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每日灵修 | 7.4 为神的缘故与众不同

为神的缘故与众不同

Standing Out For God

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民数记 6:1-21

Numbers 6:1-21

 

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“许愿的拿细耳人……他怎样许愿,就当照……行。”

—民 6:21

"This is the law of the Nazirite who hath vowed…They must fulfill the vows they have made…"

—Numbers 6:21

拿细耳人的愿是一个自愿和暂时的愿,在以色列的任何男女都可以许这个愿的。在守愿的日子,拿细耳人不可吃或喝葡萄园的出产、不可剃头,也不可挨近死尸。基于这些不寻常的限制,拿细耳人很容易便被人认出来。有些拿细耳人立的愿是终身的,而参孙大概是最具盛名的拿细耳人。(参士 13)

人们为什么要许拿细耳人的愿呢?这是一个在神面前完全洁净自己的方式;藉着立拿细耳人的愿,你就是在表示:“我放下生活常规,把自己献给神。”在今天,我们也可以做类似的事情,例如我们可以为了更专注祷告而不吃某些食物或不使用任何科技。

从拿细耳人身上,我们可以学到什么功课呢?他们提供了一个以神的国为重、热爱神以及献身给主的门徒典范。我们对神的奉献应该是舍己、完全和公开的,神必须在我们生命中居首位,意思是说,我们愿意舍弃某些事情来跟从祂。神必须在吃的、喝的、家庭和朋友之上,而更重要的,我们对神的爱应该是有目共睹的。我们以这种方式过生活,因为我们有一位为我们牺牲了自己的救主,就如一首圣诗所说的,我们宣告说:“神圣大爱奇妙难测,愿献我命、我心、我身。”

The Nazirite vow was a voluntary and temporary vow that any man or woman in Israel could take. During the period of the vow, a Nazirite could not eat or drink anything from the grapevine, cut their hair, or be in the presence of a dead body. Because of these unusual restrictions, Nazirites stuck out. Some Nazirites were dedicated for life. Probably the most famous Nazirite was Samson (Judges 13).

Why would anyone make a Nazirite vow? It was a way to consecrate yourself fully to God. By taking the Nazirite vow, you were saying, "I'm stepping away from the normal routines of life to give myself to God." Today we might do something similar by giving up food or technology to devote ourselves more fully to prayer.

What can we learn from the Nazirite? They provide an example of a kingdom-minded, God-treasuring disciple, dedicated to the Lord. Our devotion to God should be sacrificial, total, and public. God must come first in our lives, meaning that we are willing to give up things to follow him. God must come before food, drink, family, and friends. Even more important, our love for God should be obvious to others. We live this way because we have a Savior who gave himself up for us. As in the words of a hymn, we declare that "love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all."

祷告 · Prayer

耶稣啊,我们往往害怕自己因信仰以致与众不同。惟愿我们能完全为祢而活,又谨记是祢先爱了我们。奉祢的名祈求,阿们。

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