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詩篇第二篇

詩篇第二篇 

1外邦為什麼爭鬧,萬民為什麼謀算虛妄的事?
2 世上的君王一齊起來,臣宰一同商議,要抵擋耶和華並他的受膏者,
3 說:「我們要掙開他們的捆綁,脫去他們的繩索!」
4 那坐在天上的必發笑,主必嗤笑他們。
5 那時,他要在怒中責備他們,在烈怒中驚嚇他們,
6 說:「我已經立我的君在錫安我的聖山上了。」
7 受膏者說:「我要傳聖旨。耶和華曾對我說:『你是我的兒子,我今日生你。
8 你求我,我就將列國賜你為基業,將地極賜你為田產。
9 你必用鐵杖打破他們,你必將他們如同窯匠的瓦器摔碎。』」
10 現在你們君王應當醒悟,你們世上的審判官該受管教!
11 當存畏懼侍奉耶和華,又當存戰兢而快樂。
12 當以嘴親子,恐怕他發怒,你們便在道中滅亡,因為他的怒氣快要發作。凡投靠他的,都是有福的!

〈詩篇〉第二篇和第一篇不同,第一篇是講到個人的立志和選擇對一生的影響,選擇跟隨耶和華神的人必蒙福;第二篇則是講到那些和以色列為敵,想要消滅以色列的邦國和君王。

在這裡詩人指出以色列的敵人有法老(埃及),瑪各,寧錄等等,但是不管那些敵人怎樣聯合攻擊,他們注定要被神毀滅。耶和華神己經在以色列的後裔中揀選人,並要在錫安膏他為王,他也要保護以色列,為以色列爭戰。

The Ministry of Prophesying

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 25:1-31.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 25:1 (NIV) 
1  David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service:

On verse 1:  What is the ministry of prophesying?  People often think of prophesying as telling the future.  But prophesying in the Bible has a broader meaning and purpose.  Prophesying is the ability to sense when the Holy Spirit is giving a message to strengthen, encourage and comfort other people and to communicate that message effectively.  Sometimes that message may speak about future events.  Sometimes that message may speak about how God sees a person or situation in the present.  The fact that the Chronicler gives attention to the ministry of prophesying shows that prophesying had an important place in the Israelites’ worship of the Lord.

2 Underrated Traits of Effective Leaders

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Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 24:1-31.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 24:3 (NIV) 
3  With the help of Zadok a descendant of Eleazar and Ahimelech a descendant of Ithamar, David separated them into divisions for their appointed order of ministering.

1 Chronicles 24:19 (NIV) 
19  This was their appointed order of ministering when they entered the temple of the LORD, according to the regulations prescribed for them by their forefather Aaron, as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded him.

On verses 1-19:  Here we are given a list of the names of the priests and their families who led the Israelites in worship.  The priests were divided into 24 teams and each team was to serve two weeks per year.  During the remainder of the year the members of that team would be serving the community and teaching God’s Word. 

詩篇第一篇

詩篇第一篇

1不從惡人的計謀,不站罪人的道路,不坐褻慢人的座位,
2 唯喜愛耶和華的律法,晝夜思想,這人便為有福!
3 他要像一棵樹,栽在溪水旁,按時候結果子,葉子也不枯乾,凡他所做的,盡都順利。
4 惡人並不是這樣,乃像糠秕,被風吹散。
5 因此當審判的時候,惡人必站立不住,罪人在義人的會中也是如此。
6 因為耶和華知道義人的道路,惡人的道路卻必滅亡。

大衛王在〈詩篇〉的一開始就寫了許多從人的角度去讚美神的詩歌。在〈詩篇〉第一篇裡,在決定人生的方向,在選擇前面要走的道路時,他便開始思想要怎樣走,該怎樣去走。可見大衛王是一個非常有智慧的人,他不會隨便,也不衝動。

他不是以專業作為人生的方向,也不是以興趣作為人生的抉擇,他對自己的要求是一種心態,一種在面對各種環境時都能領他走在正路上的智慧。

他要決定,要做一個正直的人或詭詐的人,他希望將來滿有收成或一無所獲。這種面對人生的態度將決定他在以色列的土地上成為一個怎樣的人。

大使命

馬太福音28: 16_20_大使命

16 十一個門徒往加利利去,到了耶穌約定的山上。 17 他們見了耶穌就拜他,然而還有人疑惑。 18 耶穌進前來,對他們說:「天上地下所有的權柄都賜給我了。 19 所以你們要去,使萬民做我的門徒,奉父、子、聖靈的名給他們施洗, 20 凡我所吩咐你們的,都教訓他們遵守。我就常與你們同在,直到世界的末了。」

耶穌的話不改變,一定應驗。在受難之前,耶穌己經告訴門徒,復活之後要到加利利和門徒會面。果然,耶穌復活後就去加利利和門徒會面了。有的人覺得為何耶穌不顯現給他看,他就相信了。耶穌的確向許多人顯現,尤其在這個世代裡,有許多回教徒、猶太教徒或佛教徒,都因為看到耶穌而成為基督徒,為什麼耶穌不向那些想要看的人顯現呢?

