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The Timing of God’s Blessing (Genesis 27:30)

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 The timing of God’s blessing

30 After Isaac finished blessing him and Jacob had scarcely left his father`s presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting.

Genesis 27:30

0. Introduction : Concert tickets

In life, there are times when we have to complete some kind of task in a limited window of time. A typical example is buying a famous pop star’s concert tickets.

In order to participate in a world-class pop star performance, we must consider not only the ticket cost, but also the timing in which we access the ticketing website in order to purchase the seats we seek.

This is because the best seats are always limited.

So usually the best seats are sold out quickly on a first come, first served basis.

Mega fans are usually the first to jump at a chance for the best seats because going to their favorite singer’s concert holds great significance in their lives because it may be only once in their lifetimes that they will have a chance to be so close to their favorite star. So their attention is constantly focused on the date of the concert, and the opening time of the ticketing website.

In the Bible story we will share today, we can see another kind of special, once-in-a-lifetime event that God arranged. This was a most important time for Isaac, the father, to convey his best blessing, the “Birthright” upon his first-born son.

1. The time of blessing declared

Genesis 27:1-4

1 When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, “My son.”  “Here I am,” he answered.

2 Isaac said, “I am now an old man and don`t know the day of my death. 3 Now then, get your weapons — your quiver and bow — and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.”

In fact, Esau waited in great anticipation of the blessing of the firstborn.

As the first-born twin, it was he who should have been given the “Birthright” at the ceremony.

And before his death, Isaac, a good father, did try to give this blessing to his first son, Esau.

As this blessing was closely related to the vitality giver of the blessing, Isaac asked his son to make delicious food for him in preparation to receive the blessing.

So, Esau went out hunting so as to obey his father’s request before the ceremony where he would receive his blessing. But, it seems that he had forgotten that he had carelessly sold his Birthright to Jacob in the past for a bowl of lentil stew. This incident will have a huge impact on what’s about to happen.

2. A man who longs for the blessing of God

Genesis 27:18-20

18 He went to his father and said, “My father.”  “Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?”

19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game so that you may give me your blessing.”

20 Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”  “The LORD your God gave me success,” he replied.

Esau was the planned recipient of God’s blessing through Isaac.

But, his younger brother Jacob yearned for God’s blessing much more than Esau.

So, he set up a scheme by which to receive God’s blessing.

First, he bought the Birthright from his hungry brother Esau, with lentil stew.

Then, he received help from his mother to bypass the tradition of blessing the firstborn, and instead trick his father into blessing him, the second-born, instead. Rebekah, by deceiving her own husband and pushing Jacob to do likewise, has even more guilt in the matter.

Genesis 25:21-23

21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.

22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.

23 The LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”

Perhaps she lied to her husband in order to fulfill the prophecy God had given her.

But whatever her own motivation, Jacob did likewise, lying to his old father by pretending to be Esau, and telling him that God had accompanied him on the hunt. By pulling God into his trick, he hoped to make it seem more plausible and convincing. With this last set of lies to his father’s face, Jacob became increasingly bold about covering over his lies with more lies.

We can see through this event that Jacob desperately desired to be blessed by God through any means necessary (much as a K-pop fan may desperately seek tickets to a concert regardless of the cost).

3. A man of little interest in God’s blessings

Genesis 27:34-37

34 When Esau heard his father`s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me — me too, my father!”

35 But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.”

36 Esau said, “Isn`t he rightly named Jacob? He has deceived me these two times: He took my birthright, and now he`s taken my blessing!” Then he asked, “Haven`t you reserved any blessing for me?”

37 Isaac answered Esau, “I have made him lord over you and have made all his relatives his servants, and I have sustained him with grain and new wine. So what can I possibly do for you, my son?”

After a while, Esau returned with the meal he had prepared, according to his father’s request, in order to receive his blessing. But he hadn’t realized that he’d had a competitor. And even worse, he also hadn’t known that the window of opportunity in which to receive God’s blessing was finite.

In the end, Esau was late, and deprived of God’s blessing by his brother Jacob, who had lain in wait for it and pounced at the first opportunity. In fact, his younger brother’s desire for the blessing had far surpassed his own.

In distress, his father Isaac informed Esau that ‘Jacob’s blessing is so final, complete, and effective, that it can not be reversed, exchanged, or refunded.’

The Bible text very realistically portrays the process of the delivery of God’s blessings as if it were a legally binding contract, or non-refundable, non-exchangeable ticket purchase.

4. God’s Amazing Grace

Genesis 27:38-40

38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud.

39 His father Isaac answered him, “Your dwelling will be away from the earth`s richness, away from the dew of heaven above.

40 You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.”

Therefore, Esau’s blessing was greatly watered down. He left in humility and disgust, but at least he left with a blessing, and not a curse.

The decisive promise his father gave him was ‘You will live by the sword’.

because all the blessings he received would be manifested as promises in his life.

The last sentence in verse 40 suggests that the Edomites, who will be the descendants of Esau, will one day escape from Israeli control. In other words, this means that God will one day allow Esau and his descendants to finally be free of Jacob and his descendants. This was the grace of God who responded to Esau’s desperate plea.

You see, because Esau did not value God’s blessing, he did not pay much attention to God’s timing.

Then, after his brother deprived him of his blessing, he reflected on his previous actions and desired to receive whatever blessing remained.

If we pay attention, we can see ourselves in this behavior of Esau.

We often live without much interest in God’s blessings in daily life as Esau did.

But when we do so, we may often miss the opportunity to receive God’s blessing.

Don’t we often assume that we can always be blessed by God?

We foolishly think that we should be able to receive unlimited blessings from God.

But this is a totally wrong misunderstanding.

God’s blessing to us is only available to us at the time and in the amount that God allows.

God’s blessing is only passed on to us by his sovereignty and grace, and there is nothing we can do for ourselves to receive or deserve more than he will give, or change the timing in which he will bless us. We must only wait for him and always be ready to receive whatever good gifts he gives.

So, when can we expect to receive the blessings God has prepared for us?

5. The timing of God’s blessing (Jesus Christ)

Romans 5:6-11

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God`s wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God`s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

  • Question: When can we be blessed in the way that God has allowed us?
  • Answer: In  the time when God has sent Jesus Christ to us.

Jesus gives us the greatest blessing, salvation, as a gift.

Jesus came to this land for we who are powerless and ungodly.

His death brings us peace with God.

His resurrection gives us eternal life.

The important fact is that although it is true that the gates of heaven and salvation were thrown wide open by Jesus Christ, the timing in which we may acquire salvation is not eternal.

In fact, we have a limited amount of time in which to acquire salvation. This is the time set for us by God’s sovereignty, and it is only as long as the time we have on this earth.

If we really stop to consider the weight of this truth, it will make us look back and contemplate on our complacent faith.

In fact, an average, typical, ordinary day, in which we are not interested in the blessing of salvation through Jesus, may be the last day, and the last chance we have to acquire salvation.

Don’t miss the blessing of eternal life like Esau missed the blessing of the firstborn!

Let us wake and pray so that we can realize God’s sovereignty!

Let us crave Jesus as the blessing of salvation more than anything else!

Let’s live for the glory of God in this special, finite period of time that God has given us!

We cannot determine our last day on earth for ourselves. We have no control over the time availability of God’s blessing of eternal life. Therefore, the only alternative is to consider today as potentially the last day of your life and live your life in obedience to God.

Let’s accompany Jesus Christ every day!

Let’s confess Jesus as our salvation every day!

Let’s praise God’s grace and mercy every day!

And may God grant you salvation on your last day.


 하나님의 축복의 때

30 이삭이 야곱에게 축복하기를 마치매 야곱이 그의 아버지 이삭 앞에서 나가자 곧 그의 형 에서가 사냥하여 돌아온지라

창세기 27:30

0. 예화 : 인기 가수 콘서트 티켓팅

우리가 살다 보면 제한된 시간 안에 무엇인가를 완료해야 할 때가 있습니다.

대표적으로는 인기 가수의 콘서트의 티켓을 구입하는 것입니다.

세계 적인 팝 가수의 공연을 보기 위해서는 티켓을 살 비용 뿐만이 아니라, 좋은 자리를 빠르게 구입할 수 있는 순발력과 상황판단력이 필요합니다.

그 이유는 콘서트를 즐길 수 있는 최고의 자리는 한정적이기 때문입니다.

그렇다면 어떤 사람이 가장 좋은 자리를 차지할까요?

그 사람은 평상시에도 콘서트에 대해 많은 관심을 가지고 있는 사람입니다.

우리는 그런 사람을 빅 팬 이라고도 부릅니다.

그 사람은 좋아하는 가수의 콘서트가 그의 인생에서 큰 의미를 차지 하기 때문에, 그가 무엇을 하든지 그의 관심은 언제나 콘서트가 열리는 날짜에 집중되어 있습니다.

오늘 성경에서도 월드 스타의 콘서트처럼, 하나님이 계획하신 축제가 열리게 되었습니다.

그 축제에서 가장 중요한 순서는, 최고의 축복인 “장자의 권리”를 전달하는 시간이었습니다.

1. 선포된 축복의 때

창세기 27:1-4

1 이삭이 나이가 많아 눈이 어두워 잘 보지 못하더니 맏아들 에서를 불러 이르되 내 아들아 하매 그가 이르되 내가 여기 있나이다 하니

2 이삭이 이르되 내가 이제 늙어 어느 날 죽을는지 알지 못하니

3 그런즉 네 기구 곧 화살통과 활을 가지고 들에 가서 나를 위하여 사냥하여

4 내가 즐기는 별미를 만들어 내게로 가져와서 먹게 하여 내가 죽기 전에 내 마음껏 네게 축복하게 하라

하나님의 축제가 열리기를 기다렸던 사람은 에서 였습니다.

그 이유는 이 축제에서 그가 “장자의 권리”를 전달 받을 사람이었기 때문이었습니다.

이삭은 죽기 전에 그가 가진 축복을 첫째 아들 에서에게 넘겨주려고 하였습니다.

여기서 복은 축복하는 사람의 생명력과 밀접하게 관련된 것이었습니다.

그래서 이삭은 에서를 축복하기 위해 먼저 자기가 즐기는 별미를 먹고 힘을 돋우는 것이 중요했습니다.

에서는 축복을 받기 위해 아버지의 명령에 따라 사냥을 하러 나갔습니다.

그렇지만 에서는 과거에 자기의 장자의 권리를 야곱에게 팔았다는 사실을 잊고 있었습니다.

이 사건은 앞으로의 일어날 일들에 대해 큰 영향을 끼치게 되었습니다.

2. 하나님을 축복을 갈망하는 사람

창세기 27:18-19

18 야곱이 아버지에게 나아가서 내 아버지여 하고 부르니 이르되 내가 여기 있노라 내 아들아 네가 누구냐

19 야곱이 아버지에게 대답하되 나는 아버지의 맏아들 에서로소이다 아버지께서 내게 명하신 대로 내가 하였사오니 원하건대 일어나 앉아서 내가 사냥한 고기를 잡수시고 아버지 마음껏 내게 축복하소서

20 이삭이 그의 아들에게 이르되 내 아들아 네가 어떻게 이같이 속히 잡았느냐 그가 이르되 아버지의 하나님 여호와께서 나로 순조롭게 만나게 하셨음이니이다

하나님의 축복의 원래 대상자는 에서 였습니다.

그러나 에서 보다 더 하나님의 축복을 갈망했던 사람은 그의 동생 야곱이었습니다.

야곱은 하나님의 축복을 받기 위해, 과거에 하나의 계략을 세웠습니다.

그것은 팥죽을 이용하여, 배고픈 에서에게서 장자의 권리를 사는 것이었습니다.

하나님의 축복에 대한 야곱의 갈망은 아주 강했습니다.

이러한 그의 갈망은 그의 어머니가 그를 전적으로 돕도록 만들었습니다.

리브가는 자신이 사랑하는 아들, 야곱이 축복을 받을 수 있도록 수상한 수단까지 동원하였습니다.

창세기 25:21-23

21 이삭이 그의 아내가 임신하지 못하므로 그를 위하여 여호와께 간구하매 여호와께서 그의 간구를 들으셨으므로 그의 아내 리브가가 임신하였더니

22 그 아들들이 그의 태 속에서 서로 싸우는지라 그가 이르되 이럴 경우에는 내가 어찌할꼬 하고 가서 여호와께 묻자온대

23 여호와께서 그에게 이르시되 두 국민이 네 태중에 있구나 두 민족이 네 복중에서부터 나누이리라 이 족속이 저 족속보다 강하겠고 큰 자가 어린 자를 섬기리라 하셨더라

어쩌면 그녀는 하나님께서 말씀하셨던 예언을 성취하기 위해서 이런 일을 했는지도 모릅니다.

한편, 야곱은 자신의 속임수가 그럴듯하게 보이도록, 그의 아버지에게 하나님이 자신과 동행하셨다고 이야기 합니다.

한 번 거짓말을 하면 다음에는 더 엄청난 거짓말을 하게 되는 것입니다.

우리는 이 사건을 통해 야곱이 어떤 수단을 사용해서라도, 하나님의 축복을 얻고 싶어 했다는 사실을 알 수 있습니다.

3. 하나님의 축복에 관심이 적은 사람

창세기 27:34-37

34 에서가 그의 아버지의 말을 듣고 소리 내어 울며 아버지에게 이르되 내 아버지여 내게 축복하소서 내게도 그리하소서

35 이삭이 이르되 네 아우가 와서 속여 네 복을 빼앗았도다

36 에서가 이르되 그의 이름을 야곱이라 함이 합당하지 아니하니이까 그가 나를 속임이 이것이 두 번째니이다 전에는 나의 장자의 명분을 빼앗고 이제는 내 복을 빼앗았나이다 또 이르되 아버지께서 나를 위하여 빌 복을 남기지 아니하셨나이까

37 이삭이 에서에게 대답하여 이르되 내가 그를 너의 주로 세우고 그의 모든 형제를 내가 그에게 종으로 주었으며 곡식과 포도주를 그에게 주었으니 내 아들아 내가 네게 무엇을 할 수 있으랴

에서는 아버지의 명령에 따라, 축복을 받을 준비를 하였습니다.

그러나 그는 경쟁자가 있다는 사실을 깨닫지 못했습니다.

그는 또한 하나님의 축복을 받을 수 있는 기회가 유한 하다는 사실을 알지 못했습니다.

결국 그는 하나님의 축복을 동생 야곱에게 빼앗기게 되었습니다.

그 이유는 동생 야곱의 갈망이 그의 갈망보다 더 컸기 때문입니다.

에서는 장자의 축복을 받을 수 있는 기회가 유한하다는 사실을 알지 못했습니다.

그의 아버지 이삭은 ‘야곱이 받은 축복은 효력이 있기 때문에, 다시 거두어 들일 수 없다.’ 고 에서에게 통보하였습니다.

성경 본문은 하나님의 축복이 전달되는 과정을 이처럼 현실적으로 보여줍니다.

이것은 마치 법적인 효력이 발생하는 것과 같습니다.

4. 하나님의 은혜

창세기 27:38-40

38 에서가 아버지에게 이르되 내 아버지여 아버지가 빌 복이 이 하나 뿐이리이까 내 아버지여 내게 축복하소서 내게도 그리하소서 하고 소리를 높여 우니

39 그 아버지 이삭이 그에게 대답하여 이르되 네 주소는 땅의 기름짐에서 멀고 내리는 하늘 이슬에서 멀 것이며

40 너는 칼을 믿고 생활하겠고 네 아우를 섬길 것이며 네가 매임을 벗을 때에는 그 멍에를 네 목에서 떨쳐버리리라 하였더라

에서에게는 다만 보잘것없는 축복 만 남았습니다.

그래도 이것은 축복이지 저주가 아니었습니다.

결정적인 약속은 ‘너는 칼을 믿고 생활하겠고’ 입니다.

모든 축복은 삶의 약속으로 나타납니다.

특히 40절 마지막 문장은 에서의 후손인 에돔 사람들이 이스라엘의 지배에서 벗어나는 것을 미리 암시하고 있습니다.

즉, 하나님께서 에서의 후손들에게 자유를 허락하신다는 뜻입니다.

이것은 에서의 간절한 청원에 응답하신 하나님의 은혜입니다.

에서는 하나님의 축복을 가치 있게 여기지 않았습니다.

그래서 그는 하나님의 축복을 받을 수 있는 때에 대해서 깊은 관심을 갖지 못했습니다.

자신의 축복을 빼앗긴 에서는 뒤늦게 자신의 행동에 대해 반성하며, 남은 축복이라도 받기를 원하였습니다.

우리는 에서의 이러한 행동을 통해 우리의 모습을 발견할 수 있습니다.

우리는 에서 처럼 평상 시에 하나님의 축복에 대해서 큰 관심이 없이 살아갑니다.

그러다가 우리는 하나님의 축복을 받을 수 있는 때를 놓치는 것입니다.

그 이유는 우리가 언제나 하나님의 축복을 받을 수 있을 것이라고 생각하기 때문입니다.

하나님의 축복을 받을 수 있는 때는 무제한 적이라고 생각하기 때문입니다.

하지만 이것은 미련하고 잘못된 생각입니다.

하나님의 축복은 하나님이 허락하신 때에만 우리가 받을 수 있기 때문입니다.

하나님의 축복은 하나님의 주권을 통해 우리에게 전해지기 때문입니다.

하나님이 우리에게 허락하신 축복의 때는 언제 일까요?

5. 하나님의 축복의 때 (예수 그리스도)

로마서 5:6-11

6 우리가 아직 연약할 때에 기약대로 그리스도께서 경건하지 않은 자를 위하여 죽으셨도다

7 의인을 위하여 죽는 자가 쉽지 않고 선인을 위하여 용감히 죽는 자가 혹 있거니와

8 우리가 아직 죄인 되었을 때에 그리스도께서 우리를 위하여 죽으심으로 하나님께서 우리에 대한 자기의 사랑을 확증하셨느니라

9 그러면 이제 우리가 그의 피로 말미암아 의롭다 하심을 받았으니 더욱 그로 말미암아 진노하심에서 구원을 받을 것이니

10 곧 우리가 원수 되었을 때에 그의 아들의 죽으심으로 말미암아 하나님과 화목하게 되었은즉 화목하게 된 자로서는 더욱 그의 살아나심으로 말미암아 구원을 받을 것이니라

11 그뿐 아니라 이제 우리로 화목하게 하신 우리 주 예수 그리스도로 말미암아 하나님 안에서 또한 즐거워하느니라

하나님의 축복의 때는 언제 일까요?

그것은 하나님께서 우리에게 예수 그리스도를 보내주신 때 입니다.

예수님은 우리에게 가장 큰 축복인 구원을 선물로 주셨기 때문입니다.

예수님은 연약하고 경건하지 않은 우리들을 위하여 이 땅에 오셨습니다.

그의 죽음으로 인해 우리는 하나님과 화목하게 되었습니다.

그의 부활하심으로 인해 우리는 영원한 생명을 얻게 되었습니다.

중요한 사실은 모든 구원의 문이 예수 그리스도로 인해 열렸지만, 구원의 때는 영원하지 않다는 것입니다.

하나님의 주권 안에 우리에게 정해진 시간 안에서만 우리가 구원을 얻을 수 있다는 사실입니다.

이것은 우리의 안일한 신앙을 되돌아보게 합니다.

예수님을 통한 구원의 축복에 대해 관심 없었던 오늘이, 누군가에게는 구원의 마지막 날일 수도 있다는 것입니다.

이것은 에서가 장자의 권리를 얻을 수 있었던 마지막 기회를 놓친 것과도 같습니다.

하나님의 주권을 깨달을 수 있도록 깨어서 기도하십시요!

구원의 선물로 오신 예수님을 그 누구보다도 갈망하십시요!

오늘 나에게 허락하신 특별한 시간을 하나님의 영광을 위해 살아가십시요!

우리는 우리의 마지막 날을 정할 수 없습니다.

우리가 할 수 있는 유일한 방법은 오늘을 내 삶의 마지막 날로 여기며 하나님께 순종하는 삶을 사는 것입니다.

매일 예수 그리스도와 동행하십시요!

매일 예수님을 나의 구원자로 고백하십시요!

매일 하나님을 찬양하십시요!

하나님께서 당신의 마지막 때에 은혜를 베푸실 것입니다!

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A Christian is a Spiritual Relay Race Runner (Genesis 25:11)

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< A Christian is a Spiritual Relay Race Runner >

11 After Abraham`s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.

Genesis 25:11

0. Introduction : Relay race

Today’s message is titled “A Christian is a Relay Race Runner”, and it is taken out of Genesis chapter 25.

Have you ever been in a relay race?

It’s an event in a track and field competition where four people in a group run in turns, exchanging a baton.

So, what do you need to successfully complete this kind of relay race?

There are three qualities each runner needs. These are trust, responsibility, add patience.

The first, “trust” must exist between each of the runners on the team.

This deep trust among the team members helps them reach their ultimate goal.

The second, “responsibility” means personal responsibility.

Every runner who passes on the baton needs personal responsibility to safely hand it over to the next runner. And each receiving runner needs personal responsibility to be sure to receive the hand off well.

The third, “patience” also means perseverance.

Even if the team looks like they will lose the races, if they run hard to the end without giving up, they can still enjoy the joy of crossing the finish line. But if they give up halfway, then their race is left incomplete…

For this reason, Christians can be compared to runners participating in relay races.

Christians live their lives diligently with the baton of “faith” that has been handled down to us from generation to generation, and we in turn pass it on to the next generation.

God himself handed the baton of Faith to Abraham, the first runner.

1. The first runner : Abraham

Genesis 25:7-11

7 Altogether, Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. 8 Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. 9 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, 10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham`s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.

Did Abraham, the first runner, pass on the baton of faith well?

Abraham received the baton of faith from God when he was 75 years old.

He then accompanied God for 100 years and left the world at the age of 175.

Long ago, Israelis regarded dying early or dying in an accident as God’s judgment.

According to this thinking, Abraham’s longevity tells us that he was blessed by God.

In particular, Isaac and Ishmael jointly held their father’s funeral which was Abraham’s most beautiful last scene.

Ishmael was not the son of God’s promise, so he was not Abraham’s heir (and did not receive the baton of faith from his father). But he did his best as a son at his father’s funeral.

This shows that there was no more resentment or complaint in Ishmael who had been born out of wedlock to Sarah’s maidservant.

But, the Good God indeed made a great nation through Ishmael as he had also promised.

And the good God accompanied Ishmael throughout his life and fully restored Ishmael’s self-esteem.

This was the blessing God gave to Abraham’s family through his obedience.

After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac.

We can see from this fact that Abraham passed on the baton of faith to his son well.

2. The second runner : Isaac

Genesis 25:19-21

19 This is the account of Abraham`s son Isaac.  Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.

Did Isaac, the second runner, deliver the baton of faith well?

Isaac met Rebekah and married her. Then he had no children from 40 to 59 years old.

It looks like he had the same problem his father had.

God educated Isaac along the same lines that he educated his father, Abraham.

It took Isaac almost 20 years to learn how to obey God completely.

After that, God heard Isaac’s prayer and allowed his wife to have children.

After Rebekah became pregnant, all their attention became focused on their two sons, Esau and Jacob. In the Bible, the life of Isaac is given a small account compared to his son, Jacob.

But through the story that will come forward, we can see that Isaac has indeed handed over the baton of faith to the next generation through his son, Jacob.

3. The third runner : Jacob

Genesis 25:23; 31-34

23 The LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” 32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” 33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.  So Esau despised his birthright.

Did Jacob, the third runner, receive the baton of faith well?

We can see from the passage in Genesis 25 that Jacob schemed to receive the baton of faith from his father, Isaac. Actually, as it was the birthright, a blessing given only to the first son.

But Jacob, the second-born twin, slyly looking forward to the future, needed a means to acquire his brother’s blessing.

Through a bit of trickery and good timing, Jacob was able to convince his brother Esau to make a foolish choice and sell his birthright to his brother out of hunger. 

In his haste and impatience to do so, he revealed that he was not worthy of God’s choice.

Before the brothers were born, there was a prophecy of God saying that the older would serve the younger. The prophecy may seem controversial because it breaks down the existing order.

