【2020-04-20】怎能不罚?

 


求主保守我不因罪招祸,惹你发怒,奉主名求,阿们。


以西结书14:12~23

义人得救恶人灭亡

12 耶和华的话又临到我说:

The word of the Lord came to me:

13 “人子啊!如果一国行了不忠的事得罪我,我就必伸手攻击那国,断绝那地的粮食,使饥荒临到那地,使人和牲畜都从那地剪除,

“Son of man, if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it to cut off its food supply and send famine upon it and kill its people and their animals,

14 即使有挪亚、但以理和约伯这三个人,他们也只能因自己的义救自己的性命。这是主耶和华的宣告。

even if these three men — Noah, Daniel and Job — were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign Lord.

15 如果我使猛兽经过那地,蹂躏那地,使它荒凉,以致因为这些兽的缘故,没有人敢经过;

“Or if I send wild beasts through that country and they leave it childless and it becomes desolate so that no one can pass through it because of the beasts,

16 即使有这三个人在其中,我指着我的永生起誓,他们只能救自己,连儿女也不能救,那地却仍然荒凉。这是主耶和华的宣告。

as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved, but the land would be desolate.

17 如果我使刀剑临到那地,说:‘愿刀剑经过那地,好让我把人和牲畜从那地剪除。’

“Or if I bring a sword against that country and say, ‘Let the sword pass throughout the land,’ and I kill its people and their animals,

18 即使有这三个人在其中,我指着我的永生起誓,他们只能救自己,连儿女也不能救。

as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved.

19 如果我使瘟疫流行那地,借着流血的事把我的烈怒倾倒在那地上,使人和牲畜都从那地剪除;

“Or if I send a plague into that land and pour out my wrath on it through bloodshed, killing its people and their animals,

20 即使当中有挪亚、但以理和约伯,我指着我的永生起誓,他们只能因自己的义救自己的性命,连儿女也不能救。这是主耶和华的宣告。”

as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in it, they could save neither son nor daughter. They would save only themselves by their righteousness.

21 主耶和华这样说:“我打发刀剑、饥荒、猛兽和瘟疫这四样可怕的刑罚临到耶路撒冷,要把人和牲畜从那里剪除的时候,那情况岂不更严重吗?

“For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: How much worse will it be when I send against Jerusalem my four dreadful judgments — sword and famine and wild beasts and plague — to kill its men and their animals!

22 其中将有剩下逃脱的人,连同儿女被带出来,他们来到你们那里,你们看见他们的所行所为,就会因我降给耶路撒冷的一切灾祸,得了安慰。

Yet there will be some survivors — sons and daughters who will be brought out of it. They will come to you, and when you see their conduct and their actions, you will be consoled regarding the disaster I have brought on Jerusalem — every disaster I have brought on it.

23 你们看见了他们的所行所为,就必得安慰,因为你们知道我在耶路撒冷所行的一切,并不是无缘无故的。这是耶和华的宣告。”

You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause, declares the Sovereign Lord.”


►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?


这段经文强调上帝必不会姑息罪恶。上帝当然会惩罚个别犯罪的人,即使是整个国家犯了罪,祂也会毫不留情地把这国的人全都消灭(13)。说到罪恶,上帝刻意加上了“得罪我”(13a)三个字,为要强调犯罪就等于得罪祂,跟祂作对。正因这样,人在犯罪时都不愿意祷告、寻求上帝的帮助,若一直处在犯罪的状态中,他们的结局只有一个,就是灭亡,死在自己的罪中。

上帝也再三强调人得救是“因自己的义”(14b)。这并非说他们无罪,只是他们因信靠上帝而蒙赦罪,也因信靠上帝而乐意远离罪恶,选择良善,做正确的事;在上帝眼中,这些人就是义人,是祂所喜悦的人。但他们的义只能救自己,别人(包括他们的儿女)都不能凭借与他的任何关系而得救,每个人都必须为自己的罪负责(16、18、20)。

饥荒、猛兽、刀剑和瘟疫这四大灾祸所表达的意义相同,上帝不厌其烦地一一表述(12~14、15~16、17~18、19~20),是为了强调每样灾祸的破坏性,都足以把所有犯罪之人完全剪除,但祂却要把这四大灾祸都降在耶路撒冷!可想而知耶路撒冷的人实在罪恶滔天,到了极点!虽然他们曾多次蒙上帝拯救和恩待,却依然作恶,和上帝作对,上帝怎能不惩罚他们呢?

耶路撒冷要面对的将是极其严峻、全面性的破坏和杀戮,全城居民都无幸免(21)。然而叫人感到安慰的是,在耶路撒冷沦陷之日,“其中将有剩下逃脱的人”(22a)。这些逃脱的人不一定比其他人好,上帝没有把他们赶尽杀绝,不过是为大卫家留后,为整个犹大民族留下盼望,便使这些人都安全地被掳到巴比伦去了(22~23)。


       人之所以能得着救恩,都是出于上帝的恩典,因为我们和犹大人一样,生命中堆积了不少罪恶!上帝让我们有机会听到福音、决志相信、罪得赦免,的确有祂的美意。我们若不清楚自己被上帝拯救的美意,就无法知道我们人生的目的和意义,也就无力抗拒罪恶了。你明白上帝在你身上的旨意吗?


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【明日经文】以西结书15:1~8

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