20221120讲道音频:对以色列的审判

主日讲道 经文:阿摩司書 Amos 2:6-16

第一场成人主日学(新西兰亚洲场)

第二场成人主日学(北美欧洲场)

NOVEMBER 20, 2022, PREACHING:Judgment of Israel

Judgment of Israel

Amos 2:6-16; 11/20/2022; BCBC/IOUC; Rev. Paul Wang

 

Introduction

From now on, Amos really entered into the theme of life, which is to speak to Israel!  The previous seven sermons can be said to be the introduction or preface to the book of Amos.    The judgment of the nations can be said to be a brief introduction to the surrounding environment of Israel.  Today’s message is an overview of the topic, paving the way for the core.   Let’s look at the first point: Continue reading “NOVEMBER 20, 2022, PREACHING:Judgment of Israel”

20221120 讲道讲章_對以色列的審判

對以色列的審判

摩2:6-16; 11/20/2022; BCBC/IOUC; Rev. Paul Wang

引言

阿摩司從現在開始,才真正進入生命的主題,就是對以色列說話!前面七堂道,可以說是阿摩司書的概論或序言。對列國的審判,可以說是將以色列周圍的環境做了一個簡單的介紹。今天的信息,是一個主題概論式的信息,為接下來的內核做一個鋪墊。我們來看第一點: Continue reading “20221120 讲道讲章_對以色列的審判”

20221113讲道音频:对列国的审判(六)犹大

主日讲道 经文:阿摩司書 Amos 2:4-5

第一场成人主日学(新西兰亚洲场)

第二场成人主日学(北美欧洲场)

NOVEMBER 13, 2022, PREACHING: JUDGMENT OF THE NATIONS:Judah

Judgment of Judah

  Amos 2:4-5; 11/13/2022; BCBC/IOUC; Rev. Paul Wang

 Introduction

When we talk about the southern kingdom of Judah, an overwhelming sense of shame arises.  Because God’s people are divided,  God’s name is humiliated and damaged.  Just as the church is divided today, God is also not honored!  Let’s look at the first point

  The reason for the division of the North and South

Among the people of God, it is not necessary to have a king in itself.  ,Even Moses and Aaron, who led the Israelites out of Egypt, crossed the Red Sea, and traversed the wilderness,  had no desire to be king.   Joshua led the twelve tribes into Canaan, and they came and left gently, never having a plan claiming to be a king.  First, the kingdom is not of God.  As the saying goes, since ancient times, loyal ministers have rebelled, and it is rare for three generations to write the Spring and Autumn. Samuel inherited the spiritual heritage of his predecessor Eli,  But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. (1 Samuel 8:3)”  Faced with such a situation, what should they do?  The Bible records that:  “So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. (1 Samuel 8:4)”  The testimony of the Samuel family was not good, and they lost their right to speak.  So the elders of Israel said:  “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” (1 Samuel 8:5)”  The point is: “such as all the other nations have.” looking to the world and away from God!   This is a portrayal of God giving over to the Israelites.

Second, attitude determines altitude.   The so-called good times do not last long, wealth is difficult for three generations, and the throne is difficult to pass on for three generations.  Since King Saul, King David, and King Solomon began to worship idols, the United Kingdom has begun to decline.  When Solomon’s son Rehoboam came to the throne, about 931 BC, the entire kingdom faced a severe economic crisis.  Rehoboam tried to make the ten tribes in the north recognize and accept his rule, but Rehoboam was actually an orthodox royal family, arrogant and domineering, and refused to reduce the taxes and corvée of the ten tribes in the north.  If you are unwilling to be humble, it would be hard to compromise, and of course the ending is unhappy.   Face is given by others,  and humiliation is of course self-inflicted.  As a result, Rehoboam returned to Jerusalem and became king of the southern kingdom, and the ten northern tribes invited Jeroboam from Ephraim to be the king of the ten northern tribes.

