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  • Jun 20 / 2021
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Trust God with Your Future! (Exodus 28:29-30)

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Trust God with Your Future!

29 “Whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place, he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breastpiece of decision as a continuing memorial before the LORD.

30 Also put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastpiece, so they may be over Aaron`s heart whenever he enters the presence of the LORD. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the LORD.

Exodus 28:29-30

Discerning the Future

When you were a child, perhaps you played a simple children’s game known as “Loves me, loves me not.” This game is best played with a daisy, but the rules are simple. Pick up a flower, and begin pulling its petals off one by one. For each petal you pull off, alternate the sentence you say. For example, petal one is, “loves me,” petal two is “loves me not.” The game is continued in this manner until the final petal is removed from the flower and you receive your final answer. 

If you finish with ‘loves me’, you breathe a delighted sigh of relief. Some people say : ‘don’t take it seriously, it’s just a childish game.’ But even so, if our heart beats strongly for the person we are thinking of, we still secretly desire clues from the game that may help to reveal a future outcome that we are hopeful for or worried about.

As we grow into adults, the games we play may change, but our desire to know an unknowable future does not. These days, people go to fortune tellers or play with tarot cards in order to try to gain some comfort from clues about the future. But one thing we need to remember is this: that we shouldn’t rely on the world’s games and ideas for foreseeing our future. As children of God, we must leave our future up to God and rely on Him only. Psalm 46:1 says that “God is our Refuge and Strength, and ever-present Help in times of trouble.” 

Today’s sermon is titled “Trust God with Your Future!” and we will talk about how the breastplate of the High Priest’s robes in ancient Israel helped him divine God’s will for the people. In a way, this was almost like foreseeing the future.

Let’s begin with a short video introduction to the High Priestly robes to help us visualize and understand things better.

As we could see from the video, two of the most important pieces of the High Priestly robes were the ephod and the breastplate. Both of these were necessary for the High Priest to enter the temple of God and serve as the priest. Let me give you a short description of both of them.

The ephod was the linen apron that was worn by Aaron and other High Priests over their undergarments and blue robe. It was woven together with gold, blue, purple, and scarlet threads. On its shoulders were mounted two onyx memorial stones on which were engraved the names of the twelve tribes of Israel (six on each stone). The ephod was also the mount for the breastplate.

The breastplate is a covering that was made of the same material as the ephod and firmly attached to the ephod with gold rings, gold chains, and a blue cord. It held 12 precious gems in 4 rows and 3 columns on which were engraved the names of the 12 tribes of Israel. The breastplate was worn on the High Priest’s chest, over his heart, when he went before God in worship, as a continual memorial before the Lord (verse 29). 

These two, the ephod and the breastplate, were closely related in material and meaning. Both contained gemstones on which the names of the 12 tribes of Israel were engraved. Together, the two pieces were meant to continually remind the High Priest and the people that he was the representative and mediator for the people of Israel before God.

The Gemstones outside the breastplate: a divine name tag

Exodus 28:29

29 “Whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place, he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breastpiece of decision as a continuing memorial before the LORD.

Because each of the twelve gems on the breastplate correspond to the names of the twelve tribes of Israel, this indicates that the Israelites were seen as precious and important as jewels before God. Each jewel also conveyed the hopes of the Israelites to God. The jewels were purposefully positioned over the priest’s heart in order to remember and commemorate the grace of God and his salvation when he led the Israelites out of Egypt and established his covenant with them on Mount Sinai.

The High Priest was not allowed to enter Jehovah’s Sanctuary without the ephod and the breastplate with the names of the Israeli tribes. In this way, this special “name tag” not only reminded the High Priest of his holy duty to serve and represent the people before God, but it also reminded God of his cherished chosen people, as precious to him as the jewels upon which their names rested.

The Gemstones inside the breastplate: a divination of God’s will

Exodus 28:30

30 Also put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastpiece, so they may be over Aaron`s heart whenever he enters the presence of the LORD. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the LORD.

The breastplate not only held 12 gemstones with the names of the tribes of Israel on it, there was also a small pocket hidden behind it. This small pocket held two stones, one white, and the other black, known as the Urim and Thummim, that were used in divination, which is the practice of determining the will of God. Therefore, the breastplate was essential for the priest to receive a revelation from God. 

