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信心的能力

馬太福音17: 14_21信心的能力

14 耶穌和門徒到了眾人那裡,有一個人來見耶穌,跪下, 15 說:「主啊,憐憫我的兒子!他害癲癇的病很苦,屢次跌在火裡,屢次跌在水裡。 16 我帶他到你門徒那裡,他們卻不能醫治他。」 17 耶穌說:「唉!這又不信又悖謬的世代啊,我在你們這裡要到幾時呢?我忍耐你們要到幾時呢?把他帶到我這裡來吧!」 18 耶穌斥責那鬼,鬼就出來,從此孩子就痊癒了。

19 門徒暗暗地到耶穌跟前說:「我們為什麼不能趕出那鬼呢?」 20 耶穌說:「是因你們的信心小。我實在告訴你們:你們若有信心像一粒芥菜種,就是對這座山說:『你從這邊挪到那邊!』,它也必挪去;並且你們沒有一件不能做的事了。 21 至於這一類的鬼,若不禱告、禁食,他就不出來。」

耶穌的判斷,那個小孩的癲癇病不是生理的疾病,而是因為鬼附。門徒們的判斷也是正確的,但是他們無法把鬼趕出去。在現代的社會裡,有時分不清鬼附和癲癇,所以我們最好不要隨便下判斷,讓專職人員做判斷,更不要隨便論斷別人是被鬼附。

在這段經文裡,主要是在講為什麼耶穌可以把那個鬼趕出去,門徒按照耶穌皂方法去做,卻沒有辦法把鬼趕出去。耶穌在這裡提到一個信心的問題。有的人因而以為,只要自己有信心,就真的能夠移山了。這是一個對信心的誤解,耶穌說的信心是靠神的信心,以神的旨意為中心的信心。有神的應許為把握的信心。但是有些比較極端的信徒會認為,只要我相信,我就可以為人禱告,使對方立刻得醫治,等等。

Be Strong In The Word and In The Spirit

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Kings 10:1-17.  Let’s go!

On verses 1-17:  Having assassinated Joram king of Israel and Jezebel the queen mother, Jehu continues his mission to eliminate the remaining sons in Ahab’s house.  Instead of a sneak attack, Jehu issues a formal challenge to the high officials in Israel’s capital city as well as those in charge of Ahab’s sons.  Jehu challenges them to put one of Ahab’s sons on Ahab’s throne and to fight Jehu and his troops. Fearing that they are no match for Jehu, Israel’s high officials surrender to Jehu and express their willingness to do whatever Jehu wants them to do. So further to Jehu’s command, Israel’s high officials slaughter 70 sons of Ahab and place their heads in baskets.  Jehu then announces that the word of the Lord which Elijah spoke against the house of Ahab has been fulfilled (v10).  Jehu then goes on a killing rampage:  

– First, Jehu kills Ahab’s chief officials, close friends and priests in Jezreel (v11).  

– Then on his way to Samaria, Jehu slaughters 42 unsuspecting relatives of King Ahaziah of Judah who had gone to visit King Joram and Jezebel, not knowing that Jehu had already killed them (v12-14).   Jehu also invites Jehonadab to get into his chariot and says to him, “Come with me and see my zeal for the Lord.” (v16)   

以利亞己經來了

馬太福音17: 9_13以利亞己經來了

9 下山的時候,耶穌吩咐他們說:「人子還沒有從死裡復活,你們不要將所看見的告訴人。」 10 門徒問耶穌說:「文士為什麼說以利亞必須先來?」 11 耶穌回答說:「以利亞固然先來,並要復興萬事。 12 只是我告訴你們:以利亞已經來了,人卻不認識他,竟任意待他。人子也將要這樣受他們的害。」 13 門徒這才明白耶穌所說的是指著施洗的約翰。

在這段經文裡談到兩件事,一是主耶穌吩咐門徒,在祂從死裡復活之前,不可以將祂變像的事告訴別人。假如門徒將所見的傳出去,會有怎樣的後果呢?我想,若有人聽到這樣的事,可能會有人把肉身的耶穌當作神膜拜。但是這時的主耶穌,目的是要為眾人贖罪,並不是要出風頭。其二,有人可能認為門徒瘋狂,斷了以後傳福音的路。其三,就給了想殺耶穌的人有了藉口,把耶穌從無罪之人變成有罪。

