Friday, 29th April 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-5 No Longer the Same
This world is full of pride, this is the root of Satan’s fall, and we must know that when we are born again, we receive this new life and we will no longer controlled by the lies of Satan. A lot of time, after we become Christians, we are still unable to overcome our difficulties, it’s because we still believe in the lies of Satan and we still have the prideful attitude towards our lives.
V1 ‘Send the lamb to the ruler of the land, from Sela to the wilderness, to the mount of the daughter of Zion.’ God created everything to be good, but what happened to the world? What was Moab like in the past? II Kings 3:4-5 says, ‘Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheep breeder, and he regularly paid the king of Israel one hundred thousand lambs and the wool of one hundred thousand rams. But it happened, when Ahab died, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.’ God blessed Moab in the past with a lot of lambs and rams, and Moab had a good relationship with Israel in the past. But when they became prideful and stop building the relationship with the people of God, they ended their own blessings.
Moab became prideful when they thought their ancestor, Lot, should receive the equal portion of blessings as Abraham. We often have small dramas like this in our hearts, when we start doubting and asking questions, we become prideful, we are no longer living in the fragrance of the Tree of Life, but we start to walk towards the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Bible taught us to always seek God and meditate on the Word of God. But the world taught us to challenge authorities, to gain lots of knowledge and to prove ourselves. We must stay humble because our pride can only lead us to destruction and hopelessness.
V3-5 ‘Take counsel, execute judgment; make your shadow like the night in the middle of the day; hide the outcasts, do not betray him who escapes. Let My outcasts dwell with you, O Moab; be a shelter to them from the face of the spoiler. For the extortioner is at an end, devastation ceases, the oppressors are consumed out of the land. In mercy the throne will be established; and One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness.’ Moab thought they were a strong people, they had a wealthy land and a strong people, but prophet Isaiah warned them that nothing will last forever.
Only when they are willing to come before the One and Only God, then they can be protected. God is still giving us the opportunity to return to Him, when we are willing to seek God and come to Him, He will solve our problems one by one.
Section Two V6-8 No Repentance Until Death
V6 ‘We have heard of the pride of Moab—he is very proud—of his haughtiness and his pride and his wrath; but his lies shall not be so.’ When God is giving us teaching, do we see judgement, or do we humbly receive teaching? God loves us that is why He will teach us so we can be better, but if we are prideful then we will dislike all the teaching and disciplines. When we try to prove ourselves, people will only see the emptiness in our lives.
V7 ‘Therefore Moab shall wail for Moab; everyone shall wail. For the foundations of Kir Hareseth you shall mourn; surely they are stricken.’ At the end of the day, everyone will wail and cry for themselves. God is the God, who will bless us generations by generations, but when we choose to walk into a prideful lifestyle, not only our generation, but our next generations will suffer. God has already led us this far, He has already blessed us, and taken us away from our old lives, we must continue to seek Him, and stay away from the bondages of this sinful world.
V8 ‘For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah; the lords of the nations have broken down its choice plants, which have reached to Jazer and wandered through the wilderness. Her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.’ Moab thought their city of Kir Hareseth can protect them, but nothing in this world can really protect us and sustain us. If we only look at what is in front of us, then one day we will see destruction. Heshbon was a wealthy place, but it’s not there anymore; every big city in the history has its ups and downs, nothing lasts forever, and this is a wakeup call!
Section Three V9-14 The Ups and Downs of Life
V9 ‘Therefore I will bewail the vine of Sibmah, with the weeping of Jazer; I will drench you with my tears, o Heshbon and Elealeh; for battle cries have fallen over your summer fruits and your harvest.’ At the end of the days, there is no one people can seek help from in this world. The ups and downs of life continue in this world, in the strong cities of the nations, and only by living under the fragrance of the Tree of Life, we can receive the blessings of generations.
以赛亚书 16 – 骄傲带来的败亡
V1 我们在一开始被创造的时候，不是骄傲的样子。摩押人原本向以色列进贡 – 列王纪下3:4-5 记载，在亚哈王时代，摩押王很蒙祝福，有许多羊可以给以色列王进贡。然而，亚哈死后，摩押人因着骄傲，就背叛以色列。当我们心里有很多小剧场，质疑为什么我们要被要求做某些事的时候，我们就离开了生命树气息，走进分辨善恶树，只在乎对错。唯有谦卑顺服、舍己利他能帮助我们留在生命树的气息。不要滥用自己在神国度里的“自由”。当年约瑟被卖到埃及后，经历很多无法让人理解的苦难，但他没有问“为什么我要这样”；反而是扫罗王，在等不到撒母耳来献祭的时候，他疑问为什么自己不能代替撒母耳去献祭，结果走进分辨善恶树。我们的“为什么”应当是谦卑来到神面前寻问，求神指示我们，而不是像世界的教导那样什么都去质疑，其实是想在凡事上都有自己的主张。圣经并未教导我们独立自主，反而是凡事寻求神。一个高知识分子若不是被现实问题打败了，是不会来相信神的。不要让无神论的思想影响我们，因为这都是撒旦的欺骗。人离不开神，我们敬拜的是真神还是假神，是否只是某种“主义”？摩押人质疑为什么自己要每年进贡给以色列，生命就不再一样。