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The Papyrus Basket

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-03-04 (월) 09:35 조회 : 113
설교일 : 2019.03.03
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : Exodus 2:1-10

March 3, 2019

 

The Papyrus Basket

Exodus 2:1-10

 

Rev. Eung Yong Kim’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

What would you do, if your whole world were shaken?

What would you do, if your possessions, your circumstances or the people in your world were suddenly in turmoil?

 

Most people do not know what to do when their world is shaken to its foundation.

Without exception, all the people in the Bible experience their world being shaken.

 

The couple in today’s passage were no exception.

Their world turned upside down completely.

They faced such a desperate situation of not being able to raise their own baby.

Having been enslaved and exhausted, now their situation got even worse.

 

What should they do?

In today’s passage, what this Levite couple did was making a papyrus basket.

You may say making a papyrus basket was not a big deal.

But, didn’t that small papyrus basket begin the great saga of Exodus?

 

Who would have thought the small papyrus basket made by them in adversity would be used by God to begin His amazing work?

 

Today’s papyrus basket was not the only one.

Many great people in the Bible faced adversities and desperate situations like the makers of this papyrus basket did.

 

The life of Jacob is a good example.

He was born a few minutes after the first-born brother.

The birthright of the first born was so highly regarded in the society at that time that Jacob was born as a nobody.

He was born without hope for the future.

But he didn’t give up. He made his own papyrus basket by selling the lentil stew.

When his older brother Esau came home from hunting and was very hungry, Jacob was waiting for Esau with the lentil stew and asked Esau to sell his birthright for the stew.

But didn’t that lentil stew begin a great history?

Thanks to the bowl of lentil stew, Jacob took Esau’s position of the firstborn and his 12 sons became the forefathers of 12 tribes of Israel.

 

Who would have known the bowl of lentil stew was so important?

Who would have thought the small papyrus basket was so important?

 

But the Bible tells us about these small beginnings of great histories.

 

1.  Make the papyrus basket.

 

  How do you make the papyrus basket?

 

Today’s passage shows us that there are two kinds of history.

 

1)  The environmental history

            It began with the migration of over 70 members of Jacob’s household to Egypt. As time went by, they multiplied and grew into a big tribe of 2,500,000 people. In the meantime, the ruling Hyksos dynasty in Egypt perished and a new dynasty began to rule. The new rulers in Egypt were worried that the Israelites might join forces with the remaining Hyksos people.

 

            So, the new dynasty began to oppress the Israelites.

A)  Enforced hard labor on them. Made them build the store cities of Pithom and Rameses.

B)  Enforced the killing of the male Hebrew babies. The midwives were ordered to kill the baby boys.

 

This was the ultimate despair and hopelessness.

They couldn’t even bring up their own children.

How did it happen?

How could the chosen people of God become enslaved in a foreign country?

Why did they have to suffer such persecution and hardships?

 

It certainly appeared to be a dire situation for them.

At times, our own circumstances seem to be so dire also. Our business, workplace, our children, nothing in our life looks promising and nothing is working and it is really difficult for us to go on another day.

 

In my ministry I often come across those people who say, “Pastor, I don’t understand why God does not provide me abundantly but gives just barely enough for me to go on.”

We cannot just ignore our own adversity, as we have to survive under the difficult circumstances.

 

But the Bible tells us that there is a different kind of history.

 

2)  The providential history

Let us take a look at the providence of God in today’s passage.

            A)  The more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread.

            B)  The midwives feared God more, so they disobeyed the order of Pharaoh.

 

Even in the darkest history, the providence of God was there.

            Even in the midst of visible disappointments, God is working invisibly.

            Today’s passage is showing us God’s providence through this couple’s story.

 

A baby boy was born to a Levite couple.

            He was destined to die right away, because he was a male baby.

            But this Levite couple looked at the situation differently and didn’t believe he had to die.

            They hid him and took care of him as long as they could.

            Even when they couldn’t hide him any longer, they didn’t give up and kept their faith.

            Then, they made ‘a papyrus basket’ to float in the Nile.

            They didn’t want to just float the basket in the Nile, but they wanted to see the             providence of God and how their small project in faith would turn out and bear fruits.

 

When their whole world was shaken, instead of concentrating upon their adversities, they counted on the providence of God faithfully.

 

The papyrus basket was not just a small basket, because their action displayed their faith in the providence of God.

They acted in faith and they waited for the outcome faithfully.

 

There are many who just go along with the environmental history of hardships and adversities in their lives, while asking, “Where is God?” You and I do that also sometimes.

