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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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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.

  • Jan 10 / 2021
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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!

  • Nov 01 / 2020
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Choose Your God (Genesis 10:1)

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<Choose your God!>

This is the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah`s sons, who themselves had sons after the flood.

Genesis 10:1

0. An excellent choice

Let me tell you a true story that happened in the UK.

There once was an old man without relatives or children.

He was weak and had a lot of sickness, so he decided to spend the rest of his life in a nursing home.

So he took out an advertisement in a local newspaper to sell the house he lived in.

His house was actually really great, so it quickly gained lots of interest, and many people wanted to buy it. In fact, it was so popular that a bidding war broke out for those who were interested in the house.

This led to the house price rising from £60,000 to £100,000, and house price just continued to rise after that. But in reality, the old man was not happy at all to think about leaving his old house.

One day, a young man in shabby clothes came to the old man and knelt down in front of him.

This young man had made a different choice than all the others in order to get this house.

The young man said, “I really want to buy this house, sir, but I only have ten thousand pounds.”

The old man answered firmly, “Young man, this house is worth at least £60,000.”

The young man said, “But sir, if you sell the house to me, I’ll let you live here as you used to, and I’ll make you a cup of tea every morning while I read you the newspaper. Then, I’ll take you out for a walk in the afternoon and we will enjoy every day together.”

The young man’s eyes looked sincere, and the old man who heard them smiled brightly.

Eventually, he sold the house to the young man for £10,000.

So you see,

Intense competition or deception are not necessarily required in order to achieve your dream.

Unlike the other bidders on the house, the young man made an excellent choice and got a happy result.

So the question for us today is:

What is the best choice we can make today in order to live well in the world?

The answer: “to obey God, our master”.

God is the guide, companion, and savior of our lives.

Today, I will share Genesis Chapter 10 with the title “choose your God!”

1. The fate of the people

Genesis 10:1

This is the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah`s sons, who themselves had sons after the flood.

Genesis 10 describes the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

But we need to look at Genesis 9 to understand the fate of each nation that arose from these men.

Genesis 9:18~27

18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.)

19 These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the earth.

20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard.

21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.

22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father`s nakedness and told his two brothers outside.

23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father`s nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father`s nakedness.

24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him,

25 he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.”

26 He also said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.

27 May God extend the territory of Japheth; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be his slave.”

So what is the point of this story?

In this story, the natural tendencies of Noah’s sons are revealed through their father’s mistake, which is described as a natural incident rather than a godly person’s mistake.

In the shameful situation where Noah drunkenly falls asleep naked, the Bible story places more emphasis on what his son’s obligations to him are.

While his father was sprawled naked on the floor of the tent, Ham loudly called attention to him to make fun of him, but Shem and Japheth quietly covered their father’s naked form.

The interesting thing about this situation is that you can observe the fate of each forthcoming nation through this episode in this family.

Shem’s descendants will form the nation of Israel, and Ham’s will form the nation of Canaan.

Later, the Canaanites will give up their land to Israel and they will also work as slaves for Israel.

It is not clear who Japheth’s descendants are exactly, but we can see that his descendants are connected with Shem’s in the nation of Israel.

The actions of Noah’s sons are not just about their moral obligations to their father, but about obedience to the Word of God.

Exodus 20:12

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Proverb 30:17

17 “The eye that mocks a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.

We can see through these Bible words that it is God’s command to honor our parents.

Ham, who did not obey God, loudly revealed his father’s shame to the whole world.

But Shem and Japheth, in obedience to God, quietly covered their father’s shame.

And Ham’s descendants were cursed forever because of this single act.

Ham may have thought this was unfair. But actually, we must question whether Ham’s curse was the result of a single act of disobedience or a lifestyle of disobedience.

In fact, our lifestyles determine our behavior. The result of a lifestyle of obedience is good behavior, and the result of a lifestyle of disobedience is evil behavior.

Shem and Japheth’s good behavior toward their father would have been the result of their continued obedience to God. And likewise, Ham’s evil behavior toward his father would have been the result of his continued disobedience to God.

2. Intimate fellowship with God

More specifically, obedience is “a close relationship with God.”

Shem and Japheth would have tried to listen to God.

Also, they would have tried to talk to God through prayer like their father, Noah.

But Ham probably had become increasingly lazy about listening to God and praying to God.

This can be assumed by his actions toward his father.

Additionally, we must consider the curse he received because a curse is not quickly spoken and God’s curse does not come to a person who obeys God.

Rather, those who obey God are greatly blessed by God.

One interesting thing to note is a descendant of Ham named ‘Nimrod’.

Genesis 10:8~9

8 Cush was the father of Nimrod, who grew to be a mighty warrior on the earth.

9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD.”

Nimrod had great strength to hunt and fight the beasts of the earth.

“Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD.”

This expression seems positive at first glance, but it is actually just a neutral statement about his great power.

In reality, Nimrod is considered the first tyrannical monarch and founder of the Babylonian and Asshur empires.

These empires later appear as great forces that confront Israel, which God has chosen.

What is interesting is that Nimrod, a descendant of Ham, made a reputation for himself in the world, but did not use his power for God.

Consider the descendants of Cain mentioned in Genesis 4.

Cain’s descendants were people with outstanding worldly abilities, unlike Seth’s descendants.

Their ancestor, Cain, can be said to be the father of all cultures.

However, this cultural development in Genesis 4 begins with Cain’s murder of his brother.

A Commentary from the German Biblical Council notes that people who have become more and more distant from God have created their own kind of culture. New and further cultural development is a tendency of mankind to establish their own human status in the world and carry out their own will without a thought of God.

Lamech is a prime example of this.

Genesis 4:23~24

23 Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me.

24 If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times.”

God gave Cain a mark to protect him.

However, his descendant, Lamech, completely bypassed the will and consent of God in order to take his own revenge by his own power.

Through these stories, we can see that Cain and Ham have something in common: they are not intimate with God and the result of this is passed on to their descendants.

From this, we can learn that 

The present reality of one’s faith will become the reality of faith for their descendants.

When we estrange our fellowship with God, we will soon become disobedient to God.

That would make us, like Ham, wrong and  suffer a bad end.

So, What do we need to do to be intimate with God?

Thankfully, there are some precious ways God has given us to do this.

First, Let’s read the bible and pray daily!

Second, Let’s worship together and volunteer for church on Sunday!

These activities sometimes seem to be just repetitive acts.

But these are clear pathways through which we can remember God and stay more intimate with him. Because God is especially precious to the heart of a person who tries to get close to him.

3. Choose your God

What is the basis for us to obey God?

Joshua 24:15

15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

The people of Israel lived by thinking that they were the people of God.

However, Joshua intentionally urges Israel to make a decision to choose their god.

The reason is that when people become too familiar with the seemingly repetitive nature of worship, prayer, and Bible reading, they become dull in spirit and their passion for God disappears.

Consider it like this: The world regards Christianity as a religion.

So they can choose or reject the religion they want, like college students who choose liberal arts classes.

Does it mean that a religious life chooses God?

Or that a normal life doesn’t choose God?

No!

Technically, Christianity is not a religion but a truth because God is the master of the whole world.

So not choosing God is not choosing a “normal life” but choosing a life that is not obedient to him, because any life that ignores God, the truth, and chooses his or her own desires and the culture of the world is not obedient to God.

There is no compromise in serving God.

There is no middle ground before God.

We must live with God’s commands as the highest value.

Unfortunately, Noah’s second son, Ham, did not seem to know this.

He just wanted to live a “normal life.”

But his choice made him increasingly unable to find God in his life.

In the end, his “normal life” without God was revealed as a life that was disobedient to God and embarrassed his father.

The most blessed aspect of life for humans is to accompany God.

Psalm 23:1

1 A psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

Going together with God grants us a peaceful life in which we do not lack anything.

Remember!

The most blessed aspect of life for humans is to find God, our master.

4. The way to God

What motivates us to get close to God?

Isaiah 53:6

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Unfortunately, according to this word from Isaiah, we can not find any inherent motivation in us to draw near to God. Rather, we only want to go the way we want. The reason for this is that we are all sinners.

Our evil natures separate us from God.

Our nature struggles to live without God.

We have no will and power to obey God.

Therefore, God sent his Son Jesus Christ to us to solve this problem!

He was God himself!

God the Creator has the power to decide on everything he has created.

So if the creator makes a judgment or curses his creation, it is not strange at all.

But God chose to die for us, to save his creation, we mortal men and women.

Think about whether this is a natural thing for the creator to sacrifice himself for his creation.

It is a very difficult thing to understand.

And this is exactly why people refer to the hardships and death of Jesus Christ as “Amazing Grace.” 

God sent us not only Jesus, but also the Holy Spirit.

with the help of the Holy Spirit, he has made it possible for us to have an intimate relationship with God.

All we have to do is believe in Jesus as our personal savior and Lord and engage in an intimate relationship with God through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer, Bible reading, worship, and service are the cornerstone practices for doing this.

But don’t try to force yourself to do these things.

We cannot do them all through our own willpower.

Leave these up to God!

He will move you!

1Corinthians 1:25

25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man`s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man`s strength.

I hope you will be a wise child of the Lord who chooses God first in your life and lives a life of obedience to him!


<너는 하나님을 택하라!>

노아의 아들 셈과 함과 야벳의 족보는 이러하니라 홍수 후에 그들이 아들들을 낳았으니

창세기 10:1

0. 탁월한 선택

이것은 영국에서 일어난 실제 이야기입니다.

친척도 자식도 없는 한 노인이 있었습니다.

그는 몸이 허약하고 병치레가 잦아서 남은 인생을 요양원에서 보내기로 마음먹었습니다.

그래서 그는 그가 살고 있는 집을 팔기 위해, 지역 신문에 광고하였습니다.

그의 집은 아주 훌륭했기 때문에, 그 집을 사고 싶은 사람들이 많았습니다.

사람들은 그 집을 얻기 위한 선택으로 가격 경쟁을 하였습니다.

이로 인해, 6만 파운드였던 집 값이 10만 파운드로 올라갔고, 그 이후에도 집 값은 계속 올라갔습니다.

하지만 노인은 오래 살던 집을 떠나야 한다는 생각에 전혀 기쁘지 않았습니다.

그러던 어느 날, 남루한 차림의 한 청년이 노인에게 찾아와 무릎을 꿇고 말했습니다.

