Agape 愛.話語

撒母耳記上  I Samuel 16:1~13
中文聖經版本:新標點和合本/English Bible Version:NIV (New International Version)

1耶和華對撒母耳說:「我既厭棄掃羅作以色列的王,你為他悲傷要到幾時呢?你將膏油盛滿了角,我差遺你往伯利恆人耶西那裡去;因為我在他眾子之內,預定一個作王的。」2撒母耳說:「我怎能去呢?掃羅若聽見,必要殺我。」耶和華說:「你可以帶一隻牛犢去,就說:『我來是要向耶和華獻祭。』3你要請耶西來吃祭肉,我就指示你所當行的事。我所指給你的人,你要膏他。」4撒母耳就照耶和華的話去行。到了伯利恆,那城裡的長老都戰戰兢兢地出來迎接他,問他說:「你是為平安來的嗎?」5他說:「為平安來的,我是給耶和華獻祭。你們當自潔,來與我同吃祭肉。」撒母耳就使耶西和他眾子自潔,請他們來吃祭肉。6他們來的時候,撒母耳看見以利押,就心裡說:耶和華的受膏者必定在他面前。7耶和華卻對撒母耳說:「不要看他的外貌和他身材高大,我不揀選他。因為,耶和華不像人看人:人是看外貌;耶和華是看內心。」8耶西叫亞比拿達從撒母耳面前經過,撒母耳說:「耶和華也不揀選他。」9耶西又叫沙瑪從撒母耳面前經過,撒母耳說:「耶和華也不揀選他。」10耶西叫他七個兒子都從撒母耳面前經過,撒母耳說:「這都不是耶和華所揀選的。」11撒母耳對耶西說:「你的兒子都在這裡嗎?」他回答說:「還有個小的,現在放羊。」撒母耳對耶西說:「你打發人去叫他來;他若不來,我們必不坐席。」12耶西就打發人去叫了他來。他面色光紅、雙目清秀、容貌俊美。耶和華說:「這就是他,你起來膏他。」13撒母耳就用角裡的膏油,在他諸兄中膏了他。從這日起,耶和華的靈就大大感動大衛。撒母耳起身回拉瑪去了。

1The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel?  Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem.  I have chosen one of his sons to be king."  2But Samuel said, "How can I go?  If Saul hears about it, he will kill me."  The LORD said, "Take a heifer with you and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'  3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do.  You are to anoint fot me the one I indicate."  4Samuel did what the LORD asid.  When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him.  They asked, "Do you come in peace?"  5Samuel replied, "Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.  Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me."  Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.  6When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed stands here before the LORD."  7But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his apperance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The LORD does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the hearts."  8Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel.  But Samuel said, "The LORD has not chosen this one either."  9Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, "Nor has the LORD chosen this one."  10Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, "The LORD has not chosen these."  11So he asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," Jesse answered.  "He is tending the sheep."  Samuel said, "Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives."  12So he sent for him and had him brought in .  He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.  Then the LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; this is the one."  13So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his borthers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David.  Samuel then went to Ramah.

 

竹子﹠天父 談心時刻

其實人真的是一個很容易看外貌的人,這實在是人很不容易跨越的難題。但是, 神也很特別,祂選出來的人,居然也是一個外貌還不錯的人,這也就讓我今天思考了許久:難道, 神也重外貌嗎?不然,為什麼不是選一個平凡不起眼的人呢?

事實上,大衛的揀選是既平凡,又不起眼的。當撒母耳來訪的時候,他正好是在放羊;他的父親耶西,可能也只打算讓他的七個哥哥給撒母耳祝福就好了,大衛年紀最小,就不用了。但是,這次的揀選,對撒母耳來說,卻是一個很重要的突破。因為當以利押走過他眼前的時候,他內心已經有了定論:就是他了。誰知道 神居然立刻反駁了他,這讓撒母耳接下來在看耶西的其他兒子時,眼光漸漸地在改變。當看完了他七個兒子時,發現居然都不是,最後看到大衛時, 神才告訴他答案。此時,撒母耳看見的大衛,已經不只是外在的樣子了,而是看見了他「內心的樣子」。或許,這段形容大衛的詞,好像是在講他的外在,但更深的感覺是在形容大衛的「生命表象」。

我們不能否認自己接受外在比認識內在來的容易許多,可是,外在是很容易改變的。 神透過了這個過程,一方面幫助撒母耳走出對掃羅的傷痛,另一方面也打開了撒母耳的眼光,能看得更深。這也是對我的一個教導和提醒:我能不能學習與 神一起看來人的內心呢?祂是知道人的心的,因此,只有透過祂的眼光,才能把人看對,而不是只有看對人而已,而放對正確的位置,用合適的方式來成全帶領他。在此同時,也是讓我們自己學習更謙卑地去與人互動和相處,用心來認識人;這樣,我們才能真正看見 神創造每個人(包括自己)的「本像」。

不要忘了,神看每個人,可都是「面色光紅、雙目清秀、容貌俊美」的喔!因為我們都是祂手中「甚好」的創造。

耶穌愛你~

 

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