 

On the other hand, there are those who make the papyrus baskets in the midst of the hardships and adversities in their lives. Which type of a person are you?

 

2. The people who make the papyrus baskets

 

  Who were those papyrus basket makers?

 

Today’s passage tells us more information about this Levite couple who made the basket.

 

1)  They lived their lives differently.

           

            ‘A man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman’ (verse 1).

 

This verse seems like it is stating a common fact. But it is not so.

The Israelites had lived in Egypt for 430 years by this time of Exodus.

Despite of desperate circumstances, they persevered and lived their lives according to the Word of God.

The fact that a Levite married a Levite woman means that he was a holy man and serving God as a priest.

 

Who makes these papyrus baskets?

They are the ones who live their lives according to the Word of God, no matter what changes come over to them.

 

Living your life according to the Word of God is the most extraordinary thing.

 

2)  They believed differently.

 

‘She became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.’(verse 2).

 

Many sons must have been born to Hebrew families at that time, and most of them faced the destiny of getting thrown into the Nile River, with the exception of one family.

This family looked at things differently.

They understood the situation with their eyes of faith and believed in the providence of God.

 

This family could be described as ‘tov’ in Hebrew.

This word ‘tov’ was used in Genesis to describe that ‘God saw that it was good’.

When we say ‘tov’, it means that we are seeing things differently with our faithful eyes.

 

Only those who see things with their faithful eyes make the papyrus baskets.

And God has used these people for His purpose and He will continue to do so.

 

Joseph regarded his difficult situations as ‘tov’ and Daniel regarded his situations also as ‘tov’, because they saw things with the eyes of God.

 

Therefore, Joseph was making the papyrus basket for himself with his dreams and Daniel prayed three times a day in order to make the papyrus basket for himself.

 

3)  They acted differently.

 

‘But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.’ (verse 3)

 

Those who believe in the providence of God and those who don’t believe in the providence act differently.

Those who don’t believe in the providence of God can be driven to despair easily.

But those who believe in the providence of God can make the papyrus baskets.

 

The papyrus basket for the baby boy was coated with tar and pitch in order to make it float and not to drown in the Nile River. These were not done only to protect the basket from drowning in the Nile, but also from the storms and the rough and tumbles of life.

 

That is why the Hebrew word for the papyrus basket is ‘teva’ and this ‘teva’ was used to describe Noah’s ark.

This ‘teva’, the papyrus basket, is going to be rescued by God, when God changes the ‘tov’ to ‘teva’.

 

3.  The papyrus basket will not sink to the bottom.

 

            The conclusion for the papyrus basket is this; It will never sink to the bottom.

 

  The name of Moses was the clue for this conclusion.

We have known that ‘Moses’ means ‘to be rescued or saved from the water’ and that he was rescued.

 

But this doesn’t only mean that he was rescued from the Nile, as the name of Moses has the meaning of ‘being rescued from the water’ as well as the meaning of ‘being the rescuer from the water’.

 

What it means is that Moses was not only the one passively saved by God, but also, he would become the active rescuer of Israel with the help of God.

 

This is the true conclusion regarding the papyrus basket.

 

When we float the papyrus basket in the water, God not only rescues the papyrus basket, but He also uses the basket to do the job of rescuing.

 

  Who got the papyrus basket from the water?

 

Who rescued Moses?

 

It has been known that the one who got the papyrus basket out of the water was Pharaoh’s daughter Hatshepsut. After her husband Thutmose II died early, she began acting as regent for her stepson Thutmose III and ruled Egypt for 23 years. She was the one who got Moses out of the water.

 

What an amazing history! The only woman who could save Moses was the one who got the papyrus basket.

 

But it was not Pharaoh’s daughter who got the papyrus basket out of the water.

It was God who got the basket and rescued the baby.

 

That is the reason why today’s passage is not just a story that happened long time ago.

 

This is the story of God who rescues so many papyrus baskets that are floated by faithful people today.

 

God pays attention to the papyrus baskets and He rescues the basket when the time is right.

 

  The papyrus basket will certainly be rescued.

 

The message we have to realize is that ‘the papyrus basket will be rescued without fail’.

Then, why is the papyrus basket bound to be rescued?

 

Because there is someone who is paying close attention to that insignificant basket.

 

I believe that our God watches us making the papyrus basket.

I also believe that our God is paying attention to our reason for making the basket.

 

Our God is the one who is directing the papyrus basket.

 

He directs the floating papyrus basket toward His providence.

He is making sure that it is going toward the right direction.

God will never let the basket sink to the bottom, until our Moses mission of ‘rescuing others after our own rescue’ is accomplished.

 

 


   

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