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隱藏的嗎哪

蕭壽華牧師

出埃及記記載,以色列人在荒蕪的曠野內,不能靠自己尋得食物,神便從天上賜下嗎哪,供應他們的需要。神吩咐他們,每天收取每天所需要的分量,不可多要,否則,餘下的嗎哪便會生蟲發臭;第六天他們可以收取雙倍的食物,餘下的並不會腐壞,因此以色列人可以在第七天守安息日。

天父樂意厚賜百物給我們享用,但祂更願意我們學懂在凡事上遵行祂的話,祂知道我們「活著不是單靠食物,乃是靠神口裡所出的一切話」。因此祂吩咐以色列人:「每天收每天的分,我好試驗他們遵不遵我的法度。」(出十六 4)

在謀生賺錢的事上,神容許某些弟兄姊妹多有所獲,也容許某些只是每月僅可足夠,但重要的是沒有人在神旨意外攫取金錢。部分以色列人違背神的吩咐,在每天的分以外多取,但至終所得的是生蟲變臭的嗎哪,且得罪神;也有部分以色列人在第六天蒙神多賜一份嗎哪後,本可以安然休息,敬拜親近主,但他們卻仍要擁有更多,不肯休息,在安息日出外收取嗎哪,但卻徒勞無功,「找不著了」。神心裡難過,但祂仍勉勵以色列人每天安穩地倚靠祂的供應,祂忍耐了四十年,要他們學懂每天遵行祂的話。

真正的糧,並不是物質的嗎哪。主說:「我就是生命的糧。你們的祖宗在曠野吃過嗎哪,還是死了。這是從天上降下來的糧,叫人吃了就不死。」(約六 48-50)因此主吩咐我們:「不要為那必壞的食物勞力,要為那存到永生的食物勞力。」(約六 27)親愛的弟兄姊妹啊,我們要努力去尋求主,去得著賜生命的「真糧」!不要單滿足於地上的嗎哪。怎樣尋求?讀祂的話!思想遵行祂的話!因為主說:「我對你們所說的話就是靈,就是生命。」(約六 63)

那有兩刃利劍的說:「聖靈向眾教會所說的話,凡有耳的,就應當聽!得勝的,我必將那隱藏的嗎哪賜給他。」(啟二17)

(本文摘自蕭牧師著作《在愛與接納中握手》,蒙宣道出版社允許轉載。)






Pastor's Sharing
The Hidden Manna
Rev Gordon Siu

The Book of Exodus tells us that out in the wilderness, the Israelites could not find food by themselves. God rained down bread from heaven to meet their needs. They were to go out each day to gather enough for that day. No one was to keep any of it until the morning, otherwise what remained would melt away. On the sixth day, however, they were to bring in twice as much as they gathered on the other days. What remained on that day would not stink nor get maggots in it. This way, the Israelites could observe Sabbath on the seventh day.

The Heavenly Father is happy to provide us with a lot of things, but He all the more wants us to learn to follow His commands in everything that we do. He knows that "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." Therefore, the Israelites were to "go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions" (Exodus 16:4).

In making a living, some of us are allowed to earn a lot while some others can only earn enough for one month. The important thing is to know that nobody earns anything other than what God would give. Some Israelites disobeyed God and gathered more than what was needed for one day. In the end, what was left was maggots and food that began to smell. They have also offended God. Some other Israelites, after getting an extra portion of manna on the sixth day, went out again on the seventh day. They could have taken a rest and got close to the Lord. But they wanted more. Their efforts proved futile: "Some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none." God was displeased, but He still exhorted the Israelites to rely on His daily provision. He bore with them for 40 years to let them learn how to obey Him every day.

Real bread is not the material manna. The Lord said, "I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die" (John 6:48-50). Thus the Lord commanded us: "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life" (John 6:27). Dear brothers and sisters, let us make an effort to pursue God and obtain the "real bread" that gives life. Let us not be satisfied with earthly manna alone. How do we proceed? Study His Word. Meditate on and obey His Word. Thus the Lord said: "The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life" (John 6:63).

Said the One with a sharp double-edged sword: "Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna" (Revelations 2:17a).