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II Samuel 15 – Environment Brings Out Life 撒母耳记下15 – 环境带出生命

Thursday, 10th June 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One: V1-12 The Plan of Absalom

Absalom restored his identity as the prince, then he started to plan for himself. Even thought he was away from David for 5 years, but he didn’t change, he was unwilling for people not to see him. Early in the morning, Absalom didn’t go worship God, instead he stayed at the gate and tried to please people. As an authority, David allowed his sinful son to come back without any teaching, and he also didn’t know Absalom’s plans. This led to the fall of Absalom and David’s family.

There was gap in David’s life, after he committed adultery with Bathsheba and he has lost the ability to discern. Do we build our faith upon Jesus or do we allow the environment to control our mind and thoughts?

People came to Absalom because they thought he could solve their problems. when we have problems we always want someone to understand us and help us to solve it, instead of seeking God. On the other hand, Absalom didn’t feel thankful that David let him come back to Jerusalem, he only wanted more people to follow him and be on his side.

The people that followed Absalom included those who used to follow David in the Cave of Adullam. They saw David’s failures with Bathsheba and Amnon, their hearts were not simple anymore and decided to follow what seemed more reliable in their eyes.

Section Two: V13-29 The Plan of David

Someone came to report to David, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” Then David took his family and left Jerusalem. When Nathan prophesy to David and when he heard about Absalom’s schemes, he decided to leave. He knew everything happened is allowed by God, therefore he didn’t fight back his son, instead he ran away like what he did before.

Interestingly, people around David did not use this opportunity to kill David and submit to Absalom, some people even said, “We are your servants, ready to do whatever my lord the king commands.” David’s servants knew there will be troubles if they stayed with David but they were willing to stay by him. God allowed the Environment to show our true-self.

David chose to hide from God, he did not stand in the gap and intercede for the Israelites. When things happened he let it happen. Why did God give us the Book of Revelations? For us to just wait for the judgement? No! We are to fulfill the Great Commission on Matthew 28! We cannot just think of ourselves, but to stand in the gap, to pray, to intercede, and to fight in the spiritual realm! God’s will for us is to work in partnership with Him, but here David chose not to do anything.

We need to wake up! Do not let the spirit of David and the spirit of Absalom happen in our lives! The spirit of lustful desires created a gap in David’s life and his family. He didn’t recognize it and he didn’t face it. When God corrects us, we should humble ourselves and change our ways.

Section Three: V30-37 The Plan of Men

Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, betrayed David because he only thought about his own benefit. However there are also people who stayed back with David. When God raised difficult environment in our lives, we can easily see the truth about people and be tested in our faith. When we are called and chosen by God, can we see that He rules and reigns in our environment?

God is powerful and full of love, let us really see our true-self, to let go and to humble ourselves. Let God give us strength, to humble, to benefit others, to obey and to deny ourselves. Let God help us to bear the fruits of the Tree of Life, and become the blessings of the Kingdom of God. May God give us strength, and cut off the lies of devil. We can overcome our weaknesses and receive victory in the Lord.

Prayer & Pursuit

Lord, thank You for allowing us to see the problems in our lives. We have a lot of weaknesses in our lives, especially when the environment changes, we want to run away. But help us, Lord, not to just stay in our status quo, but to humble ourselves like Jesus. Help us, when we say we are to follow You, we will really follow You to the end. Lord, let us be like little children, follow You with a simple heart. Amen.

2021年6月10日 星期四

-潘锡安牧师-

撒母耳记下15

环境带出生命

神常会兴起环境显露人真实的生命,我们要借着环境看到我们的生命而不是问题。

一、v.1-12 押沙龙的谋算

V1 押沙龙在恢复了王子身份、能够自由出入王宫之后,就开始“为自己预备车马”。当时的“车马”只是为王预备的,他出巡的排场本该只有王或储君才有的,可惜押沙龙虽然经过5年时间,生命仍然没有改变,他心里还在谋算,并且招兵买马。押沙龙想表现自己,却没有想到一个王的儿女不需要做什么就可以散发出王的特质。大卫当年不愿意等候,早早地就在众人面前表现自己的能力,把巨人歌利亚杀死,又让妇女们都称赞他“大卫杀死万万”。如今他的儿子押沙龙也是这样不愿意别人看不见他。

V2-5 押沙龙一早起来没有去神的圣殿亲近神,却来谋算自己的事。他在城门口所做的事并非真的帮助人,只是去认同、迎合别人的感觉,同时让群众以为大卫不理政事。作为一个权柄,大卫允许犯罪的儿子回到家中,又不知道儿子在外面所行的这些事。大卫没有真正帮助押沙龙成长,只是体贴肉体的爱,反而让押沙龙一步一步走向灭亡。