Finally, the reason for the disparity between the two places.  Objectively speaking, the southern kingdom of Judah and the northern kingdom of Israel have a huge disparity in strength,   and the southern kingdom belongs to the weaker side.  The land is relatively barren, and the territory is only one-fifth of the northern nation.  The difference in numbers is also evident,   with the South’s population being only one-third of the North’s.  However, spiritual resources are the exact opposite. The southern kingdom has always worshiped God in the temple, and since Jeroboam came to the throne,  he established the capital of Shechem  to let the Israelites worship the golden calf.   He even changed the entire sacrificial system and made ordinary non-Levitic people priests, intending to change the priesthood system established by God. This is somewhat similar to some dissimilar workplace pastors and workplace elders that are popular today.  Even though he didn’t have a full-time call, he insisted on making a mess to have a title of pastor and elder.  Its ending will be similar to that of Jeroboam.  Let’s look at the second point:

 The reason for the sin in the South

The sin of mankind begins with the pride of obeying Satan, to be able to discern good and evil like God, and to have the eyes open of a different kind.  Eight of the twenty kings in the southern kingdom are good kings, and the rest are bad kings.  First, the illusion of the foundation of the nation.  Rehoboam could have followed the advice of his predecessors and persuaded the ten tribes of the north to continue the glory of the United Kingdom.  But when the Israelites asked to lighten their yoke, Rehoboam listened to his playmate who grew up with him, saying:  “My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. (1 King 12:10)”  Rehoboam put himself in a position that God displeased and lost God’s blessing.  Returning to Jerusalem,  he also gathered 180,000 people to attack the Israelites. (1 King 12:21)  His folly caused the division of the United Kingdom and caused his brothers to fall into idolatry.

Second, the continuation of the root of evil.  Solomon married Naamah, the daughter of Ammon, as his wife, and by doing so, the Jews did what was evil in the eyes of the LORD.  The bible says, “By the sins they committed they stirred up his jealous anger more than those who were before them had done. (1 King 14:22)”   The Bible describes in great detail the evil deeds originating from Ammon, saying:  “They also set up for themselves high places, sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree. (1 King 14:23)”   They do all the abominable things, it can be said that they are very sinful!   God sent the Shishak king of Egypt to attack Jerusalem, and when the battle was defeated, he took away all the gold objects in the temple. The temple built by Solomon was splendid and glorious, and now it has been completely defeated by this prodigal son!

In the end, Manasseh provokes the wrath of God. Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, was the fourteenth king of the southern kingdom of Judah.  He reigned for 55 years, the longest reigning one in the northern and southern kingdoms.  It stands to reason that having a godly father should have a positive effect on him.  However, it backfired, and the evil he did in Judah was enough to affect the destruction of the kingdom of Judah. The bible says he  “He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had destroyed; he also erected altars to Baal and made an Asherah pole, as Ahab king of Israel had done. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. (2 King 21:3)”   It’s not over yet,  “He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger. (2 King 21:6)”  Today we like to watch constellations, fortune-telling, and yoga, so be alert!  Let’s look at the third point:

 

 The reason for the judgment of the South

The prophet Amos made it very clear that it was because they refused to listen to the word of God! First, sin against God over and over again.   We can try to stand on God’s feelings and see, facing a southern kingdom of Judah, who has received God’s generous grace, it can be said that it is a shame!  God repeatedly instructed King Rehoboam not to fight with his brother Israel, and even specially sent prophets to stop their fighting.  However, judging from the history of Rehoboam’s life, it can be said that he fought with King Jeroboam of the northern kingdom for years and never stopped.  If we open the Book of Kings and look at it, it is a historical record of the kings of the northern and southern kingdoms. From 930 B.C. to 586 B.C., the biblical writers showed us the history of the rotation of the kings of the northern and southern kingdoms alternating.   All nineteen kings of the northern kingdom are evil kings,  and eight of the twenty kings of the southern kingdom are evil kings.  That is to say, in 344 years, there were 27 evil kings in the northern and southern kingdoms, and an average of one evil king appeared every twelve years.  Of course, if you just look at the southern nation, it should be slightly better.  There were eight evil kings in 344 years,  that is, one evil king appeared every 43 years.

