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Israel was saved by their assembly at Mizpah

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2020-03-23 (월) 02:53 조회 : 34
설교일 : 2020.03.22
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 7:3-17

March 22, 2020

‘1 Samuel’ Series #11

 

Israel was saved by their assembly at Mizpah

1 Samuel 7:3-17

 

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

 

Now that all of us are suffering in the midst of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, I have been thinking about what we miss the most under the present circumstances. It is ‘the assembly’ of believers at church or at other meetings that we miss so much. We used to take them for granted, but they were in fact great blessings from God. Now we are painfully aware how precious those gatherings were.

 

Today’s passage gives us the same message.

While Israel was going through the era of the Judges, they lost their own identity and forgot who they were.

 

The Israelites should not have forgotten that God had specially chosen them as His people out of all the people in the world, freed them from their slavery in Egypt and gave them His Word and Tabernacle during their time in the wilderness and then brought them into the Promised Land of Canaan, because He had a plan for them. God wanted to show Israel to the world as an example of His sanctified and holy nation that would be a blessing to all the other people.

 

The same is true with you and me. God has a reason for calling us to be Christians. He has a specific plan for us and for our lives. In our life of faith, we should do more than just attending our church regularly and expecting to be bestowed with His blessings, and that means we should try very hard to discern God’s plan and purpose for us.

 

During the era of the Judges, the Israelites didn’t pay any attention to God’s plan, so they went astray from what God had planned for them. ‘In those days, the Word of God was rare and there were not many visions’ in Canaan. The Israelites were not behaving like the people of God. Now God is trying to change the era through the events in ‘1 Samuel’, such as the misfortune of Hannah and the birth of Samuel to her, and teaching us how to raise up the true Ark of Covenant.

 

In today’s passage, Samuel appears as the man of God and the hero, who is being used by God to usher the Israelites into a new era.

 

 

1. Get rid of the foreign gods

 

“If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the LORD and serve Him only.” (1 Samuel 7:3a)

 

God is telling them a new era will begin for them when they get rid of their foreign gods and the Ashtoreths. Why does God want them to get rid of them?

 

After they entered the land of Canaan, the Israelites continued to worship God, but they also worshiped foreign gods as well. Now, Samuel came forward as the man of God, and the first thing he said to them was, “Rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths.” In other words, they should get rid of their double life.

 

He wants them to get out of their present life of worshiping multiple gods and start to live a new life of serving God only.

 

Samuel urges them to ‘return to the LORD with all their hearts’.

When we started at our church ‘the Friday night prayer meeting with all our hearts’, I used ‘with all our hearts’ from today’s passage. I want all of us to pray to God with all our hearts, not with half or divided hearts.

 

When we pray with all our hearts, God will come into our hearts to rule over them and make them holy.

 

< After I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, the first thing that happened to me was receiving God’s Word to “be holy”. Why did God want me to seek for holiness?

 

I began to reflect upon myself and found that there was nothing holy within me. I felt really ashamed, so I confessed to God, “I am sorry, I am just a sinner, and I am not holy at all.” I cried, realizing I was so far from what He expected of me. So disappointed with myself, I prayed to Him, “What should I do? Now what do you want me to do?” While I was crying, I felt the Spirit of Jesus coming into me. I was being filled with the Spirit and He began to work inside of myself. Then, I realized that to be holy didn’t mean that I should become holy on my own, it meant that I should repent until God could come into me. When I cried to God and said “What should I do? I know I am not holy, how can I become holy?”, He heard me and saw that I was eager to change with all my heart. >

 

When Samuel asked the Israelites to get rid of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths, he wanted them to stop their idol worship and devote whole-heartedly to God only, in accordance with God’s command, so that He could get into their hearts.

 

Now Samuel is teaching them about the true repentance. What do you think repentance is? Confessing the sins that you have committed in your lifetime is not a true repentance.

 

The true repentance is accomplished when you allow God to come inside and rule over you, so that you will get rid of your previous way of life.

 

What about your life? Is there anything God is asking you to get rid of now? Are you going to continue with your double life? Or are you willing to seek for the holiness that God wants you to have?

 

 

2.  Assemble all at Mizpah

 

Then Samuel said, “Assemble all Israel at Mizpah and I will intercede with the LORD for you.” (1 Samuel 7:5)

 

Samuel is asking all of the Israelites to get together at Mizpah. The Hebrew word Mizpah has the meaning of a watchtower, but it also has the meaning of the place for spiritual awakening, where people see and learn new things.

 

Do you have your own Mizpah where you have been spiritually awakened? In the midst of this Coronavirus crisis, is your Mizpah functioning?

 

From today’s passage, I have learned that Mizpah does not mean the place only, but also the actions of the people.

