『為神家養育下一代』

Raising the Next Generation for the House of God

 

背誦經文:3 兒女是耶和華所賜的產業;所懷的胎是他所給的賞賜 4 少年時所生的兒女好像勇士手中的箭 5 箭袋充滿的人便為有福;他們在城門口和仇敵說話的時候,必不至於羞愧(127:3-5)

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of ones youth. 5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate. (Ps 127:3-5)

 

A.  母親在 神旨意中的重要角色

    The important roles of a mother according to the will of God

1.    帶來的祝福

Bringing in blessings

       我兒,要謹守你父親的誡命;不可離棄你母親的法則或譯:指教),要常繫在你心上,掛在你項上。你行走,它必引導你;你躺臥,它必保守你;你睡醒,它必與你談論。因為誡命是燈,法則是光,訓誨的責備是生命的道。(6:20-23)

20 My son, keep your fathers command, And do not forsake the law of your mother. 21 Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck. 22 When you roam, they[a] will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you. 23 For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life, (Pr 6:20-23)

2.    帶來的影響

Influencing her children

a.    正例

            Good examples:

       18 那時,撒母耳還是孩子,穿著細麻布的以弗得,侍立在耶和華面前 19 他母親每年為他做一件小外袍,同著丈夫上來獻年祭的時候帶來給他(撒上2:18-19)

18 But Samuel ministered before the Lord, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod. 19 Moreover his mother used to make him a little robe, and bring it to him year by year when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. (1 Sam 2:18-19)

       利慕伊勒王的言語,是他母親教訓他的真言(箴言31:1)

The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him: (Pr 31:1)

b.    反例

            Bad examples:

      亞哈謝也行亞哈家的道;因為他母親(亞他利雅)給他主謀,使他行惡(代下22:3)

3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother advised him to do wickedly. (2 Chr 22:3)

B. 為神家養育下一代

         Raising the next generation for the house of God

       從中心到圓周:要有國度的胸懷,不只是好好養育自己的孩子

From center to peripheral. Be kingdom-minded. Do not just focus on your own children.

       祂從灰塵裏抬舉貧寒人,從糞堆中提拔窮乏人,使他們與王子同坐祂使不能生育的婦人安居家中,為多子的樂母。你們要讚美耶和華(113:7-9)

7 He raises the poor out of the dust, And lifts the needy out of the ash heap, 8 That He may seat him with princes— With the princes of His people. 9 He grants the barren woman a home, Like a joyful mother of children. Praise the Lord! (Ps 113:7-9)

       只在你們中間存心溫柔,如同母親乳養自己的孩子(帖前2:7)

7 But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. (1 Th 2:7)

       只要照著主的教訓和警戒養育他們(6:4)

4  ...but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. (Eph 6:4)

C. 當全地黑暗之時,希望神的家中仍舊有光:一點關於未來負擔的交通

When the whole earth is covered with darkness, the light is still shining in the house of God. Some burdens about the future.

       埃及地黑暗;這黑暗似乎摸得著人不能相見,誰也不敢起來離開本處;惟有以色列人家中都有亮光(10:21-23)

21 ... that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.... 23 They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. (Ex 10:21-23)

       (耶穌) 就伸手指著門徒,說:「看哪,我的母親,我的弟兄。凡遵行我天父旨意的人,就是我的弟兄姊妹和母親了。」(12:50)

50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother. (Mat 12:50)