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神奇是遇上、遇到、遇見神

周曉暉牧師

「人神可對話嗎?」是一首詩歌的自問自答。

人與神是否能溝通,答案是肯定的。世界是因神的說話而有,神藉著說話創造萬物。因此,說話這個溝通的特性,自古已有。在歷史裡,神不斷啟示自己,向人說話。舊約眾多的故事,都是人遇見神的故事。

人神當然可對話。神不但向人啟示自己,還透過人能明白的書寫語言,把話說清楚,叫人知道祂才是神。透過神在聖經上的說話,我們能夠認識世界的真相,能夠認識神,能夠認識何為人。

上一季,我們已經藉著追蹤利未的後裔,從創世記讀到了列王紀。想你必已加增了對舊約的理解,對神的認識也多了一點。這一季,我們換一種入切方式讀舊約——我們「跟主耶穌讀舊約」。

為甚麼要跟耶穌讀舊約呢?有時我們會以為主耶穌批判以摩西為代表的舊約律法,但你隱約記得主明明說過:「莫想我來要廢掉律法和先知。我來不是要廢掉,乃是要成全。」(太五 17)那麼我們該怎樣去理解主的講論與舊約不協調之處?

有神學家說過:「聖經就是神對自己的談論。」原來,聖經就是神談到自己所計劃的救恩,從舊約開始逐漸說出這些關於自己的事,包括祂會怎樣執行這個計劃、由誰去做,並且最終怎樣使到人得到救贖。故此,我們不能不讀舊約。

在這 13 個主日裡,我們每次都會選讀一段主耶穌親自講論過、或與祂有關的舊約經文,一起去讀懂那段舊約經文,也聆聽新約經文中主耶穌的現身說法,聽聽神是怎樣談論自己以前說過的話(這些話被固定下來,成為聖經的文本)。

那就像導演把他想要說的故事,以影像的方式記錄下來、固定下來。你作為觀眾,是要透過電影的故事去接收信息。不過,有時你會因為錯看重點,因而接收不到電影中的信息。此時,假若導演現身說法,從旁導賞,向你介紹片段的細節,講出他在拍攝時鏡頭、燈光、配樂運用背後的用意,你就會心領神會,最終接收到導演真的想要說的信息。

文首提及的詩詞接著這樣寫:「神奇是遇上、遇到、遇見神;識穿你我內心」。

讀經、查經、聽道其實是一趟遇上、遇到、遇見神的旅程,神會現身說法,讓你接收到祂真的想要說的信息,以致你能把「起初所聽見的,常存在心裡」(約壹二 24)。






Pastor's Sharing
Amazing Encounters with God
Rev Arnold Chow

I remember a contemporary Chinese hymn which goes like this: "Can we talk to God?"

Can we communicate with God? Of course, yes. The world came into being because of God's Word. God created everything through His Word. Talking has always been a distinctive part of communication. And throughout history, God has time and again revealed Himself and talked to man. Old Testament stories are really about encounters with God. God and man can talk. God not only reveals Himself but He also makes himself clear in writing that man can understand so we know He is God. Through His Word in the Bible, we come to know the truth about the world. We come to know God and man.

During the last quarter, we followed the descendants of Levi and read from Genesis to Kings. That must have enhanced your understanding of God and the Old Testament. In this quarter, we take a different approach. We will "Read the Old Testament with the Lord Jesus."

Why this approach? We may sometimes think that the Lord Jesus has been critical about the Old Testament Law championed by Moses. But you will also remember that the Lord said: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them" (Matthew 5:17). How do we interpret the Bible where the words of Jesus depart from Old Testament assertions?

A theologian has likened the Bible to God's talk about Himself. Beginning from the Old Testament, the Bible is about God. In the Bible, God talks about the salvation He has planned for humankind. He talks about His execution of the redemption plan, who will do it, and how it will finally be achieved. How, then, can we not read the Old Testament?

On each of the 13 Sundays, we will read an Old Testament passage that the Lord Jesus has referred to, or is related to Him. We will also compare it with what the Lord Jesus said in the New Testament. That is, how God comments on His own words which have been gathered and affirmed and put into the Old Testament Scripture.

It is like a movie director using images to record a story he wants to tell. The audience gets the message from the video story. But sometimes you get the wrong emphasis and miss the message. That is why it is good for the director to introduce the story and its details personally, explaining the use of the camera, lighting, music and the purposes of his treatment, which helps you to grasp his intended message.

The hymn above continues like this: "Amazing encounters with God – He sees our hearts." Scripture reading, Bible study and listening to sermons are really encounters with God. God will explain to you personally so you get the correct message from Him, and you can "see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you" (1 John 2:24). 1


1 Our sermon theme for this quarter is taken the New American Standard Bible (NASB) – “… let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning” (1 John 2:24)