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Isaiah 45 – Be Connected with God 以赛亚书 45 – 要连接耶和华    

Wednesday, 27th July 2022

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-13 Everything is from Jehovah

V1-3 ‘Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—To subdue nations before him and loose the armour of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut: ‘I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.’ Only when we are connected with God, then we can receive salvation and we can be protected. Do not see the world bigger than our God.

V11-13 ‘Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; and concerning the work of My hands, you command Me. I have made the earth, and created man on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded. I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways; he shall build My city and let My exiles go free, not for price nor reward,” Says the Lord of hosts.’ God has prepared the place for His beloved, those He has chosen and set apart. It’s not because of how good we are but only because He wants to save us and has compassion on us.

Section Two V14-19 Only by the Salvation of Jehovah

V14 ‘Thus says the Lord: The labor of Egypt and merchandise of Cush and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over to you, and they shall be yours; they shall walk behind you, they shall come over in chains; and they shall bow down to you. They will make supplication to you, saying, ‘Surely God is in you, and there is no other; there is no other God.’ Only God is our salvation, we must rely on Him, seek Him earnestly, and see that nothing in this world compares with God.

V15-17 ‘Truly You are God, who hide Yourself, o God of Israel, the Saviour! They shall be ashamed and also disgraced, all of them; they shall go in confusion together, who are makers of idols. But Israel shall be saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation; you shall not be ashamed or disgraced forever and ever.’ God created the Heaven and Earth, only He is the salvation. When we are willing to accept the salvation of Jehovah, then we will never be put to shame. We are the followers of God, He will raise us up and show the world that He is the only true God.

V18 ‘For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord, and there is no other.’ God does not come to destroy the world but to make it flourish. We must know the will of God, we are the ones, who are destroying the earth because we do not look after it. But God’s Will for us and for the earth is always good.

V19 ‘I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, seek Me in vain; I, the Lord, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.’ We must be connected with God because only He knows what the world will be like. Only He is our Salvation.

Section Three V20-25 Must Look Upon Jehovah

V20 ‘Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations. They have no knowledge, who carry the wood of their carved image, and pray to a god that cannot save.’ We are the captive ones, who have escaped to God; when we come, we must see the One True God. All the idols and false gods cannot help us.

V22-23 ‘Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath.’ Be willing to look upon Him, even though we are scattered, we will be saved. He is our God and there is no other.

V24-25 ‘He shall say, surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength. To Him men shall come, and all shall be ashamed who are incensed against Him. In the Lord all the descendants of Israel shall be justified and shall glory.’ God is beginning and He is the end, do we believe in His Power? When we are connected with God, then nothing else will matter. Do we really connect to God and to our authority? When we do not connect, then we cannot receive nutrition from above. Everything is from God, He is our only salvation, therefore only the nutrition from Him can help us grow and live a glorious life for God.

As we enter the stage of the Upper Room, we must be connected with above, then we can receive the strength and blessings from God.

以赛亚书 45 – 要连接耶和华                     

2022年7月27日 星期三



一、v.1-13 都是耶和华所造的


V1-4 古列(塞鲁士)看上去是很厉害的王,但神要我们看到在背后掌管一切的其实是神。神做的一切不是要帮助波斯王,而是“因我仆人雅各,我所拣选以色列的缘故”。虽然古列不认识神,神仍然拣选他。

V5-7 神不是按着人的情理“出牌”的神,他所做的事不是按着人的想法,这不是霸道,而是借着他所行的事保护我们。神要将他的主权彰显出来,让人看到不是自己能够,而是神能够,一切都出于他。

V8 神创造天地,让人可以居住,因为神爱我们。

V9-10 如果我们与神争论、向神挑战,我们就是愚昧,因为唯有创造天地的神才认识我们。我们可能以为我们认识自己,但很多时候我们是蒙蔽的,唯有连接于我们的创造主的时候,我们才明白我们生命的意义。我们会想要自称为王,想要为自己做主,但是当我们愿意谦卑,我们才能与神连结,先神后人再大地,才能领受神的保护。

V11-12 所有一切受造物都是神所命定的,我们不知道,唯有耶和华才知道这个世界。唯有我们与神连接,我们的生命才有方向。

V13 神兴起波斯君王古列(塞鲁士),让他释放以色列被掳的百姓可以回到神为他们拣选的地方,重建圣殿,“不是为工价,也不是为赏赐”,而是因为神创造我们又怜悯我们。神不要他的百姓只看到波斯、古列的很厉害而去跪拜他们。我们不要看世界大过神,不要为了得到帮助而与世界连接,因为一切都是神所造的。我们唯有连接于神,才能被神拯救、怜悯。

二、v.14-19 唯有耶和华是拯救

V14 当时的人看埃及、古实、西巴人是最富裕、最厉害的人,但神说他们都会来向他的百姓下拜,并且承认:“神真在你们中间,此外再没有别神”,因为唯有耶和华是拯救。

V16-17 能够说这句话的唯有创造天地的神,唯有他是拯救。神对他的百姓说,只要你接受神的拯救,你永远不会蒙羞。神不会让跟从他的人羞愧,因他要兴起我们,让人从我们看到唯有耶和华是真神、是我们的拯救。

V18 神创造大地,并非要拆毁这个世界使其“荒凉”,而是“要给人居住”。使地荒凉的是我们人类自己,是我们破坏了神给我们的地球。

V19 我们要连接于神,因为唯有他知道自己所造的世界会怎样,唯有他是拯救。

三、v.20-25 当仰望耶和华

V20 我们连接于神的时候,是否还为自己留一条“后路”?我们要看见那些偶像是毫无知识、不能救人的。

V22 因着神的怜悯,即使是流散在遥远的“地极”,只要我们愿意仰望他,“就必得救”。

V23 我们是否相信神所宣告的话?

V24-25 公义、能力、世上的一切“唯独在乎耶和华”。神是起初、也是末了,我们是否相信神的能力?若不连接于他,我们什么也没有。

我们今天生命的光景如何?我们跟从神,生命是否连接于神、是否连接于我们的权柄?当我们没有向上连接的时候,我们就会倚靠这个世界给我们的养分。唯有连接于神,有从上而来的养分,我们的生命才能卓越、才能荣耀神。我们只是把神和我们的权柄当作“便利店”、在我们有需要的时候才去找他们?我们在马可楼的阶段, 要与神、与我们的权柄有连接,才能领受力量和祝福。