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Let the Values of God’s Kingdom be Your Motivation! (Genesis 34:1-7)

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Let the Values of God’s Kingdom be your Motivation!

1 Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. 2 When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and violated her. 3 His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her. 4 And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”

5 When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he kept quiet about it until they came home. 6 Then Shechem`s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob.

7 Now Jacob`s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were filled with grief and fury, because Shechem had done a disgraceful thing in Israel by lying with Jacob`s daughter — a thing that should not be done.

Genesis 34:1-7

Let us begin by acknowledging that this story, which spans the entire chapter of Genesis 34, is complicated and nuanced. There are many lessons that can be gained from an in-depth study, but today we will focus primarily on comparing the worldly motivations of each of the men who drove this story forward to its disastrous conclusion. 

Traditionally, the story in Genesis 34 is referred to as “The Rape of Dinah,” in which Shechem forcefully took Jacob’s daughter for himself when he saw her in his land. After satisfying his lust, he became lovestruck, and insisted she become his wife. 

The seriousness of this first sin should not be overlooked because it was a horrible crime against Dinah, and against Jacob’s whole family. And while this sin was the first in this story, it was not the last, nor the worst, but it was the tipping point for everything that followed. In fact, the entire story is a sequence of bad decisions that are strung together that continually make things worse.

From Dinah’s first bad decision to go out into the godless and wicked land, to Shechem’s bad decision to have her because he had everything else he wanted, things only escalated from there. Hamor made a bad decision to try to bribe Jacob for his son’s marriage. Simeon and Levi made a bad decision to deceive and murder their sister’s captors. And Jacob made a bad decision to remain quiet during the whole matter until the final bloody deed was done, at which point he made another bad decision to reprimand his sons for their vengeance which he feared would cause him to lose his reputation.

If we take a close look at the men in this story, we can discover what motivated them to take the actions they did.

Shechem and his father Hamor were driven by their love of worldly wealth and possessions, otherwise known as materialism. Simeon and Levi were driven by a self-righteous sense of honor. And Jacob was driven primarily by reputation and the Fear of Man, not the Fear of God.

Let us begin by looking at things from Shechem and Hamor’s point of view.

Shechem and Hamor were motivated by worldly wealth

Genesis 34:8-12

8 But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife. 9 Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves. 10 You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade in it, and acquire property in it.”

11 Then Shechem said to Dinah`s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask. 12 Make the price for the bride and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I`ll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the girl as my wife.”

Throughout history, there have been many rich men who have had their names placed on buildings in tribute to their wealth and status. Trump Tower and Rockefeller Center are a few good examples. In the same way, Shechem gave his own name to the land he ruled, calling it “Shechem” in his honor. Shechem was the most respected man in that region as a leader who had both wealth and honor. In a modern sense, Shechem may be seen as the heir of a Fortune 100 company.

Shechem and Hamor attempted to make a financial transaction (or a bribe) with Jacob, bargaining for his daughter, Dinah, in return for opening up their land to him, without ever addressing Shechem’s sin, nor asking for forgiveness. Hamor, Shechem’s father, was basically offering permanent residence and the right to do business in his land to Jacob’s family.

Do you know the approximate cost of getting permanent residency in Australia?

At a minimum, it takes at least 5 years and may cost as much as 1 million US dollars! This is the estimated time and cost it would take to graduate from a university and do an internship in the country, at an estimated cost of 200 million Korean won per year.

When we think about such things, the value of the permanent residency and business rights that Hamor offered to Jacob is considerable! This was to be Shechem’s wedding present to marry Dinah. He showed off his wealth and said he could give Jacob’s family everything they ever wanted. 

But, in truth, they were deceptive in their intentions, seeking to absorb the wealth of Jacob’s family into their own through the union of the two peoples through marriage.

Shechem and his father Hamor were driven by worldly values, namely materialism. They desired worldly wealth and possessions, and this can even be seen in how they treated Jacob’s daughter, as another possession, or trophy, to acquire.

How did Jacob’s sons react to their attitudes?

Simeon and Levi were motivated by a self-righteous sense of honor

Genesis 34:13-17

13 Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob`s sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor. 14 They said to them, “We can`t do such a thing; we can`t give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us. 15 We will give our consent to you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males. 16 Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We`ll settle among you and become one people with you. 17 But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we`ll take our sister and go.”

