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亞伯蘭與羅得分離

創世記 13章8-9節        亞伯蘭就對羅得說:「你我不可相爭,你的牧人和我的牧人也不可相爭,因為我們是骨肉。遍地不都在你眼前嗎?請你離開我。你向左,我就向右;你向右,我就向左。」

我很喜歡這個故事,經常玩味它所帶出來的意境。

你我不可相爭

你的牧人和我的牧人也不可相爭

這是亞伯蘭的原則。

因為,他們是骨肉。是伯侄。

遍地不都在你眼前嗎?請你離開我。

那些都是身外物,不可以讓它們影響我們的骨肉之情。

你向左,我就向右;你向右,我就向左。

你要什麼就拿去吧!

亞伯蘭的原則:我不跟你爭,讓你。

但是當羅得被四王抓去時,亞伯蘭卻拚了命去爭,把羅得和他的家人及財產都救回來。當神說要毀滅所多瑪時,亞伯蘭也跟神爭。他不是不能爭,也不是沒有能力爭,但是他心裡有把尺,他知道何時該爭,什麼該爭;何時該讓,什麼該讓。很多人看到的都是金錢和利益,但是在亞伯蘭眼中,骨肉勝於一切的財產和利益。

Following Jesus Is Not Always Comfortable, But It’s Worth It

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Luke 9:51-62.  Let’s go!

Luke 9:51-56 (NIV) 

51  As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 
52  And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 
53  but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 
54  When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” 
55  But Jesus turned and rebuked them, 
56  and they went to another village.

On verses 51-56:  Why did the Samaritan village reject Jesus because Jesus was heading for Jerusalem?  It’s because culturally Jews and Samaritans did not associate with one another and considered one another enemies.  The Samaritans rejected Jesus based on the fact that Jesus and his disciples were Jews heading to the Jewish city of Jerusalem.  Fueled by anger and pride, two of Jesus’ closest disciples, James and John, offer to call fire down from heaven to destroy the Samaritan village that didn’t welcome them.  No wonder Jesus gave James and John the nicknames “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17).  However, Jesus rebukes them for this suggestion and they move on.

亞伯蘭為何要說謊

創世記 20章17節     亞伯拉罕禱告神,神就醫好了亞比米勒和他的妻子,並他的眾女僕,她們便能生育。

亞伯蘭在埃及說謊,25年後,亞伯拉罕在基拉耳說同樣的謊。很多人說這是他的軟弱,其實他真正的弱點跟所有人都一樣,要用自己的方法來保護自己。當危險來臨時,我們想到的一定是自保。所謂夫妻本是同林鳥,大限來時各自飛。但是當神不允許時,神就出手了。

亞伯蘭因饑荒下埃及,這是很不得己的做法,因為迦南地是神給他的祝福,一旦離開神給他的祝福之地,他就害怕了。正如基拉耳是非利士人之地。在神毀滅所多瑪,蛾摩拉之後,亞伯拉罕不知是否有點心驚膽跳,在向南地遷移時,去寄居在非利士人之地基拉耳。也是因為離開神給他的地方,他就害怕了。要用自己的方法來保護自己。

亞伯蘭從哈蘭到迦南示劍,又到伯特利東邊的山,又到南地,到處都有迦南人。但是從來都不用說謊,不用擔心有人會害自己。因為神己經數次告訴他,「我要把這地賜給你的後裔。」所以亞伯蘭在迦南地時很有信心,也很夠膽。去基拉耳之前他己經帶領家丁打敗米索波大米亞來的四王,救回羅得一家和五王(創14),所以亞伯拉罕是很勇猛的,不是膽小沒有見識的人。

有人奇怪,為什麼亞伯拉罕撒了兩次謊,神都沒有懲罰他?這是人的想法,你做錯,你說謊,就是不對,就該打,該受懲罰。但是你有沒有發現,我們每一個人都是在錯誤中成長的,我們每個人都說過謊。你若說你沒說過謊,你就是說謊了。假如按照這個邏輯,我們可能都來不及長大,就被修理得沒頭沒臉了。

Jesus’ Heart for Children

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Luke 9:37-50.  Let’s go!

Luke 9:37-45 (NIV) 

37  The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 
38  A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. 
39  A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. 
40  I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.”
41  “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.”
42  Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father…….

On verses 37-45:  There are a number of important lessons we can learn from these verses.  I look forward to sharing them with you at a Thrive service today.

神呼召亞伯蘭

創世記12章1-3節     耶和華對亞伯蘭說:「你要離開本地、本族、父家,往我所要指示你的地去。我必叫你成為大國,我必賜福給你,叫你的名為大,你也要叫別人得福。為你祝福的,我必賜福於他;那咒詛你的,我必咒詛他。地上的萬族都要因你得福。」

基督教論壇報報導:美國時間2020年9月15日下午,以色列總理納坦雅胡(Benjamin Netanyahu)與阿拉伯聯合大公國(阿聯)外長阿布杜拉(Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan)、巴林外長薩亞尼(Abdullatif al-Zayani)正式簽署歷史性的《亞伯拉罕協議》,正式向世界宣告,以色列與兩個阿拉伯國家建交。此項儀式由美國川普總統在白宮南草坪主持。

以色列總理納坦雅胡說:「這天是歷史的轉折點。它預示著和平的新曙光。數千年來,猶太人民一直為和平祈禱。幾十年來,猶太國家一直為和平祈禱。」納坦雅胡認為,這項協議「已經提出了實現以色列與巴勒斯坦人之間和平的現實構想。」納坦雅胡感謝阿聯國王和外長「擴大了和平圈」,也感謝巴林的國王和外長, 與以色列「一起為亞伯拉罕的所有子孫帶來希望。」

從這則新聞來看神對亞伯拉罕的呼召,令人感到無比的震撼。那是大約主前兩千年,神呼召亞伯蘭。在〈使徒行傳〉七章2節,司提反說:「諸位父兄請聽!當日我們的祖宗亞伯拉罕在美索不達米亞,還未住哈蘭的時候,榮耀的神向他顯現,  對他說:『你要離開本地和親族,往我所要指示你的地方去。』 他就離開迦勒底人之地,住在哈蘭。

Jesus is Greater

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Luke 9:18-36.  Let’s go!
 
