2023-01-19 “Blessed Are All Who Take Refuge in Jesus Christ and Love His Yoke”(Psalm 2:7-12)

Blessed Are All Who Take Refuge in Jesus Christ and Love His Yoke 凡是投靠耶穌基督,並愛慕祂軛的人,都是有福的“(Psalm 詩篇 2:7-12)

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, ‘You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.’ … Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

受膏者說:“我要宣告耶和華的諭旨:耶和華對我說:‘你是我的兒子,我今日生了你。你求我,我就把列國賜給你作產業,把全地都歸屬於你。你必用鐵杖擊打他們,好像打碎陶器一樣粉碎他們。’” … 你們要以敬畏的態度事奉耶和華,又應當存戰兢的心而歡呼。你們要用嘴親吻子,否則他一發怒,你們就在路上滅亡,因為他的怒氣快要發作。凡是投靠他的,都是有福的。

Christ the Anointed recalls what God the Father spoke to Him, identifying Him as the Son of the Father and emphasizing His equal standing since ‘become … father’ or ‘begotten’ describes a relationship between two beings of the same essential nature and being. Instead, we ‘create’ things of a different essential being and nature than ourselves, e.g. a statue. Like kings and rulers on earth, we are called to surrender to God, humbly giving Him proper reverence. God wants us to recognize our proper place before Him, but to also rejoice with appropriate trembling in Him and be affectionate in our relationship with Him. Those who foolishly defy God are broken, but those who depend on Him are blessed.

基督那受膏者回想聖父對祂所說的話,確認祂為聖父之子,並強調祂同等的地位,因為「生了」或「成為 … 之父」形容兩個有同樣不可缺的本性和存在的生命之間的關係。反之,我們「創造」那些有別於我們本質的存在和本性的東西,例如塑像。就如地上的君王和統治者,我們蒙呼召降服於神,謙卑地給祂恰當的敬畏。神想要我們在祂面前認識到自己正確的位置,但也應當存合宜的戰兢心情在祂裡面喜樂,並在自己與神的關係上要充滿深情的。那些愚昧地蔑視神的人就被擊打粉碎,但那些依靠祂的人就得蒙祝福。

Prayer: God of Trinity, those who oppose you especially Jesus Christ might think of you as a bondage-bringer but in fact you are a bondage-breaker. Their opposition against you is nothing but a vain thing. To a graceless neck Christ’s yoke is intolerable but to the saved sinner it is easy and light. Thank you that love and mercy compel you to speak a word of warning before you act as well as to grant those who believe in Jesus Christ alone for salvation sonship before you judge those who reject Him. Amen.

禱告: 三一神啊,那些敵對你特別是耶穌基督的人,或許以為你是帶來束縛者,但事實上你卻是解除束縛者,他們對你的敵對僅僅是徒然的事。基督的軛對一個不知羞恥之人的頸是難以忍受的,但對蒙拯救的罪人來說,它是容易和輕省的。感謝你仁愛和慈悲憐憫,驅使你在行動之先,就發出警告的話語,與及在審判那些拒絶你的人之先,你賜兒女的名分給那些單單信靠耶穌基督得救贖的人。阿們。

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