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The Philosophy of Christians

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2020-05-18 (월) 04:02 조회 : 42
설교일 : 2020.05.17
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 13:8-15

May 17, 2020

‘1 Samuel’ Series #18

 

The Philosophy of Christians

1 Samuel 13:8-15

 

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

 

Our every action is caused by many factors.

 

< Let us talk about a farmer, to illustrate an example.

Who is a farmer?

Does he have to live in the countryside? Not necessarily. Even if someone lives in the countryside, the person who is not interested in farming and keeps his land idle cannot be called a farmer. A farmer wants to grow and produce crops on farmland, even when it is not going to be profitable. A true farmer will cultivate any size of land and plant seeds, even if he lives in the city.  

 

Why does he do that? Because of his own philosophy for the life of a farmer, it is possible for him to devote his time and energy on farming, no matter where he lives. All of our actions are the reflections of our inner philosophy. >

 

In today’s passage, a certain action of King Saul brought on a big controversy. Why did it become such an issue? It was because no action is a completely isolated incident, but a manifestation of the person’s philosophy.

 

< On the first year after he became king, Saul reorganized the Israeli army and arranged to send one thousand men to Jonathan. Then with this army, Jonathan attacked the Philistine outpost, which would lead to a full-scale war with the Philistines. As there had been many outposts of the Philistines in various parts of Israel, a battle against the Philistines was started as soon as Saul’s reign began. In reality the Israeli force was no match for the well-equipped Philistine army. And the men of Israel were too scared to fight and they would run away to hide themselves. The size of the Israeli army was decreasing daily, but Saul waited for Samuel for 7 days. Samuel didn’t come to the battlefield in pre-arranged time. Seeing his army begin to scatter, Saul offered up the sacrifices, before going out on a battle. >

 

This action of Saul has serious consequences and the Bible gives us the following lessons.

 

 

1. People of Saul’s type or Samuel’s type

 

What did King Saul do under these circumstances?

 

He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter. (1 Samuel 13:8)

 

Saul waited for Samuel for seven days to offer sacrifices to God before going out on a battle, but Samuel did not arrive in time, as he had promised. The men of Israel were afraid of the mighty Philistines and they ran away to hide.

 

The situation was very critical and he couldn’t wait any longer, as he was steadily losing more men from his meager army.

 

Saul had to make a decision, so he asked for the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings, and then offered up those offerings.

 

Do you think his decision and action were wrong? Don’t we sometimes have to make our own decisions in haste and take actions by ourselves, just like Saul? 

 

< It is the matter of the circumstances and making choices.

 

Usually we judge the circumstances, then make our own choices. This is the common practice for everyone, including Christians. >

 

In today’s passage, just as Saul finished making the offering, Samuel arrived. Then, Samuel and Saul began to talk.

 

“What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash,” (1 Samuel 13:11)

 

Saul told Samuel the three things that he had observed.

1)  The men were scattering

2)  You did not come at the set time

3)  The Philistines were assembling at Micmash.

 

Saul wanted to give Samuel his own rational explanations for his action. But Samuel had a completely different reaction.

 

“You acted foolishly,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, He would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.” (1 Samuel 13:13)

 

Samuel was talking about ‘Not obeying God’s command’, so these two men were talking about different issues under the same circumstances.

 

Samuel said that Saul had acted foolishly. Just as Eli’s two sons had thought that having the Ark of Covenant on the battlefield would bring victory to them, Saul also acted in accordance with his own idea of fighting the battle and offered the sacrifices according to his own will. Saul did not pay attention to God’s command and did not obey it.

 

Therefore, for the people of God, for Christians, there are more important things than ‘the urgent circumstances and right choices’, and they are ‘God’s Word and obedience to it’, which manifest their faithful attitude.

 

Saul was describing ‘the circumstances and making choices’, and Samuel was talking about ‘the Word of God and obedience to it’.

 

They were discussing the philosophy contained in a man’s action. Saul’s action didn’t show any willingness to follow or obey the Word of God. Noticing his lack of faithful attitude, Samuel rebuked Saul.

 

How about us? What kind of person are you? Are you the person of Saul’s type or Samuel’s type? Are ‘the circumstances and making choices’ more important to you? Or are ‘the Word of God and the obedience’ more important to you? This is the question being asked of us, through today’s passage.

 

 

2.  The kingdom of Saul, the kingdom of Samuel

 

“But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after His own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.” (1 Samuel 13:14)

 

Samuel said these astonishing words to Saul, who had just started to reign over his kingdom.

