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The lessons we learn through the family of Jacob

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-05-13 (월) 09:43 조회 : 105
설교일 : 2019.05.12
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : Genesis 35:1-8

May 12, 2019

Distinguished Family Series #2

 

The lessons we learn through the family of Jacob

Genesis 35:1-8

 

This month is the Family Month. Today we want to share the lessons we learn through the family of Jacob, after what we learned from the family of Noah last Sunday.

 

Are you familiar with the family of Jacob? If you are, you may think Jacob’s family is very unlikely to be called a distinguished family. There were 4 wives for Jacob; 2 wives and 2 concubines. And he had 12 sons from these 4 wives, who were competing against each other for Jacob’s affection in bearing his children. His sons, who were born of competition among the wives, did not get along well. Consequently, there were many tragic incidents involving Jacob’s children such as Dina’s violation in today’s passage, Joseph being sold as a slave, and later Reuben sleeping with Bilha, his father’s concubine.

 

How could we call this family a distinguished family? This family would be jeered in the world and they would deserve the jeers.

 

We think the family of Jacob is ‘weak and evil’, as they didn’t have the strength to withstand the pull of the world and were led astray by the world. They couldn’t control their emotions and were led by their sinfulness. A sinner is usually weak and wicked, and we are all sinners. Therefore, we would call the family of Jacob a family of sinners and a very worldly family, but not a spiritually distinguished family.

 

But God used this family and made them the forefathers of Israel. He molded this weak and evil family into a family of God. When we are discussing the spiritually distinguished families, our fundamental question should be; what is the difference between the distinguished families of the world and the distinguished families in the Bible. The difference is that the worldly distinguished families were lifted up by their efforts in the world, while the spiritually distinguished families were molded by the hand of God.

 

God worked on Jacob’s family and molded them into a spiritually distinguished family. I hope and pray that the hand of God will mold your family into a precious family of God, like He did with the family of Jacob.

 

How did God mold the family of Jacob?

 

1. A family becomes spiritually distinguished by paying attention to the Word of God.

 

In today’s passage, Jacob’s family faced a crisis because of Jacob’s daughter Dinah. She had gone to visit the Hivite women of the land and was violated by Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area. Afterwards, Jacob’s sons deceived the Hivites and made them go through circumcision. Then Simeon and Levi took their revenge on them and killed all the males who were still in pain from the circumcision. Nobody can be successful by taking his revenge, as he will then become the target of the others’ retaliation and quite likely be killed.

 

The family of Jacob had to face many more crises and hardships than average family, and it was due to the culture in the family. The culture in the family of Jacob was very worldly and the values they pursued were the same as those pursued by other people in the world. That was the reason why Jacob’s family faced ongoing crises and hardships.

 

< What is the difference between the worldly views and spiritual views?

In 1 Samuel chapter 17, the Israelites were fighting the Philistines in a war, and a champion named Goliath came out of the Philistine camp. He was over 9 feet tall. So, none of Israeli champions dared to come out to fight him. Why? Because they compared Goliath with themselves and realized they were just too small. We call this a worldly view. By a worldly standard, they were just no match for him.

 

Then David came on the scene and he was different from other Israelites. He was not afraid of Goliath. According to 1 Samuel, David went out to fight Goliath with his staff in his hand. When Goliath saw him, he said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” Then David answered, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled.”

 

Now, do you understand the spiritual view? We usually think that mystical happenings or miraculous signs are the spiritual things, but they are just the spiritual phenomena. Being spiritual means being the opposite of the worldly. A spiritual person looks at things with the standard of God and stands with His standard and goes forward with His standard. The world is not afraid of any worldly-minded person, but it is afraid of a spiritual person. >

 

The first step God took to mold the family of Jacob was to use this crisis, which was brought on by their killings and lootings of the people of the land. God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God.” God’s command to Jacob was not a worldly solution, but a spiritual one.

 

When we are facing a crisis, we are more afraid of the terrifying words of the world. What should Jacob be hearing at this time of crisis? Wouldn’t it be to flee from that place as soon as possible and escape from danger? But God is telling him the opposite; God wants him to go up to Bethel and build an altar there and then He adds, “an altar to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.” Jacob was reminded of his past spiritual relationship with God during his first crisis and was commanded to go back to that place to renew his relationship with God.

 

Worldly people only pay attention to worldly advices for their crisis, so they cannot conquer the world. The crisis will come and go repeatedly in their lives. If you are in the midst of a crisis today, are you not paying attention to the worldly advice only, like the other people in the world?

 

We should pay attention to such spiritual advice as the one given to Jacob, which was God’s analysis for the situation. When we get the analysis of God, we are equipped with the power to win and our crisis will soon come to an end.

 

The family of Jacob became a distinguished family of God because they began to hear the spiritual voice, by the grace of God. Once they began to pay attention to God’s voice, they began to be raised up spiritually.

 

2.  A family becomes spiritually distinguished by their dedicated worship.

 

Jacob’s family was facing an urgent crisis, which had to be taken care of right away. Otherwise, they might face a bigger crisis.

 

But God’s advice for them was not a solution to the crisis, but building an altar to worship. They must have been very surprised at this advice. Perhaps they were expecting God to suggest a way for them to escape or to reinforce their weapons. But God told them to go up to Bethel and build an altar to worship Him. And this Bethel was located deeper in the midst of their enemies, the Hivites. Why did God give this advice to them?

