那是您的见证人吗？ 读经： Isaiah书二十五章1至4、8、9节
When we meet together for our memorial meeting it causes us to think of
the glorious time when we will be the bride of Christ. Like a young
virgin marrying her long waited for groom, so it will be with us meeting
Christ at his return, and being with him for eternity. The believers
being likened to a bride on her wedding day is a common metaphor in the
Bible, for example in Revelation 19:7-8:
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage
of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her
was granted that she should be arrayed in fine, linen, clean and white:
for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints”
Now is our time when we are making ourselves ready for the marriage of
the Lamb. A marriage is a well thought out arrangement and every detail
is carefully arranged. When a date is set for a marriage the betrothed
couple feel excited and eagerly anticipate their wedding day. Now as we
prepare for the marriage of the Lamb, we should be eagerly anticipating
that day, and preparing to meet our bridegroom. Figuratively speaking,
we were given white garments at our baptism and we want to keep them
unspotted from the world (James 1:27).
While we wait for our bridegroom to come to the wedding we obviously
want to remain faithful to him. If we have false idols in our hearts we
are committing spiritual adultery. Paul warned the Corinthians about
this in 2 Corinthians chapter 11 verses 2 and 3:
在那在此以前的十章经文，Isaiah一向陈诉神将会怎么样审判以色列（Israel）的周遭列国。近年来，他霍然唱出一首颂赞的诗词，它事实上是他的知情者。艾塞亚即便是意味着以色列国（The State of Israel）民对神发出颂赞，但它却是从她的
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy:for I have espoused you
to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But
I fear, lets by any means as the serpent beguiled Eve through his
subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is
The serpent told a lie to Eve which led her to sin, which caused her to
be expelled from the garden in Eden. Eve knew what God had said, but
chose to disobey God as it was more appealing to her. If we believe the
lies of the serpent we too may find that there isn’t a place for us in
the Kingdom. We must have the word of God constantly in our mind and do
only what it requires of us. The serpent which tells us lies may take
many forms, it may be the media, other people, or even our own heart
which tells us things which are not in accordance with the word of God.
过多释经家都相信，以色列国（The State of Israel）人终必来到这几个境界，正是承认神是她们的神，以致他们会亲口唱出艾塞亚书那篇诗文。但大家又怎样呢？大家能还是无法前天就唱出那首随笔呢？大家可以还是不可以从心里颂赞那位重视我们的神，知道她在大家身上成功的万事，都以为了大家的裨益和为了突显他的体面？
Today we read about the downfall of one of the wisest men who have ever
lived, King Solomon. The chapter we read, 1Kings chapter 11 is very sad
because Solomon could have established the Kingdom of Israel as God’s
Kingdom, but instead he did not do what God commanded him.
The chapter begins with the words“But king Solomon loved many strange
women”. The first mistake Solomon made was taking other wives beside the
daughter of Pharaoh (who was a proselyte to the true worship of Yahweh).
Although it was the custom of the day for a ruler to take many wives, it
is not what God intended for the human race.
IS THIS YOUR TESTIMONY? Bible Reading: Isaiah 25:1-4, 8, 9
1 O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name,For
You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness
The King of Israel was expressly commanded not to take many wives in
2 For You have made a city a ruin, A fortified city a ruin, A palace of
foreigners to be a city no more; It will never be rebuilt.
“Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not
3 Therefore the strong people will glorify You; The city of the terrible
nations will fear You.
4 For You have been a strength to the poor, A strength to the needy in
his distress, A refuge from the storm, A shade from the heat; For the
blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
God knew that the King would stray from following the word of God if he
chose more than one wife. It may have been acceptable in his culture,
and looked well upon by the world to take lots of wives, but God said
that he was not to do it. That should have been the end of the question.
God said no.
8 He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord God will wipe away
tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from
all the earth; For the Lord has spoken.
9 And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; We have
waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; We have waited
for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”
In the previous ten chapters Isaiah has been telling how God was going
to deal with the various nations around Israel. Now he breaks out in a
song which is really a testimony. It is spoken on behalf of Israel but
is also very personal from the heart of Isaiah himself. However Israel
could only sing these verses when it had come to truly recognise
God-what he is-who he is and that his Son is Jesus Christ. So it is with
us. Only when we come to recognise Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord
does he put a new song in our hearts, even praise to our God.