Second, God cannot be mocked.  When the king of the southern kingdom came to Jehoiakim to be enthroned, he was almost at the end of the road.  At the age of twenty-five, he reigned for ten years, and then his son succeeded him for only three months.  The last king was Zedekiah, thus ending the history of the southern kingdom.  The Bible says:  “he did evil in the eyes of the Lord, just as his predecessors had done. (2 King 23:37)”  At this time, the king of Judah had already lost all his dignity.  Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, went up to Jerusalem,  and King Jehoiakim served three years as Gojian served Fuchai.  Of course he was unwilling, so he rebelled and betrayed Babylon.  What was the result?  Maybe we can’t think of it, it is  “ The Lord sent Babylonian, Aramean, Moabite and Ammonite raiders against him to destroy Judah, in accordance with the word of the Lord proclaimed by his servants the prophets. (2 King 24:2)”

Finally, like a sheep going astray.  King Jehoiakim, who was in it,  certainly had no ability or vision to realize: “Surely these things happened to Judah according to the Lord’s command, in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of Manasseh and all he had done, (2 King 24:3)”  Jehoiakim lost his way all his life and didn’t understand the consequences he received until the day he died because  “ including the shedding of innocent blood. For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood,  (2 King 24:4)”, and “the Lord was not willing to forgive.”  It turns out that God will really punish our sins until the third or fourth generation.  Jehoiakim died, and his son Jehoiachin was eighteen and Enthroned for only three months.  Continue to do evil, to do what is evil in the sight of the LORD.  All of a sudden, God called Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, to come in person, and this time it was lively!  The eighteen-year-old foolish son Jehoiachin, along with his mother, servants, chiefs, and eunuchs, went out of the city, surrendered, and went into captivity to Babylon. It’s appalling!

  Conclusion

In fact, the story is not over yet. Jehoiachin’s uncle Mattaniah changed his name to Zedekiah, and ascended the throne for eleven years, which was also the last eleven years of the southern kingdom.  This Uncle At Twenty-One Years Old Continues Evil, The Bible Says  “just as Jehoiakim had done. (2 King 24:19)”  This time, God did not spare any further、the holy city was destroyed, the people were taken captive, their dignity was lost, their sons were killed, and their eyes were gouged out!  This is God’s judgment on Judah in the southern kingdom.  He who has ears to hear should listen!

Let us pray……

4 This is what the Lord says: “For three sins of Judah, even for four, I will not relent.  Because they have rejected the law of the Lord and have not kept his decrees, because they have been led astray by false gods, the gods their ancestors followed,

5 I will send fire on Judah that will consume the fortresses of Jerusalem.”

 

Amos 2:4-5

4 This is what the Lord says: “For three sins of Judah, even for four, I will not relent.  Because they have rejected the law of the Lord and have not kept his decrees, because they have been led astray by false gods, the gods their ancestors followed,

5 I will send fire on Judah that will consume the fortresses of Jerusalem.”

20221113 讲道讲章_對列國的審判:猶大

對猶大的審判

摩2:4-5; 11/13/2022; BCBC/IOUC; Rev. Paul Wang

引言

當我們談猶大南國的時候,一種難掩的羞恥感油然而生。因為神的子民在鬧分裂,神的名受到羞辱、受到損害。也如今天教會的分裂,神也同樣並不得榮耀!我們看第一點:

南北國分裂緣由

在神的子民中間,立一個王的本身,並不是必要的。即使是摩西、亞倫,統領以色列人出埃及、過紅海、經曠野也沒有稱王的慾望,約書亞帶領十二支派入迦南,也是輕輕地來、輕輕地離去,從來沒有稱王的打算。首先,王國並非出於神。俗話說,自古忠臣出逆子,難得三代寫春秋。撒母耳繼承了他的前任以利的屬靈傳承,兩個兒子“不行他的道、貪圖財利、收受賄賂、屈枉正直(撒上8:3)。”面對如此光景,怎麼辦呢?聖經記載說:“以色列的長老都聚集、來到拉瑪見撒母耳(撒上8:4)。”撒母耳家庭的見證不好,失去了話語權。於是,以色列眾長老就說了:“你年紀老邁了、你兒子不行你的道.現在求你為我們立一個王治理我們、像列國一樣(撒上8:5)。”重點是“像列國一樣”,眼光朝向了世界,遠離了上帝!這是神任憑以色列人的一次寫照。

