将临期灵修 | 12月8日

有火从耶和华的面前出来

Rev. Dr. Mark Lenz作/ MLC出版 / Leona译

摩西、亚伦进入会幕,又出来为百姓祝福,耶和华的荣光就向众民显现。 有火从耶和华面前出来,在坛上烧尽燔祭和脂油;众民一见,就都欢呼,俯伏在地。(利未记9:23-24 和合本)

7月4号独立日那天,我和妻子站在家门口的车道上望着满天绽开的烟花。马路对面的邻居朋友一直在放双响炮,突然有一个没有冲上天,反而冲着我们直扑过来。我们条件反射地跳到一边,瞬间害怕代替了笑声。
有一天,耶和华的荣光从火中向以色列民显现。可能当时他们也会有一瞬间的害怕吧,但圣经讲当他们看到火的时候“就都欢呼,俯伏在地”。为什么?

亚伦刚刚被膏立为大祭司。他在献祭的圣坛上举手向以色列众民祝福。他的祝福应该和我们在每周敬拜结束时所用的祝福十分相似。然后亚伦和他的弟弟摩西一起进入会幕中。等他们出来后,他们又一次祝福了众民。突然!耶和华的荣光显现在火中,烧尽了祭坛上所有的祭物。

为什么发生这样的事?为什么耶和华的荣光会要烧尽圣坛上的祭物?圣坛的祭物已经在燃烧,但耶和华用突然烧尽祭物的方式来表明他接纳了这些祭物。这是一个可见的记号,表明耶和华在他子民中满有恩典的显现和事工。 当人们看到火中耶和华的荣光的时候就都欢呼,俯伏在地,因为他们看到了上帝的荣耀和圣洁。

我们即将庆祝一个婴孩的诞生。我们看那个婴孩的时候,我们看到的也是上帝的荣耀。我们看到他给我们的恩典和对我们所作的奇妙事工。我们看到的是来拯救我们脱离罪恶,带领我们进入天堂的救主。被喜乐充满的我们也当谦卑俯伏敬拜他。

亲爱的主啊,感谢你来到这个世界拯救我们,以此彰显你的荣耀。阿门。

Fire Came from the Presence of the Lord

Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the
people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown. Leviticus 9:23-24


It was the Fourth of July, and my wife and I were standing in our driveway watching the fireworks filling the sky. Our friends across the street had been lighting some small rockets, when suddenly one of them misfired and came skidding across the street right toward us. We quickly jumped out of the way as momentary fear suddenly gave way to laughter.


The glory of the Lord appeared in fire one day in front of the people of Israel. There might have been a moment of fear for them too, but when they saw the fire, “they shouted for joy and fell facedown.” Why? Aaron had just been ordained as high priest. Now, from the raised platform
of the altar of burnt offering, he blessed the assembled children of Israel, perhaps using the familiar blessing we often use at the end of our worship services today. Then Aaron and his brother, Moses, went into the Tent of Meeting. When they came out, they again blessed the
people. Suddenly, the glory of the Lord appeared—in fire!—and totally consumed the offerings on the altar.


Why did this happen? Why did the glory of the Lord totally burn up the offerings? The offerings had already been burning on the altar, but God dramatically demonstrated his acceptance of them by consuming them suddenly and completely. It was a visible sign of the Lord’s gracious presence and activity on behalf of his people.


When they saw the glory of the Lord in fire, the people shouted for joy and fell on their faces because of the greatness and holiness of God.


As we look into the face of the baby whose birth we are about to celebrate, we too see the glory of God. We see his gracious presence and wonderful activity on our behalf. We see the one who came to save us from sin and take us to heaven. Filled with joy we too bow in humble adoration before him.


Lord Jesus, thank you for revealing your glory by coming into this world to save us. Amen.

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