【2020-06-15】服从上帝过于服从人


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使徒行传5:17~42

使徒受迫害

17 大祭司和他的同党撒都该人,满心忌恨,

Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.

18 于是下手拿住使徒,把他们押在公共拘留所里。

They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.

19 夜间有一位天使,打开监门,把他们领出来,说:

But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.

20 “你们去,站在殿里,把一切有关这生命的话,都讲给众民听。”

“Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”

21 使徒听完了,就在黎明的时候,进到殿里去施教。大祭司和他的同党来到了,就召齐了公议会,就是以色列人的众长老,派人到监牢去带使徒出来。

At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin—the full assembly of the elders of Israel—and sent to the jail for the apostles.

22 差役到了监里,找不到他们,回来报告说:

But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported,

23 “我们发现监门紧闭,狱卒也守在门外;等到开了门,里面连一个人也找不到。”

“We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.”

24 圣殿的守卫和祭司长听了这些话,觉得很困惑,不知道这件事将来会怎样。

On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were at a loss, wondering what this might lead to.

25 忽然有人来报告说:“你们押在监里的那些人,正站在殿里教导众民呢!”

Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.”

26 于是守卫和差役去带使徒来,不过没有用暴力,因为怕众民用石头打他们。

At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them.

27 既然带来了,就叫他们站在公议会前。大祭司问他们:

The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest.

28 “我们严厉地吩咐过你们,不准再奉这名施教。看,你们却把你们的道理传遍了耶路撒冷,想要把流这人的血的责任推到我们身上。”

“We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”

29 彼得和众使徒回答:“服从上帝过于服从人,是应当的。

Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!

30 你们挂在木头上亲手杀害的耶稣,我们祖先的上帝已经使他复活了。

The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross.

31 上帝把他高举在自己的右边,作元首作救主,把悔改的心赐给了以色列人,使他们罪得赦免。

God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.

32 我们为这些事作证,上帝赐给顺从的人的圣灵也为这些事作证。”

We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

33 公议会的人听了,非常恼怒,就想要杀他们。

When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death.

34 但有一个法利赛人,名叫迦玛列,是民众所尊敬的律法教师。他在公议会中站起来,吩咐人把使徒暂时带出去,

But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while.

35 然后对大家说:“以色列人哪,你们应当小心处理这些人!

Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men.

36 从前有个丢大,自命不凡,附从他的人约有四百。他一被杀,跟从他的人尽都星散,一败涂地。

Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing.

37 这人之后,在户口登记的时候,又有一个加利利人犹大,拉拢人们来跟从他。后来他也丧命,跟从他的人也就烟消云散了。

After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered.

38 至于目前的事,我劝你们不要管这些人,由他们吧!因为这计划或这行动,如果是出于人意,终必失败;

Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.

39 如果是出于上帝,你们就不能破坏他们,恐怕你们是与上帝作对了。”他们接受了他的劝告,

But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

40 就传使徒进来,鞭打一顿,禁止他们奉耶稣的名传讲,就把他们释放了。

His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

41 使徒欢欢喜喜从公议会里出来,因为他们算是配得为主的名受辱。

The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.

42 他们天天在殿里并在各人的家中,不断地施教,传讲耶稣是基督。

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.


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► 这段经文的要点是什么?

► 这段经文对于天父、主耶稣、圣灵有何启示?

► 这段经文怎样帮助你明白你自己、你的处境或你的人际关系?

► 这段经文有没有一个应许、命令、警告或案例是特别为你而说的呢?


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彼得和众使徒回答:“服从上帝过于服从人,是应当的。”(29)

在亚拿尼亚和撒非拉夫妇的事件之后,信徒愈加敬畏上帝,有更多神迹奇事发生,越来越多人谈论这个群体——教会里发生的事和教导,这发展使耶路撒冷的犹太领袖心生忌恨,于是决定要禁止他们的活动。

他们捉拿了众使徒,把他们关押起来,但使徒却得到天使的帮助,不但从容地走出监门,更借这机会再到圣殿教导众人,传讲福音(18~25)。

犹太领袖只好去圣殿请他们(彼得和约翰上一次是被捉拿到公议会审讯的,见4:3)到公议会查问,因为这时候,教会——相信耶稣是基督的信仰群体,已经广为耶路撒冷一带的人所接受了。结果,一场危机竟成了教会传扬福音的契机,因为在公议会的审讯过程中,使徒既能再次在众人面前作见证,又能因当时备受尊崇的律法教师迦玛列而得免于难:“……这计划或这行动,如果是出于人意,终必失败;如果是出于上帝,你们就不能破坏他们,恐怕你们是与上帝作对了。”(35~39)他们获释之后,每天除了继续教训众人外,还往圣殿去,传讲耶稣是基督(42)。


使徒都被捕了,教会出现了空前的危机,然而,这危机却使得教会更有勇气与决心广传福音,这是什么道理呢?只因当时的信徒认定:“服从上帝过于服从人,是应当的”(29)。因他们对上帝的服从,教会经历了上帝的保守和指引,得救的人数天天加增。苦难没有动摇门徒跟从主的心,反而使他们更加相信主,更多经历圣灵的大能。

两千年前的教会这样经历了,两千年后的教会也可以同样经历。今天我们的教会也面对攻击与挑战吗?我们也很担心吗?不要怕,因为“耶稣基督昨天、今天、一直到永远都是一样的”(来13:8),只要信,我们也可以经历上帝的奇妙拯救,教会只会愈来愈强大,愈来愈满足上帝的心。


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