Urim, the white stone, is engraved with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and means “light.” Thummim, the black stone, is engraved with the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and means “complete” or “truth.” Traditionally, when casting lots, if the Urim came out, God’s answer was ‘no’, and when the Thummim came out, God’s answer was ‘yes’. Additionally, because the two stones are engraved with the first and last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, this symbolically indicates that the first and last master of the world is God.

These two stones, the Urim and Thummin, served the function of judgment for the people through the “casting of lots.” Outwardly, the casting of lots may look like a kind of game of chance, like the “loves me, loves me not” game, or some sort of holy ‘lottery’ like reading fortunes with tarot cards. However, the stones were used to ask God’s will and receive his divine answer in a moment of crisis. With this attitude, asking for God’s will in a problem or moment of crisis, is a confession that we are entirely dependent on God for his answer and that we will leave the results up to God for what will happen.

Thus, these two important pieces of the High Priest’s robes were integral in Israel’s understanding of and worship to God. With the ephod, the Israelites were reminded of God who had led them out of Egypt safely, from the past to the present. And with the breastplate, the Israelites were reminded to trust in God alone for the future.

Our new High Priest: Jesus Christ

Romans 2:16

16 This will take place on the day when God will judge men`s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

The High Priest asked for God’s will and revelation of what would happen in the future with the Urim and Thummim that were held within the breastplate, and God answered.

But how should Christians living in the present seek the will of God?

Should we use the same Urim and the Thummim like the Israelites of the Old Testament?

No, that method of divination was for the High Priest to use on behalf of the people of Israel. But God has sent us a new High Priest, in the person of Jesus Christ. In fact, Paul, the author of Roman’s, confessed that the judgment of God will be made through Jesus Christ. That means Jesus is the standard of judgment, much like the Urim and Thummim once were for ancient Israel.

Do you seek God’s will? Only a person who confesses Jesus as our master and savior will gain access to God’s will, because only Jesus is able to reveal God’s will to us. But a person who only trusts the judgment and fortune-telling games of the world will never learn the will of God. Instead, following games of worldly divination will only take them down the path of eternal death.

As you live your life today, remember Israel, who through the ephod of the High Priest, worshiped and celebrated God’s grace to them from the past to the present. And through the breastplate of the High Priest, they left their future entirely up to God’s will.

Let us also confess that God has led us to where we are today by his amazing grace!

And let us also confess and trust in Jesus Christ, who will lead us from where we are now into eternity, as our best friend and savior!


하나님께 미래를 구하라

29 아론이 성소에 들어갈 때에는 이스라엘 아들들의 이름을 기록한 이 판결 흉패를 가슴에 붙여 여호와 앞에 영원한 기념을 삼을 것이니라

30 너는 우림과 둠밈을 판결 흉패 안에 넣어 아론이 여호와 앞에 들어갈 때에 그의 가슴에 붙이게 하라 아론은 여호와 앞에서 이스라엘 자손의 흉패를 항상 그의 가슴에 붙일지니라

출애굽기 28:29-30

0. 예화: 나뭇잎 점

우리 대부분은 어린 시절, 들판이나 마을 뒷산에 올라 나뭇잎 점을 해본 적이 있을 것입니다. 

나뭇잎 점은 어떤 고민이나 문제가 있을 때, 나뭇가지를 꺾어 나뭇잎을 하나씩 떼어내며 마지막 잎이 선택해 준 답으로 자기의 행동을 결정하는 것입니다.

사람들은 보통 누군가를 좋아할 때, 이 나뭇잎 점을 애용하는 것 같습니다.

나뭇잎을 하나씩 떼며, 내가 좋아하는 사람이 나를 

‘좋아한다’, ‘안 좋아한다’, ‘좋아한다’, ‘안 좋아한다’…

그러다가 마지막 잎에서 ‘좋아한다’ 로 끝나면, 안도의 한숨을 쉬며 기뻐하는 것입니다.

사람들은 왜 나뭇잎 점을 하는 것일까요?

‘심각하게 생각할 것 없이 그냥 단순한 재미를 위해서 하는 거지.’

하고 말씀하시는 분도 있을 것입니다.

그러나 사람의 내면에는 자신이 알 수 없는 미래에 대해, 우연히 나온 단서일지라도 의지하고 싶은 마음이 있는 것입니다.

