A Bride for Isaac(이삭을 위한 신부)/Genesis 24(창24:)
A Bride for Isaac
Sarah, Isaac's mother, had died, Abraham was getting older and Isaac had grown up. It was time for Isaac to find a wife. Abraham told his chief servant Eliezer to "go to my country and my own realatives and get her a son for my son Isaac." Read Genesis 24 NIV to find out about Eliezer's search for a wife for Isaac.
Lead Eliezer to Rebekah in the maze below.
After Eliezer found Rebekah and realized that she was the one that the LORD had chosen for Isaac, he gave her gifts of gold jewlery. She took him to her father's house where Eliezer asked her father, Bethuel, if Rebekah could come back with him to marry Isaac. To find out what Bethuel said read Genesis 24:50 (NIV) and fill in the blanks.
"Here is __ __ __ __ __ __ __; __ __ __ __ her and __ __, and let her
become the __ __ __ __ of your __ __ __ __ __ __'__ __ __ __,
as the __ __ __ __ has directed."
Abraham is Tested(시험 받은 아브라함)/Genesis 22:1-13(창22:1-13)
Abraham is Tested
Genesis 22:1-13 NIV
God kept his promise and Isaac was born to Sara. See what she said in
Genesis 21:6 and fill in the blanks.
"God has brought me __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ . . . I have born him (Abraham) a __ __ __ . . ."
Abraham and Sara were very happy as Isaac was growing up. One day God spoke to Abraham and told him to take Isaac to Mount Moriah and sacrifice him there as a burnt offering. Abraham trusted God and followed God's command but before he sacrificed Isaac, this is What God Said:
Abraham looked up and saw a __ __ __ (Genesis 22:13) caught in the thicket and sacrificed it as a burnt offering to God instead of his Son.
Esau and Jacob(에서와 야곱)/Genesis 25:19-34(창25:19-34 )
Esau and Jacob
When time passed after Rebekah and Isaac were married and Rebekah still did not have a child, Isaac prayed to the LORD. The LORD answered Isaac's prayer and Rebekah finally became pregnant with twins.
This is what the LORD told Rebekah:
"Two nations are in your womb. . . The __ __ __ __ __ will serve the
__ __ __ __ __ __ __." (Genesis 25:23 NIV)
Read Genesis 25:24-34 to find out about Isaac and Rebekah's twin sons.
Find the words in this word search puzzle from the word list below
TWIN RED HAIRY ESAU JACOB HUNTER BIRTHRIGHT
STEW SOLD BROTHERS ISAAC REBEKAH OATH DESPISED
Gideon(기드온)/Judges 6 & 7(삿6:-삿7:)
Judges 6 & 7 (NIV)
The Israelites once again turned to God for help. The Midianites were oppressing them. In answer to their prayers, God raised up Gideon as a Judge. He sent his angel to speak with Gideon and also gave Him signs to assure Gideon. The story of Gideon tells of his faith and of God's great power in defeating the enimies of Israel.
Find the words from the word list in the word search puzzle below.
copyright 1998 Sharon Whittaker
Isaac Blesses Jacob(야곱을 축복하는 이삭)/Genesis 27:1-46(창27:1-46)
Isaac Blesses Jacob
Genesis 27:1-46 NIV
Read the story of how Jacob got Issac to bless him
and fill in the crossword puzzle below
1. The mother of Esau and Jacob (vs. 6)
4. Rebekah told Jacob to _____ from Esau. (vs. 43)
5. The father of Esau and Jacob. (vs. 1)
7. Isaac asked Esau to go _______ and bring him back some wild game. (vs. 3)
8. Jacob fooled Isaac into thinking he was ______. (vs. 22-24)
9. Jacob covered his hands and neck with ____________. (vs. 16)
2. Isaac wanted to give Esau a __________ before he died. (vs, 4)
3. ________ pretended to be Esau. (vs.22-24)
4. Esau was the ___________ son of Isaac and Rebekah. (vs. 19)
6. Jacob put on Esau's ___________. (vs, 15)
7. Jacob fled to _________. (vs. 43)
10. When Esau found out about Jacob's trick he threatened to _______ Jacob. (vs. 41)
Jacob's Dream and Bethel(야곱의 꿈과 벧엘)/Genesis 28:10-22(창28:10-22)
Jacob's Dream and Bethel
While Jacob was traveling to Haran he stopped for the night to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway reaching into heaven. Use the code below to see what the LORD said to Jacob in the dream.
Jacob called the place where he had this dream
Which means the house of God
Joseph and His Brothers(요셉과 그의 형제들)/Genesis 37(창37:)
Joseph and His Brothers
Genesis 37 (NIV)
Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, had twelve sons. He showed special favor to Joseph who was one of his youngest sons. Read about Joseph and what happened to him in Genesis 37. Unscramble the word to fill in the blanks.
__ __ __ __ __ __ loved Joseph more than any of his other sons. (verse 3)
Israel . . . made a richly ornamented __ __ __ __ for him. (verse3)
When his brothers saw that their father loved Joseph more than any of them they __ __ __ __ __ him. (verse 3)
Joseph brothers called him a __ __ __ __ __ __ __. (verse 19)
Josephs brothers had gone to graze their father\'s __ __ __ __ __ __ near Shechem.
