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II Samuel 6 – What do we need to do in the Presence of God? 撒母耳记下6 – 什么是神同在所需要的

Wednesday, 26th May 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One: V1-11 To Set Apart

David wanted to bring back the Ark of God, he used all the musical instruments and gathered all the people to worship and celebrate the return of the Ark. For David, he thought the more people the better to welcome the Ark of God, and he also tried his best to bring the best worship to welcome the Ark.

All these things David did he learnt from the Philistines. David’s life was full of idols, even when he was running away from Saul, his wife used a idol to pretend it was him to give David time to run away from Saul’s people. The idol saved David’s life in the past and therefore when he used the ways of the Philistines to welcome the Ark, he didn’t notice if there is anything wrong with it.

David was shocked when Uzzah died. Uzzah was a strong man, so when the Ark fell, the first thing he reacted to do is to secure the Ark. But is this really what God wants? Everything we do must be according to the way of God, every time when God asks us to make a move, He will bring the people, the resources and the environment to show us the way.

God was not pleased with the ways David and the people treated the Ark, therefore God struck down Uzzah. Then David realized his mistake, he wanted to bring the Ark to Jerusalem, but did he ask God? A lot of time, we thought we are serving God, but we are actually using our own ways to serve. We take God’s Presence for granted, and do not seek God. Do we deny ourselves, humble and obey? When we talk about the presence of God, He is serious about it. What David was doing was revealed in front all the people, and by brining the ways of the Philistines to seek the presence of God, David sinned against God.

Do we know if we have sinned against God? Serving God is simply to follow Him, not using our own ways but His ways. When God struck down Uzzah, David became afraid, because he did not walk in the way of God, and fear made him give up and leave the Ark. David left the Ark in Obed-Edom’s house, the Levi. When we decide to run away from the presence of God, we tend to draw a line from God and from those who serve God.

Therefore we should set apart ourselves from this world, do not use the ways of the world to serve God and please our own desires, everything we do must be according to God’s will instead of our own will.

Section Two: V12-15 Humble and Obey

David realized that when the Ark went to Obed-Edom, Obed-Edom’s household was blessed. Then David knew God’s heart, His mercy and grace. Therefore David changed his way, he used a joyful heart to bring the Ark to Jerusalem from the house of Obed-Edom.

David no longer sought his own way, he only wanted the blessings and the presence of God. Our attitude determines our altitude. and when David obeyed, the whole house of Israel was blessed. This time, it was not David trying to bring the presence of God, but it was the presence of God Himself entered Jerusalem. When we serve, do people see us or do they see God? Who do ourselves see when we serve? We like to do a lot of things for God, but is God really there?

Section Three: V16-23 Deny Ourselves, Benefit Others

David changed his way and did everything not for himself, but the people of Israel. David wanted all the people of Israel to be blessed by God, he gave offering to God and distributed the meat and the bread to the people. When David’s wife Michal saw this, she despised David, but David was not affected by his wife’s attitude because he knew everything he did was for God.

David went home and blessed his family, then Michal said disrespected words to David. Even though David loved Michal, he still spoke the truth to her instead of trying to please her or comfort her. David did not allow Michal to despise him as the servant of God. He was not boasting about himself, but stood in the right position and spoke for God.

At the end, God did not bless Michal with children, David loved Michal, but because she despised David, he no longer spent time with her. Do we learn from our mistake like David? To turn back from the world, to humble ourselves, to obey God’s commands, to deny ourselves and to benefit others.

Prayer & Pursuit

Lord, today we can be here to serve You is by Your Grace. This is Your dwelling place but where is Your presence? What is it that You really want? We see other people being blessed, and we want what others have! Help us to be willing to humble and obey, to deny ourselves and benefit others. We have so many things that we want to do, but are they pleasing to You? Come to burn away all the things in our lives that do not belong to You, we only want Your presence because only the place with Your presence is Your dwelling place.

Lord, we have so much rubbish of this world that we bring to You, but You enlightened us today that we should no longer live with these worldly things, give us direction so we know where we are going. We only want to please You and to be in Your presence. Thank You, Lord for Your Word and revelations. Amen.

2021年5月26日 星期三

-潘锡安牧师-

撒母耳记下6

什么是神同在所需要的

大卫如今的身份是全以色列的王。当环境转换,我们是否能配合神的脚步,配合神给我们的身份?当大卫开始跟随神的心意拿取耶路撒冷,带着妻儿离开自己熟悉、舒适的地方,就进入一个冒险的旅程。大卫成为王之后,因着圣灵的催逼,他决定将神的约柜运回耶路撒冷,因约柜代表神的同在。大卫要将神的同在(约柜)带入神的居所(耶路撒冷)。今天的章节清楚透彻地指示我们如何迎接神同在。

一、要分别出来(v.1-11)

V1 大卫在以色列中挑选最好的三万人,用最盛大的方式恭迎神的同在回到耶路撒冷。

V3-5 他们将约柜从“亚比拿达的家里抬出来,放在新车上”,让“亚比拿达的两个儿子乌撒和亚希约赶这新车”,大卫又制造不同的乐器去跳舞。这可以看到当时的场面十分隆重。

