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經文:瑪拉基書第一、二章
鑰節:「……因為我是大君王,我的名在外邦中是可畏的。」(1:14下)
提要

        百姓屬靈的眼是瞎的,心是剛硬的,這從他們回覆瑪拉基的話可以看出來。到底他們是否真講了這些話不得而知,只有上帝知道人的內心。上帝為他們做了這許多,他們竟是懷疑上帝所說的「我曾愛你們」(1:2)。如果他們遭遇許多困難是因著上帝的緣故,而被上帝懲罰了,那也是因上帝愛他們,像父親對待兒子一樣(來12:6)。上帝希望他們能走回正途,就是全心順服地去尋求祂、敬拜祂。

        在瑪拉基的預言中,上帝屈尊地回答他們那推自私的問題。上帝告訴他們,祂早已揀選他們作特別的百姓,上帝的愛是無條件、無限制、又不會改變的(參耶31:3;何11:4;14:4),完全不是因他們有什麼功德,而是出於上帝的恩典和神聖的旨意。上帝使他們之中誕生彌賽亞耶穌來祝福這個世界,這是上帝愛他們的證據。下文中的愛與惡不是指人的情緒,乃是與上帝的主權有關。上帝揀選(愛,1:2)雅各,用他成就上帝的心意,卻拒絕(惡,1:3)以掃(參創25:23;羅9:10~13)。以色列人已歸回故居,而以東地(以掃的後代)卻仍荒蕪,這個事實說明上帝確實愛他們,但他們的心眼瞎了看不見。瑪拉基告訴他們,總有一天他們要知道上帝是多麼偉大,又多麼愛他們(1:4~5)。

        瑪拉基繼續責備那些祭司的自義,他們問上帝:「我們在何事上藐視您的名呢?」「我們在何事上污穢您呢?」(1:6~7)正如百姓不認識上帝的愛,祭司也不認識上帝的聖潔和敬拜的莊嚴。人們尚知要給他們的父親和主人尊榮和敬畏,這位創造天地的全能上帝,竟沒有得著祂的子民之崇敬(1:6;參申32:6;出4:22;賽63:16;64:8)。雖然在這些事上全國都有罪,瑪拉基卻指責祭司,因他們在上帝面前是做全國百姓的代表。

        從祭司在聖殿裡不依上帝律法的規定獻祭可以知道,他們根本就輕視上帝的聖潔。他們的本分就在定獻祭的動物是該沒有殘疾的,但他們不管這些,甚至嘲弄這些做法太麻煩。所以就任人獻上瞎眼的、瘸腿的、和生病的動物給上帝(1:8、13;參申15:21),但卻很小心地,不敢把這種有殘疾的動物獻給他們的省長,因為他不會接受(1:8)!他們怎敢期待上帝這位最大的王,會接受這種祭牲呢?(1:14)又怎敢期待他們的禱告,會蒙上帝垂聽呢?

        祭司應作人民順服上帝、對上帝聖潔的表率,也是人民屬靈的領袖及律法的教師。他們的存在和事奉,都應成為國家的祝福(民6:23~27)。怎奈他們都失敗了,而且帶人遠離了上帝,使上帝無法祝福這個國家。因為他們的失敗,祭司無法贏得人民的敬重(2:7~9),最後導致人民不知敬重上帝。因此,除非他們悔改,否則他們要受咒詛,且要從他們的職位上被除掉(1:14;2:2)。這樣的警告還是帶著盼望的,因為只要他們悔改,他們就可再次享受約的祝福,像他們那些忠心而公義的祖先一樣(2:4~9;參出32:26;民25:10~13;申33:8~11)。

        上帝說:他們的儀禮既是空洞無效的,那聖殿的門就應關閉(1:10),上帝會興起一個沒有玷污的祭司(彼前2:9),使祂的名繼續被高舉,顯揚在那些信耶穌的外邦人中,他們要向上帝獻上馨香(被悅納的禱告,啟8:3)讚美的祭,和他們自己全然成聖歸上帝(1:11;羅12:1~12;來13:1;5;詩51:16~17)。

        第二章後半論到猶太人中一個嚴重的問題,就是娶外邦女子為妻,褻瀆了上帝與他門先祖所立的約,那約中曾嚴禁他們與外邦人通婚(申7:1~4)。更遭的是,很多人為了娶外邦女子,竟與自己的妻子離婚。這不但不忠於上帝的約,更是不忠於幼年所娶的髮妻(2:14~15;箴2:17)。他們不管自己有罪,還厚顏無恥地把供物帶到上帝面前,要上帝祝福他們!他們流淚哭泣的禱告求應允是無效的(2:13)。上帝恨惡離婚,因為那樣會使人玷污,所以祂警告人要悔改,保守自己的心靈免得犯罪(2:16;參尼13:23~30;出10:10~11;太5:31~32;19:3~9;林後6:14)

禱告

        主啊,因著您對我們的愛和奉獻,我們願將一切初熟的果子歸給您。求您幫助我們經歷到為您工作的喜樂。奉主耶穌基督的名,阿們!

