Learn From History 從歷史學習教訓

D’VAR TORAH
DEVARIM (話語)

申命記 1:1-3:22

 

Title:                            Learn From History    從歷史學習教訓

 

Torah:                          Devarim/申命記 1:3-3:2

Haftarah:                     Yeshayahu/以賽亞書:1-27

Brit Chadasha:                       Mordechai/馬可福音 14:1-16

申命記 1:1  以下所記的是摩西在約但河東的曠野、疏弗對面的亞拉巴,就是巴蘭、陀弗、拉班、哈洗錄、底撒哈中間向以色列眾人所說的話。1:2  (從何烈山經過西珥山到加低斯巴尼亞有十一天的路程。) 1:3  出埃及第四十年十一月初一日,摩西照耶和華藉著他所吩咐以色列人的話都曉諭他們。

你聽過這句話嗎,“不從歷史學功課的,必然會重蹈歷史的錯誤”?顯然那就是神在本段落中所制定的一個原則。我們如何得知?因為是神吩咐摩西給予這新的一代以色列人完整的歷史課程,希望他們會從中學到教訓。這個課程是基於出埃及的第一代以色列人的旅程和事績,新的一代極有需要聆聽關於他們父執輩每一個失敗的骯臟細節,好讓他們避免重複相同的錯誤。

我們許多人對自己現在是什麽樣的性格,經歷過什麽事情而抵達現今的狀態,都視作理所當然。然而我們每一個人在今天的狀態背後都有許多歷史,認識這些歷史能幫助我們不再犯同樣的錯誤。我們也應該學習自己家族間的歷史,特別是祖先輩們的歷史細節,以免重複他們的錯誤。再者我們若知道祖宗的過去,就能更好的裝備自己,除去一直以來揹着的包袱,不將它們帶入信從耶穌彌賽亞的新生命裡去。我相信信徒們所經歷的許多問題根源於他們的家族歷史。有些人稱這為上一代的咒詛,我只稱它為包袱,我們從老舊生命中揹負著來到新生命的包袱。我們如果要完全自由,就必須將它們放下。

我們都知道我們身上有著父母的遺傳基恩。因此我們的長相甚至行為會像他們。我們的父母身上也有著他們父母的基恩,而上一輩的上一輩也是如此。然而,我們同樣地也帶著我們父母的靈。因此,我們不但身體特徵酷似我們的祖宗,靈性上也是一樣。

出埃及記 34:7  為千萬人存留慈愛,赦免罪孽、過犯,和罪惡,萬不以有罪的為無罪,必追討他的罪,自父及子,直到三、四代。」

上一代遺傳下來的罪有那些?憤怒,變態性行為,姦淫,巫術,恐懼,這只是其中一些例子。雖然當我們接受耶穌彌賽亞做我們的救贖者和主人時,我們“重生”成了新造的人,然而我們的老我和肉體仍然保留一部份以往的方式。這些就是我們從我們的過去和祖宗的遺傳所帶來的包袱。那就是爲什麽許多信徒在信仰中有著如許的掙扎。他們雖然重生了,卻沒有治死他們的肉體。

哥林多前書 9:27  我是攻克己身,叫身服我,恐怕我傳福音給別人,自己反被棄絕了。

保羅也曾與他自己的過去及包袱掙扎,然而他沒有容許他的過去影響現在,相反地他不斷鍛鍊自己抗拒過去以及它們使他犯罪的誘惑,正如他所說的:

腓立比書 3:14  向著標竿直跑,要得神在基督耶穌裡從上面召我來得的獎賞。

我們可以放下老我的包袱,雖然從以上經文看到這是必定需要我們付出相當努力的。然而問題是,並非每一個信徒都準備好付出相應的努力。

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Jifunze na Historia

D’VAR TORATI
DEVARIM (KUMBUKUMBU LA TORATI)

DEVARIM 1:1-3:22

 

 

Kichwa:                                   Jifunze na Historia

 

Torah:                          Devarim/Kumbumbu la Torati 1:3-3:2

Haftarah:                     Yeshayahu/Isaya1:1-27

Brit Chadasha:                        Mordechai/Marko 14:1-16

 

Devarim  {1:1} 1 Haya ndiyo maneno Musa aliyowaambia Israeli wote ng’ambo ya Yordani barani, katika Araba lililoelekea Sufu, kati ya Parani, na Tofeli, na Labani, na Hazerothi, na Dizahabu.
(1:2) Ni mwendo wa siku kumi na moja kutoka Horebu kwa njia ya mlima wa Seiri mpaka Kadesh-barnea.
(1:3) Ikawa mwaka wa arobaini, mwezi wa kumi na moja, siku ya kwanza ya mwezi, Musa akawaambia wana wa Israeli kama yote aliyopewa na Bwana ya kuwaamuru;
Je umeshawahi kusikia msemo: Wasiojifunza kutokana na historia itawapekea kurudia?” Naam ni wazi kwamba hiyo ni amri iliyoweka na HaShem hapa kwenya Devarim.  Je twajuaje haya? Ni HaShem aliye muamuru Moshe awapatie  kizazi kipya cha wana wa Yisrael fuzo la hakika na kamili ya historia, akitumai kuwawangeli jifunza kutokana na hilo. Somo lilikuwa ni kuhusu safari na ushujaa wa kizazi kilichotoka Mitzrayim.  Hiki kizazi kipya kilihitaji kusikia undani wa kila chazo cha uzembe wa wazazi wao iliwayarudie.

Wengi wetu huchukulia kwa mzaa sisi ni nani, tuelekea wapi na tulivyo fika. Kuna historia ndefu kuhusu kilicho mleta kila mmoja wetu mali alipo na kufahamu historia hiyoitatusaidia tusirudie makosa hayohayo tena na tena. Ni vyema kwa kila mmoja wetu kufahamu historia ya jamii zetu haswa undani wa vizazi vya kale ilikujihami kujiondolea baadhi ya mizigo tungeli ibeba pamoja nasi katika maisha yetu mapya kama waumini wa Yeshua Hamashiach .Naamini kuwa nyingi ya shida Waumini wanazopitia katika maisha yao huchipuka katika historia ya jamii zao. Wengine huziita laana za vizazi lakini mimi naziita mizigo tunayo ibeba kutoka katika maisha yetu ya kale kwenye maisha yetu mapya; Mizigo inayotakiwa tuituwe kama tunataka kuwa huru kabisa.    Sote tunafahamu kuwa tunazo chembe za wazazi wetu. Hii ndio maana tunafanana na kutenda kama wao.  Naam, wazazi wetu walibeba chembeza wazazi wao na kwa hiyo ni moja kutoka kwa njia ya ,  Kama hivyo,basi, tunabeba roho hizo za wazazi wetu pia. Kwahiyo, sisi sio tu wawakilishi wa mababu zetu kimwili bali hata kiroho.

Shemot (Kutoka)34:7 mwenye kuwaonea huruma watu elfu elfu, mwenye kusamehe uovu na makosa na dhambi; wala si mwenye kumhesabia mtu mwovu kuwa hana hatia kamwe; mwenye kuwapatiliza watoto uovu wa baba zao, na wana wa wana wao pia, hata kizazi cha tatu na cha nne.

Ninini mifano ya vizazi vilivyo endeleza? Hasira, Kubali maadili ya ngono, unzinzi, uchawi na uoga  hii baadhi tu.  Ijapokuwa tunapo “Zaliwa Upya” kutoka juu kw kumkubali Yeshua HaMashiach kama Bwana na Mokozi tunakuwa viumbe vipya, asili yetu ya kale. Haya ndio mambo ya kale tuliyo ya beba na mizigo ya kale ya mababu zetu. Hii ndio sababu Waumini wengi wana ng’ang’ana na imani zao. Wao, ingawa wamezaliwa mara ya pili hawaja sulubisha nafsi zao kamwe; kujifia.

Korintim Alef 7 (Wakoritho wa kwanza) 7 bali nautesa mwili wangu na kuutumikisha; isiwe, nikiisha kuwahubiri wengine, mwenyewe niwe mtu wa kukataliwa.

Shaul (Paulo) pia aling’ang’ana na mzigo wake wakale alioubepa katika maisha yake mapya kama muamini. Hata hivyo hakukubali kamwe maisha yake ya awali kuhitafia maisha yake mapya bali alijirudi mwenyewe na kukabiliana na majaribu yake ya kutenda dhambi kama alivyo sema:            Pilifim(Wafilipi){3:14}nakaza mwendo, niifikilie mede ya thawabu ya mwito mkuu wa Mungu katika Kristo Yesu(Masihi)Yeshua.

Tunaweza tua mizigo ya zamani lakini kama tunavyo ona katika maandiko hapo juu hakika itabidi jitihada katika upande wetu. Shida ni kwamba sikila muamini yuko tayari kuweka jitihada inayo takikana.

 

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Поучете се от историята

Д‘ВАР ТОРА

ДВАРИМ (ВТОРОЗАКОНИЕ)

ДВАРИМ 1:1-3:22

 

 

Заглавие:                    Поучете се от историята

 

Тора:                           Дварим/ Второзаконие1:3-3:2

Афтара:                      Йешаяху/ Исая1:1-27

Брит Хадаша:             Мордехай /Марк14:1-16

 

Дварим (Второзаконие) {1:1} Ето думите, които Моисей говорѝ на целия Израел отвъд Йордан, в пустинята, на полето срещу Суф, между Фаран, Тофол, Лаван, Асирот и Дизаав. {1:2} (Има единадесет дни разстояние от Хорив през пътя на поляната Сиир до Кадис-варни.) {1:3} В четиридесетата година, в единадесетия месец, на първия ден от месеца, Моисей каза на израелтяните това, което Господ му заповяда за тях. 

 

Чували ли сте поговорката: „Тези, които не се поучат от историята, са обречени да я повторят?“ Очевидно това е принципът, който Бог иска да ни изтъкне във Второзаконие. От къде знаем? Бог е този, който инструктира Мойсей да даде на новото поколение изчерпателен урок по история с надеждата, че те ще се поучат от него. Урокът се базираше на пътуванията и подвизите на поколението, което излезе от Египет. Новото поколение имаше нужда да чуе суровата истина за провала на родителите си, за да не повтори грешките им.

 

Много от нас приемат за даденост кои сме, къде сме и как сме стигнали до тук. Има много неща, които предшестват това, което сме днес и е добре да знаем историята на семействата си, за да не повторим грешките, които предците ни са извършили. Освен това, ако знаем историята на рода си, ще можем по-лесно да се отървем от част от багажа, който може би носим със себе си като вярващи в Йешуа А‘Маяшиах. Мисля, че голяма част от проблемите на вярващите се дължат на семейната им история. Някои ги наричат наследствени проклятия, но аз го наричам просто багаж, който пренасяме от стария в новия си живот; багаж, който можем напълно да разтоварим, за да сме напълно свободни.

 

Всички сме наясно, че носим гените на родителите си. Затова приличаме на тях и в много случаи постъпваме като тях. Родителите ни пък носят гените на своите родители и така нататък. По същия начин, обаче, ние носим и духовното наследство на родителите си. Затова ние сме представители на родителите си не само физически, но и духовно.

 

Шмот (Изход) {34:7} Kойто показва милост към хиляди поколения, прощава беззаконие, престъпление и грях, но не оневинява виновния, въздава беззаконието на бащите върху децата и върху внуците им до третото и до четвъртото поколение.

 

Кои са някои примери за нещата, които се предават от поколение на поколение? Гняв, сексуални извращения, прелюбодейство, магьосничество, страх и много други. Въпреки че сме „новородени“, когато приемем Йешуа А‘Маяшиах за свой Господ и Спасител и ставаме нови създания, старата ни природа, плътта ни запазва някои от старите си привички. Това са нещата, които носим от миналото и от миналото на предците си. Затова много вярващи имат борби. Въпреки че са новородени, те никога не са разпънали плътта си и не са умрели за себе си.

 

1 Коринтяни{9:27}но уморявам тялото си и го поробвам, да не би като съм проповядвал на другите, самият аз да стана неодобрен.  

 

Ап. Павел също се е борил с миналото си и багажа от стария си живот. Но той не позволи на миналото му да повлияе на настоящето му, а тренираше себе си да се съпротивлява на миналото си и на изкушенията на греха и каза:

 

Филипяни {3:14}впускам се към прицелната точка за наградата на горното призвание от Бога в Христос Исус.

 

Можем да разтоварим стария си багаж, но както виждаме от Писанието, това изисква усилие от наша страна. Проблемът е, че не всеки вярващ е готов да положи необходимите усилия.

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Learn From History -Devarim

D'varim_1

D’VAR TORAH
DEVARIM (DEUTERONOMY)

DEVARIM 1:1-3:22

 

Torah:                          Devarim/Deuteronomy 1:3-3:2

Haftarah:                     Yeshayahu/Isaiah1:1-27

Brit Chadasha:                       Mordechai/Mark 14:1-16

 

Devarim {1:1} These are the words Moshe (Moses) spoke to all Yisrael (Israel) on the far side of the Yarden (Jordan) River, in the desert, in the ‘Aravah, across from Suf, between Pa’ran and Tofel, Lavan, Hatzerot and Di-Zahav. {1:2} It is eleven days journey from Horev to Kadesh-Barnea by way of Mount Se’ir. {1:3} On the first day of the eleventh month of the fortieth year, Moshe spoke to the people of Yisrael, reviewing everything HaShem had ordered him to tell them. 

Have you ever heard the saying, “Those that do not learn from history are destined to repeat it?” Well obviously that was a principle initiated by HaShemherein Devarim. How do we know this? It was HaShem that instructed Moshe to give this new generation of bnei Yisreal (thechildrenofIsrael)a thorough and complete history lesson, hoping that they would learn from it. The lesson was based on the travels and exploits of the generation that first left Mitzrayim. This new generation needed to hear every sordid detail of their parents’ failures so that they would not repeat them.

Many of us take too much of who we are, where we are and how we got there for granted. There is a lot of history behind what has brought each one of us to the point we are at present and knowing that history helps insure that we will not make the same mistakes over again. It is agoodideaforeachofus to know our family history especially the details of past generations so that we will not repeat their mistakes. Plus if we know what our ancestral past was we will be better equipped to rid ourselves of some of the baggage we may be carrying along with us into our new life as a Believer in Yeshua HaMashiach. I believe that many of the problems Believers are experiencing in their lives stem from their family history. Some call it generational curses but I just call it baggage that we carry with us from our old life to our new one; baggage that we have to unload if we want to be totally free.

We all are aware that we carry the genes of our parents. That is why we look like them and in many cases act like them. Well, our parents carried the genes of their parents and so one down the generational line. Likewise, however, we carry the same spirits as our parents as well. Therefore, not only are we representations of our ancestors physically we are also spiritual representations of them.

Shemot (Exodus) {34:7} showing grace to the thousandth generation, forgiving offenses, crimes and sins; yet not exonerating the guilty, but causing the negative effects of the parents’ offenses to be experienced by their children and grandchildren, and even by the third and fourth generations.”

What are some examples of generational hand-me-downs? Anger, sexual perversion, adultery, witchcraft, and fear just to name a few. Although when we are “Born Again” from above through the acceptance of Yeshua HaMashiach as our L-rd and Saviour we become new creations, our old natures, our fleshly selves still retain some of the old ways. These are the things we carried with is from our past and the pasts of our ancestors the baggage. That is why so many Believers struggle with their faith. They, although being Born Again never crucified their flesh; died to self.

Korintim Alef (1 Corinthians) {9:27} but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. 

Shaul (Paul) also struggled with his past and the baggage he carried with him into his new life as a Believer. However, he did not allow his past to in any way affect his present, but rather he disciplined himself to resist the past and its temptations to sin and as he put it:

Pilifim (Philippians) {3:14} I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by G-d’s upward calling in the Mashiach (Messiah) Yeshua.

We can unload our old baggage but as we can see from the above Scriptures it will definitely take some effort on our part. Problem is, not every Believer is ready to put in the necessary effort.

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Expel All The People!  趕出所有的居民!

D’VAR TORAH

MASEI – 路程

BAMIDBAR (民數記) 33:1-36:13

 

 

Title:                            Expel All The People!  趕出所有的居民!

 

Torah:                          Bamidbar/民數記 33:1-36:13

Haftarah:                     Yirmeyahu/耶利米書 2:4-28; 3:4

Brit Chadasha:                        Mattityahu/馬太福音 24:1-25:6

 

 

民數記 33:50  耶和華在摩押平原約但河邊、耶利哥對面曉諭摩西說: 33:51  「你吩咐以色列人說:你們過約但河進迦南地的時候, 33:52  就要從你們面前趕出那裡所有的居民,毀滅他們一切鏨成的石像和他們一切鑄成的偶像,又拆毀他們一切的邱壇。 3:53  你們要奪那地,住在其中,因我把那地賜給你們為業。33:55  倘若你們不趕出那地的居民,所容留的居民就必作你們眼中的刺,肋下的荊棘,也必在你們所住的地上擾害你們。 33:56  而且我素常有意怎樣待他們,也必照樣待你們。」

哇!似曾相識的感覺!當然我們早已從經文得知以色列人並沒有聽從神的命令趕出迦南地所有的居民,於是那地的居民最終成了他們眼中的刺和肋下的荊棘。而56節的警告也成為事實了。以色列人因為沒有趕出那地的居民,他們混雜在以色列人中,引誘以色列人去拜外邦的偶像,以至後來神對以色列人所作的,就是祂原本要對迦南人作的,將他們逐出以色列地。

面對現實吧,神不會和我們磨蹭!祂的警告我們必須認真聽,祂的指示我們必須服從,否則祂所說的後果必然會發生。爲什麽我們有人會認為學習了神的話語卻不服從祂的命令還能不受懲治,這真是瘋狂!簡直就像喜歡自我毀滅一般。

妥拉(律法書)裡面充滿了神的警告,並且指示我們如何生活才能得著祂的賜福。它同時也清楚列舉了不服從這些命令的後果。任何有半個腦子的人都應該能看見古時以色列的遭遇乃因他們的不順服,並因此知道自己若走同樣的路將會有什麽結局。然而,無數的人仍然繼續走在這條通往毀滅的途徑。

以色列人于1948年重新回到以色列地居住。然而,雖然這次神沒有在他們進入那地之前對他們引用上面的經文,但那並不是說神改變了主意要修改或撤回給他們土地的條件。我們應知道神是昨日今日直到永遠是一樣的,祂不會改變,也不會動搖。1948年神給了以色列人再一次順服祂的機會,1967年同樣,但這兩次以色列人仍然和以前一樣沒有聽從神的警告和指示,不將那地的居民從以色列地消除。因此今天他們必須遭受數千年前他們所受過的不順服後果。那地的居民又再一次成了他們眼中的刺和肋下的荊棘。令人傷痛的是我們已經知道了這故事在不久的將來會如何發展。

撒迦利亞書 13:8  耶和華說:這全地的人,三分之二必剪除而死,三分之一仍必存留。13:9  我要使這三分之一經火,熬煉他們,如熬煉銀子;試煉他們,如試煉金子。他們必求告我的名,我必應允他們。我要說:這是我的子民。他們也要說:耶和華是我們的神。

讚美神,雖然以色列人如此悖逆,起碼這次神會憐憫而不將他們完全趕出那地。然而祂將會把他們帶到近乎滅絕的邊緣(三分之二會死於他們的仇敵之手),到那時,經文這樣說:

馬太福音 23:38  看哪,你們的家成為荒場留給你們。 23:39  我告訴你們,從今以後,你們不得再見我,直等到你們說:『奉主名來的是應當稱頌的。』」

主耶穌啊,快回來救贖以色列脫離他一切憂傷痛苦吧!

 

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Expel All The People! – Masei

Masei

D’VAR TORAH

MASEI – JOURNEYS

BAMIDBAR (NUMBERS) 33:1-36:13

 

 

Torah:                          Bamidbar/Numbers 33:1-36:13

Haftarah:                     Yirmeyahu/Jerimiah 2:4-28; 3:4

Brit Chadasha:                        Mattityahu/Matthew 24:1-25:6

 

 

Bamidbar {33:50} HaShem spoke to Moshe (Moses) in the plains of Mo’av by the Yarden (Jordan), across from Yericho. He said {33:51} to tell the people of Yisrael (Israel), “When you cross the Yarden into the land of Kena’an, {33:52} you are to expel all the people living in the land from in front of you. Destroy all their stone figures, destroy all their metal statues and demolish all their high places. {33:53} Drive out the inhabitants of the land, and live in it, for I have given the land to you to possess. {33:55} But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from in front of you, then those you allow to remain will become like thorns in your eyes and stings in your sides – they will harass you in the land where you are living. {33:56} And in this event, I will do to you what I intended to do to them.”

Wow! What a Deja Vu! We certainly know from Scripture that Yisrael did not listen to HaShem and drive out the inhabitants of the land and that the inhabitants of the land did ultimately become like thorns in their eyes and stings in their sides. The last warning HaShem made in the above passages also came to pass. Yisrael did not only not drive out the inhabitants of the land which caused them to become thorns in their side and pricks in their eyes but because they remained in the land the inhabitants also enticed Yisrael to worship their god, which as we know resulted in HaShem doing to them as He intended to do totheKena’anim; He drove Yisrael out of the land.

Face the facts, HaShem does not mess around! His warning must be obeyed and His instructions must be adhered to or the consequences He warned about will take place. Why any of us think that we can study the Word of G-d and then not follow what He has said and still think we can get away with it is insane! It’s like someone who takes pleasure in self inflicting pain.

The Torah is replete with warnings from HaShem instructing us how to conduct our lives so as to receive His blessings. It also clearly enumerates the consequences of not following those instructions. Anyone with half a brain should be able to see what took place with ancient Yisrael because of their disobedience and easily conclude what will happen to them if they continue down the same path as them. Yet, scores of people still do continue down that path of self-destruction.

Bnei Yisrael reoccupied Eretz (the land of) Yisrael in 1948. However, just because HaShem did not repeat the verses quoted above to them before they entered does not mean that He had changed His mind concerning the conditions for giving them the land. After all HaShem is the same yesterday today and forever; He does not change, He does not waver. In 1948 HaShem gave them a second chance to be obedient and He did it again in 1967 yet both times, once again, bnei (the children of) Yisrael did not heed G-d’s warnings, they did not listen to His instructions and did not eliminate the inhabitants from the land. So today they are suffering the same consequences they suffered for their disobedience thousands of years ago. The inhabitants of the land have once again become like thorns in their eyes and stings in their sides. The sad part is we know how the story is going to play out in the future.

Zachariah {13:8} In time, throughout that land,” says HaShem, “two-thirds of those in it will be destroyed – they will die, but one-third will remain. {13:9} That third part I will bring through the fire; I will refine them as silver is refined, I will test them as gold is tested. They will call on My Name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’ and they will say, ‘HaShem is my G-d.’”

Baruch HaShem (Blessed is His Name) as bad as it is going to be for bnei Yisrael at least this time HaShem will be merciful and not drive them completely from the land. He will however, bring them to the brink of destruction (two-thirds will be killed at the hand of their enemy), at which point Scripture says:

Uri/Luke: 3:35} Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and truly I say unto you , you shall not see Me until the time come when you shall say, Baruch Haba b’Shem Ad-nai (Blessed is He that comes in the name of the L-rd.)  

Come quickly L-rd Yeshua and redeem bnei Yisrael from all her troubles.

 

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Vaders raak betrokke! – Matot

D’Var Torah

Stamme – Matot

Vaders raak betrokke!

 

Torah: Númeri / Bamidbar 31:1 – 42

Haftara: Jeremía / Yirmeyahu 1:1 – 2:3

Brit Chadasha: Matthéüs / Mattityahu 23:1 – 39

 

Númeri / Bamidbar {30:1} “En Moses het met die stamhoofde van die kinders van Israel gespreek en gesê: Dit is die saak wat die HERE beveel het: {30:2}  As iemand aan die HERE ‘n gelofte doen of ‘n eed sweer waardeur hy homself verbind om hom van iets te onthou, moet hy sy woord nie breek nie; hy moet handel volgens alles wat uit sy mond uitgaan. {30:3}  Maar as ‘n vrou aan die HERE ‘n gelofte doen of haarself verbind om haar te onthou, terwyl sy in haar vader se huis is in haar jeug, {30:4}  en haar vader van haar gelofte hoor of van die onthouding waartoe sy haarself verbind het, en haar vader swyg teenoor haar, dan sal al haar geloftes van krag wees, en elke onthouding waartoe sy haarself verbind het, sal van krag wees. ”.

 

Dit blyk ‘n redelike voor-die-hand-liggende Skrifgedeelte te wees en so is dit ook. Indien ons dit egter ietwat van nader beskou, is daar ‘n baie belangrike boodskap aan vaders en hoofde van huishoudings hierin vervat. Wat God hier sê, is dat vaders wat hoofde van huishoudings is altyd pro-aktief in die lewens van hulle kinders moet optree, want al te dikwels laat ouers hulle kinders aan hulle eie genade oor. Hulle voer dan die verskoning aan dat hulle hul kinders vertrou en wil hulle vermoëns gevolglik nie aan bande lê om eerlike, redelike en weldeurdagte besluite op hulle eie te neem nie. Die feit is egter dat alhoewel dit die indruk van goeie ouerskap mag skep – want ons wil tog ons kinders vertrou – dit beslis nie Bybels is nie. God vereis dat vaders as hoofde van hulle huishoudings, werklik betrokke moet wees by die lewens van hulle kinders. Dit behels dus dat hulle kennis behoort te dra van wie hulle kinders se vriende is, met wie hulle gesels, wie hulle kontakte op “Facebook” en elke ander vorm van sosiale media is. Indien julle as ouers nalaat om dit te doen, versuim julle jul plig om ooreenkomstig die gebooie (mitzvah) te sorg dat julle kinders hulle geloftes nakom. Dit is feitlik seker dat julle kinders nie vrywillig sodanige inligting aan hulle vaders sal verstrek nie.

 

‘n Verdere ongelukkige feit is dat die vader sy verantwoordelikheid om die kinders te moniteer, aan die moeder oorlaat. Ook dit is on-Bybels en veroorsaak ‘n onnatuurlike huishouding waar die moeder – in plaas van die vader – die gesagsrol moet handhaaf. Vaders, indien julle nalaat om aktief betrokke te raak by die lewens van julle kinders, soos wat God hier aan ons verduidelik, sal alles wat húlle doen en sê geld. Ingeval hulle dus ‘n swak –of verkeerde besluit geneem het, sal dit ‘n vernietigende uitwerking op sowel die kinders se lewens as die hele gesin hê.

 

Wanneer ek vaders al by geleentheid berispe het oor hulle gebrek aan ouerlike toesig, haal hulle feitlik altyd die volgende Skrifgedeelte aan om hulleself te regverdig dat hulle nie oordrewe betrokke geraak het by die lewens van hulle inders nie:

 

Kolossense / Kolosim {3:21} “Vaders, moenie julle kinders terg nie, sodat hulle nie moedeloos word nie. ”.

 

Hierdie gedeelte word natuurlik geheel-en-al buite verband deur hulle aangehaal. Indien ons egter die verse wat hierdie teksvers voorafgaan, lees, kan ons bepaal wat Paulus (Shaul) in gedagte gehad het toe hy hierdie woorde aan die Kolossense gerig het:

 

Kolossense / Kolosim {3:16} “Laat die woord van Christus ryklik in julle woon in alle wysheid. Leer en vermaan mekaar met psalms en lofsange en geestelike liedere, en sing in julle hart met dankbaarheid tot eer van die Here. {3:17}  En wat julle ook al doen in woord of in daad, doen alles in die Naam van die Here Jesus en dank God die Vader deur Hom.”.

 

Gelei deur hierdie aanvangsverse as ons gids, sê Paulus vir die vaders dat, wanneer hulle met hulle kinders verkeer, hulle vir hulle psalms, lofsange en geestelike liedere moet sing, sodat aan hulle raad gegee behoort te word in alle wysheid en alles wat hulle doen, gedoen behoort te word in die naam van die Here Jesus, met danksegging aan God die Vader. Indien hulle egter enigiets anders as dit doen, sou hulle die kinders terg sodat hulle moedeloos word en wegdraai van God en Sy toorn op hulle laat neerkom. Vaders, raak betrokke!

 

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做父親的,要參與!-Matot

D’VAR TORAH

MATOT – 支派

BAMIDBAR (民數記) 30:1-32:42

 

Title:                            Fathers Get Involved 做父親的,要參與!

Torah:                          Bamidbar/民數記 31:1-42

Haftarah:                     Yirmeyahu/耶利米書 1:1-2:3

Brit Chadasha:                        Mattityahu/馬太福音 23:1-39

 

民數記 30:1  摩西曉諭以色列各支派的首領說:「耶和華所吩咐的乃是這樣: 30:2  人若向耶和華許願或起誓,要約束自己,就不可食言,必要按口中所出的一切話行。 30:3  女子年幼、還在父家的時候,若向耶和華許願,要約束自己, 30:4  他父親也聽見他所許的願並約束自己的話,卻向他默默不言,他所許的願並約束自己的話就都要為定。

這段經文在字面和意義上都是簡單而直截了當的。然而我們若往深處鑽研就會發現這裡有一個很重要的信息是給作為一家之主的父親角色。神在這裡說的是父親們既為家庭的領袖,必須更加積極的參與兒女們的生活。太多時候父母對孩子們的事袖手旁觀。他們的藉口是信任自己的孩子們,不想干涉他們以至限制他們為自己做出誠懇及正確決定的能力。這雖然聽起來好像很好-誰不想做信任子女的父母-但事實上卻是不符合聖經教導的。神要身為一家之主的父親主動而且積極地參與兒女們的生活。這包括他們應該知道孩子們和什麽人來往,和什麽人交談,涉及哪些社交媒體,以及他們的聯絡對象是些什麽人。假如你作為一個父親卻沒有做到以上這一切,你就是沒有遵守這條認可孩子誓約的誡命,因為可想而知,大多數的孩子們都不會主動向父親報告各樣關於自己的消息。

另一個可歎的事實是,多數做父親的把監管兒女的責任交給做母親的。這也是不符合聖經原則,並且女人取代男人當家,一個家變成上下顛倒。父親們,如果你們不積極參與兒女們的生活,神在這裡告訴我們,他們所做所說的一切都被你們認可。假若他們做了錯誤的決定,那不但可能摧毀孩子的生命,就連整個家庭也會連帶的受到極大的影響。

每當我向父親們表示不認同他們對兒女的缺乏監督,他們總是拿出以下的經節回答我,並且用來做不參與兒女生活的辯解:

歌羅西書 3:21  你們作父親的,不要惹兒女的氣,恐怕他們失了志氣。

當然,這是斷章取義。如果我們看看這節之前的經文,就可明白保羅寫給歌羅西人的這段經文是在說什麼:

歌羅西書 3:16  當用各樣的智慧,把基督的道理豐豐富富的存在心裡,(或作:當把基督的道理豐豐富富的存在心裡,以各樣的智慧),用詩章、頌詞、靈歌,彼此教導,互相勸戒,心被恩感,歌頌神。 3:17  無論做什麼,或說話或行事,都要奉主耶穌的名,藉著他感謝父神。

根據本文開始的經文為原則,保羅是在告訴父親們,對待兒女的方法,應當向他們誦讀和吟唱詩章靈歌,用智慧輔導他們,奉主耶穌的名做每一件事,並且藉著祂感謝父神。如果父親們不做這些而用其他的法子,就會惹怒兒女們,而令他們灰心喪志離開神,以至神的憤怒臨到他們。做父親的,要參與!

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Бащи, бъдете активни! – Matot

Д’ВАР ТОРА

МАТОТ – ПЛЕМЕНА

Б’МИДБАР (ЧИСЛА) 30:1-32:42

 

Бащи, бъдете активни!

 

Тора:                           Б’Мидбар / Числа 31:1-42

Афтара:                      Йермиаху/ Еремия 1:1-2:3

Нов Завет:                  Матитяху/ Матей 23:1-39

 

Б’Мидбар (Числа){30:1} Така също Моисей говори на началниците от племената на израилтяните, казвайки: Ето що заповяда Господ: {30:2} Когато някой мъж направи обрек Господу, или се закълне с клетва та обвързва душата си със задължение, нека не наруши думата си, но нека извърши, според всичко що е излязло из устата му. {30:3} Тоже, ако някоя жена направи обрек Господу, и обвърже себе си със задължение, в младостта си, в бащиния си дом, {30:4} и баща й чуе обрека й и задължението, с което е обвързала душата си, и баща й не й каже нищо, тогава всичките й обреци си остават в сила, и всяко нейно задължение, с което е обвързала душата си, си остава в сила.

 

Може да ви се стори, че този пасаж се разбира от само себе си и наистина е така. Но, ако се задълбочим малко в текста, ще видим едно много важно послание за бащите и главите на семейства. Това, което Бог ни казва тук, е, че бащите, които са глави на семейства, трябва да са активни в живота на децата си. Много родители често оставят децата си на самотек. Те използват извинението, че вярват на децата си и не искат да попречат на способността им да вземат честни, разумни и трезви решения сами. Но истината се, че дори и да звучи добре, че вярваме на децата си, това определено не е библейски подход. Бог иска бащите, които са глави на семейства, да участват активно в живота на децата си. Това означава, че те трябва да познават приятелите на децата си, хората, с които говорят, контактите им във Фейсбук и т.н. Ако вие като родител не правите това, тогава не изпълнявате заповедта за потвърждаване на обреците на децата ви. Със сигурност повечето деца не биха дали информация на родителите си доброволно.

