一起读经 | 马太福音 13:1-9,18-21

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马太福音13章1-9节

马太福音13:1-9 当那一天,耶稣从房子里出来,坐在海边。有许多人到他那里聚集,他只得上船坐下,众人都站在岸上。他用比喻对他们讲许多道理,说:有一个撒种的出去撒种;撒的时候,有落在路旁的,飞鸟来吃尽了;有落在土浅石头地上的,土既不深,发苗最快, 日头出来一晒,因为没有根,就枯干了; 有落在荆棘里的,荆棘长起来,把它挤住了; 又有落在好土里的,就结实,有一百倍的,有六十倍的,有三十倍的。 有耳可听的,就应当听!

主耶稣将在本章稍后解释了这个比喻,我们将进一步了解他怎样将神的国度和一个播种的农夫列在一起的。当你播下福音的种子时,有些会生长,有些则不会。那这对我们意味着什么?这意味着我们应该继续播种,继续播撒大量的种子!

当我还是个孩子的时候,我住在一个农场里,我们感到很开心的是,每英亩土地上能收获80-100蒲式耳(约2500公斤)(谷物和水果的容量单位)的玉米。我还记得我父亲说过他每英亩种了大约18000粒种子。但是今天的农民每英亩能收获200蒲式耳(约5000公斤)的玉米。当然,他们使用更多的肥料、除草剂和杀虫剂。但他们获得更多玉米的一个原因是,因为他们每英亩播种了将近4万粒的种子。这个经验对天国的意义是什么呢?那就是我们要播下更多福音的种子。更频繁的教导神的话给更多的人。

今天就把它应用到你自己和你的家人身上。如果你想在你的信心中成长,那么就在你的心中播下更多的种子。努力而勤奋的学习神的话语。早晨读一篇诗篇,午饭时读一章经文,和你的家人共进晚餐时一起学习一些灵修材料。睡前再读读神的话语,给你的孩子们讲一个圣经故事。这听起来是不是太多了? 其实,学习神的话语再多也不过分!

祷告: 亲爱的主耶稣,你的话是我脚前的灯,是我路上的光! 我知道我的罪性总是找借口不愿意去学习你的话语。请赐给我力量能淹没我对你话语的厌恶感。唤醒我的快乐和喜悦,去倾听和学习你的话语。请赐给我勇气,尽我所能的向更多的人宣告福音的好消息,与更多的人分享你的话语。奉主耶稣的名求。阿们。!

Matthew 13Matthew 13: 1-8: That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Jesus will explain this parable a little later in this chapter and we will learn more about the details of his comparison about the kingdom of God and a farmer sowing his seeds. Here’s a take away for today. When you plant the seeds of the gospel, some will grow and some will not.  So what does that mean for us?  It means we should keep on sowing seeds, lots of them!

When I was a child, I lived on a farm and we were happy to get 80-100 bushels of corn per acre. I also remember my father saying that he planted about 18,000 seeds per acre. Now farmers get over 200 bushels in acre. Of course, they use more fertilizer and herbicides and pesticides. But one reason they get more corn is because they sow close to 40,000 seeds per acre.  Lesson for the kingdom?  Sow more seeds of the gospel. Teach God’s Word to more people more often.

Apply that today to yourself and to your family. If you want to grow in your faith, then sow more seeds in your heart. Study God’s Word diligently. Read a psalm in the morning. Take a chapter at lunch. Read a devotion with your family at supper.  Read God’s Word before you to to bed, and tell your children a Bible story. Does it sound like too much? You can never get too much of the Word!

 Prayer:  Dear Jesus, your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path! I know my sinful nature will always find an excuse not to study your Word. Give me strength to drown my aversion to your Word. Waken in me a joy and delight to hear and learn it. Give me the courage to proclaim it to as many people as I possibly can. I ask this in your name.  Amen.

马太福音13章18-19

马太福音 13:18-19 “所以,你们当听这撒种的比喻。 凡听见天国道理不明白的,那恶者就来,把所撒在他心里的夺了去;这就是撒在路旁的了。

在这里主耶稣给我们展示了四种不同类型的听到神话语的“听众”。我们也可以用这些类型来检验我们自己。在我的罪性里,我常常就是那前三个例子中所描述的不仔细聆听上帝话语的人。

第一种,是撒在路旁的种子。它不能生根,因为它是落在坚硬的地面上。有多少次你读了圣经,或去了教会,却没有真正把神的道听进去呢? 你听了上帝的话语,你的想法总是关注在现实物质生活层面,导致神的道常常不能引导你的生活。你真的把神的道放在你的心上了吗?你有没有问过自己这样的问题: “在这一段经文中,上帝今天要对我说什么呢? ”我如何把它应用在我的生活中?”