In the early days when Jacob’s family settled in Canaan, they maintained a peaceful relationship with the native people there. But this peace came to an end when Shechem shamed Jacob’s daughter, Dinah.

Dinah’s brothers, Simeon and Levi, were also deceptive in their intentions when they replied to Shechem’s marriage proposal with “only if you get circumcised first.” In truth, they intended to completely destroy Shechem and his whole tribe.

Deuteronomy 30:6

6 The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.

“Circumcision of heart” is mentioned in Deuteronomy. Whereas circumcision of the flesh was a physical representation of Israel as God’s chosen people, circumcision of the heart goes deeper. Rather than simply cutting the flesh to “show” that they worship God, circumcision of the heart cuts to the soul, convicting people of sin, causing them to turn to God in repentance, leaving their foolish ways, sins, and former lives behind, and loving the Lord God with all their hearts and wills.

In fact, circumcision of the heart is the kind of circumcision that was necessary for Shechem and his people if they were to intermarry with the Israelites and become one nation with them. Had they been circumcised of the heart, the two peoples would have worshiped and served the same God. But, physical circumcision would never convict Shechem and his people of their sins and cause them to turn in repentance to God. 

Misunderstanding the depth of what was necessary, and only focusing on the external, Shechem and Hamor agreed that a minor cosmetic surgery was a small price to pay in order to gain access to Jacob’s family’s wealth. Therefore, they agreed to be circumcised physically as Simeon and Levi had suggested.

Simeon and Levi, for their part, knew that physical circumcision would never be enough to unite their two people. In fact, in self-righteousness, they considered themselves and their family to be morally superior to Shechem, and sought to restore the honor to their family that Shechem had stolen without God’s help. Because they did not seek God’s will in the matter, and they knew that physical circumcision was not enough to change the hearts of their enemies into hearts that also loved and served their God, they corrupted God’s sacred “circumcision”, a sign of His people, into a tool for murder and revenge.

Simeon and Levi were also driven by worldly values, namely their own self-righteous sense of honor. But in their self-righteousness, they actually dishonored God, their father, and their family through their hasty actions.

How did Jacob react to the revenge his sons had committed?

Jacob was motivated by reputation and fear of Man

Genesis 34:30

30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me a stench to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.”

Notice that this is the first time in this story that Jacob speaks. We haven’t yet heard his voice speak up in defense of his daughter. Nor have we heard Jacob advise his sons about the correct course of action they should have taken in response. Rather, Jacob has remained silent until all actions have been completed, and then he blamed Simeon and Levi for taking vengeance on their own apart from God.

But the primary reason that Jacob was upset was because he thought their vengeful actions would lead to his loss of reputation in the area. It’s unfortunate that Jacob was more concerned about his reputation in the land than the lives and actions of his children and the land of Promise that God had given them. In fact, at that time, the fear of Man in him was greater than the fear of God. He was afraid that the surrounding people would unite and take away the lives of him and his family.

Jacob was also driven by worldly values, namely his concern for his own reputation, favor, and acceptance from the people rather than the truth, justice, and Promise of God. 

So in this story, everyone was driven by worldly values.

Then, what would our role model, Jesus Christ, want to say to those who pursue worldly values?

Jesus Christ was motivated by the Word of God

Matthew 4:1-10

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.`”

Before starting his public ministry, Jesus was led into the desert by the Holy Spirit to pray. There, the devil tempted him to pursue the values of the world.

First, the devil used the materialism of the world that Shechem and Hamor pursued to tempt Jesus. He tempted Jesus to relieve his hunger after fasting in the desert for 40 days by creating bread from the rocks and eating it. But Jesus said ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Second, the devil used the honor that Simeon and Levi tried to recover through revenge to tempt Jesus. He tempted Jesus to jump from the top of the temple and gain honor as the Son of God. Jesus said ‘It is also written: `Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Finally, the devil used the power of the world that Jacob both desired and feared to tempt Jesus. He tempted Jesus by offering to give him all power over the world if only Jesus would bow down and worship him. But Jesus cast him away, saying ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: `Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.`

Jesus did not pursue the values of the world in his moment of weakness and temptation. For most people, their greatest moment of weakness and temptation comes in a moment of crisis. It is at this moment that it is easiest to fall into worldly temptations and pursue worldly values. Yet, Jesus always pursued the values of the kingdom of God as his top priority.

