Agape 愛.話語

撒母耳記上  I Samuel 9:1~14
中文聖經版本:新標點和合本/English Bible Version:NIV (New International Version)

1有一個便雅憫人,名叫基士,是便雅憫人亞斐亞的玄孫、比歌拉的曾孫、洗羅的孫子、亞別的兒子,是個大能的勇士(或譯:大財主)2他有一個兒子,名叫掃羅,又健壯、又俊美,在以色列人中沒有一個能比他的;身體比眾民高過一頭。3掃羅的父親基士丟了幾頭驢,他就吩咐兒子掃羅說:「你帶一個僕人去尋找驢。」4掃羅就走過以法蓮山地,又過沙利沙地,都沒有找著;又過沙琳地,驢也不在那裡;又過便雅憫地,還沒有找著。5到了蘇弗地,掃羅對跟隨他的僕人說:「我們不如回去,恐怕我父親不為驢掛心,反為我們我們擔憂。」6僕人說:「這城裡有一位神人,是眾人所尊重的,凡他所說的全都應驗。我們不如往他那裡去,或者他能將我們當走的路指示我們。」7掃羅對僕人說:「我們若去,有甚麼有可以送那人呢?我們囊中的食物都吃盡了,也沒有禮物可以送那神人,我們還有甚麼沒有?」8僕人回答掃羅說:「我手裡有銀子一舍客勒的四分之一,可以送那神人,請他指示我們當走的路。」9(從前以色列中,若有人去問 神,就說:「我們問先見去吧!」現在稱為「先知」的,從前稱為「先見」。)10掃羅對僕人說:「你說的是,我們可以去。」於是他們往神人所住的城裡去了。11他們上坡要進城,就遇見幾個少年女子出來打水,問她們說:「先見在這裡沒有?」12女子回答說:「在這裡,他在你們前面。快去吧!他今日正到城裡,因為今日百姓要在邱壇獻祭。13在他還沒有上邱壇吃祭物之先,你們一進城必還見他;因他未到,百姓不能吃,必等他先祝祭,然後請的客才吃。現在你們上去,這時候必遇見他。」14二人就上去;將進城的時候,撒母耳正迎著他們來,要上邱壇去。

1There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin.  2He had a son named Saul, an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites -- a head taller than any of the others.  3Now the donkeys belonging to Saul's father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, "Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys."  4So he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and through the area aournd Shalisha, but they did not find them.  They went on into the district of Shaalim, but the donkeys were not there.  Then he passed through the territory of Benjamin, but they did not find them.  5When they reached the district of Zuph, Saul said to the servant who was with him, "Come, let's go back, or my fater will stop thinking about the donkeys and start worrying about us."  6But the servant replied, "Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true.  Let's go there now.  Perhaps he will tell us what way to take."  7Saul said to his servant, "If we go, what can we give the man?  The food in our sacks is gone.  We have no gift to take to the man of God.  What do we have?"  8The servant answered him again.  "Look," he said, "I have a quarter of a shekel of silver.  I will give it to the man of God so that he will tell us what way to take."  9(Formerly in Israel, if a man went to inquire of God, he would say, "Come, let us go to the seer," because the prophet of today used to be called a seer.)  10"Good," Saul said to his servant.  "Come, let's go."  So they set out fot the town where the mand of God was.  11As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some girls coming out to draw water, and they asked them, "Is the seer here?"  12"He is," they answered.  "He's ahead of you.  Hurry now; he has just come to our town tody, for the people have a sacrifice at the high place.  13As soon as you enter the town, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat.  The people will not begin eating until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward, those who are invited will eat.  Go up now; you should find him about this time."  14They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.

 

竹子﹠天父 談心時刻

今天讓我在想一個問題:我們生命中的一切,真的都是「預定」好的嗎?

這段時間在公司裡,不時會聽到同事在分享一些生活中的事,好多時候都會聽到「一切都是緣份」或是「都是天注定」這類的話語。聖經中,也不時會看見「 神預備...」這樣的話;再加上神學裡有所謂的「預定論」,所以,我們真的什麼都不用做,許多事都會在「預定」中發生囉!是嗎?而這段經文提到了還沒有被揀選成為以色列君王的掃羅,是一個很單純又忠心,而且會體恤人的人,再加上他的外表,真是討人的喜歡;而且,他也是很清楚禮數的,不能兩手空空地去見神人。但為什麼掃羅最後會變成一個為了「顧權」而想盡辦法要除掉大衛的王呢?這難道也是 神的預定嗎?我看見,不是這樣,而是回到了 神讓人所擁有的「自由意志」中。

 神給人最特別的不同,就是擁有自由意志,可以有自己的想法和做決定的權利。但是, 神的確也為每人預備了一個專屬的生命經歴,以及這個人的呼召。一切,在沒有「罪」的介入之前,其實是沒有問題的,只是因為了罪,人開始從自己的角度去思考每件事的好或不好,然後用自己的決定來看 神的預定。其實,事情的「發生」或許我們沒有辦法選擇,但每件事「要怎麼回應」我們都是可以做選擇的。我們可以決定不要「酒後開車」,可以學習忍耐來面對與人的關係...。我們的確都可以選擇,只是我們所做的這個決定,到底是怎麼決定的,才決定一件事會怎麼發生。

 神已經預備了掃羅要承接以色列首任君王的王位,祂揀選的,是「祂原本所創造的掃羅」,因為祂知道掃羅受造的身份和呼召;只是,掃羅選擇用「自己」的決定,來回應 神對他的呼召,而如此地結束了自己的生命。我們不應該把「做決定」的責任,完全丟給 神,因為我們是有自由意志的;不能因為做決定後的結果不如自己預期,就變成是「 神就預定會這樣發生」,更多的時候是我們應該要回到 神的裡面,去認識和分辨每件事發生的原因。其實,往往不是天( 神)預定要這樣發生,而是自己在罪中的決定所造成的結果。

但是, 神一定有預備,來幫助我們走出罪的影響,而能在每一次的決定中越來越準確,而且越來越能體會 神的心意做出合 神心意的決定。這些的過程, 神都有預備,我們需要更謙卑地回到祂的裡面,來認識祂的安排和計劃。

耶穌愛你~

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