이러한 사람의 마음은 예나 지금이나 같아서, 요즘 사람들은 나뭇잎 점 대신 타로카드 점을 보며, 거기서 얻은 미래에 대한 단서를 통해 어느 정도 마음의 위안을 얻기도 합니다.

그러나 한 가지 기억해야 할 것은, 우리가 우리의 미래에 대해 세상의 점을 의지해서는 안 된다는 것입니다.

하나님의 자녀들인 우리는 우리의 미래를 온전히 하나님께 맡기고 하나님 한 분만을 의지해야 합니다.

오늘은 “하나님께 미래를 구하라” 라는 제목으로 하나님이 모세에게 제작하라고 명령하신 판결흉패에 대해서 나누어 보도록 하겠습니다.

우리는 전 날의 설교를 통해 제사장이 여호와의 성전에 들어가 제사장의 직분을 수행하기 위해 에봇과 판결 흉패가 필요하다는 사실을 알게 되었습니다.

판결 흉패는 성경의 버전에 따라 가슴 덮개, 가슴 받이 등으로 표현되어 있는데, 우리는 이를 통해 판결 흉패가 에봇 위 가슴 부근에 장착하는 하나의 장식물이라 생각할 수 있습니다.

오늘 본문에는 금고리와 금사슬 그리고 청색끈을 사용하여 판결 흉패를 에봇의 겉면 위에 단단히 붙이라는 하나님의 명령이 나타나 있습니다. 

또한 판결 흉패를 만들 때 에봇을 짤 때와 마찬가지로 같은 재료로 동일하게 만들 것을 요청합니다. 

이처럼 에봇과 판결흉패는 서로 뗄 수 없는 관계이며 공통 목적과 기능을 위해 만들어졌습니다.

1. 공통점 : 이름표

 출애굽기 28장 29절입니다.

29 아론이 성소에 들어갈 때에는 이스라엘 아들들의 이름을 기록한 이 판결 흉패를 가슴에 붙여 여호와 앞에 영원한 기념을 삼을 것이니라

판결 흉패는 주머니와 이름표, 이 두 가지가 합쳐져 구성되어 있습니다.

우리는 에봇과 판결 흉패의 공통점을 알아보기 위해, 그 중 이름표를 먼저 다루도록 하겠습니다. 

판결 흉패에 붙여진 열두 개의 보석들은 각각 이스라엘 열두 지파의 이름에 해당합니다.

이는 이스라엘이 여호와 앞에서 보석처럼 귀중하고 중요한 존재임을 의미합니다.

또한 각 보석은 여호와를 향한 이스라엘 지파들의 소원을 담고 있습니다. 

열두 개의 보석에 이스라엘 열두 지파의 이름이 새겨짐은, 하나님이 이스라엘의 이름과 그들의 소원을 깊이 새겨 기억하실 것임을 의미합니다.

이스라엘 지파의 이름표를 단 판결 흉패를 제사장의 심장 위에 붙이는 것은, 여호와께서 이스라엘 자손을 선택하시고 애굽에서 이끌어 내신 구원 사건과 시내산 언약 체결을 기억하고 기념하기 위함입니다.

이 판결 흉패의 열두 보석과 에봇에 붙여진 두 개의 보석은, 여호와 앞에서 이스라엘의 아들들을 기념하기 위한, 이름표로 사용된다는 점에서 공통점을 가지고 있습니다.

이스라엘을 대표하는 제사장은 이스라엘 지파의 이름이 새겨진 에봇의 판결 흉패를 입어야만 여호와의 성소로 들어갈 수 있습니다.

하나님은 이스라엘의 이름을 보석과 같이 소중히 여기시며 기념하십니다.

이스라엘은 그들의 이름표를 통해 과거부터 현재까지 동행하신 하나님을 기억하였습니다.

2. 차이점 : 우림과 둠밈

출애굽기 28장 30절입니다.

30 너는 우림과 둠밈을 판결 흉패 안에 넣어 아론이 여호와 앞에 들어갈 때에 그의 가슴에 붙이게 하라 아론은 여호와 앞에서 이스라엘 자손의 흉패를 항상 그의 가슴에 붙일지니라

오늘 본문 마지막 구절은 아론이 판결 흉패를 가슴에 붙이고 회막 안에 들어가야 한다는 지침을 두 번이나 반복하면서 판결 흉패 안에 들어 있는 우림과 둠밈을 언급하였습니다.