__ __ __ __ __ __ tried to rescue Joseph from his brothers. (verse 21,22)
Joseph\'s brothers threw him into a __ __ __ __ __ __ __. (verse24)
Joseph\'s brothers sold him to Midianite merchants for 20 shekels of __ __ __ __ __ __ (verse 28)
The Midianites sold Joseph in __ __ __ __ __ to Potiphar. (verse 36)
The Lord's Prayer(주기도문)/Matthew 6:9-13(마6:9-13)
The Lord\'s Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)
Jesus encouraged his followers to pray to God with sincerity and not for show. He gave them a simple outline of a prayer that has become known as the \"Lord\'s Prayer\". You can read it in Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV). He did not intend that we only use this prayer when we pray but that we would include some of the things in this prayer in our own prayers. This prayer shows reverence to God, dependency on God for our needs, desire for God\'s Kingdom to come, thankfulness, an awareness of our sins, a desire to be forgiven and to forgive others, and trust in God to lead us.
The Rainbow Covenant(무지개 언약)/Genesis 9:12-16(창9:12-16)
The Rainbow Covenant(무지개 언약)
The Rainbow Covenant
Genesis 9:12-16 NIV
The Resurrection of Jesus(예수님의 부활)/Matthew 28:1-10(마28:1-10)/ 2015-04-12
The Resurrection of Jesus
Matthew 28:1-10 (NIV)
The disciples were very sad over the death of Jesus. It seemed that all of their hopes were gone. Jesus now lay in a tomb. But they were about to get some wonderful news. Read in Matthew 28:1-10 (NIV) what happened when some of his followers went to visit the tomb. Then unscramble the words below and fill in the puzzle. The letters in the circles will tell you what the angel had to say.
This fulfilled Jesus own prophecy.
Read Luke 9:22 (NIV) and fill in the blanks below to see what he said.
“The Son of man must suffer many things and be ................. by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be ................. and on the ................. day be ................. to ..................”
A Boy Who Dreamed (꿈을 꾼 소년)
A Boy Who Dreamed
BOYS and girls, and almost everybody else, have dreams. Most dreams are not important. Whether our dreams are good or bad, it is usually best to forget about them as soon as we can. But in the long, long ago some of the people who were especially loved by God were given dreams from him which had important meanings.
A young man by the name of Joseph was given such a dream from the Lord. In fact, he had two dreams. In both of these dreams God showed to Joseph some of the things that were to come into his life when he grew older. This young man, Joseph, was a son of Jacob. Jacob was, you will remember, the one who bought the birthright from Esau. After Jacob obtained the birthright from his father, Isaac, his twin brother Esau was very angry with him, and he had to flee for his life. He went into the land of his grandfather's and his mother's people. In fact, he found his uncle's home.
This uncle was named Laban.
Jacob stayed at Laban's home for many years. He had twelve boys who are spoken of in the Bible as the twelve sons of Jacob. Joseph was next to the youngest one of these boys. When they grew up they were herdsmen, or keepers of cattle and sheep. Jacob loved his son Joseph very much. Joseph loved God and the promises of God. In order to show how much he loved Joseph, his father made him a beautiful coat of many colors.
This made the other boys jealous of Joseph.
I have told you in other stories how terrible it is to be jealous. It was jealousy that caused Cain to kill his brother Abel. And now these older brothers of Joseph became jealous of him, and the Bible says that they hated him.
Just about this time Joseph had his first dream. He dreamed that he and his brothers were all out in a field gathering grain. Each of them had gathered up a bundle of grain called "shocks." Joseph's bundle stood straight up in the field, and all the other bundles bowed down toward it.
It might have been better for Joseph if he had kept this dream to himself. But he was so excited about it that he told his brothers, and when he told them of this dream they understood it to mean that Joseph expected that some day they would all bow down to him, and that made them more jealous than ever, and they hated him even more.
A little later Joseph had another dream. In this dream, which was even more wonderful than the first one, Joseph saw the sun and the moon and eleven stars bow down to him. Joseph told this dream to his brothers, and also to his father.
His father was just a little angry about it because it seemed to mean that some time in the future he, as the father of Joseph, would, have to bow down to his son. Of course Joseph's brothers were made more angry than ever.
Not long after this Joseph's brothers went to a part of the country called Shechem to find better fields for their flocks. They were too far away from home to come back each night, so after they had been gone for a while, Jacob wondered how his sons were getting along, and how their flocks were faring.
Joseph was too young to work in the fields with his brothers, so he had stayed at home. His father asked him if he would go to Shechem, find his brothers, learn how they were getting along, and bring back word to him. Well, Joseph had the Boy Scout spirit, and he was willing to do this errand for his father. So he started on his way to Shechem.
When he arrived there he couldn't find his brothers, and he was wandering around in the fields when a man came up to him and asked:
"What seekest thou?"
Joseph told the man he was looking for his brothers, and the man replied:
"I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan."
So Joseph traveled still farther until he came to Dothan, and here he found his brothers taking care of their flocks.
His brothers saw him coming. He was probably walking, and it took him some tim to reach them. So this gave his brothers a chance to make some plans. They decided that they would kill their brother, just as Cain, because of jealousy, decided that he would kill Abel. Jealousy, you see, always leads people into trouble.
They called their brother a dreamer. So instead of letting him go back to his father, they seized him, and were ready to take his life. The name of the oldest son was Reuben. Evidently Reuben was not quite so wicked as the others, and he pleaded with his brothers not to kill Joseph. He suggested that they put Joseph in a pit. Reuben's plan was that when the others were not watching, he would rescue Joseph so he could go back to his father again.
