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失敗的原因和補救
作者:讀經:約書亞記七章1至11節

我們先前查考約書亞記的經文,看見以色列民凡事都遵從神的吩咐而行,所以,他們順利渡過了約旦河,又在吉甲行了割禮和守了逾越節,再成功攻陷耶利哥城。可是,來到這一章,他們卻連一個小城也不能攻破,而且,更慘敗得落荒而逃。究竟是何原因?約書亞和眾長老只有俯伏在神的面前,求神讓他們知道究竟出了甚麼問題。

以色列民之所以失敗,首先是因為他們過分自信。當他們知道艾城只是個小城,便心存輕視,認為只要出動三千人就能將它攻破。他們之所以估計錯誤,可能是因為他們認為自己連耶利哥城也能攻破,所以便以為自己很有實力;但他們卻忘了,他們能取得耶利哥城,完全是出於神的能力,與他們無關。

其次,他們在進攻艾城之前,似乎沒有尋求神的帶領。他們若尋求神的心意,神或許會讓他們知道有人犯了罪。他們若先處理罪的問題,便不會落得慘敗。

第三,也是最重要的原因,就是他們當中有人犯罪。我們可以從經文中得知事件的詳情。一個人犯罪,結果連累了全民。神在第11節說:「以色列人犯了罪」;換言之,在神眼中,犯罪的不僅是一人,而是所有人。一個人犯罪,往往會連累大家。

亞干究竟犯了甚麼罪呢?我們從第21節看到,他因為看見敵人的財物,而起了貪念,於是便違背了神的命令,私自把財物取去。

亞干後悔已經太遲了。他的罪已導致全民大敗,36個同胞無辜犧牲。一個人的自私行為,禍延了他人。人若違背神的命令,故意犯罪,就只能承受當得的刑罰。

把罪隱藏,只會帶來失敗;只有認罪和除罪,才會有得勝的可能。這是一個不變的真理。但感謝神,因祂給予信徒一個寶貴的應許:「若有人認自己的罪,神是信實的,必赦免那人的罪。」(約壹一9)

 

DEFEAT - ITS CAUSE AND CURE

BIBLE READING:Joshua 7:1-11

Did you notice the first word in this chapter? ‵But‵ - that one word almost tells the whole story. So far the Children of Israel had been wonderfully victorious. They had crossed the flooded Jordan River. They had stopped at Gilgal and observed the Passover over again. They had conquered Jericho. BUT - now they were running for their lives from the gates of one of the smallest towns they ever faced. More than that, Joshua and the elders were down on their faces before God not knowing what had gone wrong.

What had happened? First of all they were full of self-confidence. ‵We only need a few men to defeat this little place‵, they said. They were wrong if they thought that they had defeated Jericho by their own numbers and not by the power of God.

Secondly. There does not seem to have been any prayer for guidance. If they had prayed, God may have revealed the sin that was already in the camp. Then they would never have been defeated.

Thirdly, and worst of all, there was sin in the camp. You will find the whole story in the rest of the chapter. The actions of one man brought the whole camp to defeat. God said in verse 11, ‵Israel has sinned‵. No just one man - all were involved as far as God was concerned. One man‵s sin can easily affect others.

What was Achan‵s sin or perhaps it ought to be ‵sins‵? Look at verse 21. He coveted something that he saw. He took what he had seen, although God had said no-one was to take anything out of Jericho. Then he hid what he had taken.

Too late Achan repented of what he had done. The sin of disobedience had to be punished. Hidden sin brought defeated to all Israel and 36 men died. No-one lives to himself. What we do affects the lives of others.

Sin concealed brought defeated. Sin revealed brought conviction. Sin confessed and put away brought victory. It is still the same today. We are dealing with the same God. But his promise to us is wonderful. ‵If we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive.‵


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