즉, 판결 흉패에는 에봇의 어깨 받침 양쪽에 붙이는 두 개의 호마노에 기록된 이스라엘 아들들의 이름을 여호와 앞에서 영원히 기념하는 것 이외에 또 다른 제의적 기능이 하나 더 있다는 뜻입니다.

그것은 앞으로 닥칠 언약 백성의 중대사를 결정할 때에, 여호와의 뜻을 묻고 계시를 분별하는 특수한 제의적 기능을 의미합니다.

그래서 제사장이 하나님의 뜻을 알기 위해서는 판결 흉패가 반드시 필요했습니다.

앞서 판결 흉패는 주머니와 이름표로 구성되어 있다고 하였습니다.

이제 판결의 기능이 있는 우림과 둠밈이 들어있는 주머니에 대해 다루어보겠습니다.

판결 흉패는 가로와 세로의 길이는 약 이십삼 센티미터로 정사각형 모양입니다.

이것은 우림과 둠밈을 넣어주기 위해 두 겹의 주머니 형태로 만들어졌습니다.

우림과 둠밈은 일종의 거룩한 ‘제비’로, 위기의 순간과 문제 상황이 닥쳤을 때 여호와의 뜻을 묻고 그 답을 얻기 위해 사용하는 기물이었습니다.

우림은 “빛”을, 둠밈은 “완전함”을 뜻합니다.

전통적으로 우림이 나오면 ‘아니요’를, 둠밈이 나오면 ‘예’를 뜻했습니다.

우림은 히브리어 알파벳 첫번째 글자 ‘알렙’으로, 둠밈은 히브리어 알파벳 마지막 글자 ‘타우’로 시작하는데, 이것은 세상의 처음과 마지막의 주인이 하나님임을 상징적으로 나타냅니다.

아직까지 제사법이나 지성소와 성소에서 진행될 제의들에 관한 직접적이고 구체적인 지침과 규례가 확립되지 않은 상황에서 판결 흉패를 사용하여 여호와의 계시를 분별하는 행위가 우리가 보기에는 나뭇잎 점과 같이 단순한 행위처럼 보일 수도 있습니다.

그러나 위기와 문제가 닥쳤을 때 알파와 오메가이신 하나님께 뜻을 묻는 행위는, 하나님을 전적으로 의지하며 미래에 일어날 일들에 대해 하나님께 맡겨드린다는 고백이 들어있는 것입니다.

이스라엘이 에봇을 통해 과거부터 현재까지 동행하신 하나님을 기념하였다면, 판결 흉패를 통해 지금부터 끝 날까지 동행하실 하나님을 전적으로 신뢰하게 된 것입니다.

3. 새 거룩한 제비 : 예수그리스도

로마서 2장16절입니다.

16 곧 나의 복음에 이른 바와 같이 하나님이 예수 그리스도로 말미암아 사람들의 은밀한 것을 심판하시는 그 날이라

이스라엘 백성은 판결 흉패를 통해 앞으로 일어날 일에 대해 하나님의 뜻을 구했습니다.

신실하신 하나님은 하나님께 정결하게 나아오는 이스라엘 백성들에게 우림과 둠밈을 통해 하나님의 뜻을 알려주셨습니다.

현재를 살아가는 우리 그리스도인은 어떻게 하나님의 뜻을 구해야 할까요?

구약 시대의 이스라엘 백성처럼 우림과 둠밈을 사용해야 할까요?

하나님은 우리에게 새 거룩한 제비인 예수 그리스도를 보내주셨습니다. 

로마서의 저자 사도 바울은 하나님의 심판이 예수 그리스도를 통해 이루어진다고 고백합니다.

즉 예수님이 심판의 기준이 되신다는 의미입니다. 

예수님을 우리의 주인이요 구원자로 고백하는 사람은 하나님의 뜻을 얻게 될 것입니다.

그러나 판단의 주인이신 예수님을 의지하지 않고, 세상의 판단을 의지하는 사람은 하나님의 뜻을 얻지 못하게 되어, 스스로 죽음의 길로 내려가게 될 것입니다.

오늘 본문에 나타나는 이스라엘은 제사장의 에봇과 판결 흉패를 통해 그들과 동행하신 하나님께 감사드리고 그들의 미래를 맡겨드렸습니다.