Therefore, let us look to Jesus as the perfect example of the kind of lives we should live when faced with crisis and temptation. He has shown the right response to those who pursue only worldly values. According to Jesus’ example, we need to spend time in fellowship with God. He did this in the desert through fasting and prayer. We also may fast and pray to draw close to God. In the face of temptation, Jesus quoted the word of God directly in order to defeat Satan’s lies and temptations. We also need to read the word, and study it, and memorize it in order to give a biblical response to Satan’s temptations. And like Jesus throughout the rest of his life, we also need to stand in awe of God, fear him, love him, and obey God’s sovereignty.

  • Are you one who seeks the values of the kingdom of God first? Amen!
  • Will you worship God first, no matter what problems may arise? Amen!
  • Will you read the Bible first, no matter what trouble you have? Amen!
  • Will you pray to God first, even in difficult circumstances? Amen!
  • Will you trust in the guidance of Jesus Christ, no matter what crisis you face? Amen!

This week, I hope we will have a wonderful week pursuing the values of the kingdom of God ahead of the values of the world.


하나님의 가치를 우선하라!

1 레아가 야곱에게 낳은 딸 디나가 그 땅의 딸들을 보러 나갔더니

2 히위 족속 중 하몰의 아들 그 땅의 추장 세겜이 그를 보고 끌어들여 강간하여 욕되게 하고

3 그 마음이 깊이 야곱의 딸 디나에게 연연하며 그 소녀를 사랑하여 그의 마음을 말로 위로하고

4 그의 아버지 하몰에게 청하여 이르되 이 소녀를 내 아내로 얻게 하여 주소서 하였더라

5 야곱이 그 딸 디나를 그가 더럽혔다 함을 들었으나 자기의 아들들이 들에서 목축하므로 그들이 돌아오기까지 잠잠하였고

6 세겜의 아버지 하몰은 야곱에게 말하러 왔으며

7 야곱의 아들들은 들에서 이를 듣고 돌아와서 그들 모두가 근심하고 심히 노하였으니 이는 세겜이 야곱의 딸을 강간하여 이스라엘에게 부끄러운 일 곧 행하지 못할 일을 행하였음이더라

창세기 34:1-7

0. 예화 “만약 내 자녀가 대기업의 후계자와 결혼한다면?”

만약 내일 대기업의 후계자가 당신을 방문하여, 당신의 딸과의 결혼을 허락해 주길 요청한다면 당신은 어떻게 할 것입니까?

 당신은 이미 이것을 상상하는 것 만으로도 행복을 느낄지도 모르겠습니다.

대부분의 사람들은 대기업의 후계자와 자신의 딸과의 결혼에 대해 긍정적으로 생각할 것입니다.

그 이유는 무엇일까요?

만약 당신의 딸이 대기업의 후계자의 아내가 된다면, 당신의 딸은 평생 동안 부유한 삶을 살 수 있을 것으로 기대되기 때문입니다.

또한 이 결혼으로 인해 당신의 가문은 사회적으로 더 큰 영향력을 갖게 될 것입니다.

당신은 당신의 사위의 재력을 통해 일상에서 벗어나, 그 동안 누리지 못했던 사치나 여가 생활을 즐길 수 있게 될 것입니다.

 그런데 당신이 놓친 것이 하나 있습니다. 그것은 바로 하나님을 향한 신앙을 확인하는 것입니다.

당신은 당신의 딸의 남편이 될 수도 있는 그 부유한 사람이 크리스천인지 묻지 않았습니다.

만약 당신의 딸의 남편이 될 사람이 평범한 사람이었다면, 당신은 분명 그가 크리스천인지 물어보았을 것입니다.

우리는 왜 대기업의 후계자에게는 신앙에 대해서 관대하게 대하는 것일까요?

그것은 우리에게 하나님의 가치보다 세상의 가치가 더욱 매력적으로 보이기 때문입니다.

오늘 우리는 성경 속에서 세상의 가치를 추구했던 사람들의 모습을 살펴 볼 것 입니다.

