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I Samuel 5 – God is a Victorious God 撒母耳记上 5 – 神是得胜的神

Tuesday, 16th March 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

I Samuel 5 God is a Victorious God

Section One: V1-5 God cannot be Mocked

V1-2 “Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.”

Even in the place of idol worship of the enemy, our God is a real and living God, so even the fishtail of the idol Dagon was broken! The God Jehovah we worship is the God of all gods, all darkness is nothing before our God, and all idols will be destroyed before our God, because He has the greatest authority. He rules and reigns in every aspect of our lives and even in the spiritual realm!

Section Two: V6-12 God is the God of Israel

Back in chapter 4, the Israelites remembered the Ark of God, they knew the Ark of God brings power. But when the Ark of God is in the wrong place and in the hands of the wrong people, great destruction came along. God chose Israel, so when the Ark of God was in Israel, every blessing was with the Israelites. On the other hand, when the Philistines had the Ark of God, not only they didn’t receive blessings, but they also were being cursed.

With the presence of God, the Philistines were not blessed but cursed, which made them fearful and sick. Because the Philistines did not repent before God, they attacked the people of God, and tried to mock God, therefore they did not receive blessings. They were sick with tumours, which also means pain and causes bleeding.

Do our lives reflect the glory and beauty of God? During the time of fast and pray, we need to examine ourselves, to see if we are self-righteousness and self-seeking. In the kingdom of God, we should not uphold ourselves, but to humble ourselves more. God will put to shame those who are proud and lift up those who are humble.

V7 “And when the men of Ashdod saw how it was, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is harsh toward us and Dagon our god.””

The Philistines had the Ark of God, but they were put to shame; they were the winning side but they realised God’s hand was harsh towards them. Even though the Israelites failed, it did not change how great and powerful our God is!

V9 “So it was, after they had carried it away, that the hand of the Lord was against the city with a very great destruction; and He struck the men of the city, both small and great, and tumours broke out on them.”

The Philistines took the Ark of God to Gath, the birthplace of the giant Goliath. The people there were big and strong, but they also had the tumours and disasters from God. We thought we are doing a lot of things for God for Him to be known to all, but He does not need it because He is great and powerful no matter how much we do or how our lives are!

The Philistines knew the God of Israel and how powerful He is! Do people around us know how powerful our God is? We should humble ourselves and come before God, He is real! We should never uphold ourselves before God. It’s easy for us to see the problems in the lives of others, but we can hardly see the problems in us.

V11 “So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go back to its own place, so that it does not kill us and our people.” For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.”

On the apparent, we might be on the victory side, but inside our hearts we are bleeding with tumours. We don’t put our joy in God, but we let the people and environment around influence our joy. Often we are just like the Philistines, thinking God will bring destructions to us!

Do we know God holds our tomorrow? Are we living in the glory of God with His presence or are we still living in the temple of a foreign god?

Pursuit & Respond

Dear Lord, You are the God, who rules and reigns. You are the victorious and living God. Even when Israel failed but You never fail! Are we living out this glory and victory in our lives? Lord, no matter how our lives are, You are always with us. Forgive us for our faithlessness, our unbelief and our pride. We cannot receive victory by ourselves, but only through You we can receive complete victory. Help us to rely on You more! Bless us Lord, and help us to align with You, to put everything in Your hands and to let You take over in our lives. Let us once again be Your chosen ones and let You – the God of Israel be the God of us the Bread of Life Christian Church in South Auckland! Amen!

2021年3月16日 星期二

-潘锡安牧师-

撒母耳记上 5

神是得胜的神

虽然以色列人之前被非利士人打败了,神所拣选的大祭司死亡,神的约柜被掳走,经历这些看起来都是负面、没有盼望、一败涂地的东西,但在这一章我们会看到,神还是又真又活、掌权、得胜的神!

一、神是轻慢不得(v.1-5)

V1-2,非利士人将以色列人杀败,将神的约柜(就是以色列人的盼望)抬到亚实突。亚实突是非利士5个城市中最重要的一个,名字意思是“长而有力的”。他们选择此地成为首都,说明他们觉得这里代表权力,以为自己是得胜的。非利士人所拜的“大衮” – 意思是“鱼”, 是祝福他们能繁殖、丰收的偶像,上面是人脸,中间是双手,下面是一条鱼尾巴。非利士人将约柜放在大衮庙里面,大衮的旁边。

V3-5,第二天,亚实突人(那些相信自己能周围抢掠,很有能力的人)发现他们所拜的大衮神竟然在自己的庙里“仆倒在耶和华的约柜前,脸伏于地”,就把大衮放回去。结果第二天发现大衮再次扑倒,并且头和手都“折断,只剩下大衮的残体”。这里的描述说明,虽然在敌人所敬拜的偶像的庙里,我们的神还是又真又活、得胜的神!大衮这条鱼自身都断了!神是不能轻慢的。我们所敬拜的神在众神之上,所有黑暗势力在耶和华面前都会羞愧,不能彰显,都要被毁灭。我们的神在灵界是有最大的权柄,是在灵界、在众神之中掌权的,是独一真神。