When God made Adam, he said in Genesis 2 verse 18: “It is not good
that the man should be alone; I will make an help meet for him”. God
recognised that the man needed a suitable partner, but he only made one
wife. God could have made Adam many wives, but the Divine decree was
that he was only to have one wife. Malachi comments on this in Malachi
chapter 2 verse 15: “And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue
of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed.
Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously
against the wife of his youth”
These words were spoken out of deep gratitude to God for all he had done
and was going to do. We could put the first two verses out of our own
experience something like this:
‘Oh Lord I want to tell you again that you and you alone are my God. I
want to praise you for all you have meant to me and all you have done
for me. I can see now all that you have been doing. You made your plan
for my life long ago and you have been working it out day by day even
when I could not see or tell what you were doing. Thank you for your
This also shows that divorce and re-marriage is wrong in the sight of
God. Jesus also reinforced this idea in Luke 16 verse
18:“Whosoever putteth away his wife, and married than other,
committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from
her husband committeth adultery”.
Is that your testimony today? You may not have understood all that God
was doing but you have come to trust him. As you look back you can see
the way his hand has led. His one purpose has been to lead you closer to
Many Bible teachers believe that Israel will yet come to this place of
recognition of God as their God and that they will yet sing this song
from Isaiah. But what about ourselves? Can we make these words our own
today? Can we in a fresh way put our trust in the God who loves us and
wants our good knowing he will only allow what is for our best and for
Although it is not recorded that Solomon divorced any of his wives, the
principal is true that God who has created us, created us to only have
one husband or one wife for life, unless our husband or wife dies. This
is mentioned many times in the Bible, for example in Romans chapter 7
verse 3: “So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to
another man, she shall be called an adulteress”.
CAN WE SAY IN A NEW WAY TODAY:
I am trusting thee Lord Jesus, trusting only thee.
We read of the second aspect of Solomon’s departure from God’s
commandment in verses 1 and 2 of 1 Kings 11. The Jews were not to marry
wives from the foreign nations, as we read in Deuteronomy chapter 7
verses 2 to 3:
“And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt
smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with
them, nor show mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with
them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter
shalt thou take unto thy son”.
When the Israelites returned from Babylon they again forsook the
commandment in marrying foreign wives, and Nehemiah told them about the
example of Solomon in Nehemiah 13:26:“Did not Solomon king of Israel
sin by these things? Yet among many nations was there no king like him,
who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel:
nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin”.
Nehemiah points out to the Jews who had married foreign wives, that even
Solomon was caused to sin by marrying foreigners. It is very sad to read
of such a great man like Solomon, who we read was beloved of his God,
falling so badly for marrying foreign wives. Perhaps Solomon thought he
would teach them the Truth, but instead we read inverse 4 that“his
wives turned away his heart after other gods”.
Solomon was the wisest man who has ever lived, besides the Lord Jesus
Christ, and yet we don’t read that he could teach even one of his
foreign wives about the God whom he worshipped, the God of Israel, but
instead his wives taught him about their foreign gods.
Solomon是史上除了主耶稣基督以外最有智慧的人，但是我们尚无看到她教育了另外三个外邦妻子他所敬拜的神，以色列国（The State of Israel）的神，反之是她的老伴向她牵线了她们国家异教的神。
The lesson for us is very clear, if such a man like Solomon made such a
mistake why would we think that we could have a different outcome if we
either marry more than one husband or wife in our lifetime, or marry
someone who is not a baptised believer of the God of Israel?
给咱们的训诫十分领会：假如就连像Solomon这样的人都犯了那样的失实，大家凭什么感觉只要咱们也可能有二个以上的丈夫或老婆，也许跟三个从没有过受洗信以色列国（The State of Israel）的神的人结合，大家的结局就能区别啊？
The New Testament also clearly saysthat marriage for believers must be
to other believers. For example: “She is at liberty to be married to
whom she will; only in the Lord” 1Corinthians 7:39 Be ye not
unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath
righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with
darkenss? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he
that believeth with an infidel?” 2 Corinthians 6:14-15
Marriage is such an important event that changes our life forever. It is
imperative in our battle against sin and the gods of this world that our
partner in marriage is walking with us towards the Kingdom. Amos
writes:“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Amos:3
Although it is important that our wife or husband is a believer, if we
were already married when we came into the Truth weare commanded not to
divorce our wife or husband, but we should do our utmost to convert them
by our way of life. Paul says: “And unto the married I command, yet
not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband”
1 Corinthians 7:10
And Peter says:“Likewise ye wives, be in subjection to your own
husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word
be won by the conversation of the wives” 1 Peter 3:1
This is because divorce is fundamentally wrong. Jesus said that the
marriage between a man and woman is joined together by God in Matthew
chapter 19 verse 6:“Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh.
