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Our Tearful Pledges

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-06-11 (월) 20:58 조회 : 156
설교일 : 2018.06.10
설교자 : Rev. Kwon
본문말씀 : 2 Kings 18:1-6

June 10, 2018

 

Our Tearful Pledges

2 Kings 18:1-6

 

Rev. Tae Hong Kwon’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit,

 

Hallelujah!

Greetings to all of you in the name of Jesus Christ! May the abundant love and grace of God be bestowed upon you and your home and your family!

 

Let us greet those sitting next to you, left and right, in the front and in the back, and say this with a smile, “I am happy to be here with you~~~” Let’s start now!

 

Let us gaze into their eyes and say this with a big smile, “I will be with you until the end!”

I am very happy to be with you this Sunday morning!

 

The Pledge of Tears

The title of today’s sermon is “Our tearful pledges” and today’s passage is 2 Kings 18:1-6. Let us read together this verse 1 of today’s passage.

 

In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.

 

Here a man is introduced in God’s time and God’s history, and his name is Hezekiah.

 

Hezekiah - Jehovah has strengthened

The meaning of the Hebrew name ‘Hezekiah’ is ‘Jehovah has strengthened’.

 

I hope and pray in the name of Jesus that God will hold all of us tight and strengthen us and help us triumph.

 

Hezekiah!! Jehovah has strengthened, what a wonderful name!

 

In our lives we come across some people with wonderful names, and one of them is myself with my name; Tae Hong Kwon, which my father gave to me. ‘Tae’ means great, and ‘Hong’ means wide, I am very thankful for my name. While meditating on today’s passage, a question came to me; who gave him the name of ‘Hezekiah’? Was it his father, as in my case?

 

So, I began a research on his father King Ahaz and was shocked by what I found out in 2 Kings 16:2-4.

 

2.  He did not do what was right in the eyes of the LORD his God.

3.  He even sacrificed his son in the fire, following the detestable ways of the nations the LORD had driven out.

4.  He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree.

 

Here is the summary of King Ahaz’s reign.

1)  For 16 years he reigned in Jerusalem but did not do what was right in the eyes of God.

2)  He even sacrificed his son in the fire, following the detestable ways of the Canaanites.

3)  He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places where the Canaanites worshiped.

 

King Ahaz reigned for 16 years, but he was not like his ancestor David and did not do what was right in the eyes of his God, sacrificed his son in the fire like the Canaanites did, and offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places where the Canaanites worshiped. He did not have any love, interest or heart for the LORD. Then, was he the one that gave his son the name of ‘Hezekiah’ meaning ‘God has strengthened’? Quite likely not.

 

According to the verse 2 of today’s passage (2 Kings 18:2),

He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah.

 

Hezekiah’s mother Abijah was the daughter of Zechariah, the priest.

 

Zechariah – Jehovah remembers

The meaning of the Hebrew name ‘Zechariah’ is ‘Jehovah remembers’. Zechariah the priest knew that God remembered everything he did, said and thought, and he performed his duty with utmost zeal. And his daughter grew up watching her father’s dedication, and got married and had a son, whose name is Hezekiah.

 

We can guess that Hezekiah inherited his faith from his mother and his maternal grandfather.

 

Now, let us imagine how Abijah must have felt when her husband was trying to sacrifice his son in the fire. The reign of her husband was full of violence and tyranny, and how could she put up with him?

 

I am asking a question to the female members here. Have you ever felt that you cannot understand your husband’s words and actions and cannot stand to see him? Last Sunday, a deaconess came to the pastors’ office with her husband and said jokingly, “Ever since I married him, I have no more hope for my life.” That was a joke with a biting message!

 

Have you ever felt a total aversion to your husband? Have you ever tried to avoid him by sneaking away to kitchen, while hoping he won’t notice it? Did you say to yourself with a sigh, “Why did I get married to such a person and suffer this miserable life?” This is a typical example of wife having a serious regret.

 

The regrets of an unhappy wife

She has regretted her getting married to her husband for a long time and has dreamed of leaving the marriage but has not been able to leave because of current circumstances. She is aware that her negative feelings toward her husband are making her act rude to him and to her children who resemble her husband.

 

The waste basket for your negative feelings

Have you ever treated your children as the waste basket for your negative feelings?