오늘 말씀은 받은 우리도 지금까지 지내온 것이 주의 크신 은혜임을 고백하며, 지금부터 영원까지 함께하실 새 거룩한 제비이신 예수 그리스도를 참으로 의지하길 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!

  • Mar 10 / 2019
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Acts: The Book of Mission, Pastor Heo, Sermons

The Lord’s Will Be Done (Acts 21:1-16)

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On to Jerusalem

1 After we had torn ourselves away from them, we put out to sea and sailed straight to Cos. The next day we went to Rhodes and from there to Patara. 2 We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went on board and set sail. 3 After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria. We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo. 4 Finding the disciples there, we stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. 5 But when our time was up, we left and continued on our way. All the disciples and their wives and children accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray. 6 After saying good-by to each other, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home.

7 We continued our voyage from Tyre and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and stayed with them for a day. 8 Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven. 9 He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.

10 After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’ ”

12 When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

15 After this, we got ready and went up to Jerusalem. 16 Some of the disciples from Caesarea accompanied us and brought us to the home of Mnason, where we were to stay. He was a man from Cyprus and one of the early disciples.


[Explanation of Missionary Journey map]

To Paul, God’s will was more important than anything else. From this story we see:

  1. Paul’s friends’ affection for him
  2. Paul’s courage to face the trials before him

He has sheer determination to go on to Jerusalem. And there is the wonderful fact that wherever Paul went, he found a Christian community waiting to welcome him. He was welcomed wherever he went. If this were true in Paul’s time, it is even more true today.

This is very true. One of the greatest privileges of belonging to the family of the church, wherever one goes, he / she can find a community of like-minded people into which he / she is welcomed. You have friends ALL over the world if you are really a believer and witness of Jesus Christ. At the same time, you can encounter your enemies wherever you go.

v. 3-6

3 After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria. We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo. 4 Finding the disciples there, we stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. 5 But when our time was up, we left and continued on our way. All the disciples and their wives and children accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray. 6 After saying good-by to each other, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home.

Paul and his team stayed with the believers at Tyre for seven days to unload and load cargo. At that time, Tyre was a major port and the trans-Mediterranean routes and ships often delivered and received cargo.

So Paul went out from the ship, seeking Christian brothers and sisters to encourage. Immediately, they spoke the language of the heart and had quick bonding. They became part of each others lives almost immediately – with hardly a word spoken.

  • v. 4 “Through the Spirit, they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.”
  • But, earlier, Paul had told them, “Compelled by the Holy Spirit, I’m going to Jerusalem.”

We should not be confused by this. We should not think that the same Holy Spirit who told Paul to go would also tell them to urge him not to go. It was through their conversation and the guidance of the Holy Spirit that they came to realize that he must suffer. So, they urged him – out of human compassion – not to go.

He stayed with them for only seven days. And then all their wives and children escorted him out of the city. See how deep this fellowship they built in a short time is!

v. 7-14

7 We continued our voyage from Tyre and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and stayed with them for a day. 8 Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven. 9 He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.

10 After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’ ”

12 When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

The Lord’s will be done. x3

Whenever we pray the Lord’s prayer, we pray like this. “Our Father in heaven…. your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” Do you believe God has a wonderful, special will for you?

At Caesarea, he stayed with Philip. Philip was the first to go to Samaria to preach the gospel. Another prophet named Agabus came also. About 15 years earlier, he had predicted the famine at Jerusalem, so he’d worked closely with Paul for famine relief. They were not strangers. Agabus delivered his prophetic message to Paul in a dramatic way – by binding his own hands and feet with the belt of Paul: “The owner of this belt will end up like this.”

  • He did not say, “Don’t go.”
  • He just said, “If you go, this will happen.”

So, like at Tyre, the believers there also encouraged Paul not to go. Paul said, “Stop weeping and breaking my heart – I’m going.”

Are you ready? Ready to go to heaven? We don’t know the time, so we must be ready all the time.

Paul said, “I’m ready – to die – for the name of Jesus Christ.”

Remember chp 9? Once, as Saul, Paul was a champion in persecuting Christ. Yet, Jesus saved him by his grace and chose him to be used. He showed Ananias a vision and said, “I will show him [Paul] how much he must suffer for my name.”

Once Saul was a persecutor, then Jesus saved him to be a champion in BEING persecuted.

Please, do not persecute Jesus Christ.