主耶穌是為了完成神的計劃而來世上,並不是為了祂個人的任何目的。祂不要世上的名利富貴或權勢,所以要避免一切的虛名和不必要的麻煩。我們在世上的目的,也是要實現神在我們身上的計劃,所以千萬不要被虛名或權勢綁架,以免身不由己,壞了神的計劃。

第二部份是談到以利亞。會不會有人奇怪,倘若《聖經》不講輪廻,施洗約翰怎麼就成了以利亞呢?在施洗約翰尚未出世前,就有天使這樣告訴他的父親撒迦利亞:「撒迦利亞,不要害怕,因為你的祈禱已經被聽見了。你的妻子伊利莎白要給你生一個兒子,你要給他起名叫約翰。你必歡喜快樂,有許多人因他出世也必喜樂。他在主面前將要為大,淡酒濃酒都不喝,從母腹裡就被聖靈充滿了。

The Best Way to Prepare for Eternity

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Kings 9:30-37.  Let’s go!

2 Kings 9:30 (NIV) 
30  Then Jehu went to Jezreel. When Jezebel heard about it, she painted her eyes, arranged her hair and looked out of a window. 

On verse 30:  Having heard that Jehu has killed her son King Joram, Jezebel expects that she is next, so she paints her eyes and does her hair.  Why?  Some scholars think she was trying to seduce Jehu.  I think the more likely scenario is that she’s getting ready to die as dignified a death as possible.  Jezebel may have thought to herself, “If I’m going to die a queen mother, I better look the part!”  Ironically, despite her efforts to look good in death, Jezebel would end up being killed in the most undignified way, as we will see.  

What can we learn from this?  The best way to prepare for death and eternity is not to get busy doing your hair or make up, but to change your clothes; that is, put on the robes of righteousness that Jesus makes available to you and me.  In other words, if you really want to get ready for death and eternity, if you really want to look good while dying, the absolute best way has nothing to do with your hair and make up and everything to do with having Jesus Christ as your Saviour.  For hair and make up won’t cover your sins, but Jesus’ robes of righteousness can.

不見一人,只見耶穌

馬太福音17: 1_8不見一人,只見耶穌

1過了六天,耶穌帶著彼得、雅各和雅各的兄弟約翰暗暗地上了高山, 2 就在他們面前變了形象,臉面明亮如日頭,衣裳潔白如光。 3 忽然,有摩西、以利亞向他們顯現,同耶穌說話。 4 彼得對耶穌說:「主啊,我們在這裡真好!你若願意,我就在這裡搭三座棚:一座為你,一座為摩西,一座為以利亞。」 5 說話之間,忽然有一朵光明的雲彩遮蓋他們,且有聲音從雲彩裡出來說:「這是我的愛子,我所喜悅的,你們要聽他!」 6 門徒聽見,就俯伏在地,極其害怕。 7 耶穌進前來,摸他們說:「起來,不要害怕!」 8 他們舉目不見一人,只見耶穌在那裡。

有人說這段經文讀起來像一次馬拉松。摩西從遠古的埃及跑來,以利亞在迦南地等著,一手往後,接了棒就往迦密山上跑,一直衝到黑門山,耶穌接了棒就跑去耶路撒冷了。神的永世藍圖就這樣簡單地呈現在世人的眼前。還有一幅畫是義大利畫家拉斐爾的耶穌變像圖,也有類似的意境,這圖和一般解經家的看法在地點上有點不同,一般認為耶穌帶著門徒從該撒利比亞出來以後,最近的地方就是黑門山,而拉斐爾的作圖則以他泊山為背景。但是不管背景是哪裡,重要的是圖裡所呈現的意境和畫家想要表達的意思。

解經王子摩根提到,在耶穌的生涯裡有七個重要的關鍵時刻,就是降生、受洗、試探、變像、釘十字架、復活、升天。這七個關鍵時刻時都不容許有少微的差錯,只要有一點點的疏忽,救世大功就會功虧一簣。

Disturbing the Peace So That Greater Peace Can Result

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 2 Kings 9:14-29.  Let’s go!

2 Kings 9:22 (NIV) 
22  When Joram saw Jehu he asked, “Have you come in peace, Jehu?” “How can there be peace,” Jehu replied, “as long as all the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother Jezebel abound?” 