Reuben's brothers agreed to this, not knowing, of course, what Reuben was hoping to do. But after they had put Joseph into the pit the brothers noticed that traveling nearby was a group of what the Bible calls Midianites. They were merchants, or storekeepers, rom the country called Midian. Joseph's brethren decided to sell Joseph to them. These Midianites were on their way to Egypt, and Joseph's brethren knew that in Egypt, Pharaoh the king, and probably other rich people there, bought slaves.
So they sold Joseph to the Midianites, who took him to Egypt, where he was sold to an officer of the king as a slave. Then the brothers took Joseph's coat of many colors which his father had made for him and dipped it in the blood of a goat, and returned it to their father. When their father saw this coat covered with blood he was sure that his beloved boy Joseph had been killed by a wild beast. So years and years went by, and Jacob thought that Joseph was dead, while all the time his brothers knew that he was a slave in Egypt.
Yes, Joseph's brothers called him a dreamer. Those two wonderful dreams that God gave to Joseph had caused him a lot of trouble. No doubt his brothers thought that those dreams would never come true. How could Joseph ever rule over them now that he was away down in Egypt, working for some rich man as a slave?
But there was one thing Joseph's brothers did not know. They did not know that those wonderful dreams were given to Joseph by God, and that God would be sure to make them come true.
As year after year went by, no doubt Josephs brethren would remember what they had done, and perhaps they said to themselves with a little chuckle:
"We fixed him, all right. He thought that we would have to bow down to him, but he was mistaken."
But was he?
A BOY WH0 DREAMED
Who was Joseph, and why did his father, Jacob, love him more than he did his other sons?
What were the two dreams of Joseph, and why did the telling of these dreams make his brothers angry?
Why did Joseph's brothers sell him to the Midianites, and how did they make their father believe that Joseph had been killed?
A Boy Who Was Given To God(하나님께 바쳐진 소년)
A Boy Who Was Given To God
THERE was a very good Hebrew woman who loved God and wanted to serve him, but she was sorrowful because she had no children. Her name was Hannah. Her husband's name was Elkanah. They lived in a town called Ramathaim-zophim. That is a big name for a small town, and you will probably have quite a hard time learning to pronounce it properly. Every year Elkanah and his wife Hannah journeyed to a place called Shiloh to offer a sacrifice to God. That is where the tabernacle and the priests of Israel were then located, and the sacrifices were brought to , the priests.
While in Shiloh one year, Hannah felt so very badly because she had no children that she prayed specially to God about it. The high priest's name was Eli. He saw Hannah praying, and when he learned what she was praying for, he told her that God would answer her prayer and that she would be given a son. Hannah was so thankful and so happy that she promised when God gave her a son she would give the child back to God to be used in his service.
After a while God gave Hannah the son Eli had promised, and she named him Samuel. While Samuel was still a little boy his mother took him to Shiloh and gave him to Eli the priest to be used in the service of God, as she had promised. God was well pleased with this.
When Hannah went back to her home she left Samuel with Eli. Eli was now an old man, and there were many ways in which the boy Samuel could help him to do God's work. When the priests of Israel were serving God in the tabernacle they wore white linen garments, so Samuel was provided with white clothes. In that way, you see, he didn't look out of place. His mother came to see him every year, and each year she brought him a new white coat. Samuel was growing, and each year he needed a larger coat, and his good mother kept him supplied.Samuel was very faithful in working for Eli, the priest. He even slept near the priest's bedroom so he would be able to give him any help he might need during the night.
Samuel was really a very good boy! One night, while Samuel was still a very young man, after he and Eli had retired, he heard a voice calling, "Samuel, Samuel." The boy answered, "Here am I." He thought, of course, that Eli needed help and was calling him. So he ran to Eli's bedside to find out what he could do for the priest, but Eli told him that he had not called.
Samuel was rather puzzled, but went back to bed. He had been in bed only a little while and again he heard the call, "Samuel, Samuel." Samuel jumped up again and hurried to Eli's bedside saying, "Here am I." But the priest had not called. Samuel must have been more perplexed than ever. He may have said to himself, "What is this? Am I dreaming?" He went back to bed, but only to have the same experience the third time.
When Samuel came to Eli the third time, the priest decided it must be that God was speaking to the boy, so he told him to go back to bed and if he heard his name called again, to answer, saying, "Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth." Samuel went back to bed as Eli suggested, and sure enough he heard the voice calling, "Samuel, Samuel." This time, instead of hurrying to the bedside of Eli, Samuel replied, "Speak; for thy servant heareth." And sure enough, God did have a message for his young servant.
Eli loved God and wanted to serve him faithfully, but he had two sons who were wicked. Their father told them that they were doing wrong and causing others to do wrong when they came to the tabernacle, but they kept on doing sinful things. Eli should have punished them and kept them from doing so much wrong, but he failed to do so. Perhaps he didn't like to punish his own boys. But the time came when God decided that he would have to put a stop to the wrongdoing. He told Samuel that Eli and his two wicked sons would die, and that he would raise up a new priest, one who would serve him faithfully.
That was a very important message for God to give to such a young servant, but Samuel told Eli about it the next morning, and Eli received it very kindly, saying that he was willing that God should do whatever was best. Matters turned out just as God had told Samuel, and when the people learned about it they, too, were sure that there was a prophet of God among them. From that very time Samuel was loved and obeyed by the people of Israel, for they knew that God was with him.