이 청년은 이 집을 얻기 위해 다른 사람들과는 다른 선택을 하였습니다.

청년 : “어르신, 전 정말 이 집을 사고 싶습니다. 하지만 제가 가지고 있는 돈은 1만 파운드 밖에 되지 않습니다.”

노인은 단호하게 대답했습니다.

노인 : “젊은이, 이 집은 최소 6만 파운드라네”

젊은이가 말했습니다.

젊은이 : “만일 어르신이 집을 제게 파신다면, 제가 어르신을 예전처럼 여기에서 살수 있게 해드리겠습니다. 제가 차도 끓여드리고 신문도 읽어드릴게요. 또 같이 산책도 하면서 날마다 즐겁게 지낼 수 있도록 해드릴게요”

젊은이의 눈빛은 진실 했고, 그 말을 들은 노인은 환하게 미소를 지었습니다.

결국 노인은 1만 파운드를 받고 그 집을 젊은이에게 팔았습니다.

꿈을 이루기 위해서 반드시 치열한 경쟁이나 속임수가 필요한 것은 아닙니다.

이야기에 나오는 청년은 다른 사람들과 달리 탁월한 선택을 하였고, 기쁜 결과를 얻었습니다.

세상에서 잘 살기 위한 가장 탁월한 선택은 무엇일까요?

그것은 “나의 주인이신 하나님께 순종하는 것” 입니다.

하나님이 우리의 인생의 안내자, 동행자, 구원자이기 때문입니다.

오늘은 <너는 하나님을 택하라!>라는 제목으로, 창세기 10장의 말씀을 나누도록 하겠습니다.

1. 민족들의 운명

창세기 10장 1절

노아의 아들 셈과 함과 야벳의 족보는 이러하니라 홍수 후에 그들이 아들들을 낳았으니

창세기 10장은 셈, 함, 야벳의 족보에 대해서 서술합니다.

우리는 각 민족들의 운명을 이해하기 위해, 창세기 9장을 살펴볼 필요가 있습니다.

창세기 9장 18~27절

18 방주에서 나온 노아의 아들들은 셈과 함과 야벳이며 함은 가나안의 아버지라

19 노아의 이 세 아들로부터 사람들이 온 땅에 퍼지니라

20 노아가 농사를 시작하여 포도나무를 심었더니

21 포도주를 마시고 취하여 그 장막 안에서 벌거벗은지라

22 가나안의 아버지 함이 그의 아버지의 하체를 보고 밖으로 나가서 그의 두 형제에게 알리매

23 셈과 야벳이 옷을 가져다가 자기들의 어깨에 메고 뒷걸음쳐 들어가서 그들의 아버지의 하체를 덮었으며 그들이 얼굴을 돌이키고 그들의 아버지의 하체를 보지 아니하였더라

24 노아가 술이 깨어 그의 작은 아들이 자기에게 행한 일을 알고

25 이에 이르되 가나안은 저주를 받아 그의 형제의 종들의 종이 되기를 원하노라 하고

26 또 이르되 셈의 하나님 여호와를 찬송하리로다 가나안은 셈의 종이 되고

27 하나님이 야벳을 창대하게 하사 셈의 장막에 거하게 하시고 가나안은 그의 종이 되게 하시기를 원하노라 하였더라

이 이야기의 핵심은 무엇일까요?

그것은 한 경건한 사람의 실수라기보다는, 하나의 자연스런 과정으로 묘사된 노아의 실수로 인해 드러나게 되는 세 아들들의 본성입니다.

아버지, 노아가 나체로 자고있는 부끄러운 상황에서, 아들의 의무가 무엇인지를 성경은 주목하고 있는 것입니다.

함은 아버지의 수치를 드러냈고, 셈과 야벳은 아버지의 수치를 가렸습니다.

흥미로운 사실은 이 한 가족의 에피소드를 통해 민족들의 운명을 볼 수 있다는 것입니다.

여기서 셈은 이스라엘을, 함은 가나안을 대표합니다.

훗날 가나안 주민은 이스라엘에게 땅을 양보해야 합니다. 

또한 그들은 부분적으로 이스라엘을 위하여 강제 노동을 하게 됩니다.

야벳이 누구의 조상인지에 대해서는 뚜렷하지 않습니다.

노아의 아들들의 행동은 단순한 도덕적 의무가 아닌, 하나님의 말씀에 대한 순종에 관한 것입니다.

출애굽기 20장 12절

12 네 부모를 공경하라 그리하면 네 하나님 여호와가 네게 준 땅에서 네 생명이 길리라

잠언 30장 17절

17 아비를 조롱하며 어미 순종하기를 싫어하는 자의 눈은 골짜기의 까마귀에게 쪼이고 독수리 새끼에게 먹히리라

우리는 이 성경 말씀들을 통해 부모를 공경하는 것은 하나님의 명령이라는 것을 알 수 있습니다.

하나님께 순종하지 않은 함은 그의 아버지의 수치를 온 세상에 드러냈습니다.

하나님께 순종했던 셈과 야벳은 그의 아버지의 수치를 가렸습니다.

함의 단 한번의 행동 때문에 그의 후손들이 저주를 받게 되었습니다.

이 사실이 함에게는 억울할 수도 있습니다.

그러나 순종의 결과는 선한 행동으로, 불순종의 결과는 악한 행동으로 나타납니다.

아버지를 향한 셈과 야벳의 선한 행동은, 하나님을 향한 그들의 지속적인 순종에서 나타난 결과 일 것입니다.

2. 하나님과의 교제

순종을 좀 더 구체적으로 말한다면 “하나님과 친밀한 교제”입니다.

셈과 야벳은 하나님의 말씀을 듣기 위해 노력하였을 것입니다.

또 그들은 기도를 통해 하나님과 대화하려고 노력하였을 것입니다.

마치 그들의 아버지 ‘노아’ 처럼 말입니다.

그러나 함은 하나님 말씀을 듣는 것, 하나님께 기도하는 것에 대해 점점 게을러 졌을 것입니다.

이는 함이 그의 아버지에게 한 행동과 그 행동을 통해 저주를 받게 되는 것을 통해 추측해 볼 수 있습니다. 

하나님께 순종하는 사람에게 하나님의 저주가 임하지 않기 때문입니다.

오히려 순종하는 이들에게는 하나님의 넘치는 은혜가 임합니다.

한 가지 흥미로운 것은 함의 자손, ‘니므롯’ 입니다.

창세기 10장 8~9절

8 구스가 또 니므롯을 낳았으니 그는 세상에 첫 용사라

9 그가 여호와 앞에서 용감한 사냥꾼이 되었으므로 속담에 이르기를 아무는 여호와 앞에 니므롯 같이 용감한 사냥꾼이로다 하더라

니므롯은 맹수와 싸울 정도로 자신의 대단함 힘을 가지고 있었습니다.

“여호와 앞에 용감한 사냥꾼”이란 표현은 언뜻 보면 긍정적으로 보이지만, 사실은 좋고 나쁨의 평가 없이, 그의 힘이 대단하다는 것을 나타내는 것입니다.

오히려 니므롯은 최초의 전제군주이자 제국의 창건자로 여겨집니다.

바벨론이나 앗수르 제국은 그로부터 시작됩니다.

이 제국들은 훗날 하나님이 선택하신 이스라엘 백성과 대립하는 세력으로 나타납니다.

세상에서 명성을 떨치던 니므롯이지만, 그의 힘을 하나님을 위해 사용하지 않았다는 것과, 그가 함의 후손이라는 것이 흥미롭습니다.

창세기 4장에서 언급되었던 가인의 자손들을 생각해 봅시다.

가인의 자손들은 셋의 자손들과 달리 뛰어난 능력을 가진 사람들이었습니다.

그들의 조상인 가인은 가히 ‘온갖 문화의 아버지’라 말할 수 있습니다.

그러나 창세기 4장에 나타난 이러한 문화 발달은 가인의 형제 살인을 시작으로 진행됩니다. 

곧 사람은 하나님에게서 점점 멀어져 가면서 그들만의 문화를 만들어 갔다는 것이 독일성서공회의 해설입니다.

문화 발달은 세상에서 하나님 없이 자기 지위를 지키며 자기 뜻을 사정 없이 관철하려는 인간적인 노력이라는 성향을 지닙니다.

그 대표적인 인물이 라멕입니다.

창세기 4:23~24

23 라멕이 아내들에게 이르되 아다와 씰라여 내 목소리를 들으라 라멕의 아내들이여 내 말을 들으라 나의 상처로 말미암아 내가 사람을 죽였고 나의 상함으로 말미암아 소년을 죽였도다

24 가인을 위하여는 벌이 칠 배일진대 라멕을 위하여는 벌이 칠십칠 배이리로다 하였더라

라멕은 하나님이 가인을 위해 주신 보호의 표의 허용량을 훨씬 뛰어넘어, 스스로의 힘으로 자신의 복수를 하였습니다.

가인과 함의 공통점은 하나님과 친밀하지 않았다는 것입니다.

이러한 영향은 그들의 후손에게 그대로 전해집니다.

현재 나의 신앙의 모습이 훗날 나의 후손들의 신앙의 모습이 된다는 것입니다.

우리가 하나님과의 교제가 소원해지면, 우리는 금방 하나님께 불순종하게 될 것입니다.

그렇게 되면 우리가 함과 같이 잘못된 판단을 하여, 안 좋은 결말을 맺게 되는 것입니다.

우리가 하나님과 친밀하게 지내기 위해서 무엇을 해야 할까요?

감사하게도 하나님이 현재 우리에게 주신 소중한 방법들이 있습니다.

평일에는 성경읽기와 기도하기를 실천합시다!

주일에는 예배참석과 하나님의 성전을 위해 교회 봉사를 실천합시다!

이러한 활동들이 때로는 그저 반복적인 행위 인 것 같이 보입니다.

그러나 이것들은 내가 하나님을 기억하고 더욱 친밀하게 지낼 수 있는 통로인 것은 분명합니다.

하나님께 가까이 가고자 애쓰는 사람의 마음을, 하나님은 특별히 귀하게 여기시기 때문입니다.

3. 너는 하나님을 택하라!

우리가 하나님께 순종해야 하는 근거는 무엇일까요?

