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Hannah's God, my God

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2020-01-28 (화) 03:08 조회 : 42
설교일 : 2020.01.26
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 2:1-11

January 26, 2020

‘1 Samuel’ Series #4

 

Hannah’s God, my God

1 Samuel 2:1-11

 

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

 

    I have had the pleasure of visiting the Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C. and meeting its pastor Rev. Gordon Cosby. The size of their congregation never exceeds 150, but thanks to the special ministry vision of Pastor Cosby, this church has the network of over 40 mission ministries. From the beginning, this church has operated a soup kitchen for the homeless and a hospital for the AIDS patients, and then later added many mission organizations. The annual budget for the Church of the Savior is over 15 million dollars. How could 150 church members give that much offerings? The church has continued to serve because it receives a lot of donations from their former homeless people and their former patients who are now restored. Isn’t this amazing? When asked how he had started this ministry, Rev. Cosby gave this answer: During the World War II, he was the army chaplain and performed the last rites for many dying soldiers. At that time, he found out that the majority of those dying soldiers didn’t have the faith, because they hadn’t heard the Gospel yet. After the war, he started the Church of the Savior as an evangelical church, as he believed in personal encounter with Jesus for all Christians. So, as soon as any members accept Jesus as their Savior, they are put into real mission fields. That is how the Church of the Savior has grown. When asked how to describe his ministry, Rev. Cosby summarized that “My ministry is to help the members become the Lamb of the Lord and then help them work for the Lord as hard as a donkey.” I was really impressed with this remark.

 

    Dear congregation, have you met Jesus personally? Not as a faraway god, nor a vague god in your imagination; Have you experienced Jesus as someone who comes into your life and gets to know you? Those who have accepted Jesus usually confess three things. The first is that Jesus loves me, even though I don’t deserve. The second is that His love is according to the amazing plan of God for me. The third is that God is calling me to live a fruitful life with His plan. Consequently, every person who accepts Jesus will have their life changed because they have been loved and found out God’s plan for them, and then were invited to live fruitful lives. That is why nothing is more important than meeting God personally.

 

    In today’s passage, Hannah makes a prayer confession about her God, who has come into her life personally.

 

1. God of Deliverance

 

Hannah’s God is God of deliverance.

“My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.”(verse 1)

 

Being saved is being set free and delivered from bondage or danger. Hannah was delivered by her God.

 

The Bible is filled with the deliverances of God. In chapter 16 of Genesis, Sarai’s maidservant Hagar became pregnant and was kicked out of the house by her mistress. Then God went to find Hagar. “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” (Genesis 16:8) Hagar was so touched by the grace of God who came to see her that she named the well Beer Lahai Roi. ‘Beer Lahai Roi’ means the well of the Living God who sees me. Hagar realized that God had been watching her always, as God of Deliverance.

 

Hannah was confessing the same for her God, who saved her.

 

How was she saved and delivered?

 

First, her heart was saved.

 

Crying over her infertility daily, Hannah found herself sinking in a swamp of misery and despair. God was aware of her situation and eventually delivered her from the swamp. Because of this wonderful experience of God’s deliverance, she said, “My heart rejoices in the LORD”.

 

David confessed the same thing in Psalms 40. “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”(40:2) He was praising the perfect deliverance of God.

 

Hannah said “In the LORD, my horn is lifted high”. It was her confession that her heart had been changed from despair to hope.

 

Second, her mouth was set free.

 

Hannah couldn’t talk because of the powerful presence of Peninnah. So, she just kept her mouth shut, without saying anything. She had been oppressed by her enemy. Then, she was prepared a feast by God in the presence of her enemy. Now, she opened her mouth in order to praise God!

 

Hannah’s deliverance changed her heart and set her mouth free.

How has God treated you? What kind of deliverance have you experienced?

 

God saves us by changing our positions, from here to there, from this place to that place. And by His deliverance, God accomplishes His work in our lives.

