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撒母耳記上  I Samuel 3:1~14
中文聖經版本:新標點和合本/English Bible Version:NIV (New International Version)

1童子撒母耳在以利面前事奉耶和華。當那些日子,耶和華的言語稀少,不常有默示。2一日,以利睡臥在自己的地方;他眼目昏花,看不分明。3 神的燈在 神耶和華殿內約櫃那裡,還沒有熄滅,撒母耳已經睡了。4耶和華呼喚撒母耳。撒母耳說:「我在這裡!」5就跑到以利那裡,說:「你呼喚我?我在這裡。」以利回答說:「我沒有呼喚你,你去睡吧。」他就去睡了。6耶和華又呼喚撒母耳。撒母耳起來,到以利那裡,說:「你呼喚我?我在這裡。」以利回答說:「我的兒,我沒有呼喚你,你去睡吧。」7那時撒母耳還未認識耶和華,也未得耶和華的默示。8耶和華第三次呼喚撒母耳。撒母耳起來,到以利那裡,說:「你又呼喚我?我在這裡。」以利才明白是耶和華呼喚童子。9因此以利對撒母耳說:「你仍去睡吧;若再呼喚你,你就說:『耶和華啊,請說,僕人敬聽!』」撒母耳就去,仍睡在原處。10耶和華又來站著,像前三次呼喚說:「撒母耳啊!撒母耳啊!」撒母耳回答說:「請說,僕人敬聽!」11耶和華對撒母耳說:「我在以色列中必行一件事,叫聽見的人都必耳鳴。12我指著以利家所說的話,到了時候,我必始終應驗在以利身上。13我曾告訴他必永遠降罰與他的家,因他知道兒子作孽,自招咒詛,卻不禁止他們。14所以我向以利家起誓說:『以利家的罪孽,雖獻祭奉禮物,永不能得贖去。』」

1The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli.  In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.  2One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.  3The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and samuel was lying down in the house of the LORD, where the ark of God was.  4Then the LORD called Samuel.  Samuel answered, "Here I am."  5And he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me."  But Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down."  So he went and lay down.  6Again the LORD called, "Samuel!"  And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." "My son," Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down."  7Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.  8A third time the LORD called, "Samuel!"  And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me."  Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy.  9So Eli told Samuel, "Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'"  So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  10The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel!  Samuel!"  Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."  11And the LORD said to Samuel: "See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.  12At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family -- from beginning to end.  13For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them.  14Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, 'The guilt of Eli's house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.'"

 

竹子﹠天父 談心時刻

我們都知道「聽」是很重要的,但是,只有聽是不夠的,要能「聽懂」聽明白話中的意義,甚至是「話中的話」,知道這話是從哪裡來的。這些,卻不是一件容易學習的功課。

有一天,一個聲音進到了兒童撒母耳的耳中,有人在叫他的名字。當時他還小,想都沒想直覺就是以利在叫他,就立刻跑到了以利的旁邊,問他有什麼事;而以利呢,或許他在睡覺吧!或許他年紀也大了,再加上可能也很久沒有聽到 神的聲音了,沒有立刻回應過來是 神在呼喚撒母耳,一直到第三次才恍然大悟是 神的聲音,然後教導撒母耳怎麼回應這個聲音。

其實,我們每天的生活中,都需要練習去聽懂別人話中的意思是什麼;還有,自己是不是與人有經常性的互動關係,這樣才能聽對別人話中的意思。很多時候,我們與人互動會發生衝突,往往都不是因為事情做的不好、不對,而是「誤會」了別人的意思,沒有弄懂別人在想什麼。更氣人的,有些事還要一而再再而三講了又講的時候,更是讓人惱火。以利很久沒有聽到 神的聲音了,所以他沒有意識到這是來自 神的聲音了;那當我們在工作時,是不是有把主管、同事或客戶的聲音,或是在教會服事時,來自牧者、同工或是小組員、慕道友的聲音(可能是他的想法、期待,或是他說話的習慣)弄清楚、聽明白呢?這是一個非常重要的練習,因為只有聽懂了他們的意思,關係才能和諧,事實也才能順利完成。

同樣地,如果我們都不常練習去聽 神的聲音,而且不常去「回應」祂的感動,反而讓自己的常常讓世界的聲音來充滿,又怎麼能做對 神要我們做「合神心意」的決定呢?其中最重要的,就是要像撒母耳一樣,不要害怕去回應。的確,有時會回應錯誤,那又怎樣,就是不懂、不明白才會回應錯啊!但不試著去回應,又怎麼知道回應錯了呢?面對與人的關係也是,如果都沒有勇氣去多一點的互動、詢問,又怎麼能建立「默契」呢!

給自己一些的勇氣和信心去回應吧!錯了,就錯了,承認錯誤並再次站起來出發就好了!更何況: 神使萬事都互相效力,叫「愛 神的人」得益處。既然如此,還有什麼是「錯的回應」呢?是吧!

耶穌愛你~

 

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