歸耶和華為聖(20)經歷人生蛻變的乃縵

經文:列王記下6:1-19a

 

A)           一位風光顯赫、卻又深具遺憾的大能元帥

       亞蘭王的元帥乃縵在他主人面前為尊為大,因耶和華曾藉他使亞蘭人得勝;他又是大能的勇士,「只是」長了大痲瘋(王下5:1)

B)           因著降卑、順服而蒙大恩的乃縵

a)      驕傲、憤怒的乃縵

        11 乃縵卻發怒走了,說:「我想他必定出來見我,站著求告耶和華 神的名,在患處以上搖手,治好這大痲瘋 12 大馬士革的河豈不比以色列的一切水更好嗎?我在那裏沐浴不得潔淨嗎?」於是氣忿忿地轉身去了(v11-12)

b)      降卑、順服的乃縵

         由「發怒走了到「於是乃縵下去,照著神人的話,在約旦河裏沐浴七回(v14)

c)      得醫治、被潔淨的乃縵

       他的肉復原,好像小孩子的肉,他就潔淨了(v14b)

         如今我知道,除了以色列之外,普天下沒有 (v15b) 從今以後,僕人必不再將燔祭或平安祭獻與別神,只獻給耶和華(17b)

C)           活在光明中,乃人真心悔改、被潔淨的明證

        惟有一件事,願耶和華饒恕你僕人願耶和華饒恕我(v18)

       我們藉著洗禮歸入死,和祂一同埋葬,原是叫我們一舉一動有新生的樣式 (6:4)

 

背誦經文:5 神就是光,在祂毫無黑暗7 我們若在光明中行,如同 神在光明中,就彼此相交,祂兒子耶穌的血也洗淨我們一切的罪 9 我們若認自己的罪,神是信實的,是公義的,必要赦免我們的罪,洗淨我們一切的不義 (約壹1:5, 7, 9)

 

Holiness Unto the Lord (20): Naamans experiasnce of a transformed life

Memorization Verse: 5 ...God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. ...  7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. ... 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:5,7,9)

A) A prominent and yet deeply regretful mighty genral

B) Through humility and obediance, Naaman was greatly blessed

a)    Naaman was prideful and indignent

       11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, Indeed, I said to myself, He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy. 12 Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.(v11-12)

      b)  Naaman became humble and obediant

       So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.(v14)

      c)   Naaman was healed and cleansed

       ...and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.(v14b)

       Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel (v15b) for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the Lord.(v17b)

C)  Living in the light is the clear evidance of a heart that is truly repentant and cleanced

       Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death,... even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Rom 6:4)