Friday, 24th December 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-12 No Longer the Same
V1-2 ‘How the gold has become dim! How changed the fine gold! The stones of the sanctuary are scattered at the head of every street. The precious sons of Zion, Valuable as fine gold, how they are regarded as clay pots, the work of the hands of the potter!’ The present was no longer able to be compared with the past. We can never rely on our own strength or the strength of other people, a lot of time we work really hard but in the end, we did not receive the end result we expected. It’s important to always give thanks to God and to know that everything we have is not by accident. We should be thankful for simple things such as being able to wake up in the morning.
No matter if we live in the glorious era or difficult times, God is above all things. Are we able to make the wise decision to follow God each time, to live by the grace of God and not by our strength? Do not take things for granted, we are loved by God, and He is always working for our good. When we have our birthdays, what do we see? Do we see the love of God? Being born on the earth is by the love and grace of God; He knew us before we were born, and He was with us through ups and downs in our lives.
V11 ‘The Lord has fulfilled His fury, He has poured out His fierce anger. He kindled a fire in Zion, and it has devoured its foundations.’ If God is love, then why does He show His fury on the earth? He knew everything that was going to happen because everything was recorded in the Bible. He knew the sins of people and He knew it would lead to our own destruction. He warned us and prepared us, but did we take His warning seriously? God knew it all, through His Words and through His prophecies, He had been speaking to us all the time! Sadly, the people of Zion did not listen, instead, they continued to sin and lived according to their lustful desires.
Section Two V13-20 The Fault of Staying Blind
V13 ‘Because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who shed in her midst the blood of the just.’ The prophet is speaking the Word of God but the people only wanted to hear the word of people. Because these words make them feel good and attractive. So the Word of God was not spoken. The prophet was supposed to sacrifice for the sins of men but they were thinking about themselves, they did not stand in the gap and they did not carry out their responsibility. We are all prophets of the New Testament, therefore we must stand in the gap to pray and be convicted of sins, of righteousness and of judgement. Do not try to please people but to trust in God and let God take the lead.
V16 ‘The face of the Lord scattered them; He no longer regards them. The people do not respect the priests nor show favour to the elders.’ When the leaders do not live in God’s Way but in sins they God will no longer regard them. Do we let the Word of God become the light of our path? If we hope for people to help us then we will always fail. Because people cannot take us to eternity and they cannot solve our problems.
Section Three V21-22 Still in God’s Hand
V21 ‘Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, you who dwell in the land of Uz! The cup shall also pass over to you and you shall become drunk and make yourself naked.’ Edom represents the world. Are we also like the world? God is telling His people that He still rules and reigns until this day. Why do we experience all the problems and hardship? Because the wage of the sin is death. But where there is judgement there will be grace. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, so if we are willing to turn back and repent, then God’s Salvation will come. Maybe we face may problems in life and doubting the existence of God, but we must believe God is a loving God, He will not leave nor forsake us, He will deliver us so we must trust in Him!
耶利米哀歌 4 – 人的迷失 神的爱与信任
V1-10 过去本来是黄金、宝石的人，现在失去了光泽；圣所的石头本来是用在盖圣殿的，如今“倒在各市口上”；曾经如精金的百姓如今成为被丢弃做瓦瓶的泥。为什么妇人会残忍到吃自己的孩子，为什么“素来吃美好食物的，现今在街上变为孤寒；素来卧朱红褥子的，现今躺卧粪堆”？ 经历过疫情之后，我们会发现，原来能亲眼见到对方，能不用带着口罩面对他人，能顺畅的呼吸新鲜空气，这些过去习以为常的事，如今看上去都是很难得、很让人感恩的事。我们像是被宠坏的孩子，总觉得有家、有房、有工作是应该的。其实，若没有神的祝福，不管我们多努力，我们也得不到什么，就好像在疫情中很多本来很努力很优秀的人失去了工作一样。我们若不感恩，就不会发现自己原来活在爱中。我们是可以做选择的，对于很多理所当然的事，我们都可以选择去感恩，就会感受到神的爱四维环绕我们。在过生日的时候，我们是否看到自己的出生是神给我们家的祝福，是被神爱的？
V11 为什么神是爱，却会发怒？我们要看的是什么？“他所定的”- 说明神一早就在圣经并借着先知对我们说话了，然而我们有没有顺服呢？牧师让我们每天找10件事情感恩，以此来帮助我们，但我们是否选择找借口不去做？耶路撒冷城的人选择不听神的话，以至于神不能再容忍他们的罪。神不能让罪在我们的生命存留，所以“使火着起，烧毁锡安的根基”。我们不再像过去一样只懂享受恩典却不感恩，现在就要面对我们因罪而受的恶果。