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「道成了肉身,住在我們中間,充充滿滿的有恩典(Charis)有真理(Alethia)。我們也見過他的榮光,正是父獨生子的榮光。」(約翰福音1:14)

數字上的驕傲

Census 100 Stamp昨天讀經讀到歷代志上21章1至17節,撒但引誘大衛擅自去作人口普查,點數可參軍的男丁,怎料犯了大罪惹來上帝的忿怒,使災禍降給以色列人,死了七萬人。翻看出埃及記30章11至16節,人口普查在律法上是容許的,但各人必須為自己的生命把贖價奉給耶和華,免得有災殃降下來。我想,為什麼會有這樣的規定呢?人口普查本質上有什麼問題呢?究竟大衛犯了什麼彌天大罪呢?

讀到 ESV Study Bible 出 30:12 的註釋,這樣話:”The fact that the ransom is explained as averting a plague warns Israel against allowing a census to replace their dependence upon the Lord. Pride in numbers appears to be the reason for the adverse judgment on David’s census.” 代上 21:1 的註釋也說明:”This census was sinful probably because it arose from David’s presumptuous military ambitions and pride, rather than from Yahweh’s express command.”

對於今天那些只是不斷追求人數增長的教會,認為人越多便越成功,而忽略了對神的依靠,這段經文實是一個十分鄭重的警告。你越想增長,小心上帝反而減你人數,叫你知道我們要靠的不是人多勢眾,而是祂的說話和同在。

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