But God’s sovereignty exceeds human expectations and claims of rights.

This means that no one can claim their rights before God, the master.

A very tense relationship formed between these brothers, Jacob and Esau.

But through this experience, Jacob came to have an important religious understanding that God alone was actually his inheritance.

When Jacob completely obeyed God, the purchased birthright in his hand disappeared and the baton of faith remained.

And then, did Jacob, the third runner, also pass on the baton of faith to the next generation well?

4. The current runners : Us

1 Corinthian 9:24-25

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Yes, Jacob successfully handed over the baton of faith to the next generation.

The fact that we are continuing to worship God right now is evidence of this.

The reason you can worship God today is because of God’s unending grace and sovereignty. He had already planned beforehand to meet you through your family, whether your blood relatives, or the family of faith. Therefore, we should thank God for bringing us into the family of faith through our ancestors of faith.

If your family doesn’t have an ancestor of faith that is related to you by blood, there’s nothing wrong with that because God recognizes any person who obeys Him as a member of his faith family. Abraham was the first, we now continue to run the race.

God accompanies every person of faith and blesses their life.

We are the people who have received the baton of faith from our ancestors who obeyed God.

So now, can we deliver the baton of faith to the next generation well? Will they receive it well?

Will your descendants continue to believe in God through you?

Your faith has a much greater influence than you think because the family of faith either continues or breaks according to the relationship you have with God.

1 Corinthians tells us that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. 

Likewise, even if many people have received a baton of faith, not everyone can successfully deliver the gospel.

Why were we blessed to hear the word of God?

It is because someone has delivered the love of God to us.

We are people who are currently running in the eternal, spiritual relay race with the baton of faith. In this land, the most important task we have is to deliver the baton of faith successfully to the next generation.

This is why God called us.

God wants the baton of faith to be delivered to the final runner through us Christians.

This is God’s ultimate vision.

Now, who is the last runner to receive the baton of faith?

5. The last runner : Jesus Christ

Luke 21:34-36

34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

The last runner to receive the baton of faith is Jesus Christ.

When our faith race is over, Jesus himself will deliver our faith to God.

To this end, we must always pray and stay awake and alert.

Always be careful not to miss the baton of faith we have received.

But…what if we drop the baton of faith?

In fact, we are much weaker and more easily seduced by temptation than we think or like to admit. So we often drop the baton of faith. There may also be times when we don’t even want to recover the lost baton of faith anymore because our minds or spirits are so exhausted.

So what should we do when we encounter such a problem?

Ephesians 2:1-10

1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God`s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

God knew that we, as humans and in our weakness, could never complete the race of faith on our own. So God sent us Jesus Christ, the runner of the anchor leg, or the final leg, of the race. He is the fastest and best runner.

In fact, Jesus not only runs the anchor leg to complete the race for us, being the fastest and best runner, he also runs with us along all sections of the race!

When we fall into the temptation of sin and drop the baton of faith, Jesus is there to pick it up with us, and restores our faith again.

Even when we are tired and want to give up the race of faith, Jesus comforts our hearts, provides new strength, and gently encourages and leads us back to the race of faith.

The baton of faith was passed down from God, to our ancestors in faith, and on to us.

From us, it will be passed on to the next generation, if we remain faithful, and will eventually be delivered to Jesus, the last runner, our anchor.

Jesus will then return the baton of faith, passed along through countless descendants of faith, to God, completing the race of faith and bringing much honor and glory to God.

In the end, the long faith race that God began will end with Jesus, crossing the finish line triumphantly to receive the crown of his kingdom.

So when you are exhausted by the relay race of faith, rely on Jesus. Pray and ask Jesus for help.

He is your anchor, your example, and he will run with you and lead your faith race to victory.


< 그리스도인 = 이어달리기 주자 >

11 아브라함이 죽은 후에 하나님이 그의 아들 이삭에게 복을 주셨고 이삭은 브엘라해로이 근처에 거주하였더라

창세기 25:11

0. 예화 : 이어달리기

 오늘은 “그리스도인=이어달리기 주자”라는 제목으로 창세기 25장 말씀을 나누도록 하겠습니다. 

여러분은 이어달리기를 한 경험이 있습니까?

이어달리기는 일정한 구간에서 몇 명이 한 조가 되어 차례로 배턴을 주고받으면서 달리는 육상 경기입니다.

이어달리기를 성공적으로 마치기 위해서 필요한 것은 무엇일까요?

첫번째는 “신뢰” 입니다. 경기에 참가하는 주자 사이의 깊은 신뢰는 팀을 하나의 목표에 도달할 수 있도록 도와줍니다.

두번째는 “책임감” 입니다. 배턴을 전달하는 주자가 다음 주자에게 그것을 안전하게 넘겨주기 위해서 책임감이 필요합니다. 

세번째는 “인내” 입니다. 경기에서 패배가 예상된다 할지라도 끝까지 인내하며 달린다면 결승선을 통과하는 기쁨을 누릴 수 있습니다.

이러한 이유로 그리스도인은 이어달리기 경기에 참가하는 주자에 비유할 수 있습니다.

그리스도인은 “믿음”이라는 배턴을 가지고 열심히 삶을 살다가, 다음 세대에게 그 믿음의 배턴을 넘겨주기 때문입니다.

하나님은 믿음의 배턴을 첫번째 이어달리기 주자인 아브라함에게 전해주셨습니다.

1. 첫번째 주자 : 아브라함

창세기 25:7-11

7 아브라함의 향년이 백칠십오 세라

8 그의 나이가 높고 늙어서 기운이 다하여 죽어 자기 열조에게로 돌아가매

9 그의 아들들인 이삭과 이스마엘이 그를 마므레 앞 헷 족속 소할의 아들 에브론의 밭에 있는 막벨라 굴에 장사하였으니

10 이것은 아브라함이 헷 족속에게서 산 밭이라 아브라함과 그의 아내 사라가 거기 장사되니라

11 아브라함이 죽은 후에 하나님이 그의 아들 이삭에게 복을 주셨고 이삭은 브엘라해로이 근처에 거주하였더라

첫번째 주자인 아브라함은 과연 믿음의 배턴을 잘 전달 하였을까요?

아브라함은 그의 나이 75세 때에 하나님께 믿음의 배턴을 받았습니다.

이후 그는 하나님과 100년 동안 동행하며 175세이 나이로 향년을 맞이합니다.

이스라엘에서는 일찍 죽거나 사고로 죽는 것에 대해 하나님의 심판으로 여겼습니다.

이에 따르면 아브라함이 장수한 것은 그가 하나님께 축복을 받았다는 것을 알려줍니다.

특히, 이삭과 이스마엘은 아브라함의 장례를 공동으로 같은 자격으로 치르는데, 이것은 아브라함의 가장 아름다운 마지막 장면입니다.

이스마엘은 약속의 아들이 아니었기 때문에, 아브라함의 집을 떠나야만 했습니다.

그러나 그는 아버지의 장례식에 참석함으로써 아들로서의 도리를 다했습니다.

이것은 서자인 이스마엘에게 더 이상의 원망이나 불평이 남아있지 않음을 보여줍니다.

선하신 하나님은 그가 약속하신 대로 이스마엘을 통해 큰 민족을 이루게 하셨습니다.

선하신 하나님은 이스마엘과 동행하시며 그의 자존감을 완전히 회복하셨습니다.

이것이 하나님께서 아브라함의 순종을 통해 그의 가정에게 주신 축복이었습니다.

아브라함이 죽은 후에 하나님은 그의 아들 이삭에게 복을 주셨습니다.

우리는 이 사실을 통해 아브라함이 믿음의 배턴을 그의 아들에게 잘 전달하였다는 사실을 알 수 있습니다.

2. 두번째 주자 : 이삭

창세기 25:19-21

19 아브라함의 아들 이삭의 족보는 이러하니라 아브라함이 이삭을 낳았고

20 이삭은 사십 세에 리브가를 맞이하여 아내를 삼았으니 리브가는 밧단 아람의 아람 족속 중 브두엘의 딸이요 아람 족속 중 라반의 누이였더라

21 이삭이 그의 아내가 임신하지 못하므로 그를 위하여 여호와께 간구하매 여호와께서 그의 간구를 들으셨으므로 그의 아내 리브가가 임신하였더니

두번째 주자인 이삭은 과연 믿음의 배턴을 잘 전달 하였을까요?

이삭은 리브가를 만나 결혼한 뒤, 40세부터 59세까지 자녀가 없었습니다.

이것은 그의 아버지가 겪었던 문제와 같았습니다.

하나님은 아브라함에게 하셨던 방식으로 이삭을 교육하셨습니다.

이삭은 하나님께 완전히 순종하기까지 약 20년의 시간이 필요했습니다.

그 후에 하나님은 이삭의 간구를 들으시고 그가 자녀를 가질 수 있도록 하셨습니다.

리브가가 임신한 후, 모든 관심은 그들의 두 아들인 에서와 야곱의 운명에 집중되어 있습니다.

이로 인해 성경에서 이삭에 관한 내용은 상대적으로 적은 분량을 차지 하고 있습니다.

그러나 앞으로 나타나게 될 이야기를 통해, 우리는 이삭이 그의 다음 세대인 야곱에게 믿음의 배턴을 잘 넘겨 주었음을 확인할 수 있습니다.

3. 세번째 주자 : 야곱

세번째 주자인 야곱은 과연 믿음의 배턴을 잘 받았을까요?

창세기 25:23; 31-34

23 여호와께서 그에게 이르시되 두 국민이 네 태중에 있구나 두 민족이 네 복중에서부터 나누이리라 이 족속이 저 족속보다 강하겠고 큰 자가 어린 자를 섬기리라 하셨더라

31 야곱이 이르되 형의 장자의 명분을 오늘 내게 팔라

32 에서가 이르되 내가 죽게 되었으니 이 장자의 명분이 내게 무엇이 유익하리요

33 야곱이 이르되 오늘 내게 맹세하라 에서가 맹세하고 장자의 명분을 야곱에게 판지라

34 야곱이 떡과 팥죽을 에서에게 주매 에서가 먹으며 마시고 일어나 갔으니 에서가 장자의 명분을 가볍게 여김이었더라

야곱은 그의 아버지인 이삭으로부터 믿음의 배턴을 받기 위해 전략을 세웠습니다.

그것은 장자의 명분인데, 첫째 아들에게만 주어지는 축복이었습니다.

교활하며 미래를 내다보는 눈이 있었던 야곱은 그의 형의 것을 빼앗기 위해 수단이 필요했습니다.

에서는 배고픔 때문에 장자의 명분을 팔아버리는 미련한 선택을 하였습니다.

에서는 선택 받을 가치가 없음을 스스로 드러낸 것이었습니다.

그들 형제가 태어나기 전, 큰 자가 어린 자를 섬기게 될 것이라는 하나님의 예언은 우리에게 상당한 논란의 여지를 남길 수도 있습니다.

이것은 기존의 법칙을 무너뜨리는 일이기 때문입니다.

그러나 하나님의 주권은 사람의 기대와 권리 주장을 넘어섭니다.

이것은 주인이신 하나님 앞에서는 그 누구도 자기의 권리를 주장할 수 없다는 것을 의미합니다.

야곱과 에서, 이 두 형제 사이에 매우 긴장된 관계가 형성되지만, 이 사건을 통해 야곱은 하나님이 자신의 기업임을 깨닫게 되는 중요한 신앙적 경험을 하게 되었습니다.

야곱이 하나님께 완전히 순종하게 되자, 그의 손에 장자의 명분은 사라지고 믿음의 배턴이 남아있게 되었습니다.

그렇다면 세번째 주자인 야곱은 과연 믿음의 배턴을 다음 세대에게 잘 넘겨 주었을까요?

4. 현재 주자 : 우리

고린도전서 9:24-25

24 운동장에서 달음질하는 자들이 다 달릴지라도 오직 상을 받는 사람은 한 사람인 줄을 너희가 알지 못하느냐 너희도 상을 받도록 이와 같이 달음질하라

25 이기기를 다투는 자마다 모든 일에 절제하나니 그들은 썩을 승리자의 관을 얻고자 하되 우리는 썩지 아니할 것을 얻고자 하노라

야곱은 믿음의 배턴을 다음 세대에 성공적으로 넘겨주었습니다.

지금 우리가 예배 드리고 있는 것이 그 증거입니다.

당신이 하나님께 예배할 수 있는 이유는 당신의 가문을 통해 당신과의 만남을 계획하신 하나님의 은혜 때문입니다.

우리는 우리 가문에 믿음의 조상을 보내주신 하나님께 감사해야 합니다.

만약 당신의 가문에 믿음의 조상이 없을지라도 문제될 것은 없습니다.

하나님은 하나님께 순종하는 사람을 아브라함과 같은 믿음의 조상으로 인정하십니다.

하나님은 그를 믿는 사람과 동행하시며 그의 인생을 축복하십니다.

우리는 하나님께 순종했던 조상들에게 믿음의 배턴을 받은 사람들입니다.

그렇다면 우리는 믿음의 배턴을 다음 세대에게 잘 전달할 수 있을까요?

당신을 통해서 당신의 후손들이 계속 하나님을 믿을 수 있을까요?

당신의 믿음은 당신이 생각하는 것보다 훨씬 더 큰 영향력을 가지고 있습니다.

하나님과 당신의 관계에 따라 믿음의 가문이 이어지기도 하고, 끊어지기도 하기 때문입니다.

고린도전서는 운동장에서 달음질하는 자들이 다 달릴지라도 오직 상을 받는 사람은 한 사람이라고 기록되어 있습니다.

마찬가지로 많은 사람들이 믿음의 배턴을 받았다고 할지라도, 모든 사람들이 성공적으로 복음을 전할 수는 없을 것입니다.

우리가 하나님의 말씀을 듣고 축복을 받을 수 있는 이유는 무엇일까요?

그것은 누군가가 우리에게 하나님의 사랑을 전해 주었기 때문입니다.

우리는 현재 믿음의 배턴을 가지고 이어달리기를 하고 있는 사람들입니다.

하나님이 보내주신 이 땅에서 우리가 해야할 가장 중요한 일은 믿음의 배턴을 다음 세대에게 잘 전달하는 것입니다.

그것이 하나님이 우리를 부르신 이유입니다.

하나님은 그리스도인을 통해 믿음의 배턴이 마지막 주자에게 전달되기를 원하고 계십니다.

그것은 하나님의 최종적인 비전입니다.

믿음의 배턴을 받게 될 마지막 주자는 누구일까요?

5. 마지막 주자 : 예수 그리스도

누가복음 21:34-36

34 너희는 스스로 조심하라 그렇지 않으면 방탕함과 술취함과 생활의 염려로 마음이 둔하여지고 뜻밖에 그 날이 덫과 같이 너희에게 임하리라

35 이 날은 온 지구상에 거하는 모든 사람에게 임하리라

36 이러므로 너희는 장차 올 이 모든 일을 능히 피하고 인자 앞에 서도록 항상 기도하며 깨어 있으라 하시니라

우리의 믿음의 배턴을 받으시는 마지막 주자는 예수 그리스도입니다.

우리의 신앙의 여정이 끝나게 되면, 예수님은 우리의 믿음을 하나님께 전달하실 것입니다.

이를 위해 우리는 항상 기도하고 깨어 있어야 합니다.

우리가 받은 믿음의 배턴을 놓치지 않도록 항상 주의해야 합니다.

만약 우리가 믿음의 배턴을 떨어뜨린다면 어떻게 해야할까요?

사실 우리는 우리가 생각하는 것보다 훨씬 더 약하고, 쉽게 유혹에 빠지는 존재들입니다.

그래서 우리는 믿음의 배턴을 놓칠 때가 자주 있습니다.

심지어 우리는 마음이 지쳤다는 이유로, 잃어버린 믿음의 배턴을 더 이상 찾고 싶지 않을 때도 있습니다.

그럴 때 우리는 어떻게 할까요?

에베소서 2:1-10

1 그는 허물과 죄로 죽었던 너희를 살리셨도다

2 그 때에 너희는 그 가운데서 행하여 이 세상 풍조를 따르고 공중의 권세 잡은 자를 따랐으니 곧 지금 불순종의 아들들 가운데서 역사하는 영이라

3 전에는 우리도 다 그 가운데서 우리 육체의 욕심을 따라 지내며 육체와 마음의 원하는 것을 하여 다른 이들과 같이 본질상 진노의 자녀이었더니

4 긍휼이 풍성하신 하나님이 우리를 사랑하신 그 큰 사랑을 인하여

5 허물로 죽은 우리를 그리스도와 함께 살리셨고 (너희는 은혜로 구원을 받은 것이라)

6 또 함께 일으키사 그리스도 예수 안에서 함께 하늘에 앉히시니

7 이는 그리스도 예수 안에서 우리에게 자비하심으로써 그 은혜의 지극히 풍성함을 오는 여러 세대에 나타내려 하심이라

8 너희는 그 은혜에 의하여 믿음으로 말미암아 구원을 받았으니 이것은 너희에게서 난 것이 아니요 하나님의 선물이라

9 행위에서 난 것이 아니니 이는 누구든지 자랑하지 못하게 함이라

10 우리는 그가 만드신 바라 그리스도 예수 안에서 선한 일을 위하여 지으심을 받은 자니 이 일은 하나님이 전에 예비하사 우리로 그 가운데서 행하게 하려 하심이니라

하나님은 연약한 우리가 믿음의 경주를 완주 할 수 없다는 사실을 아셨습니다.

그래서 하나님은 우리에게 예수 그리스도를 보내주셨습니다.

사실 예수님은 믿음의 배턴을 받을 마지막 주자이면서, 동시에 우리와 함께하시는 전 구간 주자입니다.

우리가 죄의 유혹에 빠져 믿음의 배턴을 떨어뜨릴 지라도, 우리와 함께 하시는 예수님이 다시 우리의 믿음을 회복 시켜 주십니다.

우리가 지쳐서 믿음의 경주를 포기하기를 원할지라도, 예수님은 우리의 마음을 위로해주시고 새로운 힘을 제공해 주시며 다시 믿음의 이어달리기를 할 수 있게 도와주십니다.

하나님으로부터 받은 믿음의 배턴은 믿음의 사람들을 통해서 우리에게 도착하였습니다.

그 믿음의 배턴은 다음 세대에게 전해져 결국은 마지막 주자인 예수님께 전달 될 것입니다.

예수님은 신앙인들을 통해 전달 된 아름다운 믿음의 배턴을 하나님께 되돌려 드리며, 하나님을 영광스럽게 할 것입니다.

결국 하나님을 통해 시작된 믿음의 긴 여정은 하나님을 통해 끝나게 되는 것입니다.

믿음의 이어달리기가 힘들 때, 예수님을 의지하십시요.

그가 당신과 동행하며 이 믿음의 여정을 승리로 이끄실 것입니다.

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God Works Through Obedient People (Genesis 24:48)

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God works through obedient people

48 and I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master`s brother for his son.

Genesis 24:48

0. Introduction : Glen James’ Story

A humble homeless man who returned a backpack full of cash and traveler’s checks to police said he felt “very, very good’’ to do it and used a ceremony honoring him at police headquarters to thank all the people who have ever given him money on the street.

Glen James said, “I don’t talk too much because I stutter.’’ 

But he handed out a handwritten statement in which he said, “Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a … penny of the money I found. I am extremely religious — God has always looked after me very well.’’

The statement also said, “I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone — every pedestrian stranger — who has given me spare change. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!’’

Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said that James’s actions were “really a remarkable tribute to him and his honesty.’’

“He’s an honest guy and realized the property belonged to someone else,’’ Davis said.

The middle-aged man, balding, bespectacled, and thin, appeared friendly but shy and slightly overwhelmed by the attention from the media drawn to a feel-good story.

On his way out of the building after the news conference, the police department clerks gave him an ovation.

James said he had been homeless for several years. He chuckled as he said it felt good to return the money.

James found the backpack Saturday at the South Bay Center in Dorchester, a sprawling suburban-style shopping complex in Boston visible from the Southeast Expressway.

After making his discovery, James flagged down a passing Boston police officer and handed over the backpack. 

The backpack contained $2,400 in cash, $39,500 in traveler’s checks, passports, and various personal papers, police said.

But the miracle didn’t stop here.

Mr. James’s good deeds impressed people, and 100 million won ($100,000) was collected in two days as a fundraising campaign to help him.

This is a story of a person’s good behavior that caused many people to do good, creating amazing miracles.

In this way, Genesis 24 shows that God’s vision is achieved through the obedience of many people, starting with the obedience of one person.

Today’s message is titled “God works through obedient people”, and it is taken out of Genesis chapter 24.

1. Obedient people

1-1. Abraham’s Obedience

Genesis 24:1-4; 8

1 Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.

2 He said to the chief servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh.

3 I want you to swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living,

4 but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.”

8 If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath of mine. Only do not take my son back there.”

We can see Abraham’s obedience through what he says to his chief servant.

Abraham’s last wish was to find his son Isaac’s spouse.

But more important to him than this was that his son Isaac should grow into a man of God.

Abraham was afraid of Isaac being exposed to the Gentile culture of serving other gods.

That’s why Abraham told him not to take his son to the Canaanites, even if he could not find one of his own relatives to be Isaac’s wife.

Abraham’s ultimate purpose was to live with God.

So he ordered his servant to trust and obey God completely.

This was Abraham’s obedience.

1-2. Abraham’s servant’s Obedience 

Genesis 24:12; 26-27

12 Then he prayed, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.

26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD,

27 saying, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master`s relatives.”

We can see the obedience of Abraham’s servant through his actions. 

He wanted to be guided by his master Abraham’s God, so he humbly asked God for help.

He gave his thoughts to God at every occasion and prayed.

Abraham’s servant was trusted by his master enough to be given his master’s power and authority to manage all Abraham’s possessions.

The greatest asset of Abraham’s he managed was “a life obedient to God”.

Abraham’s obedience had a profound effect on his servant’s faith.

As a result, this made Abraham’s servant obey God.

And the servant’s obedience helped him fulfill his master’s wishes and God’s vision.

1-3. Laban and Bethuel’s Obedience

Genesis 24:50-51

50 Laban and Bethuel answered, “This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other.

51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master`s son, as the LORD has directed.”

We can see Laban and Bethuel’s obedience in the answers they gave to Abraham’s servant. They said that they would accept the marriage proposal unconditionally because God had directed it.

At that time, the custom was that a woman had no right to choose her groom.

That’s why Rebekah’s father Bethuel and brother Laban responded to the servant’s request on her behalf.

But this was not a marriage that was forced or violent.

We can confirm Rebekah’s sincerity about this marriage in the following passage.

1-4. Rebekah’s Obedience

Genesis 24:55-58

55 But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the girl remain with us ten days or so; then you may go.”

56 But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the LORD has granted success to my journey. Send me on my way so I may go to my master.”

57 Then they said, “Let`s call the girl and ask her about it.”

58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”  “I will go,” she said.

We can see Rebekah’s obedience through her decision.

Even though the wedding was already arranged, it was not easy for Rebekah to leave the family she’d always lived together with. The reason for this is that marriage removes us from the intimate closeness and bonds that we’ve shared with our family.

And as for Rebekah, she was not ready for marriage at all. 

Look at this situation. She was to follow a strange servant, to go on a long journey, almost like an adventure, to meet her future husband.

This choice will completely change her life.

Rebekah didn’t know anything about Isaac, who would be her future husband, but she made a quick decision.

Because she believed in God’s will and obeyed, she was able to make a quick decision in anticipation of the future that God would lead her to.

2. The result of obedience: The Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah

Genesis 24:66-67

66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done.

67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother`s death.

We can see the result of obedience through the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah.

The passage above implies that their love deepened after their marriage, and it is the result of many people’s obedience.

Therefore, in this story, all that God has done has happened through the obedience of the people who followed his will and plan.

Many people obeyed God, and God fulfilled their wishes.

Ultimately, the Bible testifies that God blesses those who obey Him.

3. The result of Jesus’ obedience: The cross of salvation

Philippians 2:5-11

5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,

10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Abraham, Abraham’s servant, Laban, Bethuel, and Rebekah…

We have looked at the fact that God achieved his vision through obedient people in Genesis 24.

So what did God achieve through Jesus’ obedience?

