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God Can Bring Good out of Misfortune

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 7:1-40.  God Can Bring Good out of Misfortune (Plus, Be a Good Team Player + How to Measure Greatness) .In this chapter, the Chronicler turns his attention to the genealogies of six other tribes of Israel.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 7:1 (NIV) 
1  The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron–four in all. 

On verses 1-5:   Compared to other tribes, the Bible does not say much about Issachar as a tribe, although Issachar was given one of the richest lands in Palestine.  Arguably the two most notable figures to come out of the tribe of Issachar are Tola (mentioned in v1 and a judge who ruled over Israel for 23 years – see Judges 10:1-2) and Baasha, an idol-worshiping king who ruled Israel for 24 years (see 1 Kings 15:27).

無花果樹的比方

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32 「你們可以從無花果樹學個比方。當樹枝發嫩長葉的時候,你們就知道夏天近了。 33 這樣,你們看見這一切的事,也該知道人子近了,正在門口了。 34 我實在告訴你們:這世代還沒有過去,這些事都要成就。 35 天地要廢去,我的話卻不能廢去。

在溫哥華的四季是很明顯的。冬天裡大多數的樹木葉子都掉光了,只剩下秃秃的樹幹和枝子,讓世人看到他們的內在十分結實強壯。經過了寒冷的冬天,突然就看到枝子開始長芽,一點點的嫩綠在人間帶來無限希望。吹面有點寒的春風,溫柔無力的春陽,一點一點地喚醒了大地。然後就像耶穌說的,當樹枝發嫩長葉的時候,你們就知道夏天近了。徒讓人感嘆“不見春來,只送春回”。

在溫哥華有許多人家的院子裡種有無花果樹,當無花果樹的樹枝發嫩長葉的時候,夏天就近了。此時也有小小的無花果冒出來,但是要到八月中之後才會成熟可食。無花果樹的樹枝發嫩長葉,正代表耶穌所講的,祂再臨之前的預兆。

耶穌用無花果樹的比喻,提醒我們不僅要會注意週邊大自然的變化,也要因著世情的無常,預兆的應驗,明白主來的日子近了。雖然這個世界看起來似乎永遠不會消失,廣大的天空也會永遠地存在,可是在主的眼中,這些都要成為過去,只有神的話必永遠堅立。

The Role of Music in Worship + Take Good Care of Those Who Work In The Church

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 6:31-81.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 6:31-32 (NIV) 
31  These are the men David put in charge of the music in the house of the LORD after the ark came to rest there. 
32  They ministered with music before the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, until Solomon built the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem. They performed their duties according to the regulations laid down for them.

On verses 31-47:  As part of describing the Levites, the Chronicler singles out three Levites whom King David put in charge of the music in the temple.  There’s Heman who wrote Psalm 88.  Asaph who wrote Psalms 50, 73-83.  And there’s Ethan who wrote Psalm 89.  These men used their musical gifts and their heart of worship to lead the Israelites into the presence of God through song.

What can we learn from this?  The fact that the Chronicler would spotlight the music ministers of the temple shows how important music was to the Israelites’ worship of the Lord.  Music does not equal worship, but music can be a powerful tool for worshiping God. 

You are a Priest in God’s Kingdom

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 6:1-30.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 6:1 (NIV) 
1  The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari. 

On verses 1-30:  In these verses the Chronicler focuses his attention on the next tribe of Israel, the tribe of Levi, also known as the Levites.   Divided into three clans (the Gershonites, the Kohathites and Merarites), the Levites had a special assignment from God.  God appointed the Levites to be His servants to do the work necessary to help all the Israelites in their worship of the Lord. 

In particular, Moses’ brother Aaron (who was a Kohathite) and his sons were to serve as priests for the people, offering sacrifices on behalf of the entire community (see v49).  That’s why verses 3-15 focus especially on Aaron and his sons, as they served as priests from the time that Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, to the time when the kings of Judah like Solomon ruled (v10), to the time when Judah was exiled to Babylon (v15).   

基督再臨

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29 「那些日子的災難一過去,『日頭就變黑了,月亮也不放光,眾星要從天上墜落,天勢都要震動。』 30 那時,人子的兆頭要顯在天上,地上的萬族都要哀哭。他們要看見人子有能力、有大榮耀駕著天上的雲降臨。 31 他要差遣使者,用號筒的大聲,將他的選民從四方,從天這邊到天那邊,都招聚了來。

可能有人會覺得耶穌這段話是一種靈意的說法,可是根據科學家的研究和觀察,天象很可能按著耶穌所講的每一個字應驗。科學只是證明神工作和規律的一種方法,因此當耶穌預言天象的改變時,科學也證明了神話語的真實:有一天,太陽會不再放光,太陽會燒盡,會變黑。

在舊約的先知書也有多次提到這個現象:天上的眾星群宿,都不發光,日頭一出,就變黑暗,月亮也不放光(賽13:10)。我要使眾星昏暗、以密雲遮掩太陽,月亮也不放光(結32:7)。約珥說:日頭要變為黑暗,月亮要變為血。在〈啟示錄〉裡,當羔羊揩開第六印時,約翰說他看見地大震動,日頭變黑像毛布,滿月變紅像血,天上的星辰墜落於地,天挪移好像書卷被捲起來,山嶺和海島都被挪移,離開本位,等七種現象。可見這個預兆命定要發生。

There Is Help and Restoration in Jesus

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 5:1-26.  In addition to the tribe of Judah, Israel also consisted of 11 other tribes.  Here the Chronicler begins to look at the descendants of each of those other tribes, beginning with Reuben.  Let’s go! 