On verses 14-29:  These verses describe how Jehu assassinates Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah.  Jehu travels from Ramoth Gilead to Jezreel where Joram king of Israel is nursing his wounds from battle and where Ahaziah king of Judah has gone to visit Joram (v14-16).  When Joram’s guards spot Jehu approaching in his chariot, twice Joram sends a horseman to ask Jehu, “Do you come in peace?” and each time Jehu replies, “What do you have to do with peace?”  Instead of reporting back to Joram, both of these horsemen decide to follow Jehu (v17-20) and Jehu continues driving “like a madman” in his chariot toward King Joram (v21).

耶穌的榮耀

馬太福音16: 27_28耶穌的榮耀

27 人子要在祂父的榮耀裡同著眾使者降臨,那時候祂要照各人的行為報應各人。28 我實在告訴你們:站在這裡的,有人在沒嘗死味以前,必看見人子降臨在祂的國裡。

看過雨果的名著改編的《悲慘世界Les Misérables》,我心裡有很大的震撼。在這部影片裡,是愛和律法的交戰。羅素‧克洛演警長賈維,代表律法;神父代表愛,因為神父沒有把尚萬強,一個剛被釋放的囚犯的偷竊行為告訴賈維,尚萬強因而有了重新做人的意願。賈維好像步步逼迫耶穌的法利賽人,以律法之名不斷想加罪於耶穌;而尚萬強卻因為耶穌的愛重新做人,並且重新認識自己。在影片的最後,因為尚萬強放走了被革命黨抓住的賈維,賈維因而無法下手射殺背著一個受傷的革命黨逃跑的尚萬強,賈維選擇自殺。影片似乎想讓觀眾覺得在愛和律法的交戰中,愛得勝了,律法失敗了。

我們都希望愛終於得勝,也希望永遠活在愛中,不受律法的綑綁。但是耶穌卻告訴我們,祂來是要成全律法,並不是要廢掉律法。我們之所以討厭律法,是因為人不明白神的愛;唯有在人做了父母之後,才知道律法原來就是愛,為了保護,為了讓孩子走在正路上,一生蒙福。律法和愛原來並不衝突,只是需要有一定的成熟度才能明白兩者之間的關係。

God Wants To Get You Alone

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Today’s passage is 2 Kings 9:1-13.  Let’s go!

God Wants To Get You Alone + God Is Just + How Do You See The Lord’s Servants?

2 Kings 9:1-2 (NIV) 
1  The prophet Elisha summoned a man from the company of the prophets and said to him, “Tuck your cloak into your belt, take this flask of oil with you and go to Ramoth Gilead.
2  When you get there, look for Jehu son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi. Go to him, get him away from his companions and take him into an inner room.

On verses 1-6:  Elisha sends one of his junior prophets to speak to Jehu and anoint him as the next king of Israel.  Notice Elisha’s instructions to that junior prophet: “Go to him, get him away from his companions and take him into an inner room” (v2).  When God wants to speak to you an intimate and personal word to you, He often wants to get you in private first.

人能拿什麼換生命

馬太福音16: 24_26人能拿什麼換生命

24 於是,耶穌對門徒說:「若有人要跟從我,就當捨己,背起他的十字架來跟從我。 25 因為凡要救自己生命的,必喪掉生命;凡為我喪掉生命的,必得著生命。 26 人若賺得全世界,賠上自己的生命,有什麼益處呢?人還能拿什麼換生命呢?

 有一個朋友說了一個見證。他在剛過十二歲生日不久後去看一場電影,買票時,他看到十二歲的價錢比十一歲的價錢貴了三毛錢。這當然是幾十年前的事了。那時他起了一個念頭,向收票員撒謊說他是十一歲。收票員連問都沒問就讓他進去了。回家後,他很得意地向父母炫耀省下了三毛錢的經過,他的父親問了他一句話:「兒子,你會為了一毛錢出賣你的靈魂嗎?」這句話一直留在他的心中,成為他成長時處事的一個警誡。

在今日的社會裡,我們經常會碰到這樣的挑戰。當耶穌說,跟從祂的人當捨己,背起十字架來跟隨祂時,這個十字架有時會以不同的形態出現在我們的生活裡。

有一位曾在非洲傳道的牧者說了一個故事,某天他在趕往開會的途中,看到有一個小男孩在路邊嚎啕大哭。他覺得應該停下來幫助那個男孩,可是又想到開會必然遲到,於是繼續往前到教堂。但是心裡一直有聲音催促他去找那個男孩,於是他找了一個朋友去把那個男孩帶到教堂。