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バイブルクラスが行われました



Bible class on Saturday July 4, 2015

 

この日は三名の出席でした。いよいよマタイによる福音書も最後です。

前章で金持ちの弟子アリマタヤのヨセフの用意した墓に納められたイエスは、週のはじめの日の夜明けにはすでにそこには無く、復活を遂げてガリラヤに行かれました。

The Messageのこの28章のタイトルはRisen from the Dead(黄泉からの復活)ですが、この最後の28章に登場する一人一人は、私たちの現実社会をズバリ反映しているようにも受け止めることができます。墓の前で天変地異に恐れおののく二人のマリアと番兵、墓を塞ぐ大石を取り除く天使、不正なお金を用いて総督に事実と違う報告をさせる権力者、ガリラヤで復活したイエスに再会しながらも未だ疑う弟子。神のみ使いである天使以外は、みな恐れや不正、そして重圧や不信仰に支配されている者ばかりです。

でもイエスが説いた神の国からほど遠いこの現実社会がイエスの大宣教命令の起点であり、先ず悔い改めるべき人であり、そして私たち自身であると悟るべきでしょう。

 

God authorized and commanded me:「神はわたし(イエス)に権限を与え、命じられている」

未熟な弟子たちや今も私たちキリスト者に発せられている大宣教命令、これは神が与えた権限と命令で、全世界の人すべてを対象に洗礼と福音教化を世の終わりまで行えとかなり具体的に命じています。この命令はすなわち教会の具体的な使命であり、神が与えてくださった権限に裏打ちされた教会の社会的責任であると思います。

しかし注意したいのは、責任だけを教会の中心に据えることは、あまりに視野が狭く方向を誤ることを懸念します。責任はそれだけでは意味や働きを為しません。具体的な権限や能力と対になってはじめて責任を果たせるわけです。福音書は具体的に教会の権限と責任を規定していると思います。もし権限や能力の及ばないところにまで責任を持つならば越権です。したがって何が教会の社会的な責任かではなく、何が正しい教会の権限で備えられ与えられた能力かがとても重要です。復活のイエスが託されたキリスト者、教会としての権限と使命ゆえに、私たちはいかなる影響を社会に与えるべきか、また社会からの期待は何かをよくよく考える必要があると思います。

 

Matthew 28 The Message (MSG)

Risen from the Dead

28 1-4 After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God's angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing. He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn't move.

5-6 The angel spoke to the women: "There is nothing to fear here. I know you're looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed.

"Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, 'He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.' That's the message."

8-10 The women, deep in wonder and full of joy, lost no time in leaving the tomb. They ran to tell the disciples. Then Jesus met them, stopping them in their tracks. "Good morning!" he said. They fell to their knees, embraced his feet, and worshiped him. Jesus said, "You're holding on to me for dear life! Don't be frightened like that. Go tell my brothers that they are to go to Galilee, and that I'll meet them there."

11-15 Meanwhile, the guards had scattered, but a few of them went into the city and told the high priests everything that had happened. They called a meeting of the religious leaders and came up with a plan: They took a large sum of money and gave it to the soldiers, bribing them to say, "His disciples came in the night and stole the body while we were sleeping." They assured them, "If the governor hears about your sleeping on duty, we will make sure you don't get blamed." The soldiers took the bribe and did as they were told. That story, cooked up in the Jewish High Council, is still going around.

16-17 Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.

18-20 Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: "God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age."

 

次回718日からルカによる福音書を学びます。

次回担当者の方から次のような宿題が出ました。

「四福音書の冒頭を読んでくること。それによってルカ福音書の特徴をつかむ。」


【2015年7月 4日】