Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Nuan Deka Nyadi Murid Jesus Bakani: John, Herod tauka Herodias? (Mark 6:14-29)

Nyadi orang ti udah nangkap John Pemaptisa suba ari asoh Rajah Herod empu, lalu disimpan iya dalam tutup. Kebuah Herod ngereja utai nya laban Herodias, ti udah jadi enggau iya, taja indu nya bini menyadi iya ti benama Pilip. John Pemaptisa selalu madah ngagai Herod, ko iya, ‘Nuan enda tau jadi enggau bini menyadi nuan empu!’ Nya alai Herodias pedis ati ngagai John lalu deka munoh iya, tang iya enda ulih munoh John, laban Herod. Nyadi Herod takut ka John laban iya nemu John nya orang ti manah sereta kudus, nya alai iya ngidup ka iya. Herod deka ninga ka John, taja iya selalu kena pangka jako John
(Mark 6:17-20, Berita Manah Ka Rebak Diatu)

Maya Herod ninga pasal Jesus “ngelekai di serata dunia” (6:14a), iya mikir Jesus tu John laban iya bisi ninga orang bejako, “John Pemaptisa udah angkap idup baru! Nya kebuah kuasa ti baka nya bisi ba iya” (6:14b). Ayat 17 sampai 29 nyerita ka bakani pengujung pengidup John. Bisi tiga orang dalam crita tu ti ulih nyadi ka chunto pengidup kitai Kristian: John, Herod ngau Herodias.

John sigi nabi ti brani ngau bendar. Iya selalu ngajar orang di menua puang, “Lengka ka dosa kita, awak ka kita lalu dibaptisa”. Ko iya mega, “Allah Taala deka ngampun dosa kita” (Mark 1:4). John diguna ka Tuhan “nyadi seruan” ngau “nyedia jalai” ka Tuhan Yesus (1:2). Taja pan John tu kasar dalam jako, iya nabi ti lemi ati. Iya madah ngagai anak murid iya, “[Jesus] deka beguna agi ari aku, lalu aku kurang agi beguna ari iya” (John 3:30). Jesus mega madah bakatu pasal John: “Nadai siko orang ti udah nguan dunya tu lebih besai ari John Pemaptisa…” (Matthew 11:11). Pia mega, John enda malu ngajar Herod, “Nuan enda tau jadi enggau bini menyadi nuan empu!” di mua Herod. Bagi Herod, John tu “orang ti manah sereta kudus.”

Herodias mula iya bini Pilip, tang Herod udah ngambi ka iya nyadi ka bini maya iya nyadi rajah. Herodias tu dibeda aku baka indu tik suka ngambi kesempatan. Iya gila kuasa ngau suka meri perintah ngagai laki iya Herod. John disimpan di rumah pasung (rumah tutup) “laban Herodias” (6:17). Iya amai pedis ati ninga ka jako John, nya alai Herodias ngiga “awak kena munoh John” (6:21). Iya mega indai ti enda peduli bakani orang ngelayan anak dara iya. Maya Herod udah mabuk, iya nyuruh (ko runding aku) anak dara iya betanda di mua Herod enggau pengabang ti datai. Udah Herod betanya ngagai anak dara iya, “Nama utai ti dikedeka nuan?” Anak nya “nanya indai iya, ko iya, ‘Nama utai ti patut dipinta aku?’ Disaut indai iya, ‘Pala John Pemaptisa’” (Mark 6:22, 24). Semoa dendam ngau pemetang ati iya dipuas ka enggau pemati John.

Bisi penyalin madah Herod tu “Rajah”, bisi mega ngumbai iya “Gabenor” (Luke 3:19). Herod tu orang ti bekuasa tang lemi. Iya balat ninga ka jako bini iya ti jai. Herod mega idup dalam pemetang.  Iya “ngereja mayoh macham penyai” ko Luke 3:19. Ati Herod dua tiga, nadai bisi bepanggai dini-dini. Iya rindu ngagai John tang iya mega takut. “Herod deka ninga ka John, taja iya selalu kena pangka jako John” (6:20). Ukai semina ati iya enda tetap, iya mega orang ti enda nemu bepikir maya bejako. Meda anak dara Herodias betanda di mua iya, iya nyadi rindu bendar. Nya alai Herod betanyak nama utai ti dikedeka indu dara nya seta iya besumpah, “Aku besemaya deka meri sebarang utai ti dipinta nuan, datai ka satengah ari menoa ti diperintah aku, deka meh aku meri ka nuan!” (Mark 6:23). Ketegal betanda aja, iya udah bersumpah, besemaya! John mati laban iya takut ka bini, laban malu di moa bala temuai (6:26), ngau laban enda bepikir sebedau bejako.

