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I Samuel 2 Honour the Lord, Despise the Lord 撒母耳记上 2 – 尊重耶和华 轻视耶和华

Wednesday, 10th March 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

I Samuel 2 Honour the Lord, Despise the Lord

Section One: V1-11 The Declaration of Walking in Faith

V1-2 the Song of Hannah shows her appreciation for God. Her “heart” rejoices not because of what others do or don’t do, but because of the LORD. We should guard our hearts above all else, do not let our heart and our emotions be influenced by others, otherwise we will not be able to love others as ourselves. No one can understand our hearts except God. After so many years, Hannah learnt the lesson of not being influenced by people. Put our emotions in God, change our focus, and ask God for His forgiveness for us not relying on Him and being easily influenced by the people and circumstances.

Hannah knew she fought not by what she could do but by what God could do for her. Do not think we know everything, but humble ourselves before the Lord, let Him take over our lives. Our “enemies” are not those people around us but Satan, who will come and accuse us, saying that we are not capable and not good enough. But we should declare with our “smile” the power of the salvation from our Lord Jesus, and come out of the darkness and enter the wonderful light. The light is wonderful because it was supernatural, we cannot come to this light without God. When we take the communion, again we declare we are not in the sins and our eyesight will not stay in the past. We need to learn from our past mistakes and not to live in the sins anymore. With our hidden sins, we need to come to the Lord and ask for His forgiveness. When we still have a gap in our lives, it’s not because God cannot save but because of our lives.

V2 “No one is holy like the Lord” – We are not holy, and we cannot expect others to be holy, but to always examine ourselves, let the light come into our lives through the Word of God. No one is perfect and no one is righteous. The Lord rules and reigns, it easy for us to put our eyes on people, our leaders, our authorities, our parents, etc. but we do not see the God behind them.

V3 the song of Hannah is speaking to all mankind, to not be proud and not rely on ourselves. Do not think ‘we can’, but ‘through the One, who gives us strength’. God audits us, sees us closely so our “actions are weighed”, God knows our weaknesses and the gap is our lives, but so does the devil. So we need to be vigilant and come to Him for His strength every day.

V4-8 this section talks about the principles of how God works. People see things from their eyes, they look upon the bows of the mighty men and those who are girded with strength. We are taught by this world with a lot of knowledge and common sense, we thought we know how to live, but everything we have is all in God’s hands, He kills and makes alive. He can lift us from our past ash heap to a place of honour all by His grace. Help us to be humble, not to rely on our strength but by the Lord, our God.

V9-10 talks about the things that will happen in the future. God will guard the feet of the saints and give strength to His anointed. Hannah wrote this song during the time of Judges, when the people were acting in their wilfulness, but by faith she declared God’s protection and judgement. We need to believe no matter what our circumstances are, we should always trust in God, see the things that are yet to happen, by faith we can proclaim, and because of this faith, God will send His Holy Spirit to guide us!

Section Two: V12-17 The Actions of Walking in the Flesh Desires

The two sons of Eli were priests, but they “were corrupt”, and they did not know God. They thought they were priests, but God did not approve them. A lot of times we see ourselves more than we should. We wanted to do this and that, but actually God did not appoint us to do! What were the jobs of the priests? To offer upon God’s altar, to burn incense, and to wear am ephod before God (V28). But the ways Eli’s sons acted make the people of Israel abhor to offer sacrifices in the Temple of God.

We need to live out a good testimony in front of people and manage our emotions. Because when we allow our lustful desires to show without constraint, we are also stopping people to come to the Temple of God and to make offering. They no longer enjoy coming to the Temple of God because of what they saw on other people’s lustful lives. We need to ask God to help us learn how to make an atmosphere where people around us will love to come before God to give thanks and confess sins, and they are also willing to bring their life problems before us and receive salvation from God.

Section Three: V18-21 God is Real

The Song of Hannah was made after she brought Samuel to the Temple of the Lord, but here we can see God is real, because later God visited Hannah and she had more children! From the eyes of people, it seemed that she gave up on her only son, but when she was willing to give up for God, God has given her even more!

As parents we often worry if we serve God, then no one will look after our children, but when we are willing to offer ourselves as well as our children, then God will look after us. Every year Hannah visited Samuel and made him a new robe. We also need to provide for our children, be the wise parents, not to give them what are of the world but what are from the Kingdom of God!

Section Four: V22-36 God will Revenge

Eli did not deal with his sons’ sins; he did not see how his sons led the Israelites to sin. He avoided the serious teaching, and just like what God said, Eli respected his sons more than respecting God! Our education nowadays is also like this, we do not want to upset our children, but at the end we displeased God. As authority, we need to be faithful, and help people to see the problems in their lives, not to speak the words that only please people. In the same way, when our authority speaks to us about the problems of our lives, we need to have an open mind to listen and appreciate for their effort to help us improve. God is real and He will revenge, those who honours God will be honoured and those who despise God will be despised.

