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When Friends Let You Down

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 6:14-30.  Let’s go!

Job 6:14-21 (NIV) 
14  “A despairing man should have the devotion of his friends, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15  But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow
16  when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,
17  but that cease to flow in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.
18  Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go up into the wasteland and perish.
19  The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.
20  They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.
21  Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.

詩篇一百廿二篇

大衛上行之詩。

1 人對我說「我們往耶和華的殿去」,我就歡喜。
2 耶路撒冷啊,我們的腳站在祢的門內。
3 耶路撒冷被建造,如同連絡整齊的一座城。
4 眾支派,就是耶和華的支派,上那裡去,按以色列的常例稱讚耶和華的名。
5 因為在那裡設立審判的寶座,就是大衛家的寶座。
6 你們要為耶路撒冷求平安:「耶路撒冷啊,愛你的人必然興旺。
7 願你城中平安,願你宮內興旺!」
8 因我弟兄和同伴的緣故,我要說:「願平安在你中間!」
9 因耶和華我們神殿的緣故,我要為你求福。

耶路撒冷,在全世界裡具有不可磨滅的位置。很多人去那裡旅遊是抱著一種朝聖的心情,想要去經歷舊約和新約聖經裡的情景。這種現象說明了一個事實,雖然許多人不相信有神,但是有更多人相信聖經的史實。不然他們去做什麼呢?特別是以色列人,有些人很窮,但是總要想盡辦法,一生裡怎樣也要去一次。去過的人總會把那旅程當成一生最大的炫耀。是的,人的心相信有神,不管他們的生活或外表不斷地拒絕神,但是他們的行動卻洩露出心裡的秘密。

上行之詩從詩篇120篇開始,有人認為120篇是一首悔改詩,因為認識到世界的虛謊和充滿敵意,因而向世界說“不”,掉轉自己的腳步,歸向神的一個開始。121篇則是開始靠交託的詩篇,證明在對神的信心裡,能勝過試煉和苦難;經過許多辛苦,終於到了耶路撒冷,這就是122篇的心境。

詩篇一百廿一篇

上行之詩。

1 我要向山舉目。我的幫助從何而來?
2 我的幫助從造天地的耶和華而來。
3 祂必不叫你的腳搖動,保護你的必不打盹。
4 保護以色列的也不打盹,也不睡覺。
5 保護你的是耶和華,耶和華在你右邊蔭庇你。
6 白日,太陽必不傷你;夜間,月亮必不害你。
7 耶和華要保護你免受一切的災害,祂要保護你的性命。
8 你出你入,耶和華要保護你,從今時直到永遠。

這是一首大家都很喜歡的詩,有人譜曲,作成詩歌,連小朋友都朗朗上口。這首詩篇也很容易背誦,每一句經文都是無比的祝福。當詩人帶著滿心的仰慕朝著耶路撒冷的聖殿,一步比一步高地往上走時,他無可避免地看到圍繞著耶路撒冷的群山。當他看到四週圍著耶路撒冷的眾山時,他發出了一個問題:“我的幫助從何而來?”

在所羅門做王的後期,納了許多外邦的妃嬪,她們帶來各自在家鄉裡祭拜的偶像。為了討取她們的歡心,所羅門王也隨著她們去拜偶像。從那時開始,百姓就在高處和各山崗上做祭拜偶像的丘壇。在華人住的地方,在各大山小丘上也是處處有廟。

The First Step to Experiencing God’s Strength

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 6:1-13.  Let’s go!
 
Job 6:1-4 (NIV) 
1  Then Job replied: 
2  “If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales! 
3  It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas– no wonder my words have been impetuous. 
4  The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God’s terrors are marshaled against me. 

On verses 1-4:  To paraphrase Job, “There’s no way you can measure how much pain I am in right now (v2-3).  For some reason I’ve become God’s target (v4).”  The fact that the Holy Spirit allowed such words to be in the Bible shows that God wants us to be real and honest with Him about how we feel.  Your emotions are not too much for Him to handle, so come to God honestly.

詩篇一百廿篇

上行之詩。

1 我在急難中求告耶和華,祂就應允我。
2 耶和華啊,求祢救我脫離說謊的嘴唇和詭詐的舌頭。
3 詭詐的舌頭啊,要給你什麼呢?要拿什麼加給你呢?
4 就是勇士的利箭和羅騰木的炭火。
5 我寄居在米設,住在基達帳篷之中有禍了!
6 我與那恨惡和睦的人許久同住。
7 我願和睦,但我發言,他們就要爭戰。

詩篇120-134篇都稱為上行之詩。“上行”一詞包含了台階、階段和等級,以及上升、登上、爬上等意思,故又稱“登階之詩”。根據神賜給以色列人的律法,所有以色列的男丁必須一年三次朝見耶和華,從各處前來耶路撒冷向神守節:即無酵節(逾越節)、收割節(五旬節)和收藏節(住棚節)。無論他們住在那裏,都必須離開自己的家園,前往耶路撒冷朝見神。當這些朝聖者從各處往耶路撒冷時,有時在路上相遇,因此成了一大群人。他們一路前行時,就歌唱這十五篇詩。〈詩篇〉122:4說:“眾支派,就是耶和華的支派,上那裏去,作以色列的證據,稱讚耶和華的名”,以色列的眾支派就是雅各的後裔十二支派,都要盡可能上耶路撒冷去敬拜耶和華。

Pick Out the Good from the Bad

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 5:17-27.  Let’s go!

