2019年6月8日
參孫偏行己路

粵語 國語

第8天


讀經:   

士師記十四章1至9節

1參孫下到亭拿,在那裡看見一個女子,是非利士人的女兒。

2參孫上來稟告他父母說:“我在亭拿看見一個女子,是非利士人的女兒,願你們給我娶來為妻。”

3他父母說:“在你弟兄的女兒中,或在本國的民中,豈沒有一個女子,何至你去在未受割禮的非利士人中娶妻呢?參孫對他父親說:“願你給我娶那女子,因我喜悅她。”

4他的父母卻不知道這事是出於耶和華,因為他找機會攻擊非利士人。那時,非利士人轄制以色列人。

5參孫跟他父母下亭拿去。到了亭拿的葡萄園,見有一隻少壯獅子向他吼叫。

6耶和華的靈大大感動參孫,他雖然手無器械,卻將獅子撕裂,如同撕裂山羊羔一樣。他行這事並沒有告訴父母。

7參孫下去與女子說話,就喜悅她。

8過了些日子,再下去要娶那女子,轉向道旁要看死獅,見有一群蜂子和蜜在死獅之內,

9就用手取蜜,且吃且走;到了父母那裡,給他父母,他們也吃了,只是沒有告訴這蜜是從死獅之內取來的。

參孫認識了一個女子,他的父母卻不喜歡。這很不尋常嗎?其實父母通常都不太認同兒女的選擇,這本不足為奇。況且,這個女子是一個異教徒。用現代的話來講,我們可以說她是非信徒;這麼多年來,這種情況屢屢發生,真是令人頭痛!

參孫的父母苦苦相勸,若用今天的方式表達,他的父親大致對他說:「難道教會裡沒有一位姊妹值得你追求嗎?你在哪裡認識這個女子的?是在派對?噢,你本不該去這種地方啊!」問題便由之而起。

參孫怎樣回答呢?他說:「我喜歡她,我要娶她為妻。」(接著的第4節顯然是由撒母耳加上的,他很有可能是本書的作者,他在事後回顧,認為這是神容讓此事發生的原因。)

參孫曾經數度面對生命的危險,全靠神賜給他力量才得以死裡逃生。第5、6節是兩個神蹟的事例,參孫當時手無寸鐵,但神的靈卻臨到他的身上,使他輕易擊倒獅子。

有時,連基督徒也覺得很難面對「手無寸鐵」的情況。他們認為必須要有大型活動或高等學歷才能解決問題,其實擁有這兩樣皆不是問題,問題出在我們只倚靠這些東西,而不倚靠神的靈。沒有任何東西能取代神的能力。

參孫還在其他場合展示這種超凡的力量。然而,神將這種力量賜給他,是要他用來拯救以色列人,但他卻常為娛樂自己和保護自己的安全而用之。

參孫的例子引發我們思想一個問題:我們如何運用神賜給我們各人的屬靈恩賜呢?我們是為了榮耀自己,或是為了榮耀神和實現祂賜予我們恩賜時的目的呢?

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SAMSON WANTS HIS OWN WAY
Day 8


Bible Reading:   

Judges 14:1-9

1 Now Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines.

2 So he went up and told his father and mother, saying, “I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore, get her for me as a wife.”

3 Then his father and mother said to him, “Is there no woman among the daughters of your brethren, or among all my people, that you must go and get a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?”
And Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she pleases me well.”

4 But his father and mother did not know that it was of the LORD—that He was seeking an occasion to move against the Philistines. For at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

5 So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah.
Now to his surprise, a young lion came roaring against him.

6 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.

7 Then he went down and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.

8 After some time, when he returned to get her, he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion. And behold, a swarm of bees and honey were in the carcass of the lion.

9 He took some of it in his hands and went along, eating. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them, and they also ate. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey out of the carcass of the lion.

Does this sound familiar? Samson met a girl his parents didn't like. Is that unusual? Parents are often not impressed with the choice their child might make. But this girl was a non-believer. We would say she wasn't a Christian. What heartaches similar situations have caused through the years!

The parents pled with Samson. Putting it into today's language it would read, “Isn't there a girl at our church you would like? Where did you meet this girl? At a party? Maybe you shouldn't have been there.” And so the questions would go on.

What was Samson's answer? “I want her. Get her for me.” (The words which follow in verse 4 were no doubt added by Samuel who was probably the author of the book of Judges and with hindsight showing why God allowed this.)

It was living dangerously, however. Two or three times Samson faced life-threatening situations from which only his God-given strength rescued him. Verses 5 and 6 are amazing for example. Samson had nothing in his hand, but the Spirit of God was on him and he easily defeated the lion.

Sometimes Christians find this matter of “nothing in their hands” a very difficult situation to face. They think they must have, for example, big programs. There must be high academic qualifications. There is nothing wrong with either except when we depend on those things and not on the Spirit of God. Nothing can be a substitute for the power of God.

On several other occasions Samson displayed this unusual power God had given him. But God had given it to him to use in delivering Israel. More often he used it for his own pleasure or safety.

That makes us face the question - what are we doing with the spiritual gifts God has given to each of us? Are they being used for our glory or for the glory of God and the purpose for which they were given to us?