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Hebrews 3 – Have Love Have Trust 希伯来书 3 – 有爱有信任             

Thursday, 6th January 2022

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

What is our love for God? A lot of time, we love people out of responsibility, not because we really love them, but we feel responsible and obligated to them, therefore we love. Is our love for God the same? We are the true sons and daughters, God loves us wholeheartedly, and we must respond to our Abba Father with true love. The core values for us to be Christians are to love and to trust.

Section One V1-6 Must Meditate

V1-2 ‘Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.’ When we call ourselves the true sons, then we must take part in the calling. We need to know our identities as the ones being called, this is not by accident, but according to God’s plan to be chosen and to be called. We are the ones being called, and we are made holy when we chose to respond. This is the holy identity we must carry when we enter the calling, to always meditate on God’s Word and to think about what pleases God.

When did the love of God for us started? At the beginning of the world, when He created the Heaven and earth, through His creations, He expressed His love for us. How do we interpret the love of God for us? Only during the time, when we are baptised? Or when we saw a miracle? Or when everything goes according to what er pray for? God’s love is always there, despite of good days or bad days. Stop being a consumer, who stops loving God when the desired is not received.

God never stops loving us; when Adam and Eve sinned, God clothed them and covered their shame. The Book of Genesis is the beginning of the love story. God created men in six days, and He loved us unconditionally. A mother has to be pregnant for 10 months in order for the parents to prepare themselves and to learn to love their child. God loved us since the very beginning, but how much do we love God? We may love God at the beginning, we were willing to give up everything for God, we followed God wholeheartedly, but when time goes by, we are stuck in our ‘doing’ attitude, we want to perform miracles like Jesus, we want to heal like Jesus, we want to rule and reign with Jesus… but these are all about ‘doing’.

V3-4 ‘For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honour than the house. For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.’ It’s easy for our love to grow cold when we feel we are not appreciated, because our love has conditions, we expect God and the world to appreciate the things we have done, but we fail to see that it’s never about how much we can do! Jesus came to the world not to prove Himself, because He knew the Father loves Him no matter what! Churches nowadays have lost their focus, they go around pleasing people and make people feel good, and when people are not happy with their church, they move to another church, or they build their own church.

V5-6 ‘And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.’ Moses knew he was only a servant; we should not see the servant more than the master. Do not let people look up to us more than look up to God. We know we are servants like Moses, do not expect for anything in return, because we can serve only by the grace of God. Our love will easily grow cold if we fall into the temptation of receiving praises from people. God wants us to love wisely, not to stumble others or ourselves.

Moses was a servant and Christ is the Son, who manages the household. Can we tell the difference? Do not see the servant more than the authority, and do not let people see us more than they see our authority. Do not have an expectation for people to praise us or to give us anything in return, because we are not doing a favour for anyone by giving and offering to the House of God; this is what we should do as the Body of Christ!

Section Two V7-15 Must Listen

V7-9 ’Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years.’ Everything the Israelites did were to Moses, they were angry at Moses, and they complained to Moses, but God said that everything they did to Moses was doing to Him. Are we also stiff-necked like the Israelites? Not knowing the works of God and not seeing God’s guidance?

V10-11 ‘Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’ So, I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest.’’ We should long be in God’s rest, not to always seeing what we are lacking or what we should be doing, but to seek the Spirit of God and to enter His true rest.

V12-13 ‘Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.’ When we see our fellow brothers and sisters fell, when we see they backslide, we should hold our hands out for them, to let them see the love of God and the love of the authority. We should help one another, be strong and courageous, use the Word of God to support our brothers and sisters. If we don’t know what to do, then pray that God will give us words to speak, to encourage and to build up.

Section Three V16-19 Must Believe

V16-17 ‘For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?’ These Israelites from Egypt did not believe and did not listen after Moses talked to them. 40 years they were in the wilderness and could not enter the presence of God.

V18-19 ‘And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.’ God talked to Moses directly, and the people received the Word of God through Moses, so when the people didn’t believe in Moses, they didn’t believe in God. Let us believe that God loves us from the beginning, let us hear and believe. Do not be stiff-necked and do not wait until it’s too late.

希伯来书 3 – 有爱有信任             

2022年1月6日 星期四

潘锡安牧师 

我们很多时候想要做一些事情来“报答”神,作为我们回应爱的方法。这是我们华人的传统观念,比如我们会做很多事情去取悦父母、报答他们对我们的好。然而,这当中是否责任大过爱?当我们有报答的思想时,我们做事是有“交换”的目的,会渐渐失去对报答对象的爱与信任。当我们知道基督是谁,也知道什么是真儿子的时候,我们如何去回应这位差为我们舍命的基督的伟大父神呢?