Kati ko pengidup Kristian nuan? Baka John Pemaptisa ti brani, lemi ati, kudus seta enda malu mantah ka penyai ti dipeda iya? Baka Herodias ti pembenci, suka ngambi kesempatan seta gila kuasa? Baka Herod ti lemi, takut, ati dua tiga serta enda bepikir maya bejako? Nuan deka idup ti ngemesai ka nama Tuhan Yesus baka pengidup John? Tauka nuan deka nyadi orang bekuasa baka Herod ngau Herodias tang pengidup ti ngereja mayoh macham penyai? Dalam crita tu, John ti manah, mati; tang Herod ngau Herodias ti jai, idup. Tang maya tu, John bulih “pengidup ti meruan” (John 3:16); Herod ngau Herodias masuk ka “api neraka” (Luke 16:24).

O Tuhan Jesus, dalam pengidup Kristian kami ajar kami idup dalam jako Nuan.
Awakka kami nitih pengidup John Pemaptisa ti brani, lemi ati, kudus
seta enda malu mantah ka penyai ti dipeda kami. Amen.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Pray for Ma Thay: Your Children or Your Faith?


For Ma Thay, the consequences of becoming a Christian began immediately. Her devoutly Buddhist husband attempted to catch Ma Thay reading her Bible so he could burn it. His initial attempts to gently persuade Ma Thay to change her mind turned violent, and he began to regularly beat her. One night, Ma Thay’s husband hit her so hard with a metal pump she had to be taken to the hospital by her neighbors. But the pain of these moments pales in comparison to the day she lost her kids. Ma Thay’s eyes fill with tears as she remembers that day. Her husband moved to another house, taking everything in the house with him: including their two sons and two daughters. “My own children, my daughters, told me that they would leave me if I did not convert back to Buddhism,” Ma Thay remembers. Ma Thay was left with an impossible, unimaginable choice between her children or her faith.


Fifty-six-year-old Ma Thay was born and raised in a Buddhist family and was a strong Buddhist herself in her younger days. From the outside looking in, Ma Thay led a normal family life. Her husband owned and maintained a cycle repair shop, while Ma Thay worked at the nearby railways as a railway track flag holder. It was through Ma Thay’s mother and younger sister that she first learned about Jesus. For years, Ma Thay tried to lure them back to Buddhism, and eventually, Ma Thay’s brother excommunicated his mom for accepting a foreign faith.

I had one younger brother who did not like it when my mother accepted Christ,” Ma Thay remembers. “He destroyed the roof, so that when it rained it leaked inside the house. He also burned my mother’s clothes. He destroyed some pieces in the house. He threw all the clothes of my mother out of the house and told her to leave the house. At that time, I thought that my younger brother was doing the right thing. I went to my mother and scolded her. But later when I became Christian, I told my brother that God is good.”

It was through her mother’s prayers and faithful influence that Ma Thay became a Christian. One day, a Christian friend who was also a Buddhist-background believer visited Ma Thay, and slowly, eventually, she accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior. Her life was changed by Christ and Ma Thay quickly began sensing the Holy Spirit’s prompting in her life. “One early morning, a little voice inside of me told me that I should learn Psalm 23,” Ma Thay remembers. “I am illiterate so I asked my niece to teach me the Bible verse and how to read it.” Ma Thay then pauses and begins to recite the Psalm from memory.


Alone, Ma Thay moved to a new place away from her old home. Christian friends of Ma Thay’s who attended Open Doors’ Women of Worth trainings invited her to attend the seminars and services, helping her through the ordeal. Time passed and Ma Thay was divorced by her husband who shortly after joined a Buddhist monastery. The rift between her family grew. “When my oldest daughter was to be married, I was not invited,” Ma Thay said. “My friends were not happy because I was not invited, but I prayed for her.” Though they were forbidden by their father Ma Thay’s children began secretly visiting her. ‘’My daughters would visit me when they had problems and I would pray for them and teach them from the Bible,” Ma Thay said. “They would go back home feeling at peace and happy.’’

When her second daughter was married Ma Thay was allowed to attend her wedding. Her ex-husband was also there. One of Ma Thay’s daughters decided to return to her mother’s home, but her husband soon came to get his wife. Ma Thay took the chance to share the Bible with both of them. Ma Thay often gets to see her grandchildren and she celebrates their birthdays through Christian traditions. There have also been sweet moments of reconciliation between her and her children. ‘’One time, my youngest son was ill and he missed me very much. His father could not take good care him, so he sent him to me,” Ma Thay recalls. “My husband told him not to say that he sent him.” Smiling, Ma Thay proudly says this son accepted the Lord as his Savior and was baptized.


Ma Thay continues to pray for her children, and as a believer she reaches out to her family and teaches them the Bible. She also has taken in four children, loving them as her own. Ma Thay requests that Christians around the globe pray for her, that she might be used by God to find lost souls and lead them back to Christ, especially her children. Her desire and prayer is that all her children will find the Lord. As she is nearing retirement, Ma Thay is concerned about what will happen when she retires; however, after all she’s been through Ma Thay has faith God will provide. “Without Him, I can’t go to heaven. He is my salvation. I keep Him close and I pray. I’ve never felt tempted to go back to my old faith. The more hardship I face, the closer I get to God.”


