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バイブルクラスがおこなわれました

 

Bible class on Saturday November 28th, 2015


この日のバイブルクラスも3名の例会になりました。

聖書の個所はルカによる福音書の7章です。

聖書の個所には、イエスの奇跡や赦しの物語がいくつか描かれていますが、今日バイブルクラスで特に話題になったのが、Is This What You Were Expecting? 「あなたは来たるべき方ですか?」(小見出し)から、バプテスマのヨハネと救い主イエスとの間柄にかかわる個所でした。

イエスとはいとこの先駆者ヨハネは、この時点で統治者ヘロデによって拘束されいましたが、聖書ではヨハネが獄中から弟子をイエスのもとに使わして20・・・・・"John the Baptizer sent us to ask you, 'Are you the One we've been expecting, or are we still waiting?'"「私たちはバプテスマのヨハネからの使いの者ですが、あなたは来たるべき方ですか?、それともほかの方を待たねばなりませんか?」と、ヨハネはあらためて「あなたは神の子・待望の救い主か?」と尋ねさせています。これは取りようによってはヨハネのふた心、あるいは神の子イエスに対する疑念とも受け取れる言動です。

しかし、この場面でイエスはヨハネに直に会ってはいませんが、ヨハネとその弟子たちに対して(たぶんイエスの弟子たちもその場にいたのではないかと推測できます)、バプテスマのヨハネに最大限の尊敬と寛容さを口にしています。What then? A messenger from God? That's right, a messenger! Probably the greatest messenger you'll ever hear. He is the messenger Malachi announced when he wrote,

I'm sending my messenger on ahead To make the road smooth for you.「では何を見に行ったのか?神のメッセンジャーか?そうだ!おそらく、あなたがたがこれまで訊いたこともないような最も偉大なメッセンジャーだ。彼(洗礼者ヨハネ)こそマラキ書に紹介されているメッセンジャーである。『わたしはあなたより先に使者を遣わし、あなたの前に道を準備させよう』。

また、以前学んだマタイ福音書の11章の並行個所(13節)には、イエスの言葉としてこのような記述がありました。「すべての預言者と律法が予言したのは、ヨハネの時までである。・・・・」
おそらくかつてイエスは荒野で先駆者ヨハネに学んだ時期もあったかと推測できますが、この時点でともに神から遣わされた二人の対場と役割が決定的に違うことがわかります。


★次回バイブルクラスは、12月5日(土)午後3時から教会会議室で、ルカ福音書8章を学びます。英語と聖書にご興味のある方の参加をお待ちいたしております。


Luke 7 The Message (MSG)

A Place of Holy Mystery

1-5 When he finished speaking to the people, he entered Capernaum. A Roman captain there had a servant who was on his deathbed. He prized him highly and didn't want to lose him. When he heard Jesus was back, he sent leaders from the Jewish community asking him to come and heal his servant. They came to Jesus and urged him to do it, saying, "He deserves this. He loves our people. He even built our meeting place."


6-8 Jesus went with them. When he was still quite far from the house, the captain sent friends to tell him, "Master, you don't have to go to all this trouble. I'm not that good a person, you know. I'd be embarrassed for you to come to my house, even embarrassed to come to you in person. Just give the order and my servant will get well. I'm a man under orders; I also give orders. I tell one soldier, 'Go,' and he goes; another, 'Come,' and he comes; my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it."


9-10 Taken aback, Jesus addressed the accompanying crowd: "I've yet to come across this kind of simple trust anywhere in Israel, the very people who are supposed to know about God and how he works." When the messengers got back home, they found the servant up and well.


11-15 Not long after that, Jesus went to the village Nain. His disciples were with him, along with quite a large crowd. As they approached the village gate, they met a funeral procession--a woman's only son was being carried out for burial. And the mother was a widow. When Jesus saw her, his heart broke. He said to her, "Don't cry." Then he went over and touched the coffin. The pallbearers stopped. He said, "Young man, I tell you: Get up." The dead son sat up and began talking. Jesus presented him to his mother.

16-17 They all realized they were in a place of holy mystery, that God was at work among them. They were quietly worshipful--and then noisily grateful, calling out among themselves, "God is back, looking to the needs of his people!" The news of Jesus spread all through the country.

Is This What You Were Expecting?

18-19 John's disciples reported back to him the news of all these events taking place. He sent two of them to the Master to ask the question, "Are you the One we've been expecting, or are we still waiting?"

20 The men showed up before Jesus and said, "John the Baptizer sent us to ask you, 'Are you the One we've been expecting, or are we still waiting?'"

21-23 In the next two or three hours Jesus healed many from diseases, distress, and evil spirits. To many of the blind he gave the gift of sight. Then he gave his answer: "Go back and tell John what you have just seen and heard:

The blind see,
The lame walk,
Lepers are cleansed,
The deaf hear,
The dead are raised,
The wretched of the earth
    have God's salvation hospitality extended to them.

"Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves fortunate!"

24-27 After John's messengers left to make their report, Jesus said more about John to the crowd of people. "What did you expect when you went out to see him in the wild? A weekend camper? Hardly. What then? A sheik in silk pajamas? Not in the wilderness, not by a long shot. What then? A messenger from God? That's right, a messenger! Probably the greatest messenger you'll ever hear. He is the messenger Malachi announced when he wrote,

I'm sending my messenger on ahead
To make the road smooth for you.

28-30 "Let me lay it out for you as plainly as I can: No one in history surpasses John the Baptizer, but in the kingdom he prepared you for, the lowliest person is ahead of him. The ordinary and disreputable people who heard John, by being baptized by him into the kingdom, are the clearest evidence; the Pharisees and religious officials would have nothing to do with such a baptism, wouldn't think of giving up their place in line to their inferiors.

31-35 "How can I account for the people of this generation? They're like spoiled children complaining to their parents, 'We wanted to skip rope and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk but you were always too busy.' John the Baptizer came fasting and you called him crazy. The Son of Man came feasting and you called him a lush. Opinion polls don't count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating."

Anointing His Feet

36-39 One of the Pharisees asked him over for a meal. He went to the Pharisee's house and sat down at the dinner table. Just then a woman of the village, the town harlot, having learned that Jesus was a guest in the home of the Pharisee, came with a bottle of very expensive perfume and stood at his feet, weeping, raining tears on his feet. Letting down her hair, she dried his feet, kissed them, and anointed them with the perfume. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man was the prophet I thought he was, he would have known what kind of woman this is who is falling all over him."

40 Jesus said to him, "Simon, I have something to tell you."

"Oh? Tell me."

41-42 "Two men were in debt to a banker. One owed five hundred silver pieces, the other fifty. Neither of them could pay up, and so the banker canceled both debts. Which of the two would be more grateful?"

43-47 Simon answered, "I suppose the one who was forgiven the most."

"That's right," said Jesus. Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, he said, "Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn't quit kissing my feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. Impressive, isn't it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal."

48 Then he spoke to her: "I forgive your sins."

49 That set the dinner guests talking behind his back: "Who does he think he is, forgiving sins!"

50 He ignored them and said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

The Message (MSG)


【2015年11月28日】