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'Divine Yes'

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-10-14 (월) 08:49 조회 : 74
설교일 : 2019.10.13
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : Genesis 13:1-13

October 13, 2019

Abraham Series #2

 

‘Divine Yes’

Genesis 13:1-13

 

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

 

How did Abram of Haran, who had lived his life having no relationship with God, become Abraham of Canaan?

 

Last Sunday, we shared three reasons that contributed to this change upon Abram.

    1)  Through the Word of God

    2)  Leaving familiar circumstances by Divine Conspiracy

    3)  By worship and remembrances

 

Because of these three reasons, Abram of Haran was changed into Abraham of Canaan.

 

These three reasons can be summed up as ‘the ability to say Amen’; the ability to say Amen to the Word of God, Amen to the Divine conspiracy and Amen to the remembrances of God’s works in our lives. ‘The ability to say Amen’ means ‘acknowledging God in every aspect’. And Abraham had that ability. At 75 years old, he said Amen to the Word of God and to God’s command to leave and to a life of worship. He was a new breed of man, a man of Canaan who was no longer a man of Haran.

 

Having faith means ‘acknowledging God in every aspect’ of one’s life and Abram was a good example of how to become a person of Canaan.

 

In the chapter 1 of the Book of Daniel, we see Daniel acknowledging God. After his country was defeated, he was taken as a captive to Babylon. Having been selected as a personal slave to the king, he was ordered to eat a daily amount of food and wine that had been assigned by the king. But Daniel decided to refuse the royal food and wine, not because he was against the food and wine, but because he was confident of God’s intervention in his life on his behalf. In spite of all the difficulties and criticisms from people, Daniel never stopped acknowledging God, and subsequently Daniel was provided with the opportunities to manifest the living God, when he served as a chief administrator of Babylon and later of the Persian empire.

 

Acknowledging God means saying ‘Divine Yes’ to God, even when the situations, the circumstances and the people are not agreeable to you, and going beyond those obstacles to acknowledge God. This is the attitude that the people of Canaan should have.

 

Today’s passage has the same message.

After arriving in Canaan, when there was a severe famine, Abram couldn’t overcome the difficult situation and moved to Egypt. Even though he had lied that his wife was his sister to save his own life there, thanks to God’s intervention, he came back to Canaan from Egypt with lots of possessions. It was his reversal of fortune by God. Then, because of too much of possessions, a conflict arose between Abram and his nephew Lot, who had gone through many ups and downs together ever since they had left their homeland of Haran.

 

Even when we want to acknowledge God by saying ‘Divine Yes’ all the time, we are challenged constantly by our conflicts with other people, bad circumstances, or difficult situations in our lives. That is the reason why it takes a long time for a person of Haran to become a person of Canaan and it is accomplished only after many instances of choosing to acknowledge God in their life.

 

How did Abram do it? Let us learn how to say ‘Divine Yes’, through Abram’s example.

 

 

1.  By not following the voices of other people.

 

Abram was bothered by the voices of complaints and conflicts among his herdsmen and Lot’s. How about you? Are you bothered by the voices of other people?

 

Last week, during the Q.T. meditations on the chapter 4 of Deuteronomy, we heard two things spoken very emphatically.

 

    1)  Follow the decrees and laws of God, but ‘do not add to them and do not subtract from them’.

 

Observe God’s decrees and laws carefully, but do not add your own analysis or compromise, but stick to the original commands.

 

In my opinion, God knows that we have the tendency to analyze or compromise God’s decrees and laws, instead of just obeying them, because of our sinful nature.

 

In my ministry, I have noticed that those who analyze God’s decrees and laws in accordance with their own opinions do not even follow their own analysis. They only insist on their own opinions and do not obey God’s decrees and laws at all.

 

On the other hand, we have seen those, who do not add to nor subtract from God’s decrees and laws, do not insist on their own opinions and analysis, but just meditate upon them and obey them selflessly. The difference between the people of Haran and the people of Canaan is found in whether they live according to the Word of God or not.

 

    2)  Do not make idols for yourselves.

 

Why does God hate idolatry so much? God forbids idolatry, but this is not just a matter of making idols, but a necessity for keeping our faith.

 

God wants to come into our lives and speak to us and work with us. He is a living God who wants to have a relationship with us, so we should not make a lifeless idol to worship. God does not want us to worship a dead God. The reason why God doesn’t want us to make any idols is that He doesn’t want us to make our living faith into a dead faith.

 

Last week during the Q.T. meditations, I was reminded of the message I had previously received from God when mulling over my decision to come to KUMC of Metro Detroit; “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)

 

This voice had helped me overcome all the other voices of people at that time. Now it helped me remember the mission God had for me and urged me to pray for it intensively.

 

Today’s passage shows us how a person of Haran, who was being led by the voices of other people, is being changed into a person of Canaan, who is now being led by the voice of God. Abram does not follow the complaints of his herdsmen nor the voices of other people. ‘What we follow’ is very important. They make a big difference in our lives.