1. 세겜과 하몰이 추구한 가치

창세기 34:8-12

8 하몰이 그들에게 이르되 내 아들 세겜이 마음으로 너희 딸을 연연하여 하니 원하건대 그를 세겜에게 주어 아내로 삼게 하라

9 너희가 우리와 통혼하여 너희 딸을 우리에게 주며 우리 딸을 너희가 데려가고

10 너희가 우리와 함께 거주하되 땅이 너희 앞에 있으니 여기 머물러 매매하며 여기서 기업을 얻으라 하고

11 세겜도 디나의 아버지와 그의 남자 형제들에게 이르되 나로 너희에게 은혜를 입게 하라 너희가 내게 말하는 것은 내가 다 주리니

12 이 소녀만 내게 주어 아내가 되게 하라 아무리 큰 혼수와 예물을 청할지라도 너희가 내게 말한 대로 주리라

우리는 트럼프 타워(Trump Tower)나 록펠러 센터(Rockefeller Center) 등 세계적인 유명인이 자신의 이름을 따서 지은 건물이나 장소에 대해 알고 있습니다.

이와 같이 세겜도 그가 다스리는 땅의 이름을 그의 이름과 같은 ‘세겜’ 이라 불렀습니다. 

즉 세겜은 부와 명예를 가진 지도자로서 그 지역에서 가장 존경받는 사람이었습니다.

현대적으로 말하면 세겜은 대기업의 후계자로 볼 수도 있을 것입니다.

그들은 야곱의 딸 디나에게 저지른 잘못에 대해, 용서를 구하지 않고 물질적인 보상으로 해결하려고 하였습니다.

세겜의 아버지 하몰은 야곱의 가족에게 영주권과 생존권을 제시하였습니다.

여러분은 호주 영주권 취득을 위해 필요한 비용에 대해 알고 있으십니까?

국가에서 원하는 분야의 학교를 졸업하고 인턴 과정을 하는데 필요한 기간이 최소 5년, 학비와 생활비로 필요한 비용이 최소 2억이 든다고 합니다.

이런 것들을 생각해 볼 때에 하몰이 야곱의 가족에게 제시한 영주권과 생존권의 가치는 상당히 크다고 여겨집니다.

세겜은 디나와 결혼하기 위해 필요한 예물과 혼수에 대해서 언급하였습니다.

그는 그의 재력을 과시하며 야곱의 가족들이 원하는 모든 것을 줄 수 있다고 하였습니다.

그러나 그들은 결혼을 통한 두 민족의 결합을 통해, 야곱의 가문의 소유를 자신들의 것으로 흡수하려는 순수하지 않은 의도가 있었습니다.

세겜과 그의 아버지 하몰은 세상의 가치를 추구하였습니다.

그들은 물질만능주의(materialism)를 추구하였습니다.

이러한 그들의 태도에 야곱의 아들들은 어떻게 반응 하였을까요?

2. 시므온과 레위가 추구한 가치

창세기 34:13-17

13 야곱의 아들들이 세겜과 그의 아버지 하몰에게 속여 대답하였으니 이는 세겜이 그 누이 디나를 더럽혔음이라

14 야곱의 아들들이 그들에게 말하되 우리는 그리하지 못하겠노라 할례 받지 아니한 사람에게 우리 누이를 줄 수 없노니 이는 우리의 수치가 됨이니라

15 그런즉 이같이 하면 너희에게 허락하리라 만일 너희 중 남자가 다 할례를 받고 우리 같이 되면

16 우리 딸을 너희에게 주며 너희 딸을 우리가 데려오며 너희와 함께 거주하여 한 민족이 되려니와

17 너희가 만일 우리 말을 듣지 아니하고 할례를 받지 아니하면 우리는 곧 우리 딸을 데리고 가리라

야곱의 가족들이 가나안 땅에 정착한 초기에는 그곳 원주민들과 평화로운 관계를 유지하였습니다.

그러나 세겜이 야곱의 딸 디나를 수치스럽게 만들자 이 평화는 깨질 위기를 맞이하게 되었습니다.

디나의 오빠인 시므온과 레위는 세겜과 그의 부족에게 “할례”를 제안합니다.

그러나 시므온과 레위가 언급한 “할례”는 순수한 제안이 아니었습니다.

