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バイブルクラスがおこなわれました


今日(10月21日)のバイブルクラスは雨の日ということもあり3名の参加でした。
今回学んだのは詩篇の16と17で、前者の主題が「嗣業とは何か」、後者は詩人(ダビデ)の神への切なる嘆きの訴えと希望についてでした。
嗣業という言葉は旧約聖書によく登場しますが、この詩編の学びでその言葉に込められた根本的な意味合いの認識が少しあらたまったように感じます。
いままでは、嗣業は約束の地・イスラエルとそれに付帯する財産(遺産)のイメージが強かったのですが、詩篇16でははっきりと唯一の神様こそが具体的な嗣業のエッセンス・本質であると云っています。
神様が、私たちを守ってくださること。私たちに知恵を与え、指導してくれること。それらに様々な形で呼応しようとする私たちが、神様を求め、使えることで、時を超えて受け継がれる良い嗣業が成り立っていくことが理解できました。
16編の4節には、良い業とは正反対の事例として異教の祭儀の過ちについても述べられています。
もうひとつの17編は、神様への嘆きの訴えから始まりますが、神様への希望へと展開していく最後の15節がとても印象的です。15 But as for me, my hope is to see Your face.
    When I am vindicated, I will look upon the holy face of God,
    and when I awake, the longing of my soul will be satisfied in the glow of Your presence.
この個所を、最後の審判―復活―終末への希望と喜びとして受け止めたら少し飛躍しすぎでしょうか。
次回のバイブルクラスは引き続き詩編18を学びます。11月4日の第一土曜日午後3時からです。

Psalm 16The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 16

A prayer[a] of David.

Protect me, God, for the only safety I know is found in the moments I seek You.
I told You, Eternal One, "You are my Lord,
    for the only good I know in this world is found in You alone."

The beauty of faith-filled people encompasses me.
    
They are true, and my heart is thrilled beyond measure.
All the while
 the despair of many,
    
who abandoned Your goodness for the empty promises of false gods, increases day by day.
I refuse to pour out blood offerings,
    to utter their names from my lips.

You, Eternal One, are my sustenance and my life-giving cup.
    In that cup,
 You hold my future and my eternal riches.
My home is surrounded in beauty;
    You have gifted me with abundance and a rich legacy.

I will bless the Eternal, whose wise teaching orchestrates my days
    
and centers my mind at night.
He is ever present with me;
    at all times He goes before me
.
I will not live in fear or abandon my calling
    because He stands at my right hand.

This is a good life--my heart is glad, my soul is full of joy,
    
and my body is at rest.
    Who could want for more?

10 You will not abandon me to experience death and the grave
    or leave me to rot alone.

11 Instead, You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life.
    
As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending,
    and I know true joy and contentment.

Footnotes:

  1. 16:title Hebrew, miktam, meaning is uncertain.

Psalm 17The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

Listen, O Eternal One, to my cry for justice.
    These words of mine are true--turn Your ear toward me.
Announce that I am free of all the charges against me--only You can see into my heart to know that to be true.
    Treat me with fairness; look at me with justice.
You have searched me--my heart and soul--awakened me from dreaming and tested me.
    You've found nothing against me.
    I have resolved not to sin in what I say.
The path violent men have followed,
    I will not travel. Violence is not my way.
Your ways and Your voice now guide my journey.
I will press on--moving steadfastly forward along Your path.
    I will not look back. I will not stumble.

I am crying aloud to You, O True God, for I long to know Your answer.
    Hear me, O God. Hear my plea. Hear my prayer for help.
Put Your marvelous love on display for all to see.
    Liberator of those who long for shelter beside You,
    set them safely away from their enemies, ever welcomed by grace.

Keep close watch over me as the apple of Your eye;
    shelter me in the shadow of Your wings.
Protect me from the wicked who are poised to attack,
    from the enemies swarming around me and closing in quickly.
10 Like clay baking in the sun, their hearts have hardened;
    arrogance spills from their mouths.
11 They've tracked me down like quarry.
    They're surrounding me
    and are poised to throw me down into the dirt.
12 Like a lion--crouching in the brush--they are ready to tear me apart.
    Like young lions in their hiding places, they are poised to strike.

13 Rise up and confront them, O Eternal One! Make them pay.
    By Your sword, set me free from my wicked enemies!
14 May Your rescue find me here.
    By Your hand, save me from my enemies, Eternal One.
    Save me from men whose hopes are rooted in this world.
But as for those You cherish,
    may they feast on all You have set aside for them;
    may their children never be in need;
    may they have enough so their children will inherit their wealth.

15 But as for me, my hope is to see Your face.
    When I am vindicated, I will look upon the holy face of God,
    and when I awake, the longing of my soul will be satisfied in the glow of Your presence.


【2017年10月21日】