여호수아 24:15

만일 여호와를 섬기는 것이 너희에게 좋지 않게 보이거든 너희 조상들이 강 저쪽에서 섬기던 신들이든지 또는 너희가 거주하는 땅에 있는 아모리 족속의 신들이든지 너희가 섬길 자를 오늘 택하라 오직 나와 내 집은 여호와를 섬기겠노라 하니

이스라엘 백성은 스스로 하나님의 백성이라고 생각하며 살아갔습니다.

그러나 여호수아는 의도적으로 이스라엘에게 그들의 신을 선택하라는 결단을 촉구합니다.

그 이유는 사람이 익숙해 지면 무디어지고, 하나님께 대한 열정이 사라지기 때문입니다.

세상 사람들은 기독교를 하나의 종교로 여깁니다.

그래서 그들은 마치 교양 선택하는 대학생처럼, 자신이 원하는 종교를 선택하거나 또는 거부합니다.

하나님을 선택하는 것은 종교적인 삶일까요?

하나님을 선택하지 않는 것은 일반적인 보통의 삶일까요?

그렇지 않습니다!

엄밀히 말해 기독교는 종교가 아닌 진리이기 때문입니다.

하나님이 온 세상의 주인이기 때문입니다.

그래서 하나님을 선택하지 않는 것은 평범한 삶이 아닌 순종하지 않는 삶 입니다.

그 삶은 진리이신 하나님을 외면하고 자신의 욕망과 세상의 문화를 선택하는 삶이기 때문입니다.

하나님을 섬기는 것에 타협이란 있을 수 없습니다.

하나님 앞에서 중간 지대는 없습니다.

우리는 하나님의 명령을 최고의 가치로 두고 살아야 하는 것입니다.

안타깝게도 노아의 둘째 아들, 함은 이 사실을 알지 못했던 것 같습니다.

그는 그저 평범한 삶을 살고 싶었을 뿐입니다.

그러나 그러한 그의 선택은 그의 삶에서 점점 하나님을 찾지 않게 만들었습니다.

결국 하나님 없는 평범한 삶은 불순종의 삶으로 나타나 그가 그의 아버지를 부끄럽게 하였습니다.

사람에게 가장 자연스러운 삶의 모습은 하나님과 동행하는 것입니다.

“여호와는 나의 목자시니 내게 부족함이 없으리로다” (시편23:1)

하나님과 동행은 우리에게 부족함이 없는 평안한 삶입니다.

기억하십시요!

사람에게 가장 당연한 삶의 모습은, 우리의 주인이신 하나님을 찾는 것입니다.

4. 하나님께로 가는 길

우리가 하나님께 가까이 가기 위해 어떤 동기를 찾을 수 있을까요?

이사야 53:6

6 우리는 다 양 같아서 그릇 행하여 각기 제 길로 갔거늘 여호와께서는 우리 모두의 죄악을 그에게 담당시키셨도다

안타깝게도 이 말씀에 따르면 우리에게는 하나님께로 가야할 어떤 동기도 찾을 수 없습니다.

오히려 우리는 우리가 바라는 길로 가기 만을 원합니다.

그 이유는 우리가 죄인이기 때문입니다.

우리의 악한 본성은 하나님과 멀어지게 만듭니다.

우리의 본성은 하나님 없이 살고 싶어서 몸부림 칩니다.

우리에게는 하나님께 순종할 의지와 능력이 없습니다.

하나님께서 이를 해결하고자 우리에게 보내주신분이 바로 예수 그리스도입니다.

그는 하나님 자신이었습니다.

창조자이신 하나님은 그가 만드신 모든 것에 대해 결정할 수 있는 권한을 가지고 계십니다.

그러므로 창조자가 피조물에 대해 심판을 내리거나 저주를 하여도 그것은 전혀 이상한 것이 아닙니다.

그러나 하나님은 피조물인 사람들을 구원하기 위해, 스스로 죽는 방법을 선택하셨습니다.

창조자가 피조물을 위해 희생하는 것이 당연한 것인지 생각해 보십시요.

이것은 좀처럼 이해하기 힘든 것입니다.

그래서 예수그리스도의 고난과 죽음에 대해, 사람들은 알 수 없는 놀라운 은혜라고 말합니다.

하나님께서는 예수님 뿐만이 아니라, 보혜사 성령님을 우리에게 보내주셨습니다.

그래서 성령님의 도움으로 우리가 하나님과 친밀한 관계를 맺을 수 있도록 해주셨습니다.

우리가 해야할 일은 예수님을 나의 구원자로 믿고, 우리에게 보내주신 성령님을 통해 하나님과 친밀하게 교제하는 것입니다.

이에 대한 실천은 기도와 말씀, 예배드리기와 봉사입니다.

그러나 이것들을 억지로 하려고 노력하지 마십시요.

사람의 의지로는 할 수 없습니다. 

이것들을 하나님께 맡기십시요.

하나님이 당신을 움직일 것입니다.

고린도전서 1:25

25 하나님의 어리석음이 사람보다 지혜롭고 하나님의 약하심이 사람보다 강하니라

하나님을 가장 먼저 선택하는 지혜로운 주님의 자녀 되길 소망합니다!

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Obedience to God is Power (Genesis 5:1-3)

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<Obedience to God is Power>

1 This is the written account of Adam`s line.  

When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man.” 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.

Genesis 5:1~3

Today’s sermon title is <Obedience to God is Power>.

Let us turn to Genesis chapter 5 in the Holy Bible.

1. (Part one) The basis of the account of Adam’s line

The Bible says that Adam’s line leads through Seth, not Cain.

This is because God remembered Abel’s obedience and continued Adam’s line through Seth’s obedience. The basis for this is shown in Genesis 4.

25 Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.”

26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of the LORD.

Genesis 4:25-26

Amen.

Adam named his third son Seth, and he confessed that God gave him his third son “in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” Seth then also had a son, and he named him Enosh.

At that time men again began to call on the name of the LORD.

This indicates that Abel’s obedience had been well communicated, and more people began seeking God.

Do you remember the sermon title from last week?

<God remembers our obedience forever> Amen. That’s right!

God also remembered Abel’s obedience forever, and due to that obedience, he continued Adam’s genealogy, (though not through Abel, who was killed by Cain, but through Adam’s third son, Seth, who God granted Adam “in place of Abel.”)

2. (Part two) Adam’s line (through Seth vs. through Cain)

I found some interesting thoughts when I was browsing the Internet recently.

One of them was a really negative comment about the church.

“I really hate Christians, If you love God so much, die and go to heaven to be with God!”

I’m very interested in this idea.

What kind of answer would you give to this comment?

The person who asked this question thinks that God exists only in heaven, not on earth.

If this were true, we should all try to die quickly and go to heaven where God is.

But, if heaven were a place you could only go to once you die, then no one would want to go to heaven quickly. But that is not all heaven is.

So then, what is heaven?

Heaven is where God is, yes.

But, where else is God?

God is also in our homes, in the church, at school, (at work, in the garden, in the restaurant, in the coffee shop, in birth, in life, in death, in weddings, in funerals, even during war, God is there. In fact, God is everywhere at once, in all time and all space. He is not limited by such things.)

This means that God’s power affects not only the dead but also the living. (And that is a key point to remember.)

The life that accompanies God not only gets to accompany him up to heaven, but also accompanies him here and now, on this earth. And there is such amazing grace that we can experience here on earth.

These lyrics come from my favorite praise song.

♬♪ 1 Since Christ my soul from sin set free, This world has been a Heav’n to me; And ‘mid earth’s sorrows and its woe, ‘Tis Heav’n my Jesus here to know. Chorus: O hallelujah, yes, ’tis Heav’n, ‘Tis Heav’n to know my sins forgiv’n; On land or sea, what matters where? 

Where Jesus is, ’tis Heaven there.

Link : 

Living with God is revealed to us as practical power.

Today’s sermon title is better understood by comparing Seth’s genealogy with Cain’s genealogy.

This idea is shown quite clearly in Seth’s genealogy.

2-1. (First,) at an individual level

The first interesting thing we can notice in both genealogies is about individuals.

The Bible records the names and descendents of each of Adam’s sons, both Seth’s genealogy and Cain’s genealogy are recorded. But information about life span is only written in Seth’s genealogy.

And their lifespans are quite long compared to modern day lifespans. Seth’s descendants are recorded to have lived an average of 900 years!

(Do you see how) God gave health and blessings of longevity to the obedient family (tree)? No one died in youth nor from an accident because God guarded them and took care of them.

The Bible even records the ages at which they died. This shows that God was responsible for the deaths of Seth’s descendants. And this is a blessing to those who obey God.

But now take a look at Cain’s lineage (in Genesis chapter 4).

The ages and deaths of Cain’s descendants are not recorded in the Bible. This indicates that God’s attention has left their lives. God does not pay attention to those who do not obey him.

We have to remember that.

Isaiah 54:5 says, 

5 For your Maker is your husband — the LORD Almighty is his name — the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.

Amen.

The Old Testament describes God as a husband and Israel as a bride.

You should not expect that your partner will always love you just because you are married. You should also make your best efforts to love your partner. That way, your marriage can last long and happily.

The same is true of the relationship between God and me. If you just casually think, “God will always love me,” it is the wrong idea.

(God loves all people, this is true, but) God is more caring and affectionate to those people who also express love to him.

Cain and his descendants were people who did not respond to God’s love. So God no longer responded to them. He removed his attention from them. And that’s why the Bible doesn’t record their ages nor their deaths.

So, at an individual level,

The first winner is Seth’s line.

2-2. (Second,) on a worldly level

The second interesting thing we can notice in both genealogies is about the world.

This is something that is shown in Cain’s line, but not Seth’s, and it’s all about their achievements.

Genesis 4:16-22

16 So Cain went out from the LORD`s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. 17 Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch.
18 To Enoch was born Irad, and Irad was the father of Mehujael, and Mehujael was the father of Methushael, and Methushael was the father of Lamech. 19 Lamech married two women, one named Adah and the other Zillah.
20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in tents and raise livestock. 21 His brother`s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play the harp and flute.
22 Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain`s sister was Naamah.

As you can see, Cain’s descendants all had outstanding skills and achievements. 

Many of them were brilliant. Historically, Cain’s descendants have made great achievements in human development.

But now take a look at Seth’s descendants.

Not one of them had their skills nor achievements recorded except Noah, who made the Ark by God’s command in Genesis 6. In the history of the world, Seth’s descendents appear to have been ordinary people.

So, on a worldly level,

The Second winner is Cain’s line.

