耶稣的门徒雅各

马太福音四章21-22节  从那里往前走,又看见弟兄二人,就是西庇太的儿子雅各和他兄弟约翰,同他们的父亲西庇太在船上补网,耶稣就招呼他们。他们立刻舍了船,别了父亲,跟从了耶稣。

在圣经的旧约和新约里有不同人都名为「雅各」,Jacob / James 这两个英文名都被译为雅各。以色列人的始祖雅各和玛利亚的丈夫都是Jacob 雅各,其他三位James是指西庇太的儿子雅各,亚勒非的儿子雅各,耶稣的兄弟雅各。

西庇太的儿子雅各和亚勒非的儿子雅各都是耶稣的使徒,在《圣经》里没有很多篇幅记载他们的事蹟,后者更没有被单独记载的经文,但是他和其他使徒一起,同被耶稣差遣出去传道,同进晚餐,一同祷告,一同跟随耶稣,在各项事工上,都一同有份。当然,在新耶路撒冷城墙有十二根基,根基上有羔羊十二使徒的名字,这两位雅各的名字都在上面。

在教会里你也会发现有的弟兄姐妹默默事奉,什么头衔都没有,就是为了爱主,什么事都肯做。以前我们发现有位弟兄,每个主日都特别早到教堂,他不是管堂的,但是他早来就是看看有什么可以帮忙的,或是捡起一些未清理到的垃圾,或是把椅子排好。没有人注意到他,他就是这样默默地来,默默地去。但是我们相信,他所做的一切,天父都记下了。

相传西庇太的儿子雅各和约翰是耶稣的表兄弟,他们的母亲撒罗米是耶稣的母亲马利亚的姊妹。换句话说,撒罗米是耶稣的阿姨,西庇太和撒罗米的家境比较好,常用财物供给耶稣和祂的门徒。这也解释了为什么撒罗米会去向耶稣祈求,在耶稣得国之后,让她的两个儿子(雅各和约翰)将来成为主的左臣右相。(太20:21)

Nothing Is Impossible For God

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Ezekiel 26:1-21.  Let’s go!  

On verses 1-21:  Tyre was a prosperous coastal city in the ancient Middle East, with the older part of the city (“old Tyre”) situated on the mainland and the newer part situated on an island.  Known as one of the great economic centres of the ancient Middle East, Tyre was a significant port city.  In addition, Tyre was famous for its purple dye used most famously to make royal robes.  It is for this reason that, according to some scholars, the people in the region of Phoenicia, where Tyre was located, became known as “the purple people”.

In verses 1-6 God goes after the people of Tyre for trying to capitalize on the misfortune of the people of Jerusalem (v2).  In response to their attitude God says that He will bring down the prosperous, powerful “city of renown” (v17) that is Tyre and turn it into “a desolate city” (v8) and “plunder for the nations” (v5).  God would reduce Tyre to “a place to spread fishnets” (v6) (i.e. where fishermen wash their nets) and a city that is “never to be rebuilt” (v6).  In verse 14 when God says of Tyre, “I will make you a bare rock” (v14), this is a play on words, since Tyre’s name literally means “rock”.