2019年6月25日
多活15年

粵語 國語

第25天


讀經:   

以賽亞書卅八章1至8節

1那時,希西家病得要死。亞摩斯的兒子先知以賽亞去見他,對他說:“耶和華如此說:你當留遺命與你的家,因為你必死,不能活了。”

2希西家就轉臉朝牆,禱告耶和華說:

3“耶和華啊,求你記念我在你面前怎樣存完全的心,按誠實行事,又做你眼中所看為善的。”希西家就痛哭了。

4耶和華的話臨到以賽亞說:

5“你去告訴希西家說:‘耶和華你祖大衛的神如此說:我聽見了你的禱告,看見了你的眼淚。我必加增你十五年的壽數;

6並且我要救你和這城脫離亞述王的手,也要保護這城。

7我耶和華必成就我所說的,我先給你一個兆頭,

8就是叫亞哈斯的日晷,向前進的日影往後退十度。’”於是,前進的日影果然在日晷上往後退了十度。

希西家王這時39歲,作王已經14年,並成就了不少功績(參代下卅二27-30);神一直與祂同在,厚厚地賜福給他,凡他所行的盡都順利。可是,他現在卻患了重病,性命垂危。

希西家先是身體長了一個毒瘡,幾天後病情便十分嚴重。先知以賽亞來到王的寢宮,將神的信息簡明直接傳達給他:「你必死不能活下去。」

希西家嚇呆了。神厭棄他嗎?究竟發生甚麼事?希西家立即轉身,向神禱告。這是一個令人感動的禱告,他在當中大膽地求神記念他多年來的事奉。他似乎暗示神不公平。

神是一位滿有恩典的神。他聽了希西家的呼求,派以賽亞回去傳另一個信息:「我會讓你的壽數多加15年。」神的賜予,超過希西家的所想所求。祂還應許保衛耶路撒冷免受亞述人的攻擊。神的賜福,總是超過我們所求。

希西家大膽求神給他一個兆頭,表明這一切必然發生。因著神的恩典,神給他一個不可思議的兆頭,就是往前進的日影往後退了十度!希西家也得了醫治。

這事怎麼可能發生呢?我們不知道。可能是光的折射。創造萬物和太陽的神,當然能夠按祂的心意成就任何事情。

透過這次事件,我們學到甚麼功課呢?首先,神掌管我們的未來。其次,是祂垂聽禱告,並奇妙地回應我們的祈求。我們的神何等偉大!

緊記:

在神凡事都能,我們只需信靠祂。

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FIFTEEN MORE YEARS TO LIVE
Day 25


Bible Reading:   

Isaiah 38:1-8

1 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’”

2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the LORD,

3 and said, “Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

4 And the word of the LORD came to Isaiah, saying,

5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years.

6 I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city.”’

7 And this is the sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing which He has spoken:

8 Behold, I will bring the shadow on the sundial, which has gone down with the sun on the sundial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward.” So the sun returned ten degrees on the dial by which it had gone down.

The King was 39. He had been reigning for 14 years. In that time he had accomplished so much (see 2 Chronicles 32:27-30). God had been with him in a remarkable way. He had succeeded in everything he had done. But now he was sick, very sick.

An abscess, a malignant boil had appeared a few days ago, making the king seriously ill. Suddenly the prophet Isaiah appeared in Hezekiah's bedroom. His message from God was brief but very plain, “This sickness is terminal.”

Hezekiah was stunned. Was God displeased with him? What had happened? Hezekiah turned over and turned to prayer. It was a remarkable prayer. He dared to remind God of how he had served the Lord for many years. It seemed to him that God was unfair.

But God is a God of grace. He heard Hezekiah's cry and sent Isaiah back with another message. “I have added 15 years to your life.” God did more than Hezekiah asked for. He also promised to defend Jerusalem against Assyria. He always does more than we ask for.

Hezekiah dared to ask God for a sign that this would happen. In God's grace, He gave an incredible sign. The shadow cast by the sun on the sundial went backward instead of forward and Hezekiah was healed.

How did this happen? We do not know. It may have been refraction. God who has created this world and the sun can easily make them do what He wants.

What lessons are there for us? First, our God knows the future. Secondly, He hears our prayers and wonderfully answers them. Isn't He a wonderful God?

REMEMBER: With God all things are possible - just believe.