2-3. (Third,) on a heavenly level

The third interesting thing we can notice in both genealogies is related to God.

Cain’s descendants have a record of sin. A representative of disobedience is Lamech, one of Cain’s descendants.

Genesis 4:23(-24)

23 Lamech said to his wives, “Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me.
(24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.)

At first glance, Cain’s descendants appear to have lived decent lives without sin, unlike Cain.

But Cain’s disobedience was carried on through his descendants to Lamech who was guilty of the same sin and crime as his ancestor Cain.

Through this history of both Seth and Cain, we must realize two key messages:

  1. First, If we obey God, our obedience will be carried on through our descendants as they also obey God.
  2. Second, If we do not obey God, our disobedience will be carried on through our descendants as they also disobey God.

So, you see, it’s not just a personal problem about whether or not to obey God.

My personal attitude also has a big impact on people around me, and on those who come after me. If I obey God today, (ten generations of my family may also obey God in the future. But the opposite is also true. If I disobey God today, ten generations of my family may also disobey God in the future. So your decision about whether or not to obey God is a serious one indeed, with lasting and serious consequences.)

You see that Seth’s descendants have a record of obedience. A representative of obedience is Enoch, one of Seth’s descendants.

Genesis 5:21-24

21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years 24 Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

After Enoch gave birth to his child, Methuselah, he became a person who walked closely with God and fully obeyed him. Maybe God helped Enoch realize God’s own fatherly heart through Methuselah.

God was moved by Enoch’s complete obedience.

So God invited him into the kingdom of heaven without suffering physical death.

This was Enoch’s Amazing grace from God!

Complete obedience to God brought Enoch the grace of avoiding death, and complete obedience to God also brings us the grace of avoiding eternal death, (through faith in Jesus Christ).

Now, although we only seem to be able to get the names and ages of Seths’ descendants in Adam’s genealogy, we can see through Enoch and Noah that the obedience of Seth’s line has been well communicated.

So, on a heavenly level,

The third winner is Seth’s line.

3. (Part Three) The Final Winner 

Ok, now, Let’s check out the score of the showdown so far.

Seth’s descendants have won on both the individual level, and on the heavenly level.

And Cain’s descendants have won on the worldly level.

So, does this mean that obedient people can’t win in the world? Can’t those who are obedient to God beat those who are disobedient?

In the end, the obedient may appear to lose in the world, but eventually they will win.

Cain’s descendants may have had outstanding skills and achievements that everyone would envy.

But what was the result? The last record of that family tree was recorded as a sin through Cain’s descendant Lamech.

Why was this the result of Cain’s line?

It’s a direct result of Cain’s disobedience. Cain did not want to rely on God. So he turned to himself as master and accomplished great things through his own efforts. But because he did not rely on God, he did not have gratitude.

Eventually he became arrogant, and he was guilty of a terrible sin against God and his brother, Abel, who interfered with his own desires. God eventually turned away from him, and Cain’s disobedience was passed on to his descendants.

In the end, Cain’s line was cut off from the Book of Life.

While we respect historically outstanding people, and many of us desire to become like them, we must still remember Cain’s descendants.

No matter how historically significant your contributions to the world have been, if your underlying motives are to satisfy your own selfish desires, then the end result will lead to the destruction of yourself and your descendants.

This is a life without joy and blessing from God.

But what about Seth’s descendants?

The only information recorded in the Bible for Seth’s line are the names and ages of his descendants.

Compared to Cain’s descendants, most of them lived normal lives that had no significant historical influence.

But the result of their obedience was eternal life.

Seth’s descendants obeyed God. They lived a God-centered life relying on God. And they were blessed by God with longevity and peace, so they always lived gratefully to God.

Their obedience was passed on from generation to generation, and their descendants, as well as the people around them, received a good influence. Finally, their names were recorded in the Book of Eternal Life.

Now, here is the surprising fact.

Cain’s descendants, who made historically outstanding achievements, ultimately disappeared into history. Because of their disobedience, they were cursed by God.

But those people in Seth’s line lived relatively normal lives, and their obedience ultimately changed the course of world history.

This happened through Noah.

When those who did not obey God were erased from the Book of Life, Adam’s descendants, through Noah and his family, were at the center of changing world history!!

So in our three level scoreboard, Seth’s descendants overwhelm Cain’s descendants in all fields because God was with the obedient.

People who live a life of obedience to God can change world history.

This is the power of God that comes to those who obey!

4. (Part Four) The Power of Jesus = Complete Obedience

Now, think of Jesus who has obeyed God completely and perfectly. Was his life a success?

After Jesus began his ministry, he spread the good news of the kingdom of heaven for three years and healed many people. But as his end approached, the people turned against him, all his disciples abandoned him, he was beaten and spit upon by the Roman guards, and ultimately, he died a lonely and painful death on the cross.

From a human perspective, this is a complete and perfect failure. But this was a process, a means to an end, and not a final result.

The complete obedience of Jesus has been transformed into the power of Jesus. He has conquered death and God has raised him from the grave. In fact, this is his success and the perfect completion of his mission to save our lives.

And through Jesus’ full obedience, the gospel and salvation of the cross was passed on to the whole world.

1 Corinthians 1:18

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

So you can see, Obedience to God is Power!

How can a faithful man not succeed before God? Whether he’s alone or with someone else, it’s always the same. He lives with integrity because he knows that he stands before God.

God remembers our obedience forever!

Let’s shout the title of today’s sermon three times together!

Ready! Go!

  • <Obedience to God is Power!>
  • <Obedience to God is Power!>
  • <Obedience to God is Power!>

Let’s pray.


<하나님께 순종하는 것이 능력입니다>

1 이것은 아담의 계보를 적은 책이니라 하나님이 사람을 창조하실 때에

하나님의 모양대로 지으시되 2 남자와 여자를 창조하셨고 그들이 창조되던 날에 하나님이 그들에게 복을 주시고 그들의 이름을 사람이라 일컬으셨더라 3 아담은 백삼십 세에 자기의 모양 곧 자기의 형상과 같은 아들을 낳아 이름을 셋이라 하였고

창세기 5:1~3

 오늘은 <하나님께 순종하는 것이 능력입니다>라는 제목으로, 창세기 5장 말씀을 나누겠습니다.

● 아담의 계보의 근거

 성경은 아담의 계보가 가인이 아닌 셋을 통해 이어진다고 말합니다.

이는 하나님께서 아벨의 순종하는 마음을 기억하시고, 그 순종을 셋을 통해 이어갔기 때문입니다.

이에 대한 근거는 창세기 4장에 나타납니다.

창세기 4:25-26

25 아담이 다시 자기 아내와 동침하매 그가 아들을 낳아 그의 이름을 셋이라 하였으니 이는 하나님이 내게 가인이 죽인 아벨 대신에 다른 씨를 주셨다 함이며

26 셋도 아들을 낳고 그의 이름을 에노스라 하였으며 그 때에 사람들이 비로소 여호와의 이름을 불렀더라

아담이 그의 셋째 아들의 이름을 셋이라고 지었고, 그는 그의 아들을 하나님이 아벨 대신 주신 아들이라고 고백합니다.

 셋은 그의 아들 에노스를 낳았고, 그 때부터 사람들이 하나님의 이름을 불렀다고 합니다.

이는 아벨의 순종이 잘 전달되어, 하나님을 찾는 사람들이 많아졌다는 것을 의미합니다.

 지난 주 설교 제목을 기억하십니까? 

“하나님은 우리의 순종을 영원히 기억하신다!” 그렇습니다. 

하나님은 아벨의 순종을 영원히 기억하시고, 그 순종을 통해 아담의 계보를 이어가게 하십니다.

●아담의 계보 vs 가인의 계보

오늘 설교 주제는 아담의 계보와 셋의 계보를 비교하면 더욱 잘 이해할 수 있습니다.

[STORY]

저는 인터넷 뉴스를 볼 때 흥미로운 사실들을 발견합니다.

그 중 한가지는 교회에 대한 안좋은 뉴스에 대한 한 댓글입니다.

“나는 정말 기독교인이 싫다. 너희들이 그렇게 하나님을 사랑한다면, 어서 죽어서 하나님이 있는 하늘나라로 가라!”

저는 이 질문이 매우 흥미롭습니다.

이 댓글에 대해 어떤 답변을 가지고 있나요?

이 질문을 한 사람은 하나님이 이 땅이 아닌 하늘나라에만 존재한다고 생각합니다.

만약 이 질문이 사실이라면, 우리는 빨리 죽어서 하나님이 계신 하늘나라에 가는 것이 좋을 것입니다.

천국이 죽어야만 갈 수 있는 곳이라면, 아무도 천국에 빨리 가고 싶지 않을 것입니다.

그러나 그것이 천국의 다는 아닙니다. 천국은 무엇입니까? 천국은 하나님이 계신 곳입니다.

하나님은 어디에 계십니까? 교회에 가정에 학교에 직장에 심지어는 전쟁 중에, 그 어디에나 계십니다.

그것은 하나님의 힘이 죽은 사람들 뿐만 아니라 살아있는 우리에게도 영향을 미친다는 것을 의미합니다.

하나님과 동행하는 삶은, 우리가 천국에 가는 것 뿐만 아니라 이 땅에서 경험하는 놀라운 은혜가 있다는 것입니다.

그래서 제가 좋아하는 찬양에는 이런 가사가 있습니다.

“주 예수와 동행하니 그 어디나 하늘나라”

하나님과 동행하는 삶은 실제적인 능력이 나타납니다.

이것은 아담의 계보를 통해서도 잘 나타나 있습니다.

1)개인에게

첫 번째는 개인에 대해서 입니다.

성경에는 아담의 계보와 가인의 계보 모두 각 자손의 이름들 기록되어 있습니다.

그러나 수명에 대한 정보는 아담의 계보에만 표기 되어 있습니다.

그리고 그들의 수명은 현재와 비교해서 상당히 깁니다.

그들은 평균 900년을 살았다고 기록되어 있습니다.

하나님은 순종하는 가문에게 건강과 장수의 축복을 주십니다.

아무도 젊은 나이에 죽거나 사고로 죽지 않았습니다.

하나님께서 그들을 생명을 지키고 돌보았기 때문입니다.

심지어 성경은 그들의 죽은 나이까지도 기록되어 있습니다.

이것은 하나님께서 아담의 자손들의 죽음까지도 책임지신다는 것을 의미합니다.

