11.17.22 A Mikdash Ma’at

[今日經文 Today’s Reading: 使徒行傳 Acts 27-28]

30 保羅在自己所租的房子裏住了足足兩年。凡來見他的人,他都接待, 31 放膽傳講 神的國,並教導主耶穌基督的事,沒有人禁止。30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.

使徒行傳 ACTS 28:30-31

經過一段艱難的旅程,保羅終於到達了羅馬。令人驚訝的是,即使是囚犯,保羅也有很大的自由來過他的生活。儘管如此,他並沒有花時間在城裡觀光,而是把自己的房子變成了一座小教堂。我們注意到兩件事:首先,他作為織帳棚的人自己支付了事工的費用(使徒行傳 18:3),並且“歡迎所有來見他的人”。好客是我們基督教信仰中失落的藝術之一。當我們將大部分活動集中在教堂建築內時,我們常常忘記或沒有時間歡迎人們進入我們的家。其次,保羅傳道,“放膽無阻地傳講神的國,教訓人關於主耶穌基督的道”。在我們當前的文化中,沒有比現在更重要的時刻來傳講和教導神的國度了。

在猶太人的傳統中,家被稱為 mikdash ma’at,“小聖所”。將您的小聖所變成猶太空間更多的是您的家人在裡面做什麼(慶祝節日、歡迎客人、學習和教學),而不是它的外觀。


讓我們的家成為一個 mikdash ma’at(一個“小聖所”)來歡迎客人,並向我們的孩子和來我們家的人教導上帝的話語。


Finally, after a rough journey, Paul arrived in Rome. Surprisingly, even as a prisoner, Paul had much freedom to live his life. Nevertheless, he did not spend time sightseeing in the city but made his house into a small church. We notice two things: first, he paid his own expenses for the ministry as a tentmaker (Acts 18:3) and  “welcomed all who came to him.” Hospitality is one of the lost arts in our Christian faith. When we focus most of our activities inside the church building, we often forget, or have no time, to welcome people into our homes. Second, Paul preached, “proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.” There has never been a more important time to preach and teach about the Kingdom of God than now, in our current culture.

In Jewish tradition, the home is called a mikdash ma’at, “little sanctuary.” Making your little sanctuary into a Jewish space is more a matter of what your family does inside it (celebrating holidays, welcoming guests, learning and teaching) than what it looks like. (How to Raise a Jewish Child by Anita Diamant and Karen Kushner)

Let our homes become a mikdash ma’at (a “little sanctuary”) to welcome guests and to teach God’s word to our children and to those who come to our home.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Please help us turn our homes into a “little sanctuary” to shine forth your goodness and beauty to those who come to our homes. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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