 

 

2.  God of the Rock

 

Hannah confesses that no rock is as steadfast as her God. “There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” (verse 2)

 

Why does Hannah compare God to Rock? After her experience with God, she realizes that God is more steadfast than any rock. Previously, her rock could have been her husband, but now she has met God of the true Rock.

 

In chapter 28 of Genesis, Jacob had to leave home after deceiving his father and older brother, and on his way to his uncle Laban’s home, when the sun had set, he fell asleep in an open area. God came to him in his dream and said, “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.” (Genesis 28:15) In the morning, Jacob called the place Bethel, meaning the place where he met God of the Rock. Jacob was running away from home, scared and unsure of the future. But God was as steadfast as a rock and promised that He would watch over Jacob wherever he went. Jacob confessed his gratitude for his God of the Rock.

 

Why did Hannah and Jacob compare God to the Rock?

 

In verse 3 of today’s passage, Hannah said, “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by Him deeds are weighed.”

God knows everything; He knows the despair of Hannah and the arrogance of Peninnah. And God weighs all the deeds; the reason for Hannah’s crying, the taunting words of Peninnah. There is nothing God doesn’t know.

 

Many of us have misconceptions about God, when we say things like, “How could something like this happen, if there is indeed a Living God?” It is the denial of our God. On the other hand, Hannah says there is nothing God doesn’t know. That is why she says in verse 3, “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance.” She is advising us not speak recklessly about God.

 

Hannah believes that as God knows everything, God will judge all of our deeds. But God weighs our deeds righteously and steadfastly, so He is our God of the Rock.

 

How is your relationship with God? What is God doing in your life?

Are you living your life only by your strength, your plan and your effort? Or are you walking with God trusting God’s strength, His plan and His work in your life? When you walk with God, you are depending on your God of the Rock.

 

 

3.  God of Reversals

 

Unable to see her future, Hannah lived a life of shame. And she had nothing to be proud of. So, she came out to pray before God. Now her life has changed drastically. She has experienced God of Deliverance, God of the Rock, and now she is experiencing the amazing God of Reversal.

 

“The LORD brings death and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and raises up. The LORD sends poverty and wealth; He humbles and He exalts.” (verses 6-7)

 

Hannah met God and experienced God of Reversals. She was almost dead, but made alive. She was brought down to the grave, but was raised up. She realizes that everything depends on the hand of God of Reversals.

 

Don’t we see many reversals of fortune in the Bible?

 

After defeating Goliath, David was put in charge of a big army and then became the son-in-law of King Saul. He was exalted, but soon he faced many misfortunes. Hated by King Saul, he had to live his life as a fugitive for a long time. Sometimes he had to pretend to be crazy to save his life. He was humbled. But God wanted David to be humble, so that God could use him later for His work. After experiencing the reversal of fortune, David must have recognized God’s plan.

 

Joseph also experienced the reversals of fortune. How hurt he must have been, after his brothers mistreated him and betrayed him? How desperate he must have felt when he was put into a pit? Then, he was sold as a slave to Egypt. When he rejected the temptation of Potiphar’s wife, he was put into a jail, but that was the beginning of God’s reversal. Joseph was put into a pit and then into a jail, so that he would experience the reversals of God later.

 

Hannah thought her infertility was like the misfortune of being put into a pit. How could she have known that was the beginning of the reversal of God? After having a son and then offering him to God, Hannah realized that she had experienced the reversal of God.

 

So, Hannah tells us that we should not be influenced by people, but only by God.

“He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; He seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; upon them He has set the world.” (verse 8)

 

“Do not be swayed by people, but stand only before God.”  Do not be influenced by the circumstances and just stand only before the Living God. Only then, you will be able to experience the reversal of God. Then, what we see and how we talk, and how we live, will be changed, and what we are afraid will be changed also.

 

“Do not be afraid of those who kill body, but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

 

What kind of God are you experiencing?

 

We shared Hannah’s God today; God of Deliverance, God of the Rock and God of Reversals.

 

I pray that you will also experience the same God as your God every day!   


   

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제목 : The work of God
설교일 : 2020.02.16
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 3:10-21
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
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