耶穌曾說,那些沒有看見就信的人有福了。我相信耶穌喜歡我們做有福的人。實際上,這也是真的有福,因為與其守株待兔地等待,倒不如早早相信,與神和好就能在生命中經歷耶穌了。主耶穌要向誰顯現不是我們可以決定的,但是否要做一個有福之人卻是我們可以決定的。

耶穌在約定的山上向門徒宣使了大使命。原來受難和復活都只是神計劃中的過程,更重要的使命現在才宣佈:「天上地下所有的權柄都賜給我了。所以你們要去,使萬民做我的門徒,奉父、子、聖靈的名給他們施洗,凡我所吩咐你們的,都教訓他們遵守。我就常與你們同在,直到世界的末了。」

The Role of a Lifetime

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Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 23:1-32.  Let’s go!  The Role of a Lifetime (Plus, 4 Characteristics of Great Servants of God)

1 Chronicles 23:1-5 (NIV) 
1  When David was old and full of years, he made his son Solomon king over Israel. 
2  He also gathered together all the leaders of Israel, as well as the priests and Levites. 
3  The Levites thirty years old or more were counted, and the total number of men was thirty-eight thousand. 
4  David said, “Of these, twenty-four thousand are to supervise the work of the temple of the LORD and six thousand are to be officials and judges. 
5  Four thousand are to be gatekeepers and four thousand are to praise the LORD with the musical instruments I have provided for that purpose.”
 
On verses 1-24:  David was known for many things and wore many hats during his lifetime: he was a shepherd, a soldier, a military commander, and a king.  But at his core, David was a worshiper who loved to worship God.  While his other roles would come and go, it is this role as a worshiper that David would carry with him throughout his lifetime.  When David was younger, his passion to worship God was evident in all the worship songs he wrote.  

傳言

馬太福音28: 11_15_傳言

11 她們去的時候,看守的兵有幾個進城去,將所經歷的事都報給祭司長。 12 祭司長和長老聚集商議,就拿許多銀錢給兵丁,說: 13 「你們要這樣說:『夜間我們睡覺的時候,他的門徒來把他偷去了。』 14 倘若這話被巡撫聽見,有我們勸他,保你們無事。」 15 兵丁受了銀錢,就照所囑咐他們的去行。這話就傳說在猶太人中間,直到今日。

在上一段的經文裡,我們看到耶穌復活時不僅有兩個馬利亞親眼所見,就是看守的兵丁也是目擊證人。看守耶穌之墓的兵不是一般小卒,而是彼拉多派出的羅馬兵,驍勇善戰的軍人。何事會讓壯如泰山的羅馬兵嚇到渾身亂戰,其至像死人一樣不能動呢?他們看到天使,看到天使滾動石頭,看到天使的相貌如同閃電,衣服潔白如雪。然後,耶穌的屍體不見了。

當兩個馬利亞快樂地帶著耶穌復活的信息去找耶穌的門徒時,那幾位目擊證人羅馬兵也飛奔著去告訴祭司長,耶穌復活了。

馬可16:10 她去告訴那向來跟隨耶穌的人,那時他們正哀慟哭泣。 11 他們聽見耶穌活了,被馬利亞看見,卻是不信。

路加24:10-12 那告訴使徒的就是抹大拉的馬利亞和約亞拿,並雅各的母親馬利亞,還有與她們在一處的婦女。11 她們這些話使徒以為是胡言,就不相信。 彼得起來,跑到墳墓前,低頭往裡看,見細麻布獨在一處,就回去了,心裡稀奇所成的事。

在約翰福音裡,彼得和約翰聽了馬利亞的話就立刻跑到墓裡察看,就信了。

The Kind of People Jesus Uses to Build His Church

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Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 22:2-19.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 22:2-4 (NIV) 
2  So David gave orders to assemble the aliens living in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God. 
3  He provided a large amount of iron to make nails for the doors of the gateways and for the fittings, and more bronze than could be weighed. 
4  He also provided more cedar logs than could be counted, for the Sidonians and Tyrians had brought large numbers of them to David.

On verses 2-4:  Here we see King David making preparations for the building of the temple.  As part of this, King David appoints some of the aliens (i.e. foreigners) living in Israel to be stonecutters and to prepare dressed stones for building the temple. 

Likewise, in the same chapter where Peter calls us royal priests and stones that God is using to build His house, we are also called “aliens and strangers in the world” (1 Peter 2:11). The kind of people Jesus uses to build His church are “the aliens” among us – i.e. those of us who don’t live as if earth is our final home, but who realize that our real home is in heaven and that we are but strangers in this world, living for a kingdom that is not of this world.  When you have the mindset that heaven is our home, you won’t get too attached to the material things of this world, and as such you can more easily be used by the Lord to build His church.

The One Who Goes Before You

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Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 21:18-22:1.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 21:18-19 (NIV) 
18  Then the angel of the LORD ordered Gad to tell David to go up and build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
19  So David went up in obedience to the word that Gad had spoken in the name of the LORD.

On verses 18-19:  After having allowed David and all of Israel to suffer a great plague because of David’s sin, here the Lord sends Gad the prophet with a message for David.  Gad tells David to build an altar at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the very place where God would command the plague to stop (see verses 15 and 27).  The fact that God would take the initiative to tell David to build an altar suggests to me an important lesson:  God is just as intentional about restoring a sinner as He is about disciplining them. This is a good lesson for parents.  When our kids go astray, it is important to discipline them, but after the discipline remember to reassure them of your love and to reaffirm the relationship. 

1 Chronicles 21:20-21 (NIV) 
20  While Araunah was threshing wheat, he turned and saw the angel; his four sons who were with him hid themselves.
21  Then David approached, and when Araunah looked and saw him, he left the threshing floor and bowed down before David with his face to the ground.