Friday, 01 January 2021

Title: “Have you taken time to be Alone with Jesus?”
By: Ps Cheng Cheung

Mark 4: 10 But when He was alone, . . . the twelve asked Him about the parable

In every perceptive and insightful play or drama, there is something which makes a member of the audience say ’Hey! that’s me !’ or even ‘Oh dear, is that me ? I didn’t know I was capable of that . . .’ The story and the character depicted becomes a mirror which produces self-realization and perhaps, reluctant admission of one’s blind spots.

Many of the stories and parables which the Lord Jesus told have precisely that effect. If we read the stories and parables carefully, we will often see ourselves. We will realize, deep down, there is a part of us that needs a lot of repair and realignment. This realization is important. It is the first step God uses to speak to us and deal with us. Thereafter, our spiritual eyes will be open into the heart and mind of God Himself. And they help us to better understand God and His ways.

4:10 And when he was alone, those around him together with the twelve began asking him about the parables.

He begins to teach us when He gets us absolutely alone. When the point of His teaching has had its impact on us, we will be totally speechless, unable to rebut or even to frame even one question in response. Dare we ask ”Why?” or ”Why me?” or ”Do you not know it hurts?”
The replies shout back. ” Why are you fearful? Do you not yet have faith? ”
” Hurt? I went to the cross for you, my child ”
The teaching has found its mark:
• He has shown you that you are racist.
• You lack compassion.
• He has exposed your hypocrisy.

If we do not go beyond asking such pitiful questions, the stubborn streak in us has not been tamed. There are huge areas of ignorance and infancy the Holy Spirit needs to reveal to each of us, but it can only be done when Jesus g͟e͟t͟s͟ u͟s͟ a͟l͟o͟n͟e͟.

As we journey with God, the sorrows and difficulties we experience in our spirits will be absolutely confusing: heartbreak, betrayal, disappointment, thwarted desires, emotional suffering, incurable illness. Even as I write this week, our family has experienced a deep sorrow which brings sadness, painful emotions and blankness.
Can words soothe? Can logic take away the hurt? ”It is God’s will” ”His ways are higher” sound trite and clichéd. The only one who truly understands us is God, because He formed our inward parts, and He wove us together in our mother’s womb. Only He can truly heal and bring us to that place where a man or woman will submit and conform to His purpose. This He will do when He is a͟l͟o͟n͟e͟ w͟i͟t͟h͟ y͟o͟u͟.

Verses 10 and 11 ”But when He was alone, . . He said to them, ’To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God’;”

So, all of us have the opportunity to know this profound mystery. It has been said it can be understood by those who possess the right ”key” ”The parable was like a doorway. Jesus’ listeners stood at the doorway and heard Him. If they were not interested, they stayed on the outside or walked away. But if they were interested, they could walk through the doorway and think about the truth behind the parable and what it meant to their lives.”

At the start of 2021, will you determine to set aside a fixed time to be with Jesus every day, without fail? Jesus cannot teach us anything until we set aside all our cleverness and worldly intellect and g͟e͟t͟ a͟l͟o͟n͟e͟ w͟i͟t͟h͟ H͟i͟m͟. Then He will teach us the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

He is willing to spend time with the willing. He will teach the poor in spirit. He will teach the meek, and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. He will teach the merciful and the pure in heart. And of course, He will teach those who mourn because they realize how wretched they are and undeserving of God’s grace. These are “the keys” to know the mystery of the kingdom of God

Prayer for Today

Gracious God and Heavenly Father, thank you for a new year, a new start. Give me the inner desire to come away alone with You daily, deny myself, take up my cross and follow you.

Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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¹ Enduring Word Bible Commentary, Mark Chapter 4

星期五,2021年1月1日
标题:“你是否有花时间与耶稣独处?”
作者:张祯祥传道
翻译:陈月妃姐妹

马可福音4:10无人的时候、跟随耶稣的人、和十二个门徒、问他这比喻的意思。

在每一部有见地的戏剧中,都有一种东西能让观众们说“嘿!那是我!” 甚至 “哦,天哪,那是我吗?我不知道我有这个能力“。其所描绘的故事和人物成为一面镜子,让人们认识自我,也许,勉强承认自己的盲点。

主耶稣所讲的许多故事和比喻恰好具有这种效果。如果我们仔细阅读这些故事和比喻,我们就会经常看到自己。我们会意识到,在内心深处,我们生命中有一部分需要大量的修复和调整。这一认识很重要。这是上帝与我们交谈和与我们打交道的第一步。此后,我们属灵的眼睛将打开,并向上帝自己的意念敞开。这将帮助我们更好地理解上帝和祂的道路。

马可福音4:10无人的时候、跟随耶稣的人、和十二个门徒、问他这比喻的意思。

当我们完全独处时,祂开始教导我们。当祂的教导对我们产生影响时,我们将完全无言以对,无法反驳,甚至连一个问题都无法回答。我们敢问“为什么?“或者”为什么是我?“或”你不知道这会痛吗?”我们会得到这样的答复。“你为什么害怕?你还没有信心吗?”“痛?我为你走向十字架,我的孩子”这个教诲显露了一些事情:
•祂向你表明你是种族主义者
•你缺乏同情心
•祂揭露了你的伪善

如果我们不问这些可怜的问题,我们内心的顽固还没有被驯服。圣灵需要向我们揭示许多无知和幼稚之处,但这只有当我们与耶稣独处的时候方能成事。

当我们与神同行时,我们在灵里所经历的忧伤与艰苦是绝对让人困惑的:心碎,背叛,失望,挫败,情绪困扰,无法治愈的疾病。实际上,就在我这周写这篇文章的时候,我的家庭正经历一场深深的悲痛,它带来了悲伤,痛苦的情绪及虚空。

言语能够抚慰吗?逻辑性能够把忧伤解除吗?“这是神的旨意”“祂的道路高过你的”听起来是多么的陈腔滥调。只有神才是真正了解我们的,因为我们的内心是祂塑造的,是祂把我们放进母胎的。唯有祂能够真正的医治并引领我们服从与遵从祂的旨意。当祂与你独处时祂将成就这事。

第10和第11节“无人的时候。。。耶稣对他们说,神国的奥秘,只叫你们知道”

因此,我们每一个人都有机会能够知道这全然的奥秘。这里已经说明了,无论何人只要持有那正确的“钥匙”就能明白其意义。“那些比喻就如一扇门。耶稣的听众站在门口倾听祂说话。若是他们兴致缺缺,他们就呆在外边或是离开。若是他们感兴趣,他们将穿过门口,并且思想这些比喻背后的真理,及其对他们生命的意义。

2021新年伊始,你是否决志每天定时的拨出时间与耶稣相会?耶稣不可能教导我们任何东西,直到我们把我们自己的聪明才智与属世的智慧置于一旁,并与祂独处。到了那个时候,祂就会教导我们神国度的奥秘。

祂愿意花时间在那些乐意的人们身上。祂愿意教导那些虚心的人。祂愿意教导那些温柔的人,那些饥渴慕义的人。祂愿意教导那些怜恤人的人,清心的人。当然,祂更乐意教导那些因为了解到自己是多么的鄙劣及不配得神恩典,并为此而哀恸的人。这些都是明白神国度的奥秘的钥匙。

今天的祷告

慈悲的神与天父,感谢你赐下新的一年,一个新的开始。赐给我从内心发出渴望,每天与你独处,舍己,背起我的十字架来跟从你。

亲之近之,日日近乎主,
到主受死宝架前,
亲之近之,近之,日日近乎主,
来到主流血身边。
奉主耶稣的名。阿门。
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¹ Enduring Word Bible Commentary, Mark Chapter 4

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