二、神是以色列的神(v.6-12)

V6, 在第4章中,以色列人在困境中想起神的约柜,知道神是会一路看顾、供应他们的神。非利士人虽然得到神的约柜,却没有祝福在当中。不对的人得到神的约柜,于是“耶和华的手重重加在亚实突人身上,败坏他们,使他们生痔疮”。神的约柜带领以色列人走过旷野,进入迦南地,过约旦河,让以色列人争战得胜。神的约柜在以色列人那边的时候,祝福都是在他们那里,因为神拣选以色列,与他们同在。然而,非利士人得到约柜,却没有神的同在,反而是“痔疮”、“败坏”- 就是让他们惊吓、丧胆。非利士人没有被祝福,反而是被败坏,因为神没有拣选非利士人,非利士人也没有悔改、不愿意住在以色列人当中,反而想攻击、抢掠以色列人,所以得到约柜却得不到祝福,而是“生痔疮”。“痔疮”就是让他们的身体很痛、无法走动、流血。血本来是有救赎之用,但非利士人流出来的血让他们羞愧。我们身上是否有神的荣耀、荣美?我们的生命是否完全归向他?在禁食祷告期间,我们要鉴察自己的生命,是否骄傲、自以为是、自以为圣?在神的国度中,我们不要高举自己,要谦卑,学习躲藏在神的翅膀底下。因为神高举谦卑、贫寒的人,使骄傲、自以为圣的人跌倒、羞愧。

V7,非利士人得到约柜后没有神的祝福,反而受苦。他们是战胜的一方,本该是大有能力的人,而被战败方以色列人所欢呼的耶和华神在他们眼里本来看上去是没用的,竟然被说成是“他的手重重加在我们和我们神大衮的身上”。“重重”原文的意思是“使我们困难、受苦”,战败方的神竟然让战胜方的人受苦!神是真实的。神不会因为人的跌倒而失去他的荣耀,他是昔在今在永在、大而可畏、又真又活的神。

V8-9,约柜又被搬到迦特 – 是后来跟扫罗王所带领的以色列军骂阵的巨人歌利亚的家乡,那里的人都是大而有能力的。他们以为约柜搬到那里后会没问题。结果“耶和华的手攻击那城,使那城的人大大惊慌……”,惊慌就是害怕,失去胜利的骄傲。他们没有能力去承受、处理神的约柜。

V10-12,以革伦- 在非利士人最北的地方。事情没有变好,当地的人也不要神约柜,说要“将以色列神的约柜送回原处”。我们想做很多东西来荣耀神,其实神不需要我们来做这些东西来让人知道他,他是独有的、真实的。这些非利士人知道神是属于以色列人的神,那我们呢?我们的生命是否活出神的荣耀?还是陷在自己的情绪中,只想得到自己想要的,为没有得到的东西呕气?是否没有进入神的荣耀,没有办法得到神的同在。

我们不能高举自己多过神。我们没有一个是圣洁的,靠自己都看不见自己的问题,就像生在非利士人身上的“痔疮”一样,看不见却让人痛。我们是否看起来好像是得胜的,但我们的心得不到满足、没有因神而快乐,灵没有因耶和华歌唱,只是带着羞愧,好像非利士人那样?他们不仅生痔疮,还“惊慌而死”,以色列的神是又真又活的神!。我们知道神掌权吗?愿意谦卑承认自己是罪人,将眼目从别人身上转回自己吗?我们好像非利士人得胜了,得到约柜了,得到很多,但里面是否还在滴血,没有喜乐,没有活出荣耀,就好像以色列人一样没有神的同在,反而像外邦人那样?求神让我们明白、知道谁掌管明天!

*追求

神是作王掌权的神。虽然我们有时会失败,但神永远得胜。我们的神又真又活!虽然以色列人失败了,但神不失败。我们将自己交托在神面前,虽然过去可能靠神争战得胜,但现在我们身上是否仍然能彰显神的荣耀、同在?我们生命当中有什么阻碍了我们不能彰显神的荣耀和同在的,我们都交给神。

主耶稣,你是作王掌权的神。不管我们明天怎样,你一直与我们同在。我们还是有很多小信,不信,甚至忘记了你如何带我们走出埃及。求主饶恕我们的小信、不信,我们高举自己,饶恕我们里面的骄傲,只看到自己没有看到你的作为。求主帮助我们谦卑,承认我们是软弱有罪的,唯有靠你才能得胜。帮助我们定睛在你身上,看到自己里面的软弱羞愧,求你的宝血涂抹遮盖我们,赦免我们的罪,与你真正的连结,活出靠主得胜的生命。祝福每一个人更多谦卑在神面前,高举神的名,与主对齐,活出神的心意。让我们再一次成为神所拣选的子民,让耶和华以色列的神是我们南奥克兰灵粮堂的神!