The result of Jesus’ obedience was the cross of salvation.

As we know, Jesus is our perfect role model of obedience.

We can see the ideal Christian life in his obedience.

Jesus always obeyed the will of his father, God, even though he was God incarnate.

This is the attitude of the Christian life that Jesus taught us.

Jesus’ obedience made him walk in faith to the cross of death.

But the result of that obedience was that he emerged from death to resurrection and eternal life.

In the end, Jesus became our savior and our master, through his obedience.

For us, the path of obedience may seem a narrow path, a path of hardship, or even a path of death. But the ultimate conclusion of our obedience is salvation and eternal life.

God’s vision is achieved through our obedience.

And the results of that obedience return to us as God’s good blessings.

I hope we will spend this week obeying God’s will.


순종하는 사람들을 통해 일하시는 하나님

48 내 주인 아브라함의 하나님 여호와께서 나를 바른 길로 인도하사 나의 주인의 동생의 딸을 그의 아들을 위하여 택하게 하셨으므로 내가 머리를 숙여 그에게 경배하고 찬송하였나이다

창세기 24:48

0. 예화 : Glen James’ Story

미국 보스턴에서 노숙 생활을 하고 있는 글랜 제임스 씨,

카메라를 향해 환한 웃음을 지어 보입니다.

“기부라는 건 말이죠… 내 인생에 전혀 다른 새로운 삶을 가져다 줄 겁니다.”

2013년 9월 13일 밤, 그는 보스턴에 사우스 베이 몰에서

현금과 여행자 수표, 여권 등이 들은 배낭을 주웠습니다.

비록 가진 것 없는 노숙인 신세 였지만

욕심을 버리고 지체 없이 주변 사람들에게 

수소문을 시작했습니다.

배낭 주인 역시 미리 상점 주인들에게 도움을 청해놓은 상황,

덕분에 제임스씨는 쉽게 배낭을 주인에게 돌려줄 수 있었습니다.

이 사실이 알려지면서 제임스씨는 

경찰로부터 상패를 전달 받았습니다.

하지만 기적은 여기서 그치지 않았습니다.

제임스 씨의 선행은 잔잔한 감동을 주었고,

그를 돕자는 모금 운동이 벌어지면서 

성금 1억원이 이틀 만에 모아졌습니다.

이선 휘팅턴(기금 조달자, 모금 운동 주도한 사람)

정말 좋은 얘기라고 생각했습니다.

여러분이 알고 있는 것처럼 전세계에 널리 알려야 하는 얘기라고 느꼈습니다.

이것은 한 사람의 선한 행동 하나가 많은 사람들의 선한 행동을 일으켜서, 놀라운 기적을 만들게 된 이야기 입니다.

이와 같이 창세기 24장은, 한 사람의 순종을 시작으로 각 사람의 순종을 통해 하나님의 비전이 이루어지는 것을 보여주고 있습니다.

1. 순종한 사람들

1-1. 아브라함의 순종

창세기 24:1-4; 8

1 아브라함이 나이가 많아 늙었고 여호와께서 그에게 범사에 복을 주셨더라

2 아브라함이 자기 집 모든 소유를 맡은 늙은 종에게 이르되 청하건대 내 허벅지 밑에 네 손을 넣으라

3 내가 너에게 하늘의 하나님, 땅의 하나님이신 여호와를 가리켜 맹세하게 하노니 너는 내가 거주하는 이 지방 가나안 족속의 딸 중에서 내 아들을 위하여 아내를 택하지 말고

4 내 고향 내 족속에게로 가서 내 아들 이삭을 위하여 아내를 택하라

8 만일 여자가 너를 따라 오려고 하지 아니하면 나의 이 맹세가 너와 상관이 없나니 오직 내 아들을 데리고 그리로 가지 말지니라

우리는 아브라함이 그의 종에게 하는 말을 통해 그의 순종을 발견할 수 있습니다.

아브라함의 마지막 소망은 아들 이삭의 배우자를 구하는 것이었습니다.

그러나 그에게 소망보다 중요한 것은 이삭이 하나님의 사람으로 성장하는 것이었습니다.

아브라함은 이삭이 이방 신들을 섬기는 문화에 노출되는 것을 두려워 하였습니다.

그래서 아브라함은 종에게 이삭의 아내 될 사람을 구하지 못할지라도, 아들을 그리로 데리고 가지 말라고 하신 것입니다.

아브라함의 최종 목적은 하나님과 동행하는 삶이었습니다.

그래서 그는 그의 종에게 하나님을 온전히 신뢰하고 순종하라고 명령하였습니다.

이것이 아브라함의 순종의 모습이었습니다.

1-2. 아브라함의 종의 순종

창세기 24:12; 26-27

12 그가 이르되 우리 주인 아브라함의 하나님 여호와여 원하건대 오늘 나에게 순조롭게 만나게 하사 내 주인 아브라함에게 은혜를 베푸시옵소서

26 이에 그 사람이 머리를 숙여 여호와께 경배하고

27 이르되 나의 주인 아브라함의 하나님 여호와를 찬송하나이다 나의 주인에게 주의 사랑과 성실을 그치지 아니하셨사오며 여호와께서 길에서 나를 인도하사 내 주인의 동생 집에 이르게 하셨나이다 하니라

우리는 아브라함의 종의 행동을 통해 그의 순종을 발견 할 수 있습니다.

그는 그의 주인 아브라함의 하나님의 인도를 받기를 원했습니다.

아브라함의 종은 겸손하게 하나님께 도움을 요청하였습니다.

그는 매 상황마다 자신의 생각을 내려놓고, 하나님께 기도하며 물었습니다.

아브라함의 종은 아브라함이 모든 소유를 맡길 정도로 신뢰하는 사람이었습니다.

그가 아브라함으로부터 배운 가장 커다란 자산은 “하나님께 순종하는 삶“ 이었습니다.

아브라함의 순종은 그의 종의 신앙심에 지대한 영향을 끼쳤습니다.

결과적으로는 아브라함의 종이 하나님께 순종함으로써, 아브라함의 소망과 하나님의 비전을 성취하도록 만들었습니다.

1-3. 브두엘과 라반의 순종

창세기 24:50-51

50 라반과 브두엘이 대답하여 이르되 이 일이 여호와께로 말미암았으니 우리는 가부를 말할 수 없노라

51 리브가가 당신 앞에 있으니 데리고 가서 여호와의 명령대로 그를 당신의 주인의 아들의 아내가 되게 하라

우리는 라반과 브두엘이 아브라함의 종에게 한 대답을 통해, 그들의 순종을 발견 할 수 있습니다.

그들은 하나님이 결정하셨기 때문에, 우리는 무조건 그 제안을 받아들이겠다고 대답하였습니다.

그 당시 풍습으로는 여자가 자신의 신랑을 선택할 권리가 없었습니다.

그래서 리브가 대신 그녀의 아버지와 오빠가 종의 질문에 대답한 것입니다.

그러나 이것은 강요나 폭력으로 이루어진 혼인 과정이 아니었습니다.

우리는 이 결혼에 대한 리브가의 진심을 다음 파트에서 확인할 수 있습니다.

1-4. 리브가의 순종

창세기 24:55-58

55 리브가의 오라버니와 그의 어머니가 이르되 이 아이로 하여금 며칠 또는 열흘을 우리와 함께 머물게 하라 그 후에 그가 갈 것이니라

56 그 사람이 그들에게 이르되 나를 만류하지 마소서 여호와께서 내게 형통한 길을 주셨으니 나를 보내어 내 주인에게로 돌아가게 하소서

57 그들이 이르되 우리가 소녀를 불러 그에게 물으리라 하고

58 리브가를 불러 그에게 이르되 네가 이 사람과 함께 가려느냐 그가 대답하되 가겠나이다

우리는 리브가의 결단을 통해 그녀의 순종을 발견할 수 있습니다.

이미 결혼식 예정된 상태라도, 함께 살던 가족을 떠나는 일은 쉽지 않은 일입니다.

그 이유는 결혼으로 인해 가족을 통해 느낄 수 있는 친밀감과 유대감으로부터 멀어지기 때문입니다.

그런데 리브가의 경우, 그녀는 결혼에 대한 어떠한 준비도 되지 않은 상태였습니다.

이런 상황에서 낯선 남자를 따라, 미래의 남편을 만나러 가는 것은 그녀에게는 모험과 같았습니다. 이 선택을 통해 그녀의 인생이 완전히 바뀌게 될 것이기 때문입니다.

리브가는 미래의 남편이 될 이삭에 대해서 알지 못했지만, 그녀는 신속하게 결단하였습니다.

그녀는 하나님의 뜻을 믿고 순종하였습니다. 그래서 그녀는 하나님께서 인도하시는 미래를 기대하며 결단할 수 있었던 것입니다.

2. 순종한 사람들의 결과 : 이삭과 리브가의 결혼

창세기 24:66-67

66 종이 그 행한 일을 다 이삭에게 아뢰매

67 이삭이 리브가를 인도하여 그의 어머니 사라의 장막으로 들이고 그를 맞이하여 아내로 삼고 사랑하였으니 이삭이 그의 어머니를 장례한 후에 위로를 얻었더라

우리는 이삭과 리브가의 결혼을 통해, 순종한 사람들의 결과를 확인 할 수 있습니다.

그들의 결혼식에 대해서는 

아주 간단히 암시되어 있습니다.

그들의 사랑이 깊어졌다는 사실은 많은 사람들의 순종의 결과를 나타냅니다.

이는 하나님이 그들의 순종을 통해 모든 일들 형통하게 하셨다는 것을 의미합니다.

많은 사람들이 하나님께 순종하였더니 하나님이 그들의 소망을 이루어 주신 것입니다.

결국 하나님은 순종하는 사람들에게 결과적으로 유익을 주시는 분이라는 사실을 성서에서 증언하고 있습니다.

3. 예수님의 순종의 결과 : 구원의 십자가

빌립보서 2:5-11

5 너희 안에 이 마음을 품으라 곧 그리스도 예수의 마음이니

6 그는 근본 하나님의 본체시나 하나님과 동등됨을 취할 것으로 여기지 아니하시고

7 오히려 자기를 비워 종의 형체를 가지사 사람들과 같이 되셨고

8 사람의 모양으로 나타나사 자기를 낮추시고 죽기까지 복종하셨으니 곧 십자가에 죽으심이라

9 이러므로 하나님이 그를 지극히 높여 모든 이름 위에 뛰어난 이름을 주사

10 하늘에 있는 자들과 땅에 있는 자들과 땅 아래에 있는 자들로 모든 무릎을 예수의 이름에 꿇게 하시고

11 모든 입으로 예수 그리스도를 주라 시인하여 하나님 아버지께 영광을 돌리게 하셨느니라

아브라함, 아브라함의 종, 브두엘과 라반, 리브가…

우리는 하나님이 그들의 순종을 통해 그의 비전을 성취하셨다는 사실을 본문을 통해 살펴보았습니다.

그렇다면 하나님은 예수님의 순종을 통해 무엇을 성취 하셨을까요?

예수님의 순종의 결과는 구원의 십자가였습니다.

우리가 알고 있듯이 예수님은 순종의 롤모델입니다.

우리는 예수님의 순종을 통해 그리스도인의 이상적인 삶의 모습을 발견 할 수 있습니다.

예수님은 그가 참 하나님임에도 불구하고, 언제나 아버지 하나님의 뜻에 순종하였습니다.

이것이 예수님이 우리에게 가르쳐주신 그리스도인의 삶의 태도입니다.

예수님의 순종은 그를 죽음의 십자가로 걸어가게 만들었습니다.

그러나 그 순종의 결과는 죽음으로부터 부활과 영원한 생명으로 나타났습니다.

결국 예수님은 순종을 통해 우리의 구원자, 우리의 주인이 되셨습니다.

우리에게 순종의 길이 좁은 길, 고난의 길, 심지어는 죽음의 길로 보일 수도 있습니다.

그러나 그 순종의 결과는 구원입니다. 그 결과는 생명입니다.

하나님의 비전은 우리의 순종을 통해 성취됩니다.

그리고 그 순종의 결과는 우리에게 선한 것으로 돌아옵니다.

우리가 하나님의 뜻에 순종하는 이번 한 주 보내길 소망합니다.

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God is the Greatest Blockbuster Movie Director (Genesis 23:1-2)

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God is the greatest blockbuster movie director

1 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. 2 She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.

Genesis 23:1-2

0. Introduction (a story about Movies)

Do you like movies?

What is the best movie you’ve ever seen?

Here’s a quick list of the TOP 3 highest grossing movies in the world. Can you guess them?

In 3rd place : Titanic

In 2nd place : Avatar

And I’ll bet you can all guess the #1 highest grossing movie of all time, right?

That’s right, in 1st place : Avengers-Endgame!

Why do people love these movies?

First, these films all present an interesting kind of foreshadowing in the first half.

In the second half of the movie, the foreshadowed events come to their full conclusion.

Secondly, these movies each have wonderful storylines that are deeply moving for those who watch them. 

In Titanic, we can see an old woman, Rose, reminiscing about her former life with a boy she once loved named Jack. The story is beautiful and tragic, filled with ups and downs, suspense, adventure, and love. It’s no wonder it held the record as the top movie of all time for so many years.

In Avatar, we can see human scientists taking the form of an alien species they are studying. The planet of Pandora is magical, filled with amazing life and more vivid colors than anything we can find on earth. But we soon discover that the military personnel who accompany the scientists to protect them secretly have underlying motives for investigating the planet. But after lots of drama and close calls, the scientists and aliens band together to fight back in a truly magnificent finale.

Avengers – Endgame begins as a tragedy, 5 years after a crazed supervillain named Thanos destroys half of the life in the galaxy. But through the events that follow, the team of Avengers seek to do the impossible – undo the death and destruction that Thanos has done through time travel. And it is precisely this kind of dramatic reversal, and changing of fate, that is so moving for so many in the audience around the world.

But out of all the elements that make up a movie, what do you suppose is the most important element that makes a successful movie? It’s the movie director.

This is because the movie director’s values, ideas, imagination, creativity, and composition ability have the greatest impact on the storytelling of the movie.

Then, who do you think is the best movie director?

Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Luc Besson, J.J.Abrams?

Of course, God is the greatest movie director because he is the director of real life, and real life is often far more interesting and amazing than what we see in movies. In fact, when Hollywood runs out of ideas, they often retell “real life true stories” in their own style.

The real life story that God stars Abraham’s wife “Sarah” as the protagonist, and if it were titled as a movie, would be called “From Darkness to Light”. This story can be found in Genesis chapter 23, and the message I’ll preach from it is titled, “God is the best movie director”.

1. Sarah’s dark age

The first half of Sarah’s life was like a cloud of darkness.

There were problems that continued to happen to her that continually left her without hope.

Sarah experienced four great hardships in her life.

Genesis 12:4-5

4 So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

First, Sarah was a wanderer.

She left her hometown with her husband when she was 66 years old and moved to a strange land.

Moving is a tough task in itself, but Sarah had to leave for a completely foreign country without a new known home to move into.

Strange environments, strange neighbors, a strange language, and wandering as strangers in this strange land did not give Sarah any sense of stability.

Genesis 12:12-13

12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, `This is his wife.` Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”

Genesis 20:2

2 and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelech king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.

Second, Sarah was a woman abandoned by her husband in a time of danger and need.

This happened not once, but twice.

Because of her husband’s fear, Sarah was twice taken away to the palace of a strange man.

Genesis 18:11-12

11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?”

Third, Sarah became discouraged because she was old and had not given Abraham an heir.

She failed to achieve her desire in her youth when she felt there had been a chance to have a son. But it was already too late to achieve it.

Sarah felt helpless and dispirited because of her unfulfilled desire.

Genesis 16:4

4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.

Fourth, Sarah was hated even by her maidservant.

Although Sarah had initially given Hagar to Abraham in order to produce a child for her husband, she began to feel jealousy by constantly seeing the maidservant who had so easily achieved that which she could not achieve.

Sarah felt her honor had disappeared and her self-esteem became very low.

Now, remember these four dark trials Sarah endured: leaving her homeland, betrayed by her husband, barren until elderly, and hated by her maidservant.

Sarah’s life was so hard and miserable.

Is there anyone here who wants to live a life like Sarah?

Why not?

Surprisingly, however, Sarah eventually had her prime of life, though she was elderly.

A reversal occurred late in her dark life.

2. Sarah’s prime

Sarah’s four hardships turned into four blessings.

Genesis 21:9-10

9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman`s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”

First, Sarah’s barren womb was finally opened and she had the child of promise at the age of ninety-one. This restored her honor as a woman and a wife.

Then, she threw out her maidservant, Hagar, who despised her, and her self-esteem slowly began to recover.

Genesis 23:1

1 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.

Second, Sarah was blessed to live for another 36 years after giving birth to her son! Even though she was ninety when God’s messenger visited Abraham to tell him about the son of promise, and she laughed to herself thinking, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?” And even though she had thought it was too late to achieve her wish, not only did God come through for her, but he also granted her additional years of life with her son. This is God’s blessing of longevity.

Genesis 23:2

2 She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.

Third, although Sarah had previously experienced embarrassing situations and could not trust her husband’s love for her fully, because of Abraham’s fear and weakness, after a few hardships, Sarah became a wife who was fully loved by her husband.

We can see that Sarah was finally fully loved by her husband through the sadness and mourning he expressed for her upon her death.

Genesis 23:18-19

18 to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city. 19 Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan.

Fourth, Sarah had always been a wanderer in a strange land because there was nowhere for them to settle. However, she eventually found lasting peace in the last resting place that Abraham purchased for her and her family.

Sarah was no longer a stranger, but a settler in Hebron.

3. God is the greatest movie director

Can you remember Sarah’s early life and the darkness she experienced? Can you empathize with her? And can you also imagine her growing peace and joy toward the end of her life with her changing circumstances? Why did this great change, this reversal, happen in Sarah’s life?

At long last, Sarah had finally realized that the director of the real-life movie in which she appeared as a protagonist was God. When she realized he was the director and she was just the actor, she handed her script and the entire scenario over to God, the great director.

God was then able to modify her script and take it from B-movie to blockbuster.

Genesis 17:15-16

15 God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”

When Sarah gave sitting in the director’s chair by herself,

and when she acknowledged that God was the greatest movie director and began to accept his direction, it was then that God was fully able to devote his full passion into the script to turn Sarah’s life around.
In the end, God took this struggling production, and turned it into a blockbuster movie releasing it in the book of Genesis, one of the greatest and most well known stories in the world today.

Now when I ask, Is there anyone here who wants to live a life like Sarah?
I am sure many of you will say yes. “Yes”

How is the movie of your life going right now? Are you struggling, failing to accept the script, or the directions of the greatest director?
Then acknowledge him as Lord, and leave the rest of the script of your life to God!

God can turn any poor script into a blockbuster!

Believe in God, the greatest movie director!

4. Happy ending maker (Jesus Christ)

Romans 4:25

25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

As we all know, the endings of each movie are all very different.

Sometimes, there may be a happy ending, sometimes a sad ending, and other times, even a completely open ending (can someone say, “sequel?”).

If your life was a movie, what kind of ending would you want?

I’m sure you would want a happy ending like Sarah’s.

What do we need for a happy ending?

It is the happy ending maker, Jesus Christ!

God, the best movie director, tells your story through Jesus Christ.

So the end of Christian life will always be a happy ending.

Is your life too hard now? Are there difficult problems that you can never solve?

Lay down your heavy burden before Jesus.

Let him know your problem.

Jesus will deliver your prayers directly to God.

and God will listen to those prayers and write a new script for your life, if you agree to follow his direction and obey him from that point on.

All your problems and sins can be reversed completely through Jesus!

because he can change any failed life.

Why is Jesus a happy ending maker?

Jesus has completed the whole atonement for our sins by taking the penalty of sin upon himself and facing the full wrath and judgment of the Almighty God who is too pure and holy to even look upon sin.

In our sinful state, we dare not go to Almighty God because our sins are so heinous.

The sacrifice of animals, and even our own blood loss cannot fully satisfy the charge for our sins.

But Jesus Christ, the son of God, suffered many hardships and died on the cross in our place. He, being perfect and sinless, took our sins upon himself and gave his own life as a pure and clean sacrifice before judgement of the Almighty God.

Through this selfless act of sacrifice, he has achieved the atonement of sins and complete forgiveness for sinners, for all those who believe in him and accept him as Lord of their lives.

Through the conviction that Jesus forgives us for all our sins, we can enjoy great freedom in this land. This is a spiritual freedom, knowing that our sins are forgiven and we are freed from the penalty of sin. This is the grace of complete forgiveness.

Confess Jesus Christ, the Happy Ending Maker as your savior.

Then the greatest blockbuster movie director, God will write the happiest ending for your life through Jesus.

And, like Sarah, your story will be forever recorded in the glorious book of eternal life.


하나님은 최고의 영화감독

1 사라가 백이십칠 세를 살았으니 이것이 곧 사라가 누린 햇수라

2 사라가 가나안 땅 헤브론 곧 기럇아르바에서 죽으매 아브라함이 들어가서 사라를 위하여 슬퍼하며 애통하다가

창세기 23:1-2

0. 도입(영화이야기)

 여러분은 영화 보는 것을 좋아합니까?

여러분이 지금까지 보았던 영화 중 가장 최고의 영화는 어떤 영화입니까?

전세계적으로 가장 성공한 영화 TOP 3는 무엇일까요?

3위:타이타닉(Titanic),  2위:아바타(Avatar),  1위:어벤져스:엔드게임(Avengers:Endgame) 입니다.

사람들이 이 영화들에 반해버린 이유는 무엇일까요?

첫째, 이 영화들은 영화 초반에 제시되는 복선들이 영화 후반에서 잘 나타납니다.

즉, 잘 만들어진 영화는 짜임새가 있는 영화인 것입니다.

둘째, 이 영화들은 관객들의 마음을 움직이는 반전이 숨어있습니다.

반전이 있는 영화는 관객들에게 깊은 감명을 줍니다.

성공한 영화의 가장 중요한 요소는 무엇일까요?

그것은 바로 영화 감독입니다.

영화 감독의 가치관, 아이디어, 상상력, 창의성, 구성력이 영화에 가장 큰 영향을 미치기 때문입니다.

여러분이 생각하는 최고의 영화감독은 누구입니까?

스티븐 스필버그(Steven Spielberg), 제임스 카메론(James Cameron), 뤽 베송(Luc Besson), J.J.에이브럼스(J.J.Abrams)?

최고의 영화감독은 하나님입니다.

하나님이 만드신 영화의 제목은 “어둠에서 빛으로” 입니다.

이 영화의 주연은 아브라함의 아내 “사라” 입니다.

오늘은 <하나님은 최고의 영화감독>이라는 제목으로 창세기 23장 말씀을 나누도록 하겠습니다.

1. 사라의 암흑기

사라의 인생의 전반기는 암흑과 같았습니다.

그녀에게는 어떤 희망도 없이 계속해서 문제들이 일어났습니다.

사라는 그녀의 인생에서 네 가지 시련을 경험했습니다.

창세기 12:4-5

4 이에 아브람이 여호와의 말씀을 따라갔고 롯도 그와 함께 갔으며 아브람이 하란을 떠날 때에 칠십오 세였더라

5 아브람이 그의 아내 사래와 조카 롯과 하란에서 모은 모든 소유와 얻은 사람들을 이끌고 가나안 땅으로 가려고 떠나서 마침내 가나안 땅에 들어갔더라

사라는 유랑민이었습니다.

사라는 66세 때, 그녀의 남편을 따라 고향을 떠나 낯선 땅으로 이동하게 되었습니다.

이사를 가는 것만으로도 힘든 일 인데, 사라는 이사 갈 집도 없는 외국으로 떠나게 된 것입니다.

낯선 환경, 낯선 이웃들, 낯선 언어, 이방인으로서 유랑하는 삶은 사라에게 안정감을 주지 못했습니다.

창세기 12:12-13

12 애굽 사람이 그대를 볼 때에 이르기를 이는 그의 아내라 하여 나는 죽이고 그대는 살리리니

13 원하건대 그대는 나의 누이라 하라 그러면 내가 그대로 말미암아 안전하고 내 목숨이 그대로 말미암아 보존되리라 하니라

창세기 20:2

2 그의 아내 사라를 자기 누이라 하였으므로 그랄 왕 아비멜렉이 사람을 보내어 사라를 데려갔더니

사라는 남편에게 버림 받은 여자였습니다.