我记得我的祖母,和我们住在一起的时候,通常在星期六的晚上,她都会取出赞美诗唱唱赞美,也会学习一些经文以及平时自己收集的上帝的话语,同时她也会为第二天而祷告。我问她为什么这样做,她说:“因为我的听力不如从前了,我不想错过上帝对我说的任何一个字。”

在这里告诉大家一个避免阅读了但没有真正听进去的方法,那就是在你阅读的时候简单的写一个灵修日记,并记下你当天所读到的和领受到的一些感想。你只要这样持续下去,会得到祝福的!

祷告:亲爱的主耶稣,求你不仅打开我的耳朵去聆听你的话语,同时也打开我的心和我的思想!求你教导我,让我明白我听到的不仅仅是个信息,而是把你的话语真正听到心里去,这样我才能将你美妙的真理,特别是你的福音应许,应用到我的生活中去。奉耶稣基督的名求。阿门!

Matthew 13: 18-19: 18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.

Jesus gives four different types of “listeners” when it comes to hearing God’s Word. We could also use these types to examine how we are listening to the Word of God. In my sinful nature, I sometimes show all three of the examples of not listening to God’s Word carefully.

 The first is the seed sown on the path. It never takes root because it falls on hard ground. How many times have you read your Bible, or gone to church,  and failed to really listen?  You heard the words. Your mind may have absorbed the facts, and often you even failed on that level. But did you really take the Word to heart?  Did you ask yourself the questions, “What does this portion of god say to me today?  How does it apply to my life?”

 I remember my grandmother, who came to live with us, taking out her hymnal on Saturday night and reading the lessons and collects and prayers for the next day.  I asked her why she did that, and she said, “Because I don’t hear as well as I used to, and I don’t want to miss a single word that the Lord has to say to me.”

One way to avoid reading and not really listening is to keep a simple journal as you read and write down a few thoughts on what you read that day. Listen all the way through and you will be blessed!

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, open not only my ears to listen to your word, but my heart and my mind as well! Teach me to listen for more than information so that I can apply your wonderful truths, and especially your gospel promises, to my life.  I ask this in your name.  Amen.

马太福音13章20-21 话语扎根

马太福音 13:20-21 撒在石头地上的,就是人听了道,当下欢喜领受, 只因心里没有根,不过是暂时的,及至为道遭了患难,或是受了逼迫,立刻就跌倒了。

我想,以下这个例子完全符合这一描述。当一个人去上大学,他或她的信心受到那些有意破坏基督徒信心的那些自以为聪明的教授的挑战时,于是他或她就失去了信心。你可能认为这是不可能的,但我已经听说过很多次了。这就是为什么我们要更好的,更经常的教导我们的孩子,保守他们在信心中成长是多么重要。在他们的成长过程中,不要错过在你的餐桌上给他们多多的播下福音的种子!

与此同时,我们所有人都应该牢记这一告诫。反思一下,我们会认真倾听上帝的话语并把它牢记在心里吗?如果你正在阅读这篇灵修文章,你可能会认为我是专门为你而写的。其实不然,这些是我写给我自己的。这是我自己每天的实践,目的是把一小部分上帝的话语深深的扎根在我的心中。上帝的话不应该像吃快餐那样囫囵吞枣,而应该像品尝丰盛而精美的大餐,慢慢地吃,慢慢地咀嚼。

把上帝的话深深地扎根在我们心中,这是我们文化中所缺少的一件事。这需要时间。是时候反思了,是时候深思了,是时候祷告了。当上帝的话语深深的扎根在我们的心中时,我们将不会害怕,烦恼和迫害也不能将它拔出。

祷告:亲爱的主耶稣,我祈祷我会永远把你的话深深地记在心里!别让我匆匆忙忙地度过我的灵修时光。求你让我整日都在思想你的话语。到了患难的时候,求你使我屡次归向你的话语,使我的信心得以更新,更加坚定。奉主耶稣的名求。阿们!

Matthew 13:20-21

20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

 I think a classic example of someone who fits this description is the person who goes off to college and loses his or her faith when challenged by the brilliant professors who intentionally aim to destroy a Christian’s faith. You might think that doesn’t happen, but I have been told more than a few times that it does.  That’s why it is so important to teach our children well and often. Plant more seeds when they are growing up and at your table!

 At the same time, all of us can take this admonition to heart. Do we listen to the Word deeply and take it to heart?  If you are reading this devotion, you might think that I am writing these for you. I am not.  I write these for myself. It’s my daily exercise to take a small portion of God’s Word and root it deeply in my heart.  God’s Word should not be like fast food that’s eaten quickly, but like a seven course meal that’s eaten slowly and savored.

Rooting God’s Word deeply in our hearts takes the one thing we have so little of in our culture.  It takes time. Time to reflect. Time to meditate. Time to pray. When it is deeply rooted in our hearts, trouble and persecution will not uproot it.

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, I pray that I will always take your Word deeply into my heart! Keep me from rushing rushing through my devotional time. Let me meditate on your Words all day long. And when times of trouble come, then bring me back to your Word again and again so that my faith is refreshed and made even stronger.  I ask this in your name.  Amen.

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