Friday, 5 November 2021
Title: “They know His voice”
By: Ps Cheng Cheung

Read John 10: 1-6

Last Thursday, 28 Oct, I attended the forum on Shincheonji (SCJ)and Salt and Light Fellowship, a cult that has surfaced in Malaysia. The key takeaways, as shared by Jane, were the fact that the SCJ’s recruiters:
(1) targeted ‘young’ evangelical Christians or Catholics who were hungry for truth and spiritual advancement,
(2) were deeply committed,
(3) spent time before they ‘hooked the fish,’ and
(4) engaged the targets in misleading ‘Bible study.’

As Jane shared this elaborate scheme, I could not help but wonder would I have fallen if I had been targeted ? Bishop Jeyakumar, in closing the forum, urged listeners to know God’s word well enough to be able to distinguish truth from error. Thus they would be better equipped to resist attempts to lead them astray. Good suggestion, I thought.

Many years ago, when I was still working in the bank, I attended a workshop on common strategies and scams by fraudsters. This had been organized to raise staff awareness on the subject. One of the modules was designed to help staff, especially cashiers to distinguish counterfeit ringgit notes from genuine ones.

One of the most striking things the speaker said, which I remember to this day: “You have to touch it, run it between your fingers all the time – new notes, soiled notes, notes left in the washing machine and then dried, notes of all types. You have to know the real stuff. Then, the moment you touch a counterfeit, your fingers will tell you, ‘something is not quite right, here.’ “

Surely there’s a spiritual lesson there somewhere.

How I yearn to hear and discern my Shepherd’s dear voice every time He speaks. I want to be so intimate with Him that, when I hear a voice call out, I would know when it is Him and when it is not.

This short account from Kenneth Bailey’s book shows it is possible even for sheep to be able to distinguish their master’s voice from a chorus of shepherds’ voices.

”Travellers have noticed the wonderful readiness with which the sheep of a large flock will recognize the shepherd’s voice. Though several flocks are mingled, they speedily separate at the command of the shepherd, while the word of a stranger would have no effect on them.

The shepherds led their flocks forth from the gates of the city. . . . Thousands of sheep and goats were there, grouped in dense, confused masses. The shepherds stood together until all the animals came out. Then they separated, each shepherd taking a separate path, and uttering as he advanced, a shrill, peculiar call.

The sheep heard them. At first the masses swayed and moved as if shaken by some internal convulsion; then struck out in the direction taken by the shepherds. These became longer and longer until the confused masses were resolved into long, living streams, flowing after their leaders. Such is the ability of sheep to distinguish the voice of their own shepherd from the voices of other shepherds who may be calling at the same time”. 1

John 10: 3-4
3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep h͟e͟a͟r͟ Hi͟s͟ v͟o͟i͟c͟e͟; and He͟ c͟a͟l͟l͟s͟ His own sheep by name and leads them out.
4 And when he brings out his own sheep, He goes before them; and t͟h͟e͟ s͟h͟e͟e͟p͟ f͟o͟l͟l͟o͟w͟ Him, for t͟h͟e͟y͟ k͟n͟o͟w͟ Hi͟s͟ v͟o͟i͟c͟e͟ .

What struck me from the above two verses are two pairs of phrases:
hear His voice and they know His voice
and
He calls and the sheep follow.

If I am not in intimate fellowship with the Lord, how can I hear Him speak, and thereafter, determine that it is indeed Jesus’ voice? Spending time with the Lord is not a luxury; it is a non-negotiable necessity in order that this might happen. And then, when He calls, because I am confident it is my dear Lord, I follow .