그것은 세겜과 그의 부족을 전멸시킬 속임수 였습니다.

신명기 30:6

6 네 하나님 여호와께서 네 마음과 네 자손의 마음에 할례를 베푸사 너로 마음을 다하며 뜻을 다하여 네 하나님 여호와를 사랑하게 하사 너로 생명을 얻게 하실 것이며

시므온과 레위가 제안한 “할례”는 신명기에서 언급하는 “마음의 할례”와 같은 의미입니다.

즉, 그들은 세겜에게 할례를 통해 우리가 한 민족이 되어, 마음과 뜻을 다하여 하나님 여호와를 사랑하자라고 제안한 것입니다.

그래서 그들의 진정한 있는 말을 하몰과 그의 아들 세겜이 좋게 여겼습니다.

그러나 시므온과 레위가 하나님의 뜻을 구하지 않으니, 하나님의 백성이 되는 징표인 신성한 “할례”가 살인과 복수를 위한 도구가 되었습니다.

시므온과 레위는 세상의 가치를 추구하였습니다.

그들은 복수를 통해 실추된 가문의 명예를 되찾으려고 하였습니다.

야곱은 그의 아들들이 저지른 복수에 대해 어떻게 반응 하였을까요?

3. 야곱이 추구한 가치

창세기 34:30

30 야곱이 시므온과 레위에게 이르되 너희가 내게 화를 끼쳐 나로 하여금 이 땅의 주민 곧 가나안 족속과 브리스 족속에게 악취를 내게 하였도다 나는 수가 적은즉 그들이 모여 나를 치고 나를 죽이리니 그러면 나와 내 집이 멸망하리라

야곱은 시므온과 레위의 잘못된 행실 때문에 그들을 책망했습니다.

야곱이 화를 낸 이유는 이 일로 인해 그 지역에서 그가 완전히 신뢰를 잃게 되었다고 여겼기 때문입니다.

야곱은 하나님이 말씀하신 약속의 땅과 약속의 자손에 대해서 걱정하지 않았습니다.

오히려 그는 주변 족속 들이 연합하여 그와 그의 가족의 생명을 빼앗을까 두려웠습니다.

야곱은 세상의 가치를 추구하였습니다.

그는 주변 족속들로부터 신뢰를 얻어 그들에게 호의를 얻기를 원했습니다.

야곱은 자신의 세력보다 큰 연합군의 권력에 두려움을 느꼈습니다.

이렇듯 모든 사람들은 세상의 가치를 추구합니다.

우리의 롤모델, 예수님은 세상의 가치를 따르는 사람들에게 어떤 말씀을 하고 싶으실까요?

4. 예수 그리스도가 추구한 가치

마태복음 4:1-10

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

마귀는 예수님을 시험하여 그가 세상의 가치를 추구하도록 유혹했습니다.

먼저 마귀는 세겜과 하몰이 추구했던 물질만능주의를 이용하였습니다.

그는 예수님에게 떡을 먹고 그의 굶주림을 해결하라고 유혹하였습니다.

이에 예수님은 떡이 아닌 하나님의 말씀으로 살 것이라고 말씀하셨습니다.

둘째로, 마귀는 시므온과 레위가 복수를 통해 회복하려고 했던 명예를 이용하였습니다.

그는 예수님에게 성전 꼭대기에서 뛰어내려 하나님의 아들로서의 명예를 얻으라고 유혹하였습니다.

이에 예수님은 하나님을 시험하지 말고 하나님을 경외하라고 말씀하셨습니다.

마지막으로 마귀는 야곱이 두려워하며 추구했던 세상의 권력을 이용하였습니다.

그는 자신에게 경배하면 세상의 모든 권력을 주겠다고 예수님을 유혹하였습니다.

이에 예수님은 하나님께 경배하고 하나님의 주권에 순종하라고 말씀하셨습니다.

예수님은 위기의 순간에 세상의 가치를 추구하지 않았습니다.

예수님은 언제나 하나님의 가치를 최우선으로 추구하셨습니다.

예수님은 세상의 가치만을 추구하는 우리들에게 올바른 답을 보여주신 것입니다.

그것은 언제 어디서나 하나님의 말씀을 읽고, 하나님을 경외하며, 하나님의 주권에 순종하며 사는 삶입니다.

