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Mark 4 – The Life of the Kingdom of God 马可福音 4 – 神国的生活   

Friday, 24th June 2022

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-9 Jesus Release the Truth

How do we live in the Kingdom of God? In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus prayed for the kingdom come to earth as it is in heaven. When Jesus was on the earth, He lives out the Kingdom on earth. But what does it mean to us? When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we also must believe that we can live a kingdom life on this earth!

Live a kingdom life is a being, but the values of the earth make us focusing more on our doing. Jesus came to restore our being. We have the choice, to go back to our default setting, to life out the Kingdom life that is within us, be unlocked by Jesus, and learn from Him. Without Jesus, there is no meaning in the Kingdom life. ‘I’ is not the most important person in the Kingdom life, the Tree of Life is about being humble and obedient. The life of Jesus is the truth, every day He is releasing the truth. What are we releasing?

 V1 ‘And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea.’ People wanted to come closer to Jesus because they wanted to see signs and miracles. But Jesus wanted people to see the truth. He used parables to teach them so they could see.

Section Two V10-34 Jesus Shouldering Responsibility for Life

Jesus did not hide, He didn’t need to prove Himself, He didn’t need to promote Himself, He only needed to reveal the truth .

V10 ‘But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, “To you it has been given to  know the  mystery of the kingdom of God; but to  those who are outside, all things come in parables.”’ Jesus taught those who were willing to ask and to listen. Jesus taught the disciples everything without holding back. Because He knew they chose to stay back, unlike the people who only came for the signs and miracles.

To the world, Jesus released the truth; to those who were willing to listen, Jesus helped them; to His disciples, He taught them deeper about the way and the principles of God. We must seek to bear fruits, do not be the seed that never grow. 

Section Three V35-41 The Power Ministry of Jesus

Not only Jesus released the truth, He also helped the lives and allowed the lives to grow. Jesus always does the signs and miracles last, because He wants people to first see and understand the truth. When the situations come, then Jesus revealed His power.

What is our priority when we serve? Do we seek the power to perform the signs and wonders? What is our interaction with Jesus? Jesus has already revealed the life in the kingdom of God, He released the truth to those around Him, then at God’s timing, He performs signs and miracles. We must live the kingdom life, not our own life. 

马可福音 4 – 神国的生活                     

2022年6月24日 星期五

潘锡安牧师 

当门徒问耶稣要如何祷告时,耶稣教导他们要求神的国降临在地上如同在天上。神的国降临了,我们要如何去面对?我们要祷告神给我们力量能活出神国度在地如在天的生活。刚出生的婴儿没有学过如何用嘴吃喝,但当他们一靠近母亲的胸部就自然而然地能吸吮到母乳,因为这就是婴孩的being。耶稣的信息帮助我们恢复天国的being,只是世界上的事使我们歪曲了,让我们只看到doing的部分。我们能否活出在地如在天的生活,在于我们的选择。耶稣呈现出来的神国的生活是如何?在地如在天的生活最重要的不是“我”,而是在生命树气息下的谦卑顺服、舍己利他。

一、耶稣释放真理 v.1-9

耶稣的生命就是真理,所以每一天无论得时不得时他都在释放真理。

V1-2 “教训”就是教导人神国的道。耶稣的教训不是一次两次,所以他“又”在海边教训人。来听的人很多,耶稣就选择“上船坐下”。众人想在身体上亲近耶稣,因为他们真正想要的是神迹和医治。然而,耶稣没有让这些整天想靠近他的人被那些超自然现象喧宾夺主。耶稣用比喻教导那些只想在头脑和情欲上经历神的人。

V3-9 耶稣用撒种的比喻来讲出听众的个人生命,并呼吁他们要听。

天国的真理是最大的,不管别人接不接受,我们都要释放真理,而不是去追求或高举别人传道的方式、方法。

二、耶稣对生命的负责 v.10-34

V10 从四面八方来找耶稣的人是会离开的,当他们只听到耶稣在讲道而没有施行神迹奇事,或者他们祷告没有得到回应,就对耶稣失去兴趣。那些之前拥挤着来靠近耶稣的人没有愿意留下来问耶稣关于比喻的意思,只有“跟随耶稣的人和十二个门徒”留下来。

V15 这些人生命里面属世的老我太大,对福音不感兴趣。

V16-17 这些人知道福音很好,但里面是软弱的,里面的“我”太大,受压度太小,一点事情发生就让他们崩溃,因为他们整天顾着自己的情欲和感受,不愿意为神的道放下自己,一遇到困难就放弃神。所谓的“我没有预备好”就是不愿意为耶稣吃苦,认为世界比较重要。

V18-19 这些人听了道,也愿意去行,但没有力量“结实”。耶稣靠的是圣灵和神的话语得力量。我们若只靠意志力硬撑和用doing的心态去领受神的道,最后就受伤了,冷淡退后、躲回山洞。我们里面没有神的话就结不出果实。我们好像一棵空有好看外表的植物,实质却长在荆棘里一样,别人碰不了,因为我们的玻璃心碰一碰就破了,生命影响不了别人。

V20 我们属于哪一个?让我们成为多结果子的葡萄树。

V33-34 耶稣不仅在地上释放真理,也对生命负责,用神的真理教导他们。耶稣对不同的人的教导是不一样的,他对于愿意选择留来下的人不只是讲一个比喻来帮助他们的生命,而对耶稣随着自己的意愿所拣选的十二门徒,他有更深的教导,对他们讲论的不单是生命、还有神国的道。

三、耶稣的权能 v.35-41

耶稣做事有次序,不是一开始就施展神迹奇事和医治的权能,而是在释放真理之后。今天的我们在追求神的过程中若把权能放在最前就不能让人看到真理和生命。人的尽头是神的开始。当门徒们听完讲道后,在海上面对突来的风浪而几乎丧命时,耶稣的权能才彰显。

神给我们的恩赐、权能,我们将其放在哪个位置?我们追求的是生命的成全,还是权能?我们的祷告所求的是否只与我们的经济、身体有关?我们跟神的互动仅限于此吗?大使命中主耶稣要我们去使万民成为他的门徒,这就是彰显真理,且还要将主所教导我们的道教训他们,这就是天国的生活。我们是否在得时不得时都释放真理?要呈现在生命树的气息下才有真理,就是要有谦卑顺服、舍己利他的生命。

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