My Prayer today

Lord Jesus, thank you that You are my Good Shepherd. Lead me daily in the way everlasting. Help me attune my ears that I might recognize Your voice and discard the false ones. Dear Lord, lead me back to Your path should I stray from it.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen


1 Kenneth E Bailey “The Good Shepherd” (IVP, 2014)

每日灵修
星期五
2021年11月5日
标题: ”因为认得他的声音”
作者:张祯祥传道
翻译:巫惠如

请阅读约翰福音10: 1-6

上周四(10月28日),我参加了关于新天地教会 (Shincheonji/SCJ )和盐与光团契的论坛,这是一个在马来西亚出现的邪教。正如Jane所分享,主要信息是SCJ的招募成员:
(1) 以渴望真理和属灵成长的 “年轻 “福音派基督徒或天主教徒为目标
(2) 有着坚定的信念
(3) 在目标人物上钩前会花不少时间与他们相处
(4) 让目标人物参与误导性的 “查经班”

当Jane分享这个精心策划的诡计时,我不禁想,如果我是目标人物,我会不会也落入圈套?Jeyakumar主教在论坛结束时,敦促听众充分了解神的话语,才能够区分真理和谬论。这样他们就能更好地制止将他们引入歧途的诡计。我想,这个建议不错。

许多年前,当我还在银行工作时,我参加了一个关于欺诈者常见的策略和骗局的研讨会。这是为提高员工对这个问题的认识而举办的。其中一个单元是为了帮助员工,特别是出纳员,区分假币和真币。

演讲者说的最引人注目的一句话,我至今都记得:“你必须触摸它,一直在你的手指间感受纸币的质感:新的纸币,被弄脏的纸币,放在洗衣机里然后被烘干的纸币,所有类型的纸币。你必须清楚知道真正的纸币。然后,当你触摸一张假币的时候,你的手指就会告诉你,“这里有些地方不太对劲”。

当然,这里面有一个属灵的教训。

我多么渴望能听到和辨别我的牧羊人每次说话时亲切的声音。我希望与祂如此亲密,以至于每当我听到呼唤,我会知道什么时候是祂,什么时候不是。

肯尼斯·贝利书中的这段简短叙述表明,即使是羊,也有可能从牧羊人的声音中分辨出它们主人的声音:

“旅行者们已经注意到,一只在大羊群中的羊能够非容易地认出牧羊人的声音。虽然几群羊混在一起,但只要牧羊人一声令下,它们就会迅速分开,而陌生人的话语对它们毫无影响。

牧羊人领着羊群从城门口出来….数以千计绵羊和山羊在那里,密密麻麻,混乱不堪。牧羊人站在一起,直到所有的羊都出来了。然后他们分开,每个牧羊人走一条单独的路,边走边发出尖锐和奇特的叫声。

羊群听到了他们的声音。起初,羊群摇摆不定,仿佛被自己的抽搐所震撼;然后向牧羊人走的方向走去。这条路越来越长,直到混乱的羊群变成了长长的、活生生的小溪,跟着他们的领袖流淌。这就是羊的能力,它们能把自己牧人的声音与可能在同一时间呼唤的其他牧人的声音区分开来。1

约翰福音10: 3-4
看门的就给他开门,羊也听他的声音。他按着名叫自己的羊,把羊领出来。
既放出自己的羊来,就在前头走,羊也跟着他,因为认得他的声音。

上述两节经文中让我印象深刻的是两对短语:
“听他的声音”,“认得他的声音” 和
“他…叫自己的羊”,“羊也跟着他”

如果我没有与主有亲密的关系,我怎么能听到祂说话,然后确定那确实是耶稣的声音?花时间与主在一起不是一件奢侈的事;为了实现这一点,它是一个没有商量余地的必要条件。然后,当祂呼唤时,因为我确信那是我亲爱的主,我就跟随。

我今天的祷告: 主耶稣,感谢你,你是我的好牧人。每天引导我走永恒的道路。帮助我调整我的耳朵,使我能够识别你的声音,抛弃假的声音。亲爱的主,如果我偏离你的道路,请引导我回到你的道路上。奉耶稣的名。阿门。


1 肯尼斯·贝利 《好牧人》(IVP,2014)