총 게시물 593건, 최근 2 건

The eager expectation of God

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-08-19 (월) 09:39 조회 : 46
설교일 : 2019.08.18
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 9:11-27

August 18, 2019

Good News Series #3

 

1 Samuel 9:11-27

The eager expectation of God

 

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

 

This is the third in our sermon series on the Good News. What is the Good News and why is it called the Gospel? It is called the Good News because of God’s special attitude toward us and His careful consideration for us. After experiencing the Good News in our lives, we are influenced to live our new life as the people of God, now with our stronger faith.

 

Therefore, the Gospel is not only found in the New Testament, but also in the Old Testament, and today’s passage is a good example of the Good News of God, as it manifests the special attitude of God toward us.

 

When I was young, I used to think that God loved David only and didn’t love Saul, because I thought God only loved the good people. But the Bible taught me that I was wrong. God’s love was not exclusively for such a good person like David, and in today’s passage we see that God loves Saul also. So, I put the title of today’s sermon as ‘The eager expectation of God’, as I realize that God was eagerly looking forward to Saul’s life, just as He is eagerly looking forward to seeing us in our lives.

 

God has been expecting Saul for a long time and now is leading him and guiding him. And He is doing the same with us. God has been expecting us and is now leading us and guiding us, and isn’t this the Good News?

 

 

1.  God was eagerly expecting Saul’s life

 

Saul had tried very hard to search for the lost donkeys in many different areas, but couldn’t find those donkeys which belonged to his father. In our lives, we often experience losses as Saul did, and the losses in our lives can be the loss of our path, our possessions, our health or our loved ones.

 

There are times when we cannot find the lost object, no matter how hard we try, and sometimes we don’t know how we lost it in the first place. We are always confused by our loss and after a while we are ready to give up the search on our own and try to go back like Saul did, thinking that his father would start to worry about his own safety.

 

Then, the servant belonging to his father Kish suggested to Saul, “Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.” (verse 6)

 

Do you have such men as this servant in your life who will return your gaze toward God, when you are ‘lost’? Do you have people with stronger faith than yours in your life? Do you have people close to you whose lives are holier than yours?

 

< A friend of mine is serving as the Senior Pastor of a church in Boon-Dang, Korea, and I had been puzzled by his extremely successful ministry. In my opinion, he has not been particularly smart, nor exceptionally well-educated. What is the secret to his success? I got the answer to this mystery when we were both invited to be the lecturers at a Young People’s Retreat held in Vietnam.

 

When we had some free time in the morning, the two of us went to a massage parlor nearby. After paying the fees at the front desk, we went into the massage rooms and each of us was just starting to get the massage, suddenly he burst open the door to my massage room and shouted to me, “Pastor Kim, let’s get out of here!” I had to ask him, “Why? What’s the matter?” While I was speaking, he pulled me out of the room. I asked him again, “Why are you doing this?” Then, he said, “There’s something wrong with this place! It feels very strange here! I get the feeling that God will not be pleased with what we are doing.” He got that impression as he was getting the massage. After hearing his remarks, I was shocked, as I had not been feeling anything special. I was impressed with him for taking such good care of his spirituality and making sure what he was doing would be pleasing to God or holy enough. Since then, I have been paying attention to his ministry and keeping close contact with him. We talk often and discuss important matters, as I believe he is a holy man God has assigned to me. >

 

It was the same for Saul. After hearing the servant’s suggestion, he decided to go to the town where Samuel was ministering. What an important decision this was for Saul! It was a pivotal moment for the direction of his life! Due to the suggestion of his servant, what started out as the search for his donkeys became the occasion for Saul to be anointed as the king. Don’t you think that the servant had been assigned to Saul by God for that purpose?

 

The servant was not the only one assigned by God. According to the verses 11-13, as they were going up the hill to the town, they met some girls coming out to draw water and they were assured by the girls that Samuel had come to town to have a sacrifice at the high place. They were encouraged by the girls to “Go up now. You should find him about this time.”