 

If you had to choose what is more important between finding a solution to your problem or attending a worship service, your choice will show if you are a worldly person or a spiritual person. A worldly person will go for a solution to his problem, while a godly person will choose to attend a worship service.

 

Why should you choose a worship service rather than finding a solution? The reason is that you will certainly face another problem after this one is solved, and that is why you need the worship more.

 

In Genesis 35:2-3, we learn why God said to Jacob to build an altar to worship.

‘So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.”

 

After hearing God’s command to him to go up to Bethel and build an altar, Jacob immediately took action to get ready for the worship. He reflected upon himself and then did the three things with all the people who were with him.

 

   1)  They got rid of all the foreign gods.

   2)  They purified themselves.

   3)  They changed their clothes.

 

For this reason, God had asked Jacob to offer worship to Him, and this is why we have to attend worship services. A true worship does not have to be in a holy sanctuary with a great sermon and a beautiful choir. In a true worship, our confessions after reflecting upon our lives should be included. During worship, we should offer the past week’s life to God and then let it be touched by God, so that we can reflect upon it seriously.

 

As soon as Jacob began to reflect upon his life to prepare himself for the worship, he realized that there were foreign gods in his household. Instead of God, these idols were worshiped in Jacob’s household, as their faith in God had dwindled. Now that he was going before God for a true worship, Jacob began to see that these idols had been influencing his family and that his family lacked the purity and propriety to be the people of God.

 

< When I was ministering in Korea, I went to visit a church member who was hospitalized. There were 2 patients in the hospital room; one was our church member and the other was a victim of a serious burn. After our worship I was leaving the room and the other patient asked me if I could pray for him. I went over to him and saw that he was a young man. As I was praying for his speedy recovery, he began to cry. After the prayers, he said to me, “Pastor, I have been punished by God for my wrongdoings.” He cried so much that I prayed for him again. After the intercessory prayers, I said to him, “This may not be a punishment, it may be a blessing for you!” He looked at me with questioning eyes, so I added, “Because of this burn, you heard our prayers and then you requested a prayer for you. I think you will be healed very soon.” Then, he began to cry again, this time very loud. “Pastor, during the worship you held here, I really repented, because I realized how I had lived in sin and why I suffered this burn. Now I am going back to church and back to God.” >

 

This is the way of a true worship, which enables us to reflect upon ourselves. That is why having a true worship is more important than having a solution for the current crisis. With their true worship, the family of Jacob began to establish themselves as a spiritually distinguished family.

 

God doesn’t offer us any practical worldly advices for solving our current problem, but He lets us see the root cause of the problem and why the crisis happened. That was why God told Jacob to come out before Him to worship.

 

While getting ready for the worship, Jacob was able to discern the true crisis that caused the problem, from the fake crisis that was shown on the surface.

 

When the true worship was restored to them, the family of Jacob became spiritually distinguished and was blessed to correct the root-cause of their current crisis.

 

3.  A family becomes spiritually distinguished by remembering God’s grace.

 

What was the real root-cause of the crisis facing the family of Jacob? It was Jacob himself.

 

According to Genesis 28:15, when Jacob fled from his father’s house and was lost, God appeared to him and said to him, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”God had given Jacob two promises; the first was he would be brought back, and the second was God would be with him and watch over him always.

 

Jacob also had made a vow to God and promised two things in Genesis 28:21-22. “So that I return safely to my father’s house, then the LORD will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.” The first promise was to worship the LORD as his God and the second was to offer God the tenth of all that God would give him.

 

God had given him two promises and Jacob had made a vow to God with two promises.

 

Having been so touched by the love and grace of God for himself who was a nobody, Jacob had made a heartfelt vow to God. Time went on, and in Genesis chapter 35, Jacob returned to Bethel, as God had promised, and God had kept His two promises to Jacob.

 

But Jacob didn’t keep his two promises to God. In fact, he lived his life quite contrary to his vow to God, as he had forgotten all about his vow. What he had forgotten was not the vow, but the grace of God.This is the reason why people are advised not to make a vow, as people tend to forget about their vows to God. Usually a vow is made when a person, thankful for the grace of God, offers to live his life set apart and holy, being held tight by God only. So, one should never make a vow without his thankfulness for the grace, as anyone who is not under the grace of God cannot keep his vow to God.

 

Jacob had been a man of the grace of God. He had been bestowed with God’s amazing love and grace while he lived in his uncle Laban’s house. But now he lost the grace. When he enjoyed his wealth, many children of his own and numerous servants, he began to lose the grace, the most important thing in his life.

 

God would not leave Jacob alone without the grace. So, God restored the grace in Jacob’s life with His spiritual message to him after the incident of Dinah, and by His request to Jacob to go up to Bethel and build an altar for Him, so that Jacob could reflect upon himself.

 

A family becomes spiritually distinguished when they are molded by God. That is what we learn through the family of Jacob. When they lacked the Word of God, God gave them the Word. When they lacked the worship, God raised the worship in them. When they lost the grace, God restored the grace in them.

 

I urge you to take a serious look at your family, and check to see what your family has and has not. Your family will be spiritually distinguished when the hand of God is on your family and when it leads each of you to the Word, to the worship, and to His grace.  


   

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본문말씀 : Luke 10:30-37
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