이것이 하나님께 순종하는 사람들이 받는 축복입니다.

그러나 가인의 계보를 보십시요.

성경에 가인 자손의 나이 또는 죽음에 대해 나타나 있지 않습니다.

이는 하나님의 관심이 그들의 생명에서 떠나셨다는 것을 의미합니다.

하나님은 그분에게 순종하지 않는 사람들에게 관심을 거두십니다.

우리는 사실을 잘 기억해야 합니다.

이사야 54:5

“이는 너를 지으신 자는 네 남편이시라 그의 만군의 여호와이시며 네 구속자는 이스라엘의 거룩한 이시라 그는 온 땅의 하나님이라 일컬음을 받으실 것이라”

구약에서는 하나님을 남편으로, 이스라엘을 신부로 표현합니다.

결혼했다고 해서 상대방이 언제나 나를 사랑할 것이라는 기대를 해서는 안됩니다. 

나도 상대방을 사랑하기 위해 노력해야 합니다. 

그래야 결혼 생활이 행복하게 오래 갈 수 있습니다.

하나님과 나와의 관계도 마찬가지 입니다. 

하나님은 언제나 나를 사랑하시겠지 라고만 생각한다면 그것은 잘못된 생각입니다. 

하나님은 그에게 자주 사랑을 표현하는 사람을 더 사랑하시는 것입니다. 

가인과 그의 자손들은 하나님의 사랑에 반응하지 않은 사람들이었습니다.

그래서 하나님은 그들에게 더 이상 관심을 갖지 않으셨습니다.

그래서 성경은 그들의 나이와 죽음에 대해 기록하지 않습니다.

개인에 대해서

첫번째 대결은 아담 계보의 승리입니다.

2) 세상에게

두 번째는 세상으로부터 입니다. 

아담의 자손에게는 없지만 가인의 자손에게는 있는 것이 있습니다. 

그것은 그들의 업적입니다.

창세기 4:16-22

16 ○가인이 여호와 앞을 떠나서 에덴 동쪽 놋 땅에 거주하더니 유리함 17 아내와 동침하매 그가 임신하여 에녹을 낳은지라 가인이 성을 쌓고 그의 아들의 이름으로 성을 이름하여 에녹이라 하니라 18 에녹이 이랏을 낳고 이랏은 므후야엘을 낳고 므후야엘은 므드사엘을 낳고 므드사엘은 라멕을 낳았더라
19 라멕이 두 아내를 맞이하였으니 하나의 이름은 아다요 하나의 이름은 씰라였더라 20 아다는 야발을 낳았으니 그는 장막에 거주하며 가축을 치는 자의 조상이 되었고 21 그의 아우의 이름은 유발이니 그는 수금과 퉁소를 잡는 모든 자의 조상이 되었으며 22 씰라는 두발가인을 낳았으니 그는 구리와 쇠로 여러 가지 기구를 만드는 자요 두발가인의 누이는 나아마였더라

가인의 자손들은 모두 뛰어난 기술과 업적을 가지고 있었습니다.

그들 대부분은 뛰어난 능력자였습니다.

역사적으로 본다면 가인의 자손들은 인류 발전에 위대한 공적이 있는 것이다.

그러나 아담의 자손들을 보십시요. 

하나님의 명령으로 방주를 만든 노아를 제외하고는, 그 누구도 기술이나 업적이 기록되어 있지 않습니다. 세계의 역사로 본다면 그들은 평범한 사람들이었던 것 같습니다.

세상에 대해서

그래서 이번 대결의 승자는 가인의 가문입니다.

3) 하나님에게

세 번째는 하나님으로 부터입니다.

가인의 자손은 죄에 대한 기록이 있습니다.

그는 라멕입니다.

창 4:23 

라멕이 아내들에게 이르되 아다와 씰라여 내 목소리를 들으라 라멕의 아내들이여 내 말을 들으라

나의 상처로 말미암아 내가 사람을 죽였고 나의 상함으로 말미암아 소년을 죽였도다

언뜻 보기에는 가인의 자손들이 가인처럼 죄를 짓지 않고 세상에서 잘 살았던 걸로 보여집니다.

 하지만 가인의 불순종은 그의 자손을 통해 라멕에게 전달 되었습니다.

라멕이 그의 조상 가인과 같은 죄를 지었기 때문입니다.

이것을 통해 우리는 깨달아야 합니다.

우리가 순종하면 우리를 통해 우리의 자손들도 하나님께 순종할 것입니다.

우리가 불순종하면 우리를 통해 우리 자손들도 하나님께 불순종할 것입니다.

순종하는 것은 나 자신만의 문제가 아닙니다. 나의 태도는 주위에 큰 영향을 미칩니다.

지금 내가 하나님께 순종하면, 열 사람이 하나님께 순종할 수도 있습니다.

아담의 자손은 순종에 대한 기록이 있습니다.

순종의 대표자로는 아담의 후손 에녹이 있습니다.

창 5:21-24

21 에녹은 육십오 세에 므두셀라를 낳았고 22 므두셀라를 낳은 후 삼백 년을 하나님과 동행하며 자녀들을 낳았으며 23 그는 삼백육십오 세를 살았더라 24 에녹이 하나님과 동행하더니 하나님이 그를 데려가시므로 세상에 있지 아니하였더라

에녹은 자녀 므두셀라를 낳은 후, 비로소 하나님께서 인정하시는 완전한 순종을 하게 되었습니다. 

하나님께서 므두셀라를 통해 에녹이 아버지로서의 하나님이 마음을 깨닫게 하셨는지도 모릅니다. 

하나님께서는 에녹의 완전한 순종에 감동 받으셨습니다.

 그래서 그를 죽음 없이 하나님의 나라로 초대하셨습니다. 

이것은 에녹이 하나님께 큰 은혜를 입은 것 입니다.

완전한 순종은 죽음도 피해가는 은혜를 만나게 합니다.

우리는 아담의 계보를 통해, 그 후손들의 이름과 나이의 정보만을 얻을 수 있는 것 처럼 보입니다.

그러나 우리는 에녹과, 또 노아를 통해, 아담의 가문의 순종이 전달 된 것을 알 수 있습니다.

하나님께 대해서

이번 대결의 승자는 아담의 가문입니다.

●최후의 승리

현재까지의 대결 점수를 알아봅시다.

개인에게 하나님에게 대해서는 아담이 승리를 얻었습니다.

세상에 대해서는 가인이 승리를 얻었습니다.

그렇다면 순종하는 사람들은 세상에서 승리를 얻을 수 없는 것일까요?

순종하는 사람들은 불순종하는 능력 있는 사람들을 이길 수 없을까요?

결론적으로 말하면, 순종하는 사람들은 세상에서 패하는 것 같지만 결국 승리합니다.

가인의 후손들은 세상 사람들이 부러워할 만한 뛰어난 기술과 업적을 가지고 있었습니다. 

하지만 그 결과는 어떻습니까? 그들의 마지막은 그들의 자손 라멕을 통해 죄로 기록되었습니다.

그 이유는 무엇일까요? 바로 가인의 불순종 때문입니다.

가인은 하나님을 의지하고 싶지 않았습니다. 그래서 그는 자신을 의지하였고, 그의 노력을 통해 커다란 업적을 남길 수 있었습니다. 그러나 그는 하나님을 의지하지 않았기 때문에 감사가 없었습니다. 결국 그는 교만해졌고, 자기 욕망에 방해가 되는 하나님과 동생에게 끔찍한 죄를 지었습니다. 

하나님은 결국 그를 잊으셨고, 가인의 불순종은 그 자손에게 전달되었습니다.

결국 생명책에서 가인의 가문이 끊어지게 되었습니다.

우리는 역사적으로 뛰어난 사람들을 존경하며 그들 처럼 되고 싶다고 생각합니다. 

그러나 우리는 가인의 자손들을 업적을 기억해야 합니다.

아무리 역사적으로 가치 있는 일을 했더라도, 그 동기가 자신의 욕망을 위해서라면

그 결과는 그와 그의 후손을 파멸로 이끄는 결과를 맞이하게 합니다.

이것은 하나님께로부터 오는 기쁨과 축복이 없는 삶이다.

아담의 자손들은 어떻습니까?

아담의 자손들에 대한 정보는 그들의 나이와 후손에 대한 이름이 전부이다.

가인의 자손과 비교했을 때 그들은 역사적으로 큰 영향력을 끼치지 않은 평범한 인생을 살았다.

그러나 그들의 순종의 결과는 영원한 생명이었다. 

아담의 자손들은 하나님께 순종하였다. 

그들은 하나님을 의지하며 하나님 중심적인 인생을 살았다.

그들은 하나님으로부터 장수와 평안의 축복을 받았기 때문에, 언제나 하나님께 감사하며 살았다. 그들의 이러한 순종은 자신과 주위 사람들, 그들의 후손에게 선한 영향력으로 전해졌다. 

그리고 그들의 이름은 영원한 생명을 있는 생명책에 기록되었다.

놀라운 사실은 지금부터이다. 

역사적으로 뛰어난 업적을 남긴 가인의 자손들은 역사 속으로 사라졌다.

그들의 불순종으로 인해 하나님께 저주를 받았기 때문이다. 

아담의 자손들은 평범한 삶을 살았지만, 그들의 순종은 역사의 흐름을 바꾸었다. 

바로 “노아”를 통해서 말이다.

하나님께 순종하지 않은 모든 사람들이 생명책에서 지워졌을 때, 아담의 후손인 노아와 그의 가족은 세계 역사를 바꾸는 중심점에 서 있었던 것이다!!

그래서 아담의 자손은 모든 영역에서 가인의 자손을 압도하는 것이다.

하나님이 순종하는 자들과 함께 하시기 때문이다.

하나님께 순종하는 삶을 사는 사람들이 세계 역사를 바꾸는 것이다.

이것이 순종하는 사람들에게 나타나는 하나님의 능력이다!!

●예수님의 능력 = 완전한 순종

하나님께 완전한 순종을 한 예수님을 생각해 보십시요.

그의 삶은 성공한 삶 입니까?

예수님은 3년 동안 천국을 전파하며, 많은 사람들을 치유하셨습니다.

그러나 예수님의 마지막이 오자 그의 제자들은 모두 그를 버렸습니다.

그리고 예수님은 십자가에서 쓸쓸하고 고통스럽게 죽으셨습니다.

