双语灵修 | 马太福音 15:32-39

马太福音15:32-39:32 耶稣叫门徒来,说:“我怜悯这众人,因为他们同我在这里已经三天,也没有吃的了。我不愿意叫他们饿着回去,恐怕在路上困乏。”33门徒说:“我们在这野地,哪里有这么多的饼叫这许多人吃饱呢?”34耶稣说:“你们有多少饼?”他们说:“有七个,还有几条小鱼。”35他就吩咐众人坐在地上。36拿着这七个饼和几条鱼,祝谢了,擘开,递给门徒,门徒又递给众人。37众人都吃,并且吃饱了,收拾剩下的零碎,装满了七个筐子。38吃的人,除了妇女孩子,共有四千。39耶稣叫众人散去,就上船,来到马加丹的境界。

这是喂饱五千人故事的重演吗?有些释经家说这是同一个故事,但用不同的事实和数字来讲解。同样是这些释经家,他们也曾尝试削弱其他经文的真实性。但是耶稣说过:“经上的话是不能废的”。

在你的生命中可曾经历过类似的事件?你自以为已经接受了教训,结果发现还要再次接受?你陷入生活中的难题,担心结果会是怎样的?然后上帝仿佛从天而降,解决了你的问题。几年之后,你在生活中陷入同样的困难,而且你似乎已经忘记上帝第一次是如何解决问题的。但是上帝再次解决了你的难题。看来门徒们也要重新接受教训,就是主耶稣藉着饼和鱼的神迹教导他们的。

上帝供应我们每日的饮食,即使我们没有注意到,即使我们没有为此感谢,即使我们因为橱柜空空如也而怀疑。上帝永远是信实的,即使我们做不到。

祷告:主神啊,谢谢你供应我每日的饮食,即使我并没有开口要求,更不配得到。如果我没能从自己的经历中学会关于你信实的教训,那就从经文里教导我,你信实地供应了你子民的需求。阿们!

Matthew 15:32-39:   Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” 33 His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” 34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.

“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.” 35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 38 The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children.39 After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.

Is this a rerun of the feeding of the five thousand? There are some commentators that say it was the same story told with different facts and numbers. The same commentators try to undermine the faithfulness of the Scriptures in other places as well.  But Jesus said that the “Scriptures cannot be broken.”

Haven’t you experienced similar events in your own life, events where you would think that you had learned your lesson only to have to learn it all over again? You run into a problem life and you worry about the outcome. Then, out of nowhere, God solves your problem. A few years later, you run into the same difficulty in your life, and it’s as if you forgot how God provided the first time. And God solves your problem again. It seems that the disciples had to learn the lesson that Jesus taught with the miracle of the loaves all over again.

God provides us with our daily bread. Even when we don’t notice. Even when we fail to give thanks. Even when we doubt because our cupboards are bare. God is forever faithful even when we are not.

Prayer:  Lord God, thank you for providing for my daily bread, even without my asking and certainly without my deserving it. If I have not learned the lesson of your faithfulness from my experience, then teach me from the Scriptures that you faithfully provide for the needs of your people. Amen.

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