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The secret of a papyrus basket

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-03-11 (월) 10:23 조회 : 102
설교일 : 2019.03.10
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : Exodus 4:10-17

March 10, 2019

 

The Papyrus Basket #2

 

The secret of a papyrus basket

Exodus 4:10-17

 

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

 

A person of faith will build a papyrus basket of his own, when his whole world is shaken and in turmoil. And many faithful people in the Bible have built their own papyrus baskets.

 

In Exodus, we get to meet the papyrus basket of Moses. This papyrus basket was rescued from the water by Princess Hatshepsut, Pharaoh’s daughter, and Moses spent the first 40 years of his life in the palace. He seems to have been brought up well; now he is an adult, with great physical strength, deep knowledge and various experiences.

 

In chapter 2 of Exodus, Moses is described in the act of using his own physical strength to save a Hebrew man, one of his own people.

 

‘Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand’ (2:12).

 

This description tells us that Moses was the kind of person who would kill to achieve his own purpose, without thinking a lot. The Bible states that Moses glanced this way and that, but his eyes didn’t look for the presence of God.

He may have been educated well for 40 years in the court, but he didn’t have any faith in God.

 

So, when his crime was found out by fellow Hebrew men and reported to Pharaoh, Moses fled from the palace and began his 40 years of life in the wilderness.

 

The papyrus basket for Moses had been built by his parents with faith, but it was now empty, as he had never met or known God.

 

Moses spent the next 40 years in the wilderness as an empty and useless basket.

 

In the chapter 3 of Exodus, God appears to Moses who is now in his 80s and says, “Moses! Moses! Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

Afterwards, Moses learned the name of God and heard what God planned to do.

 

But, even after witnessing the miraculous signs of God performed with his own staff, Moses was still not convinced. It looks like Moses had not changed much from his previous self and was not yet a papyrus basket to be useful to God.

 

He is just like us; he is as incompetent as we are. He reminds us of our own selves.

 

Then, God told Moses three secrets.

And these are the three secrets of a papyrus basket.

 

1. “Who gave man his mouth?” = about the past hurts.

 

While meditating upon today’s passage, I was shocked at the remark by a fellow Hebrew to Moses; “Who made you ruler and judge over us?”

 

This was said to Moses the next day, after he had watched his own people at their hard labor and killed an Egyptian on their behalf.

 

How powerful this cruel remark was! I realize Moses must have been extremely hurt by this remark by a fellow Hebrew.

Later, when God called him from the burning bush and showed him the miraculous signs, Moses couldn’t bring himself to follow God’s command, because of the past hurt from this remark. He continued to hesitate with “Who am I …?” “What should I tell them about you?”, as he seemed to be haunted by his past hurts.

 

In the end, Moses blurted out, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent” (4:10).  Was he really slow of speech and tongue? According to chapter 7 of the Acts of the Apostles, ‘Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.’ Moses was excellent in speech and action. We remember his great speech to the Israelites when they were facing the Red Sea; “Stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will bring today. You need only to be still.”

 

Then, what did he mean by saying that “I have never been eloquent”? He was confessing the hurt he had received 40 years ago. He was saying that he didn’t have the confidence to persuade his fellow Hebrews who had given him such a cruel remark in the past.

Because of his failure of 40 years ago, Moses didn’t have the confidence to win the hearts of his own people.

 

This remark by Moses has touched me very deeply. In my ministry, I have come across many people who had been so hurt by someone’s remarks like Moses that they were stuck in the swamp and unable to move forward.

 

What should be done to heal them?

Today, I want to share what God said Moses.

 

God asked Moses, “Who gave man his mouth?” (4:11)

Moses must have been shocked to hear this. He had been so hurt by the remark by his fellow Hebrew man that he had spent the past 40 years in the wilderness and in despair. But now God says that He was the one who had given man his mouth. Does that mean perhaps it was God who had allowed those cruel words?

 

We know that it was so, according to the Bible. We know that God had the plan to use Moses, not when he was 40 years old and full of youthful vigor, but when he was 80 years old. God needed Moses, not when he was so self-reliant, but when he relied on the power of God. That was why God made the Hebrew man say those terrible words.

 

Moses must have been shocked when he heard God say “Who gave man his mouth?”, but he realized that those cruel remarks by a fellow Hebrew had originally come from God and that they were used by God to fill his empty basket, not to hurt his feelings.

Then, he was released from the grip of the hurt.

 

The first secret of a papyrus basket is meeting and letting God release the person from the past hurt. But, to fill the papyrus basket, God had to empty the basket first.

 

God is doing the same thing to us today.

He first heals our hurts and wounds to empty us, so that He can fill us up later.

 

Now God says to Moses, “I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (4:12)

He promises to Moses that He will teach him what to say to the Israelites from now on.

God emptied Moses first, and now He will fill him up. This is the way God works.

