从水里拉出来的

出埃及记二章10节  孩子渐长,妇人把他带到法老的女儿那里,就做了她的儿子。她给孩子起名叫摩西,意思说:「因我把他从水里拉出来。」

在几千年前的一个炎热的下午,法老美丽的女儿带着几个侍女来到尼罗河边,准备痛快地洗个澡。那时还没有自来水,尼罗河也尚未被污染,在河中洗澡是个非常好的选择。让缓缓流淌的河水洗净一身的热气,加上一点埃及女人用的高级精油,洗完后一身清香。在公主下水前要有一些准备,至少确定四周没人躲著,免得公主危险。

这时公主眼尖,发现河水旁的芦荻里有个东西。芦荻是一种直立的茎秆,有着蓬松的花絮,它的花到了秋天会变成白色,微风吹拂,花絮飘荡就像下了一场雪,故有「秋芦飞雪」的描述。它也是一种良好的防沙、固堤植物。公主叫婢女把芦荻里的东西拿来,原来是个箱子,她好奇地打开来,却突然听到一个婴儿的哭声。婴儿原是安静地躺在箱子里,一看到公主就哭了,让公主好心疼。

聪明的公主立刻明白过来,说:「这是希伯来人的一个孩子。」这时有一个小女孩跑到公主身边, 问她:「我去在希伯来妇人中叫一个奶妈来,为你奶这孩子,可以不可以?」公主同意了。这女孩便去把婴儿的母亲找来,公主答应付这奶妈钱,帮忙养这婴儿,婴儿的母亲便快快乐乐地,光明正大地把自己的婴儿抱回家了。

事情为何如此曲折呢?原来神给亚伯拉罕的应许己经实现了几乎一半。在〈创世记〉15章里,神应许亚伯兰:「你要的确知道,你的后裔必寄居别人的地,又服侍那地的人,那地的人要苦待他们四百年。并且他们所要服侍的那国,我要惩罚,后来他们必带着许多财物从那里出来。」

Loving You With His Presence and His Words

Hi GAMErs,

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

Revelation 1:9-18 (NIV) 
9  I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
10  On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
11  which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”……

On verses 9-18:  John is in exile on the island of Patmos for preaching the Gospel (v9 – “because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus”).  On Sunday (“the Lord’s Day”) he is praying deeply and sensing the presence of God (“in the Spirit” – v10) when he hears from behind him a voice like a trumpet telling him to write down on a scroll what he sees.  The voice behind John tells him to send what he writes down to the seven churches in the province of Asia (v11).  When John turns around to see who is speaking to him, he sees Jesus Christ (“someone ‘like a son of man’” – v13) standing among seven golden lampstands.  Jesus’ physical presence is awesome: fully white head and hair, eyes like blazing fire, feet like bronze in a furnace, voice like rushing waters, his face like the sun in its brilliance.  He is wearing a robe with a golden sash across his chest (v13).  The seven stars in His right hand represent the seven angels watching over the churches (v20).  Out of his mouth comes a double-edged sword representing the Word of God.