2019年6月22日
復興的臨到

粵語 國語

第22天


讀經:   

歷代志下廿九章1至11節

1希西家登基的時候年二十五歲,在耶路撒冷作王二十九年。他母親名叫亞比雅,是撒迦利雅的女兒。

2希西家行耶和華眼中看為正的事,效法他祖大衛一切所行的。

3元年正月,開了耶和華殿的門,重新修理。

4他召眾祭司和利未人來,聚集在東邊的寬闊處,

5對他們說:“利未人哪,當聽我說!現在你們要潔淨自己,又潔淨耶和華你們列祖神的殿,從聖所中除去污穢之物。

6我們列祖犯了罪,行耶和華我們神眼中看為惡的事,離棄他,轉臉背向他的居所,

7封鎖廊門,吹滅燈火,不在聖所中向以色列神燒香或獻燔祭。

8因此,耶和華的忿怒臨到猶大和耶路撒冷,將其中的人拋來拋去,令人驚駭、嗤笑,正如你們親眼所見的。

9所以我們的祖宗倒在刀下,我們的妻子兒女也被擄掠。

10現在我心中有意,與耶和華以色列的神立約,好使他的烈怒轉離我們。

11我的眾子啊,現在不要懈怠,因為耶和華揀選你們站在他面前事奉他,與他燒香。”

請花一些時間把第二十九章讀完。我們不單在當中看見令人振奮的歷史片段,還可以看到復興為耶路撒冷帶來的祝福。

希西家首先做了甚麼呢?他首先承認以色列所犯的罪(6至7節)。這永遠是蒙福的開始。接著,他召見祭司和利未人,鼓勵他們事奉神。請看第11節:「我的眾子啊…………耶和華揀選你們站在他面前事奉他,與他燒香。」

這是何等的特權!又是何等的責任!我們今天豈不是一樣嗎?神已經揀選我們事奉祂和敬拜祂,我們不要荒廢時間,我們蒙召是要積極事奉祂。

正如許多其他人一樣,利未人是蒙神呼召作特別的事奉。今天,神是否呼召我們當中的一些人,去參與一些特殊的事奉崗位?神豈不是經常呼召人去事奉祂嗎?

作祭司的利未人要把聖殿中一切不潔淨的物品清除(16節),唯有這樣,聖殿才能分別為聖,用來敬拜神。我們豈不是要清理生命中的罪嗎?詩篇六十六篇18節說:「我若心裡注重罪孽,主必不聽。」

經過一段時間的努力籌備之後,重新奉獻聖殿的日子終於到了。我們看見一幅非常動人的景象!除了獻祭以外,還有唱詩和奏樂。當祝福臨到,頌讚就聯袂而至。

本章的最後一節描述得非常清晰:「希西家和眾民都喜樂,是因神為眾民所預備的。」

當屬神的人認罪悔改,認定自己在神前的崗位,並遵從祂的教導而行,神就必馬上與他們相遇。祂正等著我們如此行,祂必將祝福澆灌在我們身上。

我們今天處於甚麼光景呢?究竟有甚麼東西攔阻我們復興呢?

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN REVIVAL COMES?
Day 22


Bible Reading:   

2 Chronicles 29:1-11

1 Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah.

2 And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done.

3 In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the LORD and repaired them.

4 Then he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them in the East Square,

5 and said to them: “Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place.

6 For our fathers have trespassed and done evil in the eyes of the LORD our God; they have forsaken Him, have turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the LORD, and turned their backs on Him.

7 They have also shut up the doors of the vestibule, put out the lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel.

8 Therefore the wrath of the LORD fell upon Judah and Jerusalem, and He has given them up to trouble, to desolation, and to jeering, as you see with your eyes.

9 For indeed, because of this our fathers have fallen by the sword; and our sons, our daughters, and our wives are in captivity.

10 “Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that His fierce wrath may turn away from us.

11 My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him and burn incense.”

Could you take time to read the whole of chapter 29? It is a thrilling story with glimpses of the blessings that revival brought to Jerusalem.

What did Hezekiah do first? He confessed Israel’s sin (vv. 6, 7). That is still the starting point of blessing. Then he called in the priests and Levites and challenged them to serve the Lord. Look at verse 11 again, “My sons ... the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him and serve Him, to minister before Him.”

What a privilege! What a responsibility! Isn't our position exactly the same as theirs? God has chosen us to serve Him and to worship Him. We are not here to waste time. We are called to be active for Him.

The Levites were called to special service as many others have been. Is the Lord looking for some of us to step into specialized ministry? How often does He have to call?

The Levites (v.16) brought out all the unclean things found in the temple. They had to be gotten rid of in order to consecrate the place for God's worship. Doesn't the same apply to our lives? Psalm 66:18 says, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”

It took time and effort but finally the day of re-dedication came. What a scene! There were the offerings but there was singing and instrumental music also. When blessing comes, praise is not far behind.

The last verse of the chapter is so descriptive. “Hezekiah and all the people praised God for what He had brought about for His people, because it was done so quickly.”

When God's people confess their sin, recognize their position before God, and become obedient to Him, God will meet them right there. He is waiting to pour out His blessings onto those who fulfill these conditions.

Where does that put us today? What is hindering our revival?