一起读经 | 马太福音 13:44-52

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马太福音1344-46节变卖一切买宝珠

马太福音 13:44-46 “天国好像宝贝藏在地里,人遇见了就把它藏起来,欢欢喜喜地去变卖一切所有的,买这块地。 天国又好像买卖人寻找好珠子, 遇见一颗重价的珠子,就去变卖他一切所有的,买了这颗珠子。

耶稣再一次给我们分享了一个简单而深刻的真理。所说的这个珍宝就是福音,就是我们从耶稣那里得到的好消息。这个珍宝是我们所有珍宝中最重要的。在我们的生活中,没有任何事物能与之相比。

可是,在我们的生活中,我们是否给予这个珍宝应有的重视呢?可悲的是,情况并不如此。周末的体育比赛往往比星期天的教会礼拜更加重要,基督徒也不例外。我们把事业看得更重要,不仅一周要投入70个小时去工作,而且在剩下的大部分时间里,工作也占据着我们的大脑。在我们生命中哪里还有容纳耶稣和他的福音的地方呢?我们的孩子成为了我们宇宙的中心,我们都忽视了最重要的,那就是我们与耶稣的关系。

请注意,这些东西不见得都是不好的。事实上,大部分都是好的。但是,如果我们让它们隔在我们和耶稣之间,它们就会成为我们的偶像。今天我们文化中流行的态度是,大概有个信仰就行了,别太较真,只要不主宰我们的生活。在这两个小比喻中,耶稣邀请我们把福音和我们与他的关系看作我们生命中最重要的事情。为什么这么说呢?因为没有什么是比认识耶稣更有价值的事了。这就像每天中了彩票一样欣喜!

祷告:主耶稣,求你不断提醒我要把最首要的事看作我生命中最重要的事!没有什么比知道你是我的救主并在我的信仰中成长更重要的了。我祈祷,在我的心里、在我的脑海里、在我的日程上,我愿将我的时间和忠诚都献给你,因为这是你配得的。奉主耶稣基督的名求。阿们!

Matthew 13:44-46:   “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Jesus once again shares with us a simple truth that is profound at the same time. The treasure is the gospel, the good news which we have in Jesus. This treasure is not just one of our treasures, but it is the most important treasure of all. Nothing at all in our life can even come close to it.

But do we give this treasure the attention that it deserves in our life?  Sadly that is not always the case. Sports tournaments on weekends are more important than Sunday worship, and Christian people are sucked into those things. Our careers might be so important that it not only demands seventy hours a week, but it occupies our minds most of the rest of the time as well. Where is there room for Jesus and his gospel?   Our children become the center of our universe and we neglect our relationship with Jesus.

Notice than none of these things are really evil things. In fact, they are good things for the most part. But good things can become idols, too, if we let them come between us and Jesus.  The prevailing attitude in our culture today is that a little religion is a good thing as long as it doesn’t dominate our lives. In these two little parables, Jesus invites us to make the gospel and our relationship with him the most important thing in our lives. Why? Because there is nothing more valuable than to know Jesus.  It’s like winning the lottery every day!

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, remind me to make the main thing the main thing in my life! There is nothing more important than knowing you as my Savior and growing in my faith.  I pray that I will give you the time and devotion that you deserve, in my heart and in my mind and on my calendar.  I ask this in your name. Amen.

马太福音13章47-52节 福音不过时


马太福音 13:47-52 天国又好像网撒在海里,聚拢各样水族, 网既满了,人就拉上岸来,坐下,拣好的收在器具里,将不好的丢弃了。 世界的末了也要这样。天使要出来,从义人中把恶人分别出来, 丢在火炉里;在那里必要哀哭切齿了。耶稣说:这一切的话你们都明白了吗?他们说:我们明白了。他说:凡文士受教作天国的门徒,就像一个家主从他库里拿出新旧的东西来。

在这里耶稣讲了另一个关于天国的比喻。这一次,他把天国比作用网捕鱼,把鱼拉上岸,然后将好的和次的区分开来,在美国中西部,我们会把鲤鱼挑出来扔掉,在加利利海的情况一定很相似。传福音就像撒网捕鱼,把网撒得宽广很重要,因为上帝我们的救主希望所有的人都能得救。

在这一节的最后,主耶稣说,神国度里的老师从他的库里拿出了新的财宝来,也拿出旧的财宝来。神的话语一方面像是旧的财宝一样,我们看了听了很多遍,但是神的话语另一方面也像新的财宝一样,我们每次读的时候,总会有新的体会。

我们自己要不断的重复和学习福音的教导吗? 那是必须的,救恩的计划很简单,但需要反复不断的一遍遍的教导。我们都犯了罪,亏缺了神的荣耀。但神以他的恩典,用耶稣的宝血救赎了我们,赦免了我们一切的罪。你会在每个星期天听到这样的布道,它永远不会过时!

同时,耶稣国度里的老师也带来了新的珍宝。每当我在准备新的讲道时,当我深入研究上帝的话语的时候,我总能发现一些新的东西。通常,就是把同样古老不变的真理应用到我们生活的新环境中去。对我来说,福音永远不过时!

祷告: 主耶稣,你的慈爱每天早晨都是新的。你的信实极其广大。我今天向你祈祷,每当我学习你的话语时,你将更新我的心思意念。我祈祷,你对我说的话永远不会过时。奉主耶稣基督的名求。阿们!

Matthew 13:47-52:   47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. 52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

Jesus tells another parable about the kingdom. This time he compares it to catching fish in a net, pulling it up on shore, and then sorting out the good fish from the bad. In the Midwest, we throw away the carp and keep the walleyes. It must have been similar on the Sea of Galilee.  Proclaiming the gospel is like casting a net to catch fish. It’s important to cast the net broadly, because God our Savior wants all people to be saved.

At the end of this section, he says that the teacher in God’s kingdom brings out of his storeroom treasures that are new as well as old.  Do we repeat ourselves as we preach the gospel?  Absolutely.  The plan of salvation is very simple and needs to be taught over and over again. We have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  But God in his grace has redeemed us by the blood of Jesus and has forgiven all of our sins. You will hear that message preached every Sunday, and it never gets old.

Teachers in Jesus’ kingdom also bring out new treasures. When I study the Word of God deeply as I prepare a sermon, there is always something new that I discover.  Often, it is just a matter of applying the same old truth to a new circumstance in our lives.  To me, the gospel never gets old!

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, your mercies are new every morning.  Great is your faithfulness!  My prayer today is that you will renew my heart and mind daily as I study your Word. I pray that your Words to me will never get old.  I ask this in your name.  Amen.

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