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向往教會者之挑戰A Challenge to Churchgoers


[WOTS]
6/14/2018


向往教會者之挑戰                           

A Challenge to Churchgoers                          

耶利米書Jeremiah 7:1:15

June 17, 2018, Session 3, Unit 1: Jeremiah/Lamentations

Worldwide Outreach Teaching School 賴美滿 校長

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前言Preface: 認知真正的敬拜是應該改變基督徒的生命。To understand that true worship should transform Christians’ lives.

上週Last Week:要有反省和如何的認罪悔改、信服上帝信實的心、方式和行為遠超過於只是遺憾We examined repentance and faithfulness from the heart, ways and actions, rather than just being regretful.

這週This Week:  我們將要看到每日生活都在敬拜中的重要性。

We will see the importance of allowing worship to shape our daily lives. Let’s read!

 A. Church Is Not A Good Luck Charm: Je. 7:1-8 A. 教會不是幸運魔力所耶利米書7:1-8 

  1. This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD :
  2. "Stand at the gate of the LORD's house and there proclaim this message: " 'Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the LORD.
  3. This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place.
  4. Do not trust in deceptive words and say, "This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!"
  5. If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly,
  6. if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm,
  7. then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever.
  8. But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.

Verse 1, At the section opens, God sends Jeremiah to the temple gates to confront the false belief that God will not let harm come to the temple and those who live near it. Jeremiah rebukes the people and the shameless behavior of the people and their leader. Judah, he say, the themes of this section are false religion, idolatry, and hypocrisy. Jeremiah was almost put to death for this sermon, but he was saved by the officials of Judah (see chapter 26) – from Commentary of NIV.

Verses 2-3, The people followed a worship ritual but maintained a sinful life-style. It was religion without personal commitment to God. We can easily do the same. Attending church, taking communion, teaching church school, and singing in the choir – all are empty exercises unless we are truly doing them for God. It is good to do these activities, not because we ought to do them for the church, but because we want to do them for God.

Verses 5-8 as a summary statement of Judah’s responsibilities in their covenant relationship with God and with each other. (Jeremiah, speaking for God, begged to differ.) “The foreigner, the fatherless [and] the widow” (v. 6a) were most at risk of being taken advantage of, in economic transactions and in the courts. Effective actions safeguarding their rights were, in effect, a guarantee of justice for all—as they would be now. 

 

Following “other gods” (v. 6b) severed Judah’s relationship with God. It is not possible for humans to hold two entities in first place in our affections at the same time. God will be first or something else will be first. Holding “other gods” first is always to our “own harm,” because only God is God.

1.      耶和華的話臨到耶利米、說、

2.      你當站在耶和華殿的門口、在那裡宣傳這話、說、你們進這些門敬拜耶和華的一切猶大人、當聽耶和華的話。

3.      萬軍之耶和華以色列的 神如此說、你們改正行動作為、我就使你們在這地方仍然居住。

4.      你們不要倚靠虛謊的話、說、這些是耶和華的殿、是耶和華的殿、是耶和華的殿。

5.      你們若實在改正行動作為在人和鄰舍中間誠然施行公平

6.      不欺壓寄居的、和孤兒寡婦、在這地方不流無辜人的血、也不隨從別神陷害自己

7.      我就使你們在這地方仍然居住、就是我古時所賜給你們列祖的地、直到永遠

  1. 看哪、你們倚靠虛謊無益的話。                                         第一句經文一開始,上帝差派耶利米到聖殿門口去指正人們的錯誤想法,因為他們誤以為上帝一定不會降災到聖殿及其周圍的人身上。耶利米對百姓虛偽空洞的信仰、摸拜偶像的行為和百姓與領袖同樣沉迷於可恥的罪犯提出了指責和控訴。他預言猶大國受審判和被放逐的日即將來到這預言果然在約雅敬王執正時期應驗了,約雅敬王受制於,變成了魁儡皇帝。其實,猶大國曾在約西亞王統治其間有過短暫的靈命復興,但在約西亞王駕崩後,國家在次的動盪不安,連許多善政也分崩離析,最後更蕩然無存。這段經文的主題包括虛假的宗教、拜偶像和假冒為善。耶利米幾乎為這些言論而喪命,幸得猶大的一些官員相助,救了他的命 (26)

2, 3句經文,百姓照常進行敬拜活動,一面卻過慣充滿罪惡的生活,這是沒有獻身與上帝的宗教信仰,我們也很容易犯同樣的毛病。如果我們去教會、守聖餐、教主日學或參加唱詩班,卻不是真心為上帝而做,那麼所做的一切只是虛有其表,毫無意義。只有我們的動機是討上帝的喜悅,而不是單單滿足教會的要求,我們所做的才美。

