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バイブルクラスが行われました

Bible class on Saturday April 9,2016


今日のバイブルクラスは3名でした。

学びの個所はルカ福音書11章に入り、今回は1節から28節までを学びました。

この章の冒頭、Ask for What You Need「あなたがたの必要なものを求めなさい」には、弟子の教えの求めに応えたイエスの主の祈りの個所があります。

The Messageでは主の祈りの言葉が現代風にアレンジされていました。もちろん従来の主の祈りの要旨と変わりありませんが、比較の意味でオーソドックスな英語の主の祈りを記します。(New King James Versionより)

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us day by day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.

And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one."[c]

以下のThe Messageの主の祈り(文中下線)と大分言葉が違います。

 

また主の祈り・Lord's Prayerは欧米ではポピュラーソングとしてメロディーを付けよく歌われているそうです。You TubeSusan BoyleJackie Evanchoなど数多くの著名な歌手のLord's Prayerを聴くことができます。

 

新約聖書に記されたイエスの主の祈りも旧約のモーセの十戒も共に前半が神と人との関係、後半が人と人との在り方が要約されています。また別の個所ではイエスが律法学者から多くの戒めのなかで最も優れた戒めはなにかと問われた際、「一番たいせつなのは『イスラエルよ。聞け。われらの神である主は、唯一の主である。心を尽くし、思いを尽くし、知性を尽くし、力を尽くして、あなたの神である主を愛せ。』 次に『あなたの隣人をあなた自身のように愛せ。』この二つより大事な命令はほかにない。」(マルコ12:29-31)と答えています。

何事においても先ず始めに神、次に人が信仰の基本課題のようです。

 

また前半の他の個所にもThe Message特徴があらわれている面白い個所を発見しました。

11節に相当するところから13節の個所で、イエスのたとえの中で親に食べ物を求める子供が"boy"と"girl "を主語に2本立に描かれています。したがって子供が求めている具体的な食べ物も"fish"と"egg"の二種類、対する代わりに差し出す食べ物も"snake "と"spider"と二種類になっています。

著者の意図は何だったんでしょうか。皆さんとの学びの中で少し話題になりました。

If your little "boy" asks for a serving of "fish", do you scare him with a live "snake "on his plate? If your little "girl "asks for an "egg", do you trick her with a "spider"? As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing--you're at least decent to your own children. And don't you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?"

 

Luke 11 The Message (MSG)

Ask for What You Need

11 One day he was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, "Master, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples."

2-4 So he said, "When you pray, say,

Father,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil."

5-6 Then he said, "Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don't have a thing on hand.'

"The friend answers from his bed, 'Don't bother me. The door's locked; my children are all down for the night; I can't get up to give you anything.'

"But let me tell you, even if he won't get up because he's a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he'll finally get up and get you whatever you need.

"Here's what I'm saying:

Ask and you'll get;
Seek and you'll find;
Knock and the door will open.

10-13 "Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing--you're at least decent to your own children. And don't you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?"

No Neutral Ground

14-16 Jesus delivered a man from a demon that had kept him speechless. The demon gone, the man started talking a blue streak, taking the crowd by complete surprise. But some from the crowd were cynical. "Black magic," they said. "Some devil trick he's pulled from his sleeve." Others were skeptical, waiting around for him to prove himself with a spectacular miracle.

17-20 Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, "Any country in civil war for very long is wasted. A constantly squabbling family falls to pieces. If Satan cancels Satan, is there any Satan left? You accuse me of ganging up with the Devil, the prince of demons, to cast out demons, but if you're slinging devil mud at me, calling me a devil who kicks out devils, doesn't the same mud stick to your own exorcists? But if it's God's finger I'm pointing that sends the demons on their way, then God's kingdom is here for sure.

21-22 "When a strong man, armed to the teeth, stands guard in his front yard, his property is safe and sound. But what if a stronger man comes along with superior weapons? Then he's beaten at his own game, the arsenal that gave him such confidence hauled off, and his precious possessions plundered.

23 "This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you're not on my side, you're the enemy; if you're not helping, you're making things worse.

24-26 "When a corrupting spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn't find anyone, it says, 'I'll go back to my old haunt.' On return, it finds the person swept and dusted, but vacant. It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits dirtier than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse than if he'd never gotten cleaned up in the first place."

27 While he was saying these things, some woman lifted her voice above the murmur of the crowd: "Blessed the womb that carried you, and the breasts at which you nursed!"

28 Jesus commented, "Even more blessed are those who hear God's Word and guard it with their lives!"

 

次回はいつもの第三土曜日4/16の午後3時からLuke 11の後半を学びます。


【2016年4月 9日】