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At Gethsemane 客西马尼–Watch and Pray 警醒祷告(Mk 可14: 38)

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At Gethsemane 客西马尼–Watch and Pray 警醒祷告

Mk 可14: 38

Scripture: Mk 14: 38

经文:马克福音14:38

总要警醒祷告,免得入了迷惑。你们心灵固然愿意,肉体却软弱了。

總要警醒禱告,免得入了迷惑。你們心靈固然願意,肉體却軟弱了。(和合本)


Zhǒngshi yào jǐngxǐng dǎokào, miǎnde rù le míhuò.

Mark 14:38

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

Vocabulary 生詞

Click on the highlighted for a list of related vocabulary, recorded stroke order and pronunciation.

总要Zǒngyào:  Always

Character Radical/Stroke Total Strokes Pinyin English Def. Variants
心 + 5 9 zong3 zong1 collect; overall, altogether Trad.: 總
襾 + 3 9 yao4 yao1 yao3 need, want

警醒jǐngxǐng: alert/警: alert, 醒: awake

Character Radical/Stroke Total Strokes Pinyin English Def. Variants
言 + 13 20 jing3 guard, watch; alert, alarm
酉 + 9 16 xing3 xing1 cheng2 jing1 wake up; sober up

禱告dǎogào: pray

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
dǎo gào prayer

免得miǎnde: so as not to

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
miǎn de so as not to; so as to avoid

免得入了迷惑

入rù: to enter

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
to enter

迷惑míhuò: confusion, temptation

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
huo to puzzle; to confuse; to baffle;confusion

心灵xīnlíng: soul

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
xīn líng (n) internal spirit

固然gùrán: used to acknowledge a fact in order to make a contrary statement (it is true that…, followed by “but…”)

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
rán admittedly (it’s true that…)

愿意yuànyì: be willing to

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
yuàn to wish; to want; ready; willing (to do sth)

肉体ròutǐ: body

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
ròu physical body

却què: however

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
què but; yet; however; while; to go back; to decline; to retreat; nevertheless

软弱 ruǎnruò: weak

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
ruǎn ruò weak; feeble; flabby

Reflection 感想 :

Jesus and his disciples came to a place called Gethsemane.  There he told his disciples to sit and wait while he prayed.   Knowing that he was about to be crucified, his heart was overwhelmed with deep sorrow.  At the depth of his deep sorrow, Jesus told his disciples to “stay here and keep watch”  before he went away to pray.  When he came back he saw his disciples all falling asleep.  He said to Peter the following: “Are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”  He has just personally experienced the temptations from his own body. If he followed the desires of his flesh and blood, he would have opted for fleeing from his impending crucifixion and death.  He can relate to us on our level–He knew fully how difficult for us to resist temptations without being prayerful and watchful.

What did Jesus do when he was distressed to the point of death and experienced the weakness of his human body?  He immediately went to pray to Father in heaven for strength to endure the hardship in his earthly life.  He was watchful and prayerful so as not to fall into temptation.  In his prayer, Jesus also demonstrated his complete submission to the will of the heavenly Father.  He shows us his willingness to follow Father’s demand for the fulfillment of his purpose on earth.  In his quiet prayer, he said to the heavenly Father: “Abba, Father, everything is possible for you.  Take this cup from me.  Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

I probably said this in my earlier entry– As  I grow older, I am more acutely aware of my own limitations and my own weaknesses.  Without submitting our will to God, we often find ourselves wanting in the strength to carry out what our spirits call us to do and falling into easy prey to carnal desires.   Without understanding, we naively think that we are blameless based on our own set of values.   We can’t repent  unless we fully realize what areas we are falling short of the glory of God.

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18 comments on “At Gethsemane 客西马尼–Watch and Pray 警醒祷告(Mk 可14: 38)

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  6. Yes, that is true, I agree with you, but I am not sure if there are no other options.

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      Do you have any other suggestions?

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  15. Dr. Shi,
    I really appreciate your video presentation of Chinese and Bible verses. I have been learning Chinese for some time now and find this approach extremely refreshing and rewarding towards my language study. I hope this site would expand and continue. I am sure to share it with my like-minded friends who love the Lord and love studying Chinese. Hope you don’t mind that.

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    Zhang Dahan (My Chinese name)
    张大汉
    谢谢老师!

    • Dear Dr. 张:

      Thank you for letting me know that you find my videos and website refreshing and beneficial. I am excited to have people joining me for this spiritual and Chinese learning journey.

      Stay tuned for more verses, and more Chinese!!

      Thank you for inviting your friends to join this journey with us!

      Ling-Ling

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