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I Samuel 9 – How to Discern and Know Our Lives 撒母耳记上 9 – 如何分辨我们的生命

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

I Samuel 9 How to Discern and Know Our Lives

Section One: V1-2 What Belongs to the World

This chapter tells us who we really are. Saul came from a strong family background. At the time Israel was at war, therefore it’s important for a warrior to be strong. Saul was tall and strong, and from the eyes of people, he was the perfect candidate to be their king. It seemed their Saul was chosen and expected by people of the world.

Section Two: V3-14 What Belongs to the Flesh

Here we can see what kind of person Saul was. His father lost the donkeys, so Saul went around to many places but didn’t find them. Saul was a capable man, even though only a few donkeys were lost, he was able to walk for a long way to find the donkeys. He seemed to be obedient to his father and knew his father’s heart. Because he knew his father would be worried and decided to head back. Then his servant suggested for them to see the Seer for direction.

Why did Saul’s father asked Saul to bring a servant? This servant must be trustworthy to his father. But at the very beginning Saul did not seek opinion from this servant, and he was searching for the donkeys according to his flesh. So when Saul wanted to give up, the servant suggested to see the Seer, because he did not want Saul to go back home emptyhanded.

When the servant suggested this, the first response of Saul was about bringing gifts to the Seer. From this we can see he did not know much about God, what he saw was a benefit-in-exchange mindset that by seeking help from the Seer, he needed to bring something in exchange. It was a twisted mindset, Saul’s father was rich and had high expectation for his son, but he didn’t lead Saul to know God. It’s a wake-up call for us, the world has high expectation for us, Saul’s actions and decisions seemed right according to the world, but inside of him he was empty, there was no Heaven within him but only the values of this world.

Saul thought if he sought help from God, he needed to give something equal value back in return, whereas the servant knew that when he offered everything he had, God will treasure. Do we give God everything we have? It might not be a lot according to the world’s standards, but God sees our hearts more than anything in this world.

Then Saul agreed with his servant, somehow Saul had no opinion of his own, but just followed the servant’s suggestion. Then God let the young woman tell Saul about the rules in God’s kingdom (V13), but all he thought about was his donkeys, he was not interested in God’s reminder and teaching for him, he only wanted what he thought was important. What is our purpose? When we lived in the flesh, even if we are right in front of the gate of heaven, but bringing the heart of the world, God will not be pleased.

Section Three: V15-27 What Belongs to God

Samuel was a man of God, he was a Judge, and the only person during the time of the Judges, to bring all 12 tribes together. He was also the High Priest and the Prophet. The day before God already revealed to him about anointing Saul as king. Samuel did not argue with God, even though he knew Benjamin was the smallest tribe. Samuel also did not complain to God about choosing a leader for Israel instead of himself.

We feel we are not being recognised and what we have done are not being valued. We should be completely obedient to God. Samuel brought Saul and his servant to his home and let them sit at the seat of honour. Not only Samuel was willing to listen to God’s appointment, but he was also able to humble himself, bringing the visitors back to his house. He also set apart the most important part of the meat, the thigh, and gave it to Saul.

Samuel was humble that he was not afraid of losing his position, which is honoured by others, he only believes what God wanted to do was good. Samuel treated Saul wholeheartedly, and he walked the extra mile by accommodating Saul and showing him hospitality, he was willing to listen to God and to help Saul.

Do we rely on men more than rely on God or do we build up a relationship with our spiritual authority? We need to let go of the important people, who we think can help us, but to come close to God and to our authority. Samuel asked Saul to let go of his servant, because he did not want Saul to see this servant more than he should.

Do our heart and mind belong to the world, to the flesh, or to God? Let down of our sense of security, only follow God and offer ourselves wholeheartedly to God. There is darkness and confusion within us, but God loves us, and He is seeking us to come into light with Him.

Response Prayer:

May the Spirit of the Lord be with all our brothers and sisters, so that we can discern and know whether our lives belong to the world, the flesh, or the kingdom of God. Lord please help us turn around to follow you, and help us let go of the things of the world and of the flesh, and seek only what’s from heaven. Make us like Samuel to be willing to lay down the fame and wealth of the world, willing to give it all to You, not keeping anything for ourselves, but to live for God alone, and walk the way of God. May the Lord bless us! Amen!