Samuel served the children of Israel very faithfully for many years. After awhile he had two sons of his own, and strangely enough, when they grew up to be men they sinned against God just as Eli's sons had done. Wouldn't you think that boys having such a good father would grow up to love God and to serve him faithfully? But Samuel's boys did not. The people loved Samuel so much that they trusted his boys. But when they found out about their wickedness in leading the Israelites into doing wrong they felt very badly about it and complained to Samuel.
By this time more than four hundred years had passed since Joshua, the successor of Moses, died. During all that time there had been no one who really ruled and guided the people, as Moses and Joshua had done. They had what were called "judges." These judges advised the Israelites how to get along, and sometimes they served as leaders of Israel's army in defeating their enemies. Gideon, who defeated the Midianites with only three hundred soldiers, was one of Israel's judges. Samuel was also a judge in Israel, in addition to being a prophet. Samuel was the last of Israel's judges.
Now this is why Samuel was the last judge. When his sons became so very wicked, the people not only complained to Samuel, but they demanded that they be given a king to rule over them to take the place of Samuel. They knew that God loved Samuel, and that unless Samuel appointed a king, the king wouldn't get along very well; so they asked Samuel to select someone to rule over them as king. They intimated to the prophet that they were tired of being ruled by judges; and besides, they said they wanted to be like other nations. They wanted to be ruled by a king.
Poor Samuel! He felt very badly about this. But God comforted him and told him that, after all, the Israelites were not rejecting him. "They are rejecting me," God said to Samuel. You see, under the judges, God was the real Ruler of the people because the judges merely represented God.
However, God told Samuel to appoint a king to rule over the Israelites. "But before you do it," God said to Samuel, "make it plain to the people that they will have a great deal of trouble." "Tell them," he said, "that their kings will probably oppress them and get them into much more trouble than they had under the judges."
Samuel gave this message to the people, but they still insisted that they wanted a king to rule over them. Of course, kings are all right if they are good kings. The Bible tells us about one very good King. I wonder if any of you can think of his name before I tell you.
Well, that very good King the Bible tells us about is King Jesus. King Jesus will rule over this whole earth for a thousand years. During all that time there will be no war. No one will be hungry or without clothes. Everybody will learn to love God and serve him. And best of all, the people who have died will be brought back to life during the time when Jesus is King. Isn't that wonderful?
Yes, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel–all people will be brought back to life when Jesus is King. It will be wonderful to see Samuel, won't it? Aren't there a lot of questions you would like to ask him?
Well, I am getting off the subject, but I did want to tell you about the wonderful King Jesus, and all the things he will do for the people. However, when Samuel found out that the children of Israel were determined to have a king to rule over them, he asked God to help him select a man who would be a good king. God did help Samuel, and an Israelite by the name of Saul was chosen to be the first king. Saul was a very large man, and the people were greatly pleased to have him as their king, and they shouted, "God save the king."
A BOY WHO WAS GIVEN TO GOD
Who was Samuel, and why did his mother give him to the priest when he was a child?
Who was Eli, and what did God reveal to Samuel concerning him?
Who was the first king of Israel, and what were lsrael's rulers called before that time?
A Bride is Chosen (선택된 신부)
A Bride is Chosen
MOST boys and girls get married when they grow up to be men and women. It has always been that way, and that is why Isaac, who lived about four thousand years ago, got married. As you will remember from our last story, Isaac was born because God kept his promise to Abraham that he would have a child. This meant that Isaac was a very special child, because God wanted him to be born, and wanted to use him and his children to bring great joy to all the people of the world.
So when Isaac was old enough to get married, his father considered it very important that he have the right kind of wife. I am quite sure if any of us were living in a foreign land where the people were all different from us, we would be thinking about our home country, and if anyone in our family planned to get married, we would prefer him to marry someone from our own country.
Well, that is the way Abraham felt about it.
You see, Abraham had journeyed a long, long way from his home country to the place where he was living when Isaac was born. Of course God wanted him to live in this new country, because it was the land that he had promised. It was the land of Canaan. That land is now called Israel, and it is still referred to by many people as the Promised Land. The people living there it that time were strangers to Abraham, and he knew God would not want Isaac to marry one of these strangers. So what do you suppose he did?
Well, he didn't let Isaac himself seek for someone to marry. No, what Abraham did was to talk the whole matter over with his very best and most faithful servant, whose name was Eliezer. He asked Eliezer to go back to the land from which they had come, and there find Abraham's family. From that family he was to select a very nice girl and bring her back to be Isaac's wife.
Eliezer thought this would be almost too difficult for him to do. He was afraid, you see, that the girl he would choose would not want to come back with him. But Abraham was sure that this was the way God wanted Isaac to obtain a wife. So he told Eliezer that if the girl he selected did not want to come with him he would not be blamed. Eliezer agreed to do the best he could. Abraham told him that God would send one of his angels to lead him in his search for the wife he was to bring back to Isaac. Abraham knew that God, having promised to bless his children and the whole world, would make sure that Isaac had a good wife.
God's promises always come true!
Eliezer got ready for the long journey back to Abraham's home country. There still were no railroad trains or automobiles. They didn't have any steamships, either. Maybe you think Eliezer went by airplane, but he didn't, because there were no airplanes. How, then, did he travel? He traveled on the back of a camel! That is the animal with a big hump on its back.