其次,態度決定了高度。所謂好景不長,富難過三代,王位也難傳三代。從掃羅王、大衛王、所羅門王開始拜偶像,聯合王國就已經開始走下坡路了。所羅門的兒子羅波安登位時,約主前931年,整個王國面對著一場嚴重的經濟危機。羅波安圖使北方十個支派承認及接受他的統治,但是,羅波安並竟是正統王室,驕橫跋扈,不肯減輕北方十支派的賦稅與徭役。身段放不下來,話就談不攏,結局當然也就是不歡而散。面子是人給的,羞辱當然就是自找的了。結果是羅波安回耶路撒冷作了南國的王,北方十支派就請了以法蓮人耶羅波安作了北方十個支派的王。

最後,兩地懸殊的原因。客觀地講,南國猶大與北國以色列力量相比懸殊,南國屬於較弱的一方。土地比較貧瘠,領土也只有北國的五份之一。人數差異也是顯而易見的,南國人口只有北國人口的三分之一。但是,屬靈資源則是恰恰相反的。南國始終在聖殿敬拜耶和華,而耶羅波安即位以來,立都示劍,讓以色列人敬拜金牛犢。他甚至改變整個獻祭制度,讓非利未人的普通人為祭司,意圖改變神所定的祭司制度。這與今天在坊間流行的某些四不像的職場牧師、職場長老有些相像。明明沒有全時間的呼召,卻硬要擠破頭、抓破臉地弄一個牧師、長老混混。其結局將與耶羅波安類似。我們看第二點:

南國犯罪的緣由

人類的罪孽始於順服撒但的驕傲,要如神那般能識別善惡,且有另類的眼睛明亮。南國二十個王中有八位是好王,,其餘的都是壞王。首先,立國根基的虛幻。羅波安本可以聽從前輩們的建言,好言相勸北方十個支派,延續聯合王國的榮耀。但是,當以色列人請求減輕重軛苦工時,羅波安卻聽從與自己一同長大的玩伴的話,說:“我的小拇指頭、比我父親的腰還粗(王上12:10)。”羅波安將自己置於神所不喜悅的位置上,失去了神的祝福。回到耶路撒冷,還招聚十八萬人,要去攻打以色列人(王上12:21)。他的愚昧造成聯合王國的分裂,使他的兄弟跌倒,成為拜偶像的一族。

其次,惡事根源的延續。當年所羅門娶了亞捫的女子拿瑪為妻,藉此,猶太人就行耶和華眼中看為惡的是。聖經說他們“犯罪觸動神的憤恨、比他們列祖更甚(王上14:22)。”聖經對源於亞捫的惡行描述得很詳細,說:“他們在各高岡上、各青翠樹下築壇、立柱像、和木偶,甚至國中還有孌童。”他們行一切可憎惡的事,真可以說罪大惡極!神就差派埃及王示撒來攻打耶路撒冷,仗打敗了,就將聖殿中的一切金器盡數擄走。所羅門建的聖殿金碧輝煌,榮耀無比,如今被這位敗家子全都敗光了!

