将临期灵修 | 12月14日

上帝向以西结彰显他的荣耀

The Lord Revealed His Glory to Ezekiel

Rev. Paul Koelpin作/ MLC出版 / Allie译

I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as
if full of fire, and that from there down
he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of
a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was
the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking. Ezekiel 1:27-28

我见从他腰以上有仿佛光耀的精金,周围都有火的形状,又见从他腰以下有仿佛火的形状,周围也有光辉。下雨的日子,云中虹的形状怎样,周围光辉的形状也是怎样。

这就是耶和华荣耀的形像。我一看见就俯伏在地,又听见一位说话的声音。

(以西结书 1:27-28)

The prophet Ezekiel was living in exile. That’s important to know. The people of Israel had been taken from their homeland by the Babylonians, and they lived without the freedom and familiarity they once enjoyed. But, then again, exile is what they deserved. God had warned them. Continuous rebellion against his perfect will and disregard for his loving promises would mean destruction and captivity.

先知以西结生活在被掳的时代,这是很重要的事实。以色列民族被巴比伦帝国掳掠,他们被迫离开家乡,过着没有自由的生活,他们所熟悉的喜乐也远离他们。然而,在当时,被掳掠是他们应得的惩罚,上帝早已警告过他们了。以色列人长期背离上帝对他们的美好旨意,也无视上帝给他们充满爱的应许,他们最终的结局就是破碎和被困。

How difficult to live as a believer during the period of exile! How could God make all things right again? He would allow the very place of his glory—the Temple in Jerusalem—to be demolished. Where was God is this bleak world? The Lord, the God of Israel, was mocked by the pagan peoples who captured them and despised by many of his very own people. Didn’t God see this? Didn’t God know? When . . . how would salvation come?

生活在被掳之地是多么艰难啊!上帝会如何重建他们呢?上帝允许他的荣耀所在——耶路撒冷的圣殿——被摧毁。在这个暗无天日的世代,上帝在哪里? 上帝——以色列的神,不仅被不信的侵略者民族羞辱,同时也被自己的子民厌弃。上帝难道看不见这一切吗?上帝不知道吗?上帝的拯救何时来到?

The exasperated believer still cries out, “O Lord, quickly come!” We long for peace and the comfort of our salvation. As we wait—Advent is our season of waiting—we need to learn the lessons from Ezekiel.

绝望的信徒大声呼喊:“主啊,求你快来!” 我们渴望平安、渴求救恩的安慰。

在我们等待的时候——将临期就是等待的时期——我们需要记住以西结的教训:

The scene is bright and brilliant. The “glory of the Lord” appeared to
Ezekiel. “Son of man,” the Lord said, “I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation. . . . Do not be afraid. . . . You are a watchman for the house of Israel. . . . Then they will know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel did prophesy.

在荣耀的光芒之中,上帝向以西结显现。上帝说:“人子啊,我差你往悖逆的国民以色列人那里去…总不要怕他们…我立你作以色列家守望的人…他们就知道我是耶和华。”(以西结书 2:3-7 ,17 ,6:13) 以西结就照上帝的话作先知。

A “performance prophet,” he used words and actions to prophesy both judgment and hope to work repentance.

一个“现身说法”的先知,他用话语和行动向以色列人宣告神的审判,并期待他们悔改。

The Lord was—and remains—in control. The vision was awesome reassurance. Ezekiel’s prophecy supplies plenty of evidence that the Lord is always true to his Word. It concludes with an extended vision of God’s glory returning to the Temple. The Savior Jesus, foreshadowed by that Temple, rescued us on a cross just outside Jerusalem’s walls. And the curtain of the Temple was torn in two. Finished.

上帝曾经掌权,并且在现在掌权。以西结的异象是美好的确据。以西结的预言提供了大量的凭据证明上帝永远持守他的话语。同时也向我们展示了神的荣耀正在他的殿中,救主耶稣就是我们的圣殿,十字架的拯救就像耶路撒冷的城墙,遮挡圣殿的幔子也被劈成两半,成了!

Our Savior lives! He will—mark Ezekiel’s words—come again in glory! Rejoice!

我们的救主活着!记住以西结的话:他将带着荣耀来临!喜乐吧!

Keep me patient, Lord, as I wait for your salvation. Amen.

主啊,赐我耐心,让我等候你的救赎。阿门

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