V31-36 When God said He would remove Eli’s family from the priesthood and set up a new priest, it did happen later as recorded in 1 Kings 2:26,27,35 through King Solomon. The word of God is true, so let us cherish what we have now. In the current generation, let us be humble, and let our hearts turn back to rely on God only.

Pursuit & Respond 

Dear Holy Spirit, come to touch our hearts, when we are lighting up the Temple of God, let the light also shine in our hearts. Can we really rejoice in God? Examine our hearts to we see the confusion and wilfulness within us. We declare in the Name of Jesus, the old is gone and the new is here, through Jesus Christ, we will come out of darkness and enter into the wonderful light! We will start relying on God, not on ourselves and not on this world!

Lord, You look into our hearts, though we are weak but You strengthened us. You are real and You’re faithful, we have this grace and blessing in Your wonderful light. Help us to rejoice only in You, we want to respond to Your love, to love You and love others. So when people see us, they can see Your love and how real You are. When we are willing to give a little, You will give us even more! In the Name of Jesus, amen!

2021年3月10日 星期三

-潘锡安牧师-

撒母耳记上 2

尊重耶和华 轻视耶和华

人对神不同的态度会带来不同的后果。我们作为父母(包括属灵父母)该如何教导儿女?做儿女(包括属灵儿女)要如何回应?今天章节能让我们有很好的学习。

一、行在信心里的宣告(v.1-11)

这是一首哈拿回应神之伟大的诗歌。

*V1-2对神的感谢和颂赞

V1 “我的心”:我们的心不是因为别人做的事快乐 – 不会因为别人做了什么事而令我们不开心,也就是说我们为我们自己的心负责任 – 一生的果效由心而出。若能为自己的心负责,就不会轻易指责别人,不然就不能爱人如己。人会让我们跌倒,但我们要倚靠耶和华。我们服事神的人要将情绪放在神那里,不要让人影响我们因耶和华而快乐的心,要求神饶恕我们的任凭我们情绪崩溃。

“我的角”:我们的争战在乎耶和华,不要倚靠自己的小聪明,而要谦卑在神面前,刻意降低自己,单单依靠耶和华,才能得胜。

“我的口”:我们的仇敌不是我们家里的亲人或教会的弟兄姐妹,而是撒旦。仇敌时常来控告我们说我们不行不能不配,而我们的口要向仇敌宣告说我们的罪因着耶稣基督的救恩得赦免。我们是能靠耶稣出黑暗入他奇妙光明的,不再在罪中打转。我们也要从过去的罪中学到教训,看到自己为什么跌倒,以致能警醒,不会因过于高举救恩而再次跌入深渊。我们的老我一直都在,所以每一天的晨祷能帮助我们看到我们的软弱之处。

“耶和华的救恩”是有功效的,若我们有隐藏的罪没有求神饶恕,我们就不能向仇敌夸胜。每一天我们要让神的话语光照我们的生命。

V2 只有耶和华才是至圣的,所以我们不要要求任何一个人圣洁,不要用我们的尺子去量我们周围的亲人或权柄,不然我们很容易跌倒; “也没有磐石像我们的神”-我们不能倚靠世界,唯有倚靠耶和华,相信耶和华掌权,不要看我们自己的权柄或遮盖为磐石,要看到他们背后的神。若不能爱神所给我们的权柄或不能行他的诫命 “爱人如己” ,我们就不能爱神。

*V3 对人说的话

我们不要夸口说骄傲的话。不要倚靠自己,以为自己什么都能够,而是“靠着那加给我力量的,凡事都能做”。“人的行为被他衡量”:神会很仔细地查看我们的行为,所以不要又骄横的心。若神知道,其实魔鬼也都知道我们弱点、破口在哪里。所以要警醒,每天倚靠神得胜。

*V4-8 神做事的法则

人看事情都是从表面来判断,但这些神都会拆毁这些固有思想,会兴起谦卑的人,兴起那些别人看不起的阿杜兰洞的勇士。

V6-8 “耶和华使人死,也使人活;…他从灰尘里抬举贫寒人,从粪堆中提拔穷乏人,使他们与王子同坐….” !我们过去可能在粪堆中打滚,臭气熏天,但因着神的恩典,我们能从一无所有到被他提拔出来,与王子同坐,得到荣耀的座位。让我们单单倚靠耶和华,见证神的真实。

*V9-10 将来的事

神“必保护圣民的脚步,使恶人在黑暗中寂然不动…必审判地极的人…” 。哈拿所处的是士师时代,国中无王,各人任意妄为,偏行己路,但哈拿在诗歌中宣告神必会保护,最后 “将力量赐予所立的王,高举受膏者的角” 。我们要相信黑暗必将过去,神会带我们进入他奇妙的光明。

