2019年11月18日
遵行神的旨意

粵語 國語

第18天


讀經:   

路加福音四章1至13節

1當時,耶穌被聖靈引到曠野,受魔鬼的試探。

2他禁食四十晝夜,後來就餓了。

3那試探人的進前來,對他說:“你若是神的兒子,可以吩咐這些石頭變成食物。”

4耶穌卻回答說:“經上記著說:‘人活著,不是單靠食物,乃是靠神口裡所出的一切話。’”

5魔鬼就帶他進了聖城,叫他站在殿頂上(註:“頂”原文作“翅”),

6對他說:“你若是神的兒子,可以跳下去,因為經上記著說:‘主要為你吩咐他的使者,用手托著你,免得你的腳碰在石頭上。’”

7耶穌對他說:“經上又記著說:‘不可試探主你的神。’”

8魔鬼又帶他上了一座最高的山,將世上的萬國與萬國的榮華,都指給他看,

9對他說:“你若俯伏拜我,我就把這一切都賜給你。”

10耶穌說:“撒但(註:“撒但”就是“抵擋”的意思,乃魔鬼的別名)退去吧!因為經上記著說:‘當拜主你的神,單要事奉他。’”

11於是魔鬼離了耶穌,有天使來伺候他。

12耶穌聽見約翰下了監,就退到加利利去;

13後又離開拿撒勒,往迦百農去,就住在那裡。那地方靠海,在西布倫和拿弗他利的邊界上。

路加福音記載基督受三個試探的次序,跟馬太福音有少許分別,不過,撒但的目的卻是一樣:引誘基督憑己意行,不要遵行父神的旨意。父神曾應許祂的兒子,地上的列國終必由祂統管(詩二7-9),萬膝也必向祂跪拜。如今撒但對祂說:「為何要等到將來呢?我可以立即將世上的列國交給你。」

不過,撒但卻有個條件,其中藏有陷阱:「你只要敬拜我,這些都要歸給你。」這是一條捷徑,基督可以立即輕鬆地贏得這個世界,而無須死在十字架上。但我們的主卻知道,聽從撒但的話要付出甚麼代價,所以,祂直截了當地回應他:「當拜主你的神,單要事奉他。」再次擊敗了撒但。

最後一個試探也相似。撒但提議基督作一驚人之舉,如此,祂便能一舉成名。他說:「當著群眾面前,從殿頂跳下來,你必平安,天使必接住你。」然而,耶穌來到世上,並不是為了追求名望,而是要親自觸動人的生命。

基督再次引用申命記的經文回應撒但:「不可試探主你的神。」這句話可意譯為:「名望與所謂『成功』,並不是我所關心的事。我的責任是要每天遵行神的旨意。」

撒但再次被擊敗,終於無功而還;但請留意第13節說:「魔鬼……就暫時離開耶穌。」撒但仿如一名拳擊手,他暫時退後,為了看清對方的弱點,然後再次出擊。撒但一直沒有放棄,當基督被釘在十字架上的時候,他還去試探祂。但基督卻一直忠於神的話語和神的旨意,因此如今便得以坐在神的右邊。對我們今天來說,這是何等寶貴的教訓。學習並用心體會哥林多前書十章13節可以給我們極大的幫助,請找出來,反復閱讀,直到牢記在心。

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ACTING OUT OF GOD’S WILL
Day 18


Bible Reading:   

Luke 4: 1-13

1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit intothe wilderness,

2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”

4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”

5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Himall the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.

7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”

8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! Forit is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: ‘ He shall give His angels charge over you,To keep you,’

11 and,‘ In their hands they shall bear you up,Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”

12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’”

13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.

The order of the three temptations differs slightly in Luke from the account in Matthew but Satan’s intentions remained the same - to tempt Christ to act independently of the will of the Father. The Father had promised the Son that one day all the kingdoms of the earth would be under His ruler (Psalm 2:7-9) and that every knee should bow to Him. Now Satan was saying, “Why wait until then? I can give you all the kingdoms of the world right now.”

But there was a catch in Satan’s words, a hidden trap. “You just worship me and you can have it all.” (GNB) That would be an easy way, a quick way to win the world without His death on the cross. But our Lord knew all that was involved and replied plainly and clearly, “(The Word of God says) Worship only the Lord your God. Serve Him with absolute single-heartedness.” (The Message) Satan was again defeated.

The other temptation was similar. Satan suggested a spectacular action which would have given Christ enormous publicity. “Jump off the top of the temple in front of a large crowd. You’ll be safe. The angels will catch you.” But Jesus had come to touch people’s lives and was not looking merely for publicity.

Once more Christ replied by quoting Deuteronomy. “Never try to put God to the test. Never act when He has not told you to do so.” It could be paraphrased, “Publicity and so called success is not my affair. My responsibility is to remain day by day in God’s will.”

Satan left defeated. But look again at verse 13, “Satan left Him until a more opportune time.” He was like a boxer stepping back to see where he could land the next punch. Satan never gave up and even tempted Christ while on the cross. But Christ stayed true to the Word and the Will of God and is now seated at the Father’s right hand. What a lesson for us today. A most helpful verse to mark and to learn by heart is 1 Corinthians 10: 13. Turn to it now and read it over and over until its message has laid hold of your heart and mind.