Jewish Date

7/28/5777   כ"ח אדר ה' אלפים תשע"ז

Daily Golden Verse

Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 26:5
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

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Mark 12:1-12
Persistent love
15年03月26日

"he had one left to send, a son, whom he loved" Mark 12:6

one of the most painful experiences in pastoral ministry is to walk with parents through the tragedy of losing a child. I have done that several times as a pastor, and each time my own faith and trust in God has been both challenged and deepened.

In our story today, Jesus gave a glimpse of what his own father would soon experience. It's a powerful, shocking story of depravity. And the religious leaders know Jesus is talking about them, because this story is about a vineyard, a picture often used to describe the nation of israel. As messenger after messenger in the story is rejected, they know Jesus is talking about prophets whom the israelites rejected throughout the years of their history. And when Jesus delivers the punch line about the owner's own son getting killed, the leaders also know Jesus is aware of their plans to kill him.

Despite the sadness of this story, it's really a message of God's persistent love. The father willingly goes through the pain of loss in order to bring life and hope into the world and our lives. Though his son is rejected, the end result is that "it is marvelous in our eyes."

You and I live because the father willingly sacrificed his own son. In a world that has in so many ways not acknowledged who Jesus is, we are called to be bearers of hope and life—no matter what the cost.

Father, thank you for loving the world so much that you gave us your one and only son, that we might not perish but have everlasting life. In Jesus' name, amen.

马可福音 12:1-12
此志不渝的爱
15年03月26日

「园主还有一位是他的爱子,末后又打发他去。」 可12:6

在牧会的工作上,其中一种最痛苦的经验,是陪伴痛失儿女的父母,帮助他们度过这段悲痛的日子。作为牧者,我有数次这样的经验,而我对神的信心和信靠,每一次都会受到考验,然而也因此得到加深。

在我们今天所读的故事中,耶稣让我们一瞥祂的父亲即将经历的痛苦,这是一个刻划人性堕落的震撼和令人震惊的故事。从故事内容,那些宗教领袖知道耶稣所指的是他们,因为其中是有关一个葡萄园的,而葡萄园的景像,惯常用来描述以色列民。在故事中,前去葡萄园的仆人一个又一个被拒诸门外,他们知道耶稣是要说明以色列人在他们的历史上屡次抗拒先知。当耶稣喻意园主自己的儿子会被杀,这些领袖亦知道,耶稣已发觉到他们要设计杀害祂。

尽管这是一个可悲的故事,但它的讯息其实是关于神此志不渝的爱。天父愿意承受痛失爱子的惨痛,为要把生命和盼望带给世人。虽然祂的儿子被人抗拒,但最后却成就了「在我们眼中看为希奇」的事。

你和我得以活着,是因为天父甘愿牺牲祂的儿子。在一个多方面否认耶稣身分的世界,我们是蒙召去作传送盼望和生命的人——而且要不惜付上任何代价。

父啊,感谢祢爱世人,甚至将祢的独生子赐给我们,叫我们不至灭亡,反得永生。奉耶稣之名,阿们。