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耶稣的门徒彼得(下 )

约翰福音 21章17-18节   耶稣第三次对他说:「约翰的儿子西门,你爱我吗?」彼得因为耶稣第三次对他说「你爱我吗」,就忧愁,对耶稣说:「主啊,祢是无所不知的,你知道我爱祢。」耶稣说:「你喂养我的羊。我实实在在地告诉你:你年少的时候,自己束上带子,随意往来;但年老的时候,你要伸出手来,别人要把你束上,带你到不愿意的地方。」

你可能觉得当彼得说耶稣是基督和看见耶稣登山变像,是彼得人生的最高峰,事实上那个只是他人生的一些快乐时刻,真正的考验还在后头,也因而他的灵性突飞猛进了。他的飞跃来自于他的失败。

在最后的晚餐里,彼得对主说愿意愿主下监,愿意为主而死。但是主的反应是:「我实在告诉你:今夜鸡叫以先,你要三次不认我。」彼得说:「我就是必须和祢同死,也总不能不认祢!」众门徒都是这样说(太26:34-35)。「死」是大事,「认」是小事,怎么可能做不到呢?我们平常也都觉得很爱主,希望被神大大使用,但是若碰到小小的差事,可能就闪过了,所以教堂里聚会后要保持干净很困难。很少人觉得把自己的垃圾收好或带回家,不是爱主的表现。

那天晚上,主在客西尼园祷告时,耶稣带着彼得和约翰,雅各一起。没想到他们三个都打盹睡觉了,叫了几次都不醒。等犹大领了一队兵,和祭司长并法利赛人的差役拿着灯笼、火把、兵器,来到园里抓耶稣时,彼得拔出预备好的刀,一刀削掉大祭司的仆人马勒古的右耳。他刚睡醒,刀法又快又准。但是耶稣对彼得说:「收刀入鞘吧!我父所给我的那杯,我岂可不喝呢?」(约18:10-11) 彼得想表忠心却表错了时辰。

但是当所有的门徒纷纷四散时,也唯有彼得和约翰一直跟着耶稣,跟到大祭司的院子里(约18:15)。在大祭司的院子里,有三个人在不同的时间里认出彼得是耶稣的门徒,彼得三次都否认,然后鸡就叫了。主转过身来看彼得,彼得便想起主对他所说的话:「今日鸡叫以先,你要三次不认我。」 他就出去痛哭(路22:61-62)。

God’s Purpose In Our Suffering

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Ezekiel 24:15-27.  Let’s go!

On verses 15-27:  Here, in one of the most heartbreaking moments in the book of Ezekiel, Ezekiel’s beloved wife passes away.  It is not 100% clear whether Ezekiel’s wife was already sick or she was in good health immediately before her tragic death.  In any event, God commands Ezekiel not to publicly mourn his wife’s death in the traditional Jewish way, which in addition to weeping, wailing and shedding tears, would involve tearing one’s clothes, taking off one’s turban and sandals, covering the lower part of one’s face and eating certain foods designated for mourners (v16-17).  Instead of mourning publicly, Ezekiel was to groan quietly (v17).  When Ezekiel’s wife does indeed die, Ezekiel does as God commands (v18).  Taking notice, the Israelites ask Ezekiel what this has to do with them (v19).  Ezekiel responds that just as Ezekiel kept his feelings of grief bottled up inside when his wife passed away, so the Israelites would do the same when they receive the news that Jerusalem – the stronghold they took pride in, the delight of their eyes, and the object of their affection (v21) – would be taken away as well as their sons and daughters (v20-24).

Did God cause Ezekiel’s wife to die just so that Ezekiel would have a sermon illustration?  I don’t believe so.  I think more probably God, who works in all things and who uses even the most tragic, heartbreaking situations in our lives for a greater purpose, was teaching Ezekiel a spiritual lesson that would speak to others, even as he was going through tremendous personal loss. 

