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Proverbs 10 – The Choice to Live in the Blessings 箴言 10 – 活在蒙福的选择

Friday, 1st October 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-5 What’s our Lifestyle?

Our life is full of choices, but God gives us His Word, which turns into Rhema every day, for us to make the wise choices. V1 “A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.” Who is the wise son? The first wise person mentioned in the Bible was in Genesis 44:13 “Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt.” Pharaoh, someone who worshipped the idol and who did not know Jehovah God, chose Joseph to rule over Egypt because of his wisdom. But Joseph was not a wise man from the beginning, his attitude made his brothers hate him, became jealous of him, and sold him as a slave. But after Joseph experienced the lesson of life as a slave, he learnt wisdom. He did not complain to God, instead, through the environment, he chose to learn from his hardship, gain wisdom, and give thanks.

When we face difficulties and challenges, what attitude should we use to face the environment around us? Do we give thanks for all the lessons we have learnt through the hardship? This is the wise son, on the other hand, who is the foolish son? The word ‘foolish’ hardly appears in the Bible, it only appeared in the Books of Psalm, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Therefore, we could guess that Solomon created the word, ‘foolish’, and those who are not wise are foolish. Let God help us to be the wise son, do not grief our parents and make them angry.

V2 “Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.” All the riches of the world do not give us life. Only when we walk in righteousness, do what pleases God, then we can enter life. If we focus too much on the worldly gains, at the end of our lives, there is nothing we can take with us. V3 “The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked.” God will not allow us to be in lack when we walk in His righteous path.

V5 “He who gathers in summer is a wise son; he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.” We don’t know when Jesus will come back, therefore we should always be ready, to live as the wise son, to let go of unwillingness, to rely on God, to walk out of the dark valleys, and to walk into the light.

Section Two V6-21 What’s our Attitude?

We cannot earn blessings, but they are given by God. We must be righteous and walk in God’s Way. V6 “Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.” Violence indicates the unrighteous, life and death is determined from our mouth, the words we say to others, to our spouse, to our children and to ourselves decide what life we will live. A lot of times we wonder why God’s blessings don’t come to us, but it’s in fact our words and our behaviour stop God’s blessings to come through to us!

V10 “He who winks with the eye causes trouble, but a prating fool will fall.” When we don’t speak out the truth and try to cover it, then we will grief others. Only when we release life from the truth, then we can receive true peace inside our hearts. God does not call us to please others, but to live out the true life, by speaking the truth we release the springs of life. Do not be afraid but to believe, when we speak the truth in love, God will change the lives of people through our mouth.

V16 “The labour of the righteous leads to life, the wages of the wicked to sin.” The wicked people, who don’t know God and who don’t fear God, will bring death. Whatever they produce cannot prosper. Whatever we do should bring life, sometimes the things we are doing might seem useless, but when we look at it with the eyesight of faith, we will see God’s true purpose behind all the things we do faithfully. Our eyesight and our attitude are important, they determine if we will be walking the God’s blessed path or not.

Section Three V22-32 God will Repay

V22 “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” When we face difficulty, we might have negative emotions, then we must rebuke this negativity, and proclaim that God will prepare, God rules and reigns in our lives. Do not focus on complaining and unforgiving thoughts, but to see God’s hands behind everything in our lives. What are we afraid of? If we have done our part well, then God will surely do His part!

V27 “The fear of the Lord prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened.” How do we want to live our lives? To be blessed or shamed? To have joy or grief? God has already prepared the path of blessings for us, but what do we choose?

Worship

Pure As Gold如精金 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62hBzBS78qM

2021年10月1日 星期五

潘锡安牧师

神借着他所创造的环境告诉我们这世上有神,我们每天都有从神而来的话语(Logos),就知道如何做智慧的选择。

一、生活如何 v.1-5

V1 人都想要自己的父母开心。圣经里第一个被描述有智慧的人是在创世纪41:33 -“所以,法老当拣选一个有聪明有智慧的人,派他治理埃及地。”- 这“智慧之子”就是约瑟,他被外邦人埃及的法老说是“没有人像你这样有聪明有智慧”(创41:39),于是被派治理埃及全地。这样一个有智慧的人 – 约瑟 – 在饥荒的时候帮助全家,使他的父亲雅各快乐。他原本并没有智慧,年轻的时候在哥哥们甚至父母面前炫耀自己的梦,导致最后被哥哥们卖到埃及。埃及的环境帮助约瑟成长,虽然经过很多不公不义的事,但他没有怨天尤人,仍然帮助别人,自己当埃及宰相后也没有去报复以前对他不好的人。很多时候神兴起环境模塑我们的生命,使我们成为蒙福的人。在逆境中,我们选择的是感恩还是苦毒、不饶恕?在生命树下,我们对神给我们的一切都是感恩。