English

Scriptures:Read Malachi 1&2
Key Verse:"'... For I am a great King,' says the Lord of hosts, 'and My name is to be feared among the nations.'"(Malachi 1:14b)
Overview

        The people's spiritual blindness, calloused hearts, and spiritual decay were evident in their questions and responses to the words of the prophet Malachi. Whether they actually voiced these questions is not known, but God knew what was going through their minds. After all that He had done for them, how could they have doubted God's affirmation: "I have loved you" (1:2)? If they were going through difficulties, it was because God, in His love for them, was chastising them, just as a good father does to the child he loves (Heb. 12:6). The Lord wanted to put them onto the right track, which was that of seeking Him and worshipping Him with their whole hearts and being obedient to Him.

        Through the prophet Malachi, the Lord condescended to answer their selfish questions. He explained to them that the very fact that He had chosen them to be His own special people was evidence of His love which was unconditional, unlimited, and unchanging (cf. Jer. 31:3; Hos. 11:4; 14:4). It was not based upon any merit on their part but upon His grace and divine purpose, for through the Israelites God planned to bless the whole world thro ugh'Jesus the Messiah (Deut. 7:6-9). The love and hate spoken of here are not the emotions of a person, they are related to God's sovereign will. He chose ("loved", 1:2) Jacob to bless and fulfill His purposes, but He rejected ("hated", 1:3) Esau (cf. Gen. 25:23; Rom. 9:10-13). Israel had been restored to her land, but the land of the descendants of Esau, the wicked Edomites, was a barren wasteland; this fact should have shown God's people that He did indeed love them, but they were blind. Malachi foretells, however, that one day God's people would understand how truly great their God is and how much He loves them (1:4-5).

        Malachi continues his message by rebuking the priests of his day who had self-righteously questioned, "In what way have we despised Your name?" and "In what way have we defiled You?" (1:6-7). This is the main burden of Malachi's message. Just as the people had not appreciated God's love, so now it is revealed that they also do not appreciate His holiness and the sanctity of worship to Him. Th.e Sovereign Lord, their Creator, Father, and Master of the Universe had not been shown the honour and reverence that these children of God gave to their earthly fathers and masters (1:6; cf. Deut. 32:6; Ex. 4:22; Isa. 63:16; 64:8). Although the whole nation was guilty in this respect, Malachi addresses the priests, since they were the representatives of the nation before God.

        The priests' disrespect for the holiness of God was evident in their disobedience to the law with regard to the sacrificial offerings in the Temple of God. Their job was to ensure that only unblemished animals were offered, but they did not care; they rather scorned their duty and found it wearisome. They offered the blind, lame, and sick animals to God (1:8, 13; cf. Deut. 15:21), but they would certainly not think to give such imperfect animals to their governor, for he would in no way accept them (1:8)! How could they have expected God, the "great King", to accept such offerings (1:14), and how could they think that their prayers for God's favour would be answered? (a note of irony, 1:9).

        The priests were supposed to be examples of obedience and holiness to the Lord, as well as being the spiritual leaders and teachers of the law. They were to bless the people and their presence and work was to be a blessing to the nation (Num. 6:23-27), but they had failed; they actually had driven the people further away from God and had caused God's blessings upon the nation to cease. Because of their failures, the priests had lost the respect of the people (2:7-9), which in turn resulted in the people losing respect for God. Therefore, they are strongly warned that unless they repent, they would be cursed and disgracefully removed from their office (1:14; 2:2). These warning were given with the hope that they, who had corrupted God's covenant of peace with the tribe of Levi, would repent and once again enjoy the blessing of the covenant as had their faithful and righteous ancestors (2:4-9; cf. Ex. 32:26; Num. 25:10-13; Deut. 33:8-11).

        The Lord declared that their ceremonial rituals were so empty and vain that the temple doors should be closed (1:10). In His plan, however, God would raise up an undefiled priesthood (1 Pet. 2:9), and at that time His name would be continually hallowed and magnified among those Gentiles who would come to believe in Jesus; these ones will offer incense (acceptable prayers, Rev. 8:3) and the sacrifice of praise, and they will give Him a pure offering, .the offering of themselves in consecration to Him (1:11; Rom. 12:1-2; Heb. 13:15; Ps. 51:16-17).

        The last half of chapter two is devoted to the serious problem of Jewish men taking heathen wives and thus profaning the covenant law of their fathers which forbade intermarriage with the heathen (Deut. 7:1-4). To make matters worse, and to add to their sins, many were divorcing their Jewish wives in order to do this! This was not only treacherous among the covenant community (2:10-11), but also treachery with regard to the marriage covenant they had with the wife of their youth (2:14-15; Prov. 2:17). In spite of their sin, these men had the audacity to bring offerings to the Lord and expect Him to bless them! Their weeping for answers to prayer, however, was to no avail (2:13). God declared "that He hates divorce" since it defiles a person, and He warns the people to repent and guard their spirits, lest they entertain this sin (2:16; cf. Neh. 13:23-30; Ez. 10:10-11; Mt. 5:31-32; 19:3-9; 2 Cor. 6:14).

Prayer

        Lord God, because of Your love and devotion toward us, we purpose to set aside the firstfruits of our labours to give back into Your storehouse. Enable us to experience and know the joy of giving to Your work.


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