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I Samuel 20 – What is the Love of a Person, who Lives a Life Without God? 撒母耳记上 20 – 沒有神的生命,人所爱的是什么

Friday, 9th April 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One: V1-16 What is David’s Love?

David ran away from Samuel’s place and went back to Jonathan. A lot of time we are unwilling to hide in God’s protection, instead we run away to where we feel secure. David ran back to Jonathan, because he sought the love and support of human.

We can see that Saul loved Jonathan that he told Jonathan everything and gave Jonathan a sword to fight with. But Jonathan chose to support David, who was able to take away Saul’s kingship. Jonathan did not honour Saul in front of David.

Furthermore, Jonathan promised David that he would do everything for him, David looked at Jonathan more than he looked at God; Jonathan became David’s idol. This is often how we fall, we look at people more than we should. Jonathan was not loyal to his family but David chose to rely on him. What David loved was the love of human and authority of the world. He left Samuel’s place and chose to rely on Jonathan.

Section Two: V17-23 What is Jonathan’s Love?

Jonathan loved David, because David was bold to do many things Jonathan could not do. In front of Goliath, David was able to kill the giant without any armour offered by Saul. It’s easy for us to see a person but not the God behind the person.

What Jonathan loved was actually himself, because of his limited ability and authority, a lot of things Jonathan could not do, which David was able to do. Therefore Jonathan chose to betray his family and the father, Saul. The love of Jonathan betrayed the one, who loved him and who he should submit to.

Section Three: V24-42 What is Saul’s Love?

David and Jonathan did whatever they pleased, and Saul was angry at Jonathan. Saul knew how Jonathan was helping David, but because of his spoiling love for his son, he did not guide his son and give him the right teaching. God wants us to stand in the right position.

Moreover, Saul loved the power and position he held, that’s why he wanted to kill David with all costs. He was afraid of David taking over his kingship, because he could not let go of what he loved and held onto. Do we also have this spoiling love for our children?

For David, for Jonathan and for Saul, their choice determined the lives they were facing. If we are unwilling to let go and if we see ourselves more than we should, then we would also be unable to receive what God’s prepared for us.

*Pursuit & Respond

Lord Jesus, help each one of us, to be willing to see our weaknesses. Help us to see the things we hold onto, to see that we are unwilling to hide under Your protection, but seek what we love. Through the lives of David, Jonathan and Saul, help us to see ourselves. There is no new thing under the sun. Shine Your light upon us, Lord, so we can see the earthly love inside of us that would lead us to death.

Release us, Lord, and let us receive Your healing and guidance, so we can live in Your protection, to be hidden by You only, and to draw near to our authority. It seems like a life of nothingness but it’s actually a life with everything we need. Help us to let go, to come out from the darkness and into the light. Amen.

2021年4月9日 星期五

-潘锡安牧师-

撒母耳记上 20

沒有神的生命,人所爱的是什么

一、大卫的爱(v.1-16)

大卫从撒母耳的地方离开,回去找约拿单。他似乎仍然在乎曾经从扫罗那边得到的认可和赏识。我们常常也是如此,不愿意隐藏在神的保护之下,反而跑到一个我们自己觉得安全的地方。大卫回到约拿单那里寻求的是从人而来的爱和支持。

从约拿单的话我们知道扫罗非常爱这个儿子,但约拿单选择支持那个可以将他父亲王位拿走的大卫。约拿单在大卫面前并没有尊荣他的父亲扫罗王。

约拿单甚至答应大卫说他会为大卫成就他心里一切所求的(v.4)。大卫看约拿单大过他看神以致于约拿单成了他的偶像。当我们看人过于所当看的,我们就容易跌倒。大卫倚靠的约拿单是一个对自己家庭不忠的人。大卫真正爱的是从人来的爱和从世界来的权力。他离开撒母耳的居所,选择倚靠约拿单。

二、约拿单的爱(v.17-23)

约拿单爱的是大卫(v.17), 大卫能做到很多约拿单想做却做不了的事。比如在巨人歌利亚面前,大卫拒绝扫罗为他提供的盔甲,只用弹弓和石子就将这个可怕的劲敌击杀。可是约拿单没有看到,大卫能够做到这一切, 他背后那位与他同在的神。

约拿单爱的其实是他自己 – 他因着自己能力或权力有限,没办法做很多事,而这些事大卫都做到了。约拿单羡慕大卫的生命,甚至他背叛了自己本该去顺服的父亲扫罗王。

三、扫罗的爱(v.24-42)

大卫和约拿单随己意行事,扫罗就向约拿单发怒。从扫罗的话可知,他早就知道儿子暗中帮助大卫,但他因为溺爱儿子,没有给儿子正确教导。当神给我们权柄的时候,我们应当站在对的位置,说该说的话。

扫罗想方设法要将大卫赶尽杀绝,因为他太爱自己的权力和王位。他心里害怕大卫将自己的王位夺走,所以无法放手他所在乎的东西。我们是否也像扫罗一样,溺爱我们的孩子,或者紧紧抓住我们自己所爱的东西不肯放手?

对于大卫、约拿单和扫罗来说,他们的选择决定他们所要面对的生命。如果我们不愿意放手,看自己或别人过于所当看的,我们就无法领受神为我们所预备的福分。

*追求和回应祷告

主耶稣,求你帮助我们每一个人看到自己的软弱之处。让我们看到自己紧抓住不放手的东西,看到自己不愿意隐藏在你的保护之下而寻求自己所爱的。谢谢你借着大卫、约拿单和扫罗的生命帮助我们看到自己。太阳底下没有新鲜事,求主你的光照进我们里面,让我们看到内心那些引向死亡的属世的爱。

主啊,求你释放我们,领受你的医治和带领,让我们住在你的保护之下,单单隐藏在你里面,也靠近我们的权柄。这样的生命好像什么都没有,但我们却拥有一切所需!帮助我们学会放手,出黑暗如光明!阿们!