2019年11月11日
神是我們的避難所

粵語 國語

第11天


讀經:   

以西結書十一章14至25節

14耶和華的話臨到我說:

15“人子啊,耶路撒冷的居民對你的弟兄、你的本族、你的親屬、以色列全家,就是對大眾說:‘你們遠離耶和華吧!這地是賜給我們為業的。’

16所以你當說:‘耶和華如此說:我雖將以色列全家遠遠遷移到列國中,將他們分散在列邦內,我還要在他們所到的列邦,暫作他們的聖所。’

17你當說:‘主耶和華如此說:我必從萬民中招聚你們,從分散的列國內聚集你們,又要將以色列地賜給你們。’

18他們必到那裡,也必從其中除掉一切可憎可厭的物。

19我要使他們有合一的心,也要將新靈放在他們裡面,又從他們肉體中除掉石心,賜給他們肉心,

20使他們順從我的律例,謹守遵行我的典章。他們要作我的子民,我要作他們的神。

21至於那些心中隨從可憎可厭之物的,我必照他們所行的報應在他們頭上。這是主耶和華說的。”

22於是基路伯展開翅膀,輪子都在他們旁邊;在他們以上有以色列神的榮耀。

23耶和華的榮耀從城中上升,停在城東的那座山上。

24靈將我舉起,在異象中藉著神的靈,將我帶進迦勒底地,到被擄的人那裡,我所見的異象就離我上升去了。

25我便將耶和華所指示我的一切事都說給被擄的人聽。

指責別人通常比指責自己容易。第15節正好為我們提供了一個例子。英文《活的聖經》(The Living Bible)將這一節意譯得很好:「留在耶路撒冷的居民論到被擄(到巴比倫)的人說:『因為他們壞透了,所以主才要流放他們。如今主已把他們的地賜給我們。』」但神知道他們說了這話,於是便要鼓勵那些被擄的人。耶路撒冷的居民至終將發現,他們將會跟自己所藐視的人一樣,遭到被擄的命運。

我們在第16節看到神的應許和美好的盼望。這些百姓縱然離開耶路撒冷的聖殿很遠,但神卻要真實地向他們顯明自己。對他們而言,這是一個嶄新的經驗。儘管不能在有形的聖殿中敬拜祂,他們卻可以親身體驗到神的同在。

有些時候,我們很容易以為,只有在宏偉的教堂才能找到神;然而,神其實住在每個信靠祂的人心中,不管我們身處何方。詩篇四十六篇提醒我們「神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助」。人只要有信心,神就會向他顯明祂的同在和能力。

神在17至20節還作出進一步的應許。神會在祂所定的時間,再次招聚祂的百姓,領他們重歸故土。當祂的旨意成就、當祂的工作完成,祂就會帶領祂的百姓回國。

與此同時,神會賜他們一顆新心,一顆熱誠並能回應神的心,他們將會聽從祂,並與祂相交。多麼美好的未來!時至今天,神仍然希望屬祂的人能夠這樣回應祂,祂渴望與我們相交。我們千萬不要讓這位一直等候的慈父失望。

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GOD OUR REFUGE
Day 11


Bible Reading:   

Ezekiel 11: 14-25

14 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

15 “Son of man, your brethren, your relatives, your countrymen, and all the house of Israel in its entirety, are those about whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Get far away from the LORD; this land has been given to us as a possession.’

16 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.”’

17 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”’

18 And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there.

19 Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them,and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,

20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

21 But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.

22 So the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was high above them.

23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain, which is on the east side of the city.

24 Then the Spirit took me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to those in captivity. And the vision that I had seen went up from me.

25 So I spoke to those in captivity of all the things the LORD had shown me.

It is always easier to point your finger at someone else rather than at yourself. Verse 15 is an example of this. The LivingBible paraphrases it well, “The remnant left in Jerusalem is saying about the exiles (in Babylon), ‘It is because they are so wicked that the Lord has deported them. Now the Lord has given us their land.’” But God knew what they were saying and wanted to encourage those who were in exile. The remnant in Jerusalem would eventually find themselves in the same position of captivity and exile as those they were despising.

God added these wonderful words of promise and hope found in verse 16. Even though these people were far away from the temple in Jerusalem, God could be very real to them. It would be a new experience for them. Without the visible material place of worship (the temple) they could still personally know the presence of God.

Sometimes it is easy to think that God can only be found in the great cathedrals, but God is in the heart that has put its trust in Him, no matter where we may be. Psalm 46 reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble”. Wherever faith exists, God is there and wants to prove to us His presence and His power.

Then God makes a further promise in verses 17 -20. In His own time, He will pick up His own people again and return them to their own land. When His purpose has been fulfilled, when the work He wants to do has been accomplished, He will bring His people all the way back.

At the same time, God will give them a new heart which will be warm and responsive to God. They will be obedient to Him and have fellowship with Him. What a wonderful future! God still wants the same response from His people today. He longs for our fellowship. Let’s make sure we do not disappoint Him, the waiting Father.