Agape 愛.話語

撒母耳記上  I Samuel 11:1~15
中文聖經版本:新標點和合本/English Bible Version:NIV (New International Version)

1亞捫人的王拿轄上來,對著基列.雅比安營。雅比眾人對拿轄說:「你與我們立約,我們就服事你。」2亞捫人拿轄說:「你們若由我剜出你們各人的右眼,以此凌辱以色列眾人,我就與你們立約。」3雅比的長老對他說:「求寬容我們七日,等我們打發人往以色列的全境去;若沒有人救我們,我們就出來歸順你。」4使者到了掃羅住的基比亞,將這話說給百姓聽,百姓就都放聲而哭。5掃羅正從田間趕牛回來,問說:「百姓為甚麼哭呢?」眾人將雅比人的話告訴他。6掃羅聽見這話,就被 神的靈大大感動,甚是發怒。7他將一對牛切成塊子,託付使者傳送以色列的全境,說:「凡不出來跟隨掃羅和撒母耳的,也必這樣切開他的牛。」於是耶和華使百姓懼怕,他就都出來,如同一人。8掃羅在比色數點他們:以色列人有三十萬,猶大人有三萬。9眾對那使者說:「你們要回覆基列.雅比人說,明日太陽近午的時候,你們必得解救。」使者回去告訴雅比人,他們就歡喜了。10於是雅比人對亞捫人說:「明日我們出來歸順你們,你們可以隨意待我們。」11第二日,掃羅將百姓分為三隊,在晨更的時候入了亞捫人的營,擊殺他們直到太陽近午,剩下的人都逃散,沒有二人同在一處的。12百姓對撒母耳說:「那說『掃羅豈能管理我們』的是誰呢?可以將他交出來,我們好殺死他。」13掃羅說:「今日耶和華在以色列中施行拯救,所以不可殺人。」14撒母耳對百姓說:「我們要往吉甲去,在那裡立國。」15眾百姓就到了吉甲那裡,在耶和華面前立掃羅為王,又在耶和華面前獻平安祭。掃羅和以色列眾人大大歡喜。

1Nahash the Ammonite went up the besieged Jabesh Gilead.  And all the men of Jabesh said to him, "Make a trety with us, and we will be subject to you."  2But Nahash the Ammonite replied, "I will make a treaty with you only on the condition that I gouge out the right eye of every one of you and so bring disgrace on all Israel."  3The elders of Jabesh said to him, "Give us seven days so we can send messengers throughout Israel; if no one comes to rescue us, we will surrender to you."  4When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and reported these therms to the people, they all wept aloud.  5Just then saul as returning from the fields, behind his oxen, and he asked, "What is wrong with everyone?  Why are they weeping?"  Then they repeated to him what the men of Jabesh had said.  6When Saul heard their words, the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and be burned with anger.  7He took a pair of oxen, cut them into pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers throughtout Israel, proclaiming, "This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone who does not follow Saul and Samuel."  Then the terror of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out together as one.  8When Saul mustered them at Bezek, the men of Israel numbered three hundred thousand and those of Judah thirty thousand.  9They told the messengers who had come, "Say to the men of Jabesh Gilead, 'By the time the sun is hot tomorrow, you will be rescued.'"  When the messengers went and reported this to the mene of Jabesh, they were elated.  10They said to the Ammonited, "Tomorrow we will surrender to you, and you can do to us whatever you like."  11The next day Saul separarted his men into three divisions; during the last watch of the night they broke into the camp of the Ammonites and slaughtered them until the heat of the day.  Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.  12The people then said to Samuel, "Who was it that asked, 'Shall Saul reign over us?'  Turn these men over to us so that we may put them to death."  13But Saul said, "No one will be put to death today, for this day the LORD has rescued Israel."  14Then Samuel said to the people, "Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship."  15So all the people went to Gilgal and made Saul king in the presence of the LORD.  There they sacrificed fellowhip offerings before the LORD, and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration.

 

竹子﹠天父 談心時刻

我越來越知道,只要是 神預備的事或是要成全的人,祂一定會有方法去成就這件事的發生;只是,我們是不是知道祂必有預備,還是說仍然要花上自己很大的力氣,卻只有一個不上不下的結果。

最近在讀掃羅這段他開始被膏立為王的過程,很常被掃羅最終的結果所影響,總是覺得掃羅這個人真的不好,這一切不過就只是個開始,看到後面就知道他會變成什麼樣子了。但同時,一個問題浮現了出來:那為什麼 神還有膏立他呢?正如昨天的分享, 神看到的,是起初祂創造掃羅的心,是這個預備, 神揀選了掃羅。而起初的掃羅,的確也沒讓 神失望,跟隨 神的帶領,打贏了一場又一場的勝杖,也表現出了一個敬畏 神的典範。這場戰爭,可以說是奠定掃羅王的身份,也讓以色列的百姓認定了這個王,而且原本許多不認同掃羅的人,也就不敢再多說什麼了。

從這個過程中,我發現了, 神要成就的計劃,祂一定有辦法讓這件事成就。祂為掃羅預備了這場雅比人守護戰,也測試了掃羅的心,更是讓掃羅正式走上了王位的寶座。回到我們的生活中,其實人是很辛苦的,因為當我們不知道 神有預備的時候,什麼事都得自己來預備。或許不是不好,但更多的時候是浪費了許多的時間和力氣,卻只成就了一件其實不是那麼花力氣的事,甚至是一件根本不是我們需要去做的事。但是,但我們能回到 神的裡面,與祂同行的時候,真的會發現, 神真是預備了一切,我只可以很輕鬆的來前進。

新約中提到 神給我們的擔子是輕省,是容易的,這代表了 神從來沒有要我們去擔心什麼,只要做祂要我們去做的事,而且還不用預備擔心太多,因為祂都準備好了。正如最近行動平台的發展,祂真的有預備,或許自己還是會有壓力、會擔心,但是,卻可以更輕鬆的領受祂的預備和恩典。

耶穌愛你~

 

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