Tuesday, 3 November 2020
Title: Jesus Will Reign Forever
By: Pastor Isaac Yim

Psalm 45 – A beautiful Messianic Psalm

6 Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever. The sceptre of your kingdom is a sceptre of uprightness;
7 you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions; (Psalm 45:6-7 ESV)

Charles H Spurgeon divides Psalm 45 in the following manner:
− Psa. 45:1 is an announcement of intention, a preface to the song,
− Psa. 45:2 is an adoration of the matchless beauty of the Messiah
− Psa. 45:3-9 is an address in admiring ascriptions of praise
− Psa. 45:10-12 speaks to the bride
− Psa. 45:13-15 is another address to the King,
− Psa. 45:16-17 foretells His eternal fame
This is a royal Psalm. This Psalm points to Christ and His bride, the church. This Psalm is both prophetic and messianic in nature. The background of this Psalm was a royal wedding of one of David’s son. The royal wedding is a significant event. The Kingdom of Israel is theocratic in nature. The king represents God. God promised David that the Messiah will be born through his descendants. This has already been fulfilled. This Psalm 45 continues the prophecy that Jesus will reign forever. In fact, Hebrews 1:8-9 is a direct quote. The context in Hebrews Chapter 1 is about Jesus being superior to angels – “But of the Son he says,” – here the Son definitely referred to Jesus. He is also referred to as God. Jesus who is God will reign forever and ever. What a wonderful Saviour we have!
8 But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” (Hebrews 1:8-9 ESV)

Images of the wedding feast in Psalm 19:10-17 are captured in Revelation 19:6-10 in the Marriage Banquet of the Lamb. At the wedding feast, the bride is dressed in splendour to be claimed by the royal and handsome groom.

The Bride is the new Jerusalem. She is the church glorified. At this wedding ceremony all attention is given to the Groom, the Lord Jesus Christ who has redeemed His church with His precious blood. As we think about this wedding feast, are you on the Royal guest list? Bryce Morgan says, “We are both the bride and the guests. This seeming contradiction simply reminds us of the nature of apocalyptic literature. Multiple symbols can be used, even when they seem not to go together. The symbolism of the Bride speaks of purity and covenant and consummation. The symbolism of the guests and the supper speak of joy and celebration. All of it works because there is no contradiction between any of those spiritual realities.”

Where will you be when this Great Wedding Feast is taking place? Chuck Smith says that you may be in one of the following three possible places:
1.​You might be in hell.
2.​You might be on the earth having survived all the hell on earth. (Rev. chapter 6)
3.​You might be among those standing in heaven clothed in the righteousness of Christ being invited to the marriage banquet.

I know many are faithfully reading the devotion daily and going to church. You may even know all the things a Christian should do but if your name is not on the Book of Life you will be excluded in this Royal Banquet. God’s invitation is still open. Won’t you open your heart and accept this invitation of Jesus? Simply ask Jesus to forgive your sins, and invite Him to come into your life as Lord and Saviour.

If you need to talk to someone please call the church, we will arrange a pastor or a member of the church to walk along side with you.

Prayer for today

Lord Jesus, Your Word is so wonderful and so refreshing and assuring. Forgive us when we don’t have an appetite for Your living Word. Help us to start each day by giving You our top priority to meet with You and to hear from Your Word. In this turbulent time of uncertainty, we ask Lord that You will grant us wisdom and discernment. Help us in our decision making, lead and guide us with Your loving hands throughout the day. Lord, be our Rock, our Fortress and our Shield by day and by night. We praise and thank You in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期二, 2020年11月3日
标题:耶稣会永远掌权
作者:严以撒牧师
翻译:陈晓佩姐妹

诗篇45 – 美丽的一首弥赛亚诗篇
6 神啊,祢的宝座是永永远远的;祢的国权是正直的。
7 祢喜爱公义,恨恶罪恶;所以神——就是祢的神——用喜乐油膏祢,胜过膏祢的同伴。(诗篇45:6-7)

查尔斯•司布真把诗篇45划分如下:

  • 诗篇45:1 是一个宣告,这首诗歌的序言
  • 诗篇45:2 是一个对弥赛亚无与伦比的荣美的爱慕
  • 诗篇45:3-9 是一个欣赏赞颂的致词
  • 诗篇45:10-12 向新娘说话
  • 诗篇45:13-15 是另一个对君王的致词
  • 诗篇45:16-17 预言祂永恒的声望

这是一首皇室诗篇。这首诗篇是指向基督和祂的新妇——教会;它兼具预言和弥赛亚的性质。诗篇的背景是大卫其中一位儿子的皇室婚礼,而这皇室婚礼是一个重大的事件。以色列王国是神权本质。君王是代表上帝。上帝应许大卫,弥赛亚将会从他的后裔里诞生;而这应许也已经成就了。诗篇45延续耶稣将会永远掌权的预言。事实上,希伯来书1:8-9 是一个直接的引述。希伯来书第一章的语境是关于耶稣超越天使 -“论到子却说,” -这里所提的 “子“ 肯定是指耶稣;而祂也是指上帝。耶稣将是永永远远掌权的上帝。我们有一位多么奇妙的救主啊!

8 论到子却说:神啊,祢的宝座是永永远远的;祢的国权是正直的。
9 祢喜爱公义,恨恶罪恶;所以神,就是祢的神,用喜乐油膏祢,胜过膏祢的同伴;(希伯来书1:8-9)

诗篇19:10-17 里的婚宴的画面也记录在启示录19:6-10 里的羔羊之婚筵里。在这婚筵上,新娘穿着华丽的礼服等着那皇家英俊的新郎来迎娶。

新娘就是新耶路撒冷。她是得荣耀的教会。在这婚礼上,所有的注意力都集中在新郎的身上,就是那位已经用祂的宝血买赎祂的教会的主耶稣基督。当我们思想这婚宴时,您是否在这皇室嘉宾名单上?布莱斯.摩根说:“我们既是新娘也是宾客。这看似矛盾的说法只是提醒我们这是启示文学的性质。可以使用多种象征,即使它们似乎不甚相配。新娘的象征意义是纯洁、圣约和完满;宾客和筵席的象征意义在于喜乐和欢庆。这全都起作用因为没有任何属灵现实的矛盾。”

当这个盛大的婚筵进行时,您将会在哪里?查克•史密斯说您或许会在以下三个可能的地方之一:
1.​您可能会在地狱里。
2.​您可能在这人间地狱幸存下来。(启示录第6章)
3.​您可能是其中一位站在天堂的人,穿上基督的义袍,被邀请赴婚宴。

我知道许多人是忠心地阅读每日灵粮并且有去教会的。您甚至知道身为基督徒应该做的一切的事,但是如果您的名字没有记载在生命册上,您就会被排除在这皇室婚筵之外。上帝的邀请仍然有效。您难道不打开您的心接受耶稣的邀请吗?只管祈求耶稣赦免您的罪并邀请祂进入您的生命作您的主宰和救主。

如果您需要与人交谈,您可以致电教会,我们将会安排一位牧师或者是教会的会友陪同您前行。

今日祷告
主耶稣,祢的话语实在奇妙并且如此的清新和让人安心。当我们不渴慕祢活泼的话语时,赦免我们。帮助我们每天以祢为首要优先,朝见祢并且读祢的话语作为一天的开始。在这动荡不定的时期,我们祈求主赐给我们有智慧和辨别力。帮助我们做出决策,一天当中用祢慈爱的手带领并且引导我们。主啊,每日每夜地作我们磐石、我们的山寨和我们的蔽护所。我们要赞美祢且要感谢祢。奉主耶稣的名。阿们!

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