V6 “牛失前蹄” – 意思是脚筋跳起来。“乌撒”的意思是强壮有力,所以当意外发生时他马上去“伸手扶住神的约柜”。但他出于“好心”做的事却不是神所要的。

其实从一开始大卫他们都是在学着非利士人的方式来敬拜神(撒母耳记上第六章)。大卫之前与偶像共存,也不觉得这是一个问题,但当他要去迎接神同在的时候,这就不能被允许了。神会兴起环境来印证他跟我们说的话,不会让我们羞愧。大卫心里所渴望的是要很多人来拥戴王,他也很重视音乐,但当他的方式不合神心意的时候,神并不买他的帐。

V7 “这错误”并非只是乌撒一人的错误,而是之前整个迎接约柜的过程。从历代志上15:13可看出,大卫知道自己错在何处。他一开始要将约柜带进耶路撒冷的时候,并没有先求问神,而是用自己的方式来迎接神。我们来到教会,是否用自己的方式对待神的同在?我们所做的都看在人眼里,但是神是忌邪的神,他要我们分别为圣,所以我们不能在迎接神同在的时候任意妄为。我们服事神,是否愿意谦卑,单纯跟随?

V9-10 大卫知道自己错了,没有走在神同在里,所以“惧怕”。他惧怕神,于是将约柜“运到迦特人俄别以东的家中”,就是一个服事神的利未人家里。大卫这时把神的同在丢给服事神的人,自己,却选择离开、放弃。我们是否也会在惧怕的时候跟神划清界限,逃回自己的山洞?

当我们要神的同在时,我们要从自己的骄傲任性、老我和世俗的一切分别出来。

二、谦卑顺服(v.12-15)

在大卫眼里不好的东西反而让服事神的人蒙福,所以他学到功课,知道自己要谦卑顺服。大卫回转之后,他认识神,知道神是满有恩典怜悯,所以“欢欢喜喜地将神的约柜从俄别以东家中抬到大卫的城里”(V12)。大卫知道约书亚如何抬约柜过约旦河,他自己就学习约书亚的方式。“以弗得”(V14)本来是祭司穿的,但大卫愿意为此换下自己的王服。神要的,不是我们能力有多好,而是愿意放下自己,谦卑顺服神。大卫愿意在众人和耶和华面前谦卑下来,将自己里面的骄傲、对人给他肯定的渴求都放下,单单走在神的心意中,因他只想要神的同在。在神的国度里,我们的态度决定我们高度。

V15 不再只是大卫王将神的约柜带进来,而是“以色列的全家欢呼吹角”一起迎接神同在。当我们在服事的时候,人看到的是我们,还是神?我们自己看到的又是谁?我们会做很多事情,但是神在哪里?

三、舍己利他(v.16-23)

V16-19 大卫低微到连他的太太米甲也轻视他,但是大卫不在乎这些人的看法。他将所有的都献给了神,又分发给“每人一个饼、一块肉、一个葡萄饼”,让每个人都能从神这里得祝福。大卫愿意舍去自己的尊严,全然奉献给神。他没有被自己太太的话影响,他知道他和他的一家能蒙祝福,唯有靠着神。

V20 大卫祝福家里的每一个人。但是米甲跟大卫说了这些话轻视他。

V21-22 米甲是大卫最爱的妻子,但是大卫作为家里的遮盖,在她面前站对位置,没有高举自己,而是高举神,看重神给他的位份,将真理讲明出来。我们是否能先神后人再大地?

V23 这里有两种说法来解释。一个说法是:儿女是神给的祝福,当我们不尊敬神的时候,神的祝福就离开了;第二种说法是,本来大卫很爱米甲,但因为她轻看自己的丈夫,大卫的爱就离开她了。

神将我们从一切错误、骄傲、老我中呼召出来,我们要如何回应呢?正如第22节说的,“我也必更加卑微,自己看为轻贱。你所说的那些婢女,她们倒要尊敬我。”大卫不再为自己去争夺,而是更加谦卑。求神帮助我们更加相信神国的法则:谦卑顺服、舍己利他。

*追求

是的,我们一切所有都是属于神。我们今天能够走到这里,都是神的恩典。弟兄姐妹,我们来到神的居所,但是神的同在在这里吗?我们在这里看到别人被祝福,我们好像大卫一样也想要,但我们是否愿意谦卑顺服,舍己利他?求神帮助我们。我们有太多的老我、棱角、骄傲,我们要求神将里面这一切属世的东西用圣灵的火焚烧,让我们能够谦卑,有神的同在。让我们愿意打开里面的门,将里面的垃圾都拿出来给神。

谢谢主光照我们,让我们将里面的垃圾都能倾倒在你面前。我们不再与这些东西共存,而是要进入你荣耀、圣洁的同在中!谢谢主的恩典和祝福!奉耶稣基督的名祷告,阿们!