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魚腹中的約拿 (張仕儒牧師)

02 May

魚腹中的約拿 (張仕儒牧師)

你有沒有生活遇到瓶頸、覺得生命沒有意義、感到無法掌握生命而夜夜無法入睡那種經驗?許多人都有這種走到人生的谷底、找不到出路的經驗,今天我們要看的先知約拿也同樣經歷了這樣的人生低谷,就讓我們藉由他的故事來看看可以得到什麼樣的啟發。約拿在魚腹中三天三夜,魚腹中的環境一定是很不舒服而且令人感到絕望的。我們知道基督徒一樣會遇到苦難,這並不是因為我們做錯了什麼,而是因為神要我們從苦難中成長,也藉著苦難來試煉我們的信心,讓我們更為強壯。



約拿也讓我們想到浪子的故事,一個離開神又回到神身邊的故事,讓我們從約拿的禱告當中,經由五個步驟來思想如何回到神的面前。



約拿書2:1-9 (和合本)

  1. 約拿在魚腹中禱告耶和華他的神,
  2. 說:「我遭遇患難求告耶和華,你就應允我。從陰間的深處呼求,你就俯聽我的聲音。
  3. 你將我投下深淵,就是海的深處,大水環繞我,你的波浪洪濤都漫過我身。
  4. 我說:『我從你眼前雖被驅逐,我仍要仰望你的聖殿!』
  5. 諸水環繞我,幾乎淹沒我,深淵圍住我,海草纏繞我的頭。
  6. 我下到山根,地的門將我永遠關住。耶和華我的神啊,你卻將我的性命從坑中救出來。
  7. 我心在我裡面發昏的時候,我就想念耶和華。我的禱告進入你的聖殿,達到你的面前。
  8. 那信奉虛無之神的人離棄憐愛他們的主,
  9. 但我必用感謝的聲音獻祭於你,我所許的願我必償還。救恩出於耶和華!」
Jonah 2:1-9 (NIV)

  1. From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.
  2. He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
  3. You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me.
  4. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’
  5. The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.
  6. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.
  7. “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.
  8. “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.
  9. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”