  • 당신은 하나님의 가치를 가장 먼저 추구하는 사람입니까? 아멘!
  • 당신에게 어떤 문제가 생기더라도 먼저 예배를 지키겠습니까? 아멘!
  • 당신에게 어떤 문제가 생기더라도 먼저 성경을 읽겠습니까? 아멘!
  • 당신에게 어떤 문제가 생기더라도 먼저 하나님께 기도하겠습니까? 아멘!
  • 당신에게 어떤 문제가 생기더라도 먼저 예수님의 인도하심을 믿겠습니까? 아멘!

이번 주에도, 하나님의 가치를 세상의 가치보다 먼저 추구하는 지혜로운 한 주 보내시길 소망합니다.

  • Feb 22 / 2015
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The Story of the Rich Young Ruler (Matthew 19:16-30)

02.22.2015

02.22.2015-PHeo

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The Rich Young Ruler

Matthew 19:16-30 (Pastor Heo)

The Rich Young Man

19:16-29pp — Mk 10:17-30; Lk 18:18-30

16 Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” the man inquired. Jesus replied, ” ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” 20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” 

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples,”I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 

25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” 26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” 28 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.


 

We cannot receive Jesus as Savior without following him as King. He went to the cross, to the point of death (and beyond) to save us. So, do we have the right to escape suffering?

Here Christ shows the rightful demands he makes on his disciples.

This event is written in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Usually this is the “Story of the Rich Young Ruler.”

  • Only Matthew calls him Young,
  • Only Luke calls him Ruler,
  • But all call him Wealthy.

One good thing about this young man in this matter is that he had a big concern about eternal life – yes, this is the biggest concern we all must consider. Now, let me ask all of us: what is your first concern/interest/consideration.

Another good thing = he came to the right person in this matter of eternal life. He came to Jesus – the only giver of eternal life. Acts 4:12 “Salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

But, there are two wrong things as well:

#1: He came with the wrong question: “What ‘good’ thing must I do…?” This is the wrong question in the matter of eternal life. He is thinking in terms of actions – in terms of keeping the rules and regulations – by keeping the works of the Law. He thought he could get eternal life by DOING something that looks good – therefore it shows he knows NOTHING of the religion of grace. Romans “Therefore, no one will be declared righteous through the works of the Law, but it is by the Law that we are made conscious of how sinful we are.”

As long as we think we can be saved by doing something good, we can never be saved by the grace of God.

Jesus tries to lead him on to the right answer according to his own words that he’s spoken.

He lists the commandments.

Jesus did not introduce these commandments to show HOW to be saved, but to that THAT he needed to be saved (because keeping all these are impossible). Actually, at this point, he should have confessed his inadequacy – but sadly he said, “All these I have kept.”

The Law is a mirror that reveals what we are.

Even he is standing before the perfect mirror of the Law, he still did not understand who/what he was. After this (in Mark), Jesus “loved” this young man and continued to help him.

“What do I still lack?” i.e. “I lack nothing – I think I’m perfect.”

Jesus says, “OK, then, GO sell your stuff and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven – then COME follow me.” Wow.

Can you do like this?

In the Bible, nowhere are we told that a sinner can be saved by selling his possessions and goods and giving his money away. Jesus knew he was covetous and greedy and that he loved material wealth. By asking him to sell his material goods and give to the poor, Jesus was forcing him to examine his own heart and determine his own priorities.

This challenge exposed the barrier that could keep this young man out of the kingdom: his LOVE of money. (”The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.”) To this young man, money represented his pride, the root of his accomplishments – the very basis of his respect and security and identity.

Actually this young man did not love God truly, to him the material possessions were his god – that’s why he was unable to obey this commandment.

“When he heard this, he went away sad.”

Yes, he could have gone in great joy and pleasure. It is good to have the things money CAN buy IF we do not lose the things money CANNOT buy.

To him: money is god.

v. 23-26

Eye of the needle

“With man this is impossible – but with God all things are possible.”

How tragic to be possessed by possessions and miss the most important – eternal life in Christ. He lost what was eternal to keep what was temporary.

This is the real question we must consider: Who then can be saved?

Yes, some people that have EVERYTHING on this earth still lack the one thing that is eternal.

