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II Kings 8 – How to Experience God 列王纪下 8 – 如何经历神  

Friday, 15th October 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-6 Follow and Receive Victory

V1 ‘Then Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for the Lord has called for a famine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven years.”’ The Shunammite woman was wealthy, and she must know that she would lose all her lands and possessions if she left. But she was willing to obey Elisha’s words. At the time Elisha was not yet a well-known prophet, but his position as the man of God was never changed. Do we also believe in the words of the authority appointed by God, even though they may not be well-known to the world?

V2 ‘So the woman arose and did according to the saying of the man of God, and she went with her household and dwelt in the land of the Philistines seven years.’ The woman experienced miracles through the words of Elisha therefore she chose to believe and follow. After seven years when she came home, she had nothing left, but she did not complain because she knew there was famine and everything Elisha said came true. She had a thanksgiving heart and went to the king to ask for her land back.

V4 ‘Then the king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me, please, all the great things Elisha has done.”’ Gehazi was willing to answer the king all the miracles Elisha had done, instead of hiding, he decided to tell the truth and the woman was able to restore all that she had lost. Are we also willing to follow the truth and believe that God will restore all that we lost?

Section Two V7-15 Humble and be Lifted Up

V7 ‘Then Elisha went to Damascus, and Ben-Hadad king of Syria was sick; and it was told him, saying, “The man of God has come here.”’ Why did a prophet of Israel go to Syria, the enemy of Israel? In I Kings 19:15-16, God said to Elijah, ‘Then the Lord said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. Also, you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place.’ Elijah was afraid of Jezebel; therefore, he did not go to Syria. God’s plan will always happen, but it may be delayed because of men’s decisions. When Elijah did not fulfil what God asked him to do, Elisha went to fulfil it as how God instructed. Elisha was not afraid of the king of Syria, he followed God wholeheartedly.

V8 ‘And the king said to Hazael, “Take a present in your hand, and go to meet the man of God, and inquire of the Lord by him, saying, Shall I recover from this disease?”’ The king of Syria knew to give gifts to Elisha and inquire for his sickness, because he was told about God and about Elisha. It was also like Naaman’s young girl servant, who influenced the whole household even though she was only a servant. Our Mother Church receive the vision of the 10 Golden Years, to preach the Gospel around the world, do we receive the same vision from our Mother Church, to preach the Gospel and made God well-known to others? God wants us to share the Good News, not only with those who follow us, but also those who rule over us.

V9 ‘So Hazael went to meet him and took a present with him, of every good thing of Damascus, forty camel-loads; and he came and stood before him, and said, “Your son Ben-Hadad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying, Shall I recover from this disease?”’ We read from previous chapters that the king of Israel sent people to Elisha trying to kill him, whereas the king of Syria, sent people to bring presents to Elisha.

V10-11 ‘And Elisha said to him, “Go, say to him, You shall certainly recover. However, the Lord has shown me that he will really die.” Then he set his countenance in a stare until he was ashamed; and the man of God wept.’ Elisha could have just answered what the king wanted to know and stop there, but he knew his mission and why he was sent to the king of Syria by God in the first place, therefore, he had to tell Hazael whatever was not asked but was instructed by God.

V12-13 ‘And Hazael said, “Why is my lord weeping?” He answered, “Because I know the evil that you will do to the children of Israel: Their strongholds you will set on fire, and their young men you will kill with the sword; and you will dash their children and rip open their women with child.” So Hazael said, “But what is your servant—a dog, that he should do this gross thing?” And Elisha answered, “The Lord has shown me that you will become king over Syria.”’ Hazael thought of himself as a dog, someone, who sought to please others. He did not even think he would become the king of Syria but God chose him.

V14-15 ‘Then he departed from Elisha, and came to his master, who said to him, “What did Elisha say to you?” And he answered, “He told me you would surely recover.” But it happened on the next day that he took a thick cloth and dipped it in water and spread it over his face so that he died; and Hazael reigned in his place.’ Why was the king killed even though he was recovering? Because he was still lying on the bed and did not believe he would get better. Whereas Hazael listened to Elisha’s words and believed that he would be the king. What is our attitude towards the word of God? it determines our destiny, and our decisions can lead us to very different paths God prepares for us.

Section Three V16-19 Rebellious Bring Death

Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat became the king of Judah. He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. Jehoshaphat was a good king, but he did not teach his son well that Jehoram did what was evil in God’s eyes. He married the daughter of Ahab and did evil things like Ahab did. Because of Jehoram’s evil ways, Edom and Libnah revolted against Judah.

V25-27 ‘In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, began to reign. Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah the granddaughter of Omri, king of Israel. And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the Lord, like the house of Ahab, for he was the son-in-law of the house of Ahab.’ The house of Jehoshaphat did not influence the house of Ahab after they got married, on the other hand, they were influenced by the house of Ahab and did what was evil in God’s eyes. They listened to their wives and their mothers and did not live in the truth of God.

Being rebel is to walk away from the teaching of God to rebel against of God and at the end we will walk into defeat and walk into death. God’s promise is always there, He has given us the paths of life and death to choose from, so what do we choose? To follow, to humble, or to rebel?