耶稣的门徒彼得(中 )

路加福音 22章31-34节   主又说:「西门,西门,撒旦想要得着你们,好筛你们像筛麦子一样。但我已经为你祈求,叫你不至于失了信心。你回头以后,要坚固你的弟兄。」 彼得说:「主啊,我就是同你下监,同你受死,也是甘心!」 耶稣说:「彼得,我告诉你:今日鸡还没有叫,你要三次说不认得我。」

彼得的毕业考好像考得不错,但是还没考完啊,他高兴得太早了。因为耶稣接着就告诉他们,祂必须上耶路撒冷去,受长老、祭司长和文士许多的苦,并且被杀,第三天复活。

彼得听了就拉着祂,说:「主啊,千万不可如此!这事绝不可临到你身上。」耶稣转过来,对彼得说:「撒但,退到我后边去!你是我的绊脚石,因为你不体会神的心意,而是体会人的意思。」(太6:13-23)

刚刚考了满分的彼得,一下子变成不及格了。被耶稣骂「撒但」,简直比考零分还惨。这里耶稣的意思是,人若不体贴神的心意,就是撒旦的共同体了。当我们体贴人的心意,胜过体贴神的心意时,在神的眼中,我们就是神的绊脚石,是帮助撒旦了。当我们想讨人的喜悦,胜过讨神的喜悦时,也就是离开神,成为撒旦的队友了。

幸好,耶稣拉比不放弃任何一个人,即使是猪队友,祂也不放弃。祂继续带着门徒去经历与祂同在的奥妙时刻。祂特别带着彼得,雅各和约翰,去亲眼看到睚鲁的女儿复活(可5:37-42),祂也拣选了他们三个跟祂一起上山,去见证那变像的精采时刻。

耶稣在他们面前变了形像,祂的脸明亮如太阳,衣裳洁白如光。忽然,有摩西和以利亚向他们显现,与耶稣说话。彼得对耶稣说:「主啊,我们在这里真好!祢若愿意,我就在这里搭三座棚,一座为祢,一座为摩西,一座为以利亚。」说话之间,忽然有一朵明亮的云彩遮盖他们,又有声音从云彩里出来,说:「这是我的爱子,我所喜爱的。你们要听从他!」门徒听见,就俯伏在地,极其害怕。耶稣进前来,拍拍他们,说:「起来,不要害怕!」他们举目,不见一人,只见耶稣独自一人。(太7:2-8)

Mercy Before Wrath

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Ezekiel 24:1-2 (NIV) 
1  In the ninth year, in the tenth month on the tenth day, the word of the LORD came to me:
2  “Son of man, record this date, this very date, because the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.

On verses 1-2:  According to scholars, “in the ninth year” refers to the ninth year of King Zedekiah’s reign as King of Judah (and also the ninth year after Zedekiah’s predecessor King Jehoiachin of Judah was exiled to Babylon – see Ezekiel 1:2 and Jeremiah 39:1).   According to scholars, the exact date being described in verse 1 is January 15, 558 B.C, the day when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon besieged Jerusalem.  By this time Ezekiel had been warning the Israelites for over 4 years that Jerusalem would fall to Babylon (see Ezekiel 1:2), though many had refused to believe.

Ezekiel 24:3-6 (NIV) 
3  Tell this rebellious house a parable and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “‘Put on the cooking pot; put it on and pour water into it.
4  Put into it the pieces of meat, all the choice pieces–the leg and the shoulder. Fill it with the best of these bones;
5  take the pick of the flock. Pile wood beneath it for the bones; bring it to a boil and cook the bones in it.
6  “‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “‘Woe to the city of bloodshed, to the pot now encrusted, whose deposit will not go away! Empty it piece by piece without casting lots for them.

重松健牧师的三重属灵规律

诗篇46篇10节说:「你们要休息,要知道我是神!」

重松健牧师是温哥华十街的主任牧师,他在工作最忙最劳累时,发现自己的事工一直没有果效,有许多迹象都在提醒他,是否有些地方出错了?

大约在同时,他有一位导师约他去一趟爱尔兰的朝圣之旅。在这趟旅程中,他们一起去探访了一些基督教的修士。这些修士的生活规律让他们可以随时随地感受到神的同在和带领。重牧师从他们生活的规律里,找到了三个帮他们成为主的门徒的习惯,并且发现这是要当属灵领袖必备的特质。

第一个规律:建立守安息日或主日的习惯

他说,这个习惯会让你逐渐感受到其不可轻视的力量,但是想建立这样的习惯不是轻易就可以做到。

因为假如你不习惯守安息日或主日的敬拜,当你开始参加敬拜时,可能会有很多事情进脑海里,让你坐立不安,并且有一系列的清单提醒你该赶快去做,不要呆呆地坐着敬拜。有点像是浪费时间了。