最後,瑪拿西惹神憤怒。瑪拿西是希西家的兒子,是猶大南國第十四位國王,作王55年,是南北國中在位時間最長的一個。按理說,有一位敬虔的父親,應該對他產生正面的影響。但是,事與願違,他在猶大所行的惡事之大,足以影響猶大國的滅亡。聖經說他“重新建築他父希西家所毀壞的丘壇、又為巴力築壇、作亞舍拉像、效法以色列王亞哈所行的、且敬拜事奉天上的萬象(王下21:3)。”這還沒完,還“使他的兒子經火、又觀兆、用法術、立交鬼的、和行巫術的、多行耶和華眼中看為惡的事、惹動神的怒氣(王下21:3)。”我們今天喜歡看星座的、算命的、玩瑜伽的,當儆醒了!我們看第三點:

南國受審的緣由

阿摩司先知講得很清楚,就是因為他們不肯聽神的話!首先,三番四次得罪神。我們可以嘗試站在神的感受來看,面對一個蒙神厚恩的南國猶大,可以說是情何以堪啊!神多次吩咐羅波安王不可與他的弟兄以色列爭戰,甚至還專門派先知來攔阻他們的爭戰。但是,從羅波安一生的歷史來看,他與北國耶羅波安王可以說是連年征戰,從未停止過。如果我們打開列王紀上下來看,就是一部南北國君王的史記。從主前930年到主前586年,聖經作者幾乎用“梅花間竹”的間隔,將南北國君王輪替史向我們展示出來。北國的十九個王盡都是惡王,南國的二十個王中有八個王是惡王。就是說,在344年中南北國共有27位作惡的王,平均每十二年就出現一個惡王。當然,如果單單看南國,應該是稍好一點。344年中有八位惡王,就是每43年出一個惡王。

其次,神是不可輕慢的。當南國的君王走到約雅敬登基的時候,已經是幾乎是窮途末路了。他二十五歲作王十年,然後他兒子續位,只作王三個月。最後一個王是西底家,由此就結束了南國的歷史。聖經說:“約雅敬行耶和華眼中看為惡的事、效法他列祖一切所行的(王下23:37)。”此時的猶大王,早已失去了所有的尊嚴。巴比倫王尼布甲尼撒上到耶路撒冷,約雅敬王如同勾踐服事夫差那樣三年。他當然心不甘、情不願,於是就反抗、背叛了巴比倫。結果怎樣?可能我們會想不到,竟然是“耶和華使迦勒底軍、亞蘭軍、摩押軍、和亞捫人的軍來攻擊約雅敬毀滅猶大、正如耶和華藉他僕人眾先知所說的(王下24:2)。

最後,如羊走迷偏離道。身在其中的約雅敬王,當然沒有能力、沒有眼光體會到:“這禍臨到猶大人、誠然是耶和華所命的、要將他們從自己面前趕出、是因瑪拿西所犯的一切罪(王下24:3)”約雅敬一生迷失方向,到死那天都不明白他所領受的後果是因為“他流無辜人的血、充滿了耶路撒冷”,以致“耶和華決不肯赦免。”原來神真的會追討我們的罪,直至三、四代。約雅敬死了,兒子約雅斤十八歲即為僅三個月。繼續行惡,行耶和華眼中看為惡的事。這下子,神就叫巴比倫王尼布甲尼撒親自來了,這一來就熱鬧了!這個十八歲的傻兒子約雅斤,連同母親、臣僕、首領、太監、一同出城、投降、被擄到巴比倫去了。真是慘不忍睹啊!

結語

其實故事還沒完,約雅斤的叔叔瑪探雅改名叫西底家,即位十一年,也是南國最後的十一年。這位年僅二十一歲的叔叔,繼續行惡,聖經說“是照約雅敬一切所行的(王下24:19。”這一次,神就完全不留地步了,聖城被毀、百姓被擄、尊嚴盡喪、眾子被殺、雙眼被剜!這就是神對南國猶大的審判,有耳可聽的就應當聽!

我們一同禱告……

 

摩2:4-5

2:4 耶和華如此說、猶大人三番四次地犯罪、我必不免去他們的刑罰.因為他們厭棄耶和華的訓誨、不遵守他的律例.他們列祖所隨從虛假的偶像使他們走迷了。
2:5 我卻要降火在猶大、燒滅耶路撒冷的宮殿。

20221106讲道音频:对列国的审判(五)亚们

主日讲道 经文:阿摩司Amos 1:13-15

第一场成人主日学(新西兰亚洲场)

第二场成人主日学(北美欧洲场)