Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Title: Cutting through the noise
By Wong King Wai

Mark 10: 46-49 – 46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.”

In Mark 10: 46-52, we read about Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus. This man was a beggar in Jericho and was sitting on the side of the road. He heard Jesus was passing by with his disciples along with a crowd following behind. He started “to cry out” to Jesus to have mercy on him and “many rebuked him” and told him to be silent. Somehow Jesus heard him, called him over, asked him what he wanted, Bartimaeus said he wanted his sight back, Jesus did so and commended him for his faith that healed him.

Before the Movement Control Order, shopping at Midvalley Mall on the weekends was a nightmare. Finding parking was always a challenge and then you had to navigate the crowds of people moving all over the place, enjoying the air-conditioning and a spot of retail therapy. Talking with someone was always a challenge and at times, one had to shout.

I imagine that was the case for Bartimaeus. The passage mentioned a “great crowd” followed Jesus when he was in Jericho. It must have been very noisy with people talking, the sound of many footsteps pounding the pavement along with the din of normal daily activity. And in the midst of all that is blind Bartimaeus, crying out for Jesus to have mercy on him. What’s worse, there were people who were rebuking Bartimaeus to keep quiet. But that only motivated him to cry out even more! Talk about determination.

This passage reveals that Bartimaeus had faith that Jesus could heal him, else he would not have cried out with all his might and he didn’t allow others to stifle his faith and belief.

Sometimes in life, we get crowded out by many things. They could be internal or external sources. But instead of succumbing to them, like Bartimaeus, let us keep our eyes focused on Jesus, and recognise and acknowledge Him as our Lord and Saviour, who died for us and will be with us always.

While we may not know what the future holds but we know Jesus has everything firmly in his hands. We can rest assured that pandemic or otherwise, he has got our back and he will never leave us nor forsake us. Hang in there my brother- and sister-in-Christ; hold onto the hope and love our Almighty God has given us and demonstrated in the sacrifice of His only begotten Son.

PRAYER: My Father in heaven, thank You for sending Jesus to die for me and to help me in my time of need. Guide me Lord to stay the course and to not succumb to internal or external pressures that try to stifle my faith. Give me strength to persevere so that in the end, I may testify of Your goodness and glorify Your name. In Jesus name I pray. AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年3月10日
标题:穿越噪音
作者:黄经为弟兄
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

马可福音10:46-49
46 到了耶利哥,耶稣同门徒并 许多人 出耶利哥的时候,有一个讨饭的瞎子,是底买的儿子巴底买,坐在路旁。
47 他听见是拿撒勒的耶稣,就喊着说:“大卫的子孙耶稣阿、可怜我吧!”
48 有 许多人责备他,不许他作声。他却 越发大声喊着 说:“大卫的子孙哪,可怜我吧!”
49 耶稣就站住,说:“叫过他来。” 他们就叫那瞎子,对他说:“放心,起来,他叫你啦!”

在马可福音10:46-52,我们看到耶稣治愈失明的巴底买。这人是耶利哥的乞丐,坐在路边。他听说耶稣正和祂的门徒一起经过,后面跟着一群人。他开始向耶稣 “呼喊” ,求耶稣怜悯他,“许多人责备他”,叫他不要作声。不过,耶稣听见了,把他叫过来,问他想要什么,巴底买说他想要恢复视力,耶稣照做了,并表扬他的信心治愈了他。

在颁布行动管制令(MCO)之前,周末在 “谷中城美佳广场” 购物是一场噩梦。寻找停车位向来是一项挑战,然后您必须在到处流动的人群中穿梭,享受空调和购物疗法。与人交谈总是一种挑战,有时,人们不得不大喊大叫。

我推想这就是巴底买的情况。经文提到耶稣在耶利哥的时候,有一大群人跟随祂。人们谈话的声音一定非常嘈杂,踏在路面的众多脚步声伴随着日常活动的喧嚣。在这一切之中,瞎子巴底买呼求耶稣怜悯他;更糟的是,有人在斥责巴底买不让他说话。但这只促使他越发大声地呼喊!论到决心,可真不得了。

这段经文揭示,巴底买相信耶稣能医治他,否则他不会竭尽全力呼喊;而且他也不容许别人扼杀他的信心和理念。

在生活中,有时我们会被许多事情所挤垮;它们可能是源自内里或是外来的。但是,别向他们屈服,要像巴底买那样,让我们的目光专注于耶稣,承认祂是我们的主宰和救主,祂为我们而死,并将永远与我们同在。

虽然我们未必知道将来会是怎么样,但我们知道耶稣牢牢地掌握一切在祂手中。我们可以放心,无论是大流行疫情或是其他疾病,一切有祂,祂会照看我们,祂永远不会离开我们,也不会撇弃我们。坚持下去,我主内的弟兄姊妹,您们要坚守我们全能的上帝已赐给我们并且也已在祂独生子的牺牲中显明的盼望和爱。

祷告 :我在天上的父,感谢祢差遣耶稣为我死,并在我需要的时刻帮助我。主啊,请指引我坚持到底,不要屈服于试图扼杀我信心的内外压力。求祢赐我力量,使我能忍耐,使我终能为祢的恩惠作见证,荣耀祢的名。我奉耶稣的名字祈祷。阿们。