2019年6月23日
將福氣擴散開去

粵語 國語

第23天


讀經:   

歷代志下卅章1至12節

1希西家差遣人去見以色列和猶大眾人,又寫信給以法蓮和瑪拿西人,叫他們到耶路撒冷耶和華的殿,向耶和華以色列的神守逾越節。

2因為王和眾首領,並耶路撒冷全會眾已經商議,要在二月內守逾越節。

3正月(註:原文作“那時”)間他們不能守,因為自潔的祭司尚不敷用,百姓也沒有聚集在耶路撒冷。

4王與全會眾都以這事為善。

5於是定了命令傳遍以色列,從別是巴直到但,使他們都來在耶路撒冷向耶和華以色列的神守逾越節。因為照所寫的例,守這節的不多了(註:或作“因為民許久沒有照所寫的例守節了”)。

6驛卒就把王和眾首領的信,遵著王命,傳遍以色列和猶大。信內說:“以色列人哪,你們當轉向耶和華亞伯拉罕、以撒、以色列的神,好叫他轉向你們這脫離亞述王手的餘民。

7你們不要效法你們列祖和你們的弟兄。他們干犯耶和華他們列祖的神,以致耶和華丟棄他們,使他們敗亡(註:或作“令人驚駭”),正如你們所見的。

8現在不要像你們列祖硬著頸項,只要歸順耶和華,進入他的聖所,就是永遠成聖的居所;又要事奉耶和華你們的神,好使他的烈怒轉離你們。

9你們若轉向耶和華,你們的弟兄和兒女,必在擄掠他們的人面前蒙憐恤,得以歸回這地,因為耶和華你們的神有恩典、施憐憫。你們若轉向他,他必不轉臉不顧你們。”

10驛卒就由這城跑到那城,傳遍了以法蓮、瑪拿西,直到西布倫。那裡的人卻戲笑他們,譏誚他們。

11然而亞設、瑪拿西、西布倫中也有人自卑,來到耶路撒冷。

12神也感動猶大人,使他們一心遵行王與眾首領憑耶和華之言所發的命令。

我們基督徒的信仰經歷會有高潮和低谷,這是很正常的現象。有些時候,我們深深感受到神的祝福,並因此而謙卑下來;但同時,卻因祝福不斷擴散,叫更多人得益,又讓我們極其興奮。這正是希西家其中一次的高峰經歷。

重新獻殿之後,百姓再次歸向神;希西家便決定繼續慶祝逾越節。

他邀請猶大國和以色列國的眾民前來耶路撒冷守節。這個邀請帶來不同的反應,不少人嘲笑這個想法(10節)。今天也有不少人取笑基督自稱為神,同時又拒絕祂的邀請。但感謝神,卻有一些像第11節的人那樣,願意謙卑自己,接受神的呼召。正是這些人才能領受祝福,然後再將祝福傳開。第三十一章告訴我們,這些人回到家鄉之後,便將祝福一直傳遞開去。

對於參與的人來說,這一定是個非常振奮的時刻。第13節指出,神將合一的心,賜給來自兩國的人民。今天,最令人難過的,莫過於看見神的子民中間出現不和與分裂。而且,造成分裂的原因,往往是因為一些微不足道、不值得著眼留意的小事情。

本章的最後一節經文,展示了一幅美麗的圖畫:屬靈領袖將祝福帶給眾民,以至神在天上垂顧,賜下更多福氣。經文這樣說:「他們的禱告達到天上的聖所。」他們的禱告為何能直達天上的聖所呢?因為他們認罪悔改、遵行神的律法和聽從神的旨意。

這便是蒙福的祕訣。神必將福氣賜給這樣的人。請讀歷代志下三十一章21節。思想神今天同樣在等著祝福祂的百姓。

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THE BLESSING SPREADS
Day 23


Bible Reading:   

2 Chronicles. 30:1-12

1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover to the LORD God of Israel.

2 For the king and his leaders and all the assembly in Jerusalem had agreed to keep the Passover in the second month.

3 For they could not keep it at the regular time, because a sufficient number of priests had not consecrated themselves, nor had the people gathered together at Jerusalem.

4 And the matter pleased the king and all the assembly.

5 So they resolved to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that they should come to keep the Passover to the LORD God of Israel at Jerusalem, since they had not done it for a long time in the prescribed manner.

6 Then the runners went throughout all Israel and Judah with the letters from the king and his leaders, and spoke according to the command of the king: “Children of Israel, return to the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel; then He will return to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria.

7 And do not be like your fathers and your brethren, who trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, so that He gave them up to desolation, as you see.

8 Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the LORD; and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you.

9 For if you return to the LORD, your brethren and your children will be treated with compassion by those who lead them captive, so that they may come back to this land; for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him.”

10 So the runners passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun; but they laughed at them and mocked them.

11 Nevertheless some from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem.

12 Also the hand of God was on Judah to give them singleness of heart to obey the command of the king and the leaders, at the word of the LORD.

There are high points and low points in our Christian experience? Sometimes we are so conscious of God's blessings and we are humbled, while at the same time we are on top of the world as the blessings go on and spread. This was one of Hezekiah's mountain top experiences.

Now that the temple had been re-consecrated as well as the people returning to the Lord, Hezekiah wanted to go on and celebrate the Passover.

He invited people from all over the two kingdoms of Judah and Israel to come to Jerusalem for this festival. The invitations were met with a mixed reception. Some ridiculed the whole idea (v.10). Today there are many who laugh at the claims of Christ or reject His call. Thank God there are those who, as verse 11 says, humble themselves and recognize God's call. They are the ones who receive and spread the blessing. Chapter 31 says that when these people returned home they spread the blessing.

It must have been a thrilling moment for everyone involved. Verse 13 speaks of the unity God gave to the people from both kingdoms. One of the saddest sights is to see the disunity and division among God's people today. Often the division comes through trivial matters that ought to be ignored.

The last verse of the chapter presents a wonderful picture. The spiritual leaders blessed the people with God looking down and giving His approval. What does the verse say? “Their prayer reached heaven.” How was this possible?

Because there had been confession of sin, recognition of God's laws, and obedience to His will.

That is the secret of God’s blessing. He will always bless His people when they fulfill His conditions. Read 2 Chronicles 31:21 and think of God as waiting to bless His people today.