 

With the encouragements from the servant and the girls, it must have been quite easy for Saul to make the trip to the town.

 

The conclusive moment came in verse 14. ‘They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.’

 

What is the Bible telling us with this verse?

    When Saul was searching for the lost donkeys,

    a sincere servant was assigned to Saul, so that he could listen to the voice of God.

    Through the girls, Saul was informed of the place where Samuel was.

    Finally, Saul was provided to meet with Samuel who was on his way up to the high place.

 

Isn’t this God’s eager expectation of Saul and His special attitude toward him? Saul doesn’t have to do much, as God does all the work.

 

In our life of faith, we feel and realize the presence of God and then we get to meet and experience Him. Have you realized the eager expectation of God in your life? Have you seen God awakening us and educating us? Experiencing the eager expectation of God for us is the amazing Good News.

 

2. The reason for God’s eager expectation

 

Let us find out the reason why God had such an eager expectation of Saul.

 

In verse 15, ‘Now the day before Saul came, the LORD revealed this to Samuel:’

What did God reveal to Samuel in His whisper? God told him two things.

 

Verse 16: “Anoint him leader over my people Israel; he will deliver my people from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked upon my people, for their cry has reached me.”

 

    1)  God talked about His people

 

In the book of ‘Judges’, after they were gifted with the land of Canaan by God, the Israelites betrayed, went astray and committed evil before Him. They didn’t live as the people of God, nor as the children of God. They disrespected Him right in front of His eyes.

 

But God still calls them ‘my people’. He heard their painful cries when they were attacked by the Philistines and thought about them.

 

< Some time ago, I heard Rev. Moon-Ho Kang of Calvary Church delivering this message during his sermon.

“I know you favor more famous pastors. But do those famous pastors pray for you personally? Do they really know you intimately? They are not your shepherd. Your own Senior Pastor who will cry for you and pray for you is your true shepherd. >

 

Jesus said the same thing.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So, when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:11-15)

 

We are so touched by God’s concern for His people.

 

    2)  God talked about a leader for His people

 

In verse 16, God said, “Anoint him leader over my people Israel.”

 

A leader should be visible to the people in order for them to see and follow him, and he should obey the will of God first, so that the people will follow his example and obey God also. A leader should not be the ruler of people, but a good example for the people in their obedience to God.

 

In the book of ‘Judges’, the leaders such as Gideon, Jephthah and Samson, who had been raised up by God to win victories and deliverance for the Israelites with the help from God, ended up doing bad things for themselves instead of doing God’s work, because of their own greed.

 

God wanted to make Saul the leader, as He needed someone who would listen to Him and be the example for His people.

 

In verse 17, God said, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.”

 

For each new age, God has raised up the leaders who will lead His people to where God wants them to be, by listening to Him and becoming a good example for them.

 

God had a good reason for His eager expectation of a leader who will save His people and lead them to go forward. Then, what reason does God have for His eager expectation of us?

 

In our life of faith, we should do our best to accomplish the will of God and to fulfill His reason for us, instead of trying to accomplish our own wishes.

 

3.  The eager expectation of God, and Samuel’s eager expectation

 

In verse 18, ‘Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, “Would you please tell me where the seer’s house is?” Now, it is the time for their historic encounter. But in reality, Samuel had been waiting for Saul, because God had told him about Saul.

 

Samuel had an eager expectation of Saul whom he had never known before, even though Saul as the new king of Israel would take away all the prestige and privileges he had enjoyed until then.

 

In his eager expectation of Saul, Samuel was being obedient to the will of God.

Without laying down his own self, no one can have any eager expectation of anyone else. Just as God laid down His self in His love for His people who had betrayed Him and wanted to have a king instead of Him, Samuel laid down his self in his eager expectation of Saul.

 

In verse 19, we see Samuel in action. “I am the seer,” Samuel replied. “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is in your heart.”