But Eliezer used more than one camel. He took ten camels with him. Now, of course, Eliezer did not need ten camels on which to ride. But this was a very long journey, and he had to take food and water, and probably tents in which to sleep at night, so camels were needed to help carry all these things. It must have been exciting when Eliezer and the ten camels started off on that long trip! Of course, Eliezer could not take care of all those animals by himself, so it was necessary that others go along with him. Perhaps Eliezer and some of the others rode on the camels, while some of them may have walked. Thus they started off to find a wife for Isaac.
Probably Abraham and Isaac both watched Eliezer and the camels as they started on that long journey. I wouldn't be surprised if lsaac wished he could go along too. But in those days that was not the proper thing to. Isaac had to wait at home for his wife until Eliezer returned and brought her to him. The Bible doesn't tell us how long they were away on that journey, but it must have been a long time.
Finally, though, they traveled in Mesopotamia, near a city called Nahor. They arrived toward the close of day. Now we must remember that cities in those days weren't like our cities today. Some of the people who lived in the city of Nahor were farmers and raisers of cattle and sheep. When they need water for themselves and for their flocks it was necessary to go outside of the city where there were wells. There they would fill large pitchers with water and carry them back to their homes.
When Eliezer came near to the city of Nahor, he stopped near a well of water. As it was toward evening he knew that before long someone would be out from the city to get water from that well. At that time the women were the ones who carried the water. Probably the men had to work very hard, and the women thought that it would be a good idea to help them by bringing the water.
Eliezer had great faith in God, and he knew that God wanted him to find the right woman to be Isaac's wife. So he prayed while waiting at the well. He asked God to help him decide this very important matter. Eliezer's plan was that when a young lady came out to draw water from the well he would ask her for a drink of water from her pitcher. If she gave him water, and also said that she would like to give water to his camels, then he would know that this was the right girl. He asked God to let it be this way.
Eliezer waited only a short time, when along came a young lady by the name of Rebekah, with her water pitcher upon her shoulder. The Bible says that she was a very beautiful young woman. After she had filled her pitcher with water from the well, Eliezer went up to her and asked for a drink of water. She was very friendly. Not only did she give him a drink, but she also offered to get water for his camels.
Eliezer was quite surprised that the very first young lady to come out to the well should be so willing to give him water, and also to water the camels. He had asked the Lord to let it be this way, yet he wanted to make very sure that Rebekah was really the right young lady to be Isaac's wife. So he said to her, "Whose daughter are you?" And she said, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, and the grand child of Nahor."
Nahor was a brother of Abraham; so you see when Eliezer found this out he knew that he was among Abraham's people. Then he was almost certain that Rebekah was the young lady to become Isaac's wife. Eliezer had brought with him a large gold earring, and two beautiful gold bracelets. He gave these to Rebekah, and asked her if there was room in her father's house for him to stay that night.
Rebekah was really very nice about it. She told Eliezer they had plenty of room for him, and that they had food for the camels, and a place for them to stay. This made Eliezer very happy indeed, because now he was sure that the angel of the Lord had brought him to the right people, and that he had already found a good wife for Isaac.
Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban. When he heard of Eliezer's visit, he rain out to the well and invited him to come into their home. He did this because he knew that God was blessing Abraham, and he knew that God would bless them if they were good to Eliezer, the servant of Abraham. They fixed up the house for the company, and arranged a place for the camels, and they were all comfortably settled for the night. Rebekah's family, were very kind and generous, and prepared a delicious meal for Eliezer. They asked him to eat, but he explained that he would not eat anything until he had told them why he had come.
They were very anxious to know why he had made such a long journey, and they asked him to tell them all about it. So Eliezer related a wonderful story about his master, Abraham. Probably these relatives of Abraham had often wondered how he had been getting along since he left home so many years before, and I can imagine how interested they were to hear Eliezer's story, telling them how good God bid been to Abraham. He explained that God had given Abraham cattle and sheep, and silver and gold, and many men and women to help him, and that he had ever so many camels and other valuable possessions.
Then he told them about Abraham's boy Isaac-what a fine young man he was and that he was to have all of Abraham's possessions. Then came the interesting part of his story. He explained that Abraham wanted Isaac to have a wife from among his own people, and that he had been sent all the way to Mesopotamia to get acquainted with the family, and to select a wife for Isaac and take her back to him.
Then he explained how he met Rebekah at the well, and how good she had been in giving him water for himself and for the carriers. He said he knew from this that Rebekah was the one whom God had chosen to be Isaac's wife. When he had finished telling this wonderful story, Rebekah's father and Laban, her brother, said that they were sure God wanted it just that way. They said to him:
"Here is Rebekah, take her, and let her be Isaac's wife as the Lord has said."
Abraham was a very rich man, and when he sent Eliezer to find a wife for Isaac he gave him a large supply of beautiful jewelry, and fine clothing to take with him. Eliezer gave a great deal of this to Rebekah; and he also gave presents to her brother and to her mother.
Early in the morning Eliezer wanted to start back home, but it was all so very sudden for the family, that they wanted Rebekah to remain with them for at least ten days. That would have meant that Eliezer would have to remain too. But he didn't agree to this, so the family said that whatever Rebekah decided would be all right with them. Then they called Rebekah, and asked her if she wanted to go right away, or if she would rather wait awhile. And Rebekah said, "I will go."