 

But, despite of Samuel’s ominous prediction, Saul’s reign in Israel lasted more than 40 years. Was Samuel’s prophecy wrong? Why did he tell this prophecy to Saul?

 

The Bible always tells us about two kingdoms; the worldly kingdom and the heavenly kingdom. Samuel was talking about the heavenly kingdom where God rules and reigns. Because Saul was not acknowledging nor following it, the heavenly kingdom would not endure, even if Saul continued to reign in his worldly kingdom.

 

As the people of God, the Christians acknowledge and follow the kingdom of God in the midst of their worldly kingdom. Therefore, we should always fix our gaze upon the heavenly kingdom and serve the kingdom of God constantly.

 

Now, we want to take a closer look at the three excuses that Saul told to Samuel.

 

“What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash,” (1 Samuel 13:11)

 

Saul told Samuel these three things he had observed.

1)  The men were scattering, 2)  Samuel did not come at the set time, 3)  The Philistines were assembling at Micmash.

 

We realize that Saul’s eyes saw the scattering of Israeli men, the fact that Samuel didn’t come, and the assembling of Philistine army. His gaze was fixed upon these things that were happening in the visible world.

 

What did Samuel want to hear from Saul? Perhaps, he hoped to hear, “Dear Prophet, I am sorry, I must have lost my mind. I forgot the hand of God that had anointed me and offered me two loaves of bread, and I lost the kingdom of God that has come upon me.”

 

Obviously, Saul now lost the kingdom of God that had come upon him only by the grace of God. That was why Samuel rebuked him. Saul should have repented his actions in his own worldly kingdom.

 

Now the Bible tells us that Saul’s excuses were more dangerous than his actions. Because his explanations show his philosophy.

 

Like Saul, we are often led to see the urgent circumstances and then make our own judgment quickly, due to our weakness. Too often, we do not hold onto Jesus who has come to help us.

 

Just as Samuel came to ask Saul, God comes to us and asks us, “What are you seeing? What are you seeking?” Our Lord comes to us after we have lost the kingdom of God and asks us, “What are you looking at?”

 

As Christians, we are not meant to be perfect nor holy. The true Christians should always examine their own kingdom, in view of the questions from God.

 

 

3.  A Christian should possess the Christian philosophy

 

What is your philosophy? Your own philosophy is the way you understand the world. Therefore, people live their lives according to their own philosophy.

 

Through today’s passage, we learn the importance of ‘Christian philosophy’. As a Christian, what should be the point of view to live your life with? The Christian philosophy is not raised up by ourselves. The worldly philosophy is raised up by our own studies and pursuit of wisdom, but the opposite is true with the Christian philosophy. We are bestowed with the Christian philosophy, when we accept Jesus as our Lord. In other words, our philosophy is transformed by Jesus. All the Christians have experienced the transformation of their philosophy by Jesus.

 

In the Acts of the Apostles, we notice two changes that have come upon the disciples of Jesus. The first is that they called themselves as ‘servants’. Why did they choose to be servants, the lowest status in the ancient society? They believed that by having the lowest status, the Christians would be bestowed with the power to save others.

 

The second is that they said, “Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Before Deacon Stephen was martyred, he said the same words that Jesus had said on the cross. Apostle Paul said the same thing, and Peter did the same, as well as other disciples. The philosophy of Jesus has become the philosophy of the disciples.

 

Has your philosophy been transformed by Jesus? Or are you still checking to see if your philosophy agrees with that of Jesus?

 

We have learned a lot about King Saul through ‘1 Samuel’; His lost donkeys, his anointing, being chosen as king by casting of lots, and experiencing the spirit of God that had come upon him.

 

But one thing we have to make sure is the philosophy of Saul. Was his philosophy of life changed? We are convinced that Saul was not transformed. Even after meeting God, having different status, more possessions and fame, his philosophy of life was not changed.

 

That was the reason why Saul started a war, offered the sacrifices on his own, and then received the ominous curse from Samuel. Even though he had experienced God most profoundly, he was now in the position of having no relationship with God. It was all because his philosophy had not been changed. We become Christians, only when our philosophy is changed.

 

My dearly beloved congregation!

After today’s message, I hope that all of us will examine the following three things.

 

1)  The type of person.

    Are you the type for ‘judging the circumstances and making own choices’? Or are you the      type for ‘the Word of God and obedience to it’?

2)  My kingdom.

    Is it a worldly kingdom? Or is it a heavenly kingdom?

3)  My philosophy.

    Has your philosophy been transformed by Jesus?   

 

 


   

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제목 : A beam of light filled with hope
설교일 : 2020.05.24
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 14:6-15
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
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