Thursday, 1 October 2020
Title: Daniel, a life in the Lord
Author: Arnold Lim

Psalm 16:5-6
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
You make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant place;
Surely I have a delightful inheritance.

In 605 BC, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon laid waste to Jerusalem and carried off the Israelites, including Daniel, into exile. Elevated to the royal court after interpreting the king’s dream, Daniel served 69 years with distinction, first under Nebuchadnezzar, then, three other Babylonian kings and finally under Darius the Mede of the Medo-Persian Empire.

Three times, in the book, Daniel was called a man “highly esteemed” by God.

He remained true to God, no matter the circumstances

  • Given choice food from the royal table, Daniel chose not to defile himself and became a vegetarian. In spite of his choice, it reads in Daniel 1:15, that Daniel looked healthier and better nourished than any of the other young men.
  • Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators or satraps, the other satraps hatched a plot to end his life. Daniel was used to praying to God three times a day. To entrap him, the satraps tricked the king to issue an edict that anyone who worshipped any god or man other than the king over the next thirty days would be thrown into the lion’s den. Daniel remained faithful to God and continued to pray. We all know the story. God saved him when he was thrown into the lion’s den. And even king Darius came to recognise the power of the God of Daniel and praised Him (Daniel 6:26).

He remained concerned about God’s agenda – rebuilding Jerusalem

  • Daniel was well aware of Jeremiah’s prophecy that the desolation of Jerusalem would end after seventy years. So, when the seventy years came up, he confessed the sin of the Israelites and made a request to God for the re-building of His temple.

Surely, in spite of being in exile, the boundary lines had fallen in pleasant places for Daniel. After all, God gave Daniel the interpretation of king Nebuchadnezzar’ dreams, not once but twice.

So, what lessons can we learn from the life of Daniel?

1) We, Christians, are just like the Israelites living in Babylon and later Persia; we live in a land where the culture and religion of the majority is different from ours. When the Israelites were allowed to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple and the wall, it was not like they were free. They were still under Persian rule.

Serve with distinction wherever you are, whether in the private or public sector. Endeavor to be the salt and light in this nation. Let us do good and contribute to the nation so that our God in heaven will be glorified. Expand church ministries to not only serve members but also the community at large.

Pray for Malaysia. In Jeremiah 29:7, we Christians are asked to pray for the nation that we live in, so that when the nation prospers, we too shall prosper.

2) Daniel, agonised over the destruction of Jerusalem and longed for the re-building of the temple. Even today, strive to align yourself with the will of God. For example, reach out to make disciples.

3) Just like Daniel, do not be so quick to resign from your job. Perseverance and long-suffering are the hallmarks of a Christian. I was about to resign from my job once, when I came across the story of Daniel 6. What struck me was Daniel could have resigned and fled, but he chose to honour God by continuing to pray three times a day and face the lion’s den. So, I stayed, and that was probably one of the most important decisions I made in my life as it paved the way for me to provide for the needs of my family.

Strive to be a man or woman esteemed by God! And the boundary lines will fall for you in pleasant places!

Prayer

Our Lord and Heavenly Father, you a great and awesome God. And also, a faithful and loving God. You alone are our portion and our cup. You make our lot secure.

Speak to us, strengthen us and re-generate our hearts to be men and women esteemed by You. Grant us opportunities to serve You with distinction where You have placed us. And help us to keep Your agenda at the forefront of our mind.

We pray in Jesus name, Amen.

每日灵粮
星期四, 2020年10月1日
标题:但以理,在主里的生命
作者:林文礼弟兄
翻译:薛秀合姐妹

诗篇 16:5-6
耶和华是我的产业,是我杯中的分;
我所得的,你为我持守。
用绳量给我的地界,坐落在佳美之处;
我的产业实在美好。

公元前605年,尼布甲尼撒,巴比伦国王将耶路撒冷城夷为平地,并将以色列人掳走,但以理也在其中。但以理为尼布甲尼撒王解梦后,被提升为朝中的总理,他出色地服务了69年,首先是在尼布甲尼撒的统治下,之后是另外三位巴比伦国王,最后是在玛代-波斯双元帝國的玛代人大流士的统治下。

在书中,但以理曾三度被上帝称为“大蒙眷爱”的人。

无论情况如何,他仍然忠于上帝

-​ 被赐予御用的佳肴美酒,但以理选择不沾污自己而成为素食者。尽管他如此选择,但以理书1:15写道,但以理的面貌比用王膳的一切少年人更加俊美肥胖。

-​ 但以理在各官长或总督中的表现特别出色,一班总长和总督便设计谋害他,要置之于死地。但以理习惯于一日三次向上帝祈祷。为了陷害他,总督们诱使国王下旨立一条禁令,规定不拘何人在接下来的30天里,若崇拜国王以外的神或人,都将被扔进狮子坑里。但以理仍然忠于上帝并继续祈祷。我们都知道这个故事。当他被扔进狮子坑时,上帝救了他。甚至大流士王也承认但以理的神的能力,并赞美祂(但以理书6:26)。

他仍然关注上帝的计划 – 重建耶路撒冷

-​ 但以理很清楚耶利米先知的预言,即耶路撒冷的荒凉将在七十年后结束。因此,七十年到来时,他向上帝承认以色列人所犯的罪,并向上帝请求重建圣殿。

肯定的,尽管流亡国外,上帝用绳量给但以理的地界,坐落在佳美之处。毕竟,上帝给了但以理有关尼布甲尼撒王的梦的诠释,不只一次而是两次。

那么,我们可以从但以理的生平学到什么呢?

1)我们,基督徒,就像居住在巴比伦和后来的波斯的以色列人一样;我们生活在一个大多数人的文化和宗教与我们不同的地方。当以色列人被允许返回耶路撒冷重建圣殿和城墙时,这并不表示他们已得自由。他们仍处于波斯帝国的管制之下。

无论您身在何处,无论是在私人界或是政府部门,都应出色地服务。努力成为这个国家的盐和光。让我们行善并为国家作出贡献,好让我们的上帝得到荣耀。扩大教会事工,不仅服事会友,也为整个社区服务。

为马来西亚祈祷。在耶利米书29:7中,我们基督徒被要求为我们所处的国家祈祷,以致当国家繁荣时,我们也将必兴旺。

2)但以理,对耶路撒冷的毁灭深感痛苦,并渴望圣殿得以重建。即使在今天,我们也要努力使自己符合上帝的旨意。例如,传福音使人作主的门徒。

3)就像但以理一样,切勿轻易辞掉您的工作。恒久忍耐是基督徒的标志。我曾经一次差点儿辞去工作,当我读到但以理6的故事时,令我震惊的是,但以理本可以辞职、逃离,但他竟选择继续每天祈祷三次并面对狮子坑的挑战来尊崇上帝。因此,我留下来了,这该是我一生中做出的最重要的决定之一,因为它为我铺好了供应家庭需要的道路。

努力成为蒙上帝眷爱的人!上帝用绳量给您的地界,将坐落在佳美之处!

祷告

我们的主和阿爸天父,祢是一位伟大而令人敬畏的上帝,也是一位信实且充满慈爱的上帝。 惟有祢是我们的产业,我们杯中的分;我们所得的,祢为我们持守。

愿意主与我们说话,坚固我们并更新我们的心,使我们得已成为蒙祢眷爱的人。赐予我们机会在祢安置我们的地方出色地服务。并帮助我们将祢的计划放在一切思想的首位。

奉耶稣的名祈求,阿门。

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