列王纪下 8 – 如何经历神     

2021年10月15日 星期五

潘锡安牧师

在这一章神仍然让我们看到他话语的真实。每一个跟随神的人都是靠着神所赐的灵粮走前面的路,在他的话语中我们能经历他。神的应许永不改变,他的话影响着世世代代。

一、8:1-6 跟从得生

V1 “以利沙曾对所救活之子的那妇人”- 她就是书念的大户人家的女主人(王下第4章)。以利沙对一个享受着优渥生活的地主家的妇人说要起身离开所住之地,这对那妇人来说是不容易的,因为走了之后再回来可能就失去原本的土地了。

V2 虽然以利沙所预言的话听上去很不可思议,但妇人“照神人的话”起身离开,“带着全家往非利士地去,住了七年”。以利沙原本只是普通人,但当这妇人愿意去听他的话,以利沙就能成为她的“神人”。妇人经历过以利沙使自己的儿子死而复活等神迹奇事,她认定以利沙是神给她的“神人”,所以能谦卑跟从。

V3 妇人从外地回来的时候,自己的房屋和田地确实都没有了,但她却没有说一句抱怨的话,而是用正当的渠道去处理她的问题(“哀告王”)。

V4-5 此刻的以色列王因为经历了之前很多神迹,想要更多的知道以利沙这个人,就找来以利沙的仆人基哈西问话。基哈西虽然以前被书念的妇人瞧不起、拒绝了几次,但当这妇人的生命改变,基哈西的生命也被影响,愿意向以色列王见证书念的妇人怎样蒙神怜悯。

V6 七年时间住在外地是不容易的,但神恩待他的仆人,纪念这位愿意谦卑跟从的妇人。当我们谦卑跟从神的时候,神给我们的是大过我们所求所想的。以色列王不仅将“凡属这妇人的都还给她”,连原本都归了国库的“田地的出产也都还给她”。

二、8:7-15 谦卑就被提升

V7-8 以利沙是以色列的先知,大马士革是敌国亚兰的城市。他来到大马士革,不是只为了一个不敬拜神的亚兰王发先知预言。事情的关键在于亚兰王所差派去见以利沙的“哈薛”。在列王纪上19:15-16 神曾对以利亚说过:“你回去,从旷野往大马士革去。到了那里,就要膏哈薛做亚兰王, 又膏宁示的孙子耶户做以色列王,并膏亚伯米何拉人沙法的儿子以利沙做先知接续你。”以利亚没有去膏哈薛,因为当时的他害怕耶洗别,落荒而逃。神的应许永远都是真的,只是会延迟,但问题不在于神,而在于人。以利亚的接班人以利沙就成就了神的应许。以利沙明知山有虎,偏向虎山行,没有害怕亚兰王,所以自己来到大马士革。亚兰王不仅没有杀以利沙,还派人送礼物给他,又称他为“神人”。亚兰王大费周章,并没有要以利沙来医治自己,却只问了一个“这病能好不能好”的问题。他不是笨,而是在用拜巴力的方法来对待耶和华神,他没有神人的仆人基哈西跟他讲见证,所以不知道以利沙能使死人复活。我们的母堂的异象是珍惜神给的“黄金十年”来传福音,我们是否领受这从上而来的水流,效法神仆人基哈西那样能将好消息见证出去?我们领受了神的福音,若没有用生命影响周围人的生命,就非常的可惜。

V9-10 哈薛排场浩大的来到以利沙面前,“用四十个骆驼,驮着大马士革的各样美物为礼物”恭恭敬敬地来见以利沙。哈薛本来不需要做这些,但他愿意谦卑,并称亚兰王为以利沙的“儿子”。以利沙预言亚兰王的病“必能好”,又说“耶和华指示我,他必要死”。

V11-13 听到以利沙的预言,哈薛说自己“算什么,不过是一条狗”,但以利沙继续说“耶和华指示我,你必做亚兰王”。哈薛并不是王的法定继承人,只是王的一个仆人,所以非常懂得如何奉承他人,然而神拣选他,完成神的应许。

V14-15 哈薛将以利沙预言的前半段回报给亚兰王,第二天,哈薛就杀死了亚兰王。亚兰王听了神说的病必会好的话语,却没有相信,仍然躺在床上,以致自己脸被蒙住。相反,哈薛谦卑领受神的应许,就真的做了亚兰的王。

三、8:16-29 叛逆得死

V16-24 犹大国从所罗门开始,跌跌撞撞,经历高高低低,“犹大王约沙法还在位的时候”,他的儿子约兰就登基为王,但他“行耶和华眼中看为恶的事”。约沙法比他的父亲要好,但他没有当好一个父亲的角色,为自己的儿子“娶了亚哈的女儿为妻”。这个妻子对丈夫的影响力非常的大,致使约兰王“与亚哈家一样”行恶,甚至“以东人背叛犹大”。但神“因他仆人大卫的缘故,仍不肯灭绝犹大,照他所应许大卫的话,永远赐灯光于他的子孙”(V19)。神的应许在,祝福却不在了,约兰做王的8年间,以东和立拿人都成为犹大的敌人。

V25-29 犹大王约兰的儿子亚哈谢接续父亲当王,但因为他也是“亚哈家的女婿”,就“效法亚哈家,行耶和华眼中看为恶的事”。约兰和亚哈谢所行的都是神的律法书上所禁止的事,然而他们听从自己那拜偶像的妻子、母亲,就走在叛逆中,没有行在神的教导里,反而与神为敌,最后走进死亡。

神看重他的应许,如何经历神,关键在于我们的态度。神已经在我们面前陈明生与死,我们的选择是什么呢?我们对神的话语和神仆人对我们说的话如何回应?是否有很多怀疑、叛逆、争辩?求神光照我们,拿走我们里面一切使我们不能听道而行道的拦阻,让我们谦卑跟随,不仅得着生命,也得到提升!