2019年6月7日
參孫——軟弱的強人

粵語 國語

第7天


讀經:   

士師記十三章1至13節,24節

1以色列人又行耶和華眼中看為惡的事,耶和華將他們交在非利士人手中四十年。

2那時有一個瑣拉人,是屬但族的,名叫瑪挪亞。他的妻不懷孕,不生育。

3耶和華的使者向那婦人顯現,對她說:“向來你不懷孕,不生育,如今你必懷孕,生一個兒子。

4所以你當謹慎,清酒濃酒都不可喝,一切不潔之物也不可吃。

5你必懷孕,生一個兒子,不可用剃頭刀剃他的頭,因為這孩子一出胎就歸神作拿細耳人。他必起首拯救以色列人脫離非利士人的手。”

6婦人就回去對丈夫說:“有一個神人到我面前來,他的相貌如神使者的相貌,甚是可畏。我沒有問他從哪裡來,他也沒有將他的名告訴我,

7卻對我說:‘你要懷孕,生一個兒子,所以清酒濃酒都不可喝,一切不潔之物也不可吃,因為這孩子從出胎一直到死,必歸神作拿細耳人。’”

8瑪挪亞就祈求耶和華說:“主啊,求你再差遣那神人到我們這裡來,好指教我們怎樣待這將要生的孩子。”

9神應允瑪挪亞的話。婦人正坐在田間的時候,神的使者又到她那裡,她丈夫瑪挪亞卻沒有同她在一處。

10婦人急忙跑去告訴丈夫說:“那日到我面前來的人,又向我顯現。”

11瑪挪亞起來跟隨他的妻來到那人面前,對他說:“與這婦人說話的就是你嗎?”他說:“是我。”

12瑪挪亞說:“願你的話應驗。我們當怎樣待這孩子,他後來當怎樣呢?”

13耶和華的使者對瑪挪亞說:“我告訴婦人的一切事,她都當謹慎。

24後來婦人生了一個兒子,給他起名叫參孫。孩子長大,耶和華賜福與他。

參孫的一生是一個難解的謎。以他這樣一個經常偏行己意,生活又不檢點的人,神為何會使用他呢?我們今天也會問同一個問題:我們如此不配,神為何會使用我們呢?這完全是祂的恩典。倘若祂要我們變成完全的人,才使用我們,那麼,祂永遠不會使用任何人了!我們雖然有瑕疵,但神仍使用我們,我們要為此而感謝神。

聖經中最令人驚訝的事之一,就是那位經常任意而行、軟弱犯罪的大力士參孫,竟然名列希伯來書第十一章的「信心偉人榜」中。這個事實不是很令人鼓舞嗎?它再次證明神的恩典浩大。

故事是怎樣開始的呢?你也許常常聽到這樣的話:「我在一個基督徒家庭長大。」參孫也在一個信神的家庭中出生;他還未出生之前,他的父母已將他奉獻給神。著名的歷史學家約瑟夫指出,參孫的父親瑪挪亞是一個非常敬虔的人,參孫的母親也是一個蒙神揀選的女子。

神早已命定參孫要作「拿細耳人」。他一生不可喝酒,也不可吃任何葡萄製成的食物;同時,他一生不可剪髮,要任由頭髮生長。他要成為一個與眾不同的人(參民六章)。

然而,在童年階段,參孫已顯出他是一個性格倔強的人。我們不知道他的父母如何管教他。平心而論,當一對夫婦是在某種不尋常或「神蹟性」的情況下獲得兒女,通常都會比較難以認真管教。

但神給予參孫一個美好的童年和特殊的祝福。請再讀第24節。那麼,他為何會變壞呢?我們只能說,他濫用了神的恩典,恃寵生驕而變壞。

最後,我們應該為神在我們每天生活中所顯的慈愛和恩典,衷心地感謝神。

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SAMSON -- THE WEAK STRONG MAN
Day 7


Bible Reading:   

Judges 13:1-13 and 24

1 Again the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.

2 Now there was a certain man from Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had no children.

3 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, “Indeed now, you are barren and have borne no children, but you shall conceive and bear a son.

4 Now therefore, please be careful not to drink wine or similar drink, and not to eat anything unclean.

5 For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”

6 So the woman came and told her husband, saying, “A Man of God came to me, and His countenance was like the countenance of the Angel of God, very awesome; but I did not ask Him where He was from, and He did not tell me His name.

7 And He said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. Now drink no wine or similar drink, nor eat anything unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.’”

8 Then Manoah prayed to the LORD, and said, “O my Lord, please let the Man of God whom You sent come to us again and teach us what we shall do for the child who will be born.”

9 And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the Angel of God came to the woman again as she was sitting in the field; but Manoah her husband was not with her.

10 Then the woman ran in haste and told her husband, and said to him, “Look, the Man who came to me the other day has just now appeared to me!”

11 So Manoah arose and followed his wife. When he came to the Man, he said to Him, “Are You the Man who spoke to this woman?”
And He said, “I am.”

12 Manoah said, “Now let Your words come to pass! What will be the boy’s rule of life, and his work?”

13 So the Angel of the LORD said to Manoah, “Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful.

24 So the woman bore a son and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.

Samson's life was a riddle. How could God use a man who showed his own self-will so frequently and whose life was far from holiness? The same question could be asked today. How can God use any of us? It is only by His grace. If He waits until we are all perfect, He'd never have anyone to use! Praise God that He does use us in spite of our imperfectness.

One of the amazing facts of Scripture is that Samson, the weak and willful man with all his sins and failures, is listed in the Who's Who of Faith in Hebrews 11. Isn't that encouraging? It shows again the grace of God.

How did his story begin? You have often heard the phrase, “I was brought up in a Christian home.” Samson could have said he was a child of a believing home. Even before his birth he was dedicated to God. Josephus, the Jewish historian, also mentions Manaoh as a most godly man and his wife as an exceptional woman.

He also was a Nazarite. God had said he must be. He must refrain from eating and drinking anything which came from grapes. He must let his hair grow and never have it cut. He was to be different (Numbers 6).

However, he seems to have shown the seeds and signs of a strong-willed child at a very early stage. We do not know how his parents disciplined him. Carefully speaking, we have to say that when a child comes into a home in an unusual or special way, it is often hard for the parents to really discipline that child.

God gave Samson a wonderful beginning and many remarkable blessings. Read verse 24 again. Why did he go wrong? We can only say what has been often said, 'There, but for the grace of God…...”

Thank God again today for the kindness and grace in our lives.