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The exodus of a papyrus basket

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-03-18 (월) 04:02 조회 : 115
설교일 : 2019.03.17
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : Exodus 5:22-6:9

March 17, 2019

 

The Papyrus Basket #3

 

The exodus of a papyrus basket

Exodus 5:22-6:9

 

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

 

 

Through the faith of his parents, Moses was provided with a papyrus basket (Series #1), and after the healing of his past hurts by God, he was able to overcome his insecurities and go forward to the future, taking the staff of God in his hand (Series #2).  

 

Now, Moses went to Pharaoh and delivered to him God’s message of ‘Let my people go’, but his reaction was completely different from what Moses had expected. Pharaoh ordered more work in harsher conditions for the Israelites, and because of this, the Israelites began to blame Moses for their misery. Under this circumstance, Moses asked God, “Why have you not rescued your people at all?” What he really wanted to say to God was, “Why didn’t your plan work?”

 

As Christians, we often face similar circumstances of disappointments in our life of faith and are tempted to ask God the same question as Moses did.

 

But in reality, the disappointment that Moses had was due to his different view about the exodus. Moses and God had different opinions about the exodus. What Moses thought about the exodus for the Israelites was escaping from Egypt and entering the Promised Land of Canaan. He wanted the escape from the land of hard labor to the land of abundance and hope, from the slavery to the freedom. We also want and hope for the same things. Quite often, the new believers in Jesus Christ expect to be bestowed with new blessings and abundant grace and hope to have all of their wishes come true.

 

But we learn from the book of Exodus that the exodus God has in mind is different from our expectations. The exodus of God does not mean that we just move to a different place, escape from a place like Egypt, improve our lifestyle, or have our wishes come true. With their exodus, God wanted the Israelites to change themselves, their Egyptian lifestyle, culture and customs in order to become the people of God. God wanted the Israelites to experience their spiritual exodus, not their geographical exodus.

 

If our lifestyle, language, habits and culture do not change after attending church for a long time, then we are still living in Egypt. God wants us to experience the exodus to become true Canaanites and true Christians.

 

Therefore, we should learn from what God told Moses, when he complained to Him.

 

1.  “Moses, now you will see what I will do.”

 

When we complain to God, “Why didn’t it work out as you had promised?” “Why don’t you show us, as our Living God?”, God’s answer to our complaints is that He works in His own way. And God had His own way of dealing with Pharaoh.

 

Then, we wonder what ‘God’s own way of working’ is.

 

In our life of faith, when things work out in the way we have hoped, we think that God has answered our prayers. This shows that we have arbitrarily decided on the kind of answers and blessings from God, just like Moses in today’s passage. That is why God told him about what He would do to Pharaoh.

 

How does God work? In today’s passage, God tells Moses about His mighty hand that will do His work.

 

< This happened in Manila about 2 years after our church had been planted there. We had a sizable number of members in the church and the men’s mission group president came to see me and proposed to have a Mission Golf tournament, as our congregation was keenly interested in golf games. He suggested that we should offer big prizes and prepare good meals, so that many friends and acquaintances of the members could be invited. I thought it was a good proposal and for one month we prayed and got ready for the tournament. On the day of the event, a big crowd gathered to participate in the Mission Golf tournament. After everything went well in the morning, the men’s mission group president came to me and said, “Pastor, in the afternoon, how about playing golf with Mr. Dong-Min Park who just joined our church last week?” This man came to our church the week before and as he was registering to be a member of our church, he said to me, “Pastor, I have done many wrong things in the Philippines, but now I want to have my faith back and live a new life.” After my prayer for him, we had parted our ways and I was very happy to see him again at the event. We started together at #9 hole and when I reached the #11 hole ahead of him, I saw the caddies in the back were scrambling in panic. I ran to see what was going on and found Mr. Park collapsed on the grass and foaming in the mouth. I started to try the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation which I had learned on TV, but it did not work so well on him, no matter how hard I tried with the artificial resuscitation. I was annoyed that nobody came close to us to assist, as all the people stayed at a distance. Soon the ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital. I went with him, but was shocked to hear that he was dead on arrival at the hospital. Of course, the tournament was canceled and all the participants went home. I don’t remember how I drove, but I got to the church and began to pray. The words wouldn’t come out of my mouth, as I was so worried about the future of our church. Who will want to come to our church after this unfortunate event? The next day the funeral service for Mr. Dong-Min Park was performed at our church, and almost all the people who had been at the golf tournament were there, as well as the numerous friends of the deceased in the community. At the end of the funeral service, each person said farewell to the deceased and then came over to me to profusely thank me. Some of them even gave me hugs. I was just confused about this reaction, as I had been so worried about them blaming me for his sudden death while playing golf with me. Later, I found out that the reason why all the people stayed away from us was because of the offensive stench coming out of his mouth. I had been so preoccupied with the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to save his life that I didn’t notice anything else. I just kept saying to him, “You cannot leave us now. You promised to start a new life with us.” Those who were at the scene and witnessed my desperate action made up their minds to attend our church. On the next Sunday our church was filled with men who were the friends of the deceased, and they later became the devoted members of our church. >

 

God works with His mighty hand. His mighty hand does amazing work that we cannot even imagine or try, and the Bible is full of those unbelievable works of God. In Manila, I had constantly prayed to God to send to our church more people, preferably more men, and God answered my prayers with His mighty hand.

 

God is saying the same thing to Moses in today’s passage. “Moses, are you upset because things didn’t turn out in the way you wanted? But you will see what I will do to Pharaoh with my mighty hand. Because of what my mighty hand will accomplish, Pharaoh will let my people go.”

