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I Samuel 26 – Belong to the Flesh vs Belong to God 撒母耳记上 26 – 属血气的 属神的

Wednesday, 21st April 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-12: David and Abishai

Now the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is David not hiding in the hill of Hachilah, opposite Jeshimon?” (V1) The Ziphite did not learn his lesson, again he came to Saul and told him David’s whereabouts. He did not realise God was on David’s side, he only wanted to please Saul and get the reward from him.

Saul listened to the Ziphite, he left his place in Gibeah and went to the Wilderness of Ziph. God gave Saul such a good place in Gibeah, but he was unwilling to stay in where God put him. The wilderness was for David, but Saul chose to leave his place and went to the wilderness in his flesh. We should not be a debt collector, always chasing after the things that don’t belong to us, or chasing after the people who wronged us.

On the other hand, David heard that Saul was in the wilderness so he called his followers to come with him. When facing Goliath, David’s three brothers were there. However it was David, who stood up. Furthermore, there were many capable people around David, but those who really followed him was the people of the cave of Adullam, those who were running away from the world in the beginning but at the end used mightily by God. Abishai responded to David, but he was in a doing mode, but David did not need a doing person, he only wanted a company, someone who was willing to take the risk and fight alongside him together. Often we cannot respond to God and respond to our authority. Because we think we don’t know what to do or we think we cannot do it, but God and our authority only wanted a simple and willing heart.

First time when David encountered Saul, he cut off a piece of Saul’s garment. David wanted to kill Saul but he didn’t. This time David changed, not only he did not want to kill Saul but also from his heart he respected and honoured Saul. Furthermore David was willing to teach Abishai to respect God’s anointed authority. Even if we didn’t take action, if we thought about it we also sinned. We also don’t like to correct others because we didn’t want to offend other people but Bible taught us to speak the truth in love. If we want to influence lives and be a teacher, then we need to take up the responsibility to teach. Furthermore, even though we are willing to follow, but if we stay in a ‘doing’ mode, a perspective of the tree of knowledge, then we will influence our leader in a negative way. We need to have love and gentleness to be a good helper.

Section Two V13-25: Saul and Abner

Saul had a different attitude here compared to at the beginning of this chapter. He brought his army and came to the wilderness of Ziph to kill David. But after he saw how David responded, his attitude changed. We can influence other people, even our authority, if we focus on God instead of what we are lacking or the problems in our lives. Stop complaining on why bad things happen, and start to  see what God wants to do in all situations!

David took Saul’s spare and jug then he called Abner instead of Saul. David was teaching Abner a lesson, if he followed Saul with a ‘doing’ mode then he could never help Saul. We thought we did and we listened, but do we listen and obey out of love? Do not be like Abishai or Abner, following without a heart.

When Saul was chasing David to go to the Philistines, it was easy for David to worship other gods. We need to see the intention and the work of the enemy, not for David to be killed but to force David to worship other gods! V19 “Now therefore, please, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant: If the Lord has stirred you up against me, let Him accept an offering. But if it is the children of men, may they be cursed before the Lord, for they have driven me out this day from sharing in the inheritance of the Lord, saying, ‘Go, serve other gods.’” If we become a debt collector, we are pushing people to leave God and to worship other gods. The Bible taught us not to trip over the little ones, do not be a debt collector but to let go.

David lifted up God, he didn’t draw out his sword, and he won the battle, Saul responded “I have sinned. Return, my son David. For I will harm you no more, because my life was precious in your eyes this day. Indeed I have played the fool and erred exceedingly.” (V21) It was the last time David and Saul saw each other before Saul died.

David knew the rules of Heaven, he let God vindicate, instead of trying to fight for himself. In here David said, “And indeed, as your life was valued much this day in my eyes, so let my life be valued much in the eyes of the Lord, and let Him deliver me out of all tribulation.” (V24)

David changed his attitude and lift up to God. If we are a debt collector and unwilling to forgive, then all the problems will come to us. We still don’t understand and a lot of times we think it’s unfair. David knew the secret, when he let go of Saul, he received healing and he received peace. The rules of the heaven is when we let go we will receive victory. Jesus also knew this rule, he gave up on His life and won eternal life not only for Himself but also for everyone following Him.

David changed Saul and testified God before Saul, before the Ziphite, and before Abishai. We represent God, not only in good times but also in bad times. Can we be selfless and lift up God only in front of others? Let us be true to ourselves, let go of our flesh desires and be more like Jesus.

Prayer and Pursuit

Lord, Your love is deep and wide, from the morning to the evening, Your love is always with us. Help us not to be a debt collector, but to become someone, who can love, accompany and support others. Help us to be willing to believe in You, only Your love can fill us. This morning, we come before You, willing to offer ourselves, to pray and seek You. Bless us, Lord, to be the Tree of Life, bearing many fruits. Help us to start anew, let go of our old-self, let go of our hurts, and let Your light shine in our lives. Amen!

