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'Beautiful life in its time'

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-01-23 (화) 10:44 조회 : 88
설교일 : 2018.01.21
설교자 : Rev. Shin
본문말씀 : Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

January 21, 2018

 

‘Beautiful life in its time’

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

 

Rev. Taegyu Shin’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

<30 years>

There was a happily married couple of the same age, and both of them turned 60 years old. One day an angel appeared before them and said that since the couple’s life was so beautiful that they were going to be specially rewarded by God; one wish from each of them will come true.

 

The wife prayed for two tickets for a cruise for the two of them.  But the husband, whispering his wish so that she wouldn’t hear, prayed that he would like to be married to a 30 years younger wife.

 

The next morning the tickets for their cruise were delivered, and the wife was overcome with joy and screamed to her husband that her wish had come true. But when she came to the bed where he was lying, she saw that he had gotten 30 years older and was now an old man of 90.

 

(Moral of the story)

After drinking water from the same waterhole, a cow produces milk and a snake produces poison. Likewise, even a blessing can be changed to a curse by sins.

 

<Today’s passage>

God created everything and made it beautiful, ‘beautiful in its time’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

 

Ecclesiastes belongs to the ‘Wisdom Literature’ along with the Proverbs. Unlike the Proverbs which states the author is Solomon, in Ecclesiastes the teacher/author is mentioned as the son of David and king in Jerusalem. But we learn that he has grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone (1:16) and amassed silver and gold and the treasure of kings for himself and acquired a harem of wives and concubines (2:8) and wrote many proverbs (12:9). Now who could it be? The teacher had to be Solomon.

 

Ecclesiastes means in Hebrew ‘to gather’ and in Greek ‘to preach’ and the most well-known verse is ‘“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher, “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless”’ (1:2). The word ‘meaningless’ appears 38 times in Ecclesiastes and it also means ‘to vanish’.

 

Another expression frequently used in Ecclesiastes is ‘under the sun’ which was used 29 times to emphasize that everything ‘under the sun’ is meaningless.

 

He is not advocating the nihilism, but teaching us that our lives have to be centered on God and His eternal kingdom, as everything in life is meaningless, and that we should live fearing God and keeping His commandments (12:13). The Teacher who has wisdom and experiences of the world wants us to know God and be with Him every moment of our lives.

 

Let us read today’s passage together.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:11  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

 

The chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes begins with the fact that there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the sun like ‘a time to be born and a time to die’ and then goes on to say that God has made everything beautiful in its time (3:11).

 

God created the world and rules the world by His own time. He is the master of all lives and without His permission, not a sparrow will fall to the ground (Matthew 10:29).

 

<Beauty>

We understand that God has made everything, but we wonder for whom He has made everything beautiful.

 

We accept that God has ruled we should toil in our lives. Then, what good is the beauty to us, weary and burdened souls?

 

The Bible tells us why God has created the humans.

 

Isaiah 43:21  “The people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.”

 

Does it sound like God has made the humans for His satisfaction? Does it mean that He expects us to repeat His praise all the time?

 

If He did, He could have done better with the dogs who are really good at returning the love they have received.

 

We all know how loyal a dog is to his master. They say a cat thinks he deserves to be served like a God, while a dog thinks the person who takes care of him is God.

 

Cat owners are usually very confused when they get dogs which follow them everywhere and are very happy to see the owners again even after 10 minutes’ absence, while cats are very private and mostly keep to themselves.

 

There were some experiments to compare dogs to wolves, which are genetically very similar species; with two boxes in front of them, a wolf would go to the box of hidden meats, even when the trainer is asking him to go to the other box, while a dog would go to the box which the owner is pointing to, not to the box of meats.

 

As dogs are so loyal and obedient, wouldn’t it have been easier for God to deal with them than us?

 

Most of us do not have the devotion and faithfulness of dogs and we are wondering why God had bothered with us, knowing fully well that we would sin and fall into temptations.

 

In other words, why did God make us so complicated, knowing the risks?

 

<Gifts for the human race>

Let us take a look at the world from the standpoint of the Creator.

 

If the Creator God only wanted to hear the praise of Him, He would not have needed to make such beautiful sights as Grand Canyon or Yellowstone Park. He could have made the world flat to help the mapmaker’s job be easier in the future.

 

If you were the creator, would you have designed the stars in the universe so complex and intricate? We know that no two grains of sand are exactly the same and every beach has different color and texture. Whose idea was that?

 

Job 38:37-38  “Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heaven when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?”

 

Do you really think God has made all the complicated and detailed things in the world for His own enjoyment? We know that a thing of beauty takes more time and effort to create.

 

Let us imagine that we are composing a song. A simple note will never touch anyone’s heart.

 

A diamond right out of earth is never brilliant, until it has been polished over and over.

 

A thing of beauty cannot be produced by labor only, but by tireless zeal and devotion.