V6 押沙龙最开始所得到的人都是生命有问题的人。当我们心里没有办法饶恕的时候,我们常希望有一个人出来判断是非,因为我们活在分辨善恶树下。这些来找王的人其实是来找人认同自己,他们虽然在国中有王,心里却仍有很多的不满,押沙龙的做法正中这些人的心意。押沙龙回宫之后没有感恩之心,因为他想要的是人对他的认同 – 他本身生得容貌俊美,又生了容貌俊美的儿女,但是他没有储君的身份,于是心里充满不饶恕,他也不愿意等候神。

V7 “满了四十年”,押沙龙仍然没有改变他的生命。“希伯仑”是大卫被拥戴为王的地方。

V8-9 若真心侍奉神,应该留在耶路撒冷的会幕,所以押沙龙所讲的充满矛盾,然而大卫看不出问题。大卫自从跟乌利亚的妻行淫之后,生命有了破口,失去当初神给他的那一份判断力。我们是否建立在基督的磐石上,仍然持守着对主起初的爱?还是让环境和身体操控我们,随风飘摇?

V10 当初到耶路撒冷城门口要找王的人是从以色列十二派出来的,如今都被押沙龙收买人心。

V11这两百人都是有权有势的人,跟着押沙龙去的时候并没有多想,忘记当年暗嫩如何被谋杀,没有察觉到押沙龙的计谋。

V12 这些跟去的人有能力却没有智慧,看见押沙龙那边人多势大,就选择了押沙龙。他们曾经都跟着大卫,但他们的心不服大卫,不再像当年在亚杜兰洞那样单纯跟随。

二、v.13-29 大卫的谋算

V13 其实并非所有人的心都归向押沙龙,只是“日见增多”而已。但大卫因为生命的破口,他旁边的人和事都出问题。

V14 先知拿单曾对犯罪后的大卫宣布神的审判,大卫都知道,于是当事情发生的时候,他没有骂自己的儿子,而是选择认命离开,但他却没有像尼尼微城的国王那样带领民众痛悔认罪。大卫选择的是一条容易的路,因为他已经习惯了逃亡。

V15 这些臣仆没有觉得大卫大势已过而背叛他,而是活在生命树下,谦卑顺服、舍己利他,哪怕跟随大卫意味着要面对很大的困难。

V24-25 祭司将约柜抬来了,但大卫对他说了这样一番认命的话。这不是谦卑顺服,而是躲避神。当兵变、祸乱发生的时候,受伤的是以色列人,然而大卫没有站在破口为以色列代求,只是任由事情就这样发生了。我们知道启示录里所记载的灾难后,不是得过且过、坐以待毙,而是站在破口上为人代求,行出耶稣给我们的大使命。我们的生命若不改变,我们下面带领的人也会有同样的问题。我们不要有押沙龙的灵或大卫的问题,当神教训我们的时候,我们要谦卑认错、改正自己。

V27 从大卫所计划的事看出,其实他并非真的完全认命放手让神处理。大卫没有愿意面对付自己的破口,反而与这些破口共存。当我们看到生命的问题时,是否愿意靠神的力量改正过来?这些行动是我们自己的抉择。我们不要让情欲带着我们走,而要愿意让神的话成为我们脚前的灯、路上的光。

三、v.30-37 人的谋算

V31-32 亚希多弗曾是大卫的谋士,如今竟然背叛了他。另一方面,亚基人户筛反而愿意来跟随一个流亡的国王,在患难中见真情。

人通常都是为自己的利益着想,求神帮助我们在环境改变的时候,仍然能记得神起初是如何触摸我们,不随环境而改变我们跟随神的心。

*追求

我们真的听到神的声音吗?还是听到我们里面那个汹涌澎湃的我?神呼召、拣选我们,兴起环境,让我们看到他是掌权的、有能力有慈爱的。神兴起环境让我们看到真实的生命,我们愿意谦卑放下吗?求神帮助我们,加添我们的力量,让我们倚靠神,谦卑顺服,舍己利他,结出生命树的丰盛果实,荣神益人。求神加添力量给我们,不再认命,情欲、世界、身体的软弱都不能带着我们,我们要以基督的心为心,活在真光真理里,学习主耶稣的榜样。求神帮助我们!

谢谢主让我们看到生命中的破口,是的,我们在环境改变的时候很想选择那容易走的路。求主帮助我们除去心中那押沙龙的灵,效法主耶稣的谦卑、舍己,听道、行道,专心跟从你,且要跟从到底!奉耶稣基督的名祷告,阿们!