-26:  Just before these verses Elihu describes one way that God can speak to us: through supernatural means like a vision or a dream (v15-16).  Earlier in chapter 32 we learned that another way that God speaks to us: through godly people.  But visions, dreams and godly people are not the only channels by which God tries to get our attention.   As Elihu says, “For God does speak – now one way, now another – though man may not perceive it.” (v14).  Here in these verses Elihu describes another very important way that God speaks: through our pain and difficult circumstances.