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〈约书亚记〉 12:7 a  约书亚和以色列人在约旦河西击杀了诸王。

阅读经文:〈约书亚记〉 12:1-24 

看到约书亚做的报告,可以感觉到他是一个很正直的人。他没有隐藏摩西的功绩,虽然河东的仗也是约书亚带头在打。但那时是摩西带领以色列人,所以把功绩归给摩西是应当的。有人拿摩西的战绩和约书亚的相比较,摩西杀了亚摩利王西宏和巴珊噩,而约书亚杀了31个王。所以约书亚比摩西厉害功高,你同意吗?我觉得那是相当无聊的比较。其实在击杀河东之王时,摩西已经120岁,在这之前和亚玛利人的争战,摩西到山上祷告,约书亚在战场上争战。仗都是约书亚打的,但是摩西的祷告却是胜负的关键。摩西举手,以色列人就打胜仗;摩西的手放下来,以色列人就打败仗。所以亚伦和户珥必须扶助摩西的手,直到战事结束。

神交托给摩西和约书亚的工作是完全不同的。神交给摩西的工作是带领以色列人出埃及,约书亚的工作是带领以色列人进迦南。在人生的旅途上,我们都有各自的任务和使命,神对每个人的安排都不一样。所以我们不要羡慕别人的工作和成就,反而要在自己的责任上看见神给自己的使命,尽心尽力去做就对了。

摩西不是一生下来就做领袖,约书亚也不是一生下来就会打仗。神用了八十年的时间去塑造摩西,也用了超过四十年的时间去磨炼约书亚。正如迦南不是一天一夜打下来的,都是用了许多年,一步一脚印地打下来。所以我们不要以为只要有神的同在,成功就伸手可及。神没有立刻让以色列人成功,因为在努力的过程中,正是塑造一个人的机会,也是建立信心的最佳时机。仗是一个个地打,王也是一个个地杀,代表人生道路上的困难要一个个地克服,不能一下子全部解决。所以我们面对困难或自己的恶习时,不要想一下子就通通清除所有的障碍,只要有耐心和信心,靠着主,一个个地去掉它们。

What Does It Mean To Be Made in God’s Image?

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Genesis 1:20-31.  Let’s go!

Genesis 1:20-25 (NIV)
20  And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.”
21  So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
22  God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”
23  And there was evening, and there was morning–the fifth day.
24  And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.
25  God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

On verses 20-25:  One of the recurring phrases in Genesis 1 is, “And God saw that it was good.” (v21, 25.  See also v4, 10, 12 and 18)  In other words, God took pleasure in His creative work.