1 Chronicles 5:1-2 (NIV) 
1  The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father’s marriage bed, his rights as firstborn were given to the sons of Joseph son of Israel; so he could not be listed in the genealogical record in accordance with his birthright, 

On verses 1-10:  Reuben was Israel’s firstborn, and with that status came certain rights, such as a right to a majority of his father’s property and the status of being a leader in the family.  However, Reuben lost these rights as the firstborn when he slept with his father’s concubine (Genesis 35:22).  As a result, his status as firstborn in the genealogical record, his right to a majority of his father’s property and all the other privileges that came with being the firstborn were taken from him.  This affected not just him, but all of his descendants that would come after him.

基督在哪裡

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 23 那時,若有人對你們說『基督在這裡』,或說『基督在那裡』,你們不要信。 24 因為假基督、假先知將要起來,顯大神蹟、大奇事,倘若能行,連選民也就迷惑了。 25 看哪,我預先告訴你們了! 26 若有人對你們說『看哪,基督在曠野裡』,你們不要出去;或說『看哪,基督在內屋中』,你們不要信。 27 閃電從東邊發出,直照到西邊,人子降臨也要這樣。 28 屍首在哪裡,鷹也必聚在那裡。

當我們看到以色列人的歷史時,就會發現,他們不是不愛神,也沒有忘記神,更是把敬拜看得非常重要。但是他們從來不專一地愛,不專一地敬拜。他們雖然知道神,卻又很容易被埃及和外邦的假神所誘惑。因為不專一,所以在各方面大大得罪神。

假如你經常在網路上溜覧基督教的網站,你也會發現在許多自稱是基督教網站,裡面的內容卻和《聖經》不一樣,把人代替耶穌基督的假福音到處都是。耶穌說這就是末世的預兆,會有很多基督之名出來騙人。而且這些假基督還有一點能力,會顯大神蹟、大奇事, 因此必有選民被迷惑。

在訓練怎樣看出真鈔和假鈔的區別時,他們不是拚命去看假鈔有哪些地方和真鈔不一樣,而是不停地去認識真鈔的特質。當他們對真鈔十分了解時,一眼就可以看出假鈔。

How to Receive Outstanding Blessing

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 4:1-43.  Let’s go!

Here the Chronicler lists more descendants from the tribe of Judah (v1-23) and also from the tribe of Simeon (v24-43). 

The two names that stick out the most in this chapter are: from Judah, a man called Jabez (v9-10); and from the tribe of Simeon, the men listed in verses 34-37.   Let’s look at them more closely.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NIV) 
9  Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” 
10  Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

On verses 9-10:  What made Jabez so outstanding that God would bless him especially?    One of the important lessons we can learn from Jabez’ life is the importance of bringing your pain to God.  Jabez, whose name in Hebrew resembles the word for pain, did the wisest thing when he brought his pain to God and asked God to bless him.  When Jabez asked God to bless him, hal him and expand his territory, God did just that. 

耶路撒冷的大災難

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15 「你們看見先知但以理所說的『那行毀壞可憎的』站在聖地——讀這經的人須要會意—— 16 那時,在猶太的,應當逃到山上; 17 在房上的,不要下來拿家裡的東西; 18 在田裡的,也不要回去取衣裳。 19 當那些日子,懷孕的和奶孩子的有禍了!

20 「你們應當祈求,叫你們逃走的時候,不遇見冬天或是安息日。 21 因為那時必有大災難,從世界的起頭直到如今沒有這樣的災難,後來也必沒有。 22 若不減少那日子,凡有血氣的總沒有一個得救的;只是為選民,那日子必減少了。

在馬太福音24-25章裡,耶穌很沉重地為耶路撒冷和世界的將來作了預言,該應驗的己經應驗,尚未應驗的也將應驗。

主耶穌引用但以理的預言:『那行毀壞可憎的』站在聖地,來比喻耶路撒冷將要面對的災難。但以理所預言的可以分為三次來看,第一次是在約雅斤登基後不久,因為其父約雅敬背叛巴比倫王,尼布甲尼撒來到耶路撒冷,拿走了聖殿部份的器皿,擄走了王和貴族高官等人,但以理也在其中。這是『那行毀壞可憎的』站在聖地的開始。

第二次是在猶大滅亡時,聖殿被毀。猶太人回歸後重建聖殿,但是在被希臘統治時,有希臘統治者在聖殿的祭壇上供了一頭豬,又為宙斯設了一個祭壇等等,都是『那行毀壞可憎的』站在聖地的確實罪行。

The Mark of a True Friend (Plus, You Are Royalty Because of Jesus’ Blood)

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Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 3:1-24.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 3:5 (NIV) 
5  and these were the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon. These four were by Bathsheba daughter of Ammiel.

On verses 1-9:  In these verses the Chronicler lists the names of David’s sons.  Notice that Solomon was the youngest of the sons born to Bathsheba, who originally became romantically involved with David in an extramarital affair.  Yet God still chose Solomon to be the next king of Judah.  Once again it goes to show that God does not discount you because of your background.

Notice also that the third son that Bathsheba bore to David was called Nathan.  This is interesting, given that it was the prophet Nathan who rebuked David for murdering Bathsheba’s first husband Uriah and committing adultery with Bathsheba.  Apparently David so appreciated Nathan’s courage to speak the hard truth into David’s life that he named his third son with Bathsheba after him.