그 일은 한번이 아닌, 두 번씩이나 일어났습니다.

남편 아브라함의 두려움 때문에 사라는 두 번이나 낯선 남자의 왕궁에 끌려가게 되었습니다.

창세기 18:11-12

11 아브라함과 사라는 나이가 많아 늙었고 사라에게는 여성의 생리가 끊어졌는지라

12 사라가 속으로 웃고 이르되 내가 노쇠하였고 내 주인도 늙었으니 내게 무슨 즐거움이 있으리요

사라는 나이가 많아서 낙담하는 사람이었습니다.

그녀는 힘이 있었던 젊은 시절에 그녀의 소망을 이루지 못했습니다.

그녀의 소망은 아들을 갖는 것이었는데, 그것을 이루기에는 이미 너무 늦어버렸습니다.

사라는 이룰 수 없는 소망 때문에 무력감과 허탈감을 느끼게 되었습니다.

창세기 16:4

4 아브람이 하갈과 동침하였더니 하갈이 임신하매 그가 자기의 임신함을 알고 그의 여주인을 멸시한지라

사라는 여종에게 조차 무시당하는 사람이었습니다.

사라는 자신이 이루지 못한 소망을 쉽게 이룬 여종을 보며 박탈감을 느꼈습니다.

여종에게 무시당한 사라는 그녀의 자존감이 아주 낮아졌습니다.

이렇듯 사라의 삶은 힘들고 비참했습니다.

여기 있는 사람들 중에 사라처럼 인생을 살고 싶은 사람이 있습니까?

없다면 그 이유는 무엇입니까?

그런데 놀랍게도 너무 늙어버린 사라에게 그녀의 전성기가 찾아왔습니다.

그녀의 어두웠던 삶에 반전이 일어난 것입니다.

2. 사라의 전성기

사라의 네 가지 시련은 네 가지 축복으로 변했습니다.

창세기 21:9-10

9 사라가 본즉 아브라함의 아들 애굽 여인 하갈의 아들이 이삭을 놀리는지라

10 그가 아브라함에게 이르되 이 여종과 그 아들을 내쫓으라 이 종의 아들은 내 아들 이삭과 함께 기업을 얻지 못하리라 하므로

사라는 그녀의 나이 91세에 약속의 아들을 낳았습니다.

그녀는 이삭을 통해 그녀의 명예를 회복하였습니다.

그녀는 자신을 무시하였던 여종, 하갈을 내쫓았습니다.

사라의 자존감은 마침내 완전히 회복되었습니다.

창세기23:1

1 사라가 백이십칠 세를 살았으니 이것이 곧 사라가 누린 햇수라

하나님의 사자가 약속의 아들에 대해 알리기 위해 아브라함을 방문했을 때, 사라의 나이는 90세 였습니다. 그녀는 속으로 웃으며 내가 노쇠하였고 내 주인도 늙었으니 내게 무슨 즐거움이 있으리요 하고 생각했습니다.

사라는 자신이 너무 늙었다고 무언가를 이루기에는 늦었다고 생각했습니다.

그러나 사라는 아들을 낳은 이후로도 36년이나 더 살았습니다. 

그녀는 장수의 축복을 누린 것입니다.

창세기 23:2

2 사라가 가나안 땅 헤브론 곧 기럇아르바에서 죽으매 아브라함이 들어가서 사라를 위하여 슬퍼하며 애통하다가

사라는 한 때 남편의 연약함 때문에 난처한 상황을 경험하였습니다.

또한 그녀는 남편의 사랑을 잘 신뢰할 수 없었습니다.

그러나 문제들이 지나간 뒤 사라는 남편에게 사랑받는 아내가 되었습니다.

우리는 사라를 위해 슬퍼하고 애통하는 아브라함의 모습을 통해, 사라가 남편에게 많은 사랑을 받았다는 사실을 알 수 있습니다.

창세기 23:18-19

18 성 문에 들어온 모든 헷 족속이 보는 데서 아브라함의 소유로 확정된지라

19 그 후에 아브라함이 그 아내 사라를 가나안 땅 마므레 앞 막벨라 밭 굴에 장사하였더라 (마므레는 곧 헤브론이라)

사라는 정착할 땅이 없어 항상 떠돌아 다녀야 하는 사람이었습니다.

그러나 사라는 아브라함의 막벨라 굴 매매를 통해 그녀와 그녀의 가족을 위한 마지막 안식처를 소유하게 되었습니다.

사라는 더 이상 낯선 이방인이 아닌, 헤브론 땅에 정착한 사람이 되었습니다.

3. 하나님은 최고의 영화감독

도대체 사라에게 무슨 일이 일어났던 것일까요?

사라의 인생에 반전이 일어난 이유는 무엇일까요?

사라는 자신이 주인공으로 등장하는 영화의 감독이 하나님이라는 사실을 깨달았습니다.

그래서 사라는 그녀의 인생의 시나리오를 하나님께 드렸습니다.

그러자 하나님은 그녀의 시나리오를 수정하여 최고의 영화로 만드셨습니다.

창세기 17:15-16

15 하나님이 또 아브라함에게 이르시되 네 아내 사래는 이름을 사래라 하지 말고 사라라 하라

16 내가 그에게 복을 주어 그가 네게 아들을 낳아 주게 하며 내가 그에게 복을 주어 그를 여러 민족의 어머니가 되게 하리니 민족의 여러 왕이 그에게서 나리라

사라는 스스로 영화감독이 되는 것을 포기하였습니다.

사라는 하나님이 최고의 영화감독임을 인정하고 하나님께 순종하였습니다.

하나님은 사라의 영화를 최고의 영화로 만들기 위해, 모든 열정을 쏟아 일하셨습니다.

결국 사라의 영화는 창세기에 기록되어 우리에게 감동을 주는 최고의 이야기가 되었습니다.

여기 있는 사람들 중에 사라처럼 인생을 살고 싶은 사람이 있습니까?

모두 “예스”라고 대답할 것입니다. 

내 인생의 영화를 최고의 영화로 만들고 싶으십니까?

하나님께 내 인생의 시나리오를 드리십시요!

하나님은 아무리 형편없는 시나리오라도 최고의 시나리오로 바꿀 수 있습니다!

최고의 영화 감독인 하나님께 순종하십시요!

4. 해피엔딩 메이커(예수님)

로마서 4:25

25 예수는 우리가 범죄한 것 때문에 내줌이 되고 또한 우리를 의롭다 하시기 위하여 살아나셨느니라

사실, 우리가 알고 있는 영화들의 결말은 다양합니다.

그것은 행복한 결말 일 수도, 슬픈 결말 일 수도, 열린 결말 일 수도 있습니다.

당신의 인생이 영화라면, 어떤 결말은 원하십니까?

아마도 당신은 사라처럼 행복한 결말을 바랄 것입니다.

행복한 결말을 위해서 필요한 것은 무엇일까요?

그것은 해피엔딩 메이커, 예수 그리스도 입니다.

최고의 영화 감독인 하나님은 예수 그리스도를 통해 당신의 스토리를 만들어 가십니다.

그래서 그리스도인들의 삶은 언제나 해피엔딩입니다.

당신의 삶이 지금 너무나 힘든가요?

당신에게 결코 풀 수 없는 어려운 문제가 있나요?

예수님 앞에 당신의 짐을 내려 놓으십시요.

예수님께 당신의 문제를 말하십시요.

예수님이 당신의 기도를 하나님께 전달할 것입니다.

하나님이 기도를 들으시고, 우리 인생의 시나리오를 다시 쓰실 것입니다.

우리의 문제와 죄가 예수님들 통해 반전될 것입니다.

예수님은 그 어떤 실패한 인생이라도 변화 시킬 수 있기 때문입니다.

예수님이 해피엔딩 메이커인 이유는 무엇일까요?

예수님은 우리의 구원자이기 때문입니다.

그가 우리의 죄를 해결하셨습니다.

예수님은 우리의 승리자이기 때문입니다.

그가 죽음을 이기고 부활하셨습니다

예수님은 우리의 영원한 생명이기 때문입니다.

그의 부활을 통해 우리에게 영생의 희망이 생겼습니다.

헤피엔딩 메이커, 예수님을 나의 구원자로 고백하십시요.

최고의 영화감독, 하나님이 당신의 삶을 예수님을 통해 해피 엔딩으로 만들어가실 것 입니다.

사라의 이야기처럼 우리의 이야기가 영광스러운 생명책에 기록될 것입니다.

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What does God want from us? (Genesis 22:1-2)

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What does God want from us?

1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”  “Here I am,” he replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

Genesis 22:1-2

0. Introduction (A rich friend)

I want to share a story about the title of the sermon today.

I have a friend who has been very close since childhood.

One day, his business really took off.

With his success, he said he wanted to give me a big gift. You see, I had helped him out with his business until the day it began to become successful.

My friend asked me what I wanted to have, and as a joke, I told him I needed a new car.

But my friend took my joke seriously and really gave me a new car!

I was extremely grateful to my friend and sold my old car.

The shiny new car became my most treasured possession, and I was in high spirits.

Then one day, my friend suddenly called me out of the blue.

Embarrassed, he said,

“Say, listen. I’m so sorry, but you have to give me back the car I gave you. I need funds for my business right away.”

“What?” I was shocked. 

But eventually, I gave my friend the new car back.

So, how was my mood then?

Did I still thank my friend who had tried to give me a new car? or

Did I blame my friend for giving me a new car and then taking it back?

Today’s message is titled “What does God want from us?”, and it is taken out of Genesis chapter 22.

1. The command of God

Genesis 22:1-2

1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”  “Here I am,” he replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

In the beginning of this chapter, God asks Abraham to return his most precious treasure, the child of Promise.

This child was the most precious thing in the world to Abraham.

Isaac was the son promised by God, given to him at age 100, the heir to all his possessions, and supposed to be the beginning of the great nation that God had also promised.

Isaac was his everything.

But God wondered if Abraham would dedicate his most precious possession to God.

So God guided him to a test that was difficult for him to bear, in order to confirm Abraham’s faith.

God’s demand to start off for an unknown mountain to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering to God may remind us of the command God had previously given Abraham to leave his homeland and go settle in unknown lands.

God once again asked Abraham to give up what was most precious in his life.

So, what do you suppose were Abraham’s feelings about God’s command to return that son to God?

2. Abraham’s obedience

Genesis 22:3

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.

Surprisingly, Abraham did not resent God.

Instead, he began to solve this difficult test by obeying God.

But how was Abraham able to obey God’s difficult demands immediately?

In the past, Abraham had tried to solve his problems on his own.

But all the problems were not resolved according to his own will.

Over time, Abraham began to realize that the notion that he was his own master was wrong.

Abraham confessed that God was the only master and problem solver who could solve his problems. He finally recognized God’s sovereignty over his life.

Through his experiences with God, Abraham eventually grew in awe of him, the master of his life.

We need to take note of this word “awe”.

It means “holy fear and respect for” God, and is true of the man who acknowledges God’s sovereignty and glory.

In the past, Abraham had originally regarded God merely as a tool who could help solve his problems. But as his faith grew, he realized that he belonged under the sovereignty of God.

So at this point in Abraham’s life, after all his previous experiences with God, he could not help but obey the demands of his master. His amazing obedience was possible because he had been with God for a long time.

Let’s just think about our own faith for a moment.

Please don’t worry if you feel your faith is small. Remember, even Abraham was also a beginner in faith at first. The important thing we should focus on is constant fellowship with God.

Read the Bible every single day!

Pray to God every day!

Make a short meeting with God of even 5 or 10 minutes your daily habit!

And with each small exercise of faith you do like this, God will grow your faith.

From faith to faith we grow. From smaller faith, through the exercise and practice of our faith, we grow on to greater faith in God when he remains the center of our lives.

3. Obedience result

Genesis 22:11-18

11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

Look here. God gave two gifts to Abraham after seeing his obedience.

The first gift was a ram, to be used in place of his son as a burnt offering sacrifice to God.

The second gift was a further blessing on Abraham’s descendants.

Actually, in this test, what God really wanted was not what he asked for, the son Isaac, but rather it was the heart of the owner, Abraham.

God wanted Abraham’s full obedience.

God demanded Isaac as evidence of complete obedience.

So, what does God really want from me?

God wants my full obedience.

God receives our offerings as evidence of complete obedience.

He may not ever ask us to give him the life of our first born child as he did to Abraham, but

what’s amazing is that even when we give God a part of our treasured possessions,

God acknowledges that we have dedicated them all to him. (This is also why the tithe in the Old Testament was a tenth of what was brought in.)

Why is this so?

It’s because God knows that people are fragile

And God knows better than we do about what people need to live.

This is God’s amazing calculation and grace.

Abraham regained his son through full obedience, and received a greater blessing from God than before.

What we should remember is that Abraham’s blessing was not granted based on his actions alone, but rather that through God’s sovereignty and mercy, and Abraham’s heart and obedience, he chose to bless him.

4. God is the hardest worker

Genesis 22:20-23

20 Some time later Abraham was told, “Milcah is also a mother; she has borne sons to your brother Nahor:

21 Uz the firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 22 Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph and Bethuel.” 23 Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. Milcah bore these eight sons to Abraham`s brother Nahor.

After God confirmed Abraham’s obedience, he worked quickly on the blessing of his descendants.

The Bible specifically mentions the birth of Rebekah here, who would be Isaac’s wife in the future.

And we can also see that the blessing of numerous descendants, which was Abraham’s long-awaited desire, proceeded rapidly through the work of God.

If you obey God as Abraham did, he will eventually lead you to the fastest, smoothest, safest, easiest, or best path. Getting there may not be easy, but God is faithful, and he will eventually fulfill his promises to those whose hearts are his and who obey him fully.

The solution to our problems depends on obeying God fully because he is always the hardest worker in the world for us.

5. The foundation of obedience (Jesus Christ)

Mark 10:45

45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Let’s assume that God gave you this command. 

“Take your son or daughter, whom you love dearly, and go to sacrifice him or her as a burnt offering on that far away mountain that I will tell you about.”

Could you obey this command of God?

We may answer ‘‘Please, no, Lord. Rather kill me in the place of my son or daughter and spare their life’ or ‘No, father God, That command is too terrible for me. Why would you give me such an evil commandment when you are supposed to be good and just? I’m sorry but I can’t understand you at all!’

So how could Abraham obey such a difficult command?

After Abraham had accompanied God for a long time, and eventually recognized God as his master. It was through this realization that Abraham was able to confess that his life, as well as everything he had, came only from God. His son Isaac was no exception.

Abraham felt more fear of God’s command, his master, than fear of losing his only son, whom God had also already promised, and delivered to him in his old age.

He knew that his life depended entirely on God’s sovereignty and grace, and that if God gave, he could also take away. But additionally, that if God promised, he would always deliver. So, even if God were to take Isaac away, it was fully within God’s power, and promise, to return Isaac to him again.

Therefore, he had to obey God’s orders.

He could no longer live by his human thinking alone before God, his master, the Creator of the universe and giver of all things. (Human thinking is so small and limited compared to the unmatched awesomeness of God. So, then why do we so often assume we know better, or have better answers than him who created all things?)

Moving on, what is the true meaning of God’s command to sacrifice his son?

In fact, God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, is a foreshadowing of God’s own sacrifice of his son, Jesus Christ, for us on the cross. And just as Abraham led Isaac up the mountain to be sacrificed, and Isaac followed his father willingly to the end, so also God led Jesus through his ministry on earth and along the path of death to the cross, with Jesus following willingly in order to obey God’s command. 

This is how God has granted us eternal life.

Because all have sinned, we’ve inherited a sin nature from birth, and from our first parents, Adam and Eve. And all sin, whether big or small, requires a penalty to be paid – that penalty is death. But Jesus, by following God’s command, sacrificed his own life in place of ours. He took our death penalty for sin upon himself so that whoever believes in him is no longer under the curse of the death penalty for sin, but has gained eternal life through him.

As Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, Isaac, God stopped him quickly because he was testing his obedience. But he did not do so with Jesus’ sacrifice because Jesus was sent on a mission, to save the whole world through his sacrifice, and fully obedient to the end, he succeeded. This is God’s true heart for us. He loves his people, his creation enough, to give up his own most precious treasure for us.

Sometimes God may demand the most precious thing we have. He is checking our willingness to obey our master, God. But never forget that God has already sacrificed the most precious thing he had, for you.

So, don’t blame God for asking for your possessions. Rather, thank God for all that you have already, and that he is asking so little of you. He has already given you the greatest gift.

In fact, nothing you have now is actually yours.

Your life, your time, your family, your property, your health, your power …

All these came from God.

Express your gratitude to God for giving us all these great gifts!

Express your gratitude to God for sending Jesus to you, and giving up his greatest possession, for your eternal life!

Give God back just a portion of what he has already given you!

Obedience to our God is the best way to practice our faith, worship him, show that we love him, and be rewarded by his hand!


< 하나님이 우리에게 원하시는 것은? >

1 그 일 후에 하나님이 아브라함을 시험하시려고 그를 부르시되 아브라함아 하시니 그가 이르되 내가 여기 있나이다 2 여호와께서 이르시되 네 아들 네 사랑하는 독자 이삭을 데리고 모리아 땅으로 가서 내가 네게 일러 준 한 산 거기서 그를 번제로 드리라

창세기 22:1-2

0. 예화(부자 친구 이야기)

오늘 주제와 관련하여 하나의 이야기를 나누겠습니다.

나에게는 어린 시절부터 아주 친하게 지내던 한 친구가 있습니다.

그러던 어느 날 친구의 사업이 엄청난 대박이 났습니다.

친구는 그 동안 힘들 때 자신을 도와주었던 나에게 갖고 싶은 것을 선물해 주겠다고 말했습니다.

나는 친구의 말에 농담으로 나는 새 자동차가 필요하다고 말했습니다.

그런데 친구는 나의 제안을 받아들여 정말로 나에게 새 자동차를 선물해 주었습니다.

나는 친구에게 큰 고마움을 느꼈고, 내 오래된 차를 팔았습니다.

형편이 넉넉하지 못했던 나에게 친구가 선물해 준 새 자동차는 나에게 가장 소중한 보물이 되었습니다.

그러던 어느 날, 친구에게 전화가 왔습니다.

그는 당황스러워 하면서 나에게 이렇게 말했습니다.

‘너무 미안하지만, 내가 준 자동차를 돌려 주어야겠어. 지금 내 사업을 위한 자금이 필요하거든.’

결국 나는 친구에게 새 자동차를 돌려주었습니다.

이때 내 기분은 어땠을까요?

나에게 새 자동차를 선물해 준 친구에게 여전히 고마움을 느낄까요? 아니면

새 자동차를 선물해주었다가 다시 빼앗은 친구를 원망하는 마음이 들까요?

오늘은 <하나님이 우리에게 원하시는 것은?>이라는 제목으로 창세기 22장의 말씀을 나누겠습니다.

1. 하나님의 명령

창세기 22:1-2

1 그 일 후에 하나님이 아브라함을 시험하시려고 그를 부르시되 아브라함아 하시니 그가 이르되 내가 여기 있나이다 2 여호와께서 이르시되 네 아들 네 사랑하는 독자 이삭을 데리고 모리아 땅으로 가서 내가 네게 일러 준 한 산 거기서 그를 번제로 드리라

하나님은 아브라함에게 그의 가장 소중한 보물을 다시 돌려달라고 하셨습니다.

아브라함에게 세상에서 가장 소중한 것은 약속의 아들, 이삭이었습니다.

아브라함에게 이삭은 그의 인생에 중요한 의미였습니다. 이삭은 그의 모든 것이었습니다.

하나님은 아브라함이 그의 가장 소중한 것을 하나님께 바치는지 궁금하셨습니다.

그래서 하나님은 아브라함의 믿음을 시험하기 위해, 그를 사람이 감당하기 어려운 시험으로 인도하셨습니다.

이삭을 바치기 위해 확정되지 않은 산으로 출발하라는 하나님의 요구는 

하나님께서 아브라함에게 그의 고향을 떠나 확정되지 않은 땅으로 가라고 하신 명령을 생각나게 합니다.

하나님은 아브라함에게 다시 한번 그가 가진 가장 소중한 것을 포기하라고 요구하시는 것입니다.

가장 소중한 아들을 다시 돌려달라는 하나님께 아브라함은 어떤 마음을 가졌을까요?

2. 아브라함의 순종

창세기 22:3

3 아브라함이 아침에 일찍이 일어나 나귀에 안장을 지우고 두 종과 그의 아들 이삭을 데리고 번제에 쓸 나무를 쪼개어 가지고 떠나 하나님이 자기에게 일러 주신 곳으로 가더니

아브라함은 하나님을 원망하지 않았습니다.

아브라함은 하나님께 순종함으로써 이 어려운 시험을 풀기 시작하였습니다.

아브라함이 하나님의 어려운 요구에도 즉시 순종할 수 있었던 이유는 무엇이었을까요?

아브라함은 지금까지 자신의 문제를 스스로 해결하려고 노력하였습니다.

그러나 그는 모든 문제들이 그의 뜻대로 해결되지 않았습니다.

아브라함은 그가 그의 인생의 주인이라는 생각이 잘못 되었음을 깨달았습니다.

아브라함은 하나님이 그의 문제를 해결할 수 있는 유일한 해결사 라는 사실을 알게 되었습니다.

그가 비로소 그의 인생에 대한 하나님의 주권을 인정하게 된 것입니다.

아브라함은 그와 그의 인생의 주인이신 하나님을 경외하게 된 것입니다.

우리는 이 ‘경외’라는 단어를 주목해야 할 필요가 있습니다.

경외란 하나님의 주권과 영광을 인정하는 사람이 가지는 거룩한 두려움과 공경심을 의미합니다.

과거의 아브라함은 하나님을 그저 그의 문제를 해결해주는 해결사로만 여겼습니다.

그러나 신앙이 성장한 아브라함은 그가 하나님의 주권 아래 속해있는 존재라는 것을 깨달았습니다.

그래서 아브라함은 그의 주인이신 하나님의 요구에 순종하지 않을 수가 없었습니다.

그의 놀라운 순종은 그가 오랜 시간 동안 하나님과의 동행하였기 때문에 가능한 것이었습니다.

잠시 나의 믿음이 어떤지 살펴봅시다.

나의 믿음의 수준이 높은 수준이 아닐지라도 걱정할 필요가 없습니다.

아브라함도 처음에는 믿음의 초보자였기 때문입니다.

중요한 것은 하나님과의 지속적인 교제 입니다.

매일 단 한 줄이라도 성경을 읽으십시요!

매일 단 10초라도 하나님께 기도하십시요!

하나님과의 짧은 만남을 매일의 습관으로 만드십시요!

내가 할 수 있는 작은 실천 뒤에, 하나님께서 당신의 믿음을 성장시키실 것입니다.

3. 순종의 결과

창세기 22:11-18

11 여호와의 사자가 하늘에서부터 그를 불러 이르시되 아브라함아 아브라함아 하시는지라 아브라함이 이르되 내가 여기 있나이다 하매

12 사자가 이르시되 그 아이에게 네 손을 대지 말라 그에게 아무 일도 하지 말라 네가 네 아들 네 독자까지도 내게 아끼지 아니하였으니 내가 이제야 네가 하나님을 경외하는 줄을 아노라

13 아브라함이 눈을 들어 살펴본즉 한 숫양이 뒤에 있는데 뿔이 수풀에 걸려 있는지라 아브라함이 가서 그 숫양을 가져다가 아들을 대신하여 번제로 드렸더라

14 아브라함이 그 땅 이름을 여호와 이레라 하였으므로 오늘날까지 사람들이 이르기를 여호와의 산에서 준비되리라 하더라

15 여호와의 사자가 하늘에서부터 두 번째 아브라함을 불러

16 이르시되 여호와께서 이르시기를 내가 나를 가리켜 맹세하노니 네가 이같이 행하여 네 아들 네 독자도 아끼지 아니하였은즉

17 내가 네게 큰 복을 주고 네 씨가 크게 번성하여 하늘의 별과 같고 바닷가의 모래와 같게 하리니 네 씨가 그 대적의 성문을 차지하리라

18 또 네 씨로 말미암아 천하 만민이 복을 받으리니 이는 네가 나의 말을 준행하였음이니라 하셨다 하니라

하나님은 아브라함의 순종 이후에 그에게 두 가지 선물을 주셨습니다.

