2019年6月15日
以卵擊石

粵語 國語

第15天


讀經:   

撒母耳記上十七章38至51節

38掃羅就把自己的戰衣給大衛穿上,將銅盔給他戴上,又給他穿上鎧甲。

39大衛把刀跨在戰衣外,試試能走不能走。因為素來沒有穿慣,就對掃羅說:“我穿戴這些不能走,因為素來沒有穿慣。”於是摘脫了。

40他手中拿杖,又在溪中挑選了五塊光滑石子,放在袋裡,就是牧人帶的囊裡;手中拿著甩石的機弦,就去迎那非利士人。

41非利士人也漸漸地迎著大衛來,拿盾牌的走在前頭。

42非利士人觀看,見了大衛,就藐視他,因為他年輕,面色光紅,容貌俊美。

43非利士人對大衛說:“你拿杖到我這裡來,我豈是狗呢?”非利士人就指著自己的神咒詛大衛。

44非利士人又對大衛說:“來吧!我將你的肉給空中的飛鳥、田野的走獸吃。”

45大衛對非利士人說:“你來攻擊我,是靠著刀槍和銅戟;我來攻擊你,是靠著萬軍之耶和華的名,就是你所怒罵帶領以色列軍隊的神。

46今日耶和華必將你交在我手裡。我必殺你,斬你的頭;又將非利士軍兵的屍首給空中的飛鳥、地上的野獸吃,使普天下的人都知道以色列中有神;

47又使這眾人知道耶和華使人得勝,不是用刀用槍,因為爭戰的勝敗全在乎耶和華。他必將你們交在我們手裡。”

48非利士人起身,迎著大衛前來。大衛急忙迎著非利士人,往戰場跑去。

49大衛用手從囊中掏出一塊石子來,用機弦甩去,打中非利士人的額,石子進入額內,他就仆倒,面伏於地。

50這樣,大衛用機弦甩石,勝了那非利士人,打死他;大衛手中卻沒有刀。

51大衛跑去,站在非利士人身旁,將他的刀從鞘中拔出來,殺死他,割了他的頭。非利士眾人看見他們討戰的勇士死了,就都逃跑。

你可以想像大衛穿上掃羅盔甲的有趣模樣嗎?掃羅是以色列人中最高大的,他的盔甲一定是特大尺碼,而大衛只是二十歲左右的青年。

掃羅的盔甲,跟歌利甲的盔甲一樣,都是用最堅硬的金屬造成。但大衛知道,他若要勝過眼前這個巨人,就不單需要這副盔甲。當他上前迎戰的時候,他對歌利亞說的甚麼呢?他說:「你來攻擊我,是靠著刀槍和銅戟;我來攻擊你,是靠著萬軍之耶和華的名,就是你所怒罵帶領以色列軍隊的神。」

這次的對戰實在太強弱懸殊了:年輕的大衛一手拿著牧杖,一手拿著機弦,飛跑迎戰對方的巨人戰士。

但請看第50節:「大衛勝那非利士人,打死他,大衛手中卻沒有刀」。他究竟有甚麼祕密武器呢?是神與祂同在。他知道這是神的爭戰,而神也報償他的信心。

我們今天也有同樣的祕密武器,去幫助我們面對一些力不能勝的處境。我們若信靠基督是我們的救主,神便會站在我們的身邊,我們也會站神的身邊。

我們要記著,大衛的勝利就是以色列的勝利。因著大衛擊敗敵人,所有以色列人都成為勝利者。

這對我們有甚麼意義呢?基督的勝利就是我們的勝利。神希望我們接受這個原則,分享基督的勝利,並且每天經歷這勝利的喜悅。撒但就像非利士人一樣,不會承認失敗,反會伺機再來攻擊我們;然而,我們若緊靠基督,勝利便永遠屬於我們。

反思:

基督已為我們得勝,我們有沒有分享這勝利?有否在現實生活中經歷到得勝的喜樂?

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“ONE LITTLE STONE WENT IN THE AIR”
Day 15


Bible Reading:   

1 Samuel 17:38-51

38 So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail.

39 David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.

40 Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.

41 So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him.

42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking.

43 So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

47 Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.

50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.

51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.
And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

Can you imagine David in Saul's armour? Saul was the tallest man in Israel. His armour would have been size XXL and David was only a teenager or in his early twenties.

Saul's armour was made of the same metals out of which Goliath's armour was made. David realized something else would be needed if the giant was to be overcome. As he approached Goliath, what did he say? “You come to me with sword and spear ...but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have defied.”

It seems an incredible encounter. A young man with a staff in one hand, a sling in the other, is running quickly to fight this giant warrior.

But look again at verse 50 “David triumphed over the Philistine ...without a sword in his hand”. What was his secret weapon? God was with him. He recognized the battle was the Lord's and God honoured his faith.

We have the same weapons today when facing impossible circumstances. God is on our side and we are on His side if we are trusting in Christ as Saviour.

Also remember David's victory was Israel's victory. Every Israelite became a conqueror that day because of David's victory.

What does all this say to us? Christ's victory is our victory. God wants us to accept that principle. He wants us to share in that victory, and to know it's experience day by day. Like the Philistines who came back later again and again, in the same way Satan will not admit defeat. But victory over him is ours in Christ.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Christ has given us the victory. Are we enjoying it? Are we experiencing it?