Peace in the Midst of Pandemic
疫情中有平安 Peace in the Midst of Pandemic
Isaiah 9:1-7; John 14:27
My Sermon Notes from May 24, 2020 Full Text:
以賽亞書 Isaiah 9:1-7
1 但那受過痛苦的，必不再見幽暗。從前神使西布倫地和拿弗他利地被藐視，末後卻使這沿海的路，約旦河外，外邦人的加利利地，得著榮耀。 2 在黑暗中行走的百姓看見了大光，住在死蔭之地的人有光照耀他們。 3 你使這國民繁多，加增他們的喜樂。他們在你面前歡喜，好像收割的歡喜，像人分擄物那樣的快樂。 4 因為他們所負的重軛和肩頭上的杖，並欺壓他們人的棍，你都已經折斷，好像在米甸的日子一樣。 5 戰士在亂殺之間所穿戴的盔甲，並那滾在血中的衣服，都必作為可燒的，當做火柴。 6 因有一嬰孩為我們而生，有一子賜給我們，政權必擔在他的肩頭上。他名稱為奇妙、策士、全能的神、永在的父、和平的君。 7 他的政權與平安必加增無窮，他必在大衛的寶座上治理他的國，以公平、公義使國堅定穩固，從今直到永遠。萬軍之耶和華的熱心必成就這事。
1 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. 3 You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. 4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
約翰福音 John 14:27
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
1. What are your worries and concerns?
2. How can you attain peace of mind in the midst of these difficulties?
3. What are the qualities of Jesus that gives you the assurance of peace in this time of lockdown?
4. How can you help others experience the peace that passes all understanding?