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Experiencing Victory with Every Challenge You Face

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 18:1-17.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 18:6 (NIV) 
6  He put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and brought tribute. The LORD gave David victory everywhere he went.
 
On verses 1-17:  In these verses we see David facing many different enemies (Philistines in verse 1, Moabites in verse 2, Hadadezer of Zobah in verses 3-4, Arameans in verse 5-6, Amalekites in verse 11, Edomites in verses 12-13).  But in each case David overcomes with God’s help.  As verses 6 and 13 say, “The Lord gave David victory wherever he went”.  It’s a reminder that in this world you may face all kinds of trouble, but with the Lord’s help, you can overcome each of them.   For in Christ you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).  Blessed are those who internalize David’s words in Psalm 18:29: “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall”, which is another way of saying, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

得救的強盜

馬太福音27: 38_44_得救的強盜

38 當時,有兩個強盜和他同釘十字架,一個在右邊,一個在左邊。 39 從那裡經過的人譏誚他,搖著頭說: 40 「你這拆毀聖殿、三日又建造起來的,可以救自己吧!你如果是神的兒子,就從十字架上下來吧!」 41 祭司長和文士並長老也是這樣戲弄他說: 42 「他救了別人,不能救自己。他是以色列的王,現在可以從十字架上下來,我們就信他! 43 他倚靠神,神若喜悅他,現在可以救他!因為他曾說:『我是神的兒子。』」 44 那和他同釘的強盜也是這樣地譏誚他。

你可曾奇怪,為何大衛犯了姦淫和謀殺,神卻說他是合神心意的人?在世人眼中,掃羅犯的罪似乎沒有大衛的那麼糟糕,他只是在著急時想替撒母耳獻祭,他只是在戰勝時留下了一些戰利品,和對方的首領惺惺相惜,捨不得殺他,又在驚慌失措時去找交鬼的婦人,為何神那樣恨惡掃羅?

你覺得彼得和猶大誰犯的錯比較大?為什麼一個回轉,一個自殺?

在耶穌十字架兩邊的強盜似乎給了我們一些線索。他們都是強盜,都是壞人,為何有一個可以跟主到樂園?在〈路加福音〉23章裡記載:

39 那同釘的兩個犯人,有一個譏誚他說:「你不是基督嗎?可以救自己和我們吧!」 40 那一個就應聲責備他說:「你既是一樣受刑的,還不怕神嗎? 41 我們是應該的,因我們所受的與我們所做的相稱,但這個人沒有做過一件不好的事。」 42 就說:「耶穌啊,你得國降臨的時候,求你記念我!」 43 耶穌對他說:「我實在告訴你:今日你要同我在樂園裡了!」

How to Respond to God’s Word

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 17:16-27.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 17:16 (NIV) 
16  Then King David went in and sat before the LORD… 

On verse 16a:   After God spoke amazing promises to David in verses 1-15, notice David’s reaction: first, he sits before the Lord.  Often I find that the most powerful thing I can do is to sit before the Lord, to be still in His presence.  Sitting before the Lord is my power position.  It’s where I most often sense the Holy Spirit speaking to me.  It’s where I process and digest the words He has spoken to me.  It’s where I recalibrate my heart and mind.   When I’m lost, confused, frustrated or hurting, I sit.  It’s where I experience His presence and peace.   Do you want to develop a deeper, closer relationship with the Holy Spirit?  Take the time to sit before the Lord often.

1 Chronicles 17:16 (NIV) 
16  Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: “Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 

On verse 16b-22:  The second thing David does in response to God’s Word is he humbles himself before God.  David did not come to God with a sense of entitlement as if God owed him, nor did David well up with pride in himself. Rather, David recognized that the reason he and his nation could receive such amazing promises was all because of God’s undeserved mercy and grace.  Like David, when you hear God’s Word, have a humble attitude.

耶穌被釘十字架

馬太福音27: 27_37_耶穌被釘十字架

27 巡撫的兵就把耶穌帶進衙門,叫全營的兵都聚集在他那裡。 28 他們給他脫了衣服,穿上一件朱紅色袍子, 29 用荊棘編做冠冕,戴在他頭上,拿一根葦子放在他右手裡,跪在他面前,戲弄他,說:「恭喜,猶太人的王啊!」 30 又吐唾沫在他臉上,拿葦子打他的頭。 31 戲弄完了,就給他脫了袍子,仍穿上他自己的衣服,帶他出去,要釘十字架。