At least we are able to express our feelings right away, but Abijah, who was the mother of Hezekiah and the wife of Ahaz in chapter 18 of 2 Kings, couldn’t imagine expressing her real feelings to her violent and cruel husband. She was just watching him without saying anything, but with heavy heart, deep sighs and tears.

 

Holding her child tight in her bosom, the only thing she could do was praying with tears, while her husband worshiped the idols and reigned with violence.

 

She prayed to God to strengthen her child and to grant him to live a worthwhile and meaningful life before God.

 

No matter how much she had to suffer, she continued to pray to God with tears…the tears of a mother.

 

The tears of a mother

My dear congregation, a mother’s tearful prayers will determine her child’s life.

 

Recently we shared with our Parish leaders a column written by our Interim Senior Pastor Rev. Kyung Lim Shin on the newspaper Kook-Min Ilbo, on 02/11/2009.

 

After praying to God and making a vow, my mother gave birth to me.

Facing death, I made a pledge to live a worthwhile life.

 

Rev. Kyung Lim Shin’s mother kneeled and cried a lot, while she prayed to the Lord and made a vow, which was the only thing she could do. Later on, she continued to pray for her young daughter, shedding precious tears for her and pouring out her soul to the Lord.

 

When this daughter was facing death, the tears of her mother influenced her to make a pledge to God to live a worthwhile life. And after a long time of ministry, she is now fulfilling the duty of the Senior Pastor at this church, which was raised with the precious blood of our Lord 46 years ago.

 

Speaking of living a worthwhile life, I am reminded of a very influential professor at my Theological Seminary whose motto was, “Our faith is not the knowledge, but the life”.

 

Our faith should not be ‘the knowledge’ but it should be ‘the life’.

 

This professor has always emphasized that the most worthwhile life is practicing the Word of God in our lives and living our lives in the ministry as a testimony to the Word. Her advices helped me and influenced in the direction of my ministry.

 

This professor had been so influenced by the Bible teacher at her High School that she decided to follow the footsteps of her teacher and live ‘a worthwhile life of the Word and prayers’. After High School, she went to the Seminary like her teacher had done, and she became a professor of the Seminary and later served as the Chairperson of the Korean Christian Theological Education Society, whose members were all Christian Seminary professors in Korea.

 

This professor’s name is Eun-Ha Cho and she was my advisor at the Seminary and my thesis advisor for my Master of Divinity. And her High School Bible teacher who had influenced her so much is none other than our Interim Senior Pastor, Rev. Kyung Lim Shin, sitting in front of me right now. Therefore, I am the disciple of Rev. Shin’s disciple.

 

Watching her mother praying and crying for her daughter’s life, she had made a pledge to live a worthwhile life, and through her influence, a leading professor of Christian Theology was produced, and through this professor’s influence, your Assistant Professor in charge of our precious Young Adults, myself, is standing here on the podium.   

 

While meditating on the tears of Abijah, the mother of King Hezekiah, I was reminded of the tears of Rev. Shin’s mother when she was praying for her daughter.

 

The tearful prayers are powerful and fruitful.

A mother’s tearful prayers can accomplish great things.

 

King Hezekiah must have made a pledge to live a worthwhile life, through his mother’s tearful prayers. Let us read about his first pledge in 2 Kings 18:3.

 

3.  He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done.

He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.

 

Hezekiah’s first pledge – to be upright and honest

His first pledge was to do what was right and to be honest like his ancestor David.

 

To be honest means not making lies, being candid, and acting truthfully.

Honesty is one of the most important ingredients of a faithful life. Why should we be honest and upright?

 

According to Psalms 11:7,

For the LORD is righteous, He loves justice; upright men will see His face.

Upright men (honest men) will see the face of God.

 

Also, in Revelation 21:26-27,

The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

 

In chapter 21 of Revelation, there is a description of who are allowed to enter New Jerusalem. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it, but nothing impure, nor anyone who does shameful or deceitful things.

 

Most of us believe that we do not do anything shameful or deceitful, but in reality, we tend to tell white lies often without feeling guilty. We notice that in the Bible anyone who does shameful or deceitful things is regarded as bad as ‘anyone who tells lies’.

 

In Psalms 51:10,

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

What the psalmist wanted more than anything was having a pure heart and renewing a steadfast spirit within him.

 

Dear congregation,

We have to be honest in our life of faith and in our worship.

Lately the weather has been just perfect for a round of golf, but there is the cell group meeting you have to attend. I think it is better if you tell the truth that you are going to play golf and miss the Cell Group meeting.