  • At that time, the Jews believed that material possessions were evidence of God’s blessing (Deut 26,27,28). Certainly, God gave the promise of blessing for man’s obedience and loss for man’s disobedience.
  • At that time (in man’s infancy), the only way that God could teach men was through visible rewards.

But the highest obedience is not dependent upon the promise of reward or the threat of punishment.

In Christ’s love, the material things of this world can give us no lasting joy or salvation.

v. 24

Eye of the needle

Jesus does not say “it is impossible” just “hard” – very hard, very very hard.

At that time, the camel was the largest animal in Palestine – so that means that salvation is absolutely impossible with man, but absolutely possible with God.

Salvation is the response of God toward man’s faith in Christ – it cannot be earned, it is a gift. There is nothing for us to do except receive it through faith in Christ.

Abraham was a very rich man materially, but also a man of great faith. This means it is good to possess wealth IF wealth does not possess us. We cannot follow our King Jesus and follow worldly wealth at the same time. We cannot serve God AND money, but we can serve God WITH money.

Money is not inherently bad, but 1 Timothy 6:10 “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil – some people have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

God bless us to possess much money – BUT DON’T let money use you, possess you, nor your heart.

v. 27-30

The last will be first, the first will be last.

At this moment, Peter was very quick to notice the contrast between the rich and themselves (the poor). “We have left EVERYTHING!” (well, not his wife) “What shall we have?”

This is Jesus wonderful promise of reward: Those who follow him to the end will share his glory, his victory, his throne together.

From this story, at least we can know 3 lessons:

  1. If we share his campaign on Earth, we will share his glory and throne.
  2. We will receive much more than we give up for Christ. What are you giving up now for Christ? (v. 29) These are not new material possessions, but new fellowship with men and God. A true Christian is never friendless, homeless. Are you really sacrificing yourself for Christ? You cannot say that because you WILL receive much much more than you are giving. You are not making a sacrifice, but rather an INVESTMENT. But still, we must always check our motivation in the service of God. (The first will be last, the last will be first) – In the world to come, the values of this world will be reversed. Those who seek status on earth will have nothing.
  3. Finally, there will be a big surprise in the final judgment. There is eternity to adjust the misjudgments of time.

This last verse will be amplified in the following chapter in the story of the workers in the vineyard.

From this verse we can know that it is possible for those on earth to be humbled in heaven and many who are humble now to be exalted in heaven.

The first will be last, the last will be first.

Let’s pray.

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More Warnings (James 5:1-20)

02.01

02.01.2015-PBrian

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More Warnings

James 5:1-20 (Pastor Brian)

Warning to Rich Oppressors

1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you.

Patience in Suffering

7 Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 10 Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. 12 Above all, my brothers, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.


 

Last time, James gave warnings, and here again, more warnings – straight from the heart – no “beating around the bush” – no room for any excuses.

We must not be partial, must not withhold love from others. Our outer conflicts come from our inner conflicts – wars, fights, murders, adultery, proceed from our own hearts.

These conflicts come from an unsurrendered heart.

Also, don’t forget the “sin of presumption” saying, “Oh, of course we can go and do this or that because I PRESUME that everything will go smoothly and the Lord will bless it.” We must rather pray, “if the Lord wills…” because the Lord guides a man’s way.

James 5 – scolding the rich.

James 4 – “you kill” (metaphorically) – he’s writing to Christians abroad – this is what he sees in their hearts. It’s the spirit of murder in a person when in hostility toward another person. “If you harbor hatred in your heart, you harbor murder – without repentance, it may one day manifest into murder.” James here is warning the Christians against this kind of spirit.

James 5 – covetousness and speaking to the rich. Sounds like he has some real anger issues against the rich. Why?

Should we be embittered against the rich?

Not necessarily, there’s nothing inherently evil about money – it’s just a THING. “The (LOVE OF) money is the root of all evil.”

We must own the money, not allow the money to own us. We should use money and love people but most of us use people and love money…

James is writing here to rich people in general – later he will speak to the “brethren.”

These are practical and prophetic sayings to the rich Christians. This was written before the destruction of Jerusalem under Titus in 70 AD. At that time, there were no rich Jews remaining. Everything they had stowed up for themselves was gone.

Lesson: Stockpiling money isn’t God’s will for your life.