 

In the chapter 29 of Genesis, Jacob fell in love with Rachel because of her good looks. Not relying on the Word of God, Jacob was only relying on his own eyes, and because of that, he had to toil for 14 years at his uncle Laban’s house to be able to marry Rachel. He was following the wrong things.

 

What are you following at present?

    The voices of people make us follow the other people.

    The voices of people make us follow the circumstances.

    The voices of people make us follow the situations.

 

When you can discern these facts, you are beginning to change from a person of Haran into a person of Canaan.

 

 

2.  By not following our own voices.

 

When Abram heard the complaints of the herdsmen, he called Lot and said to him, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers.” (Genesis 13:8) Abram didn’t follow the voices of people, and he stopped those voices.

 

I think it is very important for us to make a stop from being dragged by the circumstances and by the other people. Why is it so important? Only when we make a stop, God can work for us.  By making a stop, our faith will grow.

 

< I pray for those who do not make a stop, as they make me feel sad. If their pain, their anger, or their despair never stops, God cannot work for them. >

 

Now Abram tells Lot, “If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” By making a stop and not following the voices of other people, Abram now can see his new direction for where to go and what to do.

 

In our life of faith, the same thing happens to us. When we make a stop before God and see a new direction, our old self of Haran disappears and our new self of Canaan is raised up by God. A new person of Canaan will be taught when to stop and where to go.

 

It is done by ‘Divine Yes”.

After we acknowledge God, we don’t follow the voices of other people and we can make a stop to lift up our eyes for the new direction.

 

But Lot, Abram’s nephew, responded with these three actions.

    1)  He looked up.

    2)  He saw the well-watered land.

    3)  He chose that land.

 

Why did Lot behave this way?

Why did he choose the whole plain of the Jordan without consulting with his uncle, who was older than himself? It was because he only listened to the voice of his own. One’s own voice is worse than the voices of other people, as one is tempted to follow his own needs and desires, not paying attention to the direction God wants.

 

We know the result of Lot’s choice. He had chosen the plain near the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, which seemed prosperous and full of worldly culture at that time, but Lot lost everything there, eventually.

 

When we follow our own voices, we lose the status of being the people of God and become the people of the world. If Lot had more faith, he could have looked carefully at the place he was choosing. He should have paid more attention to the inhabitants of that area and discerned his own voice more intensively.

 

But Lot was only following his own voice as a man of Haran, so he didn’t make a stop to find a new direction. We do not become the people of Canaan by desiring what looks good to us and hearing our own voices only.

 

We should lift up our eyes and search for the voice of God. We should open our hearts and listen to the voice of God. We should make room for saying ‘Divine Yes’.

 

 

3.  By following the voice of God.

 

In the chapter 16 of Matthew, Jesus asked His disciples who they thought He was.

 

When Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”, Jesus replied, “This was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in Heaven.”

 

What Jesus meant was that even though it was the voice of Peter, it had come from the voice of God. He was praising Peter for speaking with the voice of heaven, the voice of God.

 

What is the voice of God? God’s voice is not a divine voice that whispers to our ears. The voice of God is the voice of our faith. Peter had been bestowed with the faith by God and his faith was speaking with the voice of God.

 

It was the voice of ‘Divine Yes’. After hearing the voice of Peter, Jesus said, “On this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

 

What are the gates of Hades? Aren’t they the worldly authority? Jesus is saying that our acknowledgement of God, the voice of faith and our ‘Divine Yes’ will defeat and overcome the worldly authority.

 

In today’s passage, Abram said that he would go to the right, if Lot would go to the left, and that was the voice of faith, which had come from his experiences with God’s works in his life while in Egypt. This voice of faith didn’t come out of Abram just because of his kind nature and love for his nephew, but because he had been taught and guided by God.

 

Having faith means that now we can make faithful remarks as the people of Canaan, unlike when we were the people of Haran. Then, we follow up our voices of faith with the right action.

 

What kind of voices do you follow today? Is it the voices of other people or the voice of your own, or the voice of God? Following the voice of faith and the voice of God is very important to us, as it leads us to experience God’s response in our lives. If you want to experience God’s presence in your life, you should check to see if you have the voice of God in yourself.

 

God always responds to the voice of faith.

 

Right after today’s passage, the LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.” (Genesis 13:14-15)

 

Why did God say this to Abram, but not to Lot? It was because Abram heard and paid attention to the voice of God.

 

The goal of the voice of God is to accomplish the will of God. That is why we should have the voice of God within us. Because Abram spoke with the voice of God, God appeared to give him  His response. We hope to have the same thing happen to us.

 

Through this Abraham Series, I want to share with you that first there was Abram of Haran, and then, Abraham of Canaan. They were not two people, but one, inside of one person. We should not be the people of Haran any more, but should live as the people of Canaan from now on.

 

I hope you were able to reflect upon your own life, while listening to today’s sermon. Have you searched for the voice inside of you? I pray that you will be abundantly blessed with the voice of ‘Divine Yes’ to acknowledge God in your life. 

 

 

 

 

 


   

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본문말씀 : 2 Corinthians 2:5-11
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