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イングリッシュ バイブルクラスが行われました

Bible class on Saturday, 20th December, 2014

 

明日21日の日曜は教会のクリスマス礼拝、そして24日の晩はクリスマス・イブ賛美礼拝があります。

いよいよ緑星教会のイングリッシュ・バイブルクラスも今回が今年最後となりました。

今回の聖書の学び箇所は、マタイによる福音書の21章23節から終わりまでです。この21章からいよいよイエス最後の一週間の出来事が記されています。前回は棕櫚の日曜のエルサレム入城や月曜のイエスの宮清めなどの出来事、そして今日の箇所は火曜に起きたエルサレム神殿でのイエスの権威に関する祭司、律法学者、役人との激しい議論の場面が舞台となっています。

 

True Authority

23 Then he was back in the Temple, teaching. The high priests and leaders of the people came up and demanded, "Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to teach here?"

24-25 Jesus responded, "First let me ask you a question. You answer my question and I'll answer yours. About the baptism of John--who authorized it: heaven or humans?"

25-27 They were on the spot and knew it. They pulled back into a huddle and whispered, "If we say 'heaven,' he'll ask us why we didn't believe him; if we say 'humans,' we're up against it with the people because they all hold John up as a prophet." They decided to concede that round to Jesus. "We don't know," they answered.

Jesus said, "Then neither will I answer your question.

The Story of Two Sons

28 "Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, 'Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.'

29 "The son answered, 'I don't want to.' Later on he thought better of it and went.

30 "The father gave the same command to the second son. He answered, 'Sure, glad to.' But he never went.

31-32 "Which of the two sons did what the father asked?"

They said, "The first."

Jesus said, "Yes, and I tell you that crooks and whores are going to precede you into God's kingdom. John came to you showing you the right road. You turned up your noses at him, but the crooks and whores believed him. Even when you saw their changed lives, you didn't care enough to change and believe him.

The Story of the Greedy Farmhands

33-34 "Here's another story. Listen closely. There was once a man, a wealthy farmer, who planted a vineyard. He fenced it, dug a winepress, put up a watchtower, then turned it over to the farmhands and went off on a trip. When it was time to harvest the grapes, he sent his servants back to collect his profits.

35-37 "The farmhands grabbed the first servant and beat him up. The next one they murdered. They threw stones at the third but he got away. The owner tried again, sending more servants. They got the same treatment. The owner was at the end of his rope. He decided to send his son. 'Surely,' he thought, 'they will respect my son.'

38-39 "But when the farmhands saw the son arrive, they rubbed their hands in greed. 'This is the heir! Let's kill him and have it all for ourselves.' They grabbed him, threw him out, and killed him.

40 "Now, when the owner of the vineyard arrives home from his trip, what do you think he will do to the farmhands?"

41 "He'll kill them--a rotten bunch, and good riddance," they answered. "Then he'll assign the vineyard to farmhands who will hand over the profits when it's time."

42-44 Jesus said, "Right--and you can read it for yourselves in your Bibles:

The stone the masons threw out
    is now the cornerstone.
This is God's work;
    we rub our eyes, we can hardly believe it!

"This is the way it is with you. God's kingdom will be taken back from you and handed over to a people who will live out a kingdom life. Whoever stumbles on this Stone gets shattered; whoever the Stone falls on gets smashed."

45-46 When the religious leaders heard this story, they knew it was aimed at them. They wanted to arrest Jesus and put him in jail, but, intimidated by public opinion, they held back. Most people held him to be a prophet of God.

The Message (MSG)

 

The Messageが記す今回の学びの箇所には"True Authority:本当の権威"、"The Story of Two Sons:二人の息子のたとえ"、"The Story of the Greedy Farmhands:貪欲な農場労働者のたとえ"の三つの物語がありますが、ここでもイエスが説く神の国の持論はたとえ話によって一層有効に機能し、当時のユダヤの政治、宗教、司法の権力者たちに対してぐうの音も出ない程に彼らの不信仰を暴き、そして彼らを追い詰めていきます。

しかしその後わずか2、3日で、福音書は劇的なイエスの十字架の場面に向かって急展開されていきます。

次回は年明け最初のバイブルクラスは、2015年1月17日、マタイによる福音書の22章に入っていきます。


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【2014年12月20日】