첫번째 선물은 이삭을 대신하여 번제로 드릴 숫양이었습니다.

두번째 선물은 아브라함의 자손에 대한 축복이었습니다.

하나님이 진정으로 원하셨던 것은 예물로 드린 ‘이삭’이 아니라 ‘아브라함’이었습니다.

하나님은 아브라함의 완전한 순종을 원하셨던 것입니다.

하나님은 완전한 순종의 근거로써 예물을 요구하신 것입니다.

하나님이 나에게 진정으로 원하는 것은 무엇일까요?

하나님은 나의 완전한 순종을 원하십니다.

하나님은 완전한 순종의 근거로써 우리의 예물을 받으십니다.

놀라운 사실은 우리가 가진 것의 일부를 하나님께 드렸을 때,

하나님은 우리가 모든 것을 하나님께 드린 것으로 여기신다는 것입니다.

이러한 원리가 적용되는 이유는 무엇일까요?

하나님은 사람이 연약한 존재라는 것을 아시기 때문입니다

또 하나님은 사람이 살아가기 위해 필요한 것들을 우리보다 더 잘 알고 계시기 때문입니다.

이것이 하나님의 놀라운 계산법이요 은혜인 것입니다.

아브라함은 완전한 순종을 통해 그의 아들을 되찾았고, 전보다 더 큰 축복을 하나님께 받았습니다. 

우리가 기억해야 할 것은 아브라함의 축복은 그의 행동이 그 원인이 아니라는 것입니다.

하나님의 주권과 자비가 아브라함의 축복의 근거가 되었습니다.

4. 하나님은 가장 열심히 일하시는 분

창세기 22:20-23

20 이 일 후에 어떤 사람이 아브라함에게 알리어 이르기를 밀가가 당신의 형제 나홀에게 자녀를 낳았다 하였더라

21 그의 맏아들은 우스요 우스의 형제는 부스와 아람의 아버지 그므엘과 22 게셋과 하소와 빌다스와 이들랍과 브두엘이라 23 이 여덟 사람은 아브라함의 형제 나홀의 아내 밀가의 소생이며 브두엘은 리브가를 낳았고

하나님은 아브라함의 순종을 확인하시고 그의 자손의 축복을 위해 신속하게 일하셨습니다.

본문은 장차 이삭의 아내가 될 리브가의 탄생을 언급하고 있습니다.

아브라함의 오랜 소망이었던 자손의 축복이 급속도로 진행되는 것입니다.

하나님께 순종하면 하나님께서 가장 빠른 길로 인도하십니다.

우리의 문제의 해결은 하나님께 순종하는 것에 달려 있습니다.

하나님은 나를 위해 가장 열심히 일하시는 분이기 때문입니다.

5. 순종의 근거(예수 그리스도)

마가복음 10:45

45 인자가 온 것은 섬김을 받으려 함이 아니라 도리어 섬기려 하고 자기 목숨을 많은 사람의 대속물로 주려 함이니라

하나님께서 나에게 명령하십니다.

‘너의 아들 또는 딸을 나에게 제물로 바쳐라’

당신은 이 하나님의 명령에 순종할 수 있습니까?

우리는 이에 대해 이렇게 대답할 것입니다.

‘하나님 차라리 나를 죽이시고 내 아들과 딸을 살려주세요’ 또는

‘하나님 그 명령은 나에게 너무 끔찍합니다. 하나님은 선하시고 정의로우신 분인데 왜 이런 악한 명령을 하십니까?’

아브라함은 어떻게 이렇게 어려운 하나님의 명령에 순종할 수 있었을까요?

아브라함은 하나님과 오랜 시간 동행하였고, 결국 하나님을 자신의 주인으로 인정하였습니다.

아브라함은 자신의 생명은 물론, 자신이 가진 모든 것이 하나님께로부터 왔음을 깨달았습니다.

그의 아들 이삭도 예외는 아니었습니다.

아브라함은 아들을 잃는 두려움보다 그의 주인이신 하나님의 말씀에 대해서 더 큰 두려움을 느꼈습니다. 

그는 그의 삶이 주권이 하나님께 달려있음을 알고 있었습니다.

그래서 그는 하나님의 명령 앞에서 순종할 수 밖에 없었습니다.

그는 더 이상 주인이신 하나님 앞에서 자신을 주장할 수 없었습니다.

아들을 제물로 바치라는 하나님의 명령의 진정한 의미는 무엇일까요?

하나님은 아들을 제물로 바치라는 이 끔찍한 명령을 스스로에게 하셨습니다.

그 아들이 바로 예수 그리스도입니다.

예수님은 하나님의 말씀에 순종하기 위해 스스로 죽음의 길로 걸어가셨습니다.

그것이 우리에게 영원한 생명을 줄 수 있는 하나님의 유일한 방법이었기 때문입니다.

하나님은 아브라함이 그의 아들, 이삭을 희생시키려 할 때, 다급하게 그의 행동을 막으셨습니다.

그러나 하나님은 그의 아들, 예수님의 희생을 막지 않으셨습니다.

하나님은 그의 아들의 생명보다 우리의 생명이 더 소중했기 때문입니다.

이것이 우리를 위한 하나님의 진정한 마음이었습니다.

때때로 하나님은 우리에게 우리가 가진 가장 소중한 것을 요구하십니다.

그 요구의 의미는 나의 주인이신 하나님께 순종하라는 것입니다.

그의 아들 보다 우리를 더 사랑하신 하나님께 순종하라는 것입니다.

내가 가진 소중한 것을 원하시는 하나님을 원망하지 마십시요.

오히려 하나님께 드릴 수 있음에 감사하십시요.

사실 나의 것은 아무것도 없습니다.

나의 생명, 나의 시간, 나의 가족, 나의 재산, 나의 건강, 나의 능력… 이 모든 것은 하나님께로부터 온 것입니다.

이 모든 것을 선물로 주신 하나님께 감사하십시요.

하나님께 받은 것의 일부를 하나님께 믿음으로 드리십시요.

하나님께 순종하는 길이 우리의 소망이 이루어지는 가장 빠른 길입니다.

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God is the Hardest Worker (Genesis 21:1-2)

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God is the hardest worker

1 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.

Genesis 21:1-2

0. Introduction

Let’s all take a look back over our last week.

Do you do your best all week?

Some people will say that they did, and others did not.

In any case, everyone has a desire to live a life faithful to their highest ideals and aspirations.

We all want to live and work with passion and feel rewarded for what we have achieved.

But who do you suppose is the hardest working living person in the world today?

There may be various opinions, but let me introduce one of the very hardest of the hard workers.

Photo Date: 8-22-2017.Location: Bldg. 8 Photo Studio.Photographer: Bill Stafford

Jonny Kim is an American-born high achiever in his mid-thirties whose parents immigrated from South Korea to the US before he was born.

His brilliant career proves that he has achieved much more than most people ever even dream of.

Currently, he works as a NASA astronaut, although he was previously a Navy Seal Special Forces sniper, and also received his Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School in 2017.

From joining the military in the early 2000s, to his medical degree in 2017, to training with 17 other NASA astronauts for a 2024 moon landing, his career is widely varied, and all three jobs are seemingly unrelated. But Kim has become a perfect expert in each area.

In fact, due to the excellence of his outstanding achievements, there is an ongoing joke in the United States that he may soon become the President. Republican Representative Ted Cruz, who attended the NASA training graduation ceremony, admitted that he felt “horribly, horribly inadequate” around Kim. “What the heck have we been doing with our lives?” he asked a colleague. “[He’s] a Navy SEAL, with a degree to Harvard Medical School. That’s just ridiculous. I mean, he can kill you and bring you back to life — and do it all in space.”

Although Jonny Kim’s childhood was once shadowed by domestic abuse from his father, he was raised by his mother to have good values. Speaking of his upbringing, he said, “Even if you were born under a bad star, you still have the option and the power to pioneer your destiny. If you ask me what I can do for humanity, I want to contribute to making tomorrow better than today.”

Wow! Seriously, what an amazing example of a human life. But that’s as far as we’ll go with the story of Jonny Kim for today. In fact, there is someone who works much harder than Jonny Kim, and he will be the focus of our message today.

“God is the hardest worker” is our message title today, and it is taken out of Genesis chapter 21.

Why do I say God is the hardest worker? This is because he IS the problem solver for all problems for all people for all time.

1. For Sarah

Genesis 21:6-7

6 Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 7 And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

This is how God solved Sarah’s problem.

Remember when Sarah was ignored by her maidservant Hagar because she couldn’t get pregnant? Having a son was very important to Sarah’s honour.

But God waited to deliver the son he promised her until Sarah was completely obedient.

At long last, God fulfilled her hope and gave her ‘Isaac’ after her faith had grown enough.

Abraham and Sarah obeyed the Word of God and left their homeland to move to the land of Canaan. By granting them the child of promise, and restored Sarah’s honor, and began building Abraham’s family into a great nation.

The name ‘Isaac’ means ‘laughter’, both that ‘she laughs’ and the ‘people laugh’.

Amazingly, God made both Sarah and the people around her happy.

This is what God did for Sarah.

2. For Hagar

Genesis 21:17-18

17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”

This is how God solved Hagar’s problem.

Sarah became happy because of Isaac, the son of the promise. But she still had one more problem. Ishmael, who was Isaac’s older half-brother, the son of Hagar, her maidservant, mocked young Isaac.

Sarah thought Ismael threatened Isaac’s place as Abraham’s heir and asked Abraham to send Hagar and her son out of his house. This request of Sarah became a big problem for Hagar.

Hagar could not be economically independent on her own, yet she was kicked out of Abraham’s house and could do nothing about it. Besides this, she had to take care of her young son in the wilderness. When her water was depleted, Hagar cried out loud because she could not bear to watch her son die.

God felt sorry for the young Ishmael who was crying, so he gave his mother Hagar the wisdom and courage to find water. He then sent her back to continue to live in Abrahams’ household.

Hagar overcame the difficult situation with the help of God and raised her son well.

Hagar also introduced a partner to Ishmael in her hometown of Egypt.

Ishmael was able to grow well because God cared for him and accompanied him.

This was what God did for Hagar.

3. For Abraham

Genesis 21:22-23

22 At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, “God is with you in everything you do. 23 Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants. Show to me and the country where you are living as an alien the same kindness I have shown to you.”

This is how God solved Abraham’s problem.

Abimelech knew that Abraham had been blessed by God, so he wanted to form an alliance with him. However, Abraham had a problem with Abimelech. An incident arose in Canaan where Abraham was living in which Abimelech’s servants seized Abraham’s well of water.

But, God gave Abraham the wisdom to solve this problem.

Abraham gave Abimelech seven ewe lambs as evidence that he had dug the well of water that Abimelech’s servant had seized from him. Abimelech did not know the well was Abraham’s and apologized to Abraham, and thereafter, they made a covenant for peace.

In this way, Abraham, who needed a place to live, acquired the basis for living in the land of the Philistines. There, he planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and he called upon the name of the LORD (Genesis 21:33).

This was what God did for Abraham.

4. For us (Jesus Christ)

Hebrews 7:24-25

24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

And this is how God has solved our greatest problems for us.

He sent his son, Jesus Christ, to take our sin and shame, the burden of guilt, and the sentence of death we all bear as the consequence of the sin we all have inherited from our first parents Adam and Eve.

Jesus has conveyed the love of God to all mankind by sacrificing his own life for ours and granting us eternal life through his sacrifice. He is the only mediator between God and man and delivers all our prayers directly to God. Even now, he is seated at the right hand of God in heaven, and is always interceding for us and always working on our behalf.

We were surprised to hear about Jonny Kim’s great career because through his effort, he was able to join the ranks of the best soldiers, the best doctors, and the best astronauts in the world.

Isn’t it incredible that he was able to achieve THREE amazing careers when most people can’t even reach one of those?

But what Jesus did for us should be much more surprising and magnificent to us than what Jonny Kim did because what Christ has accomplished is infinitely infinite, beyond imagination, beyond words.

Jesus is a better soldier. He has bested every foe, defeated every enemy, and won every battle against evil. 

Jesus is a better doctor. He has healed our greatest sickness, sin itself, which leads all people to death, and beyond the miracles we read about in the Bible, he still continues to heal people today of various illnesses!

Jesus is a better astronaut. He did not ascend into space as our representative to God, but descended from heaven to earth as God’s representative to us. His human body, born as a baby to the virgin Mary, was the best physical manifestation of God’s spirit to humanity, and the best representation of his love to all mankind.

Jesus is my eternal savior who saved my life and yours.

This was what God did for us.

  • Remember Jesus, who is still working for you!
  • Remember Jesus who is still praying for you!
  • May you find Jesus working through your problems this week!

God bless you!


열심히 일하시는 하나님

1 여호와께서 말씀하신 대로 사라를 돌보셨고 여호와께서 말씀하신 대로 사라에게 행하셨으므로 2 사라가 임신하고 하나님이 말씀하신 시기가 되어 노년의 아브라함에게 아들을 낳으니

창세기 21:1-2

0. 예화

우리의 지난 한주의 삶을 돌아봅시다.

당신은 열심히 살았나요?

열심히 살았다고 말하는 사람도 있을 것이고, 그렇지 않다고 말하는 사람도 있을 것입니다.

어찌되었든 사람들은 누구나 인생을 충실하게 살고 싶은 소망이 있습니다.

매 시간마다 생동감 있게 일하며, 성취한 일들에 대해 보람을 느끼면서 살고 싶을 것입니다.

그렇다면 세계에서 가장 열심히 일하는 사람은 누굴까요?

다양한 의견들이 있겠지만, 정말 열심히 일하는 한 사람을 소개합니다.

올 라운드(All around person)인 그의 이름은 조니 킴(Jonny Kim)입니다.

그의 화려한 경력은 그가 열심히 살았다는 것을 증명합니다.

그는 현재 나사(NASA) 소속의 우주 비행사입니다.

그는 전에 네이비씰(Navy Seal) 특수부대 저격수였습니다.

그는 또한 전에 하버드대 의대를 졸업하여 내과 의사로 활동한 경력이 있습니다.

이 세 가지 직업들은 서로 연관성이 없었습니다. 그러나 그는 완벽하게 전문가가 되었습니다.

그의 뛰어난 이력 때문에 미국 내에선 농담으로 그가 곧 대통령이 될 거라는 반응도 있습니다.

나사(NASA) 훈련 졸업식에 참석한 테드 크루즈 공화당 의원은 조니 킴을 말도 안 되는 경력의 소유자라고 소개하며 “당신은 우주에서 사람을 죽이고 그 자리에서 살릴 수도 있다.”는 농담을 던졌습니다.

조니 킴은 한국계 미국인입니다.

그는 이민 2세로 암울한 학창 시절을 보냈습니다.

그러나 그는 좋은 가치관을 가지고 있었습니다.

다음은 그가 했던 말들 중 일부 입니다.

“나쁜 카드를 가지고 태어날 수 있지만 당신에겐 운명을 개척할 수 있는 선택권과 힘이 있다.”

“가진 것 없이 태어나도 다음 세대에 공헌할 수 있다는 것을 보여주고 싶다. 인류를 위해 무엇을 할 수 있겠냐고 묻는다면, 오늘보다 나은 내일을 만드는데 기여하고 싶다.”

그런데 오늘 저는 조니 킴을 소개하려고 하는 것이 아닙니다.

저는 여러분에게 조니 킴 보다 훨씬 더 열심히 일하는 분을 소개하려고 합니다.

그 분은 바로 하나님입니다.

오늘은 <열심히 일하시는 하나님>이라는 제목으로 창세기 21장 말씀을 나누겠습니다.

하나님은 각 사람에게 일어난 문제들을 해결하시는 해결사가 되셨습니다.

1. 사라에게

창세기 21:6-7

6 사라가 이르되 하나님이 나를 웃게 하시니 듣는 자가 다 나와 함께 웃으리로다 7 또 이르되 사라가 자식들을 젖먹이겠다고 누가 아브라함에게 말하였으리요마는 아브라함의 노경에 내가 아들을 낳았도다 하니라

하나님은 사라의 문제를 해결하셨습니다.

사라가 임신을 하지 못해 그녀의 여종 하갈에게 무시를 당했던 일을 떠올려 보십시요.

사라에게 아들을 갖는 것은 그녀의 명예와 관련된 아주 중요한 일이었습니다.

하나님은 사라가 완전히 순종할 때까지 기다려야 하셨습니다.

하나님은 사라의 믿음이 성장하였을 때 그녀의 오랜 소원을 이루어 주셨습니다.

그 소원은 바로 약속의 아들 ‘이삭’ 이었습니다.

아브라함과 사라는 하나님의 말씀에 순종하여 고향 땅을 떠나 가나안 땅으로 이동하였습니다.

하나님은 순종한 그들에게 약속의 아들을 선물해 주셨고, 사라의 명예도 회복시키셨습니다.

‘이삭’이라는 이름의 뜻은 ‘그 여자가 웃는다’, ‘사람들이 웃는다’는 뜻입니다.

하나님의 놀라운 일은 사라와 사라의 주변 사람들을 행복하게 만들었습니다.

이것이 하나님이 사라를 위해 행하신 일이었습니다.

2. 하갈에게

창세기 21:17-18

17 하나님이 그 어린 아이의 소리를 들으셨으므로 하나님의 사자가 하늘에서부터 하갈을 불러 이르시되 하갈아 무슨 일이냐 두려워하지 말라 하나님이 저기 있는 아이의 소리를 들으셨나니 18 일어나 아이를 일으켜 네 손으로 붙들라 그가 큰 민족을 이루게 하리라 하시니라

하나님은 하갈의 문제를 해결하셨습니다.

사라는 약속의 아들 이삭 때문에 행복했습니다.

하지만 그녀는 한 가지 고민이 있었습니다.

그것은 여종 하갈의 아들인 이스마엘이 어린 이삭을 괴롭히는 것이었습니다.

이스마엘이 이삭의 자리를 위협한다고 여긴 사라는 아브라함에게 하갈을 집에서 내보낼 것을 요청합니다.

사라의 요청은 하갈에게 큰 문제가 되어 돌아왔습니다.

경제적으로 자립할 수 없었던 하갈은 아브라함의 집에서 쫓겨나 아무것도 할 수 없었습니다.

게다가 그녀는 거친 광야에서 그녀의 아들을 보살펴야 했습니다.

마지막 마실 물이 떨어지자 하갈은 자신의 아들이 죽는 것을 볼 수 없어 소리 내어 울었습니다.

하나님은 울고 있는 이스마엘을 불쌍히 여기셨습니다.

하나님은 그의 어머니 하갈에게 물을 찾을 수 있는 지혜와 용기를 주셨습니다.

하갈은 어려운 상황을 극복하고 그녀의 아들을 잘 키웠습니다.

또한 하갈은 자신의 고향인 애굽 땅에서 이스마엘에게 아내를 얻어 주었습니다.

이스마엘은 하나님이 동행하여 장성할 수 있었습니다.

이것이 하나님이 하갈을 위해 행하신 일이었습니다.

3. 아브라함에게

창 21:22-23

22 그 때에 아비멜렉과 그 군대 장관 비골이 아브라함에게 말하여 이르되 네가 무슨 일을 하든지 하나님이 너와 함께 계시도다 23 그런즉 너는 나와 내 아들과 내 손자에게 거짓되이 행하지 아니하기를 이제 여기서 하나님을 가리켜 내게 맹세하라 내가 네게 후대한 대로 너도 나와 네가 머무는 이 땅에 행할 것이니라

하나님은 아브라함의 문제를 해결하셨습니다.

아비멜렉은 아브라함이 하나님으로부터 복 받은 사람이라는 것을 알고 있었습니다.

그래서 그는 아브라함과 동맹을 맺기를 원했습니다.

그런데 아브라함은 아비멜렉과 그 전에 해결해야할 문제가 있었습니다.

그것은 아비멜렉의 종들이 아브라함의 우물을 빼앗은 것입니다. 

하나님은 아브라함에게 이 문제를 해결할 수 있는 지혜를 주셨습니다.

아브라함은 아비멜렉에게 일곱 암양 새끼를 주어 우물의 증거로 삼았습니다.

아비멜렉은 자신은 그 일에 대해 몰랐다고 아브라함에게 사과하였습니다.

그리고 그들은 평화를 위한 언약을 맺었습니다.

살아갈 터전이 필요했던 아브라함이 블레셋 사람의 땅에서 살아갈 수 있는 근거를 획득한 것입니다.

아브라함은 브엘세바에서 에셀 나무를 심고 거기서 영원하신 여호와의 이름을 불렀습니다.

이것이 하나님이 아브라함을 위해 행하신 일이었습니다.

4. 우리에게 (예수님)

히브리서 7:24-25

24 예수는 영원히 계시므로 그 제사장 직분도 갈리지 아니하느니라 25 그러므로 자기를 힘입어 하나님께 나아가는 자들을 온전히 구원하실 수 있으니 이는 그가 항상 살아 계셔서 그들을 위하여 간구하심이라

하나님은 우리의 문제를 해결하셨습니다.

우리의 문제를 해결하기 위해 우리에게 오신 하나님은 예수 그리스도 입니다.

예수님은 하나님의 사랑을 인류에게 전해주셨습니다.

예수님은 그의 희생으로 인류에게 생명을 주셨습니다.

예수님은 모든 기도가 하나님께 전달되도록 도와주십니다.

예수님은 지금도 우리를 위해서 쉬지 않고 일하고 계십니다.

우리는 조니 킴(Jonny Kim)의 대단한 경력을 듣고 놀랐습니다.

그는 최고의 군인이었고, 최고의 의사였고, 지금은 최고의 우주비행사이기 때문입니다.

그는 보통 사람들이 성취하기 어려운 일들을 세 가지나 달성했기 때문입니다.

하지만 우리 예수님이 하신 일은 더욱 놀랍습니다.

그가 하는 일은 우리가 셀 수 없을 정도로 무한합니다.

그는 모든 악에서 승리한 최고의 용사였습니다.

그는 모든 병을 고친 최고의 의사였습니다.

그는 모든 사람들에게 하나님의 사랑을 전한 최고의 메신져 였습니다.

그는 나의 생명을 구한 영원한 나의 구원자입니다.

이것이 하나님이 우리를 위해 행하신 일이었습니다.

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The Sincere Repentance God Seeks (Genesis 20:14-16)

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The sincere repentance God seeks

14 Then Abimelech brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelech said, “My land is before you; live wherever you like.”

16 To Sarah he said, “I am giving your brother a thousand shekels of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.”

Genesis 20:14-16

0. Introduction

In life, there are times we have to apologize for our mistakes.

Sometimes apologies lead to forgiveness, but sometimes the other person won’t forgive you even if you apologize.

So, what is the best way to ask for forgiveness from another person?

Although there may be a variety of answers, most people would probably agree that a sincere apology is much more effective.

In that case, what is the sincere repentance that God wants from us sinners in order to be forgiven? Today’s message is titled “The sincere repentance God seeks” and it is taken out of Genesis chapter 20.

1. The repeated sins of Abraham

Genesis 20:1-2

1 Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 2 and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelech king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.

God has changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which means ‘a father of many nations’.

Yet, even though God has given him a new name, he is unable to escape his repeated sins.

Abraham, who is often referred to as the father of our faith, is still unable to overcome his greatest weakness, the problem of sin.

At this point in Abraham’s life, he deceived King Abimelech of Gerar by calling his wife his sister.

This was actually the same deception he had performed on the Egyptian king before. Has he not learned his lesson?

Why did Abraham, who had God’s help to fight and defeat the Allied forces of King Kedorlaomer, lie like this?

Genesis 20:11-12

11 Abraham replied, “I said to myself, `There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.` 12 Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife.

The fear of man displaced Abraham’s faith and prompted him to deceive the king with a half truth. When the fear of God was not in the people around him, he thought that God’s sovereignty could not be exercised among them.

