2.9.21 如果…就…但 If…Then…But

利 未 記 26:40 他 們 要 承 認 自 己 的 罪 和 他 們 祖 宗 的 罪 , 就 是 干 犯 我 的 那 罪 , 並 且 承 認 自 己 行 事 與 我 反 對 ,41 我 所 以 行 事 與 他 們 反 對 , 把 他 們 帶 到 仇 敵 之 地 。 那 時 , 他 們 未 受 割 禮 的 心 若 謙 卑 了 , 他 們 也 服 了 罪 孽 的 刑 罰 ,42 我 就 要 記 念 我 與 雅 各 所 立 的 約 , 與 以 撒 所 立 的 約 , 與 亞 伯 拉 罕 所 立 的 約 , 並 要 記 念 這 地 。

Leviticus 26:40 “But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers in their treachery that they committed against me, and also in walking contrary to me, 41 so that I walked contrary to them and brought them into the land of their enemies—if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amends for their iniquity, 42 then I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and I will remember my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land. 

上帝將以色列人帶出埃及,使他們能夠在應許之地定居。但條件是他們要跟隨上帝,按照上帝的律例和誡命行。如果以色列人遵守上帝的律例,他們將享有豐富的祝福。但是,如果if他們不遵守上帝的律例,他們的土地就then會遭受詛咒。特別的是神分五個階段加強了管教的強度。 “如果這樣in spide of”表明了上帝對以色列人的耐心。儘管他們長期叛逆,“……但but如果他們承認自己的罪 ……”,上帝仍然會記念祂與亞伯拉罕的約,並恢復他們的土地。舊約的上帝與新約的上帝相同,充滿憐憫,仁慈和忍耐!現在,由於我們國家的不服從,我們看到了上帝對美國的管教。 “但是,他們要承認自己的罪和他們祖宗的罪… 那 時 , 他們未受割禮的心若謙卑了 , 他們也服了罪孽的刑罰”(26:40-41)。上帝仍然可以使他們重享安息。

上帝說我們行動的結果將是:順服帶來的祝福和不順服帶來的詛咒。 但是,在“但是But”一詞後面有一個條件詞。 愛我們和憐憫我們的神為浪子們返回家鄉做準備(but)。 無論我們離家有多遠,總有回家的路。 實際上,上帝一直在那兒,等著我們回家!

God brought the Israelites out of Egypt so that they would be able to settle in the Promised Land. But the condition was for them to follow God, to walk according to His rules and statues. If the Israelites followed God’s rules, they would enjoy abundant blessings. But if they disobeyed God’s rules, there would be a curse upon their land. What stands out is that God applied discipline in five stages. “But if in spite of this” demonstrates the patience of God in dealing with the Israelites. In spite of their long history of rebelliousness, “… if they confess[ed] their iniquity ..”, God would still remember His covenant with Abraham and restore their land. The God of the Old Testament is the same God of the New Testament, full of mercy, kindness, and patience! Now we are seeing the discipline of God upon America because of our nation’s disobedience.  “But if they confess their iniquity,…if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amends for their iniquity,” (26:40-41).God can still restore the Sabbaths.

God states what the result of our actions will be: blessings from obedience and curses from disobedience. Yet there is a qualification following the word “but”. Our God of mercy and love prepares a way for the prodigal sons to return home.  No matter how far away from home we are, there is always a way back home; in fact, God is always there, waiting for us to return home!

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