【读圣经学英语】住棚节近了

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经文
约翰福音7章1~6节
7:1     这事以后,耶稣在加利利行走,不愿在犹太往来,因为犹太人想要杀祂。
And after these things Jesus walked in Galilee, for He would not walk in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill Him.
7:2     当时犹太人的住棚节近了。
Now the Jews' Feast of Tabernacles was near.
7:3     耶稣的兄弟就对祂说,你离开这里上犹太去吧,叫你的门徒也看见你所行的事。
His brothers therefore said to Him, Depart from here and go into Judea, so that Your disciples also may behold Your works which You are doing;
7:4     人要显扬自己,没有在隐密中行事的。你若行这些事,就当将自己显明给世人看。
For no one does anything in secret and himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, manifest Yourself to the world.
7:5     原来连祂的兄弟也不信入祂。
For not even His brothers believed into Him.
7:6     耶稣就对他们说,我的时候还没有到,你们的时候却常是方便的。
Jesus therefore said to them, My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.
Enlightenment

The feast of the Passover is the first of the annual Jewish feasts, and the feast of Tabernacles is the last (Lev. 23:5, 34). The feast of the Passover, as the first feast of the year, implies the beginning of man’s life (cf. Exo. 12:2-3, 6), which involves man’s seeking for satisfaction and results in man’s hunger. The feast of Tabernacles, as the last feast of the year, implies the completion and success of man’s life (cf. Exo. 23:16), we must realize that during the feast of Tabernacles the people do not labor because the work is over, the crop has been reaped, and the corn and wine have been harvested. That was the time to rejoice in their enjoyment—but they were still thirsty! The sixth case reveals that their thirst was not quenched even by their success.

We all are pilgrims wandering in the wilderness, living in tents, and needing to drink living water out of the rock. This reminds us that one day the real feast of Tabernacles will come. That will be in the new heaven and new earth within which the New Jerusalem will be the eternal tabernacle. Revelation 21:3 says that the New Jerusalem is the tabernacle of God with man. It is the real, constant, eternal tabernacle. In the tabernacle of the New Jerusalem there will be the river of water flowing continually to quench the thirst of God’s elect. Thus, the feast of Tabernacles reminds us that we have such a future and causes us to realize that we can never be satisfied with the things of this age. Those things are the things of our pilgrimage. All of them will end. We are travelers. We are journeying toward our final goal—the eternal tabernacle of the New Jerusalem in the new heaven and the new earth. We do not have the real quenching water here; it is there in the New Jerusalem.

亮光

逾越节是犹太人每年的第一个节期,住棚节是他们每年的最后一个节期。(利二三5,34。)逾越节是一年当中的第一个节期,含示人生的开始,(参出十二2~3,6,)说到人寻求满足,结果却是饥饿。住棚节是一年当中的最后一个节期,含示人一生的完满和成功,(参出二三16,)我们必须知道,在住棚节时,人不再劳苦,因为工作已经完毕,庄稼都已收割,谷和酒都已收藏了。那是他们欢腾享受的时候,但他们仍是干渴!第六个事例启示,甚至他们的成功也不能解除他们的干渴。

我们都是在旷野飘流的天路客,住在帐棚里,需要喝从磐石出来的活水。这题醒我们,有一天真正的住棚节会来到。那将是在新天新地里,其中有成为永远帐幕的新耶路撒冷。启示录二十一章三节说,新耶路撒冷是神的帐幕与人同在。那是真正、恒久、永远的帐幕。在新耶路撒冷的帐幕中,将有水河不断涌流,以解除神选民的干渴。所以,住棚节题醍我们有这样的未来,使我们知道,今世的事物绝不能满足我们;那些是我们天路旅程中的东西,那一切都将结束。我们是客旅,我们正走向我们最终的目标-新天新地中新耶路撒冷的永远帐幕。



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