April 14, 2010

Ministry in Word

Things Unshaken – Part 1
那不被震动的 – 第一篇

Hebrews 12:26-28 (NKJV)
希伯來書12:26-28

but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also  heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
当时他的声音震动了地,但如今他应许说:再一次我不单要震动地,还要震动天。这再一次的话,是指明被震动的,就是受造之物都要挪去,使那不被震动的常存。所以我们既得了不能震动的国,就当感恩,照神所喜悦的,用虔诚、敬畏的心事奉神。

Recently there had been major earthquakes in the world: first it was Haiti, and then it was Chile. Then I heard about the earthquake in the southern part of Taiwan. A couple of years ago it happened in China with great devastation. Of course, we are anticipating the “BIG ONE” in California; some had also speculated the next BIG ONE in the U.S. to be somewhere in Tennessee.
最近世上发生几宗重大地震:首先是海地,跟着是智利,然後我听到在台湾南部的地震。两年多前在中国的地震产生了严重的破坏。当然我们仍在等预料中加州的「巨大地震」;有人亦猜测美国下一个「巨大地震」会发生在田纳西州某地点。

People who had been in earthquakes said that it sounded like the coming of a freight train. I have never experienced an earthquake, but I can imagine it is a very scary experience. In a major earthquake buildings collapse, roadways buckle, bridges fall, and everything is shaken. There are different ideas on where in a building is the safest place during an earthquake. But I think when everything is shaken, when no part of the structure is stable, nowhere can be safe.
曾经经历过地震的人说它来势凶凶,听起来犹如火车。我从来没有经历过地震,但我可以想像那是多恐怖的事。在大地震中楼房倒塌,马路崩裂,桥梁掉下,所有东西都被震动。对于在地震中楼宇那里最安全有不同的看法。不过我认为当所有东西都被震动,结构的任何部份都是不稳固的时候,那里都不安全。

When I think about physical earthquakes in this world, it reminds me of the Bible where Jesus told His disciples that we would hear about many earthquakes when the end time is near. Are we in the end time?Nobody can say for sure, and Jesus told His disciples not to speculate when He would return at the end time. But for sure the world is shaken up more recently than in the past. However, in the book of Hebrews, chapter 12, verses 26 to 28, the Bible says something about earthquake like this “but now He has promised saying,‘Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.’ Now this,  ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” In that day, not only the earth will be shaken, but also heaven. Now that is a great shake up. Everything under the sun will be shaken, and stars will be falling from the sky. It will be unlike any earthquake we know of. The purpose of this shake up is such that the things that are being shaken, which are the created things, may be removed and only the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
当我想到这世上的天然地震时,就让我想到圣经中耶稣告诉他的门徒说末世时我们会听到许多地震的消息。我们是否在末世中呢?没有人能肯定,而耶稣吩咐他的门徒不要揣测他在末世什麽时候再临。但世界被震动最近肯定比过去多。无论如何,在圣经中希伯来书12章第26至28节如此论及地震:「但如今他应许说:再一次我不单要震动地,还要震动天。这再一次的话,是指明被震动的,就是受造之物都要挪去,使那不被震动的常存。所以我们既得了不能震动的国,就当感恩,照神所喜悦的,用虔诚、敬畏的心事奉神。」在那日不单地要被震动,还要天被震动。这是何等大的震荡呢。天下各物都要被震动,星星都要从天空掉下来。它将会与我们所知的地震不同。而这震荡的目的是要使被震动的,就是受造之物都被挪去,使那不被震动的常存。

What are the things that will be shaken and removed, and what are the things to remain? Verse 28 has identified one thing which cannot be shaken, that is, a kingdom. This is referring to the kingdom of Jesus, the kingdom of God. So from this we can understand that the things that will not be shaken and will remain belong to the kingdom, which we as children of God are receiving. Let’s look at 10 different aspects of our receiving this kingdom.
什麽东西被震动,被挪去,什麽东西不被震动而能常存呢?第28节指明一样不能震动的东西,就是一个国度。这里指的是耶稣的国,神的国。所以从这里我们可以了解那不被震动的,常存的是属于国度的,那是我们作为神的儿女来领受的。让我们来看我们领受这国的十个不同的方面。

To be continued next week.
下周待续。

May we remain stable in God’s love and promises, knowing that God’s kingdom is unshakable.
愿我们在神的爱和应许中保持稳固,知道神的国是不被震动的。



Tom and Tehwan Tso
仲谋与德菀

“The outcome of your faith is the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:9
“信心的果效, 就是灵魂的救恩” 彼得前书1:9