但是他提醒我们,当你感到疲惫或想睡觉时,你不可能把工作做得很好,除非你有足够的休息。

假如你把主日敬拜做为你生活的一部份,你就会更容易感受到在一周里神的同在,你的心就不会再像以前那么焦虑。

在我建立了守主日的习惯后,几个月里我就有这样的感受。

在我们经常感到疲倦或睡眠不足时,足够的休息会让我们的工作更有果效,许多著名的企业家,例如亚玛森的创始人Jeff Bezos,他们都一天睡足八小时。

有了足够的休息,一个人会更警觉,更有创作力,而且可以做比较合理的决定。相反地,睡眠不足有时会让人感觉好像是宿醉未醒一般。

When Jesus Drank Your Cup

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Today’s passage is Ezekiel 23:32-49.  Let’s go!
 
Ezekiel 23:32-35 (NIV) 
32  “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “You will drink your sister’s cup, a cup large and deep; it will bring scorn and derision, for it holds so much. 
33  You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, the cup of ruin and desolation, the cup of your sister Samaria. 
34  You will drink it and drain it dry; you will dash it to pieces and tear your breasts. I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD. 
35  “Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Since you have forgotten me and thrust me behind your back, you must bear the consequences of your lewdness and prostitution.” 

On verses 32-35:  Earlier in verse 31, God says to the nation of Judah, “You have gone the way of your sister [Israel], so I will put her cup into your hand.”  In other words, because Judah put her hope in other nations instead of God, just as her “older sister” Israel did before her, Judah would suffer a similar fate as Israel: she would be controlled, held captive and shamed by the very nation that she idolized.  Judah would drink the same cup of suffering that Israel drank.   Here in verses 32-35 God continues to speak using this cup imagery.  Because Judah had forgotten God and thrust God behind her back (v35), Judah would bear the consequences of her sins by drinking a “cup of ruin and desolation” (v33), a cup that would bring her “scorn and derision” (v32).  As “large and deep” (v32) as this cup of suffering would be, Judah would “drink it and drain it dry” (v34). 

耶稣的门徒彼得(上 )

路加福音 5章8/10节   西门‧彼得看见,就俯伏在耶稣膝前,说:「主啊,离开我,我是个罪人。」 耶稣对西门说:「不要怕!从今以后,你要得人了。」

约翰的儿子西门和弟弟安得烈的性情完全不同,当安得烈把耶稣介绍给西门时,耶稣给他一个新名:彼得,他没有太大的反应。

第二次耶稣在加利利岸边行走,彼得和安得烈正在海边撒网,耶稣呼召他们,他们跟随耶稣后曾暂时回家,再去打渔。

第三次耶稣在革尼撒勒湖边,众人拥挤他,要听神的道。祂见有两只船靠在湖边,打鱼的人却离开船,洗网去了。 其中有一只船是西门彼得的,耶稣就上去,请他把船撑开,稍微离岸,就坐下,在船上教导众人。

教导之后,耶稣对彼得说:「把船开到水深的地方下网打鱼。」彼得说:「老师,我们整夜劳累,并没有打着甚么。但依从祢的话,我就下网。」他们下了网,圈住许多鱼,网险些裂开,就招手叫另一只船上的同伴来帮助。他们就来,把鱼装满了两只船,船甚至要沉下去。彼得看见,就俯伏在耶稣膝前,说:「主啊,离开我,我是个罪人。」(路5)

为什么彼得会有如许大的反应呢?安得烈就好像一些信徒,他们信主后就是一心一意地跟随,也没有很多问题,相信主就跟随主一辈子。但是彼得不同,他的心里有很多问号,不轻易相信,可能觉得弟弟比他小,各方面都不如他,所以他没有立刻跟随耶稣。当耶稣讲完道,又叫他下网打鱼时,等于是踩过线了。彼得是很有经验的渔夫,岂不知哪里有鱼?哪里没鱼?但是为了尊重,他顺服了。

当他们圈住许多鱼,把鱼装满了两只船,船甚至要沉下去时,彼得认错了,开始相信安得烈的看法:祂是弥赛亚。其他人看到这么多鱼都很惊讶,可能觉得:「拉比,你好厉害! 」但是彼得因着眼前的一幕而明白自己的小信和不信,甚至对耶稣的看轻,他承认自己是个罪人。我们当中有的人也是这样被神收服的。我们有自己的骄傲,相信自己的判断,我们不相信耶稣是神;但是当我们因着困难来到主前蒙恩时,才发现自己什么都不是,只是一个罪人。

Where to Find True Freedom and Real Security

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Today’s passage is Ezekiel 23:1-31.  Let’s go!