 5-8句經文,如猶大的責任與上帝和人之間的盟約之結論話。(耶利米為上帝說話,要求百姓改善)不欺壓寄居的、和孤兒寡婦、在這地方不流無辜人的血、(v. 6a) 

(v. 6b) 也不隨從別神陷害自己是猶大與上帝之關係。同時崇拜両實体物是不可能的,上帝是第壹或其他物第壹呢?抓住他神第一總是傷了我們自己, 因為只有一位真神就是我們的上帝。

 

 

 

B. Church Is Not A Safe Place for Evil:             B. 教堂不是邪惡之安全地                                            Jeremiah 耶利米書 7:9-11

  1. " 'Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known,
  2. And then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, "We are safe"-safe to do all these detestable things?
  3. Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declare the LORD.

There are several parallels between how the people of Judah viewed their temple and how many today view their churches: 1, They didn’t make the temple part of their daily living. We go to beautiful churches well-prepared for worship, but often we don’t take the presence of God with us through the week.                            2, The image of the temple became more important than the substance of faith. The image of going to church and belonging to a group can become more important than a life changed for God. 3, The people used their temple as a sanctuary. Many use religious affiliation as a hideout, thinking it will protect them from evil and problems. 

C. Don’t Believe God to Shiloh:          Jeremiah 7:12:15                                                12. 'Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. 13.  While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer.14.  Therefore, what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that bears my Name, the temple you trust in, the place I gave to you and your fathers. 15. I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your brothers, the people of Ephraim.'

Commentary from the Faith Connection:    In verses 12-15, God reminds the people of what took place in the village of “Shiloh.” Understanding what the significance of Shiloh is critical to gaining a deeper understanding of God’s message both to the people in Jeremiah’s day, as well as for us today. In verse 12 God tells the people to take notice of how He destroyed the very dwelling place He made among the people at Shiloh. God refuses to lightly dismiss our sin, for the wages of sin is death.  My take: Therefore, we must have the right belief.  

POINT: Can you think of specific examples of how God speaks to us “again and again,” but we do not listen? What damage is caused by our refusal to answer God’s call and listen to Him?

Please consider the ways we can truly express our true worship of God! Today, we must be careful that religious practices do not replace our daily walk with God and service to the poor, needy, and the broken-hearted around us.

  1. 你們偷盜、殺害、姦淫、起假誓、向巴力燒香、並隨從素不認識的別神.
  2. 且來到這稱為我名下的殿、在我面前敬拜、又說、我們可以自由了.你們這樣的舉動、是要行那些可憎的事麼。
  3. 這稱為我名下的殿、在你們眼中、豈可看為賊窩麼.我都看見了.這是耶和華說的。

 昔日的猶大人看聖殿和今日大多人看教會的態度有不少的共同處:   

1, 他們不把聖殿看為生活的一部分。我們也是走進教會才肅然敬拜上帝,一步出教會整個生活就忘了上帝。

2, 教會的外貌比信心的內涵更重要。人們把參加教會活動時個人的外表、形像和群體的歸屬感看得比被上帝改變了的生命還要重要。

3, 昔日的人看聖殿如敝難所。現在很多人也以為依附於宗教便可消災解難。

 C. Don’t Believe God to Shiloh:耶利米書7:12-15. 12, 你們且往示羅去、就是我先前立為我名的居所、察看我因這百姓以色列的罪惡、向那地所行的如何。

13, 耶和華說、現在因你們行了這一切的事、我也從早起來警戒你們、你們卻不聽從、呼喚你們、你們卻不答應.

14, 所以我要向這稱我為名下、你們所倚靠的殿、與我所賜給你們和你們列祖的地施行、照我從前向示羅所行的一樣。

15, 我必將你們從我眼前趕出、正如趕出你們的眾弟兄、就是以法蓮的一切後裔。

“Faith Connection”之解經 12-15, 上帝提醒人們示羅就是先前立為上帝的居所,但因百姓不聽故受苦,如今我們也一樣要受苦。上帝警告我們要記載下來祂是如何毀掉曾是祂的居所示羅(Shiloh) – 12句。上帝拒絕對我們罪的放棄,因為罪的工價就是死,所以,我提醒要快點信主。 

要點 : 您能想出幾個例子,是上帝曾經向您再度說過的話,但您並沒聽進去嗎?什麼是我們拒絕上帝的呼召而帶來的傷害呢?

 請為真心敬拜上帝的方式虓Q吧!

今日,在信仰上的實賤必須要與主同行,並為週圍人的需要、窮人、和傷心人的服務。

 


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