2019年6月19日
蒙神赦免的僕人

粵語 國語

第19天


讀經:   

撒母耳記下十二章1至10節

1耶和華差遣拿單去見大衛。拿單到了大衛那裡,對他說:“在一座城裡有兩個人:一個是富戶,一個是窮人。

2富戶有許多牛群羊群;

3窮人除了所買來養活的一隻小母羊羔之外,別無所有。羊羔在他家裡和他兒女一同長大,吃他所吃的,喝他所喝的,睡在他懷中,在他看來如同女兒一樣。

4有一客人來到這富戶家裡,富戶捨不得從自己的牛群羊群中取一隻預備給客人吃,卻取了那窮人的羊羔,預備給客人吃。”

5大衛就甚惱怒那人,對拿單說:“我指著永生的耶和華起誓,行這事的人該死!

6他必償還羊羔四倍,因為他行這事,沒有憐恤的心。”

7拿單對大衛說:“你就是那人!耶和華以色列的神如此說:‘我膏你作以色列的王,救你脫離掃羅的手;

8我將你主人的家業賜給你,將你主人的妻交在你懷裡,又將以色列和猶大家賜給你;你若還以為不足,我早就加倍地賜給你。

9你為甚麼藐視耶和華的命令,行他眼中看為惡的事呢?你借亞捫人的刀殺害赫人烏利亞,又娶了他的妻為妻。

10你既藐視我,娶了赫人烏利亞的妻為妻,所以刀劍必永不離開你的家。’

大衛在詩篇三十二篇,描述他在犯罪以後,至他向神認罪和得蒙赦免這段期間的感受。他知道自己犯了罪。神不喜悅他所做的事,可是卻沒有離棄他。

大衛說:「黑夜白日,你的手在我身上沉重,我的精力耗盡,如同夏天的乾旱。」每日每夜,他靈的深處,正經歷我們所言的「深深懊悔」。

主怎樣對付大衛呢?先知拿單來到他的面前,講了一個比喻,令大衛醒覺自己的罪。這還不足夠。拿單更直言指斥大衛,說他就是那個罪人:「你就是那人。」(十九7)

拿單指出大衛所犯的罪(9節)。他藐視神的話,殺了烏利亞,奪了他的妻。聖靈藉著拿單的話,揭破大衛的詭詐和掩飾。

大衛在詩篇五十一篇痛悔地說:「我向你犯罪,惟獨得罪了你;在你眼前行了這惡。」他祈求神的憐憫,最終在神的恩典中得著憐憫。

大衛認罪之後,拿單對他說了一句非常重要的話,留意第13節下:「耶和華已經除掉你的罪,你必不至於死!」神早已赦免他,但神卻希望他認罪,以至他們的關係得以復和。

有些時候,罪要被公開,才能勝過罪的綑綁,關係才能得以重建。公開認罪有時是必須的,但一般而言,只需向被罪所傷及的人認罪。

神的赦免會不會有極限呢?不會,只要人是真心認罪悔改,神就必定赦免。只有一種罪是神不能、也不會赦免的,那就是堅持不信神。

經文反思:

「他兒子耶穌的血也洗淨我們一切的罪。」(約壹一7)

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DAVID, GOD'S FORGIVEN SERVANT
Day 19


Bible Reading:   

2 Samuel 12:1-10

1 Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him: “There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor.

2 The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds.

3 But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him.

4 And a traveler came to the rich man, who refused to take from his own flock and from his own herd to prepare one for the wayfaring man who had come to him; but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”

5 So David’s anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this shall surely die!

6 And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity.”

7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.

8 I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more!

9 Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon.

10 Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’

In Psalm 32 David describes his feelings between the time of his sin and the moment of confession and forgiveness. He knew he had sinned. What he had done had displeased the Lord, but the Lord did not forsake him.

David said, “Day and night your hand was heavy upon me, my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.” He knew what we call “deep conviction” in his soul day and night.

How did the Lord deal with David? Nathan the prophet came with a parable which caught David's attention. Then when something more was needed, Nathan gave the direct blunt words identifying David as the sinner, “You are the man.”

Nathan pointed out what David had done (v.9). He had despised God's Word. He had killed Uriah and he had stolen his wife. The power of the Holy Spirit through Nathan broke through David's deceit and cover up.

David's confession is in Psalm 51. “Against you, you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.” He pleaded for mercy and found it in the grace of God.

Nathan's reply to David's confession is remarkable. Notice it in the same verse (v.13). “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.” God had already forgiven him but God wanted his confession so that fellowship could be restored.

There are times when sin has to be brought out in the open before victory can be gained and fellowship renewed. Public confession is sometimes needed but usually confession should only be made within the circle where sin has been committed.

Is there any limit to God's forgiveness? Not when there is genuine repentance and confession. The only sin God cannot and will not forgive is continual unbelief.

A VERSE FOR TODAY: “The blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)