 

2.  You will be given the power, better than the words = practical points

 

After hearing the assurances from God, Moses still insisted, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” (4:13)

I understand what Moses was saying. He had been restored from the past hurt, but he thought so little of himself; an old man in his 80s, didn’t know much about the current situation in Egypt, having lost all the connections with his past life at the palace. What could he do there? “I am not the one God should send, as I am a failure and a nobody.”

 

He had been emptied, but not yet filled up, so he was afraid.

It is just the same for you and me!

Even after accepting Jesus as the Savior and laying down everything, we are still anxious in our life of faith because we are not yet filled up, like an empty papyrus basket.

 

For 4 years when I was 31-34 years old, I served as an assistant pastor of a church in Incheon. Over 500 adults were attending that church and I was the one leading the prayer service every night from 9 till 11 O’clock. It was really hard for a novice pastor to prepare the sermon for every evening service, and I worked from 5 a.m. till 11 p.m. During this tough period, I continuously prayed to God to give me a chance to serve in my own ministry.

 

When the opportunity to plant a church in the Philippines came to me, I took it even though I had never been there, believing it was the answer to my prayers. So, to plant a new church for Koreans, I arrived in Manila, at 34 years old with my wife and 2 kids who were 7 and 2 years old. It was not going to be an easy task. I hardly knew anyone there, with no resources. To find help and support, I went to a gathering of Korean Methodist missionaries, but they were not encouraging me at all.

 

From that time on, I resolved to rely on God only, not on any person. I didn’t go to any meetings for 2 years, but what I chose to do was to pray at our church at 5 a.m., 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day, together with my wife.

 

My one and only prayer request was; “Dear God, please send people to this church! I don’t know anyone here and I don’t know where to find Koreans here, so you have to send people to me.”

 

The tough schedule I had when I served as an assistant pastor at the Incheon church helped me to endure and continue during this difficult period of my life. I realized that God had trained me for this task. After two years the church began to grow, as God sent more people to the church.

 

While meditating upon today’s passage, I realized that what God had promised to Moses was not just any words, but His power.

 

Upon hearing Moses’ desperate excuse, God gave him the second assurance by way of his brother Aaron.

“He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.” (4:16)

 

God is promising to endow Moses with power; God doesn’t change the circumstances, but He promises to give him the authority.

 

When our whole world is shaking and provides us only disappointments, what do we need desperately?

How should we fill up the papyrus basket we have made?

God says we should fill our papyrus basket with His authority.

 

God’s work has been accomplished with His authority, without our knowledge of it.

While Moses was staying in the wilderness for 40 years, God was training him without his knowledge. We know that the wilderness area with which Moses had been very familiar was the area for the Israelites to travel in their future.

Likewise, the hard training during my assistant pastor days has toughened me to continue as an enduring pastor of prayers.

 

Only when we encounter the power of God, our empty papyrus basket will begin to be filled.

 

What kind of authority of God are you meeting in your life?

Are you encountering His power of the Word? Or His power of grace? Or His power of prayers? Or His power of love?

 

Lately, I have been shocked to find out that some of us are still feeling like we are in December, looking gloomy and depressed. I can sense their dark emotions.

 

I have been here for 2 months, and God has bestowed His grace upon us through many worship services including the special early morning prayer services. For myself, whenever I delivered my sermon on this platform, I felt the grace being bestowed upon me to help me to do God’s work better. But there are some people who are still in December and who need to be emptied before being filled.  

 

We need to have the power of God, more power than before.

 

3.  Take this staff in your hand! = the way to the future

 

The third and last thing God said to Moses was; “But take this staff in your hand so you can perform miraculous signs with it.” (4:17)

 

This staff God wants Moses to take is just a staff from an apricot tree and it has been worn out and bent by his intensive use for 40 years.

But God tells Moses, “Take this staff in your hand so you can perform miraculous signs with it.”

 

In verse 20, we notice that Moses later was doing what God told him to do.

‘So, Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.’ (4:20)

 

A staff made from an apricot tree has become the staff of God.

This is the third secret of a papyrus basket.

 

Why did God ask Moses to take the staff in his hand?

Was it because the staff could manifest the power of God?

 

What was the meaning of the staff for Moses?

It means that he should not dwell on the remaining hurts or be bothered by the present circumstances, but should leave toward Egypt, relying on the staff of God only. This is what we as believers should do also.

And this is the third secret.

 

Psalm 23

‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.’ (23:4)

 

This is the remembrances of David about the times when God protected him when he was a youth, and he remembers the staff of God well.

 

Why did God ask Moses to take the staff in his hand?

How should we carry our papyrus basket?

While remembering the power of God, we are going forward.

 

God says, “Moses, remember that I am the one who gave man his mouth, and I allowed those cruel remarks to you!”

We remember that God had trained Moses for 40 years without his knowledge of it!

 

Having faith means having remembrances.

We remember what God has done for us.

Remembrances are crucial to our faith.

The papyrus basket cannot be beautiful alone.

By remembering how God works in our lives, we can go forward.

 

This is the third secret of a papyrus basket.

Is your papyrus basket filled with these three secrets?                                                  


   

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