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Proverbs 26 – A Foolish Person Without Wisdom 箴言 26 – 没有智慧的愚昧人

Friday, 2nd July 2021

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-12: What is being Foolish?

Recently we have been talking about having the fear of the Lord, but what exactly is having the fear of the Lord? When we don’t fear the Lord then we are acting in foolishness, and by understanding what being foolish means, we will understand what is having the fear of the Lord. As Christians, we are to live our a life of Jesus and when people see our lives, they would want to follow us and know the God we believe in. On the other hand, if we walk in foolishness and we’ll be like a vomit of the dog, people would not want to come near to us. We thought we have wisdom, but when we are unwilling to change our sinful ways, then we stay in foolishness.

We live in abundance but we don’t see it and we don’t believe it. We continue to seek the worldly things, which will perish. The unsatisfactory attitude of life makes us feel like we are always lacking something. People chase love, power, money, recognition… because they don’t have a sense of security in their lives. Don’t be a foolish person, but to reflect upon our lives, if we want people to follow us, what would be the purpose for them to do so? Can they really learn something from us or do they come to us because they pity us?

When we receive teaching and disciplines, think about our performance and our actions, why does my authority talk to me about this? What am I learning from the disciplines and teaching? As a church, we help each other to be responsible in our own lives. We cannot put our hope and responsibility on others. We should not seek our own benefit but to deny ourselves! We should not follow the way of the world, but believe God will fight for us and vindicate us.

Why do we share testimony with others? So that people see and hear from us the stories of following God and receiving full blessings. Proverbs are full of power, they are like a double-bladed sword, when we teach others the Word of God, those who hears will receive a life-changing experience. If people heard the Word but still did not change, is it our problems or other people’s problems? We should always reflect upon our lives and see what fruits we are bearing.

Section Two V13-28: What is without Wisdom?

V13-16 Disobedient

When we see problems or come across challenges, what’s our reactions? Do we complain and talk about how difficult our job is? When we complain, we are showing our disobedience, because we don’t see what our leaders see, we don’t want to obey and take action when we need to! Everything comes from our heart. With a disobedient root, we thought we knew our leader’s heart, we thought we are smart, we thought we know what we are doing, but in fact we don’t.

V17-19 Quarrelling

When we see people are in conflict, do we come straight in to help? A lot of time we try to solve other people’s problems but we don’t really stop and think why God allow things to happen. Do we have the faith in God that He can give us the best solutions? Do not try to prove our ability by using our own ways to help ourselves or others. But at the same time, we should not be building our own happiness upon other people’s sufferings.

V20-23 Talebearing

With gossiping and talebearing, it brings great distractions to the peace in the lives around us. If someone tries to gossip with us, we should stop them straight away, and don’t let ourselves or others fall into temptation.

V24-28 Hatred

Seven things in the heart of a person with hatred. We must be careful because unforgiveness brings a hatred life. We tend to hide our true feelings, and think that people don’t know what our thoughts. But God will reveal and people will eventually know if we don’t change our heart, get rid of our hatred and unforgiveness.

Let God help us to become a person of wisdom and bring out life. In everything, we must hold onto God, because only Him is our strength, our cover, our help and our shield. Only God can lead us to a whole new life!

Prayer & Pursuit

Lord, help us to be willing to hold onto You and hold onto the life under the fragrance of the Tree of Life. Lord, help us, take away all of our disobedience in our lives. We are self-righteous, we are unwilling to deny ourselves. Help us Lord, to hand everything over to You.

Through Your Word, Lord, we see all the foolish and unwise things we are doing. Help us to humble ourselves and return our hearts to You, let us walk into Your wisdom, not by our own thinking, but by Your strength. We long to live a life attracting people to You. Bless us, Lord, to be set free in You, when we are willing to turn to You. Bless us, to receive Your wisdom, to bear good fruits in seasons. Amen.

2021年7月2日 星期五

-潘锡安牧师-

箴言 26

没有智慧的愚昧人

是什么会阻挡我们成为有智慧的人?箴言1:7说,”敬畏耶和华是知识的开端,愚妄人藐视智慧和训诲”。不敬畏神就没有智慧,我们不要做这样的愚昧人。

一、v.1-12 什么是愚昧

正如本章第11节讲的,狗觉得把所吐的再吃回去很省事,不知道这样其实很恶心,同理,愚昧人做的事情也是很“恶心”的。他们一错再错,在同一个问题上打转,还自以为是别人不对。明明在抱怨自己所做的事,却还重复去做。我们所做的事是如灯塔一样照亮世界呢,还是让人看见就不想靠近?很多时候我们不知道我们其实活在富足里面,反而整天去争去拿自己想要的东西,让别人看到我们就心里生厌。

V1 在丰收的时候下雪,雪把农作物冻死了,何等可惜!我们平日若不顾周围的人,只顾追求自己想要的东西,这些东西就会成为我们里面的洪水猛兽。很多人成为工作狂,因为他们认为只有工作能让他们找到价值;有些人则一直追求从人来的爱,因为他们心里有一个不安全感。若我们能知道自己的身份,就不害怕别人对我们的评价,不会让这些外在的东西影响我们内心的健康。我们要对自己的健康负责任,首先要跟神建立关系,我们只需要从神那里得到肯定,而不是追求人给的赞美。一个愚昧人所做的事明明恶心,是不应该被提倡的,所以不应得到尊荣。我们是否活出时时感恩、赞美的生命?我们要先活出尊荣,别人看到了才想学效我们。若我们做的事像狗吃所吐的那样恶心,又怎会有人想来学习呢?不要让自己成为爱抱怨的愚昧人。

