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Isaiah 50 – Out of the Death Into the Life 以赛亚书 50 – 出死入生  

Thursday, 4th August 2022

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-3 To Know the Problem

V1 ‘Thus says the Lord: Where is the certificate of your mother’s divorce, whom I have put away? Or which of My creditors is it to whom I have sold you? For your iniquities you have sold yourselves, and for your transgressions your mother has been put away.’ A lot of times, we live within the problems, but we don’t see the problems. We don’t know what’s wrong with the lives we are living, and we cannot find the root of the problems.

V2 ‘Why, when I came, was there no man? Why, when I called, was there none to answer? Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Indeed, with My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness; their fish stink because there is no water, and die of thirst.’ We tend to blame God and blame people first when we come across any problems in life. But we forgot that it’s because of our sins, then problems will come to us, and we will react with out flesh desires. God did not create problems but when people sinned, we turned away from the Tree of Life.

V3 ‘I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.’

Section Two V4-9 Be Humble and Receive Life

V4 ‘The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, he awakens My ear to hear as the learned.’ When people are talking to us about their problems and about negative things, how do we respond? Do we also respond them in a negative way? Or can we speak truth into the lives of people? Do we use the Word of God to bring people life?

V5 ‘The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away.’ We must have attentive ears, God wants to speak to us, but do we want to listen? We thought we know God and we hear God, but we interpret God’s Words with our own understandings and our lives are still in the same darkness.

V6 ‘I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.’

V7 ‘For the Lord God will help Me; therefore, I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.’

V8 ‘He is near who justifies Me; who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me.’

V9 ‘Surely the Lord God will help Me; who is he who will condemn Me? Indeed, they will all grow old like a garment; the moth will eat them up.’

Section Three V10-11 Be Prideful and Receive Torment

V10 ‘Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God.’ Do we really listen to the Word of God? God speaks to us through His servants, and if we are unwilling to listen to the servant of God, which is our authority He has appointed for us, then we are not listening to God. Do not think we can fully understand God without having an authority on this world.

V11 ‘Look, all you who kindle a fire, who encircle yourselves with sparks: Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled—This you shall have from My hand: you shall lie down in torment.’ God saved the Israelites to come out of the death and into the light, but we must see the problems all come from ourselves. When we are willing to humble ourselves, get rid of our pride, receive the Word of God, then we can receive the true life from God. We can become the Tree of Life under the Word of God, the living water from above, then we can bear fruits in season, and our leaves will not wither.

以赛亚书 50 – 出死入生                   

2022年8月4日 星期四

潘锡安牧师

一、v.1-3 要弄清楚问题

很多时候我们活在问题里却搞不清楚状况,于是神在一开始就说话。神看重我们的生命如何能出黑暗入奇妙光明,他要帮助人走出山洞。神知道我们失去盼望、信心、和爱,所以他在这个关键的时刻要说话,让我们可以弄清楚问题。

V1 神将自己跟以色列的关系看作婚姻。百姓们说神丢弃他们,但神反问他们:“休书在哪里呢?我将你们卖给我哪一个债主呢?”。问题出现的时候,我们通常会先指责神和我们的权柄。然而,神让我们看清问题,我们“被卖”,不是神的问题,而是我们的“罪”- 是罪使我们与神隔绝。

V2-3 我们要的是自己的时间,所以不愿意等候神;我们有自己的谋算,想用自己的方法走出自己的无奈、伤感、害怕,所以当神“呼唤的时候”不答应。神在这里反问:“我的膀臂岂是缩短,不能救赎吗?我岂无拯救之力吗?”神说“看哪”,是要以色列人回想起神当初如何救他们出埃及的情景。在十灾中,神让埃及人的长子都丧命了,但神带领他的百姓出黑暗入光明。唯有我们知道自己的问题出在哪里,我们才能出死入生。

二、v.4-9 谦卑得帮助

V4 神要我们好像“受教者”,就是像“学生、学徒”一样,领受神赐给我们话语,也用这话语去帮助别人。当我们聚在一起的时候不要数算问题或讲是非。一个人若倚靠自己、没有倚靠神,就成为“疲乏的人”,于是开始讲负面的话;当我们听到的时候,不要去附和他,而是用神的话语来扶助他。我们若没有去这样行,因为我们没有谦卑受教。我们很容易被负面环境影响,所以“每早晨”神都在提醒我们的耳朵。我们来晨祷,使我们的耳朵能听,像受教者一样,能够像一棵栽在溪水旁的树那样吸收从神话语来的养分。

V5 在晨祷中神给我们的信息,我们是否谦卑领受,是否听道又行出来,且不逃避不放弃?

V6 这就是生命树。很多时候我们受委屈,觉得神和权柄不了解我们,别人也说话攻击我们,但我们是否活在生命树下,让神成为我们的膀臂?要相信,当别人攻击我们的时候,神必会伸冤,我们就不再有受害者心态。当我们觉得害怕或生气时,我们常会脱口而出很情绪化的词句,没有“慢慢地听、慢慢地发怒”,不相信神会帮助我们,所以反而用自己的舌头去抵挡。圣经教导我们要勒住自己的舌头,好像勒住一匹向前冲的马,让我们的舌头能听我们的话。

V7 当我们知道神“必帮助我”时,我们就能“不抱愧”。我们要使自己的脸面坚硬起来,像石头一样,这样就不容易让我们的感觉牵动自己的舌头。不要成为自己的神,而是让神为我们伸冤,相信神必不让我们“蒙羞”。当我们愿意在众人前披露自己的低点,见证神如何带我们走出低点,神必不会让我们羞愧。让我们不仅向神认罪,也要愿意在人面前承认错误、求原谅。

V8-9 我们是否相信耶和华是帮助我们、不让我们羞愧的神吗?当我们愿意谦卑如受教者的时候,我们必得帮助,出死入生。

三、v.10-11 骄傲得悲惨

V10 我们嘴巴上说自己爱神,但我们是否真的敬畏神,是否听从他的仆人的话?神会借着他的仆人对我们说话,但当我们说自己要跟从神却不听神仆人说的话,我们就是在撒谎,“行在暗中”。不要成为最后只会对耶稣说“主啊,我奉你的名赶鬼……”那样的人,耶稣说他不认识他们。我们不听从神仆人的话,我们就成为自己的神。

V11 这些不愿听神仆人的话,就像“点火用火把围绕自己的”,以为自己有火,行在火焰里,最后“必躺在悲惨之中”。我们以为靠自己能走出一条恩典的道路,但骄傲的人结局是悲惨的。。

神对亡国被掳的百姓的心意是帮助他们出死入生。我们不要将自己遇到的问题归咎于神,其实问题都出在自己身上。让我们谦卑成为受教者,让骄傲远离我们,在神的话语中成为生命树,在活水江河中按时候结果子、叶子也不枯干。

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