2019年6月11日
應守的祕密

粵語 國語

第11天


讀經:   

士師記十六章15至25節

15大利拉對參孫說:“你既不與我同心,怎麼說你愛我呢?你這三次欺哄我,沒有告訴我,你因何有這麼大的力氣。”

16大利拉天天用話催逼他,甚至他心裡煩悶要死。

17參孫就把心中所藏的都告訴了她,對她說:“向來人沒有用剃頭刀剃我的頭,因為我自出母胎就歸神作拿細耳人;若剃了我的頭髮,我的力氣就離開我,我便軟弱像別人一樣。”

18大利拉見他把心中所藏的都告訴了她,就打發人到非利士人的首領那裡,對他們說:“他已經把心中所藏的都告訴了我,請你們再上來一次。”於是,非利士人的首領手裡拿著銀子,上到婦人那裡。

19大利拉使參孫枕著她的膝睡覺,叫了一個人來剃除他頭上的七條髮綹。於是,大利拉剋制他,他的力氣就離開他了。

20大利拉說:“參孫哪,非利士人拿你來了!”參孫從睡中醒來,心裡說:‘我要像前幾次出去活動身體。’他卻不知道耶和華已經離開他了。

21非利士人將他拿住,剜了他的眼睛,帶他下到迦薩,用銅鏈拘索他,他就在監裡推磨。

22然而他的頭髮被剃之後,又漸漸長起來了。

23非利士人的首領聚集,要給他們的神大袞獻大祭,並且歡樂。因為他們說:“我們的神將我們的仇敵參孫交在我們手中了。”

24眾人看見參孫,就讚美他們的神說:“我們的神將毀壞我們地、殺害我們許多人的仇敵,交在我們手中了。”

25他們正宴樂的時候,就說:“叫參孫來,在我們面前戲耍戲耍。”於是將參孫從監裡提出來,他就在眾人面前戲耍。他們使他站在兩柱中間。

這是一個可悲的故事。這樣的故事我們聽過不少,可是在現實中仍不斷發生。當基督徒向試探屈服的時候,就會造成非常悲慘的後果。

「你不依從我,怎麼算是愛我呢?」許多人正是因著這句話,而掉入陷阱之中。為了證明自己愛對方,便向對方的要求屈服,結果卻被出賣。

參孫的遭遇尤其可悲。聖經其中一節最可悲的經文,也許就是本章的20節:「他卻不知道耶和華已經離開了他。」他已經失去神先前賜給他的力量。他竭力去做往日能做的事,卻不成功。

請看第24、25節。神的僕人跌倒,神的敵人便可以揚言:「我們的神才是最偉大。」這當然是謊話,但參孫的失敗卻使他們肯定自己的想法。

因此,我們的見證影響深遠。當我們有美好的表現,便能夠榮耀神。可是,當我們軟弱跌倒,在別人眼中我們的神便好像無能。神當然不是。我們之所以跌倒,是因為我們沒有珍惜神的恩典和能力,那是神願意隨時賜給我們的。我們為何不緊記這功課,在每天的生活中經歷更多的得勝呢!

參孫最後的禱告,再一次證明神有無窮的赦罪之恩(28-30)。縱使他的禱告似乎仍然是為了自己,而且多少帶有報復的成分,但神仍然應允他的祈求。

我們從參孫身上學到甚麼重要的教訓呢?就是神無論賜給我們甚麼恩賜,我們都要按著神的旨意去運用,並藉此榮耀神。

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THE SECRET HE SHOULD HAVE KEPT
Day 11


Bible Reading:   

Judges 16:15-25

15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies.”

16 And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death,

17 that he told her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”

18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart.” So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand.

19 Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him.

20 And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him.

21 Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison.

22 However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.

23 Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice. And they said:
“Our god has delivered into our hands
Samson our enemy!”
 
24 When the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said:
“Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy,
The destroyer of our land,
And the one who multiplied our dead.”

25 So it happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, “Call for Samson, that he may perform for us.” So they called for Samson from the prison, and he performed for them. And they stationed him between the pillars.

It's a sad story, isn't it? You have read it all before, and you have heard it repeated in modern days too. Usually when a Christian gives way to temptation, disastrous results follow.

“How can you say you love me if you won't do what I want?” That's a trap so many people have fallen into. To prove their love (was it really love?) they have given in and then felt betrayed afterwards.

Samson's story is particularly pitiful. Perhaps one of the saddest verses in Scripture is verse 20, “He did not know that the Lord had left him”. All the previous strength loaned to him by God was now gone. He tried to do what he had done before, but he could not.

Look at verses 24 and 25. The failure of God's servant meant God's enemies could say, “Our gods are the greatest.” They were wrong of course but Samson's failure made them think that way.

How far-reaching is our witness! When it is clean and honoring to God, it can really bring glory to Him. When we fail, it looks like God has failed. He hasn't, of course. We have failed because we have not appropriated the grace and strength which God was (and is) waiting to give us. Why don't we learn this lesson and achieve victory more often in daily experience?

Samson's final prayer is another illustration of God's forgiving grace (vv. 28-30). God granted his request even though there still seems to be a lot of self-centeredness in it. It almost seems like a prayer for revenge.

What is the major lesson for us from Samson's life? Whatever gifts God has given us, they are to be used for His glory and according to His will.