Luke 9:18-21 (NIV) 
18  Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” 
19  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” 
20  “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” 
21  Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone.
 
On verses 18-21:  The most important question you will ever need to answer is the question Jesus asked here, which is: who do you say Jesus is?  My prayer is that the more you get to know Jesus, like Peter you will come to the same conclusion, which is that Jesus is not just a legend, a fiction, a good person, or a famous prophet, but that Jesus is the Messiah (the Christ) and the one we need.  It matters to God who you think Jesus is. 

挪亞的後裔

創世記十章1節   挪亞的兒子閃、含、雅弗的後代記在下面。洪水以後,他們都生了兒子。

創世記十章32節   這些都是挪亞三個兒子的宗族,各隨他們的支派立國。洪水以後,他們在地上分為邦國。

挪亞的後裔是誰呢?就是我們囉! 洪水之後。全世界的人都是挪亞的後裔。再往前推的話,就是塞特的後裔,亞當和夏娃的後裔。該隱的後裔消失在大水的洪流之中了。所以我們不要輕看神的話,神最後要保留怎樣的人呢?一定是屬祂的人。

挪亞三個兒子的後裔各隨宗族、方言而各聚成族或國,分散到世界各地,這是指在巴別塔之後的分佈。看族諎有時會讓人覺得很無聊。但是從後面往前看,比較有趣。例如,非利士人是誰的後裔?我們都知道大衛和歌利亞巨人打仗的故事,為何非利士人比以色列人高大強壯呢?你找得到非利士人是誰的後裔嗎?他們是從迦斐托出來的。迦斐托是一個很美麗的名字,代表「串珠」,串起來的珠子,多美啊!原來迦斐托是一個海島,有人說那就是革哩底島(又譯:克里特島),也就是新約保羅去傳福音的居比路,今名塞浦路斯。那麼,迦斐托人又是誰的後裔呢?是閃、含或雅弗的後裔?你猜中了嗎?這樣去讀,你就會記得很清楚,原來非利士人是含的後裔。非利士人的名字含有「打滾」之意,在士師的時代,他們已經懂得怎樣治鐵製造武器,成為以色列人最直接的敵人。在大衛王之後開始沒落。

因為篇幅有限,所以只能簡單地舉一些例子。先來看看這三兄弟的名字有何特別?這三兄鈟的順序有很多種說法,在這裡說閃是雅弗的哥哥,有解經家認為含不是老大,所以含和雅弗誰比較大就成了個謎。閃的意思是「名聲」,含的意思是「熱與黑」,雅弗的意思是「擴張、美好」。迦南是指「低窪地、鄙陋、商人」。他們的名字會讓你聯想到什麼?

Rely on God’s Power (Also, When God Interrupts Your Plans)

Hi GAMErs,
 
Today’s passage is Luke 9:1-17.  Let’s go!
 
Luke 9:1-4 (NIV) 
1  When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 
2  and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 
3  He told them: “Take nothing for the journey–no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. 
4  Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 

On verses 1-4:  Here Jesus sends out his twelve disciples with his power and authority to go from town to town preaching the kingdom of God, driving out all demons and curing diseases (v1-2).  But notice also that Jesus told them to take nothing else for the journey (“no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic” – v3).  What was Jesus doing?  Jesus was teaching his disciples to have faith in God’s power to use them and to provide for their needs, rather than relying on their own smarts, strength and resources. 

巴別巴別

創世記11章4節      他們說:「來吧!我們要建造一座城和一座塔,塔頂通天,為要傳揚我們的名,免得我們分散在全地上。」

有人說挪亞在五百歲生兒育女之後,就開始做起方舟的總工程師;六百歲時變成方舟遊輪的船長;約601歲時,挪亞全家離開方舟,他轉行作農夫,而且做得很好,不僅栽了一個葡萄園,而且還能用葡萄釀酒。可能太興奮了,他一下喝太多,醉了。還好,他是在自己的帳篷裡喝的;不幸的是,他那時沒穿衣服。

本來,在自己的睡房裡有沒有穿衣服,實在跟別人沒關係。國外也有很多人睡覺時不穿衣服的習慣。偏偏小兒子不知為何事闖進父親的帳篷,看到了父親的祼體,覺得很好笑,便跑出去告訴兩個哥哥。哥哥們比較懂事,他們拿件衣服搭在肩上,倒退著進去,給父親蓋上,他們背著臉就看不見父親的赤身。這裡就是一個心態上尊重和不尊重的分別,尤其是對長輩。

挪亞也是有脾氣的人,當他知道小兒子含那樣輕浮的心態時,他咒詛含的兒子迦南,必給他弟兄做奴僕的奴僕。做奴僕己經很可憐,還要做奴僕的奴僕。這事提醒我們,凡事要尊重別人,尤其是對長輩。有人說,老人家說話有時都帶有預言的成份,像雅各,摩西的遺言何等有份量。話說回來,在我們看挪亞的三子之後裔的分佈情形時,先來看看分散之前的世界是怎樣的。