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God, Who Remembers Me (Genesis 8:1-5)

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God who remembers me

1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. 2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. 3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.

Genesis 8:1~5

0. A story

There once was a bird coming to the window of a house at the same time every day.

But everyday as the bird flew toward the window, it always bashed its head on the window.

This behavior continued repeatedly, day after day. People looking outside wondered why the bird did that. The other windows were open, so it didn’t seem like the bird was trying to get into the house.

So, eventually, people just concluded that the bird was stupid.

But then one day, someone began to closely observe the bird’s strange behavior.

After a while, he went home laughing loudly.

Under the window were scores of dead worms and bugs!!

The reason for the bird’s head bashing? It was after the bugs under the window. It was eating them day after day, and enjoying a feast!

As you can see from this story, there are times when we also do not see or understand certain phenomena properly. Sometimes we can’t even understand our own lives. Whenever that happens to you, dig into the Bible, closely observe God’s word as the man closely observed the bird, and pray sincerely. Then God, who created us, will open our eyes and our hearts to help solve our questions and problems at the right time, in his time.

I hope that we will all meet God through the Bible today.

1. Self-consciousness (Perception of God)

Everyone thinks of themselves as special.

People want to discover their talents and live independently.

In fact, the adage “know thyself” is widely circulated in the world today and has inspired countless philosophers over the centuries. 

<It was originally engraved on the front of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi in ancient Greece, and was later adopted by both philosophers Socrates and Plato, who grappled with the mysterious nature of knowledge and identity.> – (maybe not necessary, but interesting)

So, we try various things to find our “true selves.”

We meditate, take aptitude tests, or challenge ourselves to do new things.

But what is truly the best way to find “my true self”?

[Sally Anne Test]

The following is a psychological test that is often used in developmental psychology to measure a person’s cognitive ability to assign false beliefs to others. This is called the “Sally-Anne Test”.

Situation: Two girls, named Sally and Anne are in a room together. Sally has a basket, and Anne has a box. They are playing with a ball together.

At one point, Sally needs to go to the bathroom, so she leaves the room and puts the ball in her basket.

After Sally has left the room, Anne pulls the ball from Sally’s basket and puts it in her box.

After a while, Sally returns to the room.

Question: Where will Sally first look for the ball?           … In her basket? or Anne’s box?

The answer is, of course, her own basket, where she left it!

But to solve this problem, you need the ability to think from someone else’s point of view.

This is the amazing ability that God has given to people.

We hear this story and know that the ball actually sits in Anne’s box.

But the correct answer to the question can only be given if we understand Sally’s point of view. “She’ll look in her basket to find the ball.”

Usually, young children under the age of four, and up to 80% of autistic adults don’t have the ability to distinguish between their own point of view and Sally’s. They say, ‘Sally will look in the box’ (Anne’s box) when they answer this question because they know that the ball is in fact in the box.

What’s interesting to note is that when children turn five years old, they begin developing the ability to understand the perspectives of others. That’s when the child begins to have a clear sense of self.

In fact, when we have a clear sense of self, other people and I become like two sides of the same coin. On one side, “You are separate from me,” and on the other, “I am separate from you.” Psychologically speaking, when we understand the perspectives of others, we begin to realize who we truly are.

But biblically speaking, if you really want to know who you are, then you have to read the Bible.

You see, there are many other people in the Bible that are different from me, and their stories are about how they lived with God. When we read their stories, we can try to see things from their perspectives to understand their feelings and experiences. By doing so, we can try to understand the heart of God toward them in their various situations. Then, when we can see how God provides for, interacts with, disciplines, and blesses the people in the Bible, and when we can understand why and how they respond to God, we will better understand our true selves.

2. Dark Night of the Soul (The time God is working)

A dark night of the soul comes at one point or another to everyone in life, whether you are a Christian or not.

Noah provides an example of this. He lived in the darkness of the ark, while overhead dark skies rained a seemingly endless torrent of rain, and outside, dark waters raged and swept the ark from side to side over a vast sea that spanned the whole earth. In the midst of such external darkness, and the uncertainty of how long it would last and when it might end, he certainly experienced a darkness in his soul as well.