 

I understand that sometimes you just don’t feel like doing anything, but please do not make up any lies about your child being sick or needing a ride. I really hope you do not use your child as an instrument of your lies.

 

It is the same with the Early Morning service on Saturdays.

 

According to Psalm 46:5,

“God is within her (the city), she will not fail; God will help her at break of day.”

 

During the week you are all busy with going to work or taking children to school, but on Saturday we hope you will attend the Early Morning service by the help of a steadfast spirit in you. You may be exhausted and stressed, but you need to come to worship on Saturday morning, as you need the help from God.

 

According to John 4:24,

“God is spirit, and His worshippers must worship in spirt and in truth.”

 

God is still seeking those worshippers who worship in spirit and in truth.

 

One more thing!

We should love our neighbors honestly and treat them honestly. Do not act like you don’t hate that person, when you do. Be honest. Better yet, love your enemies. Reconcile with your brother before coming to worship.

Is there anyone here who had a fight with spouse yesterday or this morning? As soon as this service is over, forgive each other and make peace between you two.

 

My advice to those husbands who lie to wives about the duration of their business trip and spend the extra time with your friends. Please stop making lies and be honest.

 

Let us go back to today’s passage.

The second pledge of King Hezekiah was to remove, to smash, to cut down and to break into pieces.

 

According to 2 Kings 18:4,

He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.)

 

Hezekiah removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He completely got rid of the sinful ways of the people. What we notice is that he even broke into pieces the bronze snake of Moses.

 

The bronze snake Moses had made was broken into pieces.

When the Israelites were killed by snakes in Exodus, Moses was ordered by God to make a bronze snake, and whoever looked at the snake was saved. So, the bronze snake was a great symbol of the power of God.

 

But, the crucial problem was that the Israelites had kept the bronze snake until the time of Hezekiah and had continued to worship the snake.

 

People change with the times, but the Israelites had held onto the snake as a symbol of their tradition and faith.

 

Spiritual fixation.

The Israelites were holding onto the bronze snake because of their spiritual fixation and apathy. They have forgotten the grace, the power and the love of God who helped them through the bronze snake and now they sought after other non-essential stuff.

 

We have to reflect upon ourselves to see if my merits, my strength, my standard and my experiences are detrimental to doing God’s work.

 

The reform of King Hezekiah was not only breaking down external tools for idol worship but getting rid of the old traditional spiritual fixation and all systematic non-essentials also.

 

Now, I am going to break a glass plate here on the podium. You may think, “Pastor, how can you break a glass plate during your sermon and especially on the podium?” This kind of fixed idea may obstruct God’s work and God’s love for you.

 

When Hezekiah broke the bronze snake into pieces, the people must have been outraged by his action and felt, “How dare you break the bronze snake? Who gave you the authority?” But, Hezekiah shattered their fixed ideas and thoughts, which had departed from the essential love of God.

 

My dear congregation;

Have you ever felt that you are the only one who is lonely, having difficulty and suffering unfairness? Perhaps those feelings were due to your fixation on being a victim. Perhaps your distrust, discontent and victim mentality give you a distorted view of your spouse, and of your church.

 

We have to remember this:

Only honest person can remove the untruth from within and smash the untruth. We have to cut down and break into pieces our own fixation, value system and superficial faith. With tears, we have to commit ourselves to do this without hesitation or regrets.

 

When we go before God through the precious blood of Christ, we should remove, smash, cut down and break into pieces all that is unnecessary or superficial.

 

We have the power of the cross in us.

We have the grace of the cross in us.

We have the love of the cross in us……

There is no reason for us to hate anyone, to complain anything, to gossip behind anyone’s back, to be jealous of anyone, to despair, to be depressed or frustrated.

 

Perhaps, you are only pretending to believe in Jesus. Are you pretending to be faithful or loving? Are you only pretending to rely on the power of the cross?

 

Because he had absolute confidence in God, King Hezekiah was able to remove, smash, cut down and break into pieces all that was sinful.

 

According to 2 Kings 18:5,

Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.

 

The Bible says that Hezekiah trusted in God so much that there was no one like him, either before him or after him.

 

On this holy and blessed Sunday, I hope and pray that you will trust in God like Hezekiah did and also your children will trust in God as well. I hope to hear from you that you have never met anyone who trusted in God as much as your Cell Group leader or your Parish leader.