사람의 눈으로 본다면 이것은 완벽한 실패입니다.

하지만 그것은 과정일 뿐이지 결과가 아니었습니다.

예수님의 완전한 순종은 예수님의 능력으로 나타났습니다.

예수님은 죽음을 이기고 부활하셨습니다.

그는 우리의 생명을 살리는 미션을 성공적으로 마쳤습니다.

또한 예수님의 완전한 순종으로 인해, 십자가의 복음이 온 세상에 전해지게 되었습니다.

고린도전서 1:18

“십자가의 도가 멸망하는 자들에게는 미련한 것이요 구원을 받는 우리에게는 하나님의 능력이라”

“순종이 능력입니다”

“하나님 앞에서 신실한 사람이 어떻게 성공하지 않을 수가 있겠습니까?”

그는 혼자 있던지, 다른 사람과 있던지 항상 변함 없습니다. 

그 사람은 하나님 앞에 서있기 때문입니다. 

하나님은 우리의 순종을 영원히 기억하십니다.

오늘 설교 제목을 세번 외치고 설교를 마치겠습니다.

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God Remembers Our Obedience Forever (Genesis 4:25-26)

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God remembers our obedience forever

25 Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.” 26 Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of the LORD.

Genesis 4:25~26

Hallelujah!  Welcome to the English worship service. It’s greeting time. Now, Let’s say Shalom together! Shalom! Shalom! I hope this time will be a good time that we gain God’s words and wisdom.

Today, we are going to share Genesis chapter 4 with the main title, <God remembers our obedience forever>.

When I was only six years old, one Sunday I was coming back home with my grandmother from Sunday’s worship. At that time I was thirsty. So I asked my grandmother to buy me a drink.

But she said “I’m sorry my grandson, now I don’t have money at all.” She was really telling the truth. I was sad that I was unable to buy a drink, so I just bowed my head and waited until the signal on the crosswalk changed.

Then suddenly, the wind shifted and blew 1,000 won into the street in front of my grandmother and me. My grandmother and I stepped up to the 1,000 won at the same time.

She looked around to find the owner but there was no one around. So my grandmother and I thanked God, and She bought me a Sichye drink.

When I think about that time now, I think that God really sent me the money. Maybe it seemed good to God that I attended church so diligently with my grandmother like this.

What is a good attitude to have toward God? It is a submissive mind.

Let’s share the story of Genesis 4 together.

1.The basis of offerings

Cain and Abel were brothers, children of Adam and Eve. Cain worked the soil and Abel kept flocks. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.

I have a question. 

Why did Cain, who could not joyfully bring a sacrifice to God, give a sacrifice anyway?

We can find a clue in the words of Genesis.

1 Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” Amen.

Genesis 4:1

She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.” Through this confession of Eve, we can see that she recognizes God’s sovereignty, unlike when she sinned in chapter 3.

In other words, Eve lived a religious life serving God. Through her sins, she experienced God’s rebuke, punishment, comfort, and love in practice. And it became an unforgettable and important confession between her and God. Eve met the God of Love, who forgives sins and turns them into good.

Cain and Abel would have grown up seeing this mother’s devotion to God. So offering a sacrifice to God would have been natural for them because their parents were already living like that.

2. Attitudes toward offerings

Cain and Abel followed their parents’ religious life, and offered sacrifices to God. However, Cain did not recognize God as his master. He had a bad attitude about dedicating his wealth to God.

Cain did not offer sacrifices to God properly, and it became his disobedience. On the other hand, Abel adored God as his master, unlike his brother Cain. So he gave the first fruits of his wealth to God with gratitude. Abel offered God sacrifices with a good attitude, and by this action, obeyed God.

In fact, Cain should have also given God the first fruits of his labor as well as Abel. But God saw Cain’s attitude about the sacrifice and did not receive his offering. Cain, whose offering was still “good” though not “best”, may have felt this was a bit unfair.

So, How important is the attitude to meet God?

[Payday Story]

Imagine that you’re a student, and you’re currently working part-time at two restaurants.

It’s finally payday.

The manager of Restaurant A says: “Good morning, you are so kind and wonderful, and you are the mascot of our store! Here’s your salary and have a great day!”

You feel excellent and then go to Restaurant B and meet another manager.

Manager B says: “Oh … why did you come right now? It’s so busy! Take your salary and get out of here!”

The fact that you received a salary from both managers is the same, however our minds vary greatly depending on the attitude of the person who gave it.

Therefore, We must be kind to other people, but when we are meeting God, we must meet him with an even more loving and fearful heart because he is our master and the highest creator of the world.

3. The result of disobedience

When we are not obedient to God, and if we do not receive his blessings or gifts, we may choose to disobey God further in order to live more comfortably. But Genesis tells us why we must choose obedience through the story of Cain and Abel.

Cain’s attitude was to not recognize God as master. But Cain may not have fully realized the underlying motives of his own heart. He just wanted to save his precious things from God.

And so, this attitude grew bigger and bigger, and he became jealous of his brother Abel. Eventually he committed the crime of killing his brother. And this same dangerous attitude reappears through his descendants like Lamech.

Cain’s failure to obey God tells us that he also lived a life that was not fully dependent on God.

13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 But the LORD said to him, “Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. Amen.

Genesis 4:13-15

Cain became the first murderer since he killed his brother Abel. When he was branded a murderer, the people of the LORD would try to kill him. But Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. Yet he did not rely on the mark that God gave him.

16 So Cain went out from the LORD`s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. 17 Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch. Cain was then building a city, and he named it after his son Enoch. Amen.

Genesis 4:16-17

He eventually believed that God would not protect him, so he built Enoch City with fortified walls to leave God and protect himself. Cain, who did not rely on God and tried to live his own master, lived alone in his castle city without the protection of God, and left the world.

So What about his descendants?

They also lived lives that did not depend on God like their ancestor, Cain. Their family history has been erased from the Bible record after Lameck.

Cain was the eldest son of Adam, but he could not carry on Adam’s lineage and connect Adam’s genealogy, which was the beginning of the genealogy of faith. In other words, this whole branch of Adam’s family tree had gone out of God’s favor and interest.

So, What can we learn from this?

The people in a family whose hearts are disobedient to God have been erased from the Bible. In other words, disobedience is an eternal death that separates us from God, who is life. However, God will not always let this disobedient heart last forever.

4. The result of obedience

So, Why should we obey God?

Look at Abel’s obedience.

Although Abel was killed by his brother, His example of obedience continued on through his brother “Seth”. Abel’s example of obedience is not dead. Rather, the obedience was passed on to Noah and Abraham, and through the first church, as it is passed on to us living in modern times.

In the end, Abel’s obedience has become a good role model to us and is continually being passed down to the next generation through the Bible.

In fact, Abel has lost nothing. He is even now alive with God in the kingdom of God with eternal life. And because his obedience was recorded in the Bible, and he has the honor to be remembered by God and us forever.

5. The ultimate obedience, Jesus Christ

And We have good news!

It is now a difficult time to obey God. If you think of our current reality as a game, the game level is now set to a very hard mode. If you obey God well during this time, it will be an opportunity to receive more of God’s love and interest.

As I mentioned earlier, obedience is not just a choice we make in order to receive good gifts. Rather, It is a natural act we perform in order to acknowledge God as our master.

Sometimes we want to forget God because our lives become complicated.  This is Like the example of Cain.

But the Bible tells us that God has forgotten Cain and Cain’s offspring because of Cain’s disrespectful and disobedient attitude. And we must also realize that this kind of attitude appears as a kind of death that breaks our connection with God, who is life.

God still remembers Abel’s obedience. That fact is still the same. When we live in obedience to God, God never forgets those moments. Even if a life of submission is difficult, and even if no one knows about my obedience to God, God still knows.

God remembers!

God remembers our obedience! Sometimes with good news and finally with eternal life. This is the pleasure of accompanying God and being obedient to him. 

I hope you will make a lot of beautiful stories with God.

  • Abel’s obedience is a good example for us to follow.
  • But the best role model of obedience is Jesus Christ.

There is no greater obedience than Jesus who came to earth as a man to obey God’s orders and save us. He gave up his throne in heaven, the best of the best, to come to earth to suffer and even give up his own life for us.  This was done in obedience to God’s will.

Think of Jesus’ obedience.

What is a life of obedience to God like? Does it result in a miserable death? No!

God restored Jesus to life, granting him eternal life, and honored him with a seat at the right hand of the throne of God. In other words, God resurrected Jesus’ complete obedience and made it eternal. And likewise, If we obey God as Jesus did, and as Abel did, God will resurrect us on the Last Day and give us eternal life. This is because God will remember our obedience and make the obedience last forever.

Let’s shout together today’s title.

God remembers our obedience forever!
God remembers our obedience forever!
God remembers our obedience forever!


<하나님은 순종하는 마음을 영원히 기억하신다>

25 아담이 다시 자기 아내와 동침하매 그가 아들을 낳아 그의 이름을 셋이라 하였으니 이는 하나님이 내게 가인이 죽인 아벨 대신에 다른 씨를 주셨다 함이며 26 셋도 아들을 낳고 그의 이름을 에노스라 하였으며  그 때에 사람들이 비로소 여호와의 이름을 불렀더라

창세기 4장 25-26절

할렐루야! 예배에 참석한 것을 환영합니다. 우리 서로를 위해서 샬롬으로 인사합시다.

샬롬! 샬롬!

 오늘도 하나님께서 주시는 새로운 지혜를 얻는 좋은 시간 되길 소망합니다.

오늘은 <하나님은 순종하는 마음을 영원히 기억하신다>라는 제목으로 창세기 4장을 나누도록 하겠습니다.

 교회에서 집에 가는 길, 유치원생인 나는 할머니에게 목마르다고 음료수를 사달라고 했다. 하지만 할머니는 그때 돈이 없다고 하셨다. 나는 하는 수 없이, 고개를 숙이고 횡단보도의 신호가 바뀔 때까지 기다리게 되었다. 그 때 갑자기 바람이 불더니 천원 한 장이 할머니와 내 앞에 딱 떨어졌다. 할머니와 나는 동시에 빨리 천원을 발로 밟았다. 할머니는 주인이 누구인지 둘러보았지만, 주위에는 아무도 없었다. 그래서 할머니와 나는 하나님께 감사드리고, 할머니께서 나를 위해 내가 먹을 식혜를 사주셨다. 지금 생각해보면 정말 하나님이 그 돈을 보내주신 것 같다는 생각이 든다. 할머니를 따라 열심히 교회를 걸어 다녔던 모습이 하나님께 좋아 보였다면 말이다.