So he took it upon himself to prepare a way to survive.

Rather than fearing God and trusting him to protect and provide for him, his fear of man led him to introduce Sarah as his sister.

But God considered Abraham’s half truth to be unjust.

We should remember that a person can not solve his sins by himself.

If a person does not fear and accompany God, he will repeatedly commit the same sin.

2. The Intervention of God

But God intervened in this matter in order to fulfill his promise to Abram.

The contract God had made with Abraham was for him to have Isaac, the son of promise, born through Sarah.

God urgently came to Abimelech in a dream and revealed the seriousness of this problem.

Genesis 20:3-6

3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.” 4 Now Abimelech had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? 5 Did he not say to me, `She is my sister,` and didn`t she also say, `He is my brother`? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands.” 6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her.

Abimelech was innocent by his own reckoning because he had taken Abraham at his word, believing him fully. However, taking a married woman from her husband to become his own wife  was a sin worth dying for from God’s point of view.

So God made the women in Abimelech’s kingdom unable to get pregnant and have babies.

In the long run, this spelled disaster for the king as it meant the destruction of his whole kingdom, and would not just result in the death of an individual, himself.

But God knew Abimelech’s heart, so he prevented him from sinning with Sarah.

Abimelech was punished for Abraham’s lies. So, how did he act after hearing the words of God?

3. Abimelech’s repentance

Genesis 20:8; 14-16

8 Early the next morning Abimelech summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid.

14 Then Abimelech brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelech said, “My land is before you; live wherever you like.” 16 To Sarah he said, “I am giving your brother a thousand shekels of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.”

Abimelech, surprisingly, obeyed the Word of God.

He performed many acts of repentance for his own and his country’s recovery.

First, he shared the Word of God with all his officials. 

This is important because by doing so it signified that he was giving up his own ideas and choosing God’s justice.

Then, he did his best to fix all the wrongs.

He not only gave Sarah back to Abraham, but also topped it off with livestock, servants and additional land to live in. He did not force Abraham out of his land, like the King Egypt had.

He also gave Abraham a thousand silver shekels to restore his wife Sarah’s honor.

This all was a large compensation for Abraham.

Finally, he asked Abraham to pray for full recovery, as God ordered.

It would not have been easy for Abimelech to ask Abraham for prayer after the pain and troubles his lie had brought upon his kingdom, but Abimelech obeyed and honored God in his actions.

Rather, he made Abraham, the man of God, ashamed.

We can learn about ‘sincere repentance’ through Abimelech’s actions.

  • What is the repentance that pleases God?
  • And how should we repent before God?

4. Sincere repentance (through Jesus Christ)

Acts 2:38

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The first step for repentance is to recognize yourself as incapable of solving your own sins.

In fact, we live with repeated or habitual sins like Abraham, we have no ability to keep any of the laws that God has given us.

Therefore, God gave his son Jesus to us to solve this problem.

The second step for repentance is to believe in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.

Jesus is the only one who can save us from a sinful world.

He paid for our sins through his own death, becoming a substitute for the punishment our sins deserved on the cross. In order to get to know Jesus more and more, we must read the Bible and pray daily, cultivating a deeper relationship with him.

The third and final step for repentance is courage.
We must believe that God’s salvation plan will change our lives.

Not only will he forgive you of all your sins and cleanse you of wrongdoing, just as he did for Abimelech, Jesus’s power can also overcome all of your sins, just as he did for Abraham.

Be brave today and choose to live a life of repentance and service for Christ. This is the definition of a successful life for all Christians.

Here’s a hard question to ponder.

Does God listen to our prayers even if and when we sin?

There is hopeful news.

Genesis 20:17

17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife and his slave girls so they could have children again,

Although Abraham was guilty, the fact that he was chosen by God did not change.

God still heard Abraham’s prayers, even as his deception brought disaster upon Abimelech’s household. God’s grace does not change because of human dignity nor error.

Yet, the fear of man may still overtake and overpower us, as it did to Abraham.

We think that God will not work in a world outside the church when the world does not fear him.

But God’s sovereignty is beyond our imagination and affects us everywhere, whether we are in the world, or in God’s presence; whether we are full of the fear of man, or the fear of God; whether we sin repeatedly and habitually though deceptions and half truths, or whether we walk fully in the light as he is in the light. God’s sovereignty and intervention in our lives is extremely realistic and accurate, and on full display in the lives of those who love God and have been called according to his purpose.

Abimelech was not the man God chose to make a covenant with, but he was an outsider and a stranger. Yet, through his sincere repentance and practice, God restored everything to him that he had taken away.

Repentance is not merely a time of regret and despair.

Repentance is a time to grow before God, and grow in relationship with God.

Repentance is the time to restore the true image of Christians, as the disciples of Christ, and bearers of his love, and message, and light to a lost world.

And repentance is not a one time act, but should be practiced on a daily basis by all Christians.

(As Martin Luther wrote in his Ninety-Nine Theses: “Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”)

I hope we will spend this week experiencing an amazing restoration of our lives and faith in Christ through sincere repentance.


하나님 원하시는 진정한 회개

14 아비멜렉이 양과 소와 종들을 이끌어 아브라함에게 주고 그의 아내 사라도 그에게 돌려보내고 15 아브라함에게 이르되 내 땅이 네 앞에 있으니 네가 보기에 좋은 대로 거주하라 하고

16 사라에게 이르되 내가 은 천 개를 네 오라비에게 주어서 그것으로 너와 함께 한 여러 사람 앞에서 네 수치를 가리게 하였노니 네 일이 다 해결되었느니라

창세기 20:14-16

0. 예화

우리가 살다 보면 나의 실수나 잘못으로 인해 다른 사람에게 사과해야 할 때가 있습니다.

사과를 통해 용서를 받을 때가 있지만, 때로는 사과를 했음에도 용서를 받지 못할 때도 있습니다.

상대방의 용서를 받기 위해서 우리는 어떻게 사과해야 할까요?

다양한 답이 있겠지만 대부분의 사람들은 진심 어린 사과를 해야 한다고 말할 것입니다.

그렇다면 죄인인 우리가 하나님께 용서를 받기 위한 진정한 회개는 어떤 것일까요?

오늘은 <하나님이 원하시는 진정한 회개> 라는 제목으로 창세기 20장의 말씀을 나누도록 하겠습니다.

1. 아브라함의 반복되는 죄

창세기 20:1-2

1 아브라함이 거기서 네게브 땅으로 옮겨가 가데스와 술 사이 그랄에 거류하며 2 그의 아내 사라를 자기 누이라 하였으므로 그랄 왕 아비멜렉이 사람을 보내어 사라를 데려갔더니

하나님은 아브람의 이름을 아브라함으로 바꾸어 주셨습니다.

아브라함의 뜻은 ‘여러 민족의 아버지’ 입니다.

아브라함은 하나님께 새로운 이름을 받았지만, 그는 그의 반복되는 죄를 해결할 수 없었습니다.

믿음의 조상이라 불리던 아브라함도 스스로 약점인 죄의 문제를 해결 할 수 없었습니다.

결국 아브라함은 그랄 왕 아비멜렉에게 자기 아내를 자신의 여동생이라고 속였습니다.

이것은 예전에 그가 애굽 왕을 속였던 것과 똑같은 형태였습니다.

그돌라오멜왕 연합군과도 싸워서 이겼던 아브라함이 왜 이런 거짓말을 하게 되었을까요?

11 아브라함이 이르되 이 곳에서는 하나님을 두려워함이 없으니 내 아내로 말미암아 사람들이 나를 죽일까 생각하였음이요 12 또 그는 정말로 나의 이복 누이로서 내 아내가 되었음이니라

아브라함의 하나님에 대한 믿음은 사람을 두려워하는 마음 때문에 사라지게 되었습니다.

그는 하나님을 두려워하지 않는 곳에서는 하나님의 주권이 실현되지 않을 것이라 생각했습니다.

그래서 그는 자신의 살 길을 스스로 준비하였습니다.

그에게 떠오른 좋은 아이디어는 사라를 자신의 이복 누이로 소개하는 것이었습니다.

그러나 아브라함의 아이디어는 하나님이 보시기에 정의롭지 않았습니다.

파트 1에서 우리가 기억해야 할 것은, 사람은 스스로 죄를 해결할 수 없는 존재라는 것입니다.

사람이 하나님과 동행하지 않으면 반복적으로 같은 죄를 짓게 되는 것입니다.

2. 하나님의 개입

하나님은 아브람과의 계약을 지키기 위해 이 문제에 개입하셨습니다.

그 계약은 사라를 통해 약속의 아들 이삭이 태어나는 것이었습니다.

하나님은 긴급히 아비멜렉에게 찾아와 이 문제의 심각성을 알려주셨습니다.

창세기 20:3-6

3 밤에 하나님이 아비멜렉에게 현몽하시고 그에게 이르시되 네가 데려간 이 여인으로 말미암아 네가 죽으리니 그는 남편이 있는 여자임이라 4 아비멜렉이 그 여인을 가까이 하지 아니하였으므로 그가 대답하되 주여 주께서 의로운 백성도 멸하시나이까 5 그가 나에게 이는 내 누이라고 하지 아니하였나이까 그 여인도 그는 내 오라비라 하였사오니 나는 온전한 마음과 깨끗한 손으로 이렇게 하였나이다 6 하나님이 꿈에 또 그에게 이르시되 네가 온전한 마음으로 이렇게 한 줄을 나도 알았으므로 너를 막아 내게 범죄하지 아니하게 하였나니 여인에게 가까이 하지 못하게 함이 이 때문이니라

아비멜렉은 아브라함의 말을 그대로 믿고 행동했기 때문에 그의 입장에서는 죄가 없습니다.

그러나 하나님의 관점에서 남편이 있는 여자를 데려다가 자신의 아내로 삼는 일은 죽어 마땅한 죄였습니다. 

그래서 하나님께서는 아비멜렉의 집의 모든 태를 닫으셨습니다.

이것은 아비멜렉 한 개인의 죽음 뿐 만이 아닌, 그의 왕국의 멸망을 의미하는 것이었습니다.

그러나 하나님은 아비멜렉의 진실한 마음을 알았기 때문에, 그가 죄를 짓지 않도록 막으셨습니다.

아브라함의 거짓말 때문에 억울한 벌을 받은 아비멜렉.

그는 하나님께 말씀을 듣고 어떻게 행동 했을까요?

3. 아비멜렉의 회개

창세기 20:8; 14-16

8 아비멜렉이 그 날 아침에 일찍이 일어나 모든 종들을 불러 그 모든 일을 말하여 들려 주니 그들이 심히 두려워하였더라

14 아비멜렉이 양과 소와 종들을 이끌어 아브라함에게 주고 그의 아내 사라도 그에게 돌려보내고 15 아브라함에게 이르되 내 땅이 네 앞에 있으니 네가 보기에 좋은 대로 거주하라 하고 16 사라에게 이르되 내가 은 천 개를 네 오라비에게 주어서 그것으로 너와 함께 한 여러 사람 앞에서 네 수치를 가리게 하였노니 네 일이 다 해결되었느니라

아비멜렉은 놀랍게도 하나님의 말씀에 순종하였습니다.

그는 그와 그의 나라의 회복을 위해 회개를 위한 많은 행동들을 하였습니다.

그가 했던 첫 번째 행동은 그의 모든 종들과 하나님의 말씀을 공유한 것입니다.

그가 한 좋은 선택은 자신의 생각을 포기하고 하나님의 정의를 선택했다는 것입니다.

아비멜렉은 모든 잘못된 것들을 바로 잡으려고 하였습니다.

그는 문제를 해결하기 위해 최선을 다했습니다.

그는 아브라함에게 아내를 돌려준 것 뿐만이 아니라 그에게 가축과 하인들, 거주할 수 있는 땅을 제공하였습니다.

그는 애굽 왕과는 달리 아브라함을 자기 땅에서 내보내지 않았습니다.

그는 또한 아브라함에게 은 천 개를 주어 그의 아내, 사라의 명예를 회복하였습니다.

아비멜렉은 아브라함에게 인색하지 않게 보상하였습니다.

마지막으로 그는 하나님의 명령대로 아브라함에게 치유 기도를 요청하였습니다.

자신을 곤경에 빠뜨린 사람에게 치유 기도를 부탁한다는 것은 쉽지 않은 일 이었을 것입니다.

하지만 아비멜렉은 하나님께 순종하여 하나님을 높이고 아브라함을 부끄럽게 만들었습니다.

우리는 아비멜렉의 행동을 통해 ‘회개하는 사람의 올바른 마음가짐’에 대해 배울 수 있습니다.

하나님이 기뻐하시는 회개는 무엇일까요?

우리는 하나님 앞에서 어떻게 회개해야 할까요?

4. 진정한 회개(예수 그리스도)

사도행전 2:38

38 베드로가 이르되 너희가 회개하여 각각 예수 그리스도의 이름으로 세례를 받고 죄 사함을 받으라 그리하면 성령의 선물을 받으리니

회개를 위한 첫 번째 단계는 자신을 죄를 해결할 능력이 없는 존재로 인정하는 것입니다.

사실 우리도 아브라함처럼 반복된 죄를 지으면서 살아갑니다.

우리는 하나님이 주신 율법을 다 지킬 수 있는 능력이 없습니다.

그래서 하나님은 이 문제를 해결하기 위해 우리에게 예수님을 보내주셨습니다.

회개를 위한 두 번째 단계는 예수님을 나의 구원자로 믿는 것입니다.

나를 죄가 가득한 세상에서 구원해 줄 유일한 존재는 예수님입니다.

예수님이 나의 죄의 값을 죽음을 통해 모두 지불하셨기 때문입니다.

우리는 매일 성경을 읽고 기도하며 예수님께 의지해야 합니다.

회개를 위한 마지막 단계는 용기입니다.

내 삶을 변화시키실 하나님의 계획을 믿어야 합니다.

예수님의 능력으로 죄를 극복할 수 있다는 믿음을 가져야 합니다.

용기를 갖고 오늘 하루를 그리스도인의 승리한 삶으로 만들어야 합니다.

그런데 우리가 죄를 지어도 하나님이 우리 기도를 들으실까요?

여기에 희망적인 소식이 있습니다.

창세기 20:17

17 아브라함이 하나님께 기도하매 하나님이 아비멜렉과 그의 아내와 여종을 치료하사 출산하게 하셨으니

비록 아브라함이 죄를 지었지만, 그가 하나님께 선택 받은 사람이라는 사실은 달라지지 않았습니다.

하나님은 여전히 아브라함의 기도를 들으셨습니다.

하나님의 은혜는 사람의 품위로 인해 변하지 않기 때문입니다.

그러나 우리는 아브라함이 그랬든 여전히 세상을 두려워합니다.

우리는 하나님을 믿지 않는 교회 밖의 세상에서 하나님이 일하지 않으실 것이라고 생각합니다.

하지만 하나님의 주권은 우리의 상상을 넘어서서 어디서나 영향을 미칩니다.

오히려 하나님의 개입은 지극히 현실적이며 정확합니다.

아비멜렉은 하나님이 선택한 자가 아닌 이방이었습니다.

그러나 그의 진정한 회개와 실천을 통해 하나님은 그의 모든 것을 회복시켜 주셨습니다.

회개는 후회가 절망이 아닙니다.

회개는 하나님 앞에서 성장하는 시간입니다.

회개는 그리스도인의 모습을 회복하는 시간입니다.

우리가 회개를 통해 놀라운 회복을 경험하는 한 주 보내길 소망합니다.

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What is the Final Goal of a Person? (Genesis 19)

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What is the final goal of a person?

29 So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.

Genesis 19:29

0. Introduction : Quiz

Today’s message is titled < What is the final goal of a person? > and comes out of Genesis chapter 19. Let me ask you two questions that will provide clues as to the conclusion of the message.

  1. Number one) What is the fastest way to get from Jeonju to Seoul?
    • Answer) Go with a loved one

Because going alone is boring but you lose track of time when you go with someone you love.

  1. Number two) What is the most delicious way to eat ramen and kimbap?
    • Answer) Eat with someone you love

Because eating with someone you love is much more enjoyable than eating alone.

The answers to these questions are not realistic. But we can easily empathize with both of them. In life, doing anything with someone you love is a joy. You pass the time quickly, and get more enjoyment out of every little moment than you would if you did it alone. However, no one wants to move around with or eat with people who make them uncomfortable.

So how do you suppose Abraham and Lot would have answered these questions?

1. The different lives of two men (Abraham vs Lot)

Abraham’s life and Lot’s life were completely different.

They both knew God, and they were even close relatives.

But their lives were completely different.

1-1. About each individual person (Authority)

The first difference we can note has to do with their individual personalities.

Genesis 14:14-16

14 When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.

Genesis 17:23

23 On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him.

Abraham was not afraid of people, even his enemies.

He fought and defeated the Allies of the Five Kings to save his nephew Lot.

And when God commanded him to circumcise his whole family and all his servants, all the men in his house obeyed Abraham’s direction to do so.

Abraham had the power and charisma to move people.

What about Lot?

Genesis 14:11-12

11 The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away. 12 They also carried off Abram`s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.

Genesis 19:6; 7; 9

6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, “No, my friends. Don`t do this wicked thing.

9 “Get out of our way,” they replied. And they said, “This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We`ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.

Lot was afraid of people, even those who were supposed to be his friends and neighbors.

Lot was taken prisoner during the war and waited for someone to save him.

He was also ignored by the people in Sodom because he did not command any kind of authority among them.

1-2. About each of their wives (Life)

The second difference between the two men that we can note is that of the lives of their wives.

Genesis 23:1;17-19

1 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old.

17 So Ephron`s field in Machpelah near Mamre — both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field — was deeded 18 to Abraham as his property in the presence of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of the city. 19 Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre (which is at Hebron) in the land of Canaan.

Abraham’s wife Sarah lived in peace, a long life to the age of 127.

Her husband Abraham buried her in a cave in the beautiful and spacious field of Machpelah.

This was Sarah’s last beautiful scene.

What about Lot’s wife?

Genesis 19:24-26

24 Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah — from the LORD out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities — and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot`s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

The last scene of Lot’s wife was disastrous.

She did not obey God’s orders, so she became a pillar of salt.

Lot couldn’t even find his wife’s body.

1-3. Their descendants (the way)

Finally, the third difference we can note is between Abraham’s descendants and Lot’s descendants.

Genesis 21:6-7

6 Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 7 And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Abraham’s descendants were led by his son Isaac, who was born of his wife Sarah.

This was Abraham and Sarah’s long-awaited gift and a promise from God.

Through Isaac’s life they were able to happily confess that God had fulfilled his promise.

What about Lot’s descendants?

Genesis 19:36-38

36 So both of Lot`s daughters became pregnant by their father. 37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab; he is the father of the Moabites of today. 38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites of today.

Lot’s descendants were not born from his wife, but from his daughters in sinful manner.

For that reason, the Israelites were ashamed of their neighbors the Moabites and Ammonites, and they became bitter enemies for much of their history.

The Moabites and Ammonites may be relatives of Israel, but they have a shameful past.

2. Lot’s final goal (the Blessing Abraham has received)

Why did Lot’s family have to suffer this?

What was the final goal of Lot’s life?

Surprisingly, it was to receive the blessing that Abraham had: a son of promise, the health of his family, a broad and beautiful land, a richly blessed life…

So why didn’t Lot achieve his goal?

And why did Abraham succeed where Lot failed?

3. Abraham’s final goal (to obey God)

Abraham’s final goal was never what Lot envied.

His final goal was not to live a blessed life, to become rich and powerful, to see his family live healthy and happy lives, to acquire spacious land. Rather, Abraham’s final goal was much simpler, and much more important: it was to obey God.

His gaze was always on God because Abraham recognized God as the master of his life.

Abraham’s blessing was a gift from God.

But it’s also important to note that his relationship with God was not dependent on the gift he received from God. Abraham obeyed God at any time, whether happy or sad, rich or poor. The fact that God blessed him did not cause Abraham to love and obey God, rather, it was because Abraham loved and obeyed God – first and foremost – that God blessed him in the first place.

Abraham did not allow his feelings to shake his faith.

His identity had always been as a servant of God.

4. Our final goal (to obey Jesus, the true God)

So, what is your final goal in life?

Is your goal to receive a blessing like Abraham had, or is your goal to love and obey God as master? We can clearly see which value is most important through the test Jesus received in the desert before beginning his earthly ministry.

Matthew 4:1-11

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.`”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “`He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.`”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: `Do not put the Lord your God to the test.`”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: `Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.`” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Jesus is the perfect role model for Christians.

He did not pursue the values of the world, but rather loved and obeyed God’s word, even to the point of death. This is because obedience to God is the ultimate final goal, and Jesus embodied it perfectly for us. 

At that time, people would have thought that Jesus lived a failed life.

But Jesus was resurrected from death and gloriously seated at the right hand of God.

Jesus has become our eternal savior, and He has restored all his lost things!

That is the result of his obedience.

Therefore, following Jesus’ example, the final goal of a person should be to live a life of obedience to God. God will remember and bless those who obey him.

Please accompany our master, God on a daily basis.

This should be your ultimate final goal and it will be the wisest choice of your life.

Now, once more, let’s review the questions we discussed at the beginning of this message again.

  1. Number one) What is the fastest way to go from Jeonju to Seoul?
    • Answer) Go with Jesus. Pray for safety.
  2. Number two) What is the most delicious way to eat ramen and kimbap?
    • Answer) Eat with Jesus. Give thanks to him who provided such delicious food.

If you accompany Jesus, wherever you are becomes heaven!

If you accompany Jesus, you can overcome the values of the world!

I hope you will take this message to heart and believe it strongly!


< 사람의 최종 목표는 무엇인가? >

29 하나님이 그 지역의 성을 멸하실 때 곧 롯이 거주하는 성을 엎으실 때에 하나님이 아브라함을 생각하사 롯을 그 엎으시는 중에서 내보내셨더라

창세기 19:29

0. 예화

오늘은 <사람의 최종 목표는 무엇인가>라는 제목으로 창세기 19장의 말씀을 나누도록 하겠습니다.

오늘 말씀에 결론에 대한 단서를 찾을 수 있는 두 가지 질문이 있습니다.

  1. Q1) 전주에서 서울까지 가장 빨리 가는 방법은?
    • A1) 사랑하는 사람(또는 친구)과 함께 간다.

이유 : 혼자 가면 지루하지만 사랑하는 사람과 함께 가면 가는 길이 즐겁기 때문에

  1. Q2) 음식을 가장 맛있게 먹는 방법은?
    • A1) 사랑하는 사람(또는 친구)와 함께 먹는다.

이유 : 혼자 먹는 것보다 사랑하는 사람과 함께 먹는 것이 더 즐겁기 때문에

이 질문들의 답은 사실적이지는 않습니다.

그러나 우리는 이 답에 대한 의미를 공감할 수 있습니다.

누구도 불편한 사람과 함께 이동하거나 식사를 하고 싶어하지 않기 때문입니다.

아브라함과 롯은 이 질문들에 대해 올바른 답을 말했을까요?

1. 두 사람의 다른 삶(아브라함 vs 롯)

흥미로운 점은 아브라함과 롯의 삶의 모습이 완전히 달랐다는 것입니다.

그들이 하나님을 알고있는 사람들이었고, 삼촌과 조카 사이였는데도 말입니다.

1-1. 본인(권위)

먼저 개인적인 부분에서 차이점이 있습니다.

창세기 14:14-16

14 아브람이 그의 조카가 사로잡혔음을 듣고 집에서 길리고 훈련된 자 삼백십팔 명을 거느리고 단까지 쫓아가서 15 그와 그의 가신들이 나뉘어 밤에 그들을 쳐부수고 다메섹 왼편 호바까지 쫓아가 16 모든 빼앗겼던 재물과 자기의 조카 롯과 그의 재물과 또 부녀와 친척을 다 찾아왔더라

창세기 17:23

23 이에 아브라함이 하나님이 자기에게 말씀하신 대로 이 날에 그 아들 이스마엘과 집에서 태어난 모든 자와 돈으로 산 모든 자 곧 아브라함의 집 사람 중 모든 남자를 데려다가 그 포피를 베었으니

아브라함은 사람을 두려워하지 않았습니다.

