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【读圣经学英语】完全安息的安息日

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出埃及記第三十五章1~5节

 

35:1 摩西招聚以色列全会众,对他们说,这是耶和华所吩咐的话,叫你们照着行。
And Moses gathered all the assembly of the children of Israel and said to them, These are the words which Jehovah has commanded you to do.
35:2 六日要作工,但第七日你们要有完全安息的安息日,是归耶和华为圣的;凡在这日作工的,要被处死。
Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to Jehovah; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.
35:3 当安息日,不可在你们一切的住处生火。
You shall kindle no fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.
35:4 摩西对以色列全会众说,耶和华这样吩咐,说,
And Moses spoke to all the assembly of the children of Israel, saying, This is what Jehovah has commanded, saying,
35:5 你们中间要拿举祭给耶和华,凡心中乐意的,可以拿耶和华的举祭来,就是金、银、铜,
Take from among yourselves a heave offering to Jehovah; whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, the heave offering of Jehovah: gold and silver and bronze,

 

亮光:

你晓得安息日的真义么?照出埃及记二十章、申命记十二章来看,安息日的意义就是记念主是我们的创造主和救赎主。我们记念创造我们、救赎我们的一位,就是守安息日。如果我们日夜忙碌,就会把主忘了,把祂推到一旁去。但有一个原则,有一个属灵的条例,就是我们无论作甚么事情,都需要先记念主,并与祂一同安息。让我们与祂一同安息,记念祂是我们的创造主、救赎主,也是我们的救主、主、主人、生命
。如果我们规律地这么作,那是何等美妙!

这样领会三十五章一至三节论到安息日的话,不仅是出自我的经历,也是出自三十四章、三十五章里记载的顺序。摩西与主同在山上的时候,主对他说到年年要守的三个节期,以及周周要守的安息日。然后摩西下山,吩咐百姓要制造帐幕及其器具,并且要为祭司制作衣服。然而,摩西没有忘记主所吩咐他的。所以,他嘱咐以色列人为神制造帐幕,就告诉他们要与神一同安息,因而记念神是他们的创造主、救赎主。制作帐幕及其器具和祭司的衣服,这段记载开始于论到安息日的话,我相信原因就在这里。

Illumination:

Do you know the real significance of the Sabbath? According to Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 12, the significance of the Sabbath is to remember the Lord as our Creator and Redeemer. When we remember the One who created us and redeemed us, we keep the Sabbath. If we are busy day and night, we shall forget the Lord and push Him aside. But there is a principle, a spiritual regulation, that before doing anything we need to remember the Lord and rest with Him. Let us rest with Him in remembrance of Him as our Creator and Redeemer and also as our Savior, Lord, Master, and life. How wonderful it would be if we did this regularly!

This understanding of the word concerning the Sabbath in 35:1-3 comes not only from my experience, but also from the sequence of the record in chapters thirty-four and thirty-five. When Moses was on the mountain with the Lord, the Lord spoke to him concerning three feasts to be held yearly and the Sabbath to be kept weekly. Then Moses came down to tell the people to make the tabernacle with its furniture and to make the garments for the priests. Moses, however, did not forget what the Lord had told him. Therefore, charging the children of Israel to make the tabernacle for God, he told them first to rest with Him and thereby to remember Him as their Creator and Redeemer. I believe that this is the reason the record concerning the making of the tabernacle with its furniture and the garments for the priests begins with a word concerning the Sabbath.