2019年6月17日
大衛終於作王!

粵語 國語

第17天


讀經:   

撒母耳記下五章1至10節

1以色列眾支派來到希伯崙見大衛,說:“我們原是你的骨肉。

2從前掃羅作我們王的時候,率領以色列人出入的是你。耶和華也曾應許你說:‘你必牧養我的民以色列,作以色列的君。’”

3於是,以色列的長老都來到希伯崙見大衛王,大衛在希伯崙耶和華面前與他們立約,他們就膏大衛作以色列的王。

4大衛登基的時候年三十歲,在位四十年。

5在希伯崙作猶大王七年零六個月,在耶路撒冷作以色列和猶大王三十三年。

6大衛和跟隨他的人到了耶路撒冷,要攻打住那地方的耶布斯人。耶布斯人對大衛說:“你若不趕出瞎子,瘸子,必不能進這地方。”心裡想大衛決不能進去。

7然而大衛攻取錫安的保障,就是大衛的城。

8當日大衛說:“誰攻打耶布斯人,當上水溝攻打我心裡所恨惡的瘸子,瞎子。”從此有俗語說:“在那裡有瞎子,瘸子,他不能進屋去。”

9大衛住在保障裡,給保障起名叫大衛城。大衛又從米羅以裡,周圍築牆。

10大衛日見強盛,因為耶和華萬軍之神與他同在。

撒母耳膏立大衛到大衛作王,歷經了多少個年頭?十年?十五年?撒母耳沒有機會活著看見大衛登基。自從撒母耳在伯利恆膏立大衛之後,兩人便極少接觸。大衛要等候神的應許成就。他後來在詩篇六十二篇1節寫道:「我的心默默無聲,專等候神」。你懂得這個祕訣沒有?

隨著掃羅和約拿單先後戰死沙場,王位終於需要接任人。但大衛並沒有立即說:「我現在可以登基作作王了。」反之,他繼續作支派的領袖7年,直至所有以色列人都承認他有權繼任王位。

縱然如此,大衛仍然為王位爭戰到最後一刻。我們也經常有這種經歷。每當我們按照神的旨意而努力,總是遇到撒但的攻擊。有些時候,我們要等候主親自為我們清除障礙,我們才可以向前邁進。

大衛首先征服耶路撒冷,在那裡作王。耶路撒冷便成了以色列的首都,直到今天。

不斷的爭戰和最終的得勝,是大衛一生的寫照。當大衛終於可以享受太平,他卻馬上想要為神做一件事。請翻看七章1至2節。

神的回應值得我們注意。神拒絕大衛的提議,卻承諾大衛:

他的國將持續至永遠(七11-12)

大衛的兒子將會興建聖殿(七13)

大衛的回應一如往常的謙卑,他承認神的偉大,對祂發出由衷的讚美。請看七章22至24節。大衛相信神的應許,開始搜購大量物料,為兒子所羅門的建殿工程作好準備。有些時候,當神對我們的計劃說「不」,我們便可能把計劃完全放下,甚麼也不去做。我們當記著,我們即使不能建殿,也可以為建殿預備物料。

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DAVID, KING AT LAST!
Day 17


Bible Reading:   

2 Samuel 5:1-10

1 After this it happened that Absalom provided himself with chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

2 Now Absalom would rise early and stand beside the way to the gate. So it was, whenever anyone who had a lawsuit came to the king for a decision, that Absalom would call to him and say, “What city are you from?” And he would say, “Your servant is from such and such a tribe of Israel.”

3 Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your case is good and right; but there is no deputy of the king to hear you.”

4 Moreover Absalom would say, “Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any suit or cause would come to me; then I would give him justice.”

5 And so it was, whenever anyone came near to bow down to him, that he would put out his hand and take him and kiss him.

6 In this manner Absalom acted toward all Israel who came to the king for judgment. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

7 Now it came to pass after forty years that Absalom said to the king, “Please, let me go to Hebron and pay the vow which I made to the LORD.

8 For your servant took a vow while I dwelt at Geshur in Syria, saying, ‘If the LORD indeed brings me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD.’”

9 And the king said to him, “Go in peace.” So he arose and went to Hebron.

10 Then Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, ‘Absalom reigns in Hebron!’”

How long was it since Samuel had anointed David? Ten years? Fifteen years? Samuel did not live to see David crowned. These two men do not seem to have had much contact after the brief anointing in Bethlehem. David had to wait for the fulfillment of God's promise. He said later on in Psalm 62:1, “My soul finds rest in God alone.” Have you learned that secret?

At last the throne was available. Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle but David did not say immediately “Now I can be king”. He waited as king of one or two tribes for another seven years until finally all Israel acknowledged his right to the throne.

Even then the way to the throne was contested right to the last. Again this is often our experience. Whenever we seek to go forward in God's will there is always Satanic opposition. Sometimes it means waiting for the Lord to clear the way for us before we can move forward.

David's first conquest as king was the city of Jerusalem. It became the capital of Israel and remains so today.

Constant warfare but ultimate victory was David's continuing experience. But when David finally had peace, he immediately thought of doing something for God. Look now at chapter 7:1-2.

God's reply is worth noting. God said no to David's proposal but promised David:

1. He would have a continuing kingdom (2 Samuel 7:11-12).

2. David's son would build the temple (2 Samuel 7:13).

David's response was typical, a humble confession linked with warm words of worship. Look at chapter 7:22-24. David believed God and began gathering great stores of materials to enable his son Solomon to erect a temple for the worship of God. Sometimes God may say no to our plans and then we are tempted to sit back and do nothing. Remember if you cannot build yourself, you can always give the materials.