Sunday, 9 August 2020
Title : DNAA
By Elder Bryan Lee 李惠隆

Psalm 103:11-12

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Until two weeks ago I didn’t know the meaning of DNAA. Well I am sure majority of us do not know what it stands for except those in the legal fraternity. The magistrate in the Tampin court in Negri Sembilan handed down this decision to me – Discharged Not Amounting to Acquittal – DNAA.

Before you imagine what big trouble I got myself into please let me explain.

Some four weeks ago my older brother told me he went to attend court albeit naively on my behalf. I had no prior knowledge about this impending court case. My good brother thought he could handle it himself. It was related to a summons issued by the local council for not keeping our acre of hometown land tidy. Bushes and trees sprouted over the years. I should have known better that this is against Section 81 of the Local Government Act.

The land, inherited from my late father, is co owned by me and my older brother. For reasons best known to the council I was the only one named in the summons but it wasn’t served on me. Naively my brother attended court as co owner but because I was not present, a warrant of arrest was issued on me. This was getting serious!

In my anxiety and shame, I shared with the church leadership team and my care group and asked for prayers. Next I consulted my lawyer classmate in Tampin and he went to obtain an extract from the court records on the case. That was the first time I came across the legal term on the court Notes of Evidence – DNAA – Discharged Not Amounting to Acquittal. Glory to God – He answered our prayers and intervened! The millstone was lifted from my neck and now we need to upkeep the land and make it tidy!

As I reflect on the episode, I think about our Heavenly Judge and I am so very grateful that in the divine court of law, DNAA doesn’t exist.

Last Sunday we sang a beautiful song in church as we celebrated Holy Communion. The first stanza goes like this :

What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more.

When we come before God and repent of our sins there is no such thing as discharged not amounting to acquittal – we are totally forgiven, discharged and acquitted.

King David who had fallen into the deep pit of sin with Bathsheba knew there is no pit too deep God’s mercy cannot reach and that is why he wrote:
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

We have all sinned and deserve eternal punishment from a holy God. Jesus took that punishment on our behalf and whoever believes in him for salvation is forgiven, totally discharged and acquitted for all our sins, past, present and future.

Prayer

Lord, I thank you that your forgiveness is complete when we repent of our sins. Because of your abundant mercy we are spared of eternal punishment. Because of your amazing grace we are given eternal life.
I pray for all who do not know You that they will also experience such wonderful blessings. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期日, 2020年8月9日
标题:DNAA 
作者:李惠隆长老
翻译:方美珠姐妹
 
诗篇103:11-12 
 
11天离地何等的高,祂的慈爱向敬畏祂的人也是何等的大! 
12东离西有多远,祂叫我们的过犯离我们也有多远!。 
 
两周前我还不知道DNAA的含义。我敢肯定,除了处在法律界的人以外,我们大多数人都不知道DNAA代表什么。 森美兰洲淡边法院的法官不久前对我下此判定 – 豁免不等于无罪释放-DNAA 
 
在你还没有开始想象我遇到什么大麻烦之前,请让我解释。 
 
大约四个星期前,我的哥哥告诉我他很天真地代表我出庭。我事前根本不知道有这项法庭案件。我的好哥哥以为他可以自己处理。这是关于地方议会所发出的一项我们没有保持老家这块土地整洁的传票。这些年来,灌木和树木发芽成长。我其实也知道这是违反了《地方政府法》第81条。 
 
我和哥哥从已故父亲那里一同继承了这块土地。只有当地理事会最了解为什么我是传票中唯一的一位被召唤的,只是这传票并没有送达给我本人。我的哥哥天真地以共同所有者的身份出庭,但由于我不在场,所以法庭向我发出了逮捕令。这事就严重了! 
 
我非常焦虑和羞耻,也与教会领导层和我的关怀小组分享并祈求代祷。我也咨询了我在淡边的律师同学,他去提取了该案的法庭记录。那是我第一次看到法庭的法律条款 – 证据注解-DNAA- 豁免不等于无罪释放。荣耀归于神—他回答了我们的祈祷并介入了这件事!重担脱落了(石磨从我脖子上提开),现在我们需要做的就是滋养并整洁这块土地! 
 
当我回想起这一个环节时,我思想我们在天上的法官,我非常的感恩因为在神圣的天庭法院中豁免不等于无罪释 DNAA是不存在的。 
 
上周日,我们在守主餐时唱了一首美丽的歌。第一段的歌词是这样的: 
 
什么爱可以忘记我们所做的错误 
祂都知道却不算总和 
抛入无底无边的大海 
我们的罪孽很多,祂的怜悯更多。 
 
当我们来到上帝面前并认罪悔改时,就没有豁免不等于无罪释放—我们完全被宽恕,被释放和被宣告无罪。 
 
与拔示巴一同陷入罪恶深渊的大卫王知道,没有任何深渊是上帝的怜悯所达不到的,所以他写道: 
天离地何等的高,祂的慈爱向敬畏祂的人也是何等的大! 
东离西有多远,祂叫我们的过犯离我们也有多远!。 
 
我们所有人都犯了罪,应受到圣洁的上帝永远的刑罚。耶稣代表了我们承受了这刑罚,凡相信他的救赎的人就得到宽恕,那些过去,现在和将来的所有罪孽就完全被豁免和无罪释放。 
 
祷告 
 
主啊,我感谢祢,当我们认罪悔改时,祢完全的宽恕我们。因为祢丰盛的怜悯,使我们免受永远的刑罚。因为祢的奇异恩典,我们获得了永生。我为所有不认识祢的人祈祷,愿他们也能体验如此美好的祝福。奉耶稣的名。阿门。

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