『這些人是誰?』(7) 轉移時代的撒母耳

“Who Are These People?” (7) - Samuel Who Changed the Era

 經文:撒上 3:1-4,19-21;  4:1-4,19-22; 7:2-13; 12:19-25; 15:22-23

Scriptures: 1 Samuel 3:1-4,19-21;  4:1-4, 19-22; 7:2-13; 12:19-25; 15:22-23

  背誦經文:15你們顯在這世代中,好像明光照耀, 16 將生命的道表明出來…(2:15b-16a)

Memory Verse: 15 ...among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life... (Philippians 2:15b-16a)

A)     成長在 神家極其荒涼、混亂的時代

A)     Growing up in an era where God’s house was desolate and full of confusion

      那時                            ,各人任意而行(士 2125176181191

      In those days                                    ; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25176181191)

      成長的背景:神家事奉荒涼,領袖失敗,約櫃被擄,榮耀離開以色列,

      Childhood background Desolate service in God’s house, failure of leaders, captivity of the Ark of the Covenant, departure of God’s glory from Israel...

B)      撒母耳成了被 神用來                  的器皿

B)      Samuel became a vessel used by God to                                        .

      過了二十年,以色列全家都傾向耶和華 (撒上 7:2b)

       It was there twenty years. And all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord. (1 Samuel 7:2b)

      米斯巴的獻祭與「以便以謝」的見證(撒上 7:5-14

      The offering at Mizpah and the testimony of “Ebenezer” (1 Samuel 7:5-14)           

      結束荒涼的士師時代,帶進大衛的國度

      Finished the desolate time of judges and ushered in the kingdom of David

C)     撒母耳被神重用的原因

C)     Reasons why Samuel was greatly used by God

1)                                                  .

1)                                                                             .

        「我在這裡」和「請說,僕人敬聽」是撒母耳從小就有的服事態度(34-16

        “Here I am!” and “Speak, for Your servant hears” were the servant attitudes of Samuel since he was young (34-16)

        「撒母耳在耶和華面前漸漸長大耶和華與人愈發喜愛他」(22126

        “Samuel grew before the Lord... and in favor both with the Lord and men.” 22126

        「聽命勝於獻祭」(1522)正是他自己一生事奉的寫照

        “To obey is better than sacrifice” 1522) is the portrayal of his life ministry

2)                              是聖經中最好的禱告榜樣之一

2)                                               one of the best role models for prayer in the Bible

        在祂的祭司中有摩西和亞倫、在求告祂名的人中有撒母耳(詩 996

        Moses and Aaron were among His priests, and Samuel was among those who called upon His name... (Psalms 99:6)

        雖有摩西和撒母耳站在我面前代求、我的心也不顧惜這百姓(耶 151

        …Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind would not be favorable toward this people... (Jeremiah 15:1)

3)                                                .

3)                                                                  .

        一生中最重要的使命『帶領百姓         歸向  神,          事奉 祂』(撒上 73-4

        The most important mission in life - “Prepare people’s                for the Lord, and serve Him           ” (1 Samuel 7:3-4)

        至於我、斷不停止                    我必以                   指教你們。(撒上1223

        ...as for me, far be it from me that I should...  cease to                           ; but I will teach you the                                                 . (1 Samuel 12:23)

4)                                                   .

4)                                                                          .

        “…耶和華與他同在、使他所說的話、一句都不落空所有的以色列人都知道耶和華立撒母耳為先知。 耶和華又在示羅顯現將自己的話默示撒母耳…”319-21

        ...Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground... And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord... Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh... revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord. (3: 19-21)

        全書中經常有 神向他顯現,對他說話,指示他將發生之事的記載

        In the whole book there were many instances where God revealed Himself to Samuel, spoke to him and showed him the things to come