哈拿并未看见这些,但她凭信心用这诗歌宣告,她所说的话就有圣灵的同在和力量。

二、行在血气里的行为 (v.12-17)

以利的两个儿子被称为“恶人,不认识耶和华”(V12)。圣经说他们“这二祭司”,(V13)意思是他们以为自己是祭司,其实不是属神的祭司。我们不要看自己过于神要我们看的。神说他们是“恶人”,因为他们在圣所所做的与神对祭司的规定不符(V28)。这两个人的所作所为乱七八糟,不和圣经教导,使得其他以色列人都“厌弃”去耶和华那里献祭(V17),所以在神眼里他们是恶人。我们要在人前做好的见证,做好情绪管理。我们要来求神帮助我们带出一个氛围,使人喜欢来到神的面前感恩或认罪,也愿意带着他们生命的问题来到我们面前,得到神的救赎。

三、神是真的 (v.18-21)

哈拿的赞美诗歌是在她将撒母耳献上之后所做,神也真实的回应哈拿信心的宣告。起初她看上去好像失去了唯一的儿子,但“耶和华眷顾”她,当她愿意把所有的献给神,神给她的多过她所求所想, “生了三个儿子、两个女儿”(V21)。不仅如此,她的儿子撒母耳还能穿唯有祭司才能穿的以弗得(V18)。当我们愿意将我们自己和孩子摆上给神时,神会看顾他。我们做父母的也要供应孩子所需(V19),但不是供应这个世界的东西,不是给他们多过他们的需要。不要关注孩子过于追求神,要求神帮助我们做智慧的父母。撒母耳从母亲那里只需要每年“一件小外袍”,这样就能“在耶和华面前渐渐长大”,我们要相信神掌权。

四、神必报应 (v.22-36)

V22 与V26是很大的对比: 一个是轻视耶和华的以利,一个是尊重神蒙神祝福的撒母耳。

V22-25, 以利不是第一天听到这些事情,但他没有好好处理。他没有跟儿子说他们自己犯了罪,只是说他们 “风声不好…使耶和华的百姓犯了罪” ,又避重就轻地说 “…谁能为他祈求” 。以利尊重他的儿子过于尊重神(V29), 怕得罪自己的儿子,怕他们不开心。我们现今的教育也遇到这样的问题,但耶稣教导我们要在爱心里说诚实话 – 犯罪的就必然死,而不是怪别人有罪。我们作权柄的是否对我们下面牧养的人说诚实话,帮助他们看到他们生命的问题,而不是只会说鼓励的话?神是会报应的,他很真实, “因为尊重我的,我必重看他;藐视我的,他必被轻视。” 求神帮助我们不要怕人,单要怕神,要帮助我们牧养的人在死亡前回头,勇敢说出真理。同理,当我们的权柄跟我们讲出生命的问题以提升我们时,我们要懂得感恩,不要轻易受伤。

V31-36,神在这里说要将以利整个祭司家族拿走,另立新的祭司。在列王纪上2章26,27 和35节,神借着所罗门王废去以利的后裔 亚比亚他而另立撒都为祭司。神的话是真实的,求神帮助我们珍惜所拥有的。在这样一个世代,让我们愿意谦卑,让我们的心回转倚靠神。

*追求与回应:

求圣灵来触摸我们的心,点亮我们里面的黑暗,看见我们过往的黑暗,看见我们的眼目此刻放在哪里,我们的心是否能因神快乐。求神鉴察我们,饶恕我们,让我们看见里面的混乱、任意妄为,和注重肉体的舒服。当我们将手按在心上的时候,祷告这是耶稣基督钉痕的手按手在我们的心里,奉耶稣基督的名宣告旧事已过,一切都变成新的,我们靠着耶稣的手带我们出黑暗入奇妙光明,我们要开始倚靠耶和华而快乐!谢谢主耶稣!求圣灵更多触摸,让我们不要再活在罪中,能够出黑暗进入你奇妙的光明!

主你看到我们的心,我们愿意但软弱,但主你有怜悯,求主帮助我们不轻看你的恩典,你是真实信实的主,我们在你的光明里有无比大的祝福!让我们单单倚靠神为乐!谢谢你不离不弃的爱,帮助我们回应你的爱,以生命来作见证!让我们能爱神爱人,让人看见我们的时候也愿意摆上自己的生命,因为知道当我们愿意献出自己所有的那一份,神你就祝福我们超过所求所想!谢谢主一切的丰盛慈爱!

奉主的名祝福弟兄姐妹:愿耶和华赐福给我们,保护我们,愿耶和华使他的脸光照我们,赐恩给我们,愿耶和华向我们仰脸,赐我们平安。Shalom! 奉耶稣基督的名祷告。阿们!