Just like the flood that Noah had to endure, sometimes we also must endure huge problems in our lives that we can not solve on our own.

When these problems overwhelm us with darkness and threaten to swallow us and steal our confidence, we may shrink and lose the courage to go out into the world.

Sometimes, the darkness we experience may seem endless. Sometimes the darkness we experience may cause us to lose all hope, motivation, and meaning in life. Sometimes, the darkness we experience may threaten to swallow and erase all our good memories from our previous life. In this eternal darkness, how can we endure? How can we survive? How can we overcome? How can we even return to the land of the living again? In the same way that Noah did, with a word from God.

Noah was able to endure through his dark days, by believing in the promise that God had made to him <in Genesis 6:17-18>, where he promised to establish his covenant with Noah and save his life and the lives of his whole family. Noah held onto this promise of God and believed, even though the frustrating ark life seemed to be without end.

Genesis 8:1-2

1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.

2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.

God remembered Noah’s faithfulness every day he endured life on the ark.

But because Noah remained at all times inside the ark, he was unable to feel any change in his situation that might overcome his darkness.

So, every day of Noah’s life during this period was the same. Each day became a repeat of the day before – a day in darkness, without sunlight, without hope, in a raging sea with no end in sight. <Perhaps his emotional state also deteriorated, spiraling further and further downward into mental despair and distress.>

But then! God remembered Noah and began working to solve his problem! The rain stopped falling day and night, the sea calmed down, the sun came out, and the waters began receding! Noah’s endless night had finally turned to dawn as God’s glorious day arrived!

Do you believe God works for us like this?

In fact, God is still working for us like this!!

3. The prime of life (the moment of accompanying God)

Everyone has a dark time in life.

But on the other hand, everyone also lives with the hope that they will one day experience the prime of their lives. The prime of life can be considered the pinnacle, or peak of one’s existence – the time of the greatest success or achievement.

So when is the prime of one’s life?

In the ark, Noah believed that God was working for him, and lived faithfully doing what he could. When the time of God’s judgment was over, Noah escaped from the ark and offered God a great sacrifice of joy.

Was not the prime of Noah’s life when he escaped from the ark? Was not this exit from his confinement and subsequent new life his pinnacle achievement?

What do you think?

You see, when we think of Noah, his exit from the ark is not the most important image that comes to mind. In fact, we remember Noah for many more deeds that provide us with much more powerful images.

The image of Noah working hard to make an ark, obeying God’s command.

The Image of Noah taking countless animals into the ark to escape floods.

The Image of Noah sending pigeons out of the ark to look at the outside situation…

That’s right! The times when Noah obeyed God’s commands and accompanied God were truly the pinnacle and prime of his life!

But when Noah looked back on his life, he would probably not consider life in a dark ark to be his prime. In fact, he would probably remember it as stifling and depressing. But when he accompanied God, especially into the ark, his story became one of the best, most powerful, and impressive stories in the whole Bible! It certainly was the pinnacle story of his life!

Consider J.K. Rowling, the famed Harry Potter novelist. When was the pinnacle of her life?

Was it when Harry Potter was published and made her a huge fortune as a bestseller?

No!

It was when she was sitting down every day at a small desk, in a quiet room, where no one paid her any mind, writing the Harry Potter series manuscript. That was the pinnacle of her life, when she was able to maximize her imagination!

So now, is your life drowning in darkness? Does it feel halted completely? Or are you feeling desperate?

<Jesus>

Consider Jesus. The end of his life was also drowning in darkness. His 3-year ministry was seemingly halted completely, and his disciples were feeling truly desperate. 

At the end of his life, Jesus was sentenced to die the most horrible, excruciating death ever invented by mankind. He was wrongfully accused, an innocent man, and the people laughed at him and mocked him. The guards spit upon him, beat him, and nailed him to the cross.

From outward appearances, this dark time should have been the greatest failure in Jesus’ life, a disgraceful humiliation to end his ministry. But it was not. In fact, this dark time was his greatest triumph, the pinnacle of his life!

