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"數字"背後的玄機

"只有神藉著聖靈向我們顯明了,因為聖靈滲透萬事,就是神深奧的事,也滲透了。"(哥林多前書2:10)

有一位朋友突然問我:"你知道什麼是數字?它代表什麼?"  我不加思索地說: "1234567890,這就是數字,它代表數量﹑重量﹑排位﹑記號﹑度量等等,這些都是我們日常生活所面臨的常識,有問題嗎?" 他笑了笑說:"數字沒有問題,但數字背後,卻讓我們看到它的玄機。"  "玄機?"  我感到疑惑。

他接著說:"我告訴你:一心二意,三從四德,五顏六色,七嘴八舌,九死一生。這都代表一種數字的意義。" "這有什麼玄機嗎?" 我懷疑他故弄玄虛。他很嚴肅,莊重地說:"一心二意。我們人為什麼有一心二意?就是因為`在我母親懷胎的時候,就有了罪'。" (詩篇51:5)做任何事情都為個人私慾著想,因而產生嫉妒﹑惱怒﹑毀謗﹑污穢﹑奸淫,甚至殺人,一切罪惡由此而生。`心懷二意的人,在他一切所行的路上都沒有定見'(雅各書1:8)。" 這就是犯罪的根源。

三從四德。這是指:封建社會對婦女不合理的束縛,三從指:未嫁從父,出嫁從夫,夫死從子。四德指:婦德﹑婦言﹑婦容﹑婦工(即:品德﹑辭令﹑儀態﹑女紅 - 刺繡)。這對女人是多麼不合理呀!盡管現代社會提倡男女平等,但岐視婦女的事件,仍然層出不窮。神說:"人要離開父母,與妻子連合,二人成為一體,這是極大的奧秘,你們各人都當愛妻子,如同愛自己一樣,妻子也當敬重她的丈夫。"(以弗所書5:31-33)所以,"你們作妻子的,要順服自己的丈夫,這樣,若有不信從道理的丈夫,他們雖然不聽道,也可以因妻子的品行被感化過來(彼得前書3:1-2)。"  "你們作丈夫的,也要按情理和妻子同住,因她比你軟弱,與你一同承受生命之恩的所以要敬重她(彼得前書3:7)。" 如此,家庭和睦,社會也安定了。

五顏六色。什麼是五顏六色?就是我們身處的社會環境,周圍接觸的人與事,無不烙上各種形形色色的言語和行為。充滿光怪陸離,令人眼暈目眩。在這五彩繽紛的大千世界裡,我們該如何去區別善與惡,真與假,黑與白,真理與謬論。神提醒我們:"不要效法這個世界,只要心意更新而變化,叫你們察驗何為神的善良,純全,可喜悅的旨意。"(羅馬書12:2)他又說:"凡世界上的事,就象肉體的情慾,眼目的情慾,並今生的驕傲(約翰一書2:16)。"五顏六色之中,隱藏著驚心動魄的玄機。誰能在奸淫﹑污穢﹑邪術﹑仇恨﹑惱怒﹑嫉妒﹑醉酒﹑荒宴中保持聖潔,他將在善與惡的爭戰中立於不敗之地。

七嘴八舌。我們,中華民族在世界上一個最大的特點是七嘴八舌大聲說話,西方人誤以為是吵架。其實則不然。七嘴八舌的關鍵是 "舌",俗語:"病從口入,禍從口出"。其禍全由小小的舌頭惹起來的,聖經中說:"舌頭在百體裡也是最小的,卻能說大話,(雅各書3:5)"。一切苦毒﹑惱恨﹑忿怒﹑煩惱﹑毀謗,以及一切的惡毒,均由舌頭引起的。" 舌頭就是火,在我們百體中,舌頭是個罪惡的世界,能污穢全身,也能把生命的輪子點起來,並且是從地獄裡點著的(雅各書3:6)。" 所以必須要勒住自己的舌頭。

九死一生。這是指經歷極大的危險,在死亡線上僥幸存活。我們人類尚未信耶穌基督時,就是處於罪惡深淵之中,在黑暗中掙扎,但是 "光來到世間,世人因自己的行為是惡的,不愛光,倒愛黑暗,定他們的罪就是在此,凡作惡的便恨光(約翰福音3:19-20)。"  我們的死,並不單純是指身體,更主要的是人性靈魂的新生命。在這彎曲悖謬的九死一生時代,緊緊抓住際遇,"行事為人要端正,好像行在白晝,不可荒宴醉酒,不可爭競嫉妒,總要披戴基督,不要為肉體安排,去放縱私慾。"(羅馬書13:13-14)"若有人在基督裡,他就是新造的人,舊事已過,卻變成新的了。"(哥林多後書5:16)

我恍然大悟,簡單的數字背後,竟隱藏著如此深奧的玄機。"只有神藉著聖靈向我們顯明了,因為聖靈滲透萬事,就是神深奧的事,也滲透了。"(哥林多前書2:10)有了神,世上一切的玄機,也迎刃而解了。無論數字代表什麼, 現實生活永不完美,一切成功沒有捷徑,在事業與愛情之間,都需要用心靈去經營。幸福原本很簡單,心態重在平衡,聆聽來自內心的聲音,微笑面對生活的艱辛,有事可做,有家完整,有愛在心,忙碌充實,快樂淡定,就是美好人生。

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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