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每日灵修 | 9.19 公义还是只顾自己?

公义还是只顾自己?

Justice Or Just Us?

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以赛亚书 42:1-4

Isaiah 42:1-4

 

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“看哪,我的仆人,我所扶持、所拣选、心里所喜悦的,我已将我的灵赐给他,他必将公理传给外邦。”

—赛 42:1

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.”

— Isaiah 42:1

我环顾我们这个世界,有谁能够把公理传给外邦呢?

以赛亚书第四十二章提到了这个人,却没有指明是谁。然而,马太福音十二章十五至二十一节则告诉我们,耶稣就是先知在这里所描述的那一位,祂就是传扬公理的人。在圣经中,寻求公义就等同于使人和睦。(参看九月十三日所说的)Shalom(平安)代表一个全然公义的状态,就是生命中每一件事都是按照神的旨意进行。

认识耶稣的关键就是认识祂如何寻求公义。在祂的教导和医病事工中,耶稣牧养生病的、贫苦的、寄居的和被排斥的人;祂颠覆了不公平的社会架构——贫穷和富裕、掌权和无助、健康和疾病等等之间的隔阂。

弥迦书六章八节中这样说:“(耶和华)向你所要的是什么呢?只要你行公义,好怜悯,存谦卑的心,与你的神同行。”

跟从耶稣的人也当这样行。罗马政府的领袖,看到基督徒在瘟疫中喂饱饥饿的和照顾生病的,他们便宣告说:“看看他们怎样彼此相爱!”历世历代以来,跟从耶稣的人组成的群体,曾经作出了创办学校和医院、废除奴隶制度、改善医疗体制、改革司法制度,和许许多多其他的贡献。

公义的意思就是向“只顾自己”死,好叫人人都能够有更美满的生活。

Think about our world for a moment. Who could possibly bring justice to the nations?

Isaiah 42 speaks of this person but doesn’t say who it is. Matthew 12:15-21, though, shows that Jesus is the one described here. He is the one who brings justice. In the Bible, seeking justice is the same as peacemaking (see Sept. 13). Shalom, the state in which everything in life goes the way that God intends, is a state of total justice.

Seeking justice is central to understanding Jesus. In his teaching and healing work, Jesus ministered to people who were sick, poor, foreigners, and outcasts. He overturned unjust social structures—between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the weak, the healthy and the sick, and more.

Micah 6:8 puts it this way: “What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Jesus’ followers did the same. Roman rulers observed Christians feeding the hungry and caring for the sick during epidemics, and declared, “See how they love one another!” Through the centuries, communities of Jesus’ followers have built schools and hospitals, abolished slavery, improved health care, reformed criminal-justice systems, and much, much more.

Justice means dying to “just us” so that everyone may live more fully.

祷告 · Prayer

主耶稣,求祢帮助我们今天忠心侍奉祢,让公理在祢的世界里传开去——在家中,在我们的社群里,并在其他地方传开去。阿们。

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