Ezekiel 23:1-4 (NIV) 
1  The word of the LORD came to me:
2  “Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother.
3  They became prostitutes in Egypt, engaging in prostitution from their youth. In that land their breasts were fondled and their virgin bosoms caressed.
4  The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. They were mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem.

On verses 1-4:  Here the Lord begins to tell Ezekiel a parable concerning two sisters called Oholah and Oholibah.  Oholah (whose name means “her tent”) is the older sister and represents the northern kingdom of Israel and in particular its capital city Samaria.  Oholibah (whose name means “my tent is in her”) is the younger sister and represents the southern kingdom of Judah and in particular its capital city Jerusalem.  They were “daughters of the same mother” (v2) in that Judah and Israel originally comprised the one nation called “Israel” before they divided into two kingdoms.  When verse 3 says that these two sisters were “prostitutes in Egypt, engaging in prostitution from their youth” (v3), this is likely a reference to how early on Israel looked to the Egyptians to save them from death (Genesis 42:1) but eventually became slaves to the Egyptians (Exodus 1:11).

耶稣的门徒安得烈

约翰福音 1章40-41节   听了约翰的话而跟从耶稣的那两个人,其中一个是西门‧彼得的弟弟安得烈。他先找到自己的哥哥西门,对他说:「我们遇见弥赛亚了。」

在跟随耶稣的十二门徒里,你最认同的是哪一位呢?你觉得自己的性情和哪一位使徒比较有相似点?

在耶稣呼召的门徒里,一般公认安得烈是第一位蒙召的门徒。安得烈曾经是施洗约翰的门徒。他是西门彼得的弟弟,也是个渔夫。曾经跟随施洗约翰,表示安得烈不是一个没有理想的人,除了赚取生活所需,他更追求灵性的生活。施洗约翰在当时代表了一股清流,叫人悔改转向神的清流。许多人可以在物质生活中打滚,只在意收入和物质享受,但是真正寻求神的人并不多。做施洗约翰的门徒,也代表了他自己生活上不跟随世俗和潮流。他期待神对犹太人的应许早日来临。

在施洗约翰为耶稣施洗后的一天,有两个门徒和约翰站在一起,正好看到耶稣经过,就说:「看哪,神的羔羊!」这两个门徒听了,就跟随耶稣,其中一个就是安得烈,另一位不知道是谁。耶稣发现他们跟着祂,就问他们:「你们要甚么?」他们对他说:「拉比(老师),祢在哪里住?」耶稣就带他们去祂住的地方,与他们同住了一天。

第二天,安得烈就去告诉哥哥西门,「我们遇见弥赛亚(基督)了。」我经常思想,他们与耶稣同住的那一天究竟发生了何事?以致安得烈敢如此宣告,何等大胆,又可以表明他是何等兴奋:祂就是我们在等待的弥赛亚! 每一个遇见耶稣的人,他的生命一定会被改变,这些被改变的生命都在见证耶稣就是弥赛亚。

Useful or Useless – It’s Your Choice

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Today’s passage is Ezekiel 22:17-31.  Let’s go!
 
Ezekiel 22:17-22 (NIV) 
17  Then the word of the LORD came to me: 
18  “Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to me; all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace. They are but the dross of silver. 
19  Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: ‘Because you have all become dross, I will gather you into Jerusalem. 
20  As men gather silver, copper, iron, lead and tin into a furnace to melt it with a fiery blast, so will I gather you in my anger and my wrath and put you inside the city and melt you. 
21  I will gather you and I will blow on you with my fiery wrath, and you will be melted inside her. 
22  As silver is melted in a furnace, so you will be melted inside her, and you will know that I the LORD have poured out my wrath upon you.'”
 
On verses 17-22:  Here God has another message for Ezekiel concerning “the house of Israel”, saying that the house of Israel has become dross to Him.  What is dross?  Dross is the impure, unwanted material which rises to the surface, scooped up and thrown away when precious metals like silver are heated in a furnace.