一起读经 | 马太福音15:32-16:4

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马太福音15:32-39:32耶稣叫门徒来,说:“我怜悯这众人,因为他们同我在这里已经三天,也没有吃的了。我不愿意叫他们饿着回去,恐怕在路上困乏。”33门徒说:“我们在这野地,哪里有这么多的饼叫这许多人吃饱呢?”34耶稣说:“你们有多少饼?”他们说:“有七个,还有几条小鱼。”35他就吩咐众人坐在地上。36拿着这七个饼和几条鱼,祝谢了,擘开,递给门徒,门徒又递给众人。37众人都吃,并且吃饱了,收拾剩下的零碎,装满了七个筐子。38吃的人,除了妇女孩子,共有四千。39耶稣叫众人散去,就上船,来到马加丹的境界。

这是喂饱五千人故事的重演吗?有些释经家说这是同一个故事,但用不同的事实和数字来讲解。同样是这些释经家,他们也曾尝试削弱(贬低)其他经文的真实性。但是耶稣说过:“经上的话是不能废的”。

在你的生命中可曾经历过类似的事件?你自以为已经接受了教训,结果发现还要再次接受?你陷入生活中的难题,担心结果会是怎样的?然后上帝仿佛从天而降(非常奇妙的),解决了你的问题。几年之后,你在生活中陷入同样的困难,而且你似乎已经忘记上帝第一次是如何解决问题的。但是上帝再次解决了你的难题。看来门徒们也要重新接受教训,就是主耶稣藉着饼和鱼的神迹教导他们的。

上帝供应我们每日的饮食,即使我们没有注意到,即使我们没有为此感谢,即使我们因为橱柜空空如也而怀疑。上帝永远是信实的,即使我们做不到(常常背离神)。

祷告:主神啊,谢谢你供应我每日的饮食,即使我并没有开口要求,更不配得到。如果我没能从自己的经历中学会关于你信实的教训,那就从经文里教导我,你信实地供应了你子民的需求。阿们!

Matthew 15

Matthew 15:32-39:   Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” 33 His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” 34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.

“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.” 35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 38 The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children.39 After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.

Is this a rerun of the feeding of the five thousand? There are some commentators that say it was the same story told with different facts and numbers. The same commentators try to undermine the faithfulness of the Scriptures in other places as well.  But Jesus said that the “Scriptures cannot be broken.”

Haven’t you experienced similar events in your own life, events where you would think that you had learned your lesson only to have to learn it all over again? You run into a problem life and you worry about the outcome. Then, out of nowhere, God solves your problem. A few years later, you run into the same difficulty in your life, and it’s as if you forgot how God provided the first time. And God solves your problem again. It seems that the disciples had to learn the lesson that Jesus taught with the miracle of the loaves all over again.

God provides us with our daily bread. Even when we don’t notice. Even when we fail to give thanks. Even when we doubt because our cupboards are bare. God is forever faithful even when we are not.

Prayer:  Lord God, thank you for providing for my daily bread, even without my asking and certainly without my deserving it. If I have not learned the lesson of your faithfulness from my experience, then teach me from the Scriptures that you faithfully provide for the needs of your people. Amen.

马太福音 16:1-4 约拿的神迹和复活的神迹

Matthew 16: 1-4: The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 3 and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.

马太福音 16:1-4 法利赛人和撒都该人来试探耶稣,请他从天上显个神迹给他们看。 耶稣回答说:“晚上天发红,你们就说:‘天必要晴。’ 早晨天发红,又发黑,你们就说:‘今日必有风雨。’你们知道分辨天上的气色,倒不能分辨这时候的神迹。 一个邪恶淫乱的世代求神迹,除了约拿的神迹以外,再没有神迹给他看。”耶稣就离开他们去了。

The Pharisees and Sadducees demanded that Jesus show them a sign from heaven to prove that he was the Messiah. The fact is that Jesus had already shown them signs, and they still refused to believe. He still storms, fed the thousands, healed the sick and even raised the dead. What kind of sign could Jesus do that would satisfy their unbelief? When he rose Lazarus from the dead, they said, “Now he’s really done it!” and made plans to kill Jesus. They could read the signs in the sky for good weather or foul, but they could not read the signs that proved that Jesus was the Son of God.

法利赛人和撒都该人都要求耶稣从天上显个神迹给他们看,证明他就是弥赛亚。其实耶稣在此前已经给他们行过了神迹,他们却是不信。他平静过风浪,在旷野喂饱了几千人,医治了各样的病人,甚至使死人复活。面对他们的不信,耶稣还能用什么样的神迹呢? 当他让拉撒路从死里复活的时候,他们说:“他真是上帝的儿子!” 但那之后呢?他们却计划杀死耶稣。他们能看懂天气的征兆,无论是好天气还是坏天气,但是他们不明白那些表明耶稣是上帝之子的神迹。

The only sign that they would receive is the sign of Jonah. Jesus’ is referring to his resurrection. Just as Jonah came out of the belly of the fish in three days, so Jesus would come out of the bowels of the earth in three days. If there is one sign that proves Jesus is true God and that he has accomplished what God sent the Messiah to do, it is the miracle of his resurrection. This sets Jesus apart from all other people who started a religion (Mohammed, Confucius, Buddha, etc.).  No one else ever rose from the dead. But they would not even believe the resurrection of Jesus, even when they had to bribe the soldiers to lie what happened.

他们唯一能得到的神迹就是约拿的神迹。耶稣是指他的复活。约拿三日从鱼腹中出来,耶稣三日从阴间的死亡权势下出来,也是这样。如果有一个神迹可以证明耶稣是真神,并且他完成了上帝派弥赛亚去做的事,那就是他复活的神迹。这就把耶稣和其他宗教的创立人(穆罕默德、孔子、佛陀等)区分开来。没有人能从死里复活。但是他们甚至不愿相信耶稣的复活,以至于他们不得不贿赂士兵来撒谎。

“He is risen!  He is risen indeed!” says the Christian Church on Easter Sunday and in their hearts every day. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the only sign that we will every need. Our hope is in him who conquered sin and death and hell!

“他已经复活了! 他实在是复活了!基督教会在复活节的时候都会这样宣告,同样在每一位基督徒的心中每天都确信这样的事实。耶稣从死里复活是我们需要的唯一的神迹。我们的希望在他身上,他战胜了罪恶、死亡和地狱的权势!

Prayer:  Dear Jesus, I don’t need any evidence to believe in you except what you have given me in your death and resurrection from the dead.  Satan cannot accuse me when I know you rose from the grave to seal the deal for my justification. Death cannot terrorize me when I know that I will rise again.  Help me to celebrate Easter every day of the year!  Amen.

祷告: 亲爱的主耶稣,除了你藉着你的死和复活赐予我的之外,我不再需要看任何的凭据来相信你。当我知道你从死里复活,赦免我的罪,称我为义的时候,撒但再也不能控告我。当我知道在将来我也将要复活的时候,死亡再也不能恐吓我。愿你帮助我明白生命中的每一天都是复活节!奉主耶稣基督的名求。阿们!

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