아브라함은 조카 롯을 구하기 위해 다섯 왕의 연합군과 싸워 이겼습니다.

또한 그가 하나님의 말씀대로 할례를 행할 때 그 집의 모든 남자들이 아브라함에게 순종하였습니다.

아브라함에게는 사람들을 움직이는 힘과 카리스마가 있었습니다.

롯은 어땠을까요?

창세기 14:11-12

11 네 왕이 소돔과 고모라의 모든 재물과 양식을 빼앗아 가고 12 소돔에 거주하는 아브람의 조카 롯도 사로잡고 그 재물까지 노략하여 갔더라

창세기 19:6;7;9

6 롯이 문 밖의 무리에게로 나가서 뒤로 문을 닫고 7 이르되 청하노니 내 형제들아 이런 악을 행하지 말라

9 그들이 이르되 너는 물러나라 또 이르되 이 자가 들어와서 거류하면서 우리의 법관이 되려 하는도다 이제 우리가 그들보다 너를 더 해하리라 하고 롯을 밀치며 가까이 가서 그 문을 부수려고 하는지라

롯은 사람을 두려워하였습니다.

롯은 전쟁 중에 포로가 되어서 아브라함이 구원해주기만 기다렸습니다.

또한 그의 말에는 권위가 없어 소돔 사람들에게 무시를 당하였습니다.

1-2. 아내(생명)

그들의 아내들의 삶에도 차이가 있습니다.

창세기 23:1;17-19

1 사라가 백이십칠 세를 살았으니 이것이 곧 사라가 누린 햇수라

17 마므레 앞 막벨라에 있는 에브론의 밭 곧 그 밭과 거기에 속한 굴과 그 밭과 그 주위에 둘린 모든 나무가 18 성 문에 들어온 모든 헷 족속이 보는 데서 아브라함의 소유로 확정된지라 19 그 후에 아브라함이 그 아내 사라를 가나안 땅 마므레 앞 막벨라 밭 굴에 장사하였더라 (마므레는 곧 헤브론이라)

아브라함의 아내 사라는 127세까지 평안하게 살다가 아브라함이 에브론에게 얻은 막벨라 밭 굴에 장사 되었습니다. 이것은 아름다운 사라의 마지막 모습이었습니다.

롯의 아내는 어땠을까요?

창세기 19:24-26

24 여호와께서 하늘 곧 여호와께로부터 유황과 불을 소돔과 고모라에 비같이 내리사 25 그 성들과 온 들과 성에 거주하는 모든 백성과 땅에 난 것을 다 엎어 멸하셨더라 26 롯의 아내는 뒤를 돌아보았으므로 소금 기둥이 되었더라

롯의 아내의 마지막은 참담하였습니다.

그녀는 하나님의 명령에 순종하지 않아서 소금 기둥이 되어버렸습니다.

롯은 자신의 아내의 시신조차 찾을 수 없었습니다.

1-3. 후손(방식)

아브라함과 롯의 후손에 대해서 차이가 있습니다.

창세기 21:6-7

6 사라가 이르되 하나님이 나를 웃게 하시니 듣는 자가 다 나와 함께 웃으리로다 7 또 이르되 사라가 자식들을 젖먹이겠다고 누가 아브라함에게 말하였으리요마는 아브라함의 노경에 내가 아들을 낳았도다 하니라

아브라함의 후손은 아내 사라의 아들을 통해서 이어지게 되었습니다.

이것은 아브라함과 사라의 오랜 소원이었고 하나님의 선물이었습니다.

그들은 이삭을 통해 약속을 이루어 주신 하나님을 기쁘게 고백할 수 있었습니다.

롯의 후손은 어땠을까요?

창19:36-38

36 롯의 두 딸이 아버지로 말미암아 임신하고 37 큰 딸은 아들을 낳아 이름을 모압이라 하였으니 오늘날 모압의 조상이요 38 작은 딸도 아들을 낳아 이름을 벤암미라 하였으니 오늘날 암몬 자손의 조상이었더라

롯의 후손은 윤리적으로 옳지 않은 방식으로 탄생하였습니다.

그 이유로 이스라엘 사람들은 이웃 민족인 모압과 암몬을 부끄러운 민족으로 여겼습니다.

모압과 암몬은 이스라엘과 친척이지만 그들은 부끄러운 과거를 가지고 있었습니다.

2. 롯의 최종 목표(아브라함의 축복)

롯의 가족은 왜 이런 고통을 겪어야 했을까요?

롯이 바랬던 인생의 최종 목표는 무엇이었을까요?

그것은 놀랍게도 아브라함이 가지고 있는 축복이었습니다.

약속의 아들, 가족의 건강, 넓은 땅, 부유한 삶…

그런데 왜 롯은 목표를 이루지 못했을까요?

아브라함은 어떻게 이렇게 많은 성공을 할 수 있었을까요?

3. 아브라함의 최종 목표(하나님께 순종)

아브라함의 목표는 롯이 부러워하는 것들이 아니었습니다.

아브라함의 최종 목표는 하나님께 순종하는 삶이었습니다.

그의 시선은 언제나 하나님께 머물러 있었습니다.

하나님이 아브라함의 주인이셨기 때문입니다.

아브라함의 축복은 하나님께서 아브라함에게 주신 선물입니다.

아브라함은 하나님께 받은 선물로 인해 하나님과의 관계가 멀어지지 않았습니다.

그는 기쁠 때나 슬플 때나 언제나 하나님께 순종하였습니다.

그는 그의 감정이 그의 믿음을 흔들리게 하는 것을 허용하지 않았습니다.

아브라함의 정체성은 언제나 하나님의 종이었습니다.

4. 우리의 최종 목표(참 하나님, 예수님께 순종)

당신의 인생의 최종 목표는 무엇입니까?

아브라함의 축복입니까? 아니면 나의 주인이신 하나님께 순종하는 것입니까?

우리는 어떤 가치가 가장 중요한 것인지 예수님이 받으신 시험 통해 알 수 있습니다.

마태복음 4:1-11

1 그 때에 예수께서 성령에게 이끌리어 마귀에게 시험을 받으러 광야로 가사 2 사십 일을 밤낮으로 금식하신 후에 주리신지라 3 시험하는 자가 예수께 나아와서 이르되 네가 만일 하나님의 아들이어든 명하여 이 돌들로 떡덩이가 되게 하라

4 예수께서 대답하여 이르시되 기록되었으되 사람이 떡으로만 살 것이 아니요 하나님의 입으로부터 나오는 모든 말씀으로 살 것이라 하였느니라 하시니

5 이에 마귀가 예수를 거룩한 성으로 데려다가 성전 꼭대기에 세우고 6 이르되 네가 만일 하나님의 아들이어든 뛰어내리라 기록되었으되 그가 너를 위하여 그의 사자들을 명하시리니 그들이 손으로 너를 받들어 발이 돌에 부딪치지 않게 하리로다 하였느니라

7 예수께서 이르시되 또 기록되었으되 주 너의 하나님을 시험하지 말라 하였느니라 하시니

8 마귀가 또 그를 데리고 지극히 높은 산으로 가서 천하 만국과 그 영광을 보여 9 이르되 만일 내게 엎드려 경배하면 이 모든 것을 네게 주리라

10 이에 예수께서 말씀하시되 사탄아 물러가라 기록되었으되 주 너의 하나님께 경배하고 다만 그를 섬기라 하였느니라 11 이에 마귀는 예수를 떠나고 천사들이 나아와서 수종드니라

예수님은 그리스도인의 완벽한 롤모델이십니다.

예수님은 세상의 가치를 추구하지 않았습니다. 오히려 세상의 가치와는 다른 죽음의 길로 걸어가셨습니다. 그 이유는 그것이 하나님께 순종하는 것이었기 때문입니다.

그 당시 사람들이 보기에 예수님은 실패한 인생을 살았다고 평가했을 것입니다.

하지만 예수님은 죽음에서 부활하셔서 영광스러운 하나님의 오른편에 앉게 되셨습니다.

예수님은 우리의 영원한 구원자가 되셨습니다.

예수님은 잃어버린 모든 것을 회복하셨습니다.

그것이 순종의 결과였습니다.

사람의 최종 목표는 예수님처럼 하나님께 순종하는 삶을 살아가는 것입니다.

하나님께서는 순종하는 자들을 기억하고 축복하실 것입니다.

주인이신 하나님께 동행하십시요. 그것이 당신의 인생의 목표이자 최고의 선택입니다.

마지막으로 앞에 했던 질문에 다시 답해보겠습니다.

  1. Q1) 전주에서 서울까지 가장 빨리 가는 방법은?
    • A1) 예수님과 함께 간다. 안전을 위해 예수님께 기도한다.
  2. Q2) 음식을 가장 맛있게 먹는 방법은?
    • A1) 예수님과 함께 먹는다. 예수님께 감사의 기도를 한다.

예수님과 동행하면 그 어디나 천국이 됩니다!

예수님과 동행하면 세상의 가치를 이기게 됩니다!

이것을 강력하게 믿기를 바랍니다!

  • Jan 03 / 2021
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God’s Nonsense Quiz (Genesis 18:13-14)

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13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, `Will I really have a child, now that I am old?` 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.”

Genesis 18:13-14

0. Introduction (Nonsense Quiz)

Today’s sermon is titled “God’s Nonsense Quiz” and comes from Genesis 18. To begin, let me give you a few nonsense quiz questions. You’ll have five seconds to guess the right answer.

Number one.

  • Q.) What are two things people never eat before breakfast?
  • A.) Lunch and dinner.

Number two.

  • Q.) Why did the man throw butter out the window?
  • A.) He wanted to see the butterfly.

Number three.

  • Q.) What has a neck, but no head?
  • A.) A bottle.

There must be someone who is enjoying this quiz right now. Ha ha ha.

As you know, these quizzes are made just for fun and are not realistic.

But if someone were to insist that these questions and answers were not jokes, but were instead to be taken very seriously, we would consider it ridiculous. It’s common sense. Jokes like these are made to be taken lightly, not seriously.

1. The Nonsense Quiz Questioner

God revealed himself to Abraham in the form of a human in order to give him a type of nonsense quiz. Did Abraham recognize God? Would he have been able to solve this nonsense quiz?

Genesis 18:1-2

1 The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.

After reading this text, we can see that the guest who came to Abraham is God.

But, whereas we, the readers, can see the truth at once from the text, it took some extra time for the participants in these events, Abraham and Sarah, to recognize the identity of their guests. We can recognize this fact by Abraham’s politely bowed greeting to the strange guests.

The important thing here is that Abraham eventually recognized that God was revealing himself through the guests. After a time, he was able to realize this because he was one who closely accompanied God, and recognized his ways and character. God, who had an intimate relationship with Abraham, chose to reveal himself in this way, but it was not a method that was familiar to Abraham.

This time, God visited Abraham in a way that he could never have expected.

Likewise, God occasionally visits us in ways that we can’t expect from time to time.

God visits us through people, through problems, even through our emotions.

The reason we should develop an intimate relationship with God and accompany him through the Word and Prayer is so that we are able to recognize God when he reveals himself to us. We should be able to find God in our daily lives, even if he comes to us with a seemingly nonsense quiz.

While this text reveals that three guests visited Abraham, there is no conclusive evidence as to whether God appeared along with two other people or whether he revealed himself as one of three angels. However, ancient biblical scholars have suggested that the secret of the Trinity God was indirectly revealed here in that there were three travelers that came to Abraham at once.

2. Nonsense quiz

Genesis 18:9-10

9 “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.  “There, in the tent,” he said. 10 Then the LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”  Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.

Here, finally is the nonsense quiz of God, given to Abraham, after Abraham served him in the tent. To paraphrase the question behind God’s promise: “How can a 99-year old man and an 89-year old woman give birth to a son?”

How could Abraham and Sarah answer God’s promise?

3. People trapped in common sense

Genesis 18:11-12

11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?”

God, expecting a confession of faith, must have been disappointed by their initial reaction.

Sarah thought that the promise of having a son was far too ridiculous because she and her husband were much too old. So Sarah laughed out loud to herself.

Sarah, at 89-years old, was a very down-to-earth, realistically-minded, common-sense based person. Look again at chapter 17 to see how Abraham answered this nonsense quiz previously.

Genesis 17:17-18

17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”

Abraham also disappointed God with his answer.

The Bible reveals the limits of human possibilities in this way.

But the part we should pay careful attention to is the subject of the nonsense quiz.

If a human presents a nonsense quiz, for example, it is only nonsense for fun, as a joke.

But if God presents a nonsense quiz, the answer to that nonsense quiz is going to become reality in the future because God is not bound by the same limitations of space and time and the physical world that we are. His Word is powerful – enough to create the entire cosmos from nothing – and what he says must be achieved.

Humanly speaking, sometimes the Word of God looks like a nonsense quiz to us. But if we look carefully at the Word with eyes of faith, his Word will become an amazing gift to our lives, as he reveals himself to us in new and exciting ways.

Too often, we look at the world too much like Sarah, with too much common sense. We judge the world based on our human experiences in a life lived for much less than one hundred years. But we must look to the Almighty God, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end. He is not bound by time, and he is not limited by the laws of physics. His will and his Word will be true in the time he sets forth for it. There is no stopping it.

4. Nonsense Quiz : The Vision of God

Genesis 18:13-15

13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, `Will I really have a child, now that I am old?` 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.” 15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”  But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”

It was at that moment that Sarah realized that the man who spoke to her was God’s messenger.

She was suddenly afraid and said she did not laugh. God’s messenger replied by scolding her, but also giving a hint of the name Isaac and a fulfillment of God’s promise.

Later, Sarah remembered this event when she named her son Isaac, which means “laughter.”

Genesis 21:6

6 Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”

The word of God, which was like a nonsense quiz in the moment, became the reality of the future. And it turned Sarah’s scoffing laugh of foolishness into a pleasant laugh of joy.

Everyone has doubts about God’s plan because everyone is a sinner.

But our Father God turns even the doubts of his children into faith.

Even our faith depends on God’s sovereignty, because faith itself is a gift of God.

This is the amazing grace God has given us when he recognizes us as his fragile children.

5. The answer to the nonsense quiz : Jesus

Now, it’s time to solve the nonsense quiz that God gives us.

Question: “As God revealed himself to Abraham, how has God revealed himself to us?”

The answer is “Jesus Christ.” However, this confession is not something that we can claim to know on our own, by our own human wisdom.

John 10:32-33

32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” 33 “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

Jesus’ words sounded like a nonsense quiz to the Jews at that time.

In fact, they accused him of blasphemy for the way he spoke.

Think about it. Common sense tells us it is impossible that God, a spirit in heaven, changed himself into the shape of a man, and revealed himself to his creation by coming down to the earth in flesh to walk among his creation. If this confession is difficult for us to make, those of us who can see the full story in God’s Word, how much more difficult would it have been at that time, for the participants IN the story?

However, the disciples who followed Jesus were able to confess that Jesus was the only son of God through the faith that God specifically gave them.

God gave Abram and Sarai new names, calling them Abraham and Sarah.

But their faith did not match the new names God gave them.

Nevertheless, God worked his amazing plan out in their lives, and by doing so, he blessed them with deep faith in him and turned them into people who could then confess their faith.

In this way, God began to prepare the path of salvation for all mankind through the descendants of Abraham. His ultimate purpose was to become a human like us, to meet with us most intimately and closely, to minister to us in person, to empathize with us, to perform miracles and preach of his kingdom, and ultimately to become the once-for-all sacrifice for the sins of all the world, restoring us to a right relationship with him if we have faith in him, and taking upon himself the penalty of death for sin we were all born with.

The answer to this plan, and the ultimate answer to any question we may have, is Jesus Christ.

  • God has become our role model and example through Jesus.
  • God has become our friend through Jesus.
  • God has become the solver of our problems through Jesus.
  • God has become our savior through Jesus.

I hope that when we see God’s nonsense quiz in our lives, we may solve every question with Jesus.


< 하나님의 넌센스 퀴즈 >

13 여호와께서 아브라함에게 이르시되 사라가 왜 웃으며 이르기를 내가 늙었거늘 어떻게 아들을 낳으리요 하느냐 14 여호와께 능하지 못한 일이 있겠느냐 기한이 이를 때에 내가 네게로 돌아오리니 사라에게 아들이 있으리라

창세기 18:13-14

0. 넌센스 퀴즈

오늘은 하나님의 넌센스 퀴즈라는 제목으로 창세기 18장 말씀을 나누도록 하겠습니다.

몇 가지 넌센스 퀴즈를 준비했습니다. 5초의 시간을 드릴 테니 맞춰보세요.

  • Q.) What are two things people never eat before breakfast?
  • A.) Lunch and supper.
  • Q.) Why did the man throw the butter out the window?
  • A.) He wanted to see the butterfly.
  • Q.) What has a neck, but no head?
  • A.) A bottle.

지금 이 퀴즈를 즐기고 있는 사람이 분명 있을 것입니다. 하하하.

당신이 알고 있듯이, 이 퀴즈들은 단지 재미를 위해 만들어졌을 뿐 현실적이지는 않습니다.

그러나 누군가가 이것이 사실이라고 말한다면, 우리는 그 말을 터무니없다고 여길 것입니다.

그것은 우리에게 상식적이지 않은 것이기 때문입니다.

1. 넌센스 퀴즈의 출제자

하나님은 아브라함에게 넌센스 퀴즈를 내기 위해 사람의 모습으로 오셨습니다.

아브라함은 과연 하나님을 알아볼 수 있을까요?

아브라함은 과연 이 넌센스 퀴즈를 풀 수 있을까요?

창 18:1-2

1 여호와께서 마므레의 상수리나무들이 있는 곳에서 아브라함에게 나타나시니라 날이 뜨거울 때에 그가 장막 문에 앉아 있다가 2 눈을 들어 본즉 사람 셋이 맞은편에 서 있는지라 그가 그들을 보자 곧 장막 문에서 달려나가 영접하며 몸을 땅에 굽혀

이 본문을 읽은 우리는 아브라함에게 온 손님이 누구인지 알 수 있습니다.

그러나 이와 달리 아브라함과 사라는 손님들의 정체를 시간이 지나면서 알게 되었습니다.

이는 그가 동양식의 공손한 표현으로 낯선 손님에게 인사하는 것을 통해 알 수 있습니다.

그러나 중요한 사실은 아브라함이 결국 손님들이 하나님이라는 사실을 알게 되었다는 것입니다.

그 이유는 그가 하나님과 동행했던 사람이었기 때문입니다.

하나님은 친숙한 아브라함에게 자신을 드러내셨습니다.

이것은 하나님께서 아브라함에게 익숙하게 찾아오신 방식이 아니었습니다.

하나님은 아브라함이 전혀 예상할 수 없는 방식으로 그를 방문하셨습니다.

이처럼 하나님은 우리가 예상할 수 없는 방식으로 우리를 방문하십니다.

하나님은 사람을 통해서, 문제를 통해서 심지어는 우리의 감정을 통해서도 찾아오십니다.

우리가 말씀과 기도를 통해 하나님과 동행해야 하는 이유는 바로 나에게 오신 하나님을 알아채기위함 입니다. 우리는 우리를 기쁘게 만드는 재미있는 넌센스 퀴즈를 가지고 오시는 하나님을 우리 삶에서 발견할 수 있어야 합니다.

하나님이 두 사람을 데리고 나타나셨는지 아니면 세 천사를 통해 한 분으로 나타나셨는지에 대해서는 본문은 해결하지 않은 상태로 남겨두었습니다.

교부들은 나그네가 셋이라는 점에서 삼위일체 하나님의 비밀이 간접적으로 나타나 있다고 생각했습니다.

2. 넌센스 퀴즈

창 18:9-10

9 그들이 아브라함에게 이르되 네 아내 사라가 어디 있느냐 대답하되 장막에 있나이다 10 그가 이르시되 내년 이맘때 내가 반드시 네게로 돌아오리니 네 아내 사라에게 아들이 있으리라 하시니 사라가 그 뒤 장막 문에서 들었더라

아브라함의 대접을 흡족하게 여긴 하나님이 드디어 그에게 넌센스 퀴즈를 내셨습니다.

“90살의 할머니가 아들을 낳는 방법은?”

하나님은 이 질문에 대한 아브라함과 사라의 답이 무엇일까 기대하셨습니다.

3. 상식 속에 갇힌 사람들 (people trapped in common sense)

창 18:11-12

11 아브라함과 사라는 나이가 많아 늙었고 사라에게는 여성의 생리가 끊어졌는지라 12 사라가 속으로 웃고 이르되 내가 노쇠하였고 내 주인도 늙었으니 내게 무슨 즐거움이 있으리요

믿음의 고백을 기대했던 하나님은 그들의 반응에 실망할 수 밖에 없었습니다.

사라는 그들 부부가 너무 늙었기 때문에 아들을 낳게 되리라는 약속이 너무 터무니 없다고 생각했습니다. 그래서 사라는 웃음을 터뜨릴 수 밖에 없었습니다.

90년이라는 오랜 세월을 살아온 사라는 너무나 상식적인 사람이었습니다.

아브라함은 전에 이 넌센스 퀴즈에 대해 어떻게 대답했을까요?

창 17:17-18

17 아브라함이 엎드려 웃으며 마음속으로 이르되 백 세 된 사람이 어찌 자식을 낳을까 사라는 구십 세니 어찌 출산하리요 하고 18 아브라함이 이에 하나님께 아뢰되 이스마엘이나 하나님 앞에 살기를 원하나이다

아브라함의 역시 실망스러운 답을 제출하였습니다.

성경은 이를 통해 인간의 가능성의 한계를 보여주고 있습니다.

우리가 주목해야 하는 부분은 퀴즈의 출제자가 누구냐 하는 것입니다.

만약 사람이 넌센스 퀴즈를 냈다면, 그것은 재미를 위한 넌센스 일 것입니다.

그러나 하나님이 넌센스 퀴즈를 내셨다면, 그 넌센스의 답은 미래에 이루어질 현실이 될 것입니다.

하나님의 말씀은 강력한 힘이 있고 반드시 성취되기 때문입니다.

사람의 생각으로는 하나님의 말씀이 넌센스 퀴즈처럼 여겨질 때가 있습니다.

그러나 우리가 믿음의 눈으로 말씀을 바라보면 그것은 우리의 삶을 기쁨과 축제로 바꿀 놀라운 선물이 될 것입니다.

우리는 너무 상식적으로 세상을 바라봅니다.

우리는 우리의 100년도 안되는 경험을 근거로 세상을 판단합니다.

우리는 전능하신 하나님을 바라보아야 합니다.

알파와 오메가이신 하나님은 세상의 시작과 끝을 알고 계시기 때문입니다.

4. 넌센스퀴즈 = 하나님의 비전

창 18:13-15

13 여호와께서 아브라함에게 이르시되 사라가 왜 웃으며 이르기를 내가 늙었거늘 어떻게 아들을 낳으리요 하느냐 14 여호와께 능하지 못한 일이 있겠느냐 기한이 이를 때에 내가 네게로 돌아오리니 사라에게 아들이 있으리라 15 사라가 두려워서 부인하여 이르되 내가 웃지 아니하였나이다 이르시되 아니라 네가 웃었느니라

사라는 말씀하시는 분이 여호와의 사자임을 깨달았습니다.

사라는 두려워서 자신이 웃지 않았다고 시치미를 뗐습니다.

하나님 사자의 대답은 사라에 대한 꾸중일 뿐만 아니라 이삭이라는 이름에 대한 암시이며 성취를 나타내었습니다.

창 21:6

6 사라가 이르되 하나님이 나를 웃게 하시니 듣는 자가 다 나와 함께 웃으리로다

넌센스 퀴즈 같았던 하나님의 말씀은 미래의 실제가 되었습니다.

그리고 그 말씀은 사라의 실소를 진정한 기쁨의 웃음으로 바꾸어 놓았습니다.

사람은 누구나 죄인이기 때문에 하나님의 계획에 대해 의심을 가지고 있습니다.

그러나 하나님 아버지는 그의 자녀들의 의심조차 믿음으로 바꾸어 놓으십니다.

우리의 믿음 조차도 하나님의 주권에 달려있는 것입니다.