 하나님께서 좋게 보시는 태도는 무엇일까? 그것은 바로 순종하는 마음이다. 

함께 창세기 4장의 이야기를 나누어 봅시다.

1. 제물을 드리는 근거

 가인과 아벨은 형제이며 아담과 이브의 자녀들입니다. 

이 두 사람은 하나님께 제물을 드립니다.

결론적으로 말하면, 하나님께서 아벨의 제물은 받으시고 가인의 제물은 받지 않으십니다.

저는 한가지 궁금증이 생겼습니다. 하나님께 기쁜 마음으로 제물을 드리지 못한 가인이 왜 하나님께 제물을 드렸을까? 가인이 하나님께 드리는 것이 기ㅡ, 그는 제물을 드리지 않았을 텐데.

 우리는 말씀에서 단서를 발견할 수 있습니다.

“아담이 그의 아내 하와와 동침하매 하와가 임신하여 가인을 낳고 이르되 내가 여호와로 말미암아 득남하였다 하니라” 아멘.

창세기 4장 1절

 “내가 여호와로 말미암아 득남하였다” 이 하와의 고백을 통해, 우리는 하와가 죄를 지었을 때와는 다르게 하나님의 주권을 인정한다는 사실을 알 수 있습니다. 즉, 하와는 하나님을 섬기는 신앙생활을 갖고 살게 된 것입니다. 그녀는 그녀의 죄를 통해 하나님의 책망과 징벌, 위로와 사랑을 실제적으로 경험하였습니다. 그리고 그것이 그녀와 하나님 사이의 잊을 수 없는 중요한 간증이 되었습니다.

이브가 자신의 죄를 용서하고 선으로 바꿔주시는 사랑의 하나님을 만난 것입니다.

가인과 아벨 형제는 이러한 어머니의 신앙 생활을 보고 자랐을 것입니다.

그래서 하나님께 제물 드리는 것은 그들에게는 당연한 것이었을 것입니다.

이미 그들의 부모님이 그렇게 살고 계셨기 때문입니다.

2. 제물을 드리는 태도

 그들은 부모님의 신앙생활을 따라, 제사를 드렸다.

그러나 가인과 아벨의 마음은 각각 달랐습니다.

가인은 하나님을 자신의 주인으로 인정하지 않았습니다. 그는 자신의 재물을 하나님께 드리는 것에 대해 기분이 썩 좋지 않았을 것 입니다. 즉 가인은 하나님께 제대로 제물을 드리지 못했고, 이것은 가인의 불순종이 되어 버렸습니다.

 아벨은 형인 가인과는 다르게 하나님을 자신의 주인으로 인정하였습니다. 그래서 그는 자신의 재물을 하나님께 감사함으로 드렸습니다. 아벨은 하나님께 좋은 태도로 제물을 드렸고, 하나님은 아벨의 순종을 받으셨습니다.

 사실 가인도 아벨 못지 않게 최상급의 좋은 제물을 하나님께 드렸을 것입니다.

하지만 하나님께서는 가인의 태도를 보시고는 그 제물을 받지 않으셨습니다.

좋은 제물을 고르고 그것을 하나님께 드린 가인은 좀 억울할 수도 있을 것 같습니다.

하나님을 만나는 태도는 얼마나 중요할까요?

[월급날 이야기]

 당신은 학생 입니다. 그리고 당신은 현재 레스토랑 두 곳에서 파트타임 일을 하고 있습니다.

드디어 월급날이 되었습니다. 레스토랑 A의 매니저가 말합니다.

매니저 A : “잘왔어, 너는 너무 친절하고 훌륭해, 우리 가게의 마스코트야! 앞으로도 잘

            부탁해, 여기 너의 웨이지야, 조심해서 가”

 기분이 좋아진 나는 레스토랑 B로 가서 또 다른 매니저를 만났습니다.

매니저 B : “아… 왜 바쁜 시간에 왔니?” 네 웨이지 가져가!”

 월급을 받은 사실은 같지만, 준 사람의 태도에 따라 우리의 마음은 크게 달라집니다.

이처럼 우리는 사람에게도 친절해야 하지만, 우리가 하나님을 대할 때에는 그 분을 더욱 사랑하고 두려워하는 마음으로 만나야 합니다.

 그 분은 세상과 우리의 주인이시며 가장 높으신 분이기 때문입니다.

3. 불순종의 결과

 하나님께 순종하지 않았을 때 단순히 축복이나 선물을 받지 않는다면, 우리는 좀 더 편하게 살기 위해 하나님께 순종하지 않는 선택을 할 수도 있습니다.

 하지만 창세기는 가인과 아벨을 통해 우리가 순종을 선택해야만 하는 이유를 알려줍니다.

 가인은 하나님을 주인으로 인정하지 않는 마음이 있었습니다. 하지만 가인은 자신의 태도를 깨닫지 못했을 것입니다. 그는 그저 내 것을 하나님께 드리는 것이 아까웠을 뿐입니다.

 그러나 그 마음이 커져서 동생을 질투하게 되었고, 결국 그는 동생을 죽이는 죄를 짓게 됩니다. 그리고 이 무서운 마음은 그의 후손 라멕을 통해 다시 나타나게 됩니다.

 가인이 하나님께 순종하지 않았다는 것은, 그가 또한 하나님을 의지하지 않는 삶을 살았다는 것을 말해줍니다.

13 가인이 여호와께 아뢰되 내 죄벌이 지기가 너무 무거우니이다 14 주께서 오늘 이 지면에서 나를 쫓아내시온 즉 내가 주의 낯을 뵈옵지 못하리니 내가 땅에서 피하며 유리하는 자가 될지라 무릇 나를 만나는 자마다 나를 죽이겠나이다 15 여호와께서 그에게 이르시되 그렇지 아니하다 가인을 죽이는 자는 벌을 칠 배나 받으리라 하시고 가인에게 표를 주사 그를 만나는 모든 사람에게서 죽임을 면하게 하시니라 아멘

창세기 4장 13-15절입니다.

가인은 동생 아벨을 죽인 이후, 최초의 살인자가 되었습니다.

그가 살인자로 낙인 찍히자 주의 사람들은 그를 죽이려고 하였습니다.

그래서 하나님께서는 가인의 부탁을 들어주셔서 그에게 편지를 주셨습니다.

하지만 그는 하나님이 주신 표를 의지 하지 않았습니다.

“가인이 여호와 앞을 떠나서 에덴 동쪽 놋 땅에 거주하더니 / 아내와 동침하매 그가 임신하여 에녹을 낳은지라 가인이 성을 쌓고 그의 아들의 이름으로 성을 이름하여 에녹이라 하니라”

창세기 4장 16-17절입니다.

 그는 결국 하나님이 그를 보호하신다는 것을 믿지 못하고, 하나님 앞을 떠나 스스로를 지키기 위해 에녹 성을 쌓았습니다. 하나님을 의지하지 않고 스스로 주인으로 살려고 했던 가인은, 하나님의 보호 없이 자신이 쌓은 성 안에서 고독하게 살다가 세상을 떠났습니다.

 그의 후손들은 어떻습니까? 그들은 그들의 조상인 가인처럼 하나님을 의지하지 않는 삶을 살다가 라멕 이후로는 성경책에서 지워지게 됩니다.

가인이 맏 아들이었지만, 믿음의 계보의 시초가 되는 아담의 계보를 잇지 못하게 되었습니다.

즉, 그들은 하나님의 관심 밖이 되었다는 것입니다.

이것을 통해 우리가 알 수 있는 사실은 무엇입니까?

하나님께서 순종하지 않는 마음을 가진 사람들의 가문은 성경책에서 지워진다는 것입니다. 하나님께서는 이 마음을 영원하지 못하게 하십니다. 즉, 불순종은 생명이신 하나님과 멀어지는 영원한 사망입니다.

4. 순종의 결과

 우리가 하나님께 순종해야 하는 이유는 무엇일까요?

아벨의 순종을 보십시요. 아벨은 비록 형에게 죽임을 당했지만, 그의 동생 “셋”을 통하여 아벨의 순종이 이어지게 됩니다. 아벨의 순종은 죽지 않았습니다. 오히려 그 순종은 노아에게 또 아브라함에게 전해졌고, 초대교회를 통해, 현대를 살아가는 우리에게까지 전해지고 있습니다. 결국 아벨의 순종은 좋은 롤모델이 되어 다음 세대에게 성경을 통하여 전해지고 있는 것입니다.

 사실 아벨은 잃은 것이 하나도 없습니다.

그는 하나님께로부터 영원한 생명을 얻어 그분의 나라에 함께 있기 때문입니다.

또한 그의 순종하는 마음이 성경책에 기록되어, 하나님과 우리에게 영원히 기억되는 영광을 얻게 되었기 때문입니다.

5. 순종의 궁극, 예수그리스도

우리에게 기쁜 소식이 있습니다. 그것은 바로 지금이 하나님께 순종하기 어려운 시대라는 것입니다. 이 현실을 게임이라고 생각한다면 매우 어려운 모드입니다. 그래서 이때 하나님께 순종하면, 하나님의 관심과 사랑을 더욱 많이 받을 수 있는 기회가 되는 것 입니다.

 앞서 말했듯 순종은 그저 좋은 선물을 받기 위한 선택이 아닙니다. 우리의 주인이신 하나님을 인정하는 당연한 행위입니다.

 우리는 때로 우리의 삶이 복잡해서 하나님을 잊고 살고 싶을 때가 있습니다. 마치 가인 처럼 말입니다. 하지만 성경은 가인의 불순종하는 마음 때문에 하나님이 가인과 가인의 자손을 잊으셨다는 사실을 말합니다. 또 그것이 생명이신 하나님과 끊어지는 죽음으로 나타난다는 사실을 우리는 깨달아야 합니다.

 아벨의 순종을 하나님은 지금까지도 기억하고 계십니다.

그 법칙은 지금도 변함이 없습니다. 하나님께 순종하는 마음으로 살아갈 때 하나님은 그 순간들을 절대 잊지 않으십니다. 순종하는 삶이 힘들지라도, 아무도 나의 순종을 알아주지 않더라도, 하나님은 아십니다. 하나님이 기억하십니다. 하나님은 그 순종을 기억하시고 때때로 기쁜 소식과 영원한 생명을 우리에게 주십니다.