 

When we trust in the Lord, your children will say that there has never been anyone who trusted in the Lord as much as their parents.

 

As you know, I have two daughters of mine, Eun-Hae and Ji-Hae, who are worshiping here with us, and I hope and pray that in their eyes their father is the one who has trusted in God always. Thankful for my daughters’ prayers for me, I humbly request that you pray for me and my ministry.

 

My dear congregation!

There are necessary requirements for us to be able to trust in God absolutely. Let us read verse 6 of today’s passage.

 

According to 2 Kings 18:6,

He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow Him; he kept the commands the LORD has given Moses.

 

These are the three requirements mentioned in verse 6;

Holding fast to God, not ceasing to follow Him, and keeping the commands of God.

Hezekiah committed himself to these requirements.

 

Holding fast to God means holding fast to Christ.

According to Galatians 2:20,

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

 

Paul confesses that he no longer lives, but Christ lives in him and that he lives by faith in the Son of God who loved him and gave Himself for him.

His faith strengthens me and helps me triumph.

 

By holding fast to Christ, we have so much traces of Christ in us that we will never leave Him. Only those who are not holding fast to Christ will leave for places of hatred, frustration, loneliness, discontent, unfairness, fury and hurt feelings.

 

But, our Lord has never left us, never forsaken us. God is always with us and walks with us!

 

According to today’s passage of 2 Kings 18:7,

And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.

 

May God of Hezekiah be with us here today at this hour and with our descendants also! May He grant us successes in whatever we undertake!

 

Wherever we go, by holding fast to God and not ceasing to follow Him and keeping the commands of God, we will be successful in whatever we undertake by the grace of God.

 

Why was Hezekiah bestowed with the blessings of God being with him and being successful in whatever he undertook?

 

Tearful Pledges

The blessings for Hezekiah came from his mother’s tearful prayers and pledges to God.

 

My dear congregation!!

In order to trust in God, what should we commit ourselves to?

In order to hold fast to God and to have traces of Christ in us, what should we remove from our lives?

 

We should remove illicit relationships, addictions, evil intentions and evil deeds from our lives.

May the spirit of darkness depart from us in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! Let us lay down all the things we have owned and let us trust in the Lord only, like King Hezekiah did!

Let us ask the Lord; Hold my hand, Lord, hold it tight!

 

Our Lord responds to us, as shown in Isaiah 41:10.

“So, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

 

I believe our Lord is with us and helps us and upholds us. When God is upholding us, our soul is safe. God will strengthen us and help us win a victory.

 

Paul’s confession in 2 Corinthians 2:14,

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.”

 

God grants us to have triumphs in Christ and no matter where we are, He spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ through us.

 

We have faith in the Lord who is with us always and leads us to triumphs.

 

According to 1 John 5:4,

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

 

Everyone born of God overcomes the world and the victory is won by our faith.

 

Faith will win, faith will win! Our faith in Lord Jesus will overcome the world!

 

Dear congregation!

God worked through Abijah, the mother of Hezekiah, and through her prayers.

Now is our turn to make a solemn pledge and pray with tears.

Responding to our tearful pledge to live a worthwhile life, God will lead us, strengthen us, uphold us and grant us success in everything we undertake.

 

In His bosom, we are safe.

Underneath the peace of the Lord, we are safe.

Our Lord has never left us, never disappointed us.

Trusting His promise to be with us, our soul is at peace.

Trusting in our Lord and His bigger plans, we are no longer afraid.

Lord is with me, holding me tight and strengthening me, so our soul is safe in the Lord.

 

As we trust in the Lord, our tearful prayers and pledges will bear abundant fruits.

Holding fast to God’s promise for us and pledging our heart to the Lord with tears, let us all stand up and sing the closing hymn.

 

<Oh, My Faithful Lord>

You haven’t disappointed me, not even once,

Always protecting me with fairness and grace. 

 

Looking back on all the things in my life,

There was never anything you haven’t touched.

 

Oh, my faithful Lord, oh, my faithful Lord,

 

You said, “I will never leave you,

I will never forsake you.”

 

You have kept your promise, Lord,

I know you will protect me for eternity.      


   

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496 2018.09.23  "Be Patient" James 5:7-11 Rev. Taegyu Shin
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설교일 : 2018.10.14
본문말씀 : Matthew 16:21-27
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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