It was on the cross that Jesus’ completely fulfilled the mission that God had called him to. He died on the cross for sin, our sins, an innocent man taking our place in death. But God raised him to life again, restoring his relationship to God. And if we put our faith in him, he will do the same for us, forgiving our sin and restoring us to a right relationship with God as well. 

</Jesus>

Believe in God who always remembers you, even in your darkest times and still works for you! Just as God did not forget Noah in the ark, nor Jesus on the cross, God has never forgotten you, nor will he ever forget! The attention of God, the master and creator of the whole world, is focused on you! Because you are his precious child that he loves. He loved you enough to send his own son to die in your place, exchanging your sin for his righteousness.

The prime of your life will begin from the moment you begin to accompany God!

It is a great blessing to be able to meet God through our problems, in the middle of our troubles and darkness.

I hope we become people who don’t miss that blessing!!


<나를 기억하시는 하나님>

창세기 8장 1~5절

0. 이야기

어떤 집의 창가에 날마다 같은 시간에 찾아 오는 새 한 마리가 있었습니다. 

그런데 그 새는 끊임 없이 유리창에 자신의 머리를 부딪치는 것을 반복했습니다.

그 새는 매일 날아와서 같은 행동을 반복했습니다.

사람들은 그 새가 왜 그런 행동을 하는지 궁금했습니다.

다른 창문들은 열려 있었기 때문에, 새가 집에 들어가려고 하는 것 같지는 않았습니다.

결국 사람들은 그 새가 멍청하다는 결론을 내렸습니다.

그러던 어느 날이었습니다.

그 새의 그런 행동을 이상하게 여긴 누군가가 그를 자세히 관찰하기 시작했습니다.

얼마 후, 그는 크게 웃으며 집으로 돌아갔습니다.

그 창문 아래에는 죽은 벌레가 가득 붙어 있었습니다.

이 새는 매일매일 벌레를 맛있게 먹었던 것 입니다.

이 이야기에서 알 수 있듯이, 우리 또한 현상을 바르게 보지 못할 때가 있습니다.

우리가 때로는 우리의 삶을 이해할 수 없을 수도 있습니다.

그럴 때 마다 성경을 보고 기도하십시오.

우리를 창조하신 하나님께서 가장 좋은 시기에 우리의 궁금증을 해결해 주실 것입니다.

그가 우리의 문제를 해결해 주실 것입니다.

오늘도 우리가 말씀을 통해 하나님을 만나기를 소망합니다.

  1. 자아 의식(하나님 의식)

사람은 누구나 자신을 특별하게 생각합니다.

사람은 자신이 가진 재능을 발견하여, 주체적으로 살아가기를 원합니다.

사람들은 스스로의 진정한 모습을 찾기 위해 다양한 것들을 시도합니다.

그들은 명상을 하거나, 적성 검사를 받거나, 새로운 일에 도전해 보기도 합니다.

나의 진정한 모습을 찾는 가장 좋은 방법은 무엇일까요?

여기에 도움이 되는 “샐리 앤 테스트”가 있습니다.

1. 샐리와 앤이 방에서 공을 가지고 놀고 있었습니다

2. 샐리는 화장실에 가고 싶어서, 공을 바구니에 넣고 방을 나갔습니다

3. 샐리가 방을 나가자, 앤은 바구니 속에 있던 공을 꺼내 옆에 있는 상자에 넣었습니다

4. 잠시 후, 샐리가 다시 방에 들어왔습니다.

샐리는 공을 찾기 위해 어디를 먼저 찾아봤을까요?

답은 물론 바구니 입니다.

그러나 이 문제를 풀기 위해서는 다른 사람의 입장에서 생각하는 능력이 필요합니다.

이것이 바로 하나님이 사람에게 주신 놀라운 능력입니다.

이 이야기를 들은 우리는 상자에 공이 있다는 사실을 알고 있습니다.

그래서 ‘샐리는 공을 찾기 위해 바구니를 살펴 볼것이다’라는 답은, 우리가 샐리의 입장에서 생각할 수 있어야만 가능한 것입니다.