So they sent Rebekah away, and a nurse went with her. Together with Eliezer and his servants, they started back on those ten camels on the long return trip to the land God promised to Abraham, where Abraham was now living.
The Bible doesn't tell us anything about that long journey back to Abraham's home and to Isaac, but when they were nearly home Isaac went out into the field in the evening where he could be alone to think about God and all the wonderful things that God had done for him. And as he was sitting there thinking, he looked up and saw the camels coming in the distance.
At just about the same time Rebekah, who was riding on one of those camels, saw Isaac. She asked Eliezer who the man was that she saw in the field, and Eliezer explained that it was Isaac, the man she had come all the way from Mesopotamia to marry. She got right down off her camel, covered her face with a veil, and went to meet her future husband, Isaac. The Bible says that they loved each other, so we are glad that God blessed Eliezer in finding such a good wife for Isaac.
A BRIDE IS CHOSEN
Whom did Abraham send to look for a wife for Isaac, and where
did he go to find her?
How did Eliezer find out who it was that God wanted to be the wife of Isaac?
Where was Isaac when Rebekah first saw him?
A Child Brought Back To Life(죽었다가 다시 살아난 아이)
A Child Brought Back To Life
ONE of the small cities in the land of Israel was called Shunem.There lived in this city a dear woman who was very kind to one of God's servants. The Bible doesn't tell us the name of this good woman, except that she was a Shunammite. The servant of God to whom she was so kind was Elisha. Elisha had been the servant of the Prophet Elijah, and when Elijah died, God made Elisha a prophet to take his place.
In going from place to place to do the work God give him to do, Elisha and his servant often walked past the house where the Shunammite woman lived. This good woman decided that it would be a very kind thing to ask Elisha to stop and have dinner with them. Elisha must have been very glad, for it is always nice to eat a good meal when one is traveling. The Shunammite woman enjoyed it too, and several times she asked him to stop in to hive something to eat.
Elisha loved God, and usually people talk about those whom they love. Well, Elisha must have talked about God while he was eating dinner in this home, for the Shunammite woman found out that he was one of God's prophets. She mentioned this to her husband and said that she thought it would be a good idea if they furnished a comfortable bedroom for Elisha where he could rest any time he came to visit. You see, she loved God too, and wanted to serve him by doing something for Elisha.
Elisha appreciated this very much, and one day while he was resting in his room in the Shunammite's home it occurred to him that perhaps there was something he could do for her to show how thankful he was for her kindness. He talked it over with his servant, and the servant told him that this good woman didn't have any children, but would like very much to be the mother of a child.
Elisha knew that God is able to give children to mothers, and he knew that if he asked God to give this good woman a child God would do so. Then Elisha told the woman that God would give her a child. She could hardly believe it, but God gave her the child just the same. How happy she must have been! God had certainly rewarded her for being so kind to his prophet.
The child was a boy, and when he was old enough he did what he could to help his father. One very hot day he went out in the field where reaping was being done and suddenly he felt a terrible pain in his head. He said, "Oh, my head, my head. Father, my head hurts." His father ran over to him, but by that time the boy had fallen down and was unconscious. The sun was too hot for his little head and it caused what we call a sunstroke.
The father had one of the strong young men pick up the boy and carry him back to the house, and his mother held him in her lap for quite a long time hoping he would get better, but he didn't. He remained unconscious, and after several hours he died. Yes, that dear boy died right in his mother's arms. Wasn't that sad? Of course, the poor mother was heartbroken. It seemed so strange that God would give her a boy and then allow him to die.
But the Shunammite woman did just the right thing. She thought of Elisha, the man of God. If God would give her a son because Elisha asked him to, perhaps God would make her boy alive again if Elisha prayed to him about it. Perhaps you think that she sent someone to get Elisha, don't you?
But she didn't.
It was too important to trust anyone else to take such a message to God's prophet, so she went herself. She had to travel all the way to Mount Carmel to find Elisha, but she finally found him, and she insisted that he return with her to her home and to the dead child.
Elisha told his servant to hurry back to the mother's home and asked him to lay his staff across the face of the dead child. A staff is a very long cane, which the people used in those days as walking sticks. The servant came back and met the prophet and the Shunammite woman before they arrived at her home and reported that the child was still dead. My, how badly that poor mother must have felt!
But Elisha had great faith in God!
Arriving at the mother's home, he went upstairs to his room where the mother had laid the child on his bed. He worked over the child, and prayed to God for help. After awhile the child's body became warm. Then the boy sneezed seven times and sat up on the bed and was just as much alive as ever. Elisha sent for the mother to come upstairs and see her boy. My, how happy she must have been!
Now this is a wonderful story of how God's power brought a little boy back to life. But it should mean more to us than a story. It is a true story, of course. But the best story of all is that God will, by and by, use his power to make all the dead people alive. Elisha wasn't able to make that dear boy alive again unless God helped him, but when God helps people, wonderful things can be done.
The next time you learn that someone has died, just remember this story of the Shunammite boy who died. Remember that God's power made that boy alive again. And the most important thing of all to remember is that God has promised to make everybody alive. Yes, all who have ever died are to live again.
A CHILD BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE
Who was Elisha, and how did he become the friend of a family in the city of Shunem?
What caused the Shunammite's son to die, and how was he made alive again?
What is the best story of all that God has told us in the Bible?