On verses 17-27:  Eliphaz concludes his speech with words that sound like they could come from the book of Psalms, Proverbs or the Old Testament prophets.  Eliphaz’s message to Job is not to despise the Lord’s discipline (v17), but to treat his discipline as a blessing.   Eliphaz’s encouragement to Job is that if Job will have the right attitude toward the hardship he is going through, he will ultimately be restored, healed (v18), rescued (v19), delivered (v20), protected (v21), enjoy great peace (v22-24) and be very fruitful (v25-26).

Eliphaz’s message dovetails with other passages in the Bible like:

Proverbs 3:11-12 (NIV) 
11  My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke,
12  because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

詩篇一百十九篇169-176節

ת Tau(第22段)

169耶和華啊,願我的呼籲達到祢面前,照祢的話賜我悟性。
170願我的懇求達到祢面前,照祢的話搭救我。
171願我的嘴發出讚美的話,因為祢將律例教訓我。
172願我的舌頭歌唱祢的話,因祢一切的命令盡都公義。
173願祢用手幫助我,因我揀選了祢的訓詞。
174耶和華啊,我切慕祢的救恩,祢的律法也是我所喜愛的。
175願我的性命存活,得以讚美祢,願祢的典章幫助我。
176我如亡羊走迷了路,求祢尋找僕人,因我不忘記祢的命令。

這是2020年的第二週,不知道你的新年新志願實行得如何?今天我們讀到〈詩篇〉119篇的最後一段了,為你自己鼓掌吧! 能把〈詩篇〉119篇讀完的人可不多,不信你可以去問問看。時間是很無情的,不管你選擇做對的事或不對的事,它都會一樣溜走,留下的只是你的得著或後悔。相信此刻,你必然很高興自己做了正確的選擇。

以前有一首歌叫做〈玫瑰三願〉,其三願如下:「我願那妒我的無情風雨莫吹打,我願那愛我的多情遊客莫攀摘,我願那紅顏常好勿凋謝,好教我留住芳華。」這三願的最終目的就是為了留住芳華,可惜我們知道所有的玫瑰都失望了,因為再美的人事都會成為過去。那種心願是夢想罷了。

Don’t Jump to Conclusions

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 5:1-16.  Let’s go!

Job 5:3-4 (NIV) 
3  I myself have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed.
4  His children are far from safety, crushed in court without a defender.

On verses 1-7:  In chapter 4 Eliphaz broke the silence by calling Job a weak hypocrite, a sinner who deserved the trouble he got (verses 7-11), and a prideful person that God has crushed (v12-21).  Now here in chapter 5 Eliphaz calls Job a fool.  Eliphaz suggests that Job is like a fool who prospered for a short while, but because of resentment and envy (v2), Job ended up suddenly being “cursed” (v3), his children endangered (v4), his reputation “crushed” (v4) and his wealth consumed by others (v5).  Eliphaz is saying that this kind of trouble doesn’t just happen or come from nowhere (v6).  Rather, just as sparks fly upward, human beings are inevitably destined to experience trouble because of their sin (“man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward” (v7).

詩篇一百十九篇161-168節

שׁ Shin(第21段)

161首領無故地逼迫我,但我的心畏懼祢的言語。
162我喜愛祢的話,好像人得了許多擄物。
163謊話是我所恨惡所憎嫌的,唯祢的律法是我所愛的。
164我因祢公義的典章,一天七次讚美祢。
165愛祢律法的人有大平安,什麼都不能使他們絆腳。
166耶和華啊,我仰望了祢的救恩,遵行了祢的命令。
167我心裡守了祢的法度,這法度我甚喜愛。
168我遵守了祢的訓詞和法度,因我一切所行的都在祢面前。

ש Shin是希伯來文的第21個字母,猶太人認為這個字母代表神。耶路撒冷是個山城,四面被山圍繞,如果祢仔細研究舊城,祢會發現舊城是被三條河谷塑造出來的,你可以看到從東到西的汲淪溪(谷)、中谷 (Tyropoeon Valley) 和欣嫩子谷,如果把這三個山谷連在一起,你會看到一個ש的形狀 ,似乎神也透過地理位置在告訴我們,祂在這裡。

人間有各種不同的勢力,有的有錢,有的有地位或威權。大衛在此告訴我們,神的權勢大過人間的任何權柄,所以即使有在上者無故的逼迫,大衛選擇敬畏神的言語,不敢屈服於人間的權勢,因為他認識那至高者。

有一位傳道人到比屬剛果傳福音,有一天他必須要過一座用藤葛編成的橋,這橋兩端藤葛交纏樹上,高懸在空中,飄搖無定,下臨萬丈深淵。傳道人俯瞰下面激流湍急的河水,伏在水中的巨鱷,不敢走過那橋。

Don’t Make Eliphaz’s Mistake

Hi GAMErs,
 
There are some powerful lessons for us to learn from today’s passage in Job 4:1-21.  Let’s go!
 
Job 4:1-2 (NIV) 
1  Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: 
2  “If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking?

On verses 1-2:  Eliphaz and his friends were doing such a great job of comforting Job…until Eliphaz opened his mouth!  It’s not that Eliphaz should not have said anything at all.  Rather, it’s about what Eliphaz said in the verses that follow which would end up frustrating Job instead of helping him.
 
Job 4:3-5 (NIV) 
3  Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands. 
4  Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. 
5  But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed.