你將會葬于何處? Where Will You Be Buried? - Vayechi

D’VAR TORAH

VAYECHI – 他住在

BERESHIT – (創世記) 47.28-50.26

Where Will You Be Buried? 你將會葬于何處?

*           Bereshit / 創世記 47:28-50:26

*           Malachim Alef /  列王紀上 2:1-12

*           Kefa Alef / 彼得前書 1:1-9

創世記 47:27  以色列人住在埃及的歌珊地。他們在那裡置了產業,並且生育甚多。

47:28  雅各住在埃及地十七年,雅各平生的年日是一百四十七歲。 47:29  以色列的
死期臨近了,他就叫了他兒子約瑟來,說:「我若在你眼前蒙恩,請你把手放在我大腿
底下,用慈愛和誠實待我,請你不要將我葬在埃及。 47:30  我與我祖我父同睡的時
候,你要將我帶出埃及,葬在他們所葬的地方。」

在讀這段經文的時候,我有點不明白爲什麽雅各特別要求被葬在他先祖所葬的地方。埃
及無疑也有許多可以讓以色列人埋葬死人的所在。況且不管怎樣,我們死了之後靈魂隨
即離開身體升到天上與父神在一起,葬在哪裡又有什麽分別呢?應該沒有分別吧,因為
在復活的時候,神能將我們的身體與靈魂復合,不管我們是葬在何處。聖經告訴我們當
死人復活的時候,連海也要交出它的死人。因此那些死於海中的人也要復活再次與他們
的靈魂合一,正如所有其他人一樣。

既然這樣,爲什麽雅各要約瑟起誓絕不將他埋葬于埃及而把他的遺體帶去安葬在他先祖
所葬之地?即使他有了得到那地為業的應許,但當他臨死的時候這件事情尚未應驗。因
此我以為雅各的原因明顯地只是爲了想與他的先祖同葬,而這也不是什麽不合情理的要
求。

然而也有可能雅各只是不想被葬在外邦人中間。埃及是一個拜偶像的異教外邦。也許雅
各想要與敬拜唯一真神並誠心遵守祂誡命的父親及祖父葬在一起。這有什麽分別呢?顯
然有分別,因為連約瑟也一樣有著這個願望。他使以色列人發誓當他們離開埃及的時候
要將他的骸骨一同帶去,以色列人後來也這樣做了。

原諒我這樣說,我對於自己將來要葬在哪裡,感覺是相同的。當然我太太和我沒有辦法
與我們的先人葬在同一個地方,但我們確實做好安排保證自己會與其他彌賽亞信徒葬在
一起。雖然我曾說過,我們不知道這樣做會有什麽分別,但我們決定了這就是我們的願
望。

以賽亞書 66:17  「那些分別為聖、潔淨自己的,進入園內跟在其中一個人的後頭,吃
豬肉和倉鼠並可憎之物,他們必一同滅絕;這是耶和華說的。

以賽亞書 65:4  在墳墓間坐著,在隱密處住宿,吃豬肉;他們器皿中有可憎之物做的
湯; 65:5  且對人說:你站開吧!不要挨近我,因為我比你聖潔。主說:這些人是我
鼻中的煙,是整天燒著的火。 65:6  看哪,這都寫在我面前。我必不靜默,必施行報
應,必將你們的罪孽和你們列祖的罪孽,就是在山上燒香,在岡上褻瀆我的罪孽,一同
報應在他們後人懷中,我先要把他們所行的量給他們;這是耶和華說的。

你想必正在疑惑爲什麽我要引用上面兩段經文;它們和這個主題看來沒有一點關聯。事
實上它們是有關聯的!

今天一般的教會教導人不需要遵守摩西律法(Torah)特別是其中關於飲食的律例。他
們吃豬肉以及其他神命定為可憎之物的東西。在這些經節裏神告訴了我們這些人的結局
是什麽。不要在你心裡說這段話神只是對以色列人說的,錯了,神不是只對以色列人
說!每一個信徒不管是猶太人或非猶太人,當他得救之後他就被接上同一棵樹,這樹的
根就是以色列的祖先。非猶太人接受耶穌為他們的彌賽亞的同時,他們就成了以色列國
度的一份子,因此也必須遵守Torah的教導。

我要說的是什麽?很簡單!在我看來,要我們葬在基督教墓地這感覺也許就和雅各對被
葬在埃及的感覺一樣。那麼一個信徒應該怎麼做?首先,住在加拿大和美國的,應該沒
有問題找到擁有墓園的彌賽亞會眾,我們就是其中一個。如果個人認為這是重要的事,
即使他住得很遠,也應該沒有困難安排自己的遺體被運到指定的彌賽亞猶太信徒墓地。
我不清楚在歐洲有沒有這樣的墓地,但如果你負擔得起費用,葬在以色列也是一個選
擇。照我所知在以色列他們也有屬於非猶太人安葬的地方。不論如何,每個人自己應該
認真思考決定自己將來想要被埋葬的地方。然而正如我曾說過,這也許完全不會產生任
何分別!

Where Will You Be Buried? – Vayechi

Vayechi

 

D’VAR TORAH

VAYECHI – AND HE LIVED

BERESHIT – (GENESIS) 47.28-50.26

Where Will You Be Buried?

 

•           Bereshit / Genesis 47:28-50:26

•           Malachim Alef / 1st Kings 2:1-12

•           Kefa Alef / 1st Peter 1:1-9

 

 

Bereshit {47:27} Yisrael lived in the land of Mitzrayim (Egypt), in the land of Goshen; and they got themselves possessions therein, and were fruitful, and multiplied exceedingly. {47:28} Ya’akov (Jacob) lived in the land of Mitzrayim seventeen years. So the days of Ya’akov, the years of his life, were one hundred forty-seven years. {47:29} The time drew near that Yisrael (Israel) must die, and he called his son Yoseph (Joseph), and said to him, “If now I have found favor in your sight, please put your hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me. Please do not bury me in Mitzrayim, {47:30} but when I sleep with my avot (fathers), you shall carry me out of Mitzrayim, and bury me in their burying place.”

When I read this passage of Scripture I could not understand why Ya’akov wanted specifically to be buried in the place where his fathers were buried surely there were burying places in Mitzrayim where other Israelites were buried. After all, what is the difference where we are buried our soul and spirit leaves the body at death and ascends to heaven to be with the Father. Surely, therefore, it makes no difference where we are buried because at the resurrection HaShem can reunite our body with our soul and spirit no matter where we may be buried. We are told in Scripture that at the resurrection even the sea will give up its dead. So those who were buried at sea will be resurrected and reunited with their soul and spirit just like everyone else.

So why did Ya’acov make his son Yoseph vow that he would not bury him in Mitzrayim but instead bring his body to be buried with his fathers? After all even though he had the promise of possessing the land where his fathers were buried, it was not realized prior to his death. The obvious reason would be that he wanted to be buried with is ancestors and that would not be an unreasonable request.

Perhaps, however, Ya’akov just did not want to be buried among heathens. Mitzrayim was a heathen, idol worshiping nation. Perhaps he wanted to be buried among his fathers whom he knew worshiped the one true God and faithfully followed His commandments. What difference does it make? Obviously it must make some sort of difference because Yoseph wanted the same for himself. He made sure bnei Yisrael vowed they would carry his bones out of Mitzrayim when they left for Yisrael, which they did.

Forgive me for saying this but I feel the same way about where I will be buried. Surely my wife and I cannot be buried in the same burial place as our forefathers but we did insure that we would that we would be buried among other Messianic Believers. Like I said before, we have no idea what the difference is but we just decided that that is the way we wanted it to be.

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) {66:17} “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the gardens, following one in the center, who eat swine’s flesh, detestable things, and mice, shall come to an end altogether,” declares HaShem.

            Yeshayahu {65:4} Who sit among graves, and spend the night in secret places; who eat swine’s flesh, and the broth of unclean meat is in their pots. {65:5} “Who say, ‘Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am holier than you!’ These are smoke in My nostrils, a fire that burns all the day. {65:6} “Behold, it is written before me, I will not keep silent, but I will repay; I will even repay into their bosom,

You are probably wondering why I quoted these two Scriptures; they appear to be totally unrelated to the subject. The fact is they are not!

The Church in general today teaches against Torah and especially against the dietary laws contained in it. They eat swine’s flesh and other foods considered an abomination to the L-rd. In these verses HaShem is telling us what the end of these people will be. And do not try to justify in your mind that HaShem was speaking only to Yisrael, because He was not. Every Believer whether Jew or non-Jew when saved are grafted into the same tree whose roots are the forefathers of Yisrael. Non-Jewish Believers upon acceptance of Yeshua as their Mashiach (Messiah) become a part of the commonwealth of Yisrael and thus subject to the teachings of Torah.

What is my point? Simple! I consider being buried in a Christian or non-sectarian cemetery the same as the way perhaps Ya’akov felt about being buried in Mitzrayim. So what is a person to do? First for those living in Canada and the United States there are many Messianic congregations which have their own cemeteries, ours is one of them. If it is important enough to a person, it would not be difficult if they do not live near a Messianic Jewish cemetery to have their body shipped for burial. I am unaware if there is a Messianic cemetery in Europe but an option, if you can afford it, is to be buried in Yisrael. To the best of my knowledge non-Jews have a burial place there as well. In any case, each person has to be convinced in his own heart where they want to be buried and in the end when all is said and done, there may not even be a difference!