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II Samuel 24 – Where Sin is Where Grace is 撒母耳记下24 – 哪里有罪,哪里有恩典

Friday, 25th June 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One: V1-9 Being Willful

God was angry at the Israelites and it stirred up David’s heart. We can be easily influenced by what others do that upset us or made us angry. Do not just see what other people did wrong but also ourselves, because our own willfulness and rebellious can also cause others to sin. When the census took place in Moses’ time, it was when God saved the Israelites in Passover, they were offering to God and it was the Levites, who were responsible in counting the people. But here David asked Joab to count them, which was very different from Moses’ time. Joab knew it was wrong but he had to listen to the authority so he still went.

The Israelites were disobedient, which stirred up David to take the wrong action. At the end it was the Israelites, who suffered. When we’re being willful with our lustful desires, letting our emotions out wildly without holding back, at the end we need to taste our own fruits of suffering.

Section Two: V10-17 Repent & Return

God asked David to do what Saul couldn’t do, to chase out the Philistines from the land of the Israelites. God’s Spirit reminded David of what he was anointed to do and therefore David repented. David admitted he was fool, he sinned against God and he repented wholeheartedly. God is faithful and when David woke up in the morning, God’s Word came to David through Gad, the Prophet.

After repentance and after we’re forgiven, we still need to pay the price and face the consequences of our mistakes. God gave David three choices. Famine of three years was a great punishment, which the Israelites would not be able to bear. But the enemy’s attack was also too hard for David since he’s been running away all his life from his enemy. David was wise, he knew if enemy attacked them it would bring great hardship for Israelites.

So God sent the plague at the place where the census took place. Israelites made God angry, they affected their authority to make the wrong decision, at the end they suffered and their hard work became useless.

David saw and prayed to God. He admitted his mistakes and prayed for the Israelites. But it was God who relented from his anger. David decided not to do anything to please men but only to please God and when David did the right thing, God listened to the Israelites’ prayers.

V18-25 Make Atonement & Be Forgiven

Why did God stopped the plague at the  the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite? Because it was where Abraham offered Isaac to God. God remembered Hid covenant with Abraham, He is a covenant-keeping God. God sees the past the present and the future, only He knows what’s best for us, therefore our offering must be made at the right place appointed by God.

Do we know the meaning of Jesus’ sacrifice for us? Atonement brings forgiveness, but what’s our attitude towards making an atonement? We focus on how others wrong us without seeing our own mistakes. David realized his mistakes and he sought forgiveness from God, who listened and forgave David and his people. Are we willing to come boldly before God, to admit our mistakes and to make an atonement?

Prayer & Pursuit

Lord, we cannot stand by ourselves before You. We sinned against You and we sinned against people. But You’re full of Grace a d Mercy, we are not afraid to come before You and ask for Your forgiveness, help us not to sin in the same way anymore. Talk to us, Lord, and help us to listen to Your Word. Let us draw closer to Your heart. Amen.

2021年6月25日 星期五

-潘锡安牧师-

撒母耳记下24

哪里有罪,哪里有恩典

本章记载了大卫人生第二次的跌倒,他是一位被神重用的仆人,他的生命非常值得我们借鉴。

一、v.1-9 任意妄为

本章开头里说“耶和华又向以色列人发怒”(v.1),而历代志上21:1说“撒旦起来攻击以色列人”。从这两处不一样的记载看出,当时的以色列支派对大卫还未完全降服。在撒母耳记下20章讲到示巴叛变的时候,“以色列人都离开大卫,跟随比基利的儿子示巴”(20:2)。当我们容许我们犯罪,我们会认罪悔改,祈求神的怜悯,可是我们会如何看待我们的权柄呢?我们是否会像以色列人那样对自己宽容,对权柄的要求却严苛?

       在以色列,负责数点人数的应该利未人。出埃及记30:11-13明确记载,神让摩西去数点人数是因为神刚把以色列人从埃及救赎出来,要算当付的赎价。然而,在撒母耳记下24章这里,大卫数点人数却理由不明,且派非利未支派的约押带着军队去数点。他们要全以色列逐家逐户都出来,数算能够打仗的人数。连约押都看出这样做是不对的,他提出自己的意见,但是大卫身为他们的权柄没有听进去,以致军令如山,约押和众将领只能顺服。权柄若犯罪,他最后会需要自己向神负责。

       历代志上21:1-6也有同样的记录,且说“约押厌恶王的这命令”。这是一个长达九个多月的事件,耗时耗力,连人数纪录都出现混乱。大卫和以色列民都犯了罪,以致全国的民众都受连累。当我们任意妄为,放纵情欲的时候,最后承受罪的后果的是每一个人。

二、v.10-17 认罪悔改

V10 大卫听到圣灵在他心里提醒的声音之后马上认罪悔改。我们愿意去聆听我们内心那微小的声音吗?还是让自己里面的情绪任意发泄出来?我们犯罪后,愿意在神面前承认自己是愚昧的吗?

V11 大卫“早晨起来”后就有神的话临到他。我们在早上起来后不是马上做自己的事,而当在晨祷中领受神的话语。

V12-13 认罪悔改后,人还是要承担后果,该赔偿就要赔偿,而不是轻轻乎乎的一句“对不起”就解决。神给大卫选的这三样灾害每一样都很艰难,没有一样容易承受。

V14 大卫的回答很有智慧 ,可惜这样的智慧若能用在犯罪之前,他们就不需要承受这罪的恶果。

V15 耶和华选择的惩罚是瘟疫。当我们没有谦卑舍己的时候,受苦的是我们自己。

V16-17 大卫知道耶和华是有丰盛怜悯的神,所以他向神祷告。“耶布斯人亚劳拿旳禾场”是一个很重要的地点,不仅出现在这一节(v.16),后来也提到大卫在这里筑坛献祭(v.18, 25)。当执政掌权的人做对的事情时,神就会听下面的民众的祷告。

三、v.18-25 赎罪就蒙赦免

根据创世纪22:1-14记载,当年亚伯拉罕在神所指示他的山上献以撒,“给那地方起名叫耶和华以勒”,意思是“在耶和华的山上必有预备”。这座“耶和华的山”就是耶布斯人亚劳拿的禾场所在的地方,因此,神在这里纪念他与亚伯拉罕立的约。申命记16:6-7明文规定了献祭的地方,如今大卫按着指示到当年亚伯拉罕献以撒的地方筑坛献祭,神就赦免了以色列人的罪,使瘟疫止息。

我们要明白耶稣基督在十字架上的救赎意义如何重大。神赦免我们的罪,我们不用死亡,但对于得罪的人,我们要去负上代价去赔偿,而不只是一句对不起敷衍了事。我们常看到人不好的地方,却看不到自己的问题。但大卫愿意看到自己的罪,为自己的罪负上代价去悔改,瘟疫就“止住了”(v.25)。我们生命的问题就好像当时的“瘟疫”一样,当我们愿意谦卑自己,悔改来到神面前,才能看到哪里有罪,哪里就有恩典。

*回应祷告

主啊,我们靠着自己在你面前 是站立不住的,我们得罪了你,也得罪了人。但主你是满有丰盛怜悯的神,求主赦免我们的罪,也帮助我们不再同一个问题上打转。帮助我们看到主你与我们所立永远的约,让我们不放弃跟随你,经历你的恩典!奉耶稣基督的名祷告,阿们!