It is good to have savings, but not to just stockpile and do nothing with it.

Story of a man in Oregon – rode around on a bike, looked like a beggar, picked up cans and took them to the stores to get bottles. When he died, it was found that he had $10,000,000 and he’d never used it. He even got free meals from the town in which he lived at the soup kitchen.

That money did NO good for anyone, even himself until after he died.

Bible “The wealth of the wicked is stored up for … the righteous?”

Wealth is often used as leverage to gain more wealth. Millionaires may hire people at minimum wage and not actually pay them.

Microsoft for example, for 9 years, hired “perma-temps” which were “permanent full-time employees” who were classified as “part-timers” – so they worked the same as the full-timers with NONE of the benefits…

Eventually, they sued Microsoft, and MS needed to pay.

Ever encountered that? Employ them as full-time, but give the pay/benefits of part-time.

Leviticus : “The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you until morning.”

The men needed their wages – they needed to LIVE.

This wealth was not only used as leverage, but also as power?

Rich criminals sometimes get off completely free, but the poor get blamed. Truth? Not necessarily. The best Lawyers = “truth” and freedom for many.

Thank God there will someday be JUSTICE.

Leviticus: “You shall show impartial justice – don’t be partial to the poor, don’t defer to the rich.”

Illustration from Billy Graham:

A group of the world’s most successful financiers met in a hotel in Chicago? in 1920s. CEOs, Presidents of companies, Presidents of banks, heads of monopolies, etc.

Collectively, these men controlled more wealth than in the entire US Treasury.

For years, newspapers had been singing their praises and encouraging the youth of the US to follow suit.

But 25 years later, many died BROKE – on borrowed money, convicted felons, and committed suicide (3 of them).

They’d made money their god, and when their god fell, they fell.

When they lost their money, they lost their gods, they lost their souls, they lost their lives.

Their end was shocking.

We all have a little bit of envy of those who are better off than us – not even just celebrities – next-door neighbors…

Asaph in the OT, who wrote the Psalms wrote:

Psalm 72:

2-3 “As for me, my feet came close to stumbling, my steps had almost slipped, for I was envious as … I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

“They are not plagued like other men…

“Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and washed my hands in innocence…
“For I have been stricken all day long and chastened every morning. I may have become a stumbling block to others if I spoke thus.

“But then, I saw their end… destruction. Destroyed in a moment, utterly swept away by sudden terrors…

It’s easy to look as someone TODAY and be envious, but if we consider their TOMORROW, we’d be better to be patient waiting for the day of the Lord.

  • Do you invest in the world’s system?
  • Or do you invest in the Kingdom of Heaven?

2 Peter “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief when the world and its works will be burned up…”

The hope that the rich are holding onto will be destroyed – they will be without power, without prestige, without friends, without a checkbook.

But for those who have been trusting in the Lord, will find themselves to be very rich – eternal peace, life, love, joy.

Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed are you when men cast insults at you or persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you on account of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven will be great. For this is how they persecuted the prophets as well.”

What about those who are wealthy?

If they are good STEWARDS of the wealth that GOD has given to them, they will be well off.

Luke “Make yourselves purses which do not wear out – treasures in heaven – where moths do not destroy. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Derick Prince:

  • “Yes, trust the Lord, have enough, provide for your family, and have enough to bless others as well.”
  • “If he can get it through you, he can get it TO you. But why would he give it to you if it stopped at you?”

The world revolves around money, but we don’t have to.

Be PATIENT – like the farmer who works hard NOW for the crop and the promise that is to come. Wait for the heavenly reward that is not subject to corruption and destruction.

Let’s meditate on this Word and pray.

The Prayer of Faith

13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. 19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

  • Jan 12 / 2012
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Genesis 34-36 (Bible-365.12): Jacob as Deadbeat Dad

Observation

In Genesis 34, Leah’s daughter Dinah is raped, and her blood brothers (Leah’s second and third sons) avenge her by killing all the men in the whole city where she was defiled. This was only possible after convincing the city that circumcising all their men was the only way they would give their sister as the defiler’s wife. Jacob fears that the whole land will avenge that city now – but the sons reply, “Would it be better for our daughter to be treated like a prostitute?” Apparently they have some sort of familial honor (these three all have the same mother anyway).

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