32 他們出來的時候,遇見一個古利奈人,名叫西門,就勉強他同去,好背著耶穌的十字架。

33 到了一個地方名叫各各他,意思就是「髑髏地」; 34 兵丁拿苦膽調和的酒給耶穌喝。他嘗了,就不肯喝。 35 他們既將他釘在十字架上,就拈鬮分他的衣服, 36 又坐在那裡看守他。 37 在他頭以上安一個牌子,寫著他的罪狀說:「這是猶太人的王耶穌。」

在這段過程裡有許多人做了研究,名之為苦路十四站,也就是耶穌背十字架到髑髏地的這段路。髑髏地的原名是各各他,因為形狀很像髑髏,所以又被稱為髑髏地。今天讓我們來根據聖經考古的路線,與耶穌一起走這苦路。

若按文獻和考古的話,耶穌所行的苦路,應從舊城以西的約帕門以南,現今大衛堡博物館之內的大希律皇宮之處開始。不過,中世紀的苦路歷史悠久,是歷代信徒對耶穌為我們罪人受苦受死而傳留下來的屬靈遺產,它是「信心地理」(geography of faith)。在歷史之中,苦路讓信眾具體地領會神子耶穌為罪人為死所付上的重價。

無罪的基督

馬太福音27: 11_26_無罪的基督

11 耶穌站在巡撫面前,巡撫問他說:「你是猶太人的王嗎?」耶穌說:「你說的是。」 12 他被祭司長和長老控告的時候,什麼都不回答。 13 彼拉多就對他說:「他們作見證告你這麼多的事,你沒有聽見嗎?」 14 耶穌仍不回答,連一句話也不說,以致巡撫甚覺稀奇。 

15 巡撫有一個常例,每逢這節期,隨眾人所要的釋放一個囚犯給他們。 16 當時有一個出名的囚犯叫巴拉巴。 17 眾人聚集的時候,彼拉多就對他們說:「你們要我釋放哪一個給你們?是巴拉巴呢,是稱為基督的耶穌呢?」 18 巡撫原知道他們是因為嫉妒才把他解了來。 19 正坐堂的時候,他的夫人打發人來說:「這義人的事你一點不可管,因為我今天在夢中為他受了許多的苦。」 

20 祭司長和長老挑唆眾人,求釋放巴拉巴,除滅耶穌。 21 巡撫對眾人說:「這兩個人,你們要我釋放哪一個給你們呢?」他們說:「巴拉巴!」 22 彼拉多說:「這樣,那稱為基督的耶穌,我怎麼辦他呢?」他們都說:「把他釘十字架!」 23 巡撫說:「為什麼呢?他做了什麼惡事呢?」他們便極力地喊著說:「把他釘十字架!」 24 彼拉多見說也無濟於事,反要生亂,就拿水在眾人面前洗手,說:「流這義人的血,罪不在我,你們承當吧!」 25 眾人都回答說:「他的血歸到我們和我們的子孫身上!」26 於是彼拉多釋放巴拉巴給他們,把耶穌鞭打了,交給人釘十字架。

猶太人沒有定罪定刑的權柄,因此他們把耶穌帶到彼拉多那裡;彼拉多因為希律是負責當地的主管,就把耶穌推到希律那裡;希律找不出耶穌的罪,又不想得罪祭司長等人,所以又把耶穌推給了彼拉多。就在這裡彼拉多宣告耶穌無罪,是個義人的事實。

彼拉多是神擺在這裡的一個重要的棋子,惟有無罪的基督才替眾人贖罪,獻出贖價。這是彼拉多的宣告:「流這義人的血,罪不在我,你們承當吧!」表面上是祭司長和民間的長老把耶穌推上了十字架,看起來是彼拉多讓無辜的耶穌釘上了十字架,但是真正把耶穌釘上十字架的,是你和我的罪,是眾人的罪讓基督不得不上十字架。

Jesus: God’s Promises Fulfilled

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 17:1-15. Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 17:11-14 (NIV) 
11  When your days are over and you go to be with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom.
12  He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.
13  I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor.
14  I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.'”

On verses 1-15: David desires to build a house for God, a permanent venue where God’s people can worship Him regularly (v1).  Though Nathan the prophet is at first approving of this plan (v2), God gives Nathan a message for David that night, which is that, in fact, God wants to build a house for David (v10).  In particular God promises to make David’s name among the greatest men who ever lived (v8), to provide a safe and peaceful place for his countrymen the Israelites (v9) and to subdue David’s enemies (v10).  God says He will do this by raising up a son of David to succeed David (v11) and that this son of David would build a house for God.  Not only that, God promises that this son of David would have authority over God’s own house and God’s own kingdom, and that his kingdom will last forever (v14)!   What can we learn from this?