보통 네 살 이하의 어린 아이들이 이 문제에 대해 ‘샐리는 상자를 살펴 볼 것이다’ 라고 대답합니다.

공이 상자에 있다는 사실을 자신이 알고 있기 때문입니다.

즉, 어린 아이에게는 자신의 관점과 샐리의 관점을 구별할 능력이 없는 것 입니다.

어린 아이 뿐만 아니라, 어른 중에서도 자폐증에 걸린 사람 중 80% 가량이 이 테스트에 제대로 답을 할 수 없습니다.

흥미로운 사실은 어린 아이가 다섯 살이 되면 다른 사람의 입장을 헤아릴 수 있는 능력이 생긴다는 것이다.

바로 이 때, 아이가 분명한 자아 의식을 갖게 된다는 것 입니다.

사실 다른 사람과 나는 동전의 양쪽 면과 같습니다.

“나와 구분되는 너”, “너와 구분되는 나”

다른 사람의 관점을 이해하는 순간, 우리는 진정한 나의 모습을 바라볼 수 있는 것입니다.

진정 내가 어떤 사람인지 알고 싶다면 성경을 읽어야 합니다.

성경에는 나와 다른 수 많은 사람들이 등장합니다.

그리고 그 사람들이 어떻게 하나님과 살아가는지에 대한 이야기들이 있습니다.

다른 사람들을 이해해 보려고 노력해 보십시요.

하나님의 마음을 이해해 보려고 노력해 보십시요.

그러면 당신이 그토록 찾고 싶었던, 진정한 당신의 모습을 깨닫게 될 것입니다.

  1. 인생의 암흑기(하나님이 일하시는 시기)

당신이 그리스도인이든 아니든 누구에게나 인생에서 어두운 시기가 찾아옵니다.

언제 끝날 지 모르는 홍수 때문에, 방주 안에서 살았던 노아처럼 말입니다.

노아가 만난 홍수처럼, 우리 인생에도 우리가 해결할 수 없는 거대한 문제가 찾아옵니다.

이 문제가 나와 내 자신감까지 삼켜버릴 때, 우리는 위축되어서 세상 밖으로 나갈 용기가 사라질 수도 있습니다.

이렇게 끝이 보이지 않는 어둠 속에서, 사람은 살아가는 의미를 잃어버리거나 아무런 의욕없이 살아갈 수도 있습니다.

노아는 시간이 지나도 줄어들지 않는 거대한 홍수 가운데서 어떻게 살아갈 수가 있었을까요? 

노아에게는 하나님의 말씀이 있었습니다. 

노아는 끝이 보이지 않는 답답한 방주 안 생활 속에서도, 하나님이 생명을 살리신다는 약속의 말씀을 믿으며 하루하루를 살아갈 수 있었던 것 입니다.

창세기 8장 1-2절 입니다.

하나님은 방주 안에서 하루하루를 성실히 살아가는 노아의 모습을 기억하고 계셨습니다.

노아는 방주 안에서만 살았기 때문에, 문제가 해결될 만한 어떠한 변화도 느끼지 못했습니다.

 그래서 노아의 하루는 큰 변화 없이 매일 매일이 비슷했습니다.

그러나 그때! 하나님께서는 노아를 기억하시고 그의 문제를 해결하고 계셨던 것입니다.

우리를 위해 일하고 계신 하나님을 믿으십니까?

하나님은 지금도 우리를 위해 일하고 계십니다!

  1. 인생의 전성기(하나님과 동행하는 순간)

사람은 누구나 인생의 어두운 때가 있습니다.

하지만 누구나 한편으로는, ‘언젠가는 나의 전성기가 올거야’라는 희망을 가지고 살아갑니다.

그렇다면 나의 인생의 전성기는 언제일까요?

노아는 방주 안 에서, 하나님이 자신을 위해 일하고 계시다는 것을 믿고, 자신이 할 수 있는 일을 하며 성실히 살았습니다.

하나님이 약속하신 때가 되자, 노아는 방주에서 벗어나 하나님께 기쁨의 제사를 드립니다.

