260靈修 July 1, 2011: 馬太福音第十二章 Matthew:12

第十二章

最好能將全章略讀一遍,再專注於以下經文段落:

 

15 耶穌知道了,就離開那裏,有許多人跟著他。他把其中有病的人都治好了;16 又囑咐他們,不要給他傳名。17 這是要應驗先知以賽亞的話,說:

18 看哪!我的僕人,我所揀選、所親愛、心裏所喜悅的,

我要將我的靈賜給他;他必將公理傳給外邦。

19   他不爭競,不喧嚷;街上也沒有人聽見他的聲音。

20  壓傷的蘆葦,他不折斷;將殘的燈火,他不吹滅;

等他施行公理,叫公理得勝。

21 外邦人都要仰望他的名。

 

默想:

  1. 耶穌的傳道生涯並非一帆風順,相反地,祂遭到很多的反對。耶穌面對這些帶敵意的人,就離開那裡,並囑咐那些被醫好的,不要為祂作宣傳,為什麼?
  2. 馬太引用以賽亞書「僕人之歌」其中的一部分(以賽亞書41:1-9),來說明主耶穌——世人的救贖主,有怎樣的特徵;祂「不爭競,不喧嚷」,祂是這麼溫和,連「壓傷的蘆葦,他不折斷;將殘的燈火,他不吹滅」。
  3. 繼續注目我的彌賽亞/救主,藉思想祂的特性,更深地認識祂。讚美感謝神的謙卑與溫柔,並祂在我身上所作的奇妙工作。

禱告與筆錄:

繼續安靜在神面前,與神對話,並聆聽祂對我說的話。將心中的思想(心得),或是與神的禱告,記錄在“靈程筆記”本上面。

 

Chapter 12

If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.  Then focus on the following section:

15Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick, 16warning them not to tell who he was. 17This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18"Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he leads justice to victory.
21In his name the nations will put their hope."

Meditation:

  1. Jesus didn’t have a smooth ministry.  In fact, he met a lot of oppositions.  Jesus responded to the hostility by simply asking those healed “not to tell who he was” and leaving the area.  Why?
  2. Matthew explained by quoting a passage from one of Isaiah’s “servant songs” (Is 41:1-9).   Messiah “will not quarrel or cry out”.  He will be so gentle that He will not even snap a worthless reed flute, or discard a soot-filled candle wick.
  3. Continue to look at my Messiah/Saviour and get to know Him deeper by reflecting on the characteristics listed in the passage.  Praise and thank Him for His humility and gentleness and also the wonderful work He’s done in my life.

Prayer & Journaling:

Stay with God for a little while longer.  Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me.  Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.

Family Time:

Spend some time making a portrait of Jesus using this passage and Isaiah 41:1-9 as background information.  What do you find most striking about this Jesus?  Is he different from your idea of him before?  Why?  Let everyone talk about it.

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