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上帝的恩宠
God's favor

Acts 12:6-11

6希律要提他出来的前一夜,彼得被两条锁炼锁住,睡在两个士兵中间,还有卫兵守在门前。7忽然,有主的一位使者出现,屋就光芒四射。天使拍拍彼得的肋旁,唤醒他,说:快起来!他手上的锁炼就脱落了。8天使对他说:束上带子,穿上鞋!他就这样作了。天使又说:披上外衣,跟我走!9他就出来跟着天使走,但他不知道天使所作的事是真的,还以为是见了异象。10他们经过第一、第二两个岗位,来到通往城内的铁门,那门自动给他们开了。他们出来,往前走了一条街,天使立刻离开了他。11彼得清醒过来,说:现在我确实知道,主差他的天使来,救我脱离希律的手和犹太人所期望的一切。

The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”

重点学习

我们从这段经文看到上帝是何等爱护祂的子民,在他们沉睡时守护他们,在他们打盹时唤醒他们。如果上帝只是因着我们的祷告才看顾我们,那我们的处境将非常可怜。我们是如此软弱与胆怯,在我们的心怀意念远离上帝,不寻求祂的时候就是我们最需要祂的帮助的时候。

仇敌越多,上帝施予祂仆人的恩典就越奇妙。当我们蒙上帝悦纳,世界对我们的所有致命性仇恨偶不算什么。这是何等伟大的事。

Lessons Learn

We see from these verses how God cares for his people and watches over them when they sleep and wakes them when they are drowsy. There would be not more a wretched state than ours if it were only our prayers that kept God watching over us. We are so weak that we faint and quail; and we need his help most of all when our minds are drawn away and do not seek him.

The more enemies there were, the more wonderful was God’s grace to his servant. It is a great thing that when we have only God’s favour, the deadly hatred of the whole world comes to nothing.