In fact, Paul’s going to Jerusalem is remarkably similar to Jesus’ going to Jerusalem. There are 5 similarities (at least).

Similarities: Paul & Jesus’ Journeys to Jerusalem

  1. Jesus knew he would be arrested, suffer many things, and be condemned (Luke 15?)
    • Paul also knew this
  2. Jesus’ close friends (Peter, etc) urged him not to go to Jerusalem – Peter even rebuked him “This shall not happen to you!”
    • Paul’s close friends also urged Paul not to go
  3. Jews arrested Jesus, bound, and condemned him – then handed him over to the Gentiles.
    • Paul likewise, arrested by Jews, handed over to Gentiles
  4. Jesus’ top priority was God’s will. He prayed, “Father, take this cup from me, but not as I will, your will be done.”
    • Paul said, Acts 20:24 “I consider my life worth nothing to me if only I may finish my race and complete the task the Lord has given me – testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”
  5. Jesus trusted in the sovereignty of God completely – he knew he would be raised again on the third day
    • Paul also believed in this – even though he died for Christ, he would be raised again and live eternally with Christ. He believed Jesus’ word, “I am the Resurrection and the Life, he who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”

One more question:

What is your #1 priority in your life?

Among all your jobs.

Yes, we know God is a good Father. He wants us to be happy, but we must know that God’s will is higher than our happiness.

We must preach the gospel, serve others, help foreigners in Jeonju, not because we always enjoy it, but because it is the will of God. We cannot emphasize knowing the will of God too much.

Knowing the will of God is the BEST knowledge we can get in this world.

Here are 3 reasons why we MUST know the will of God.

3 Reasons WHY we should Know the Will of God

1. God alone holds the future – knows tomorrow.

Do you know? Only God knows.

Prov 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what will happen to you tomorrow.”

Only God knows – only he can lead us through the uncertainties of tomorrow. God knows, he cares, he can lead us through the storms in this life.

We need to know the will of God because only he holds the future.

2. Only God knows what is BEST for your life.

If you go out from this building, there are many ways to go. In front of us, there are so many options and choices, but we can choose only one way.

Most of us know what we like, and what we want, but we are often completely mistaken as to what is BEST – and what is leading us to the greatest peace and fulfillment.

We do not know always what is best, and what will bring the greatest peace and satisfaction. Only God knows. God knows us (infinitely) better than we know ourselves. So, he is not interested in putting his stamp (sanction) on our own actions – he wants to guide us into his eternal purpose and plan.

3. God has a plan of blessing for us.

Do you believe this? God has a particular plan of blessing for each of us. Is your life all that you want it to be? Are you enjoying the abundant life that Jesus came to bring? You can – because we are created in the image of God. You are fearfully and wonderfully made – not meaningless accidents thrust into time and space. We are meaningful creations of God – which means that he has a plan of blessing in our lives.

Romans 8:28 “We know in ALL things (whatever is happening to you), God works for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purpose (will).”

How can we know the will of God? Three Councils.

3 Ways HOW to know the will of God

  1. The Word of God
  2. The Conviction of the Holy Spirit
  3. (Saved) Faith Conscience
  4. Circumstances (personal experiences)

Augustine advised:

“Love God and do whatever you want.”

Yes, if we (truly) love God, we cannot do what God hates.

If we are truly saved and Holy Spirit filled and committed to God fully, it is not difficult to know the will of God.

Finally, most importantly: if we KNOW the will of God… DO IT!

“I must do it!”

For many of us, the problem is not “knowing the will of God” but “obeying it.”

Matt 7 (Sermon on the Mount) “Therefore, whoever hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house upon a rock… But, if you hear my words and do not put them into practice, you’re like a foolish man who built his house on the sand…”

James 4:14 “Anyone who knows the good he should do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

As we saw the map – this historical fact – like this, Fact is Fact.

  • God became man (Jesus Christ)
  • He died on the cross for my sin
  • He rose again from the dead
  • He will come again soon

Fact is Fact – there is no difference in fact whether you understand, agree, accept or not. There is no difference in fact.

What is the difference? If you do not believe, you cannot enjoy the fruit and effect of this historical fact. But if you accept Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, then this fruit can be enjoyed by you: salvation, forgiveness of sin, and eternal life.

All the time, we must decide. We saw Paul’s absolute resolution each time. We also must make our own resolution.

