21 May 2021

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聚集祷告
Gathered and pray

Acts 12:12-19

12他明白了之后,就到约翰(别名马可)的母亲马利亚家里去;有许多人聚集在那里祷告。13彼得敲了大门,有一个名叫罗大的使女,出来应门。14她认出是彼得的声音,欢喜到顾不得开门,就跑进去报告,说彼得站在门外。15大家说:“你疯了!”她却坚持地说这是真的。他们说:“一定是他的天使。”16彼得继续敲门;他们打开了,一见是他,就非常惊讶。17彼得作了一个手势,要他们安静,然后对他们述说主怎样领他出监,又说:“你们把这些事告诉雅各和众弟兄。”就离开那里,到别的地方去了。18天亮的时候,士兵们非常慌乱,不知彼得出了什么事。19希律搜索他,却找不到,就审问卫兵,下令把他们带出去处死。后来希律离开犹太,到该撒利亚去,住在那里。

12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,” he said, and then he left for another place.18 In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter. 19 After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed. Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there.

 

重点学习

彼得逃脱之后就直接前往约翰马可的母亲玛利亚的家。请注意当时门徒们在做什么。他们在祷告。当面对强大阻力时,他们转向上帝。

这段经文对一个人做了初次介绍。此人将成为耶路撒冷教会的真正领袖。他就是雅各。耶稣在世时,雅各并不认同耶稣。但复活的基督却以奇特的方式向雅各显现。雅各的改变可说是十字架的大能改变人的另一重要实例。

 

Lessons Learn

When Peter escaped, he made his way straight to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark. Note what the Disciples were doing. They were praying. When they were up against it, they turned to God.

In this passage, we have the first mention of the man who was the real leader of the Church in Jerusalem. During Jesus lifetime, James was not a supporter of Jesus. But the risen Christ made a special appearance to James. The change in James may well be another great example of the power of the cross to change human lives.