 

With faith, we can confess our trust in the mighty hand of God. Then, we will experience a true exodus. After laying down all the things in our lives before God, we will experience our standard for the blessings being changed into God’s standard for His blessings.

 

2.  You will know who I am.

 

God says that a true exodus is getting to know ‘who God of Israel is’, and that is the real purpose of the Exodus. Therefore, God tells Moses several times, “I am the LORD, I am who I am”, meaning that He is the absolute being and that the Israelites will get to know Him through their Exodus.

 

In verses 4, 5, 6 of today’s passage, God tells more about Himself; “I established my covenant with the Israelites, I have remembered my covenant, and I will redeem you.” God says the Israelites will get to know Him better through these three things.

 

1)  God’s covenant with us.

 

            God’s covenant is His promise to His people, and God lets us know His plan for us through His covenant.

 

            God told Moses His plan first and said that He had established His covenant with Moses’ ancestors. We learn that God works with a definite plan which has been established from the beginning, as He is God of the Covenant.

 

            When I was making the decision to come to this church, God directed me to Isaiah 43:19; “I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” At that time, I was not sure of the meaning of His Word, but now I know. I found out that so many of you had been praying to God, dreaming and hoping for His new work here at our church. God had His plan established long before I became a candidate to be the Senior Pastor of this church.

 

            God wants to raise up our church to become a spiritual church, where 1) the Word of Living Water flows from the altar, 2) the members experience their lives being changed, 3) countless souls are being saved, 4) their homes are sanctified, and 5) God’s missions are greatly expanded. God has wanted to accomplish these things here, so He encouraged the church to pray for them and then let His servant know of His plan. This is God’s covenant with us.

 

2)  God’s remembrance of the covenant.

 

            When God remembers His covenant, it is the time for His covenant to be fulfilled. God never forgets His promises; For some of them, the time has not been right yet. God did not randomly desert Moses in the wilderness for 40 years, but He was just waiting for the right time. That was His remembrance. God remembers His plan and works His wonders among us.   

 

            I became a pastor because of my mother’s vow. She used to ask me all the time if I wanted to become a pastor, and I would reply angrily, “Mother, you must have gone crazy.” This battle of wills between my mother and I went on for a long time, but my mother’s prayers won the battle in the end and I have become a pastor. Now, I realize that it was not my mother’s plan, but it was God’s plan. God remembers the prayers of my mother and intervened in every detail of my life to direct me toward Him and toward the ministry. God remembers His plan and works to accomplish it.

 

3)  God’s redemption of us.

 

            God’s redemption plan for the Israelites was first rescuing them from Egypt and moving them to Canaan and then changing them from Egyptian Israelites to the people of God in the land of Canaan. This is His salvation plan for them. God’s salvation requires that the person is changed completely through the exodus.

 

            Have you been saved? Have you changed? Has your life been changed? God teaches us that this is our salvation and the true exodus.

 

            God wants the Israelites to know Him to be their LORD and God through these three things; the covenant, the remembrance, and the redemption.

 

3.  I will be your God.

 

God told Moses, “I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God” (Exodus 6:7). God’s real purpose of the Exodus was to take the Israelites as His own people.

 

But we are surprised to learn in Exodus 6:9 that when Moses delivered the message from God, ‘the Israelites didn’t listen to him.’ Why didn’t the Israelites listen to the Word of God? It was because they paid more attention to the words of Pharaoh. Pharaoh not only refused to let them go, but also made them suffer more by ordering harsher work for them. As they were under the rule of Pharaoh, they didn’t listen to the Word of God.

 

There are some people who attend the church regularly, but do not listen to the Word of God. Without hearing the Word of God, they do not experience the grace of God at all, so they do not experience any changes in their lives, because they are paying attention only to the outside world.

 

Now, we return to the question about the meaning of the exodus. What is the exodus God wants us to experience? Is it the change of places? Is it the experience of prosperity? Is it having the land blessed by God? None of them. A true exodus is to be able to listen to the Word of God.

 

< Last Thursday morning during Q.T., we meditated upon the chapter 19 of Exodus.

It was the scene of God explaining the reason why He was giving the ten commandments to the Israelites. God said there were three things for them to do. The first was that they should obey Him fully and keep the covenant, so as to be God’s treasured possession. I was touched by His request that they obey Him and keep the covenant. The second was that God wanted them to be consecrated before receiving the ten commandments. God is seeking those who consecrate themselves by washing their clothes and by reflecting upon their past sins. I am really grateful for the opportunity to repent our sins and consecrate ourselves before our appearance in front of God. The third is having the fear of God. Before giving the ten commandments, God warns that the people should not come up the mountain, which is set apart as holy, as He didn’t want those sinners to perish by coming too close to God. As He repeated the same warning to Moses a few times, I have realized that God had been worried that we might perish because of our many sins. By sharing these meditations at the morning service, I felt the presence of the kingdom of God in my heart and I was so grateful. >

 

By listening to the Word of God, making the Word our life and obeying the Word fully, we get to know the heart of God, and then by repenting and consecrating ourselves, we get to feel the heart of God. Then, we will be called the people of God. ‘I am the LORD your God’ and ‘I will take you as my own people’ go together. God makes the covenant, remembers the covenant and redeems the people, and by obeying the Word of God fully and keeping the covenant, we become the holy people of God and His treasured possessions. When this is accomplished, God calls it the exodus.

 

Today’s passage teaches us what the true exodus is.

1.  The true exodus is when we recognize the work of God.

2.  The true exodus is when we get to know God well.

3.  The true exodus is when we hear the Word of God clearly.

 


   

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