 

<Each soul>

By now, we are reaching the conclusion that God has not made everything beautiful for His own enjoyment, but for us, as gifts from Him.

 

Can anyone continue to post his or her writings on ‘KakaoTalk’, when no one responds to the postings? Only if there are some responses, the writer will be able to continue. Likewise, when we are happy with the creation of God, we are sending our praises to Him, which makes Him happy.

 

Romans 1:20  “For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

 

The creation of the world shows God’s splendid workmanship, but, where does He find His delight and enjoyment?

 

Zephaniah 3:17  “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

 

Now, you will understand for whom God has created the world. Yes, the world was created as a gift to us.

 

<What about the humans?>

“He has also set the eternity in the hearts of men.”

 

Have you ever watched a toddler shake off the parent’s hand after learning to walk? All of us are like those toddlers when we want to shake off the hand of God. Adam and Eve wanted to be like God when they committed the sin of eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 

God has wanted to rule the world with us, but we want to shake off His hand, as soon as we learn to walk.

 

Do you think God was not smart enough to foresee this human weakness?

He didn’t want to create us to be like robots. We are all used to simple robots like washer, dryer, refrigerator and Vacuum cleaner. After a few days, no one gets excited about a washing machine or refrigerator, or calls them beautiful.

 

God takes great delight in us, just as we are. He doesn’t try to kill our spirits. With His love, He provides the sun and rain to the righteous and the evil alike. But He is patiently waiting for us to return to Him, as He had set in our hearts the longing for the eternity of heaven.

 

The reason for the tears and sufferings in our lives is because we think we are the masters of our lives.

 

A good example is when you are driving a very expensive car on unpaved rough road. You will not go fast like you do on the freeway, as you do not want to damage the car. Even small rocks irritate you a lot, as you are worried the whole time about damaging your car.

 

On the other hand, you are driving a rental car on the same unpaved rough road. You are renting the car only for 1 day and have already paid for the damage insurance, so you are not worried at all about the car. You may even enjoy the rough ride.

 

Under the same circumstances, but the feelings of the driver are completely different.

 

When we think our life is our own, we are worried about everything and are never satisfied. But, when we think God is the master of our lives, we are not worried about anything, even if we don’t have any money, as we know that we are under God’s wonderful care.

 

Just like the return of the prodigal son, God wants us to return to Him by our repentance and remain in Him for eternity.

 

<Time machine>

Recently I watched a Korean drama and there was an episode about time machine, in which a woman woke up and found herself to be a young woman of 20 years ago. The most surprising thing for her was that her deceased mother was preparing a meal for her.

 

How much she had longed to see her mother again! She couldn’t take her eyes off her mother and began to cry while embracing her mother very tight.

 

Unlike her, the mother acted the same as she used to do. She began to scold her daughter for crying and even accused her for trying to trick the mother into buying a hand phone for herself. But the daughter didn’t get upset at her mother’s scolding. She just followed her mother all day long, and at night she continued to stare adoringly at her mother lying in bed, because she had missed her mother so desperately that now she didn’t want to waste any moment away from her mother.

 

She had not appreciated her mother in the past, but after missing her for such a long time, she didn’t want to be separated from her mother again.

 

What this woman was going through was the feeling of repentance.

 

“The LORD is my shepherd … I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

 

By repenting, we come back to God’s love. Our repentance does not get rid of our sins or change our behaviors, but by repenting, we return to God and His love we have longed for.

When we are satisfied with having God only, we think of Him, look upon Him, get rid of our own self and be united with Him. Then, our true love of God and His love for us fill us so completely that we don’t mind His scolding. We are just happy to be with God all day and want to be with Him all the time.

 

Love is eternal and does not care about the flow of time. Just as the woman in a Korean drama did not get bored with watching her mother all day long, when we love God, our day can be like thousand years, and thousand years can be like a day, in our journey of life.

 

How do you meet with God of eternity?

His Word, the Bible, is right in front of you. Matthew 24:35 says that “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

 

God’s Word does not change; it is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Bible is not just a reliable document recorded long, long time ago. The words of God are delivered to you through the prophets and evangelists of long ago, and through the sermons of today.

 

God is really excited to see you pay attention to His words, as excited as we would be if we threw a bottle with our love message into the ocean and the intended person received the message.

 

God wants to get into your life and He hopes that His word will resonate in your life as His promise to you personally. He wants to have a relationship with you for the eternity.

 

Psalm 1:2-3  “But he (the blessed) finds delight in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.”

 

Just as a tree yields its fruit in season, we should produce our confessions that the master of our life is God Himself. By witnessing and proclaiming His work, our eyes will be opened more clearly to find the gift of God that has been provided for us and for the world.

 

The closing hymn is; <Lord, thanks for saving me>


   

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제목 : Let us suffer the losses gladly!
설교일 : 2018.02.18
본문말씀 : Luke 10:1-20
설교자 : Rev. K.L. Shin

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