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除罪的良方
作者:讀經:以賽亞書一章11至18節

以賽亞指斥百姓的種種罪行之後,也雪矰丹酗H反駁說:「不,你說錯了!你看,我們都願意花費很多金錢,獻上許多祭物來敬拜神,怎可以說我們有罪呢?」

對於這種辯駁,以賽亞作出激烈的駁斥。他代表神對百姓說:「你們獻祭物有甚麼用呢?只有外表虛飾的虔誠,卻沒有真正對神的信心,只會令敬拜變質。你們的所謂敬拜,只是虛偽的表現!」

英文的引伸版聖經將這段經文發揮得很精彩:「主說:『[除非你們是真心奉獻],否則,你們向我獻大量祭物有何作用呢?;你們[沒有聽從我],卻只懂獻上公綿羊的燔祭和肥畜的脂油,這種奉獻已經夠了![你們如果沒有公義],我無論如何也不會喜悅你們所獻的公牛、羊羔和公山羊的血。』」

神憎厭虛偽。基督在世的時候,也經常痛斥法利賽人假冒為善。神不會悅納虛假的敬拜。我們的敬拜和禱告若不是發乎內心,神絕不會接受。

第18節用了兩個強烈的措辭來形容罪。經文說罪仿如「硃紅」和「丹顏」。紅色是很難清除的顏色。任何力量都無法除去罪,但神卻已藉著基督為我們提供了除罪的良方。

要除去罪的綑綁,第一步是要悔改(16-17節)。我們能夠潔淨自己的罪嗎?不能夠,但我們卻可以讓神為我們除罪。因此,第一步是向神表示痛悔,和祈求祂的赦免。

接著,神便會以祂的慈愛和祂所提供的唯一「配方」來清除我們的罪。留意這裡提出了兩個應許:雪可以遮蓋一切,神的恩典也可以赦免我們一切的罪。羊毛是可以清洗和漂白的,我們也可以在神的恩典下重新做人。因此,只要我們願意歸向神,神便會以這兩種方法來除去我們的罪。

我們要記著,這是神的應許,它與約翰壹書一章9節的應許是同樣重要的:「我們若認自己的罪,神的信實的,是公義的,必要赦免我們的罪,洗淨我們一切的不義。」

THE CURE FOR SIN

BIBLE READING:Isaiah 1:11-18

Someone seems to have interrupted Isaiah as he was speaking the first words of this chapter. Perhaps they said, ‵Look at all the costly sacrifices and worship going on. You have no right to talk like that.‵

Isaiah‵s reply is tremendous. He speaks on behalf of God. ‵What is the use of all the sacrifices? Ourward show without true faith only makes things worse. Your worship is nothing but hypocrisy.‵

The Amplified version puts this passage very well. ‵To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me [unless they are the offerings of your heart], says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts [without obedience], and I do not delight in the blood of bulls I or Iambs or he-goats [without righteousness].‵

God hates hypocrisy. Christ spoke more against it than against anything else. God will not accept the worship of insincere hearts. If worship and prayer doesn‵t come from the heart, God doesn‵t want it.

In verse 18 two strong words describe sin. It is spoken of as I being red like crimson or scarlet. Red is the hardest colour to remove. No earthly power can take away sin, but God has provided a way through Christ.

The first step in the removal of the barrier of sin is repentance (v. 16-17). Can we cleanse ourselves? No, but we must be willing for God to do it. The first step then is to show our sorrow for sin and to ask for forgiveness.

God then moves towards us with all his love and with the cleansing that he alone can give. Notice the double promise. Snow covers everything-so does the forgiveness of God. Wool is washed and so made white again. So God deals in these two ways with the heart that has turned towards him.

Remember, this is the promise of God. It is as great a promise as 1 John 1:9 - ‵If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness‵.


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