What is your resolution? Your commitment?

Let’s pray.

  • Jan 06 / 2013
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New Year, Pastor Heo, Sermons

God Has Plans for You! (Jeremiah 29:11-12)

01.06

01.06.2013 Bulletin

Sermon Notes

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At the time of this writing, Israel was divided into north and south, the people were exiled, it was a generally terrible time. 

And from this, God spoke these words.

Even today, the world is a mess. Can we be certain that anything is meaningful? Or is everything meaningless? 

God has a plan for you!

The Bible illustrates this.

Long before our physical mothers had us in their minds, God has us in his mind.

In this season, our resolutions should start with God, not with ourselves. 

  • Psalm 139:13-14 “God knit me together in my mother’s womb – that’s why I praise God, because I’m fearfully and wonderfully made.”
  • Jeremiah 1:9 “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you. I set you apart and appointed you as a prophet to all nations.”
  • Ephesians 1:4 “God chose us before the creation of the world to be holy, to be blameless in his sight.”

God has plans for you!

We must remember that without the purpose of God, life is meaningless activity, a directionless path.

The will and plan of God is the biggest purpose that we should know. John: “I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.” Therefore, God’s plan is that we have life to the full! God who is creator, maker, designer of all things should be interested in our small lives. He who hung the stars in the sky should have a plan/hope for us.

Can you imagine parents with no hopes for their children? Can you imagine a man with no special plan for a woman he accepts as wife? Can you imagine a head coach with no plan for his players? A captain with no plan for his soldiers? A king with no plan for his country? A boss with no plan for his workers? Absolutely not.

How much more, God, who created us in his likeness?

There are 4 reasons why God’s plan is not only the best, but also the ONE AND ONLY best plan for our lives.

Only when we discover God’s plan can we find true meaning and purpose for our lives.

#1. Only God knows the future – so we must learn about God’s plan.

There is a great interest into looking into the future. Daily horoscopes, fortune tellers, end-of-the-world predictions, are everywhere.

In the Old Testament, diviners, fortune tellers, should be killed immediately. It is very foolish to look into the future.
Proverbs: Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what lies ahead. 

Job 23:10 “Only he knows the way I will take. After he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”

You do not know about tomorrow – not even one single minute later. 

It is only God who can lead us through the uncertainties of tomorrow. 

No matter how dark the storms of life may appear, God can lead us through them.

That’s why God’s plan/purpose/will is so important.

#2: Only God knows what is the best.

One of the biggest mysteries of our lives is…we all know what we “like” but we don’t all know what we really “need”

Sometimes we want God’s stamp of approval in our desires, even selfish desires. But God wants to lead us in HIS purposes.

That doesn’t mean that God wants to make us suffer under his plan – he is our father, and like a father wants us to enjoy our lives. But he also knows, like a father, our inabilities, our incapabilities of planning our own lives.

We cannot be in two places at once, or do two things at once, or go two ways at once. So, God knows which way is the best way.

Romans 8, 16? “In this same way, the HS helps us in our weaknesses. Many times, we do not know what we should pray for so the HS intercedes for us with groans.”

#3: Only God has a plan for blessing /hope /prosperity.

Is your life all that you want it to be? Are you experiencing the best you can? We can, through Christ. We can confess like David, “We are created fearfully, wonderfully.” We are a special and precious creation of God – who cares.

Even though we’ve sinned, even though we’ve defaced God’s creation, salvation is still readily available for us.

The message of the gospel is that God has a plan for us that reaches from eternity past to eternity future.

Eph. 2:10 “We are God’s workmanship made in his likeness and created to do good works he has set aside for us to do from the beginning of time.”

#4: We want to do God’s work?

Jonah is a classic example of a man who wouldn’t follow God’s plan – he disobeyed.

God’s plan was that he be an instrument to reach a people for Him – but Jonah disobeyed and sailed away. So, God had to judge Jonah. He had to put him in a place where he would listen to God’s voice and be willing to hear God’s voice.

Eph 5:17 “Do not be foolish. Understand what God’s plan is, what the Lord’s will is.”

How? We discussed the WHY – now, HOW can we discover and find God’s plan?

There are prerequisites.

#1. Salvation – without this it is impossible to know God’s plan.