이것이 하나님과 함께 동행하는 즐거움입니다. 

하나님과 함께 아름다운 스토리를 많이 만들어 가시길 바랍니다.

 아벨의 순종은 우리에게 좋은 롤모델이 됩니다. 그러나 순종의 최고 롤모델은 예수 그리스도입니다. 하나님의 명령에 순종하여 우리를 구원하시기 위해 직접 인간으로 오신 예수님보다 더 큰 순종은 없습니다. 또한 예수님은 하나님의 명령에 따라 죽기까지 순종하셨습니다.

 예수님의 순종을 생각해보십시요. 순종하는 삶은 어떤 삶입니까? 그 결과가 비참한 죽음입니까? 그렇지 않습니다. 하나님께서는 예수님을 부활시키시고 영원한 생명을 얻게 하시며 영광스럽게 하셨습니다. 즉, 하나님은 예수님의 온전한 순종을 부활시키시고 영원하게 하신 것입니다.

 우리가 예수님처럼 하나님께 순종한다면, 하나님께서는 우리를 부활시키시고 영원한 생명을 주실 것입니다. 그 이유는 하나님께서 순종하는 마음을 잊지 않으시고 영원히 존재하게 하실 것이기 때문입니다.

오늘의 제목을 함께 외칩시다

하나님은 순종하는 마음을 영원히 기억하십니다!
하나님은 순종하는 마음을 영원히 기억하십니다!
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  • May 31 / 2020
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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.

  • Feb 09 / 2020
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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.

  • Feb 02 / 2020
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Faith is Lifetime Obedience

Hebrews 11:7, Genesis 6:5-13, 22 (Pastor Heo)

Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

Genesis 6:5-13, 22

5 The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. 7 So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth-men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air-for I am grieved that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD .

9 This is the account of Noah.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.

11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.

22 [your name] Noah did everything just as God commanded him.


Put your name in the place of Noah and read again.

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for…” – the power to see what is unseen. God, heaven, eternity, salvation – all are unseen. But by faith, we can see them and enjoy them. By faith, we can see the future as present. By faith, we can make the future as a matter of the present – so we can give thanks under any circumstances and rejoice under any circumstances (by faith).

Last Sunday, we saw Enoch’s faith – a demonstration. He walked with God over 300 years (how? we don’t know exactly). But he walked toward the same destination, in the same direction, at the same pace. Then, God took him to heaven and he was on earth no more.

Today: Noah walked with God.

Through this, we can know that the life of faith is not a life of flying up to heaven with wings – but rather a life of continuous walking, step-by-step, in love with, in step with the One who is leading us.

Today: Noah’s demonstration of faith.

Noah: Genesis 6-9 – Noah is well-known for the flood. He is the 10th generation from Adam and the great grandson of Enoch.

We know Adam had at least three sons: Cain, Abel, Seth. Noah is from the line of Seth.

Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, Japheth. Later, David and Jesus from the line of Shem.

Noah lived 950 years. He was one of those who lived the longest years on this earth. His grandfather Methusela lived 969 years (the longest according to the record of the Bible).

According to this account, at that time, the earth was flooded with violence and corruption. God was sorry and grieving that he made anything. He was going to show his judgment and destroy everything with a great flood. Only Noah, his family, and the representatives of each animal species would be saved.

But it took Noah 120 years to finish this ark. Meaning? God gave the people 120 years LONG last chance to repent and turn from their wicked ways. But no one repented.

This is a great turning point in human history.

  • Adam was the first father of all human beings.
  • Noah was second first father of all human beings.
    • We are children of Adam, and we are children of Noah.

Before the flood, the living conditions were ideal for living creations. So they had longer lives. But afterward, the ecology, environment, etc were changed. Before the flood, we were in a “womb” of earth – the earth was covered with an expanse of water (kept safe from the UV rays of the sun)- but at the flood, all that water came to earth. And afterward, human lifespan reduced rapidly.

Abram was twelfth generation from Adam and lived less.

David lived only 70 years (500 years later).

Psalm 90:10 says, “The length of our days on earth is 70 years.” (If you are healthy – you may live 80 years).

Let’s look at Noah’s faith:

  • Heart (moved with fear and sorrow and reverence to God),
  • mind (focused on God),
  • willpower (acted on what God said to him).

We can see 4 characteristics of faith and learn a lesson for our own lives.

Heb 11:7 “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”

#1 Noah took God at his word

He believed the message God sent – even though it might have seemed foolish at that time. Yet, he believed and staked everything (also his reputation) on it.

Noah, after receiving that command, he laid aside his normal activities and focused on what God said to him to do. His life was a continuous concentration of effort toward God’s will. And so he was saved from the flood.

Also today, God’s word comes to us through many ways: our conscience, directly from the Bible, the message at church, the advice or rebuke of godly people around us, the guidance of the Holy Spirit. So, we must be sensitive and awakened to the Word and Will and moving of God through the Holy Spirit. How? By believing his Word. How can we trust Jesus? By trusting his Word.

“Have faith in God, also in me.” – Jesus

Romans “Faith comes from hearing the Word of God.”

We can take God at his word. God is speaking to us through his word.

#2 Noah was not deterred / hindered from mockery / scorn / rebuke of others

Imagine the context at that time. At that time, there had NEVER been a flood like this. They had never seen an ark like that, especially not in the middle of the land.

It looked like a huge 3-story coffin / box. They were very FAR from the sea. The sun was shining every day. Noah’s neighbors might ask him: Hey, Noah, what are you doing? What are you making? Noah: A ship. B: What? Why? Noah: God said. There will be heavy rain. All will be covered and destroyed. If you want to live, you must come in with me! B: Are you crazy? You’re out of your mind! (Movie: Evan Almighty is good representation of this)

Obedience = not ONE time obedience but a lifetime of obedience – full-time commitment to the will of God even in the face of scorn and ridicule of others.

Also, think of the church at Jesus’ time: 2000 years ago.

  • A: I’ve decided to become Christian.
  • B: They are outlawed! In prison! Thrown to the lions, burned, persecuted, crucified!
  • A: Yes, I know.
  • B: Are you crazy?

Jesus was also misunderstood as a crazy man. Many people said of him, “He is raving mad! Demon possessed!”

Paul also was misunderstood as a crazy man. He preached the gospel at his trial and some shouted at him, “Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!”

Also, we are followers of Christ. He is misunderstood as a crazy man to save us. How about you? Have you ever been misunderstood as a crazy person in this life? As a Christian?

This is one of the hardest challenges of Christianity – that we must sometimes be prepared to look like a fool in the eyes of those who don’t believe.

Noah was called “strange” by his neighbors who didn’t know God.

Noah obeyed this command to build a boat in the middle of the land even though it seemed strange. This obedience makes him “different”.

Like this, if you obey God and other people call you “strange” do not be surprised. Our obedience makes their disobedience stand out.

When God asks us to do something, he gives us the necessary strength and power to do it.

“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing; but to those of us who are being saved, it is the wisdom and power of God. For they didn’t know him.”

“The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom.” (Is it possible that God is foolish?)

“The weakness of God is stronger than the strength of man.” (Is it possible that God is weak?)

Yet, so often, the wisdom of God appears to be foolishness to the people of this world.

#3 Noah’s faith was a judgment on others

Heb 11:7 “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. *By his faith he condemned the world* and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”

Actually, Noah did not condemn the world. But his faith was a condemnation on others and a judgment on others. That is why in one sense it is DANGEROUS to be Christian.

In a sense, in this world, to be Christian is a dangerous thing. By being a Christian, your faith is pointing out others’ sin.

It is not that we are self-righteous, not that we say, “I told you so”, not that we go about finding fault with them.

Actually, Noah DID NOT judge others, he didn’t condemn them. But his faith, his trust in God became judgment and condemnation on their unbelief.

Ex: We Christians should be blessing in this world. But if they do not receive the gospel we preach, as Christians, our presence itself is a judgment on them.

If they receive the word we preach, they become blessed through us, and we a blessing to them.

But if they reject it, we become a condemnation to them.

1 John: “Whoever does not believe stands condemned already…”

Man hates the Light – because Man loves the Darkness.

Light comes – and simply by coming, the Darkness is condemned. The Darkness hates the Light because its evil deeds will be exposed.

Jesus says, “You are the Light of the World.” (I’m the Light of the World) “So let your light shine before men so that they may see and praise your Father in heaven.”

Christians’ presence is a big challenge: We are either a blessing or a condemnation to others.

#4 Noah was righteous through faith

Genesis 6:9 “This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.”

He was NOT actually blameless (he made a big mistake after coming off the ark). He is the first person in the Bible who is called “righteous.” This doesn’t mean he was sinless, but that he wholeheartedly served God.

Gen 6:8 “But Noah found favor / grace in the eyes of the LORD.”

Noah was declared righteous by the GRACE of God through faith in God.

Romans: “There is no one righteous, not even one.”

Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

But justification by faith has power – it makes us take action to do the will of God. If we are really declared righteous by faith, this non-condemnation leads us to live a righteous life.

Noah: When all others broke the commandments, Noah kept them. When they were deaf to God’s word, Noah heard and obeyed. When they laughed at God, Noah respected, honored, worshiped God.

The first thing he did off the ark: worship God.

Our story: Jesus uses Noah’s experience as a warning to us.

Matt 24 “Heaven and earth will pass away but my Word will remain forever.” (This is just like the flood of Noah) “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the day of the Coming of the Son of Man. They were eating, drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They never knew what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.”

In the warning of Christ, he mentions eating, drinking, and marrying – very negatively. Are these sins? Bad or good? They are good! We must eat! We must drink! Marriage is good! So, why did he mention these things so negatively? Because we must remember, they can never be our final purpose / mission / why we should exist in this world.

They ate, drank, married – as a final purpose in their lives – without trusting God.

Anything we do WITHOUT God in our lives – is a terrible thing. But anything we do WITH God is a holy, acceptable thing.

1 Cor 10:31 “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (this is the conclusion – this is our final purpose / mission / why we exist in this world).

God bless you with this final sentence (memorize it).

Whether you eat or drink, marry or not marry, do it all for the glory of God.

Let’s pray.

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Romans 16:25-27 (Pastor Heo)

16:25 Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him– 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.


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