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Category : Sermons

April 22, 2012 四月二十二日


1. The Collision Of Fear And Courage

Numbers 民數記 13:18-20

18 See what the land is like and find out whether the people living there are strong or weak, few or many. 19 What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? Do their towns have walls or are they unprotected? 20 How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there many trees? Enter the land boldly, and bring back samples of the crops you see.” (It happened to be the season for harvesting the first ripe grapes.)

18 看看那地怎樣,住在那裡的人是強是弱,是多是少; 19 看看他們住的地怎樣,是好是壞;看看他們所住的城鎮怎樣,是營地,還是城堡; 20 看看那地怎樣,是肥沃還是貧瘠,那裡有樹木沒有。你們要壯膽,把那地的果子帶些回來。”那時正是葡萄初熟的時候。

Numbers 民數記 13:27-28, 32-33

27 This was their report to Moses: “We arrived in the land you sent us to see, and it is indeed a magnificent country — a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is some of its fruit as proof. 28 But the people living there are powerful, and their cities and towns are fortified and very large. We also saw the descendants of Anak who are living there! 32 So they spread discouraging reports about the land among the Israelites: “The land we explored will swallow up any who go to live there. All the people we saw were huge. 33 We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. We felt like grasshoppers next to them, and that’s what we looked like to them!”

27 他們告訴摩西:“我們到了你派我們去的那地,果然是流奶與蜜的地,這就是那地的果子。 28 只是住在那地的人強壯,城又堅固又十分高大,並且我們在那裡也看見了亞衲族人的後裔32 那些探子就他們窺探之地向以色列人報惡信,說:“我們經過要窺探的地方,是個吞吃居民的地方;我們在那裡看見的人,個個都高大。 33 在那裡我們看見了巨人,就是亞衲人的子孫,是巨人的後裔;我們看自己好像是T蚱蜢,他們看我們也是這樣。”

Numbers 民數記 14:6-9

6 Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing. 7 They said to the community of Israel, “The land we explored is a wonderful land! 8 And if the LORD is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey, and he will give it to us! 9 Do not rebel against the LORD, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the LORD is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!”

6 窺探那地的人中,有嫩的兒子約書亞和耶孚尼的兒子迦勒;他們撕裂衣服, 7 對以色列全體會眾說:“我們去窺探的那地,是十分美好的地方。 8 耶和華若是喜悅我們,就必把我們領進那地,把那地賜給我們,那地原是流奶與蜜的地。 9 只要你們不背叛耶和華,就不必怕那地的人,因為他們是我們的食物;蔭庇他們的,已經離開他們了,耶和華卻與我們同在;不要怕他們。”

2. God’s Call For Courage 上帝要我們剛強壯膽

Joshua 約書亞記 1:5-11

5 No one will be able to stand their ground against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. 6 “Be strong and courageous, for you will lead my people to possess all the land I swore to give their ancestors. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Obey all the laws Moses gave you. Do not turn away from them, and you will be successful in everything you do. 8 Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed. 9 I command you — be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” 10 Joshua then commanded the leaders of Israel, 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready. In three days you will cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land the LORD your God has given you.”

5 你一生的日子必沒有一人能在你面前立得住;我怎樣與摩西同在,也必照樣與你同在;我決不離開你,也不離棄你。 6 你要堅強勇敢,因為你必使這人民得著我曾經向他們列祖起誓,要賜給他們的那地作產業。 7 你只要堅強,十分勇敢,謹守遵行我僕人摩西吩咐你的一切律法,不可偏離左右,好使你無論到哪裡去,都可以亨通。 8 這律法書不可離開你的口,要晝夜默誦,好使你謹守遵行書中所記的一切;這樣,你的道路就必順利,你必一路亨通。 9 我不是吩咐過你要堅強勇敢嗎?所以,你不要懼怕,也不要驚慌;因為你無論到哪裡去,耶和華你的神必與你同在。” 約書亞首次向民眾下令 10 於是約書亞吩咐人民的官長說: 11 “你們要走遍營中,吩咐人民說:‘你們要預備糧食,因為三天之內,你們要過這約旦河,進去得耶和華你們的 神要賜給你們作產業的地。’”

3. The People’s Response 人們如何回應上帝的呼召

Joshua 約書亞記 1:16-18

16 They answered Joshua, “We will do whatever you command us, and we will go wherever you send us. 17 We will obey you just as we obeyed Moses. And may the LORD your God be with you as he was with Moses. 18 Anyone who rebels against your word and does not obey your every command will be put to death. So be strong and courageous!”

16 他們回答約書亞,說:“你吩咐我們的一切,我們都必遵行;無論你差派我們到哪裡去,我們都一定去。 17 我們從前怎樣凡事聽從摩西,現在也必照樣聽從你;唯願耶和華你的神與你同在,像與摩西同在一樣。 18 無論誰違背你的話,不聽從你吩咐他的一切命令,那人必要處死。你只管堅強勇敢。”

4. Our Response 我們如何回應上帝的呼召

• To God we are special and we have an important assignment that requires courage to accept and to complete

Ephesians 2:10 以弗所書 2:10
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
我們原是 神所作成的,是在基督耶穌裡創造的,為的是要我們行各樣的善事,就是神預先所安排的。

• The majority view is often the popular, comfortable choice, but not always the right one.

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