Without salvation, we are spiritually dead. Is it possible for the dead to know something? No, therefore, the first step for us to know God’s plan is: to be alive – spiritually alive – get salvation – only through Jesus Christ, dead, resurrected, coming soon. 

John “To those who received him, to all those who called on his name, he gave the right to be called children of God.”

#2: Surrender, Submission

Without an attitude of surrender, submission, it is impossible to enter further, to see further the plan of God. Why do we want to see the plan? To obey. Knowing and not doing is double disobedience. God never is cheated, he is wise. His foolishness is wiser than our wisdom.
Conclusion of Sermon on the Mount: “Whoever hears these words of mine is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The winds came, the rains beat on the house, but the house stood. But he who hears and does not do is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. In the storm, the house fell and was destroyed.” 

#3: Separation

It is the plan of God that the believers live separated, holy lives – set apart from the world, set apart from sin.

Romans 2:10 “Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world. But be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and aprove what God’s will is, his good and pleasing and perfect will.”

We should be free from sexual immorality, and all other kinds of immorality.

John – “Do not love the world, or anything in the world, because anyone who loves the world, the love of God is not in him…this world and its desires pass away soon, but only the man who lives according to the will of God will live.”

Separation WITH holiness is imperative.

If we are not separated, not holy, we cannot see into God’s plan for our lives.

#4: Sincerity

To see the plan of God, deeper, higher, wider, there must be more than head desire, there must be heart desire – passion, zeal, yearning, faithfulness before God.

God does not show us his plan to let us toy with him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.”

Especially this year, may God bless all of us.

I don’t know your situation, your background. But regardless, God has a plan and a purpose for you.

At the same time, God has a plan and a purpose for AICF. Because AICF is the body of Christ, it is the congregation of God’s servants, God’s children.

2013 AICF Prayers:

Definitely God has a plan, purpose, desire for AICF so that his name may be glorified fully.

We are not here by accident – I want to ask you individually, personally – do not be here MERELY as observers, onlookers. We all have a part, if we are members, we ALL have something to do here.

Jer. 29:12 “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

  • CALL, COME, PRAY.
  • ASK, SEEK, KNOCK.
  • PRAY, PRAY, PRAY.

29:13 “Call to me, and I will answer you, so greatly that you will not understand.”

All the time, God is ready to listen to our cries. Without praying, it is impossible for God’s will to be fulfilled and realized. 

He will accomplish his plan when we pray and call on him. Whenever we get together, let us pray for AICF for His glory.

1. Unity and Growth of AICF is very important

Eph. 4:3 “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace – there is one body, one baptism, one Spirit, one father of all who is above all and in all and through all.”

Gal 3 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, in Christ…”

  • We are different in visible details.
  • But in invisible details, we are ONE.
  • Visible things are temporary.
  • Invisible things are eternal.
  • What is unseen is more important.
  • If we can see the unseen, we are spiritual.

2. 200+ worship together

This is not the final goal, just the middle. This is not about numbers, but about more people meeting Jesus. 

Can you see outside? As long as there are the lost on the street, God is never happy or satisfied with all the people in the church.
What is the first and original plan of God?

  1. Be fruitful
  2. Increase in number
  3. fill the earth
  4. subdue it
  5. rule over all creation.

The original plan/blessing of God.

The story of the father in the book of Luke (prodigal) – one son (us, church people) were always at home helping Daddy. The other son (those people on the street) went off to enjoy himself. But Daddy always watched and waited at the window for the lost son to return home. This is the heart of God.

We should increase in quality and also number.

3. Our own space – we are very crowded, busy.

This year the main church has a 30 year anniversary – we expect and pray for action for a new building this year. If you want this, pray for it. 

4. Active koinonia in cell groups – we will start with 5.

We will have cell activity this year. Our body (church) has many cells and increases in size and maturity by the division of cells – so we hope and pray for more and more cells.
Koinonia – Greek – difficult to translate in a single word – very visible in Acts – fellowship, relationship, holy intimacy, service, sharing, helping, building, in many ways this word was translated in Acts.

5. More mission – we are living at the last time of last times.

Matthew 24:14 “The gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and THEN the end will come.” To mens’ eyes, there are many many local churches. But to God’s eyes, there is only one global church – so we must pray for AICF, for Antioch Church, for Jeonju’s churches, for Korea’s churches, for all the churches and missionaries of the world.

Shall we pray?

Communion

John: “Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you…For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.”

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