 

Samuel said to Samuel, “Go up ahead of me”. What he meant was that he wanted to have Saul go up ahead of him, so that the people would see him going in front of Samuel. Samuel’s eager expectation of Saul was not only in his minds and thoughts, but also manifested in his actions. He was truly obedient to the wishes of God.

 

< There are members in the church who insist that their opinions are right. Even if they have the right opinions, their actions and whom they serve will tell us the whole truth.

 

I always pay close attention to the way they live their lives, as well as to their opinions. Do they live the life of prayers and the life of service to others and to the church? If they don’t, their opinions can be compared to ‘the thoughtful Pharisees’. The most important issue is how we live our lives with our faith. Our thoughts will not save us, just as ‘the thoughtful Pharisees’ did not save them. Only when our lives are changed, we become the disciples of Jesus.

 

Now, Samuel said to Saul, “I will tell you all that is in your heart”, which was about Saul’s lost donkeys and how that happened. He wanted to explain that the loss of his donkeys was not a simple accident, but the Providence of God. He is trying to educate Saul, whose spiritual eyes were not open yet, about the Providence of God and the way of God’s work.

 

Why did Samuel make Saul go up ahead of himself and tell him all about the way of God’s Providence? It was because Samuel had known that God was eagerly expecting to raise up Saul as the leader for Israel.

 

But Saul was a Benjamite, the smallest tribe of Israel. According to the chapter 19 of the ‘Judges’, the Benjamite tribe had been tragically eliminated. After the horrible actions of the Benjamite people of Gibeah on his concubine, a Levite sent her body parts to all the other tribes of Israel and then they fought and killed all the Benjamites except 600 men. Now, God wants to raise up Saul, a Benjamite, to be the king of Israel in order to restore His people to Himself.

 

By raising up a man who has been hurt, suffered and fallen, God wants to raise up those who have been hurt, suffered and fallen. For this purpose, God chose Saul as the king and helped Samuel to eagerly expect him and welcome him.

 

There is an important message in Samuel’s welcoming of Saul. Knowing the will of God, Samuel was obedient to Him in his thoughts, actions and spiritual confessions. God has as much eager expectation of us as He did for the holy man of the Old Testament, and isn’t this the Good News for us? 


   

총 게시물 593건, 최근 2 건
번호 설교일              제목 본문말씀 설교자
593 2019.09.15  The Life-giving Authority (3) 1 Samuel 17:17-27 Rev. Eungyong Kim
592 2019.09.15  생명 권세 (3) 사무엘상 17:17-27 김응용 목사
591 2019.09.08  The Life-giving Authority (2) Malachi 3:7-12 Rev. Eungyong Kim
590 2019.09.08  생명 권세 (2) 말라지 3:7-12 김응용 목사
589 2019.09.01  The Life-giving Authority John 4:10-14 Rev. Eungyong Kim
588 2019.09.01  생명 권세 요한 복음 4:10-14 김응용 목사
587 2019.08.25  The Gospel of God's one and only Son John 3:16 Rev. Eungyong Kim
586 2019.08.25  독생자의 복음 요한 복음 3:16 김응용 목사
585 2019.08.18  The eager expectation of God 1 Samuel 9:11-27 Rev. Eungyong Kim
584 2019.08.18  하나님의 마중 사무엘상 9:11-27 김응용 목사
583 2019.08.11  The Good Detroiters Luke 10:30-37 Rev. Eungyong Kim
582 2019.08.11  선한 디트로이트 사람 누가 복음 10:30-37 김응용 목사
581 2019.08.04  To preach good news to the poor Luke 4:16-19 Rev. Eungyong Kim
580 2019.08.04  가난한 자에게 복음을 누가 복음4:16-19 김응용 목사
579 2019.07.28  The invisible aspects of the Sabbath Matthew 12:1-8 Rev. Eungyong Kim
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제목 : The Life-giving Authority (3)
설교일 : 2019.09.15
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 17:17-27
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
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