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2020-8-8    

前車可鑑

粵語 國語

第8天


讀經:   

哥林多前書十章1至6節

1弟兄們,我不願意你們不曉得,我們的祖宗從前都在雲下,都從海中經過,

2都在雲裡、海裡受洗歸了摩西;

3並且都吃了一樣的靈食,

4也都喝了一樣的靈水。所喝的,是出於隨著他們的靈磐石;那磐石就是基督。

5但他們中間多半是神不喜歡的人,所以在曠野倒斃。

6這些事都是我們的鑑戒,叫我們不要貪戀惡事,像他們那樣貪戀的;

保羅在這裡向我們提出了鄭重的警告。他指出昔日的以色列人雖獲得神的各種賜福,可是當遇到試煉的時候,卻仍然犯罪跌倒。

經文只是列出了神賜給以色列民的幾種福氣。根據和合本的翻譯,「都」字總共出現了5次,即表示他們各人都經歷了神的祝福。其中之一,是他們都得著神的帶領。神用眾人看得見的雲柱來帶領他們,他們只需要跟從便行了。

他們都經過了紅海。凡跟從神帶領的人,總必得著神的大能拯救,這是古往今來的事實。他們全都走進海裡──那是必死無疑的──然而,因著神的保護,他們卻能安然走到彼岸,脫離他們的敵人埃及王之追捕。我們今天的水禮,就仿如他們走過紅海的行動一樣,預表我們的出死入生。

他們豈不是需要食物嗎?神親自賜給他們。他們豈不是需要水喝嗎?神命盤石出水來賜給他們。同樣地,我們所需用的一切,基督也會奇妙地賜給我們。

以色列民儘管經歷了神的各種恩惠,但他們卻依然犯罪。他們不滿意神的帶領方式;他們不承認摩西是他們的唯一領袖;他們不滿意神所賜的食物。

他們完全忘記了神的施恩,只懂得抱怨神。當我們對神為我們所做的一切,或對我們的計劃感到不滿;當我們對神的計劃發出怨言,我們便會像他們一樣,失去神為我們所預備的一切福氣。以色列人以為,他們即使沒有神也可以繼續上路,但最終卻發現這是不可能的。

甚麼是蒙福之途?就是承認我們所得著的一切,都是神所賜予的;而祂總是將最好的賜給我們。我們若懂得凡事數算主恩,就不會就昔日的以色列人那樣可悲地跌倒了。

反思:

只有信靠、順服,才能得著神的賜福,此外便再無其他的途徑。

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BE CAREFUL-YOU MIGHT FAIL TOO


Bible Reading:   

1 Corinthians 10:1-6

1 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea,

2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,

3 all ate the same spiritual food,

4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.

5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.

Paul gives a very strong warning to the Corinthians, and to us, in the first few verses of this chapter. He points out the privileges that Israel had, yet they failed God when they were tested.

Think of some of the things God did for them. The word 'all' occurs five times in these six verses. They all had guidance. How? By means of the cloud which God provided for them. It could be clearly seen. All they had to do was follow.

They all passed through the Red Sea. It is always true that those who walk in God's ways will be delivered by God's power. They all went down into the sea, into what would have been the place of death. They came up on the other side, delivered from their old enemy Egypt. It was as though they had all been baptised in the same way as we are baptised to show that we have passed from death unto life.

Did they need food? God provided it. Did they need water? It came from the Rock. In the same way all our needs are wonderfully supplied by Christ himself.

In spite of all this, the people of Israel failed. They were not satisfied with the way God guided them. They did not want to recognize Moses as their only leader. They did not like the food God provided.

They simply forgot God's goodness to them and murmured against God. When we become dissatisfied with what God is doing for us or planning for us; when we murmur against his will, we too will lose out on the very blessings God has for us. Israel thought they could go on without God, but they found out they couldn't.

What is the way of blessing? Acknowledge that everything we have has come from God and that he knows what is best for us at all times. If we do that, we will not fail as Israel failed so tragically.

Trust and obey for there's no other way

To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey.

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