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预备逾越节的筵席

马太福音26: 14_25_预备逾越节的筵席

14 当下,十二门徒里有一个称为加略人犹大的,去见祭司长,说: 15 「我把他交给你们,你们愿意给我多少钱?」他们就给了他三十块钱。 16 从那时候,他就找机会要把耶稣交给他们。17 除酵节的第一天,门徒来问耶稣说:「你吃逾越节的筵席,要我们在哪里给你预备?」 18 耶稣说:「你们进城去,到某人那里,对他说:『夫子说:我的时候快到了,我与门徒要在你家里守逾越节。』」 19 门徒遵著耶稣所吩咐的,就去预备了逾越节的筵席。

20 到了晚上,耶稣和十二个门徒坐席。 21 正吃的时候,耶稣说:「我实在告诉你们:你们中间有一个人要卖我了。」 22 他们就甚忧愁,一个一个地问他说:「主,是我吗?」 23 耶稣回答说:「同我蘸手在盘子里的,就是他要卖我。 24 人子必要去世,正如经上指着他所写的,但卖人子的人有祸了!那人不生在世上倒好。」 25 卖耶稣的犹大问他说:「拉比,是我吗?」耶稣说:「你说的是。」

这是一段令人伤感的记载,耶稣的门徒犹大,为了卅块钱,出卖了耶稣。在现在的共产社会里也有这样的犹大,因此大陆的家庭教会对于新朋友的加入很有戒心,因为一不小心就会被出卖。有的兄弟姐妹分享,他们回国探亲时,根本进不了家庭教会。

在耶稣和门徒这个小群体里,犹大是管理钱财的。一般团体或机构若要选人负责财政工作,一定会选比较可靠的人。犹大曾经被主耶稣看重和交托,但是在最后却选择出卖耶稣。当然,有很多猜测,但我们都知道他后来后悔得去上吊自杀。

United and Fighting for the Same Goal

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Wednesday January 31, 2018 on 1 Chronicles 12:23-40.  Let’s go!

On verses 23-37:  Here the Chronicler lists how many men from each tribe of Israel came to David to help turn Saul’s kingdom over to him.   Notice how often these verses repeat the words “armed for battle” or “ready for battle”.  What can we learn from this?  When you want to join with others in seeing God establish His kingdom where you are, you need to be ready and prepared for battle.  That is why Paul says in Ephesians 6 that we must put on the full armor of God so that when our enemy comes we will be ready to take our stand against Him.  As Peter says, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.   Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:8-10)

How do you get yourself ready for battle? Spend time in God’s Word daily.  Ask His Holy Spirit for help and depend on Him.  Meditate on God’s Word often.  Pray often (for with much prayer comes much power).  When you face different situations, ask the Holy Spirit for insight, discernment and an alert heart.

真哪哒香膏

马太福音26: 6_13_真哪哒香膏

6 耶稣在伯大尼长大痲疯的西门家里, 7 有一个女人拿着一玉瓶极贵的香膏来,趁耶稣坐席的时候,浇在他的头上。 8 门徒看见就很不喜悦,说:「何用这样的枉费呢? 9 这香膏可以卖许多钱赒济穷人。」 10 耶稣看出他们的意思,就说:「为什么难为这女人呢?她在我身上做的是一件美事。 11 因为常有穷人和你们同在,只是你们不常有我。 12 她将这香膏浇在我身上,是为我安葬做的。 13 我实在告诉你们:普天之下,无论在什么地方传这福音,也要述说这女人所行的,做个纪念。」

四福音书记载主在世上的日子,至少有六次参加人的筵席。这段经文记录的是其中的最后一次,筵席的主人被称为「伯大尼长大痳疯的西门」。他原本患有大痲疯,被犹太人认为不洁净,是因罪被上帝击打的人。但主的恩典临到他身上,他遇见主,被主医治,得着痊愈;他经历了主奇妙的大能,因而信主,生命得着更新,人生重获盼望,过著一个全新的生活。

这是拉撒路从死里复活后,为了向耶稣表示敬虔和谢意,特地在他家聚集。当时在坐的除了筵席的主人以及伯大尼三姊弟,马大、马利亚、拉撒路外,还有耶稣和十二门徒。〈约翰福音〉十二章2节记载:「有人在那里给耶稣豫备筵席.马大伺候,拉撒路也在那同耶稣坐席的人中。」由此可见,西门和马大、马利亚、拉撒路一家人,不是至亲也是好友,他们有一个共同的特色,就是深爱耶稣,欢喜接待服事主。

Unity Makes Us Unstoppable

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 12:1-22.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 12:18 (NIV) 
18  Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said: “We are yours, O David! We are with you, O son of Jesse! Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you.” So David received them and made them leaders of his raiding bands. 

On verses 1-22:  In these verses we see gifted and outstanding leaders from various tribes of Israel – from Benjamin (v1-7, 16), Gad (v8-15), Judah (v16) and Manasseh (v19-21) – rallying around David.  They came at a time when David was running for his life from a jealous King Saul and masquerading as an ally of the Philistines.  You can sense the pressure and hurt David has been through when he says in verse 17, “If you have come to me in peace, to help me, I am ready to have you unite with me. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when my hands are free from violence, may the God of our fathers see it and judge you.” It’s because David has been hurt before by people he trusted, so now David is wary of too trusting others too quickly. 