Друг тъжен факт е това, че бащите често прехвърлят отговорността по контрола върху децата на майката. Това също е небиблейско и обръща семейството с главата надолу и жената поема ролята на мъжа. Бащи, ако не сте активни в живота на децата си, според пасажа, който прочетохме, всичко, което децата ви правят или казват си остава и те са обвързани с него. Затова, ако те вземат погрешно решение, то ще се отрази не само върху живота на детето, но и върху цялото семейство.

 

Когато понякога съм предизвиквал бащи за липсата на родителски контрол, те почти винаги ми цитират следния стих, като го използват като извинение за това, че не участват активно в живота на децата си:

Колосяни{3:21} Бащи, не дразнете децата си, за да не се обезсърчават.

Разбира се, така цитиран този стих е извън контекст. Ако разгледаме стиховете преди това, можем да разберем какво е имал предвид ап. Павел, когато е писал това на колосяните:

Колосяни {3:16}  Христовото слово да се вселява във вас богато; с пълна мъдрост учете се и увещавайте се с псалми и химни и духовни песни, като пеете на Бога с благодат в сърцата си. {3:17} и каквото и да вършите, словом или делом, вършете всичко в името на Господа Исуса, благодарящи чрез Него на Бога Отца.

 

От тези стихове става ясно, че Павел казва на бащите в общуването с децата си да използват псалми, химни и духовни песни; да ги съветват с мъдрост и че всичко, което правят, трябва да се прави в името на Господ Йешуа с благодарност към Бога Отца. Ако правят нещо различно от това, те дразнят децата си, които ще се обезсърчат и ще обърнат гръб на Бога и Той ще излее гнева Си върху тях. Бащи, бъдете активни!

 

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Fathers get Involved – Matot

Matot

D’VAR TORAH

MATOT – TRIBES

BAMIDBAR (NUMBERS) 30:1-32:42

 

Torah:                          Bamidbar/Numbers 31:1-42

Haftarah:                     Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 1:1-2:3

Brit Chadasha:                        Mattityahu/Matthew 23:1-39

 

Bamidbar {30:1} Then Moshe (Moshe) spoke to the heads of the tribes of the people of Yisrael (Israel). He said, “Here is what HaShem has ordered: {30:2} when a man makes a vow to HaShem or formally obligates himself by swearing an oath, he is not to break his word but is to do everything he said he would do. {30:3}”When a woman makes a vow to HaShem, formally obligating herself, while she is a minor living in her father’s house; {30:4} then, if her father has heard what she vowed or obligated herself to do and holds his peace, then all her vows remain binding – every obligation she has bound herself to will stand. 

This may seem like a pretty straight forward passage of Scripture and it is. However, if we dig a little deeper there is a very important message here for fathers and heads of households. What HaShem is saying here is that fathers, who are the head of their households, need to be proactive and involved in the lives of their children. All too often parents leave their children to themselves. They use the excuse that they trust their child and do not want to cramp their ability to make, honest, reasonable and sound decisions on their own. But that fact is, although this may sound like good parenting, after all we all want to trust our kids, it is definitely not biblical. HaShem wants fathers, who are heads of their households, to be actively involved in their children’s lives. This means that they should know who their child’s friends are, who they are speaking to, who their contacts are on Face Book and on every other form of social media. If, as a parent you are not doing this, then you are not fulfilling the mitzvah (commandment) of ratifying your child’s vows. Certainly most children will not volunteer information to their fathers and if they do not ask and investigated what is going on in their life they will not tell you and if they do tell it may nog be the whole truth.

Another sad fact is, often the father relegates the responsibility of monitoring the children to the mother. This too is not biblical and makes for an upside-down household where the woman takes the lead role instead of the man. Fathers, if you do not get actively involved in the lives of your children then what we are being told here by HaShem is that everything they do and say will stand. Therefore, if they made a bad or wrong decision it will not only have devastating implications on the child`s life but it will also affect the entire family.

Many times when I have challenged fathers for their lack of parental supervision they almost always recite the following Scripture to me, using it as their justification for not overly getting involved in their children’s lives:

Kolosim (Colossians) {3:21} Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.

Of course they have taken this passage of Scripture totally out of context. If we look at the verses prior to this verse we can determine what Shaul (Paul) had in mind when he penned these words to the Kolosim:

Kolosim {3:16}  let the Word of Mashiach (Messiah), in all its richness, live in you, as you teach and counsel each other in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude to G-d in your hearts. {3:17} That is, everything you do or say, do in the name of the L-rd Yeshua, giving thanks through Him to G-d the Father.

Using these opening verses as our guide, Shaul is telling fathers that they should, in dealing with their children, sing psalms hymns and spiritual songs to them; that they should counsel them in all wisdom and that everything they do needs to be done in the name of the L-rd Yeshua, giving thanks to G-d the Father. If they do anything other than this they would exasperate their children, their children will lose heart and turn away from G-d and that would bring His wrath down upon them. Fathers get involved!

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