更丰盛的生命(之2)

如同福杯满溢的人生

  第二,一个有丰盛生命的人,是一个流露生命、分享生命的人,因为他的生命丰盛,他便流露出这丰盛,正像一个杯,你盛水、奶在里面,当这杯充满以后,就流出来了,这是很自然的,一点不勉强的,好像《圣经》所讲的「福杯满溢」。今天为什么有一些人一面事奉上帝,一面很痛苦呢?如果我们的事奉加上忧郁、痛苦,我们的事奉就不正常。一个正常的事奉应当是欢欢喜喜、充满喜乐的事奉,虽然有很多身体上的辛苦劳累,但我们心里的满足、快乐让我们忘记曾经付出的代价。请问,你的事奉是充满喜乐,或是充满不满的痛苦呢?你说:「我怎么可能一面事奉,一面充满喜乐呢?」因为你明白耶稣所讲一句很重要的话:「施比受更为有福」。

为什么世界容纳不下耶稣一切所行的?

  这句话是耶稣所讲的,但在〈马太福音〉没有,在〈马可福音〉没有,在〈路加福音〉没有,在〈约翰福音〉也没有。耶稣的话不是记载在四福音吗?这句话是从哪里的呢?这句话是在〈使徒行传〉里告诉我们的。换句话说,四福音没有把耶稣讲过的话、做过的事的一切都记下来,这也是为什么〈约翰福音〉最后一章最后一节说:「耶稣所行的事还有许多,若是一一的都写出来,我想,所写的书就是世界也容不下了」(约21:25)。我从小就思想为什么这节经文说如果将耶稣所行的事都记载下来,就连世界都容不下。我想了十多年,最后才想清楚。我想很多基督徒也曾想过却不得其解。

  为什么说世界都容不下呢?很容易明白的,因为不但地球是祂造的,宇宙千千万万亿的星球也是祂造的,所以如果把祂在宇宙中所做的事都记下来,这世界一定记不下。古代人凭着他们有限的天文知识,以为天上的星是很少的。我们能数的有限,我们知道的有限,我们看见的有限,所以当上帝对亚伯拉罕说:「我要赐福,使你的子孙像天上的星、海边的沙那样多 (创22:17) 」的时候,这两个很不平衡的比喻到底在讲什么呢?你的子孙像天上的星,这有多少呢?你的子孙像地上的沙,这算得出来吗?我们感觉上面的很少,下面的太多,我们就没有办法明白这其间的比例到底是什么。但当人类的天文学知识越来越多的时候,人类发明望远镜,透过望远镜看天上的星的时候,才知道天上的星是千千万万,怎样数都数不清,我们才醒悟过来,「原来上帝的话是没有错的」。

Jesus > Cities of Refuge

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Joshua 20:1-9.  Let’s go!

Joshua 20:1-9 (NIV) 
1  Then the LORD said to Joshua:
2  “Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses,
3  so that anyone who kills a person accidentally and unintentionally may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood.
4  “When he flees to one of these cities, he is to stand in the entrance of the city gate and state his case before the elders of that city. Then they are to admit him into their city and give him a place to live with them…….

On verses 1-9:  When Moses was still leading the Israelites, long before Joshua and the Israelites stepped foot onto the promised land, God gave instructions to the Israelites to set up six towns as “cities of refuge” (v2, see also Numbers 35).  What was the purpose of “cities of refuge”?   Keep in mind that the Jewish law was based on the principle of “an eye for an eye”. Thus, according to the Jewish law, if one person killed another, the killer himself would need to be killed.   The “avenger of blood” (v5) was the individual officially appointed to kill the killer.  However, if the killer killed his victim unintentionally, the killer could run to a city of refuge for safety.  As long as the killer was within the boundaries of the city of refuge, the avenger of blood could not touch him, until such time as he was put on trial and declared guilty of murder.