诡计

马太福音26: 1_5_诡计

1耶稣说完了这一切的话,就对门徒说: 2 「你们知道,过两天是逾越节,人子将要被交给人,钉在十字架上。」 3 那时,祭司长和民间的长老聚集在大祭司称为该亚法的院里。 4 大家商议要用诡计拿住耶稣,杀他, 5 只是说:「当节的日子不可,恐怕民间生乱。」

读完这五节经文,你有没有觉得好像在看恐怖片,一边是耶稣预言祂将被交给人,被钉在十字架上;另一边则是面目狰狞的祭司长和民间的长老聚集在大祭司该亚法的院里,鬼头鬼脑地在窃窃私语要设计拿下耶稣。

同样都在等待逾越节,一边是预备作为逾越节的羔羊被宰割,一边则在想尽办法要抓住那头羊。

逾越节是以色列人的大节日,在以色列人尚未出埃及之前,神就晓喻摩西和亚伦要以出埃及的那个月为元月,一年之首;在那个月的第十日要宰一只羊羔,把羊羔的血涂在吃羊羔的房屋左右的门框上和门楣上,当夜要吃烤羊肉,吃时当腰间束带,脚上穿鞋,手中拿杖,赶紧地吃,因为当夜是耶和华的逾越节。神要越过所有用血作记号的屋子,击杀所有埃及头生的人和动物。之后,埃及法老才会让以色列人快快离开埃及。一得到命令,以色列人就要马不停蹄地离开埃及。这是一个极大的神蹟,以色列人整个民族,超过两百万人,浩浩荡荡离开了埃及,不再是奴隶,成为自由人的日子。

The Fighters on Your Side

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 11:20-47.  Let’s go!

1 Chronicles 11:22-25 (NIV) 
22  Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab’s best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.
23  And he struck down an Egyptian who was seven and a half feet tall. Although the Egyptian had a spear like a weaver’s rod in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.
24  Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty men.
25  He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.

On verses 21-25:  Continuing his description of David’s mighty men, the Chronicler turns his attention to Abishai  and Benaiah.  Benaiah was the son of a priest and a valiant fighter, whose exploits in verses 22-23 could be made into a movie.  Benaiah was so trustworthy and loyal to David that when David’s son Solomon became king, Solomon made Benaiah his own commander-in-chief over Israel’s army (1 Kings 4:4).  It’s appropriate that Benaiah’s name means “edified” for he certainly edified King David and King Solomon.

Giving Power and Getting Power

Hi GAMErs,
 
Today’s passage is 1 Chronicles 11:1-19.  Let’s go!
 
1 Chronicles 11:1-3 (NIV) 
1  All Israel came together to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. 
2  In the past, even while Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the LORD your God said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.'” 
3  When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, he made a compact with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel, as the LORD had promised through Samuel.
 
On verses 1-3:  David stepped into his destiny as king of Israel with the affirmation, encouragement and empowering of others.  Who is someone who could use your affirmation, encouragement and empowering today?  When you go out of your way to affirm, encourage and empower another person, you help them step into their God-given calling. 

绵羊和山羊

马太福音25: 31_46_绵羊和山羊

31 「当人子在他荣耀里同著众天使降临的时候,要坐在他荣耀的宝座上。 32 万民都要聚集在他面前,他要把他们分别出来,好像牧羊的分别绵羊山羊一般: 33 把绵羊安置在右边,山羊在左边。 34 于是,王要向那右边的说:『你们这蒙我父赐福的,可来承受那创世以来为你们所预备的国。 35 因为我饿了,你们给我吃;渴了,你们给我喝;我做客旅,你们留我住; 36 我赤身露体,你们给我穿;我病了,你们看顾我;我在监里,你们来看我。』 37 义人就回答说:『主啊,我们什么时候见你饿了给你吃,渴了给你喝? 38 什么时候见你做客旅留你住,或是赤身露体给你穿? 39 又什么时候见你病了或是在监里,来看你呢?』 40 王要回答说:『我实在告诉你们:这些事你们既做在我这弟兄中一个最小的身上,就是做在我身上了。』 41 王又要向那左边的说:『你们这被咒诅的人,离开我,进入那为魔鬼和他的使者所预备的永火里去! 42 因为我饿了,你们不给我吃;渴了,你们不给我喝; 43 我做客旅,你们不留我住;我赤身露体,你们不给我穿;我病了,我在监里,你们不来看顾我。』44 他们也要回答说:『主啊,我们什么时候见你饿了,或渴了,或做客旅,或赤身露体,或病了,或在监里,不伺候你呢?』 45 王要回答说:『我实在告诉你们:这些事你们既不做在我这弟兄中一个最小的身上,就是不做在我身上了。』 46 这些人要往永刑里去,那些义人要往永生里去。」

当耶稣把人比喻为山羊和绵羊时,大家就赶快去看看这两种羊各有什么特色。结果发现,原来绵羊sheep的体形比较肥胖,毛厚且挛,羊角作螺旋状卷曲,尾较短,生性温驯不择食,听命服从牧人指令,适于群体生活;而山羊活泼好动,聪明好奇,有时会想方设法去穿越围栏,还能轻易爬到弯曲的树上。山羊体较瘦狭,头长颈短,额有一对长而直的角,体毛长且直,下咢长有羊咩须,多呈黑色,体强力壮且性烈,喜欢硬顶,常用以形容野蛮人及恶霸。

其实绵羊和山羊在旧约都是洁净的祭品,在巴勒斯坦的牧人经常让两种羊在同一块草地上吃草和走动,牠们不会打架,不会嫉妒,也不会排斥对方。那何时牧人会把两种羊分开呢?耶稣形容的万民大约就是这样混牧的情况,平常大家都在一起过著所谓多元包容的社会生活,可是一旦要回家,要面临审判时,牧人就会把羊群分开了。