将临期灵修 | 12月5日

耶和华的荣耀出现在云中

Rev. Jeff Schone作/ MLC出版 / Jack译

摩西对亚伦说,你告诉以色列全会众说,你们就近耶和华面前,因为他已经听见你们的怨言了。亚伦正对以色列全会众说话的时候,他们向旷野观看,不料,耶和华的荣光在云中显现。出埃及记 16:9-10

有人说,有史以来最会抱怨的人就是以色列的子民。他们年复一年地赢得了抱怨界的奥运金牌!在出埃及记16章中,摩西曾七次提到百姓的抱怨,并指出虽然他们表面上在抱怨摩西和亚伦,但其实他们抱怨的是上帝。

为什么会有那么多的抱怨?答案里既有罪性也有羞耻心。他们抱怨是因为他们没有信心得到上帝的看顾,他们对上帝的应许不满意,他们对神的大能不满足,并且他们对救主的到来不抱希望。他们抱怨上帝,是因为他们不信任祂。他们抱怨摩西和亚伦,因为他们处在对自己的自怜中,没有多余的爱去给上帝拣选的领袖。他们缺乏信心导致他们缺爱,然后自然而然地他们开始抱怨!

但是在他们的抱怨声中,这些自私的罪人看到了上帝的荣耀光辉闪耀!这就是我们今天学到的功课:上帝的荣耀彰显在基督耶稣对罪人的救赎中。上帝荣耀的光芒闪耀在祂因基督的缘故将生命的礼物送给当死的罪人。上帝所赐的生命从来不缺少意义、使命和喜乐。我可以这样告你你:上帝造我们不是仅仅为了让我们活着或存在——不,上帝创造我们是为了让我们活着并且去爱!

所以,通过上帝对我们生命的救赎,我们可以看到上帝的荣耀;同样,通过上帝在我们生命中的作为,我们也可以看到上帝的荣耀。

上帝带着我们罪人的死进入地狱的深渊,然后又通过耶稣基督的复活给我们带来新生命。罪中的人带到地狱里的无底坟墓,但他让罪人们在基督里活着。 上帝带走了人的抱怨、憎恨、嫉妒和情欲——让我们可以在基督里成为充满爱的人。

在这个将临期,我们仰望天堂,等待基督耶稣——带着他明亮如星的生命和爱作为礼物——驾着荣耀降临,。 主耶稣,请原谅我们的抱怨和情绪,以你恩典的荣耀和生命的应许来满足我们。阿门。

The Glory of the Lord Appeared in a Cloud


Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.” While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud. Exodus 16:9-10


One could argue that the most accomplished grumblers ever were the children of Israel. They won the gold medal in grumbling year after year! Seven times in Exodus 16 Moses mentions the people’s grumbling, noting that while they grumbled against him and Aaron, the finger of their grumbling was actually pointing at God himself.


Why all this grumbling? The answer is as sinful as it is shameful. They grumbled because they had no confidence in God’s care. They weren’t pleased by God’s promises. They found no satisfaction in God’s strength. And they put no hope in the advent of God’s Savior. They grumbled against God because they didn’t put their trust in him, and they grumbled against Moses and Aaron because they couldn’t find any love for God’s leaders in their self-pitying hearts. Their lack of faith resulted in a lack of love and—voilà—they grumbled!

But in the midst of their horrible grumbling, these selfish sinners saw the glory of God shining! Here is our lesson: The great glory of God is in the salvation of sinners through Christ. God’s bright and shining glory is in his gift of life to dead sinners for Christ’s sake. And the life God gives through Jesus is never absent of meaning and purpose and joy. I can put it to you this way: God did not simply create us to live or exist—no, God created us to live and love!


So while it’s true that we see God’s glory in the work he does for our lives, it’s equally true that we see God’s glory in the work he does in our lives. God takes people dead in sin and on their way to a bottomless grave in hell, and he makes them alive in Christ.


God takes people who grumble and complain—and who hate and envy and lust—and he makes them love in Christ. In this Advent season, we too look to the skies for Christ to come in his glory with his bright and shining gifts of life and love.


Forgive my grumbling and complaining, Lord Jesus, and satisfy me always with the glory of your grace and the promise of life lived in perfect love. Amen.

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