第六十四天: 2011年11月30日(Kislev 4, 5772)

請讀: 使徒行傳第十章

「超越你目前的律法式宗教思維」

    在彼得上屋頂禱告的同時,他覺得餓了,就在他非常饑餓的時候,神給他一個異象,然後對他說話。神告訴彼得,祂在一個外邦人身上動工已有一段時日,而他就要來見彼得了。要見這個人讓彼得感到有些猶豫,因為這對他「宗教的思維模式」來說,是不潔淨的。這也是我們真正的問題之一,在過去的季節,教會回到了原點,然而今天我們太想要潔淨,卻使我們無法完全確信,神會將神聖的連結帶給我們。

    在異象中,神降下一大塊布,裡面所裝滿的東西,是彼得從利未記中所知道的,是不潔淨而且禁止吃的,他甚至不應該觸摸那些東西。主告訴彼得:「彼得,起來,宰了吃!」(使徒行傳10:13)彼得回答,「主啊,這是不可的!凡俗物和不潔淨的物,我從來沒有吃過。」(使徒行傳10:14)

    在彼得思索這個異象一會兒之後,主告訴彼得,祂正將人帶進他的生命中,就是他過去季節所認為不潔淨的人,如果他要去做神所呼召他去做的事情時,那麼他將必須與那些人在一起。彼得必須超越他的律法性限制,以及在別的季節所賜給他話語的方式,因為神所帶來給他的那些人,他們完全不明白神的話、或是那些限制。如果彼得在異象中不將那些動物宰了吃,他就會論斷神所帶來給他的那些人。

     神並沒有要彼得去犯罪,而是告訴他,他必須超越他的看法與敬拜的形式。主可能會對彼得說,「我要將一些新的人帶進你的敬拜系統,而那些人在未來會改變你整個的敬拜方式。彼得,如果你不通過這個異象,你就無法進入我的新結構。」

    彼得可能說:「喔,天啊!」並在他最後決定前,在心裡反覆思索著這個異象,然後他將這半信半疑的任務告訴復活耶穌的跟隨者,說這有關新結構的事,並解釋他們也將必須去改變。他所面對的不是法利賽人,而是其他的門徒,他必須告訴其他的十一個人,「你們必須作一個改變,否則我們會錯失良機。」

    你們當中有些人一直在努力著,但是如今你們就要得到了。就像彼得,我們可能會說,「主啊,我已經通過足以明白了,我不必再回頭去經歷了。」彼得甚至看過祂的靈像火一般降臨,以及第二次對他說的話,然而就是因為彼得,所以我們都必須承認說,「主啊,我願意跨越我過去許許多多的狹隘思想,使我也能把其他的人帶進來。主啊,使我不斷被調整,帶領我進入一個新境界,帶領我去超越,在這個新季節帶領我進入這新的境界!

Day 64 of 100 Days: “Go beyond your present legal, religious condition” Read: Acts 10

Chuck Pierce 寫於 2011年11月29日 23:47

       Meanwhile Peter, praying up on a housetop, got good and hungry. He was so hungry that in the midst of his hunger, God gave him a vision and then spoke to him. God told Peter that a man on whom He had been working for a little while, a gentile was coming to meet him. Peter might have had a few hesitations about meeting this man, who was known to his religious mind-set as unclean. This is one of our real issues. In the last season, the church came full circle, but today we’re trying to be so clean we are not completely sure God can bring our divine connections to us.

       What God did in the vision was lower a sheet filled with things that Peter knew from Leviticus as forbidden and unclean—things he should not even touch. The Lord said to Peter, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat” (Acts 10:13). Peter answered, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean” (v. 14).

       After Peter thought about the vision a while, the Lord told Peter He was bringing people into his life in his last season who were unclean, and he would have to be with them if he was to do what God was calling him to do. Peter had to get past all his legalistic constraints and the way the Word was given to him in that other season, because those the Lord was bringing to him didn’t know anything about the Word or those constraints. If Peter couldn’t kill and eat the animals in the vision, he would judge those whom the Lord was bringing to him.

       God wasn’t telling Peter to sin but was telling him he had to go beyond his sight and form of worship. The Lord could have said to Peter, “I’m going to bring some new people into your worship system who will change your whole way of worshiping in the future. Peter, if you don’t get past this vision, you won’t get into My new structure.”

       Peter probably said, “Oh, my,” and thought about the vision within himself before he finally got it. He then had the dubious task of telling the followers of the risen Jesus about the new structure and explained how they also were going to have to shift. It wasn’t the Pharisees he was going to be dealing with but the other disciples. He was going to have to tell the other eleven, “You have to make a shift, or we will miss it.”

       Some of you have been pressing to get it, but now you’re going to get it. Like Peter, we could say, “Lord, I’ve been through enough to know I don’t want to go back through it again.” Peter had even seen His Spirit fall like fire and the manifestation of the second word. With Peter, we must all say, “Lord, I’m willing to get past a lot of the narrow thinking I’ve had so I can bring others in. Lord, keep me focused; take me into a new place. Take me beyond. Take me into the place for this new season!”

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