一、v1.1-6 应当思想

V1“同蒙天召的圣洁弟兄”- 原文圣经其实一开始还有“故此”一词,也就是说我们都是真儿子,是有份于属天呼召的圣洁弟兄。我们都是被拣选领受起初的爱的,我们要带着圣洁的身份进入属天的呼召。“应当”原文指“一定要”,我们要思想的是圣洁,是属天的呼召。当我们说要回到起初的爱,我们想到的都是被爱、被接纳、被饶恕。神对我们的爱是什么时候开始的?在他创造天地的时候,神就借着他的创造之物显明他的爱,并非等到我们刚信主受洗的时候。我们若只在受洗的时候感受到爱,我们的热情很快就会冷却下来,当我们没有得到想要的东西时,就很容易受伤。神在亚当夏娃犯罪后,亲自杀了羔羊为他们做衣服;在我们还是罪人的时候,神就先爱了我们,为我们差遣他的独生子。在创世纪的时候神就为我们预备救赎,在起初神就爱我们了。当我们觉得自己不被爱的时候,一定要回到神的话语中找到起初的爱,而不是回想过去自己多好然后遗憾现在不好。“使者”就是基督,当初十二门徒中连卖主的犹大在被呼召的时候都是愿意放下自己的工作来跟从耶稣,但他所期待的是自己心里所期待的基督,其他十一个门徒甚至施洗约翰一开始也是用doing的心态来期待耶稣。当我们用分辨善恶树的气息来跟随神的时候,就会过得很辛苦,对所经历的事有诸多抱怨,不觉得被爱。我们不要用自己的想法来跟从神,而要用神对基督的想法来跟从他。门徒在五旬节领受圣灵的时候就看到神真正的荣耀,我们的受洗是有圣灵同在的。

V2-4 “尽忠”代表信任,基督信任耶和华父神,所以愿意被差遣、被钉十字架。耶稣在地上其实没有经历门徒对他的爱,他做事不是为了人,而是为了他爱的天父。以色列人很看重摩西,但圣经说,我们的大祭司基督耶稣“比摩西算是更配多得荣耀,好像建造房屋的比房屋更尊荣”。我们很容易看到自己或同工在教会里做很多事情,甚至比牧师师母做更多事。我们跟从的不是牧师师母,而是神,若没有神,建造房屋的都是枉然。当我们高举人的时候,我们反而绊倒别人,让“工人”看自己为主人。我们有机会服事,常常只看到人的努力,却没有感恩神给我们恩典,以至于渐渐冷淡退后。大家都等着权柄来爱他们,肯定他们的付出,跟他们说好话,若没有,就觉得受伤。牧者忙于取悦会众,没有时间专心预备讲道,结果教会没有神话语的喂养就变得软弱无力。我们要看到“房屋都必有人建造,但建造万物的就是神”。

V5-6 摩西只是一个仆人,我们不要高举仆人过于主人。我们对人讲鼓励造就的话时要懂得合宜, 不要过分称赞他们,因为这样反而让原本谦卑的同工看重从人而来的好处。当别人称赞或送礼物给我们的时候,我们也要警醒,在人前感恩神和权柄给我们机会,不将功劳揽在自己的身上,不然我们会对从人而来的爱产生期待。我们肯定别人,就要多为他们祷告,不要将属世界的东西带进教会。我们要小心,不要绊倒别人,因为我们如同摩西一样,都是仆人。然而,也不要走到另一个极端,当一个尽心尽力的同工生病的时候,却没有一个弟兄姐妹去看他。我们要做的是雪中送炭,而不是锦上添花。摩西是仆人,但基督是儿子,是神的家的权柄。所以,我们不要看仆人大过权柄。我们付出的时候不要期待别人给我们掌声,我们所期待的唯有神,若是“将可夸的盼望和胆量坚持到底,便是他的家了”。基督是头,我们是他的身体,每个人为这个家摆上都是应该的。

二、v.7-15 不可不听

V7-8 “他的话”就是神的话,Logos。当我们不听神对我们讲的话,我们的心就硬了。我们不听的时候,就觉得权柄不爱我们,又觉得教会或学房对我们的要求太高。当我们硬着心,就会试探神,我们不要像当年倒毙在旷野的以色列人那样无法进入神所赐的应许之地。

V9-11 以色列人是否直接惹神发怒、试探神?其实他们只是惹怒、试探摩西而已,但神说他们这样对待权柄的时候就是试探神。“安息”就是神的同在。让我们有耳就当听,可以进入神的同在。

V12-13 我们要“观察”,不要只顾自己。“不信的恶心”指的是不健康的,这些人因为不健康慢慢的冷淡退后。当我们观察到周围有这些人的时候,“总要趁着还有今日,天天彼此相劝”。当我们看到同伴不健康的时候,我们不要只是祷告或送礼物,而要在行动上规劝他们,免得他们“被罪迷惑,心里就刚硬了”。不要让那些人躲回自己的山洞,不要害怕被人拒绝,更不要袖手旁观,而要刚强壮胆,帮助他们回头看到神起初的爱,相信权柄的爱。若不懂怎么劝别人,就祷告求神给我们话语,用神的话去鼓励造就他人。

V14-15 我们要坚持起初的信心,也要去听,当我们听神的话时,就能回到起初的爱。

三、v.16-19 不可不信

V16 那些“跟着摩西从埃及出来的众人”听了神的话还是因不信惹神发怒。他们听到的话其实是他们的权柄摩西传给他们的。让我们愿意活在生命树气息里,听权柄的话,相信权柄的话是从神而来的。

V17-19 他们不相信摩西,甚至亚伦和米利暗都论断摩西,以至于无法进入神同在的安息里,无法经历神的爱。我们要相信神,相信我们是被爱的。