2019年6月18日
神的僕人也會犯罪

粵語 國語

第18天


讀經:   撒母耳記下十一章1至9節

1過了一年,到列王出戰的時候,大衛又差派約押率領臣僕和以色列眾人出戰。他們就打敗亞捫人,圍攻拉巴。大衛仍住在耶路撒冷。

2一日,太陽平西,大衛從床上起來,在王宮的平頂上遊行,看見一個婦人沐浴,容貌甚美。

3大衛就差人打聽那婦人是誰。有人說:“她是以連的女兒,赫人烏利亞的妻拔示巴。”

4大衛差人去,將婦人接來。那時她的月經才得潔淨。她來了,大衛與她同房,她就回家去了。

5於是她懷了孕,打發人去告訴大衛說:“我懷了孕。”

6大衛差人到約押那裡說:“你打發赫人烏利亞到我這裡來。”約押就打發烏利亞去見大衛。

7烏利亞來了,大衛問約押好,也問兵好,又問爭戰的事怎樣。

8大衛對烏利亞說:“你回家去,洗洗腳吧!”烏利亞出了王宮,隨後王送他一份食物。

9烏利亞卻和他主人的僕人一同睡在宮門外,沒有回家去。
這是一個可悲的故事。神的話不單記述神僕的長處,也會揭示他們的軟弱。可是,當神赦免人的罪時,祂也忘記人的罪。新約沒有再提及這件事。我們若常 能將別人所犯的錯失忘掉,那真是件好事。

這類事件的發生,應該歸咎哪一方呢?豈不是雙方都有責任?拔示巴能否加倍謹慎?大衛看見女士出浴,能否即時轉身離去?有多少人知道這件事?請看第3、4、5、15和27節所提及的人。

在第5節,當大衛聽到拔示巴懷孕的消息時,你認為他會想到甚麼呢?他必然立刻意識到問題的嚴重。有鑑他過往一直對神忠誠,他如今為了掩飾罪行而作的行動,似乎令人覺得難以理解。

新約的標準是否有別於舊約呢?不,基督對淫亂所下的定義甚至來得更加嚴謹(太五28);保羅也對淫亂之罪直斥其非。神的心意是要人過聖潔的生活,而不是污穢的生活。

大衛第一眼看見拔示巴,或第一次召她入宮的時候,當然沒有想到會犯下如此嚴重的罪。他只想到當時的快樂。今天許多悲劇的發生,豈不是一樣嗎?

我們怎能勝過這類引誘呢?首先,要緊靠主和主的話語,緊記將每天都交給祂。當遇到試探時,求祂保守你,不要讓你的心縱情世間的享樂。每當電視出現情慾的畫面,就要立即關掉;小心選擇讀物。

將空餘時間用於事奉主,以及與信徒相交,常常親近主。當不慎跌倒的時候,要緊記約翰壹書一章9節的應許:「我們若認自己的罪…………神是信實的,必赦免我們的罪。」我們信靠的神,對我們實在太好了。

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DAVID, GOD'S SINNING SERVANT
Day 18


Bible Reading:   

2 Samuel 11:1-9

1 It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

2 Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold.

3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”

4 Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house.

5 And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, “I am with child.”

6 Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David.

7 When Uriah had come to him, David asked how Joab was doing, and how the people were doing, and how the war prospered.

8 And David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah departed from the king’s house, and a gift of food from the king followed him.

9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.

Here is a sad story. God's Word often shows up the weaknesses of God's saints as well as their strengths. But when God forgives sin, He also forgets it. This story is not mentioned in the New Testament. It would be good if we would forget the faults of others more often.

Who is to blame in most stories like this? Both parties? Should Bathsheba have been more modest? Should David have turned away at once? How many people knew about it? Look at the people mentioned in verses 3, 4,5,15 and 27.

What you think would be David's thoughts when he received the message in verse 5? He would realize the implications immediately. The steps he took to conceal the “perfect crime” seem incredible now, knowing his past devotion to the Lord.

Is there a difference between New Testament standards and those of the Old Testament? No, Christ spoke even more strongly against adultery (Matthew 5:28). Paul's words are very straight regarding sexual sin. God's plan calls for a holy life, not a life of impurity.

David certainly did not plan to go as far as he did when he first saw Bathsheba, nor when he called her to the palace. He only thought of the present pleasure. There are many stories like this today, aren't there?

How can we stand against this kind of temptation? First stay true to the Lord and stay in His Word. Make sure that each day is given to Him. Ask for His protection in times of temptation. Don't feed your soul with what the world offers. Turn off the T.V. rather than let it run on with every kind of sensuality. Watch what you read.

Keep yourself busy in the Lord's service and in fellowship with the Lord's people. Stay close to Christ. But if there is failure, remember, “If we confess ... He is faithful to forgive.” (I John 1:9) Isn't He a wonderful God?