耶穌要門徒向神求的是些什麼樣的工人? What kind of workers did Jesus want Disciples to ask God to send?

John Wen, 12/3/2011

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馬太記戴耶穌行了許多神跡奇事, 反引起了宗教人士的眨損後, 寫下這句話: “他看見許多的人、就憐憫他們。因為他們困苦流離、如同羊沒有牧人一般”(太9:36)。從歸納法來看, 這与一般對段經文講的 “困苦流離” 的解釋頗有出入。接著耶穌要門徒向神求的是些什麼樣的工人? … 耶穌所要的工人是那些信他醫治趕鬼权能的人。他們是行神蹟, 不是不信神蹟的的工人*。

從馬太福音第九章記載的幾件事來看:

1-8節   耶穌醫治癱子: 耶穌有赦罪的權柄
第9節  耶穌呼召馬太
10-13節 耶穌/門徒與稅吏罪人同席
14-17節 耶穌的門徒門徒不禁食
18-16節 耶穌醫治血漏婦人;耶穌使閨女復活
17-31節 耶穌開瞎子的眼睛
32-34節 耶穌趕出啞巴鬼
35-38節 總結耶穌做的事:

  1. 走遍各城各鄉
  2. 在會堂裏教訓人
  3. 宣講天國的福音
  4. 醫治各樣的病症
  法利賽人卻說、他是靠著鬼王趕鬼。(9:34)

第九章的總結就是:

耶穌的心:       憐憫人
耶穌的命令:   門徒要向神求行神蹟的工人

In Summary:

Jesus’heart:  mercy

Jesus’order : His disciples shall pray to God for miracle workers

In fact,  Jesus said in Mat 11:12 that “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. ” ( Chinese version of “從施洗約翰的時候到如今、天國是努力進入的、努力的人就得著了。” means quite different from most  English versions).

Matthew clearly pointed out those powerful religious authority’s harassment was coming, and it became more violent against Jesus and His followers. That is still so true even to today’s miracle believing workers.

*The Chinese translation of 困苦流離 comes from “Faint and scattered” in KJV and ASV, while some other English Bible versions like NIV and Darby use “harassed and helpless” more closely to conclude Matthew’s message .  And the specific workers Jesus prayed to God about are those believing His power and authority to heal the infirmity. They are miracle believing workers and know His returning, not those “unbelieving” believers.

 

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