Jewish Date

9/1/5777   א' אייר ה' אלפים תשע"ז

Daily Golden Verse

James 3:10
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 27:1
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

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Proverbs 31:6-7
Why private morality matters (2)
15年04月27日

"Let them drink and forget their poverty. " Proverbs 31:7

As we saw in yesterday’s reading from Proverbs, when leaders get side-tracked by life-dominating sins, the poor and oppressed suffer. Today’s reading talks about relief of suffering by means of alcohol. Back then, pain management was not the science it is today. Intense suffering could be relieved by a medicinal use of alcohol, especially if someone was dying.

The Bible is not recommending here that we should relieve the suffering of people in poverty by giving them alcohol to abuse. Instead, what it is saying is that if we ignore such people, we are acting as if there’s no hope for them, as if they might as well be drugged and left todie.

Similarly, caring for the poor does not mean we should simply create more entitlement programs. While such programs can be helpful, they can also be a way to keep people in poverty. The government needs to work hard to ensure equal opportunities, and the church needs to be busy helping and nurturing people in faith.

For this to happen, we need leaders—indeed, all Christians—to be guarding their private lives so that people who need help can get what they need for daily living and becoming all God wants them to be. We need to stop thinking about what we want and start thinking about what others need.

Lord, forgive us for ignoring and marginalizing people so that their lives seem no longer worth living. May we lend a hand to offer them hope in you. Amen.

箴言 31:6-7
个人道德为何重要(二)
15年04月27日

「让他喝了,就忘记他的贫穷。」 箴31:7

从昨天的箴言经文中,我们知道,当领导人犯了严重的罪,以致不能专心治国时,穷困和被欺压的人便会受苦。今天的经文,谈到藉酒精解除痛苦。在那个时代,减轻痛苦的方法并不像现时那么进步,在医学上,酒精可舒缓剧痛,对垂死的人帮助尤大。

圣经不是建议我们,让穷困的人酗酒,藉此解除他们的痛苦。圣经真正的意思是,我们若不理会这些人,我们仿如在说他们已陷绝境,倒不如用药物麻醉他们和任由他们死亡罢了。

同样,看顾穷困的人,并不表示我们要创立更多济贫计划。济贫计划固然能帮助人,但它们也可能会使他们一生都陷在穷困当中。政府当局需要努力保证,人人都有同等机会,而教会亦需要不断帮助人和培养他们的信心。

要做到这点,我们需要领袖们 —— 尤其是基督徒 —— 谨守自己的私生活,好叫那些需要帮助的人,能得到每日所需,并完成神在他们身上的计划。我们要停止思量自己的需要,而要开始想到别人的需要。

主啊,求祢赦免我们,因我们漠视别人和把他们推到绝望边缘,以致他们觉得生无可恋;但愿我们能向他们施援手,好叫他们能在祢那里得盼望。阿们。