2019年6月9日
參孫的神奇力量

粵語 國語

第9天


讀經:   

士師記十四章5至9節,十六章2至3節

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。

2有人告訴迦薩人說:“參孫到這裡來了!”他們就把他團團圍住,終夜在城門悄悄埋伏說:“等到天亮我們便殺他。”

3參孫睡到半夜起來,將城門的門扇、門框、門閂一齊拆下來,扛在肩上,扛到希伯崙前的山頂上。

你見過描繪參孫的圖畫嗎?它們大都把參孫畫成一個渾身肌肉發達的男人,好像現代的摔角運動員。

然而,參孫是否真是這個樣子呢?事實未必如此,否則非利士人應該猜到他的神力是從何而來。

參孫的力量是來自神的靈。但令人感到可悲的是,正如我們昨天所讀,神賜參孫這種力量,為的是叫他作以色列的領袖或士師,拯救百姓脫離外敵的侵凌;可是,他卻常常運用這種力量去滿足和保護自己。

沒有人能徒手撕裂獅子,參孫卻能做到;沒有人能活捉三百隻狐狸,再將狐狸擲進敵人的禾田裡,參孫卻能做到;沒有人能夠把城門的門扇、門框、門閂一齊拆下來,扛到數里以外的山頂上,參孫卻做得到。真不知道該城的百姓如何把它們從山上扛下來!

參孫憑甚麼做成這一切呢?就是靠神的靈賜給他的力量。當這力量離他而去的時候,他便一無所有。

我們今天應當學習這個寶貴的功課。任何人只要接受耶穌基督,並將生命交給祂,就會獲得聖靈賜予能力。在舊約時代,聖靈似乎只會臨到某人,讓他完成某項特別的差事,而不會一直住在他的裡面。但今天,聖靈卻會入住信徒心裡,不再離開。除非有人決意背逆神和執意犯罪,聖靈便會收回祂的能力。

聖靈正在等著使用願意將生命交給基督的人。聖靈的大能永遠如一。祂渴望你能不負所託,並為基督的緣故使用你。你願意被聖靈使用嗎?

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SAMSON'S AMAZING STRENGTH
Day 9


Bible Reading:   

Judges 14:5-9 and 16:2-3

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.

 2 When the Gazites were told, “Samson has come here!” they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. They were quiet all night, saying, “In the morning, when it is daylight, we will kill him.”

3 And Samson lay low till midnight; then he arose at midnight, took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two gateposts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.

Have you ever seen a drawing or painting of Samson? Most of them show him as a man with enormous bulging muscles over very part of his body. He looks like a modern wrestling hero.

But was he really like that? Probably not, otherwise the Philistines would have known the secret of his unusual strength.

Samson's power came from the Spirit of God. But sad to say as we saw yesterday, while Samson was supposed to be the leader or judge to deliver Israel, most of the time he used his great strength to either deliver or amuse himself.

No one could kill a lion with his bare hands. But Samson did. No one could catch 300 foxes and turn them into the enemy's grain fields. But Samson did. No one could lift a city's gate and gateposts, and carry them miles away up a hill. But Samson did. It would be very interesting to know how the town’s people got them back again!

How did Samson do all this and more besides? By the power loaned him by the Spirit of God. When that power finally left him, he had nothing.

What a lesson for us today! The same Holy Spirit is willing to lend His power to anyone who accepts Jesus Christ and yields his life to Him. It would seem that in Old Testament days, the Holy Spirit would come on a person for a special task but would not indwell him. Today the Holy Spirit indwells and will never leave a believer. But if that person is disobedient and chooses sin rather than Christ's will, the Holy Spirit will withdraw His power.

The Holy Spirit is waiting to use anyone who will give his life to Christ. His power is still the same. He longs to be able to trust you and use you for Christ's sake. Are we willing to allow Him to do it?