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バイブルクラスが行われました

 

Bible class on Saturday February 20,2016

ボリュームの多いルカ福音書ですが、9章も今回の3回目でひとまず終わりです。

今日もいつもの三名で聖書のみ言葉と英語を学びましたが、馴染み深い新約聖書の個所でありながら、日常と違う言語から受けるニュアンス、特に現代英語で綴られたThe Messageの特徴的な表現から新たな理解を深めることができました。

 

まず冒頭の41 Jesus said, "What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this?:イエスは云った。「なんという時代だ。神への信仰を持たず、あなたがたは生き方(使命)に焦点を合わせない。いったい私は何度そのようなことをしなければならないのか。私はいつまで我慢しなければならないのか」。このイエスの激しい苛立ちの発言は具体的に何に対してだったのかの話し合いました。

  • 9章冒頭の1節"Jesus now called the Twelve and gave them authority and power to deal with all the demons and cure diseases.":「イエスは12弟子を呼び、あらゆる悪霊に打ち勝ち病気を癒す権威と力をお与えになった。」にもかかわらず、この41節直前の40節には悪霊に取りつかれ苦しむ子供の父親の治してほしいという要求に弟子たちが応えられなかったことに対して。

  • この個所と前後して起きる、不出来な弟子たちの度重なる問題発言や出世欲に駆られていた弟子たちの心根を見透かしたイエスの嘆き。

このイエスの苛立ちの言葉は、ちょうど旧約の出エジプトにおける神の偉大な御業がイスラエル民族に現れエジプト脱出成功を体験したにもかかわらず、荒れ野の旅の途中に不平や不信仰を示した民に対するモーセの嘆きを想起させて場面です。

 

When the disciples James and John learned of it, they said, "Master, do you want us to call a bolt of lightning down out of the sky and incinerate them?"55-56 Jesus turned on them: "Of course not!":弟子ヤコブとヨハネがそれ(サマリヤ人の不親切)を知ったとき言った。「主よ、我々が空から稲妻を呼び寄せ、彼ら(不親切なサマリ人)焼き尽くしましょうか?」

イエスは彼らに食ってかかった。「絶対だめだ!」

  • この場面も不出来な弟子たちの象徴的な言動です。併読しているThe Voiceでは同様の個所には、James and John (outraged): 54 Lord, do You want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy these people who have rejected You? Just as Elijah did.・・・「預言者エリヤがしたように」と記されていました。この弟子たちの思い上がりにはイエスもさすがに激怒したと思います。

 

ルカ9章は多くの小見出し(場面)とともに様々なイエスと弟子たち、そして群衆の出来事が記されていましたが、けして後戻りのできないイエスの十字架への歩みがまさに始まらんとする時の弟子たちの未熟さと、そんな弟子たちに神の国を宣べ伝える権威と悪霊に打ち勝ち、病気を治す力をお与えになったキリストの深い葛藤が描かれていたように思います。

次回は、35日(土)午後3時から教会会議室にてルカ10章を学びます。

 

Luke 9The Message (MSG)

41 Jesus said, "What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this?  Bring your son here."

42-43 While he was coming, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into convulsions. Jesus stepped in, ordered the vile spirit gone, healed the boy, and handed him back to his father. They all shook their heads in wonder, astonished at God's greatness, God's majestic greatness.

Your Business Is Life

43-44 While they continued to stand around exclaiming over all the things he was doing, Jesus said to his disciples, "Treasure and ponder each of these next words: The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into human hands."

45 They didn't get what he was saying. It was like he was speaking a foreign language and they couldn't make heads or tails of it. But they were embarrassed to ask him what he meant.

46-48 They started arguing over which of them would be most famous. When Jesus realized how much this mattered to them, he brought a child to his side. "Whoever accepts this child as if the child were me, accepts me," he said. "And whoever accepts me, accepts the One who sent me. You become great by accepting, not asserting. Your spirit, not your size, makes the difference."

49 John spoke up, "Master, we saw a man using your name to expel demons and we stopped him because he wasn't of our group."

50 Jesus said, "Don't stop him. If he's not an enemy, he's an ally."

51-54 When it came close to the time for his Ascension, he gathered up his courage and steeled himself for the journey to Jerusalem. He sent messengers on ahead. They came to a Samaritan village to make arrangements for his hospitality. But when the Samaritans learned that his destination was Jerusalem, they refused hospitality. When the disciples James and John learned of it, they said, "Master, do you want us to call a bolt of lightning down out of the sky and incinerate them?"

55-56 Jesus turned on them: "Of course not!" And they traveled on to another village.

57 On the road someone asked if he could go along. "I'll go with you, wherever," he said.

58 Jesus was curt: "Are you ready to rough it? We're not staying in the best inns, you know."

Jesus said to another, "Follow me."

59 He said, "Certainly, but first excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have to make arrangements for my father's funeral."

60 Jesus refused. "First things first. Your business is life, not death. And life is urgent: Announce God's kingdom!"

61 Then another said, "I'm ready to follow you, Master, but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home."

62 Jesus said, "No procrastination. No backward looks. You can't put God's kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day."

【2016年2月20日】