A King Is Fooled(어리석은 짓을 한 왕)
A King Is Fooled
IN TELLING you the story of the shepherd boy David who became king of Israel, I mentioned that King Saul died. Now I want to tell you a very strange experience that Saul had just before his death. Because King Saul was no longer doing what was right, God allowed the army of the Philistines to attack the children of Israel again. This was some time after David had killed Goliath the giant. Saul raised as large an army of Israelites as he could to fight back, but he was afraid. Even a very small army could have driven away the Philistines if God had helped the Israelites, but he didn't help them, and Saul was worried. Now, what do you suppose he did?
Well, Saul did about the worst thing of all the wicked things which caused God to be displeased with him—he tried to get advice from the Prophet Samuel who had died. Yes, the good prophet had passed away. While he lived he had done the best he could to help Saul by warning him not to continue doing things which were displeasing to God. But Saul did not pay attention to his warnings.
You may wonder why Saul did wrong in trying to speak to Samuel after the good prophet had died. The reason is that when a person dies he can't talk with anyone, because he is asleep in death and can be awakened only by the power of God. But Satan tries to make people believe that dead people are not really dead.
If you have read the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden you will remember that Satan told them a lie about death. He said that they would not die if they disobeyed God. Of course Adam and Eve did die, and all their children died; so that proves Satan didn't tell the truth.
But when t person tells a he he usually thinks he has to tell another lie to cover tip the first one. So he keeps right on telling lies, which is a very bad thing to do. In order to cover tip his first lie that people wouldn't die because of sin, Satan his said that those who die are not really dead. Isn't that awful? We know that dead people are really dead, don't we? But Satan says, "No, they are not dead," and he has tried to prove that he is telling the truth by making believe that people can talk with those who are dead.
Satan and other wicked angels who work with him are able to deceive the people by making them think they can talk with their dead friends. God knew this, and when he gave his Law to the Israelites this was one thing which he forbade them to do.
In those days Satan was able to get women to work for him in his wicked schemes of deceiving people, and these were called witches. And Saul, while he was trying to please God, had ordered that all witches he driven out of the land of Israel so they wouldn't be able to deceive the Israelites.
But when Saul became fearful of the Philistines and couldn't get any help from God, he thought of his old friend Samuel who had died. He wondered if, after all, it might not be possible to talk with him. So what do you suppose he did? He gave orders to some of his trusted men to find one of the condemned witches so he could visit her and see if she could get Samuel to talk with him. They found a witch who was hiding in a cave near a place called Endor. She was known as the Witch of Endor.
When the witch was visited by these Israelites she was very much afraid, because she knew that Saul had ordered all witches destroyed. She was more afraid than ever when she discovered that it was Saul who was now visiting her. But the wicked king told her not to be afraid, because he would protect her. Satan is very powerful and very deceptive, and he made the witch believe that she saw gods coming right up out of the earth. And then she described a person she saw coming out of the earth whom Saul said must be Samuel.
Saul was very nervous and excited, and so was the witch, and Satan was able to make them both believe that Samuel was actually talking with them. When Samuel was alive he was very faithful to God. He knew that God would not communicate with the wicked king, and neither would he if God didn't want him to do so. Even if the dead Samuel could have talked with Saul he would not have done so. It was all a trick of Satan, and the wicked King Saul was certainly deceived by it. He thought he had actually talked with Samuel, but Samuel was dead and could not talk with anyone.
Satan likes to frighten people. Pretending that it was Samuel speaking, he had the witch tell Saul that the army of the Israelites would be defeated by the Philistines, and that Saul would be with Samuel the next day. Saul understood this to mean that he would die the next day, and it made him very nervous indeed.
A few days later, when the Philistines attacked the Israelites, Saul was wounded, and he killed himself rather than fall into their hands. That was the end of a man who started out to be a good king but who did not continue to obey God. It's a sad story, isn't it? Let us try not to be like King Saul.
A KING IS FOOLED
Who was the Witch of Endor, and why was it wrong for King Saul to visit her?
Why was it not possible for Samuel, who had died, to talk to King Saul?
How did King Saul die?
A King Who Ate Grass(풀을 뜯어먹고 산 왕)
A King Who Ate Grass
A KING WHO ATE GRASS
KING SAUL was the first king to rule over the children of Israel. Then, as you know, they had other kings. There was David, who was a very good king. Then there was Solomon. Another one was called Ahab. He was not a good king, because he allowed the people to worship false gods. There were many other kings about whom we haven't told you at all. The very last king that the Israelites had was a man by the name of Zedekiah—Zed-e-ki-ah.
Zedekiah was a very wicked king, and many of the children of Israel were also wicked. So God allowed the enemies of the Israelites to capture their king, and all the people became captives and were carried away into a strange country called Babylon. It will be well if you can remember that Saul was the first king of the Israelites, and that Zedekiah was their last king.
Many grown-up folks do not know this!
The people of Babylon were all heathen, which means that they did not serve the true God, who was the God of the Israelites. The Bible also calls such people Gentiles. The Gentile nations had kings also, and at this time a man by the name of Nebuchadnezzar was king of the Gentile nation, Babylon.
Isn't that a long name!
Here's the way to pronounce it: first you say Neb, then u, then kad, then nez, and the last part is zar. So when you put it together it is Neb-u-kad-nez-zar. Now, that's not so hard after all, is it? I want you to learn that name because most of this story will be about Nebuchadnezzar, and you ought to be acquainted with him.