What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder”.
Having said this, it is true that there may be cases, such as with
domestic violence when a couple cannot stay together. God knows our
Nevertheless, if we have children it is important that they are brought
up in a 2 parent household with their biological mother and father, if
at all possible. This is what God intended in marriage,that a godly seed
will be produced. We read this in Malachi chapter 2 verses 15 and
16:“That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your
spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
For the LORD the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away…”
We read of the devastatingimpactSolomon’s foreign wives had on him in 1
Kings chapter 11. In verse 9 wereadthat“the LORD was angry with
Solomon,because his heart was turnedfrom the LORD God of Israel”.In
verse 11 weread that God‘will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and
will give it to thy servant”.
Solomon was deemed unfit to be King over the Kingdom of Israel because
his wives turned his heart to the gods of the nations. Solomon was given
so much by God, but he turned away from the God of Israel. It seems
Solomon repented in his old age when he wrote Ecclesiastes,and we pray
that he will be in the Kingdom.
Solomon被断定不适同盟以色列国（The State of Israel）的王，因为她的老伴们让他的心向着外邦的神。神赐给了Solomon那样多的事物，但他却转而背离以色列国的神，就像是Solomon在他年长写传道书的时候悔改了，大家祈求他会得进神国。
When Paul wrote the 11thchapter ofHebrews he wrote of many examples of
faith displayed in the OldTestament.Hebrews chapter 11 is sometimes
called the “roll call of faith”. ButcuriouslySolomon’s name does not
appear in this chapter.
Let us now go forward to the Kingdom with the words of Hebrews chapter
12 verse 1 in our minds:“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and
the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the
race that is set before us”.
We read in Hebrews chapter 11 of men andwomen of faith who gave glory to
God in their lives by their faith. They wereactive in their lives in
doing what God required of them. If we are going to bein the Kingdom, it
is essential we follow their example and live our lives bythe faith of
A runner in a race does not compete with extra weights tied to him. He
wants to maximise his chances of winning by removing anything which
might impede his running to the finishing line. Likewise in our race to
the Kingdom we should discard anything which is impeding us spiritually,
whether it is friends, a boyfriend or girlfriend who are not believers;
television, movies or music which takes our heart away from God; or
sport which introduces us to the idols of the world. Let us remove them
in our race for eternal life.
Verse 2 of Hebrews chapter 12 says: ‘Lookingunto Jesus the author
and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right
hand of the throne of God”.
In our race to the Kingdom we must have our eyes focussed on the Lord
Jesus Christ who has run before us and finished the race. Jesus was able
to fully dedicate his life to God even though it meant a horrible and
painful death on the cross. He was able to stop his mind of thinking of
the shame and pain of the cross by thinking of the joy of the Kingdom.
We also must carry our cross now, if that means we must remain single to
the Kingdom, that is the cross we must carry. The cross we carry now may
be shameful and painful, it may not be what we want to do, but we must
carry our cross towards the Kingdom. We can overcome, as Christ overcame
by setting our minds towards the joy of the Kingdom.
Anything we forsake now for the Kingdom will be worth it when we hear
the words of Jesus: ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou
hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many
things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord” Matthew 25:21
We will be rulers in the Kingdom. Solomon was denied the Kingship of
Israel for marrying foreign wives, but we pray that we will be accounted
faithful and allowed to be kings and priests in the
Kingdom (Revelation 5:10).
前途大家将会在神国中掌权。Solomon因为娶外邦女生而被神否认了他在以色列国（The State of Israel）国的军权，但大家祈求本人将会被算为敬虔的人，在神国里作王，作祭司（启示录5:10）。
Our Lord Jesus Christ gave his whole life in the service to his Father.
Let us now eat the bread and drink the wine to remember this, and to
strive to follow his example, carrying our cross now, but with our eyes
firmly fixed on the glory that shall follow.