Agape 愛.話語

撒母耳記上  I Samuel 2:22~36
中文聖經版本:新標點和合本/English Bible Version:NIV (New International Version)

22以利年甚老邁,聽見他兩個兒子待以色列眾人的事,又聽見他們與會幕門前伺候的婦人苟合,23他就對他們說:「你們為何行這樣的事呢?我從這眾百姓聽見你們的惡行。24我兒啊,不可這樣!我聽見你們的風聲不好,你們使耶和華的百姓犯了罪。25人若得罪人,有士師審判他;人若得耶和華,誰能為他祈求呢?」然而他們還是不聽父親的話,因為耶和華想要殺他們。26孩子撒母耳漸漸長大,耶和華與人越發喜愛他。27有神人來見以利,對他說:「耶和華如此說:『你祖父在埃及法老家作奴僕人的時候,我不是向他們顯現嗎?28在以色列眾支派中,我不是揀選人作我的祭司,使他燒香,在我壞上獻祭,在我面穿以弗得,以將以色列人所獻的火祭都賜給你父家嗎?29我所吩咐獻在我居所的祭物,你們為何踐踏?尊重你的兒子過於尊重我,將我民以色列所獻美好的祭物肥己呢?』30因此,耶和華﹣以色列的 神說:『我曾說,你和你父家必永遠行在我面前;現在我卻說,決不容你們這樣行。因為尊重我的,我必重看他;藐視我的,他必被輕視。31日子必到,我要折斷你的膀臂和你父家的膀臂,使你家中沒有一個老年人。32在 神使以色列人享福的時候,你必看見我居所的敗落。在你家中必永遠沒有一個老年人。33我必不從我壇前滅盡你家中的人;那未滅的必使你眼目乾癟、心中憂傷。你家中所生的人都必死在中年。34你的兩個兒子何弗尼、非尼哈所遭遇的事可作你的證據:他們二人必一日同死。35又我要為自己立一個忠心的祭司;他必照我的心意而行。我要為他建立堅固的家;他必永遠行在我的受膏者面前。36你家所剩下的人都必來叩拜他,求塊銀子,求個餅,說:『求你賜我祭司的職分,好叫我得點餅吃。』」

22Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.  23So he said to hem, "Why do you do such things?  I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours.  24No, my sons; the report I hear spreading among the LORD's people is not good.  25If one person sins against another, God may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the LORD, who will intercede for them?"  His sons, however, did not listen the their father's rebuke, for it was the LORD's will to put them to death.  26And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with people.  27Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, "This is what the LORD says: 'Did I not clearly reveal my self to your ancestor's family when they were in Egype under Pharaoh?  28I chose your ancestor out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn in cense, and to war an ephod in my presence.  I also gave your ancestor's family all the food offerings presented by the Israelites.  29Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling?  Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?'  30"Therefor the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.'  But now the LORD declares: 'Far be it from me!  Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.  31The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your priestly house, so that no one in it will reach old age, 32and you will see distress in my dwelling.  Although good will be done to Israel, no one in your family line will ever reach old age.  33Every one of you that I do not cut off from serving at my altar I will spare only to destroy your sight and sap your strength, and all your descendants will die in the prime of life.  34"'And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you -- they will both die on the same day.  35I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind.  I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always.  36Then everyone left in your family line will come and bow dowm before him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread and plead, "Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat."'"

 

竹子﹠天父 談心時刻

人在面對自己的軟弱時,很多時候其實都希望能「重重舉起,輕輕放下」,但是,更多的時候,我們是「輕輕舉起,輕輕放下」。

怎麼說呢?今天看到以利知道了他的兩個兒子在的作為時,雖然有「責備」,但一且卻只停在這裡,沒有進一步的作為來「管教」他們。我們當然沒有人喜歡被管教,但是,管教卻有必要性來幫助我們真的「知罪」。以利或許因為身為父親的緣故,而下不了管教的手,但這卻會帶給以色列人更大的犯罪;可別忘了,以利和他的兩個兒子都是聖殿裡的祭司,他們的一言一行都會影響以色列人與 神的關係,以及對真理的認識。

神人的話說的很重,因為 神真的不高興了。因為身為祭司的以利,在面對「罪」的這件事上,是沒有妥協的餘地的,縱使是自己的兒子,都是一樣的。「因為尊重我的,我必重看他;藐視我的,他必被輕視」,尊重的當中仍然是有原則的;如果為了尊重人,卻放下了原則,這個尊重只會帶來更大的錯誤。 神之所以對以利說如此重的話,因為以利根本已經用錯誤的方式在對待他的兒子,當然,更沒有尊重他身為祭司的身份。

在罪中面對神,其實是不容易,不然以利的兩個兒子不會知道神要殺他們之後,還是選擇不聽。但是,願意在罪中面對神,才能體會神真正的愛;因為神就是不希望我們因為犯了罪,而失去了與祂之間的關係。祂沒有要除滅以利的家,因為祂仍然愛這個家,仍然要成就祂的愛在這個家中。

耶穌愛你~

 

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