노아가 방주 안에서 탈출한 지금이 노아의 전성기가 아닐까요?

그러나 우리가 노아를 생각했을 때, 가장 강력하게 떠오르는 이미지는 따로 있습니다.

‘하나님의 말씀을 듣고 노아가 땀을 흘리며 열심히 방주를 만드는 모습’

‘노아가 홍수를 피해 수 많은 동물들을 데리고 방주로 들어가는 모습’

‘밖을 확인하기 위해, 노아가 비둘기를 밖으로 날려보내는 모습’ 일 것 입니다.

그렇습니다. 

하나님의 말씀에 순종하며 하나님과 동행했던 그 때가, 바로 노아 인생의 전성기 였습니다!

노아가 스스로의 삶을 되돌아 보았을 때, 조용하고 평범했던 방주 안에서의 삶은 그의 전성기라 여기기 어려울 것입니다.

그러나 그가 하나님과 동행하였더니, 그의 이야기가 성경을 통해 우리에게 전해지고 감동을 주는 그의 최고의 전성기가 되어버린 것 입니다!

유명한 소설가, 조앤 롤링의 전성기는 언제였을까요?

해리포터가 출판되고 베스트 셀러가 되어 엄청난 돈을 벌었을 때?

아닙니다. 

그것은 아무도 그녀에게 관심을 갖지 않는 조용한 방 작은 책상에서, 그녀가 해리포터 시리즈 원고를 쓰고 있었을 때였습니다.

그 때가 그녀의 상상력을 최대로 발휘 할 수 있었던 그녀의 전성기 였습니다.

지금 당신의 삶이 어둡거나, 멈춰있거나, 절망적인가요?

나를 기억하시고 나를 위해 지금도 일하시는 하나님을 믿으십시요!

하나님은 한번도 당신을 잊으신 적이 없습니다.

온 세상의 주인이신 하나님의 관심은 오직 당신에게 집중되어 있습니다!

당신이 바로 하나님이 사랑하시는 소중한 자녀이기 때문입니다.

하나님과 동행하는 그 때부터 당신의 전성기가 시작될 것 입니다!

문제를 통해 하나님을 만날 수 있다는 것은 너무 큰 축복입니다.

그 축복을 놓치지 않는, 저와 여러분이 되길 소망합니다.

  • Oct 18 / 2020
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80 Day Bible Reading Plan, Grow

Day 7/80 – Israel’s golden calf idol

As a ministry of Jeonju Antioch Church, AICF is following along with the main church’s 80-day Bible Reading Plan to close out 2020. Every day, follow along with the reading plan, a daily reflection, and meditation (writing in a spiritual journal) here on our website. We will be translating and using the main church’s plan from Korean to English here.

About the Reading

As most audio Bibles are an average of 75-hours in length, expect each daily reading to take between 45-60 minutes. For busy people who may not have time to sit down and read for that long, we will also provide links to audio versions, either on YouTube or elsewhere, that you can listen to throughout the day.


Day 7
Sunday, October 18

Exodus 30 – Leviticus 1

Israel’s golden calf idol

1. Pray

Let us not approach the steep cliffs of sin and come into jeopardy. Rather, let us always stand honestly before God who forgives our sins and transgressions.

2. Key verses

  • Exodus 32:2-4 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

3. Scripture Reading

Exodus 30-Leviticus 1

4. Reflection

The Hebrew word ‘eggel‘, translated as calf, is a word that was used indirectly in the ancient world as a derogatory term. At the same time, cows were seen as a footrest for ancient gods. So, the created golden calf is evidence of a deliberate denunciation of God as being “very trivial and trampled upon.” In other words, the case of the golden calf is a situation in which the people declared war on God saying that they would rather sacrifice to it and be satisfied with it, and not allow God to interfere or intervene in how they lived.

5. Writing a spiritual journal

After reading today’s text, write down the will of God that you came to realize, the passage that moved you, or what you decided to do and how you want to put it into practice.

6. Check off today’s reading on the reading table

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Listen