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Isaiah 54 – Shalom to the People Called by God 以赛亚书 54 – 神呼召的人 Shalom (平安)

Thursday, 11th August 2022

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-8 God will Give Mercy

V1 ‘Sing, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.’ When we don’t have the peace from God we will choose to give up. God is talking to all the people He called and giving them peace. Women who could not give birth were often despised in the past. But God is raising up those who are despised by this world. Our peace should not come from the world. God is giving us peace and we can praise freely.

V2 ‘Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.’ When we feel like we have lost everything and we are not being loved, God will give us mercy. Do not limit the blessings God will give to us. He will expand us and bless us, and no one can stop Him.

V3 ‘For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.’ God called us not for us just to think about our own problems but to also think about our children. Be raised up and let our children receive the blessings of Abraham.

V4-5 ‘Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.’ Do we believe God will save us? He created us and He will not put us to shame.

V6 ‘For the Lord has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a youthful wife when you were refused, says your God.’ Do we hear God calling us? Do not give up because He is calling us Himself. V7 ‘For a mere moment I have forsaken you, but with great mercies I will gather you.’ We thought God departed from us, but He never leaves us. He will give us mercy and blessings.

V8 ‘With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you, says the Lord, your Redeemer.’ God’s everlasting love is pouring down to us and it’s time for us to respond to God’s calling. Do not see the environment but to accept God’s calling for us now.

Section Two V9-13 God will Hold us

V9 ‘For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.’ He will hold us, but we must get up and respond. Restore the temple of Jerusalem.

V10 ‘For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.’ God is love, He will hold us up, He will give us peace.

V11-12 ‘O you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones.’ We only see suffering and failures, we focus on what’s in front of us and we fail to see God’s blessings. God has already prepared so much for us, we seem to have nothing but in God we have everything we need! God will even glorify us and give us honour.

V13 ‘All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.’ Our children have lost faith for the God we follow, but God will help them and will not forsake them. God will allow our children to receive His Shalom. When we follow God wholeheartedly, God will also protect our children.

Section Three V14-17 God will Protect

V14 ‘In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.’ When we follow God, not to walk in unrighteousness, then God will protect us. In the Upper Room, the disciples were facing prosecution, but they didn’t give up. We also need to stand firm, do not give up, and do not be afraid.

以赛亚书 54 – 神呼召的人 Shalom (平安)                      

2022年8月11日 星期四

潘锡安牧师

神知道我们在为奴为仆的日子里迷失了,我们容易被环境影响,不能坚定,就失去自己的身份。在遇到迫害的时候,人很容易选择用自己的方法去反应。在巴比伦的以色列百姓也是用自己的方法按着环境去活, 他们觉得这样按部就班地过活就好了,但神呼召这些想要放弃的百姓,并要给他们平安( Shalom)。我们没有从神而来的平安就很容易害怕,于是选择放弃。神给的平安是什么呢?

一、v.1-8 神要怜恤

V1 哈拿在生撒母耳之前被人看不起、被当时的社会所厌弃,因为她是“不怀孕不生养的”。神对我们这些被世界厌弃的人说,要“发声歌唱,扬声欢呼”,因为我们的价值和平安不是来自世界。“没有丈夫的,比有丈夫的儿女更多”这里有两个解释,第一,当时战乱频频,出去打仗的男人都死亡了,但神要我们不要倚靠自己的丈夫,我们的倚靠单单来自于神;第二,没有丈夫的人,神反而会给她们儿女使她们有尊荣。我们因为什么而觉得不被爱、觉得被丢弃?无论环境多么坎坷,神的怜恤都能临到我们。

V2 人看到的只是眼前的那一步,认为自己一无所有,但神不要我们限制他的作为,他要我们“扩张”,他要祝福我们。神带来的平安是要怜恤我们,他知道我们的一切苦情。

V3 神让我们不要只想自己的问题和困难。神呼召那些在巴比伦失去盼望、只想着苟且存活的人,提醒他们要记念自己的儿女。在巴比伦的人不想兴起,因为失去了盼望,但神说他要怜恤他们,甚至怜恤他们儿女的儿女。我们忘记神是亚伯拉罕、以撒、雅各的神,因为我们害怕养育儿女的辛苦,然而,神是祝福我们的神,每一个神所赐的孩子都是神给我们的祝福。我们有神的话语就不用害怕,因他的话语永不动摇。不要只看到自己的苦情,要看到神对我们一代又一代儿女的祝福。

V4-5 神是包底的神,靠着神给我们的话语,我们领受神的应许,就不用惧怕。过去有很多事情让我们想放弃,不想去回应神的呼召,想要妥协于巴比伦的生活,但神要我们“忘记幼年的羞愧,不再纪念你寡居的羞辱”,因为神是救赎我们的。

V6 我们想放弃,但神今天呼召我们起来。

V7 “不过片时”只是一霎那,我们可能觉得时间很长,但是其实很快就过去,神说他要“施大恩将你收回”。

V8 我们的苦情、怀疑都被神知道了,所以不要继续躲在自己的山洞。神要救赎、怜恤我们,我们愿意起来回应这份呼召吗?

二、v.9-13 神要扶持

V9 当神发怒的时候,他不再看我们,我们就会感到害怕。但如今他说他不再向我们发怒,我们就要起来,离开巴比伦,回到耶路撒冷建圣殿,我们是否愿意回应?

V10 神怜恤我们,所以他要扶持我们。

V11-12 我们就是那“这受困苦、被风飘荡、不得安慰的人”。我们看见的只是难过、失败、眼前的生活,然而神说他要扶持我们。我们看自己一无所有、是坎坷破烂、是荒凉的,但神要用宝石使我们成为荣耀、尊贵。

V13 神不仅扶持我们,还要扶持我们的儿女,他不会离开我们。儿女看见我们在巴比伦的样子,已经对神失去盼望,但神要用他的话语扶持他们,使他们兴起,受教训,“大享平安”。我们没有办法靠自己使我们的儿女得保护和平安,唯有神能够保守他们。不要让儿女成为拦阻我们回应神的呼召,不要怕跟从神后儿女会被丢弃,因为神会保护我们和我们的儿女,让我们的儿女大享平安。

三、v.14-17 神要捍卫

V14 神要亲自捍卫、保护我们。他不断告诉我们,只要我们走在他的公义里,我们就不会害怕。世界上的人会给我们“欺压”,正如那些门徒在耶稣升天后面对的逼迫,但他们选择进入马可楼。

V15 我们害怕人聚集攻击我们,但神说这些攻击都不是出于他,所以必会“仆倒”。是什么拦阻了我们回应神的呼召和我们兴起?神都会让这一切的阻碍仆倒。

V16 我们看见的这些兵器、士兵,都是神容许的,若不是神容许,这些攻击都不能临到我们。当年的希西家王在听到以赛亚关于他的后代预言后若选择认罪悔改,事情就会改变,但他选择只看自己过得好,结果后裔被掳到巴比伦。神的心意是不让我们羞愧,然而,我们选择的是什么呢?

V17 神若与我们同在,这些要攻击我们的人事物都无法逼迫我们。神给我们的是出乎意料的平安,神若捍卫我们,谁能抵挡我们?我们是否还因为害怕而躲在巴比伦、躲在我们的山洞不愿意起来吗?神对我们说 Shalom,不要害怕。