V2-3 我们若被责备,不要抱怨教导我们的人,而要认真思考自己的言行。箴言23:13讲到“不可不管教孩童”- 我们都要像主耶稣说的回转像小孩子一样,所以有“杖”打我们是为要管教我们,让我们不落入阴间,我们是否能为这个管教感恩,还是抱怨?我们若不认错,就会一直停留在愚昧人的阶段。

V4-5 愚昧人说的话只是自己在情绪中说的话,我们不要像他们这样按着情绪来回应,也不要跟着他们的水流来回应他们,不然就害死这个愚昧人。我们要对自己的生命负责,不是要求别人来帮助自己健康。不要照这个世界的方式来与人互动,这样帮不到别人,甚至会使自己的信心摇动。不要照着愚昧人想要我们回的话来回答他们,要默然不语,相信神是为我们伸冤的神。丈夫看到妻子有情绪时,不要一味去说哄妻子的话,也要为妻子守望祷告。唯有扎根在神话语中的人不轻易动摇。

V6 愚昧人会乱讲话,会扭曲我们话的本意,使听的人领受到完全相反的意思,所以若找他们为我们传话就是害了我们自己。

V7 愚昧人不敬畏神,活不出神的荣耀,就算口中说出箴言,也没有人愿意去跟他们。当我们在服事神的时候,我们是否散发出馨香之气,让人想来跟随,还是散发出毒气,让人退避三舍?我们的生命是否有见证让人看到原来服事神是蒙福的?求神帮助我们活出智慧而不是愚昧的生命。

V8 若赞美一个人人都知道的愚昧人,相当于拿机弦射伤自己。赞美和肯定的话不能随便讲,若不确定就不要讲,不然反而害死对方。他们本来该受管教的,却被人赞美,就以为自己做得对,这就助长了他们的骄傲。

V9 再好的话语从愚昧人口中说出来也是没有意义的,因为他们的生命没有活出真理。若我们教导下面的人,看到他们没有改变,我们就要反思,自己是否活出我们所说的话呢?

V10 不要因为可怜别人而去雇佣愚昧人,不然这个愚昧人进入到团队中,反而会带来更大的伤害。

V11-12 我们反复重复一样的错误,甚至不知道、不承认自己犯错,这就是愚昧人。我们的水流应该是从上面而来,但若我们自己分叉出一条小水流的时候,我们的水流就软弱无力。在一个团队中,我们要努力与我们权柄的水流越来越近,才能避免自己陷入骄傲。

二、v.13-27 谁是愚昧人

1) v.13-16 不顺服的人

V13-14 “懒惰人”面对困难的时候找诸多借口说不能做到被交代的事,这背后其实就是有一颗不顺服的心。他们不愿意走出去做事情,在该起床的时候不想起床。我们的心到底是如何想的呢?懒惰是不顺服的恶根生出的果子。

V15 这个懒惰人不想吃东西,因为吃完东西后要做事情。我们是否能尽心尽力爱神爱人,为主多走一里路?

V16 懒惰人以为自己的想法比他们的权柄、甚至比神更有智慧,这就是骄傲,不敬畏耶和华,就好像主耶稣所讲的一个比喻,那从主人那里拿了一千两银子的恶仆妄自揣测主人的心意,却不想去付出努力,就把银子埋起来。我们不要以为自己有小聪明能猜透“君王的心”。

2)v.17-19 爱争竞的人

V17 我们是否爱路见不平拔刀相助?但若去管别人争竞的事,就像“人揪住狗耳”,反被狗咬伤手。所以不要插手别人的“争竞”,只要为他们祷告,要谦卑相信神掌权,

V18 很多时候我们明明在霸陵别人,却说是在开玩笑。我们不会去这样对待警察,只会欺凌那些看上去让我们觉得比我们弱的人,其实这样的比较就是争竞 – 我们希望从比我们弱的人身上找到快乐。不要将自己的快乐建立在别人的痛苦上。

3)v.20-23 讲是非的人

V20 传舌的所讲的是非会伤害整个团队,若有人跟我们讲是非,我们要懂得拒绝,不要让自己陷入试探。

4)v.24-28 不饶恕的人

不要以为我们心里不饶恕,别人会不知道。神讨厌这样的人,他们表面上说好听的话,但“心中有七样可憎恶的”(v.25)- 七代表完全,说明这样的人是完全可憎恶的。

求神帮助我们成为有智慧的人,凡事都抓住耶稣基督的手,相信唯有耶稣是我们的力量、盾牌,唯有神的手才能带领我们。

*追求祷告

让我们愿意紧紧的抓着主的手,愿意谦卑顺服,舍己利他,活在主给我们的生命树气息之下,成为多结果子的葡萄树。求主挪去我们里面的不顺服。我们里面有很多自义、不愿意舍己。让我们一起来到神面前,借着祷告将那些跟着我们一生的愚昧的东西交出来。求神帮助我们从过去的愚昧悔改,将我们一切愚昧都交给神!

谢谢主光照我们,让我们看到生命中的愚昧。求主帮助我们不要在自己的愚昧中打转,帮助我们谦卑回转,活出有神智慧的生命!祝福我们每一个人在主你里面得自由,当我们愿意悔改回转的时候,智慧就从我们的生命、服事、家庭、婚姻而生!谢谢主让我们成为多结果子的葡萄树,按时候结果子,叶子也不枯干!奉耶稣基督的名祷告,阿们!