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II Samuel 9 – Keep the Covenant & Give Grace 撒母耳记下9 – 守约施恩

Tuesday, 1st June 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One: V1-8 Lost & Recovered

David was looking for anyone left from Saul and Jonathan’s house, so Saul’s servant Ziba came to him. The name Ziba means idols, during Saul’s time, he gathered a lot of capable people, but many of them worshipped idols. Ziba came and told David about Mephibosheth because he wanted to receive something good from David, David knew Ziba’s intentions but he still treated Ziba with grace.

David was also very wise, instead of sending Ziba, he sent someone else to bring Mephibosheth. When Mephibosheth came, he fell face down in front of David, and fully surrendered to him. David reassured him to not be afraid and invited him to eat at his table. David not only just called Mephibosheth to come once, but treated him like his own son, always had his seat to eat at his table.

We need to believe that when God calls us, He will not just call us and leave us aside. We might feel we are useless to God but when we come to Him, He keeps His covenant and will support us to the end!

Section Two: V9-13 Grace Upon Grace

God keeps His covenant for us, more than what we can imagine! We don’t need to worry about our lacking, but just need to humble ourselves and submit to Him. Be like Mephibosheth, who fell on his face and prostrated himself, and answered to David, “Here is your servant!”

God is our loving Father, all we need to do is to give our full authority to Him. In fear we cannot lay down ourselves and we will worry about losing things we have and we love. But today God is telling us not to be afraid, we should give our fears to God, believe He will sort it out for us.

Prayer & Pursuit

Thank You, Lord, You called us to Bread of Life in South Auckland, help us to fell face down, to lay down ourselves, to believe You are the God, who keeps His covenant. Let us be fearless and worriless to follow You, and believe You will lead us to receive what we have lost. You give us grace upon grace, and You will lead us to the end. Amen!

2021年6月1日 星期二

-潘锡安牧师-

撒母耳记下9

守约施恩

一、失而复得 (v.1-8)

V1 大卫是什么时候问这个问题的呢?他不是在希伯仑或刚去到耶路撒冷的时候问的,而是在他的国安定下来,且设立了管理制度之后,首先去查问此事。“剩下”的意思是“留下”,大卫之前跟约拿单立约说作王后不杀约拿单的后代,所以要向这后代“施恩”,就是故意、特别为了扫罗家去施行慈爱恩典的意思。从大卫的行动我们可以看出在神的国度, 神是如何因着与我们的盟约而向我们施恩典慈爱。

V2 “洗巴”的名字与偶像有关,是扫罗当初从外面的勇士中找来的一个外邦人。他来见大卫,想从中得到好处。

V4-5 洗巴是扫罗家的仆人,明知米非波设是扫罗家剩下的唯一血脉,他不去服事他,却来这里向大卫泄露米非波设的行踪。大卫很明智,派另外的人去找米非波设,以免米非波设被洗巴找到而谋杀。

V6 米非波设见到大卫后,“伏地叩拜”,表明自己完全摆上。于是大卫叫他的名字 – “米非波设”的意思是终结偶像。约拿单当初看到以色列国从原本蒙福到后来失去神的同在,是因为拜偶像的缘故,所以改了儿子米非波设的名字,只可惜一切都太晚了。我们都知道要分别为圣、舍己利他、谦卑顺服,但我们是否在行为上一直为自己找借口不去行出来?还是我们能像大卫一样在知道真理后立刻、故意地去行出来?

V7 我们每一个人的问题都是“惧怕”,惧怕会让我们忘掉神的恩惠,也让我们不愿意谦卑受教,反而自己设立一座墙来保护自己,留在过去的世界,不相信未来有更大的祝福。以色列人当初就是惧怕在旷野中不能自己做主的生活,所以留恋在埃及地为奴为仆的日子。大卫知道米非波设心里的惧怕,所以跟他说,“我必因你父亲约拿单的缘故施恩于你,将你祖父扫罗的一切田地都归还你。你也可以常与我同席吃饭”。他要让米非波设知道,他不仅是祝福米非波设,也让他们的关系非常密切。神对我们也是如此,本来我们不配得祝福,但神因为跟先祖立约,所以不仅祝福我们,也要与我们有密切的关系。对于米非波设来说,他原本失去一切,但因为神的仆人大卫学习神守约施恩的属性,米非波设才能失而复得。

二、恩上加恩(v.9-13)

米非波设不仅能和大卫一起吃饭,还能有很多仆人服侍他。神看顾我们大过我们所求所想。

V10 卖主求荣的洗巴身为扫罗的仆人,竟然享受荣华富贵,有自己的仆人。大卫让他们全家都来服侍米非波设。

神给我们的恩典是出乎意料的,但我们是否愿意先像米非波设这样全然的伏地叩拜,对神说“仆人在此”吗?如何有神的恩典?我们要谦卑顺服、舍己利他,结出生命树的果子,不为自己伸冤,完全将自己的主权交给他。

*追求

我们今天要诚实来到神的面前 – 惧怕,是我们一个很大的挑战,让我们没有办法领受爱,我们在惧怕中觉得被辖制、被要求,不愿意舍己,因为我们给了看不到回报。但是圣灵今天给我们说,不要惧怕。我们惧怕,不相信神会帮我们处理,我们不愿意将惧怕的事交给神。求神帮助我们更多的爱他、倚靠他,将我们的惧怕除去。让我们求神保守看顾我们,加力量给我们!

主耶稣我赞美你,你叫我们来到南奥克兰灵粮堂这里,来参加晨祷,你要向我们守约施恩。求主帮助我们,让我们完全向你俯伏,相信你是守约施恩的神,让我们一无挂虑地跟着你走,相信你会让我们失而复得,恩上加恩!感谢神保守、带领我们!奉耶稣基督的名祷告,阿们!