每日诗歌: Hi Ne Ni 我在這裡 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlZOC3fdeus)
以利亚的生活正好适合于这种模式。年轻的时候，他的心燃烧着激情，要惩治邪恶的亚哈王。 “这几年我若不祷告，必不降露，不下雨”（王上17:1）。我绝没有认为他缺少谦卑，但他说的那些话确实洋溢着一个年轻先知的热心。然后，神改变了他。 “求你取我的性命，因为我不胜于我的列祖”（王上19:4）。突然，所有的热心消失了，而留下的空间又无法被意义所充满。之后，神开了他的眼睛，并将属神的意义注入了他所做的和所将要做的事（王上19:15-18）。
在今天的旧约读经中，以利亚已经进入了他的生活和事奉的最后阶段，他需要把接力棒传递给以利沙。引人注目的是看到此事与摩西和约书亚之间的相似。他们所经过的三个地方- 伯特利，耶利哥，和约旦河 -就是约书亚率领征服迦南所经的地方（只是顺序相反）。而先知权柄的传递的最后是在约旦河东的摩押平原，也就是摩西把权柄传递给约书亚的地方。
2 King 1 [Read]
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2 King 3 [Read]
John 3:22-36 [Read]
I divide life into three stages. When we are young, we focus on achieving. We work hard and try to enjoy life to the fullest, and we ask “how can we get more?” As we mature, we focus onsearching. The excitement of achievements is quickly fading, and we ask “why do we want more?” As we grow old, we focus on connecting. We realize that life is more than collecting medals and awards, and we ask “where can we give more?”
Elijah’s life fits nicely into this pattern. When he was young, his heart was burned with passion to punish the evil King Ahab. “There will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word” (1Ki 17:1). I by no means imply any lack of humility in his part, but some of his words did overflow with the zeal of a young prophet. Then, God changed him. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors” (1Ki 19:4). Suddenly, all the zeal was gone and the void left behind could not be filled with true meaning. Then, God opened his eyes and instilled the divine meaning into what he did and would be doing (1Ki 19:15-18).
In today’s OT reading, Elijah was in the last stage of his life and ministry and he needed to pass the baton to Elisha. It is striking to see the similarity between this event and that concerning Moses and Joshua. The three locations – Bethel, Jericho, and Jordan River – where they passed were the exact locations (but in reverse order) of the conquering of Canaan led by Joshua. The final location for passing on the prophetic authority was the plain of Moab, east of Jordan, where Moses passed on his authority to Joshua.
Furthermore, the two mysterious incidents immediately followed the transition (2Ki 2:19-25) were about water and inappropriate words. These two things seemed to remind us about the reason why Moses could not enter Canaan and had to pass on the authority to Joshua (Ps 106:32-33). Such repeated pattern highlighted one important spiritual principle, which was the necessity of a willing and selfless transition between God’s servants. After all, it is His Kingdom and His work.
Connecting is for the lasting good of God’s ministry, and I firmly believe that every true disciple of Christ has something godly to pass on to the next generation. How wonderful it is when everyone can see the preciousness of connecting and explore that to the fullest! When we do that, the benefit of the abundant grace God bestowed onto us shall be fully realized.
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