以赛亚书:旧约的福音书 ISAIAH-THE OLD TESTAMENT GOSPEL

    以赛亚书:旧约的福音书
    读经: 
    以赛亚书一章1至9节

    1当乌西雅、约坦、亚哈斯、希西家作犹大王的时候,亚摩斯的儿子以赛亚得默示,论到犹大和耶路撒冷。2天哪,要听!地啊,侧耳而听!因为耶和华说:我养育儿女,将他们养大,他们竟悖逆我。3牛认识主人,驴认识主人的槽,以色列却不认识;我的民却不留意。4?!犯罪的国民,担着罪孽的百姓;行恶的种类,败坏的儿女!他们离弃耶和华,藐视以色列的圣者,与他生疏,往后退步。5你们为什么屡次悖逆,还要受责打吗?你们已经满头疼痛,全心发昏。6从脚掌到头顶,没有一处完全的,尽是伤口、青肿,与新打的伤痕,都没有收口,没有缠裹,也没有用膏滋润。7你们的地土已经荒凉;你们的城邑被火焚毁。你们的田地在你们眼前为外邦人所侵吞,既被外邦人倾覆就成为荒凉。8仅存锡安城(原文是女子),好像葡萄园的草棚,瓜田的茅屋,被围困的城邑。9若不是万军之耶和华给我们稍留馀种,我们早已像所多玛、蛾摩拉的样子了。

    以赛亚书是圣经最重要的经卷之一。它是篇幅最长的其中一卷经书,但它却包含非常清晰的福音信息。我们在它里面,可以找到好些广为人知的经文,以及许多有关耶稣基督的预言。
旧约时代的「先知」,乃是神所兴起的仆人,他们以神的代言人身分,向百姓宣告神的信息。当时的百姓虽得着神所赐的一切,却离弃了神。他们可能维持表面的敬拜,但内心却远离他。神兴起先知,正是要透过先知来呼吁百姓回转归向神。

    先知们会用尽一切方法来让百姓知罪。他们会声嘶力竭的斥责,或泪眼盈盈地规劝、以情用理来呼吁百姓悔改,就像现代的布道家一样。他们会告诉百姓,神正在等候他们回转归向他;他们又会提醒他们注意不悔改的严重后果。我们今天同样需要这些信息;而透过研读以赛亚书,我们将会更清楚地明白神对他的百姓究竟设定了什么恒久不变的准则。

     以赛亚书第一章勾划了一幅罪的全景图:

     第一,罪使关系破裂(2节)

     还有什么比关系破裂来得更可悲呢?自从人类始祖因犯罪而被神逐出伊甸园之后,人类便与神隔绝。神渴望与人相交,但罪却破坏了神人的关系。让我们检视自己,看看有否因罪的缘故,与神的关系日渐疏远?还是因为离恶行善,而与神的关系日渐亲密?

    第二,罪使人变得自我中心(3节)

    畜牲知道谁是主人,对喂饲它的主人也懂得表示感恩;然而,神的百姓虽然经常领受神的赐予,却全无感谢之心。牛懂得服从主人,但神的儿女懂得顺服他们的主吗?

    第三,罪只会带来更多的罪(5节)

    一次犯罪,只会导致更多的犯罪;但神的赦罪之门总是大开,欢迎我们随时悔改归回。就让我们今天为到神的赦罪之恩来感谢他吧!

     ISAIAH-THE OLD TESTAMENT GOSPEL

     Bible Reading: 
     Isaiah 1:1-9

    1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

    2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth!
    For the Lord has spoken:
    “I have nourished and brought up children,
    And they have rebelled against Me;

    3 The ox knows its owner
     And the donkey its master’s crib;
     But Israel does not know,
     My people do not consider.”

    4 Alas, sinful nation,
    A people laden with iniquity,
    A brood of evildoers,
    Children who are corrupters!
    They have forsaken the Lord,
    They have provoked to anger
    The Holy One of Israel,
    They have turned away backward.

    5 Why should you be stricken again?
    You will revolt more and more.
    The whole head is sick,
    And the whole heart faints.

    6 From the sole of the foot even to the head,
    There is no soundness in it,
    But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores;
    They have not been closed or bound up,
    Or soothed with ointment.

     7 Your country is desolate,
     Your cities are burned with fire;
     Strangers devour your land in your presence;
     And it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

     8 So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard,
     As a hut in a garden of cucumbers,
     As a besieged city.

     9 Unless the Lord of hosts
     Had left to us a very small remnant,
     We would have become like Sodom,
     We would have been made like Gomorrah.

      Isaiah is one of the greatest books in the Bible. It is one of the longest but it has a very clear gospel message. In it are some of the best known passages and prophecies concerning Jesus Christ.
     The Old Testament prophets were men raised up by God to speak plainly to the people of their day. They spoke to those who had taken everything God had given and then had turned away from him. They may have been worshipping him outwardly but inwardly they were very far from him. The prophets were raised up to call men back to God.

     The prophets spoke plainly about sin in all its forms. They called for repentance with all the passion and power and pleading of a modern evangelist. They told of God waiting for his people to return to him or they warned of what would happen if people did not repent. These themes are still needed today, and these readings in the book of Isaiah may help us to see more clearly what are the unchanging standards of God for his people.

     In this first chapter of Isaiah there is a very complete picture of sin.

     1. Sin causes broken fellowship, v. 2.

     Can anything be more tragic? It was first seen in the Garden of Eden and has been the same ever since. God's great desire is that he might have fellowship with man but sin has destroyed that relationship. Think about yourself. Has there ever been a time when God has seemed closer, when you have known greater fellowship with him?

     2. Sin brings self-centredness, v. 3.

     Animals know who feeds them and are grateful but God's people so often take all that he gives and are not thankful. The ox obeys its master. Does God's child obey his master?

     3. Sin leads to more sin, v. 5.

     One sin leads to another, but the road back to God is always open. Why not thank God for this today.

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