2021年4月21日 星期三

-潘锡安牧师-

撒母耳记上 26

属血气的 属神的

在这一章我们看到两个不同人物的真实对比,也很贴合我们在现实生活中常面对的景况。

一、大卫和亚比筛(v.1-12)

V1 这个西弗人上一次(23章)已经跟扫罗告密了,如今再一次出现在扫罗面前泄露大卫的行踪。我们生活也常面对这样的挑战。扫罗知道自己不能再追杀大卫,但他看到的是大卫将他的王位夺走了,所以撒旦利用这个破口,借由扫罗身边的人去挑拨离间。扫罗一直不愿意舍己,所以他不甘心面对神将自己的王位赐给别人。神已经赦免我们的债,我们就不要再做追债的人,不然无法经历神赐给我们的医治和自由。就好像扫罗无法看到在一切事情背后掌权的神,不用自己的恩赐去抵挡非利士人,却把矛头指向大卫;我们也常常如此,无法对付看不见的神,就反抗那看得见的权柄;神给了我们恩赐,我们没有活出使命,却用这些来对付那些要我们做事的人。我们要知道真正的敌人是撒旦,不是我们周围的人。

       当扫罗要来追杀大卫的时候,大卫住在旷野,扫罗住在基比亚。基比亚是扫罗出生的地方,旷野是神给大卫学习生命功课的地方,但扫罗却离开神给他的地方,来到这里追债。我们是否也是像扫罗这样?

V5 大卫“看见”扫罗。我们看见问题所在的时候,是否知道要躲在神的保护底下?

V6 大卫知道他不能单独下去,他需要有人陪他,这已经跟之前他单靠自己杀死巨人歌利亚已经不一样了。我们是否有团队精神,还是满足于活在个人的模式?我们的神是三位一体的真神,我们主耶稣基督在世时常带着他的核心门徒一起服事。我们不要孤僻,要与人和睦。唯有愿意舍己,将自己真实的一面披露在神面前,才能经历神。越是在自己不行的时候越要来到神面前敬拜他,而不是放大问题。

        亚希米勒 – 一个来投靠大卫的勇士 – 在大卫最需要人的时候,他没有站出来,反而是一个更年轻的亚比筛愿意跟随。

V7-8 大卫带着亚比筛经过熟睡的扫罗和他的三千精兵,亚比筛就马上劝大卫杀扫罗。亚比筛活在一个“doing”做事的模式,其实大卫需要的不是为他做事的人,而是愿意摆上自己陪伴他的人。我们的权柄向我们要的也是一颗单纯跟随的心。

V9-11 对比上一次大卫在洞中割下扫罗的衣襟而“心中自责”(撒上24:5):大卫当时因为受周围的人影响,虽然没有杀扫罗,但他的心已经有了这个想法,也拔刀出手,因而受圣灵责备。当他走出山洞,在旷野的时期,大卫生命被改变。他不仅自己成长,也懂得教导身边的人。我们是否如主给我们的大使命所说,能勇敢去教导别人,在爱心里说诚实话?

当我们凭着热情出来回应呼召,但仍然带着doing的心态,我们会成为放毒的人,唯有成为being的人,才能真正带下神的祝福。

二、扫罗和押尼珥(v.13-25)

扫罗在这里跟上一段面对西弗人时的描述不一样。

V13-16 大卫没有呼叫扫罗,而是押尼珥,责备他没有保护好扫罗王。大卫虽然经历扫罗一次又一次的伤害,他对扫罗的心仍不改变。我们爱别人是否也能如此不计得失?押尼珥跟亚比筛一样也是在一个doing的模式当中,并非真心对待扫罗。我们对待权柄,是真心跟从,还是无可奈何?当押尼珥带着doing的模式,就无法成为扫罗的帮助者。

V19-20 大卫对扫罗所说的“若是人激发你,愿他在耶和华面前受咒诅。因为他现今赶逐我,不容我在耶和华的产业上有份…”,指的是西弗人挑唆扫罗,会让大卫被驱逐到外邦西弗之地,以致陷入敬拜别神的试探。仇敌的目标不是要杀死大卫,而是让他面对外邦假神的试探。当我们成为追债的人,我们反而会逼他们成为拜偶像的人,所以不要绊倒别人,要学会放手。

        扫罗以为大卫远离神就没有王位了,但大卫要的不是王位,而是耶和华神他自己。

V21 扫罗听了大卫的话,承认自己是“有罪了”。我们不是靠自己的力量去改变别人,唯有当我们愿意降低自己,人才能被感动,认罪悔改。

V23-24 大卫懂得天国的法则:虽然扫罗在他手上,他却没有自己去讨公道,没有要赔偿,而是凡事交托神。我们若不能成为饶恕别人的人,最后所有的问题都会来到我们生命中。我们是否愿意像大卫那样放手、像耶稣那样舍己?

V25 这是大卫和扫罗最后一次见面。大卫改变扫罗,在众人面前打了一场漂亮的仗。我们是否绊倒跟随我们的人?还是愿意舍己利他,谦卑跟从神?

*追求

主的爱何等长阔高深,从未离开我们。我们是否愿意回应如此爱我们的神? 不再成为追债的人,而是成为能够去爱、愿意陪伴的人。我们是否相信神是报应的神?因着主爱的同在,我们领受神医治我们里面的软弱。我们勇敢来到神面前,摆上我们自己,勇敢面对自己。呼求神帮助我们,因为神说,“孩子,够了,不要这样下去,你会枯干。我是活水江河,你要来到我面前。”在生命树上有很多果子,但我们要愿意学习放下。让我们重新起步,放下缠绕我们的罪。

祝福我们能够靠着主谦卑顺服、舍己利他,成为多结果子的葡萄树。感恩神借着撒母耳记上25章给我们的启示、养分,让我们待人处事能结出生命树的果子。