“愚昧”在圣经提到69次,包括诗篇、箴言和传道书,没有智慧的人就是愚昧,而“愚昧之子叫母亲担忧”。在列王纪上不仅有王的记载,也记录他们的母亲,因为在犹太人的生命成长中,母亲有着很重要的角色,她对自己孩子的影响力很大。求神让我们做智慧之子,让我们的母亲安心。

V2 “不义之财”是不会给我们任何好处的,“唯有公义能救人脱离死亡”。我们的财富不是我们劳碌得来的,是神赏赐给我们的。“公义”不是让我们得地上的好处,而是帮助我们不会走进死亡的道路。我们就算在世上赚再多的钱,离世的时候什么也带不走。世人是今朝有酒今朝醉,但基督徒知道,我们死后,灵魂是不会消失的,所以我们要投资在天上,不要走进地狱里。

V3 “耶和华不使义人受饥饿”原文指耶和华不使义人的灵魂(Soul)饥饿,神不会让我们缺乏。相反,恶人的欲望会被神驱走。有些人是恶人,他们看上去生活好像越来越好,但他们离神越来越远。我们努力赚钱的目的是什么?我们可能买了很多东西最后都用不到、带不走。我们拥有得越多,越不容易满足。

V4-5 懒惰的人就会缺乏(贫穷),勤快的人就富足。智慧之子在夏天的时候就开始收割。如今我们处在末世了,我们是否还沉睡在自己的情欲软弱里面?这是让我们羞愧的事。要走在蒙福的生命,我们不是什么都不做,而是愿意放下我们的不可能和不愿意,靠着神走出高山低谷,走进流奶与蜜之地。

二、态度如何 v.6-21

V6 祝福不是我们去赚的,而是从神临到我们,前提是我们是义人,走在神的道路。“强暴”原文指的是不公义,“蒙蔽”指的是披上,那些不公义的人整天说不敬虔的话,这些话让祝福离开他们了。我们口中的话是有能力的,我们可以选择说感恩或抱怨的话,生与死就在我们的舌头上。对我们周围的人甚至包括我们自己,我们要说鼓励造就的话,这样就不会活在诅咒中,不会阻挡神的祝福临到我们。

V8 如果我们真的有智慧,我们必会守诫命。没有智慧的人不是不聪明,而是不敬畏耶和华。骄傲的人不守规矩,任意妄为。我们的口也很重要,如果整天讲不该讲的话,最后必然被神推开、丢弃。

V10 “传神”- 当我们挤眉弄眼、遮掩真相、没有对人释放真理的时候,我们会让人担忧。当我们将生命的真理释放出来的时候,或许会有风暴,但耶稣基督能为我们平静风浪。我们所做的事不是去讨人喜欢,而是要活出真理,帮助人得生命,因为人若没有真理就会担忧。

V11 我们不要害怕冲突,但要在爱心中说真话。把别人人做得不好的事说得很好,我们就是在做不公义的恶人- 我们不要做恶人,不要说那些没有从神而来的话。

V16 “恶人的进项”指的是恶人的产物。恶人不敬畏神,他们所带出来的是死亡。我们要走进神给我们的命定,我们的付出就带出生命树的气息,不要觉得自己做的事没有意义,因为“义人的勤劳”能带出生命。我们要用信心的眼睛看到神给我们的应许。

V19 生死祸福都在我们话语中,求神帮助我们勒紧我们的舌头。我们的态度会影响我们是否活在蒙福里。

三、神必报应 v.22-32

V22 遇到困难和问题时,我们可以宣告“耶和华所赐的福使人富足,并不加上忧虑”,我们可以命令这些负面的东西离开,相信神为我们预备的都是好的,因我们一切都在神的手中。

V24 神是真的,只要我们做好自己的那一份,走在智慧的路上,成为义人,我们所祈求渴慕的,神必应允我们。

V27 我们是否要活在一个蒙福的生活里?要蒙福还是受苦,要快乐还是忧郁?神给我们的是蒙福的道路,我们的选择和相信是什么呢?求神帮助成为智慧之子,选择那 上好的!

*追求与回应:

“耶和华所赐的福使人富足,并不加上忧虑”- 祝福弟兄姐妹,今天旧事已过,一切都变成新的了!当我们选择那属天的道路时,主你的祝福就披戴在我们的身上!“敬畏耶和华使人日子加多”- 主你是我们领受长寿,让我们能看见我们的儿孙,看到神的祝福一代又一代流传下去。谢谢主让我们能做有智慧、蒙福的选择!