猶大的結局

馬太福音27: 1_10_猶大的結局

1到了早晨,眾祭司長和民間的長老大家商議要治死耶穌, 2 就把他捆綁,解去交給巡撫彼拉多。

3 這時候,賣耶穌的猶大看見耶穌已經定了罪,就後悔,把那三十塊錢拿回來給祭司長和長老,說: 4 「我賣了無辜之人的血,是有罪了。」他們說:「那與我們有什麼相干?你自己承當吧!」 5 猶大就把那銀錢丟在殿裡,出去吊死了。 6 祭司長拾起銀錢來,說:「這是血價,不可放在庫裡。」 7 他們商議,就用那銀錢買了窯戶的一塊田,為要埋葬外鄉人。 8 所以那塊田直到今日還叫做「血田」。 9 這就應了先知耶利米的話說:「他們用那三十塊錢,就是被估定之人的價錢,是以色列人中所估定的, 10 買了窯戶的一塊田,這是照著主所吩咐我的。」

根據四本福音書的記載,耶穌在客西馬尼園禱告完畢後被捉,先帶到大祭司的岳父亞那的住處審問,再押去大祭司該亞法處受審。第二天,天一亮眾長老、祭司和文士聚集,把耶穌帶到公會去審問,要治死耶穌。但是因為公會沒有定刑的權柄,所以猶太人把耶穌捆綁解去交給巡撫彼拉多,彼拉多在初步審問後,因耶穌是加利利人,就把耶穌給希律王安提帕去審理。

在這個晚上耶穌就這樣被審被凌辱。有種酷刑可以不留痕跡地折磨人,使人意志崩潰,那就是不讓犯人睡覺。有的人患有失眠,逐漸地就有了憂鬱症,最後走上自殺一途。所以若不能睡覺,鋼鐵般的身體或意志也會被瓦解。更何況耶穌當晚被拖著走到每一個審訊點的路程都很遠。

What True Worship Looks Like

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 16:31-43.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 16:36 (NIV) 
36  Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said “Amen” and “Praise the LORD.”

On verses 31-36:   David finishes his beautiful worship song and the people respond by saying “Amen”.  “Amen” means “it is true”.  When we say “Amen” in prayer or in response to preaching, three things happen: (1) you take personal ownership of what is being prayed or preached, and that strengthens your own faith; (2) you encourage the person who is speaking, building an atmosphere of faith and unity with that person and others who hear; and (3) you invite God to build His church in your midst, for God loves to work in an atmosphere of unity and faith.  In other words, each time you say “AMEN”, you get edified, your church gets unified, and God’s name gets glorified.  So be out loud and responsive to the prayers and preaching of others at church.

彼得三次不認主

馬太福音26: 69_75_彼得三次不認主

69 彼得在外面院子裡坐著,有一個使女前來,說:「你素來也是同那加利利人耶穌一夥的。」 70 彼得在眾人面前卻不承認,說:「我不知道你說的是什麼。」 71 既出去,到了門口,又有一個使女看見他,就對那裡的人說:「這個人也是同拿撒勒人耶穌一夥的。」 72 彼得又不承認,並且起誓說:「我不認得那個人!」 73 過了不多的時候,旁邊站著的人前來,對彼得說:「你真是他們一黨的,你的口音把你露出來了。」 74 彼得就發咒起誓地說:「我不認得那個人!」立時,雞就叫了。 75 彼得想起耶穌所說的話:「雞叫以先,你要三次不認我。」他就出去痛哭。

彼得很愛主耶穌,他為了保護耶穌帶了一把刀,並且割下了大祭司僕人的右耳;彼得很愛主,當所有的門徒都嚇得奔逃四散時,只有他一直跟著耶穌到了該亞法的院子裡。彼得很愛主,為了知道後情或想辦法救耶穌,他留在了那個院子裡,強忍著恐懼和寒冷,和大祭司的僕人們一起取暖。

但是當人們指認他是和耶穌在一起的,他否認了,三次。然後雞叫了,彼得想起耶穌對他說的話,他就跑出去痛哭了。每次想到彼得的哭,我總也忍不住想和他一起哭。因為換了是我,我也會害怕被人認出來,而一起抓進去。彼得怎麼曉得那時他們要抓的只是耶穌? 而且說不定,一旦被發現是同黨的,若有人叫起來,很可能也會被抓進去。