 

When they had assembled at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out before the LORD. On that day they fasted and there they confessed, “We have sinned against the LORD.” And Samuel was leader of Israel at Mizpah. (1 Samuel 7:6)

 

At Mizpah, the three things they did have spiritual meanings. Let us examine their actions carefully.

 

    1)  Pour the water out before God.

 

    By pouring the water out, you are confessing that God is your Savior, so do it whenever your faith is wavering and also at every mealtime.

 

    During their time in the wilderness, the Israelites used to draw water every day for their survival. By pouring the water out before God, they are now confessing to God that without God’s help, they could not go on living.

 

    Lamentations 2:19 says, “Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the LORD. Lift up your hands to Him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at the head of every street.” This means the same thing. Pour out your heart like water and lift up your hands to God, when you are seeking the saving grace of God.

 

At Mizpah, they poured out their hearts like water before God and lifted up their hands to ask for God’s deliverance.

 

In the midst of our present crisis, the first Mizpah we have to do is doing like the Israelites did. Pour out our hearts before God and lift up our hands for His deliverance. My dear congregation, let us seek for the saving grace of God to solve this crisis. As your Senior Pastor, I want to urge you to hold a family worship service every evening, together with every member of your family, by singing hymns, watching sermons online, and praying fervently. I hope you will also pour out your heart like water before the Lord.

 

    2)  Start fasting.

 

Usually fasting is started in order to stop the nourishing of the body, when the person is overcome with grief over his sins. In today’s passage, the Israelites started fasting to show their repentance and to seek for the grace of God.

 

Their fasting is a stark contrast to the previous times when the priests were fattening themselves on the choice parts of every meat offering to God (1 Samuel 2:29). This fasting shows their determination to stop their old ways and start a new way of life. When you want to have a new way of life, I want to urge you to start fasting without telling anyone except God.

 

    3)  Start small, but offer your utmost to God at the end.

 

They poured the water out before the LORD, then fasted, and at the end confessed that they had sinned against the LORD. Why didn’t they confess their past sins against God first? They wanted to start small and then progress to bigger things.

 

Likewise, we should make changes in our life by starting small at first and then gradually onto major changes that will be noticed by everyone.

 

After making visible changes, we should progress toward making invisible changes also, as our Mizpah.

 

 

3.  Raise up Israel  

 

When the Philistines heard that Israel had assembled at Mizpah, the rulers of the Philistines came up to attack them. And when the Israelites heard of it, they were afraid because of the Philistines. (1 Samuel 7:7)

 

When the Philistines heard that all Israel had assembled at Mizpah at the urging of Samuel, they came up to attack the Israelites. I am glad the Philistines found out the changes that had come upon the Israelites. To change our life drastically, we should proceed with bold steps, so that others will notice the changes we are going through.

 

< I often come across our church members who say to me, “Pastor, it is so hard to say the grace faithfully at a mealtime at work … or at school.” Then I ask, “Why is it so hard?” Their usual answer is, “I don’t want others think that I am a true believer, when in reality my faith is not that strong.” Then, I give them this advice; “Why are you afraid they may think you are a true believer? You should do your best to convince them that you are. Then, it will be easy for you to convince God later, when you appear before Him.” We hope our faith will be ultimately recognized by God, but our faith can be more powerful in this world, when it is recognized by the others. >

 

Why did the Philistines come to attack the Israelites? It was because the Israelites had assembled at Mizpah for a long time to worship and repent together, and the Philistines heard about them.

 

They also found out the real changes upon the Israelites.

 

At the attack from the Philistines, the Israelites said to Samuel;

“Do not stop crying out to the LORD our God for us, that He may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines.” (1 Samuel 7:8)

 

How much the Israelites had changed since their defeat at Aphek! At that time, their leaders didn’t worship, didn’t pray, but just brought the Ark of the Covenant to their battlefield.  Now at their assembly at Mizpah, the Israelites don’t want to stop crying out to God and even call Him ‘the LORD our God’. Now they have realized the power of prayers and the powerful hand of God.

 

Do you know how to pray well? Do you think it requires speaking in tongues? Or speaking of prophecy? No, praying well requires speaking about the powerful hand of God on you. And the whole Israel is doing it now. They assembled at Mizpah … they were spiritual awakened … then they were confessing what God had done for them.

 

Now, Israel has been raised up to become the true Israel.

 

Then, God answered with His great work and the mighty forces of the Philistines were completely defeated. Afterwards, Samuel erected a stone to commemorate their victory and named it Ebenezer, which means ‘Thus far has the LORD helped us’.

 

We should erect our own Ebenezer stone, by reflecting on the helping hand of God upon us so far. When the Israelites gathered at Mizpah and decided to change their ways, God helped them erect their Ebenezer stone. All of us should strive to erect our own Ebenezer stone in our lives.     

 

 

 

 

 


   

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