이것이 하나님이 연약한 우리를 자녀로 삼으시려는 놀라운 은혜입니다.

5. 넌센스퀴즈의 정답 = 예수님

이제 우리는 하나님이 우리에게 주시는 넌센스 퀴즈를 풀어야 합니다.

“나를 구원하시기 위해 사람으로 형상으로 오신 하나님은 누구신가?”

우리는 이 질문에 “예수님”이라고 대답하지만 그 고백은 쉽게 나올 수 있는 것이 아닙니다.

요 10:32-33

32 예수께서 대답하시되 내가 아버지로 말미암아 여러 가지 선한 일로 너희에게 보였거늘 그 중에 어떤 일로 나를 돌로 치려 하느냐 33 유대인들이 대답하되 선한 일로 말미암아 우리가 너를 돌로 치려는 것이 아니라 신성모독으로 인함이니 네가 사람이 되어 자칭 하나님이라 함이로라

그 이유는 예수님의 말이 그 당시 유대인들에게는 넌센스 퀴즈처럼 들렸기 때문입니다.

자세히 말하면, 그들에게 예수님의 말씀은 그보다 더 심한 신성모독으로 들렸습니다.

하나님이 육체를 통해 세상에 내려온다는 것은 그 당시 이해하기 어려운 것이기 때문이었습니다.

그러나 예수님을 따랐던 제자들은 하나님께서 주신 믿음으로 예수님이 하나님의 아들이라는 사실을 고백할 수 있었습니다.

하나님께서 아브람과 사래에게 새 이름을 주셨습니다.

그래서 그들은 아브라함과 사라가 되었습니다.

그러나 그들은 하나님께서 주신 새 이름에 걸맞는 믿음이 없었습니다.

그럼에도 불구하고 하나님께서는 하나님의 놀라운 계획을 성취하셨습니다.

하나님은 아브라함과 사라에게 믿음의 고백을 할 수 있는 사람들로 바꾸어 놓으셨습니다.

그 이유는 하나님이 아브라함의 후손을 통해 우리를 위한 구원의 길을 준비하기 위함이었습니다.

하나님은 최종 목적은 그가 우리와 같은 사람의 모습이 되어 우리를 가장 친밀하고 가깝게 만나는 것이었습니다.

그 하나님의 넌센스 퀴즈 같은 계획의 답이 예수 그리스도 였습니다.

  • 하나님은 예수님을 통해 우리의 롤모델이 되셨습니다.
  • 하나님은 예수님을 통해 우리의 친구가 되셨습니다.
  • 하나님은 예수님을 통해 우리 문제의 해결사가 되셨습니다.
  • 하나님은 예수님을 통해 우리의 구원자가 되셨습니다.

우리가 우리 인생에 주신 하나님의 넌센스 퀴즈를 예수님을 통해 해결하길 바랍니다.

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Obedience and Prayer (Hebrews 13:17-19)

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Obedience and Prayer

Hebrews 13:17-19 (Pastor Heo)

17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.


Why does God bless us? We know from the example of Abraham – he blesses some to bless others. Through Abraham, all people on earth will be blessed. Also today, we are channels of heavenly blessing.

So, our relationship with God is revealed through our relationship with man.

  • We pray like this in the Lord’s Prayer “forgive our debts as we also forgive our debtors…”
  • Bible says, “If you forgive others, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, if not, then not…”
  • and also “If you say you love God but do not love others, you are a liar.”

All of these things make it clear about our relationship with God – we can see through our relationship to others.

Today’s two keywords = Obedience and Prayer

Obedience: surrendering to God + submission

Also, our obedience to God can be seen as a reflection of our obedience to man. And we must pray for our coworkers and leaders.

Obedience

Do you like surrendering, submission? This is not a popular word, it looks like “loser.” But these days in the modern culture, we like the words, “overcoming, fighting, winning, etc” – but we must know that obedience is essential to a Christian life. Christ says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

3 Reasons to surrender to God:

1. Surrendering is the heart of worship

Worship is our lifestyle – the heart of our lifestyles, and the heart of worship is obedience

Romans 12:1 “I urge you brothers in view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.”

The word: to worship and, to surrender are the same in root.

From Greek: proscunero

English = prostrate (throwing our bodies flat on the ground with faces touching the ground in full submission and surrender) so full worship = to surrender

You will not surrender to God unless you trust him. You cannot trust him until you know him better.

If you say “I know God” but do not obey you are a liar.

2. We are humans and he is God – we are created beings with limitations

Yes, we accept our limitations mentally, but sometimes we do not accept them emotionally – we react with anger, resentment. We want to be stronger, healthier, more talented, taller, more beautiful. We want to do it all, have it all, and when we can’t, we become upset. When we see others have what we want and we do not have, we react with envy, anger, self-pity.

Yet, we must accept our limitations by surrending.

3. Humans are designed to surrender

We are designed to surrender to God – if not God, it will be something else: money, pride, our ego, sinful nature, etc

We are designed to worship God, but if we fail, then we will create other things to give our lives to – this is called idolatry.

What is surrendering to God?

This is not passive resignation, nor an excuse for laziness. This means a positive attitude to fulfill God’s will on me – a holy enthusiasm to please God for his glory.

When we live a surrendered life, that decision will be tested. This means sometimes doing a difficult or unpopular job – doing a dangerous job, or doing the opposite of what we FEEL like doing.

Paul: “I die every day.” What does this mean? There is a moment of surrender.

Also, the practice of surrender is moment by moment and life-long. We must make this a daily habit. That is why Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Let me share the blessings of obedience and surrender. Can you imagine how blessed you are in surrendering to God?

3 blessings in surrendering to God

1. This makes our life meaningful.

Is your life meaningful or meaningless?

For example, this microphone is meaningful because it is used by me. It is useful as long as it is being used. But if no one is using it, it is meaningless.

Like this, we are made by God – he is our maker – so our life is meaningful only when he is using us, because he is our creator and maker.

God can use anybody and everybody. He can use tall, short, rich, poor, black, white, educated, uneducated. But he cannot use the disobedient.

Being obedient is an essential element to being used by God.

We know the story of the virgin Mary. God used her to be the mother of Jesus Christ, not because of her status, but because of her surrender – even though she could not understand fully. Yet, she obeyed fully, saying, “I’m a servant of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said.”

2. We can receive peace and blessing

God is love. Surrendering to him brings peace, not bondage, and freedom. When we surrender to Christ, we can discover he is a friend and brother, not a dictator.

When we accept Christ as our Lord, he accepts us as his friend. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Surrender to him and you will find real peace and freedom.

3. Surrendering brings power and victory

Surrendering to bring us power is a paradox.

The more we surrender to God, the more powerful we become. The importance of a surrendered life is in the hands of God. Nothing is more powerful than a surrendered life in the hands of God.

If you surrender to God, there is nothing to fear in this world.

The faith displayed in chp 11 shows many experienced great power and victory – but only when they surrendered fully, immediately to God.

This is the secret to be powerful and victorious in this life.

How, practically, can we obey God and surrender our whole lives to God?

1. First of all, we should surrender to Jesus Christ and accept him as our personal Savior.

This is the command of all commands in the Bible.

“One day they came to him and asked, ‘what must we do to do the work of God?’ Jesus answered, ‘Believe in me.'”

Phil 2 “At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, and every mouth confess that Jesus is Lord.”

The first thing we must do to surrender to God is accept Christ as Savior and Lord.

2. Obey human beings and human leadership – especially church leadership

We show our obedience to God by obeying man, also we must obey man in order to obey God.

v. 17

“17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

Romans 13 “Everyone must submit himself to the human (governing) authorities because all authorities that exist have been established by God.” So, he who rebels against the human establishment rebels against God.

1 Peter 2:18 “Servants, submit yourselves to your human masters, not only good and considerate masters, but also harsh masters.”

Obeying human leaders is not easy, but obeying harsh masters is even more difficult.

We obey human leaders in order to obey God, but this is not an easy job – so we need his help.

Even to surrender to him, we need his help, his power. That’s why we need to pray.

v. 18-19

“18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.”

Jesus is our example and we are to be like him. He is the supreme example in the Bible.

We know his example: In the garden before his crucifixion, he prayed until his sweat became as drops of blood on the ground, “Father, if it is possible, take this cup from me, but not my will but yours be done.”

Hebrews summarizes his whole life: “While on earth, he offered up prayers with loud cries and he was heard and accepted because of his obedience.”

Even still, Jesus is sitting on the right hand of God and praying for us. So, if he is still praying for us, we also must pray for others.

If the Son of God needed to pray, how much MORE do we need to pray.

Please meditate on these two keywords: Obedience and Prayer.

Let us be obedient to God and pray for his grace and mercy.

God bless his church, his children.

Let’s pray.

  • Mar 08 / 2020
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God Wants to Save Someone through You (Hebrews 11:31, Joshua 2:1, 6:25)

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God wants to save someone through you

Hebrews 11:31; Joshua 2:1, 6:25 (Pastor Heo)

Hebrews 11:31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

Joshua 2:1 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.

Joshua 6:25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho-and she lives among the Israelites to this day.


We have faith in Jesus – the power to see the unseen. God is spirit – this means he is a person, alive, eternal, but not material. God is anywhere, everywhere at the same time.

If you can see God by faith, where you are, then God is there because he is the most holy God. God bless us all with his peace and joy.


Last Sunday we saw the demonstration of faith by Joshua and his people. They entered Jericho and circled it 13 times. The last time, they shouted the shout of faith – crying the cry of faith to God. With the shouting and trumpet blast, the wall of Jericho collapsed totally by the power of God.

In this complete destruction, there was one person, saved from this destruction – Rahab (and her family).

Her background is in Joshua 2.

We know Exodus – in the early stages:

  1. Moses sent 12 spies into the Promised Land.
  2. Then 40 years passed and they entered the entrance of the Promised Land, Canaan.
  3. They needed to spy it out again because the whole older generation was gone and Moses was no longer with them.
  4. So the new leader, Joshua – one of the original 12 spies, sent out 2 new spies to investigate the fortifications of Jericho.
  5. Only 2 men went Jericho and entered a hotel – the house of Rahab. The king there heard this and sent soldiers to arrest the spies.

Rahab hid the spies on her roof and later said to them, “I know God has given this land to you – the whole land is in fear because of you. Your God is the real God of heaven and earth.” This means Rahab saw the unseen.

Rahab asked them, “Swear to me to show me and my family kindness because I have shown you kindness.” They said, “OK, put a scarlet cord on the window of your house. When we destroy the city, we will spare you and your family when we see the scarlet cord. But remember, if anyone goes outside your house, we will not be responsible for their destruction. But anyone inside your house, we will be responsible for their deliverance.”

Joshua 2:1 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.

Joshua 6:25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho-and she lives among the Israelites to this day.

This means, Rahab saw the unseen – she demonstrated her faith in God by welcoming the spies. She trusted herself and her family to God when Jericho was destroyed completely. We don’t know how many nor who exactly were inside the house of Rahab, but what is sure is that everybody who was inside the house of Rahab was spared from total destruction – due to the scarlet cord hanging over her window.

Scarlet = blood color

This scarlet cord reminds us of the blood of the Passover Lamb which had happened 40 years earlier when they left Egypt. Also, that night, anyone inside the house with the blood of the Passover Lamb was saved from the destruction of the first born.

This means, what happened with Rahab compares with the Passover Lamb. This is a symbol of the blood of Jesus Christ – shed on the cross for us – who takes away the sin of the world.

1 Cor 5:7 “Jesus Christ is our Passover Lamb who has been sacrificed for our sin, justification, salvation.”

This means, through the story and action of Rahab, we can know that true faith must always show itself in good works.

Remember the book of James – this book makes it clear that true faith produces works. It uses 2 people as examples of true faith: Abraham and Rahab. This is amazing.

This means that Abraham and Rahab are presented as parallels in the same level of faith.

“Abraham was justified by works when he offered up his son on the altar. Like this, Rahab was justified by faith when she received the spies and sent them away safely.”

The point: Abraham’s faith was costly – Rahab’s faith was costly. True faith shows up in action – even when it costs.

Simple question: Is our faith real? Can it be seen in our action? Are we willing to let it cost us something? We can, we will if our faith is real.

Also true faith helps us to turn around and do what is right regardless of our past or what others may think.

Yes, we are now studying the great chapter of faith. Until now, we have seen individual persons “by faith…” Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abram, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Rahab…

Among all of them, Rahab is the ONLY woman: a Gentile, pagan, prostitute. She is the LAST listed “by faith.”

This means that God’s works are not limited by people’s limitations. He can do GREAT things through people who are not great. He is doing extraordinary things through ordinary people. He uses all kinds of people to accomplish his job, his purpose, his design. He wants to use you and me because God is great.

Through this story of Rahab, remember: nobody can give an excuse for not believing in Jesus Christ.

Yes, in this story we can know who was Rahab, so we must know the sentence, “I don’t know very much about the Bible can NOT be an excuse for not knowing Christ. She knew very little spiritual truth, but she acted on what she knew.”

Romans “From the beginning of the world, God’s divine powers and eternal attributes can be seen, so that no one can boast.”

In my experience, I’ve met so many people who said, “I’m too bad to be saved.” But no one is too bad. This woman was a prostitute, but delivered by her faith through God.

1 Tim “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinner, of whom I’m the worst.”

“The son of God did not come into the world for the healthy, but for the sick.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he saved his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish.”

There is no one in this world who cannot be saved. God wants everyone to come to him and be saved.

Also, we can get a great lesson from this story to enjoy and apply in our lives.

Rahab received not only salvation from this destruction, but also glorification.

You know, Joshua 6:25 “…She lives [present tense] among the Israelites to this day.” What does this mean? In the church history, Rahab became an ancestor of Jesus Christ. She married an Israelite named Salmon – the father of Boaz, father of Obed, father of Jesse, father of David. This means, she is the great great grandmother of King David.

In Matthew 1, we can also see her name in the genealogy of Jesus.

Imagine, a prostitute becoming an ancestor of Jesus Christ, the savior of the world. That’s what faith can do.

In our story, sin, just like Rahab’s story – if we have faith, it will be rewarded in glory.

Romans 8:18 “Our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that awaits.”

Romans 8:30 “And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

Cols 3 “When Jesus Christ appears, you also will appear will him in Jesus Christ….”

God is working his purposes through his people, but he does not expect perfection from us because he knows how weak we are. He gives grace, mercy, wisdom, compassion, even faith. But he does expect us to take action because of our faith. He expects us to hang a scarlet cord over our windows in faith. Still today, he wants to save our families.

Acts “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you and your household will be saved.” Still today, God wants to save our family, our household, our neighbors, our friends, through us.

God bless us as a heavenly channel of salvation, justification, and glorification.

Let’s pray.

  • Feb 09 / 2020
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The Demonstration of Faith through Abraham (Hebrews 11:8-19)

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The Demonstration of Faith through Abraham

Hebrews 11:8-19 (Pastor Heo)

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age–and Sarah herself was barren–was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.


Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not seen (not yet seen).

By faith in Christ, we can “see” God and heaven and eternal life – we can live heavenly life on earth and overcome any problems on this earth. By faith we can please God, and make him happy by our faith.

  • Today’s story is the demonstration of faith through Abraham.
  • Last Sunday: Noah

Abram = 12th generation from Noah. He was born in BC 2000 in Mesopotamia (maybe somewhere in Iraq). God’s calling of Abram is a great turning point in Genesis, human, Jewish history.

Genesis has 50 chapters – and can be divided into 2 parts.

  • Chp 1-11 = Primeval history
  • Chp 12-50 = Patriarchal history

Primeval history =

Creation, flood, spread of language and culture (tower of Babel)

Patriarchal history =

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph

God promised Abram a son, but they waited 25 years for the fulfillment of that promise.

Abram -> Isaac -> Esau / Jacob

Jacob built the nation of Israel through the birth of his 12 sons, and Joseph saved them from a great famine at that time. Many years later, Moses delivered the people from Egypt in the Exodus.

Faith & obedience go together.

Service and action is outward evidence of inward trust and loving hearts.

Today, let us see some characteristics of REAL faith. But first, let me ask: are you living by faith?

#1 Abraham obeyed God even when he didn’t know WHERE he was going.

v. 8-10

“8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”

In Genesis, the background (chp 12) God called Abram and said, “Leave your country – leave your father’s house and go to the land I’ll show you. I’ll make you into a great nation. I’ll make you a blessing, and all nations on earth will be blessed through you.” So… Abram left everything.

Imagine this situation: in this world, in the time of our great grandparents, most people lived in their home village and died there. It was much better to live in your home village than in a foreign land.

4000 years ago, the life of a stranger in a strange land was VERY dangerous. They were met with scorn, discrimination, and hatred.

But Abram left for a foreign land. “Where to?” “I don’t know.”

Can you move to an unknown country? But this faith of Abraham was faith that was ready for adventure.

Most of us live a cautious life on the principle of safety first. But as a Christian, we must have a certain type of wreckless willingness to accept and follow the voice of God who is calling us. Sometimes, we must accept and follow even when we don’t know where we are going.

If you can see EVERY step of the journey, that is not faith – it is sight.

Abram was living in tents, in a foreign land because he had to be ready to move again anytime God called him.

Also, 1 Pet 2:11 says “My dear friends, I urge you as aliens, strangers, and foreigners in this world to abstain from your sinful desires.” We also are strangers and aliens in this world. We must recognize that this world is a bridge to the next world. As Christians, therefore, we should not build our homes on the bridge.

“I’m a pilgrim for eternity.”

v. 10 “He was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” (heaven)

1. By faith, obedience without knowing where he was going.

#2 Abram obeyed even when he didn’t know HOW the promise would be fulfilled.

v. 11-12

“11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age–and Sarah herself was barren–was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.”

In Genesis 17, Abram was almost 100 years old and Sarai was 90 years old. God appeared again and made the same promise of a son. When Abram heard this, he fell down and laughed. He said, “Will a son be born to a 100 year old man?” Sarai also laughed and said, “Will I now have this kind of pleasure?”

This means, they did NOT believe at first – because they were believing with human logic (it was too late; this promise was too great). But finally, they believed.

Romans 4:18-20 “Against all hope, Abram in hope believed. Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that he was as good as dead, but he did not waver in his faith, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God. He knew nothing is impossible with God.”

In our lives, we can see that there are MANY impossible things. But we must believe that there is NOTHING impossible with God.

This will happen by the power of God, not by the power of Abram nor Sarai. It is IMPOSSIBLE for a 100 year old man to get a son through the womb of his 90 year old wife. From a reproductive point of view, they were “as good as dead.”

But living by faith means believing there is NOTHING impossible with God.

Also with our own salvation, this is the same as how they got a son by the power of God.

Actually, many people do not believe the good news of the gospel. Why not? The message of the gospel is so simple, powerful and clear: Jesus died for your sin and mine, and rose again from the dead. If you believe in him and confess with your mouth he is Lord, you will be saved eternally, once for all.

This is all.

We have nothing to do – because God did everything for our salvation.

But many people don’t believe. Why not? It’s TOO good, too simple, too easy. But, please believe. If you open your hearts and your mouth and confess, you will be saved.

Romans 10:13 “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

But many people do not believe this good news because the good news is far TOO good to believe.

2. Abram obeyed without knowing HOW the promise would be fulfilled.

#3 Abram obeyed even though he didn’t know WHEN the promise would be fulfilled.

v. 13-16

“13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”

The “better country” is heaven. Yes, we know God promised Abram land (and children) as an inheritance (also for his children). What land is that? Canaan. It is called the Promised Land.

As we know, in the whole time / life of Abram, that promise was not fulfilled. So, all the time he lived in tents. He never settled in Canaan.

Also, his son Isaac, and grandson Jacob, and great grandson Joseph – never settled in Canaan. They all lived as foreigners in this world. They did not see the fulfillment of that promise before they died. But Abram’s faith had PATIENCE.

To wait is harder than to adventure.

The hardest time is the time in between.

At the moment of decision, there is excitement. At the moment of success, there is satisfaction. But in the in between time… it is necessary to wait… to walk… to watch…

But the “man” (Person) of faith is one whose hope is flaming bright and effort is strenuous – even when there is nothing to do but to wait.

Abram’s faith was faith that was looking beyond this world.

Yes, to be patient is not easy, but the secret: to look BEYOND this world. Also, the conviction / assurance that God WILL keep his promise: either instantly or eternally. Our prayer WILL be answered – but will it be instantly? Or distantly?

Obviously, we all like instant (instant food) – but the answer for them, was distant – distant in heaven.

Despite everything, the Person of faith never loses their vision, nor their hope.

Faith is certain of what we do not see. Faith and hope go together.

And in spite of everything, they never wished to return to their old hometown. This is very important. That’s why God was not ashamed to be called their God.

“I have decided to follow Jesus; no turning back~”

They left and never turned back to Mesopotamia. This is also like us in our Christian lives – we must never wish to “go back” to our lives when we were unbelievers.

From this event, 4-500 years later, God introduced himself to Moses as “I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

God constantly introduced himself as that. Can you imagine today God introduces himself as “I AM the God of [your name]”? He was not ashamed of them.

“Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your minds on things above – not on earthly things.” Jesus challenges us: “Do not let your hearts be troubled; trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house there are many rooms. When I come again, I come to take you with me.”

3. Obeyed without knowing WHEN

#4 (Climax) Abram obeyed even when he didn’t know WHY God was working in unreasonable ways

(This was the supreme test on Abram’s life. Sacrificing Isaac as a burnt offering.)

v. 17-19

“17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.”

The background of this story is Genesis 22. God called and said, “Abram! Sacrifice your son Isaac. Your only son, whom you love. Sacrifice him as a burnt offering on the Mount of Moriah.” Immediately, Abram got up and took Isaac and two servants and a donkey and traveled for 3 days.

On the third day, Abram saw the top of the mountain and said to the servants to wait at the bottom with the donkey. “Isaac and I will go up there to worship and WE will come back.”

Then, there were two.

Isaac asked, “Dad, we have wood and fire, but where is the lamb?”

Abram, “God himself will provide.”

Abram got up there, built the altar, and tied up his son (who obeyed like a lamb). Abram reached out his hand with a knife from his pocket and went to kill his son.

But God called from heaven: “Abram! No! Now I know that you love me and fear me. Do not do anything to that boy.” Abram looked around and found a ram and sacrificed the ram instead of Isaac. He called that place: Jehovah Jireh (The Lord will Provide).

And God swore on himself: “I’ll bless you and your descendants and all nations on earth will be blessed through you.” He confirmed his Genesis 12 promise here again.

This was the ultimate, final, supreme test upon Abram.

From this story, we can learn and apply 3 lessons:

Are you Christian?

1. We must be ready to sacrifice what is dearest to me for the sake of loyalty to God.

(What is dearest to you? Money? Kids? Job? Car? House?)

In early church history and also today, this happens.

In a home, one person becomes a Christian, and another does not – and a sword (persecution) came on that home. Unless those people put Christ before all else, there would be NO Christians at all today.

Hundreds of years ago, the light of Christ came to Korea by those who put Christ first. Still today, the message of Christ is being delivered and spread by those who put Christ first. So even today, Christ must come first, or else he comes nowhere in our lives.

Matt “Anyone who loves father, or sister, or brother, or sister, or son, or daughter, or houses, or lands more than me, is not worthy of me.”

In a Christian life, Jesus can ONLY be FIRST. Not second, third, or fourth best. He can be ONLY BEST – or nothing in our lives.

2. We must be ready to accept by faith what is very difficult to understand.

This commandment is very difficult to understand. It looks unreasonable and illogical. God promised to build a great nation THROUGH Isaac. So, to fulfill this promise, Isaac must be alive. Yet, God asked Abram to kill Isaac even when there were no grandchildren from Isaac. God seemed to contradict himself. The will of God fought the promise of God. In such situations, there is only ONE thing to do: OBEY.

We must obey and say, “God, you are good, you are faithful. Even though I don’t know why, but you know why.”

And we must build our faith on that truth.

3. God is faithful

When we are tested and tempted, God will provide a way out so that we can stand up under it. We know that God is working for the good of those who love him and trust him and are called according to his purpose. Phil 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to his riches in Jesus Christ.”

God bless you.

Let’s pray.

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