2021年3月23日 星期二

-潘锡安牧师-

撒母耳记上 9

如何分辨我们的生命 

这一章帮助我们来更多认识自己。

一、属世界的是怎样的 (v.1-2)

从这一段的描述可以看出世界是如何选一个人做领袖:这个人是有详细家族历史记载的,出身不平凡,本人“又健壮又俊美” – 在那个战争频发的年代,这样的外形条件能上阵打仗,是以色列人众望所归。

二、属血气的人是怎样的 (v.3-14)

V3-4: 扫罗的爸爸丢了几头驴,就吩咐扫罗去寻找。扫罗带着仆人行过好几个地方,都没有找到。他是很有能力的人,所以父亲放心于他,只让他带一个仆人。他看上去也很单纯、诚实、尽责,为了几头驴走了很远的地方。

V5: 扫罗的话听上去表现出他也很孝顺、听父亲的话也体贴父亲的心思。

V6-7:扫罗的父亲将这个仆人给扫罗,说明他认为这个仆人是个可靠的人。扫罗一开始没有跟仆人商量,就凭自己的方法来找驴。仆人知道他们这样空手而回,主人会不开心,就对主人的儿子说“当走的路”的这番话- 说明他知道神能够帮助他们。然而扫罗的回答证明他不认识神,空有外表,没有内里的充实。当仆人教他寻求神的时候,他第一个想到的是属世的回应 – 如何用利益、金钱、好处来讨好神人。扫罗的父亲“基士”的名字意思就是“弯曲”,所以他教导出来的孩子也是这样弯曲。我们教导我们的儿女是否也是这样?是否外表从属世的角度看上去很好,可是里面很空,没有属神的价值?

V8: “一舍客勒的四分之一”是极微小的量。这个仆人心思单纯,当他给出囊中所有的哪怕很微小的一切,神就悦纳。我们给神是否是全部呢?神看中我们的心胜过我们给出的价值。

V13:这个女子的话影响了扫罗的一生。在扫罗还未被膏为王的时候,神就借这个女子告诉他神国的法则。但是扫罗心里头想的只是那几头驴,对神国的法则不感兴趣。一个属血气的人,就算来到天国的门面前,得到了王位,至终也会失去。

三、属神的人是怎样的(v.15-27)

V15-20: 撒母耳在当时是德高望重的士师,将整个以色列人12支派联合起来,不仅是士师,也是先知、大祭司。神跟撒母耳这样一个重要的人物说他要从至小的便雅悯支派兴起一个人来救以色列,撒母耳没有反驳神,没有质疑神为什么选一个不如他的人而不信任他的能力,而是完全谦卑顺服。撒母耳看到扫罗,没有回避,直接承认自己的身份。

V22-24:神只是让撒母耳去膏扫罗,撒母耳不仅听神的话,也谦卑带扫罗回到自己的家,与一屋子的贵宾一起坐席。又把祭肉中最重要的部分摆在扫罗面前,以此尊荣扫罗。神没有特别跟撒母耳指示这样做,但撒母耳忠心、专心于神,不害怕自己地位不保,因他相信神的话。

V25: 撒母耳与扫罗的关系很亲密,他与扫罗私下对话,说明他愿意帮助扫罗。

V27:撒母耳对扫罗说“要吩咐仆人先走”,因为他将要跟扫罗讲的话是那个仆人没有办法领受的。虽然仆人曾经帮了扫罗,但撒母耳让扫罗放下这一切过去倚靠的人和方法。我们是否倚靠神胜过倚靠人,是否愿意放下我们觉得可以靠的人而靠近我们属灵的权柄?

我们愿意放下自己的安全感,单单相信神、摆上自己吗?求神光照我们,让我们知道内心的光景,帮助我们回转,成为像撒母耳一样属神的人。

*追求:

感谢主你对我们说话。我们当中有两种人:一种在天国里找自己的驴子,另一种听见了神的声音,但是否愿意顺服神的心意呢?

神对那些还在找驴子的人说,“孩子呀,驴是不重要的。在我父那里有许多的宝贝为你预备。放下你所要做的,把你的心交出来,神要给你更多。”我们说要跟随神,其实只是想从神那里得到好处。主啊,我们承认我们不在乎神你的心意如何,我们一直在找驴却没有寻求你!求主帮助那些还在找驴的弟兄姐妹,求你给他们从天而来的眼光,神胜过这世上一切的价值,他单单在意的是他们的心!

对那些能听到神声音的弟兄姐妹: 我们全然谦卑自己,愿主耶稣的荣耀覆庇我。放下我自己的害怕、得失,单单相信主在我身上成就你完全的旨意。我把我的安全感交托在你的面前。求主赐我们懂听的耳朵,让我们单单认出从你而来的,认出我们的光景,让我们更多从权柄、教会、晨祷、主日信息领受主向我们说的话。求主挪去混乱、拦阻神的声音、挪去一切不安全感,让我们知道主你要把全然的心意加在我们。愿你拣选我们里面的扫罗,大大使用我们当中的撒母耳!

愿主的灵与众弟兄姐妹同在,让我们能分辨生命的光景,是属世界的、血气的、还是神国的。求主帮助我们回转,跟从你,放下属世界的和属血气的,单单寻求属天的。让我们好像撒母耳一样愿意放下世界的名利,愿意给出去,不为自己存留任何一个东西,单单为神而活,走在神的道路。求主祝福我们!