双语灵修 | 马太福音 19:1-7

马太福音19:1-7:1 耶稣说完了这些话,就离开加利利,来到犹太的境界约但河外。2有许多人跟着他,他就在那里把他们的病人治好了。3有法利赛人来试探耶稣说:“人无论甚么缘故都可以休妻吗?”4耶稣回答说:“那起初造人的,是造男造女,5并且说:‘因此,人要离开父母,与妻子连合,二人成为一体。’这经你们没有念过吗?6既然如此,夫妻不再是两个人,乃是一体的了。所以,神配合的,人不可分开。”7法利赛人说:“这样,摩西为甚么吩咐给妻子休书,就可以休她呢?”8耶稣说:“摩西因为你们的心硬,所以许你们休妻,但起初并不是这样。

令我们惊讶的是,一向因遵守成文律法而自大的法利赛人居然认为男人可以随便休妻。但那是律法主义者的看法。如果你能在圣经里找出一段来证明自己有理,那你几乎能为自己的一切行为进行辩护。所以他们使用了摩西律法中的一个段落来证明休妻的事情有道理。

耶稣告诉我们该怎样解释经文。他是用经文来解释经文。我们一定要按照上帝在创世记第2章里的话来理解申命记中的这个段落。上帝是这样设立婚姻的:他使他们成为一体。如果上帝使一个男人和一个女人结合在一起,男人就没有权力拆散或毁掉这个婚姻。

耶稣强调“神配合的”。婚姻是男女之间的约定,但又不仅仅如此,上帝也参与其中。如果你结婚了,你可以说是上帝把你们结合在一起的。有时候你可能会质疑自己的决定,但你永远没必要质疑上帝的决定。

上帝为什么要把我们结合为一体,并让我们置身于一个无法斩断的婚约里?因为他知道作为人类,我们不仅有罪,而且反复无常,顷刻之间会因为做了一个可能让我们后悔终生的决定就毁掉了美好的事物。结婚誓词中要求我们忠于自己的婚姻,“不论疾病或健康,不论贫穷或富有”。婚姻是美好的事物,上帝让我们忠于它。

祷告:亲爱的天父,谢谢你给我婚姻,以及藉由婚姻带来的美好祝福。感谢你赐给我宽容的伴侣,有爱心的孩子,多年的幸福生活,以及继续前行的盼望。更谢谢你藉着婚姻给我机会,让我去爱别人和被别人爱。以上祷告奉靠耶稣的名,他是我在天上的新郎,阿们!

Matthew 19: 1-7: When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” 4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ ? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?” 8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.

         It surprises us that the Pharisees, who were big on keeping the letter of the law, had the attitude that you could divorce your wife for any reason at all.  But that’s how legalists think. If you can find a passage in the Bible that gives you an out, you can justify almost anything at all.  So they used a passage from the laws of Moses to justify divorce for any reason at all.

         Jesus shows us how to interpret Scripture. He lets Scripture interpret Scripture. We have to understand the passage from Deuteronomy in light of what God said when he established marriage in Genesis 2.  God made them one flesh. If God joins a man and woman together, man does not have the right to separate and destroy that marriage.

         “What God has joined together,” Jesus says. Marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman. But it is more than just between the two of them. God becomes involved in that covenant, and if you are married, you can say that God has joined you together.  There may have been times when you questioned the decision that you made, but don’t ever question the decision that God made.

         Why does God bind us together as one and put us under a covenant that cannot be broken? Because he knows that we are sinful and fickle human beings who can ruin a good thing in a moment by making a decision we will regret for a lifetime. Stick to your marriage “in sickness and in health, for better or for worse” as marriage vows once read. Marriage is a good thing. God wants us to stick by it. 

Prayer:  Dear Father, thank you for my marriage and the many blessings you have given me through it. Thank you for a forgiving spouse, for loving children, for years of happiness, and for hope going forward. Thank you for the opportunity you have given me in marriage to love and to be loved.  I pray this in Jesus’ name, my heavenly Bridegroom. Amen.

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