Daily Devotions

My Song In The Night – 我夜间的歌曲

My Song In The Night – 我夜间的歌曲 
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Day 314

The Trials That Would Come

Text: John 16: 2

THE TRIALS THAT WOULD COME

Jesus knew what His enemies would do to Him. He also knew what they would do to the Disciples. They must be prepared for the severe trials they would experience.

“They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.”

John 16:2

1. “They will put you out of the synagogues”

a. There were two places where Israel would gather together for worship.
i. The synagogue
ii. The Temple in Jerusalem
b. The synagogue
i. Many events took place in the synagogue.
ii. Weekly worship on the Sabbath.
iii. Social events were celebrated at the synagogues (weddings, local festivities).
c. To be put out of the synagogue
i. This would cause the Disciples to be ostracised.
ii. There would be the loss of friends and possibly family.

2. “The time is coming that whoever kills you”

a. Killing of the Disciples may even take place.
b. This is severe and may even be thought of as “extreme”.
c. But this possibility must be raised as a word of forewarning.

3. “Will think that he offers God service”

a. Enemies of the faith will think differently.
b. The mindset of the enemy:
i. He convinces himself that he is serving God.
ii. He believes that by killing believers he is offering service to God.

4. Not easy to suffer for the sake of the Lord

a. Pain is never easy to take.
b. Suffering severely for Christ would require a strong faith.
c. The Disciples must seek to strengthen themselves in any way they can.

经文:约翰福音 16:2

将来临的试炼

耶稣知道仇敌会怎样对付祂。祂也知道他们会怎样对付门徒。门徒必须为他们所要面临的严峻试炼作好准备。

“人要把你们赶出会堂,并且时候将到,凡杀你们的就以为是侍奉神。”

《约翰福音 16:2》

1. “人要把你们赶出会堂”

a. 以色列人一般会聚集在两个地方崇拜
i. 犹太会堂
ii. 耶路撒冷的圣殿
b. 犹太会堂
i. 许多活动都是在会堂里举行
ii. 每周安息日的崇拜
iii. 社交活动(例如:婚礼、当地的佳节)都是在会堂里庆祝的
c. 被赶出会堂
i. 这会导致门徒被排斥
ii. 门徒会失去朋友,可能与家人和亲友的关系也会被切断

2. “并且时候将到,凡杀你们”

a. 门徒甚至会遭到杀害
b. 这很严重,甚至可能被视为“极端”
c. 但耶稣得预先警告门徒这被杀害的可能性

3. “就以为是侍奉神”

a. 对抗这信实的仇敌会有不同的想法
b. 仇敌的想法:
i. 他说服自己是在侍奉上帝
ii. 他相信杀害信徒们就是侍奉上帝

4. 为主受难不是件容易的事

a. 痛苦是难以忍受的
b. 要为基督受极大的苦难,必须有坚强的信心
c. 门徒们必须尽一切所能使自己刚强