Fourth Dream of Jesus
It was a very short dream. I only saw the back profile of Jesus and knew He was there, seems to be sitting down or in a kneeling position like the Japanese. He had another ‘disciple’ with Him, seems to be a male figure, not sure. The gist of the dream is that He asked me who killed Him while He was on the earth. I thought to myself it’s the religious leaders of that time. He then said out my unspoken thought. It is the Pharisees and religious leaders of that time that instigated His death. Then I saw a violin bow, and a scissors cutting across the lower end of the bow hair so that the hair are completely loosened from the bow. He then said, those who teach others what to do but don’t do it themselves at all are like this bow, they cannot be used, just like a bow with loosened hair cannot play the violin by a violinist. Even if it is a master violinist, it is still no use. I can relate to this well because I myself learned and play the violin for a great number of years. And actually some of my string hair fell sometime ago, maybe like 15% of them. I can still play, but obviously not as loud as I’d like to. I can imagine if all the hairs are gone, what’s the use of the bow?
第四個看見耶穌的異夢. 這次的夢很短, 我只看見祂的背影輪廓. 祂以坐著或類似日本人跪著的姿勢, 旁邊還有一位或兩位"門徒"和祂在一起. 夢的大意是, 主問我當祂在地上時, 是誰預謀了祂的死刑. 我心裡想著, 是當時的宗教領袖. 耶穌彷彿聽見我心裡未說出的回答, 接著我說, 是祂時期的那些法利賽人和宗教領袖殺了祂. 然後我看見一把小提琴弓, 然後有一把剪刀, 從弓的最底部把弓毛都剪斷, 弓毛就全鬆開了. 主就說, 那些只會叫人去做自己卻不動手的人, 就像是一把斷毛的弓, 是個完全無法被祂使用的器皿. 再利害的提琴大師也無法使用一把完全沒有弓髮的弓. 這點對我個人來說是非常清楚的, 因為我學了小提琴多年. 事實上, 前一陣子我的小提琴弓毛才掉了一些, 因為掉的不多還能用, 但也可感覺到拉出的聲音比較小. 但誰能拉奏一把弓毛全掉的弓呢?
The Pharisees who instigated Jesus’ death were like that. Matt 23 contains their deeds and Jesus’ harshest comments in all the Gospels. They were hypocrites. ‘Do not be like the hypocrites’ can summarize this dream. Some may not be as hypocritical as the Pharisees, but if followers of Jesus don’t endeavor to practice (by receiving God’s grace) what they emphatically tell others to do, they will be called the “least in the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matt 5:19).
這就如殺害了耶穌的那些法利賽人一般. 馬太福音23章記錄了耶穌對他們最嚴厲的責備. 他們是假冒偽善的一群. 「不要做假冒偽善的人」這句話, 可以用來作為這異夢的總括. 有很多人也許不像法利賽人般的虛偽, 但如果跟隨基督的門徒不盡量身體力行他們一直叫別人要去遵守的, 他在「天國裡要稱為最小的」(太5:19).
It is a reminder to myself and everyone. May our lives be genuine and aspire to do what we already know in the Bible by God’s enabling–for we will always fail by our own strength. Jesus is there to help through the Holy Spirit, with His tender mercies and great compassion. It is by the power of His Word and Spirit that we will be transformed in grace. Amen.
這是對我個人及所有基督徒的提醒. 甚願我們的生命都是真實無偽, 倚靠神所賜下的恩典, 竭力行出所聽見的道. 耶穌會透過聖靈來幫助我們, 展示出祂豐盛的憐憫慈愛. 透過祂話語和聖靈的力量, 我們就能從裡到外的被祂恩典所改變如新. 阿們.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was." (James 1:22-24)
“But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?" (James 2:18-20)
Epilogue: woke up and the devotion passage for this day according to my Bible reading schedule was Matt 7:21-29, where Jesus talked about doing what He taught them as the conclusion of His Sermon on the Mount.
後記: 醒來後按著當天的靈修讀經經文是馬太福音7:21-29, 正好是耶穌登山寶訓的總結, 叫人要去行所聽見的話, 基督徒不要只剩一張嘴巴!
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