Source: by Janelle P, August 1, 2017
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Jesus Ngirum Kitai Ngerembai ka Injil Enggau Kuasa Iya (Mark 6:6-13)

Udah nya Jesus bejalai ngagai mayoh bengkah tumpok rumah ti ngelingi endor nya, ngajar orang mayoh. Iya ngangau ka sida murid iya lalu ngator sida bejalai, dua iko begulai. Iya meri sida kuasa kena ngalah ka antu jai…
(Mark 6:6-7, Berita Manah Ka Rebak Diatu)

Bedau lama bala sida murid Jesus – tauka, bala rasul – begulai enggau Iya, ninga ka jako ajar ngau meda utai ti di adu ka Iya. Sida empai tentu nemu utai ngau agi lemi pengarap. Kati ko Jesus maya nyak ngirum sida ngerembai ka Injil? Ukai penemu ti digiga Allah Taata, ukai pengering ti dipinta Iya. Jesus deka ngena orang ti bepengarap ka Iya, ti ngereja ka pengawa Allah engkau kuasa Iya. Jesus empu ngering sida semoa. Iya meri kuasa ngagai sida rasul, kuasa Allah Taala empu, “Iya meri sida kuasa kena ngalah ka antu jai…”

Dalam runding Tuhan Jesus, pengawa ngerembai ka Berita Manah patut digaga enggau jambat. Tajapan bala sida rasul empai tentu sedia, mengawa tu enda ulih di anti agi. Laban Tuhan Jesus deka ninggal ka sida enda lama agi, nyadi, maya tok meh Iya ngajar ka sida ngerembai ka Injil Tuhan. “Bejalai kita ngagai serata dunya,” ko Jesus dalam Mark 16:15, “lalu tusoi Berita Manah ngagai semoa mensia.”

Sambung: “…lalu ko Jesus bejako enggau sida, ‘Kita anang mai sebarang utai, semina sebatang tungkat aja. Anang mai bekal, anang mai kambut di dikena orang miskin, tauka duit dalam kandi kita. Kena selipar, tang anang ngena baju dalam’” (Mark 6:8-9).

Enda irau nuan macha ka mayoh macham utai ti ditagang Tuhan Jesus ditu? Anang mai sebarang utai, anang mai bekal, kambut, duit ngau ngena baju dalam (anang mai dua bengkah baju ko eti ya). Enti tu pengawa dunya, tentu Jesus enda meri pesan bakatu. Tang tu meh mengawa Allah Taala! Enti Jesus ngirum ka kitai ngerembai ka Injil-Iya, Iya deka meri kitai kuasa ngau deka nyedia ka utai ti dikena kitai. Erti ya: Pengawa Allah Taala mesti bepanggai ba Allah Taala! Nya alai anang irau, ‘Dini endor aku bulih pemakai? Tauka utai di-irup, tauka gari?’ Apai kita ti di serega nemu kita beguna ka samoa utai nya. Kita patut irau ka Perintah iya enggau samoa utai ti diguna iya, lebih agi ari samoa utai bukai, lalu iya deka meri kita semoa utai bukai” (Matthew 6:31-33). Anang irau! Anang tusah! Anang takut! Ti kitai deka ngereja ka pengawa Allah Taala tentu Iya deka nyukong.

Tang dalam ngereja ka pengawa Iya, bisi mega sida ti enda nerima ka Berita Manah. “Ko iya mega madah ngagai sida, ‘Datai kita ba menoa orang, diau enggau orang ti nerima kita, datai ka kita angkat ari nengeri nya. Enti kita datai ba menoa orang ti enda nerima kita tauka enggai mending ka ajar kita, angkat ari endor nya lalu tesai ka keresik ari tapa kaki kita. Nya deka nyadi ka jako tangkan ngagai sida!” (Mark 6:10-11). Semua utai tu deka nyadi. Bisi orang nerima, bisi ga orang nulak; bisi orang gaga ati, bisi mega orang nadai pengerindu; bisi orang ninggal ka pengidup lama lalu idup baru dalam Jesus Kristus, bisi orang nadai peduli.

Dini Tuhan Jesus udah ngirum ka nuan ngerembai ka Berita Manah? Di tempat keja nuan? Di tempat nuan belaja? Di rumah nuan empu? Di gerija? Enggau kuasa Iya, ngereja meh pengawa tu. Anang irau, Roh Kudus Iya bisi enggau nuan. Anang tusah, Iya deka meri nuan jako Allah Taala. Anang takut, arap ka Iya. Nyadi baka sida bala rasul tu: “Sida angkat lalu ngajar orang, ngasoh orang ngelengka ka dosa sida. Sida muru mayoh antu, lalu ngunsut orang ti sakit ngena minyak sereta nyuman ka sida” (Mark 6:12). Kati ko sida ulih ngaga semoa utai tu? Laban Tuhan Jesus “meri sida kuasa” (6:7).

O Tuhan Jesus, aku amai enda nemu utai; ambik aku ka murid Nuan.
Ajar aku, kering ka aku ngena kuasa Nuan
awakka aku ulih ngerembai ka Berita Manah Nuan. Amen.

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