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2018-4-24    

神的看顧無微不至

粵語 國語

第24天


讀經:   

出埃及記十三章17至22節

17法老容百姓去的時候,非利士地的道路雖近,神卻不領他們從那裡走;因為神說:恐怕百姓遇見打仗後悔,就回埃及去。

18所以神領百姓繞道而行,走紅海曠野的路。以色列人出埃及地,都帶著兵器上去。

19摩西把約瑟的骸骨一同帶去;因為約瑟曾叫以色列人嚴嚴地起誓,對他們說:神必眷顧你們,你們要把我的骸骨從這裡一同帶上去。

20他們從疏割起行,在曠野邊的以倘安營。

21日間,耶和華在雲柱中領他們的路;夜間,在火柱中光照他們,使他們日夜都可以行走。

22日間雲柱,夜間火柱,總不離開百姓的面前。

這段經文帶出了幾個重點。首先,神清楚知道這群以色列民在出埃及的時候處於甚麼光景。他們多年來一直在埃及做苦工,毫無作戰的經驗。所以,如果祂帶領他們用最直接的路前往迦南,他們便要面對驍勇善戰的非利士人,他們極可能被打敗而士氣大挫。神對百姓的看顧真是無微不至!

當我們翻到哥林多前書十章13節,我們將會發現神今天同樣是無微不至地看顧我們。神不會叫我們受試探過於我們的屬靈力量能勝的,且必會為我們開一條出路。

其次,約瑟曾經預言,他的以色列子孫必有一天要離開埃及。因此,他的遺體一直安放在棺木中沒有埋葬,要等候神的應許應驗。如今,神真的按照祂的應許,帶領以色列人離開埃及;摩西便遵照約瑟的遺命將他的骸骨一同帶走。經過40年後,約書亞終於將約瑟的骸骨安葬在迦南(書二十四32)。

此外,我們還得留意,神一直不離不棄地在路上帶領百姓。祂更以具體的象徵來顯明祂的同在:那就是日間的雲和夜間亮出奇異的光。日間的雲讓他們在炙熱的曠野中提供了最佳的遮蔭;夜間的光可以為他們提供照明和溫暖,因為晚上的曠野會氣溫驟降。

神對我們的看顧豈不是同樣的無微不至?祂時刻與我們同在,保守著我們。祂的話成為我們路上的光,指引著我們的方向。祂總是處處為我們著想,賜予我們各樣的好處。讓我們為著神所賜的一切厚恩,深深地獻上感恩。

經訓:

「我的心哪,你要稱頌耶和華!不可忘記他的一切恩惠!」詩篇一零三篇2節

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GOD'S TENDER CARE OF HIS PEOPLE
Day 24


Bible Reading:   

Exodus 13: 17 - 22

17 Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.”

18 So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.

19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had placed the children of Israel under solemn oath, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here with you.”

20 So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness.

21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.

22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.

Two or three points stand out in this reading. First, God knew the condition of the people when they came out of Egypt. They had been slaves for many years and had no experience in fighting a war. If God had led them by the most direct route to Canaan, they would have had to face the warlike Philistines and might have been defeated and certainly discouraged. How marvellous is God's care for his people.

If you turn to 1 Corinthians 10:13 you will find that same care is over us today. God does now allow us to be tempted beyond our spiritual strength but with the temptation he provides a way of escape.

Secondly. Joseph had prophesied that one day the Children of Israel would leave Egypt. His body had never been buried but had remained in a coffin as a silent witness, waiting for God to fulfil his word. Now that had happened and Moses took Joseph's coffin with him as Joseph had asked. The bones were finally buried in Canaan by Joshua, over 40 years later (see Joshua 24:32).

Then God did not leave his people without guidance. He gave them a symbol of his presence. It was a cloud by day that gave them wonderful shade from the burning desert sun. It gave them a marvellous light at night, so that they could read, cook or even travel at nighttime, when it was so much cooler.

Isn't that like God's care for us today? He has given us the protection of his presence every day. He has given us the light of his Word as our guide. He has done everything he can to help us. Thank him again today for all he has done for us.

A VERSE FOR TODAY:

Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits.

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