About the time Nebuchadnezzar captured Zedekiah he had a very wonderful dream, but the strange part of it was that when he awoke from his sleep he couldn't remember the dream. Did you ever have a dream, and in the morning couldn't remember it? Well, that was Nebuchadnezzar's experience. It was truly a wonderful dream. He knew that, but he tried and tried to remember it and just couldn't.
Well, what did he do?
First he sent for some of his wise men. These were men who were specially trained so they would be able to tell the king what he wanted to know. Of course they were not really wise men; they were just called wise men. Nebuchadnezzar asked them to tell him what it was that he dreamed, and then to explain the meaning of the dream.
My, but that was a hard job for those wise men, wasn't it? Yes, it was really too hard, for they told the king that they couldn't possibly know what it was that he had dreamed. They told the king that if he could remember the dream and tell them what it was, they could certainly explain its meaning. But this the king could not do, so they didn't help him very much. The king was very angry, and ordered that all the wise men should be killed.
Among the wise men who were specially appointed to advise the king and explain secrets to him, were four young Israelites. The name of one of these was Daniel. When he heard that the king was angry and wanted them all killed, he asked if he might try to tell the king his dream. Nebuchadnezzar agreed to let Daniel try.
Daniel couldn't possibly do this all by himself, but God helped him, and because God helped him he was able to tell the king just what it was that he dreamed. He told Nebuchadnezzar that in his dream he saw a statue which was the shape of a man. The Bible calls it an image. The image was like a man, with shoulders, arms, body, legs, and feet. The head appeared to be made of gold, the arms and chest of silver, the stomach and hips of brass, and the legs of iron. The feet were very odd, for they were made of a mixture of iron and clay.
Then Nebuchadnezzar saw a big stone separate itself from the side of a mountain, and the stone fell on the feet of the statue, causing it to fall and break in pieces. The wind blew the pieces away. Then the most peculiar thing occurred. That stone which fell on the feet of the statue began to grow, and it grew until it was so large that it filled the whole earth. Now wasn't that a most remarkable dream!
Of course you want to know what it means. Nebuchadnezzar did too, so Daniel explained it to him. He explained that the golden head of the statue stood for Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that each of the other parts of the statue represented very strong nations which would rule over the Israelites and the whole world after the nation of Babylon became weak and was defeated by its enemies.
This dream meant that the Israelites would be ruled by the Gentiles for hundreds of years. And they were, too. It is wonderful that God knew this and could tell about it before it took place! We can't do that, can we? But God can, and he helped Daniel explain the history of the world hundreds and hundreds of years ahead of time.
Daniel explained that the Gentile nations would rule until God sent his King.
God's kingdom was shown by the stone that broke the statue to pieces and then became a great mountain which filled the whole earth. Jesus will be the King in God's kingdom, and this means that the children of Israel will never have another king until King Jesus rules over them and over the whole world.
Aren't we glad that wicked Gentile kings won't rule over the earth forever and ever? Surely we are, for God has promised that Jesus will be the King, and we know that all his promises will come true.
Of course Nebuchadnezzar couldn't rule over the Israelites and over the whole world unless God allowed him to do so. He forgot that, and became very proud. He tried to make the people think that he was very wonderful, and that they should worship him. He didn't trust God as some of the kings of the Israelites did, but had the very foolish idea that he could be a wise and wonderful king without any help from God.
So what do you suppose occurred?
Why, the king had another dream, and when he found out what it meant it was really terrible. In this dream God told him that he would lose his mind and would go out in the field and eat grass just like the cattle for seven years. And Nebuchadnezzar actually did this, too. Can you imagine a mighty king, as he thought himself to be, crawling around on the ground eating grass? The Bible tells us that his hair grew long and coarse and looked like bird feathers, and his fingernails became like the claws of animals.
Finally, though, Nebuchadnezzar's reason returned to him, and when he found out what he had done he was very much ashamed of himself. However, he learned by this experience that he was not as wise and powerful as he had thought. Learning this, he gave praise to God for allowing him to be the ruler.
A KING WHO ATE GRASS
Who was lsrael's lost king, and by whom was he made a prisoner?
Who was Daniel, and what was Nebuchadnezzar's dream which Daniel explained to him?
Why was it necessary for Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, to eat nothing but grass for seven years?
A Lame Man Made Well (고침 받은 앉은뱅이)/행3:6
A Lame Man Made Well
PETER was a good man! He was always ready to do what God wanted him to do. A short time after the Holy Spirit had come upon Peter and the others, he went to God\\\\\\\'s temple one day, and saw a man who was not able to walk, sitting at the gate of the temple which was called \\\\\\\"Beautiful.\\\\\\\"
This man was begging. Peter didn\\\\\\\'t have any money to give this poor cripple, but he did something for him which was much better. He used the power of God to make the man\\\\\\\'s legs well so he could walk! Wasn\\\\\\\'t that a wonderfully kind thing to do?
Now that the Holy Spirit was upon Peter he could make sick people well, and dead people alive, just as Jesus did. Many people saw what Peter had done, and it made them very curious. Then Peter told them about Jesus-that he was the One whom the prophets of God had said would come. He said that Jesus\\\\\\\' enemies had put him to death, but that God had made him alive again. Then Peter explained that the power which God had given to Jesus and now had given to the apostles had made this lame man well.
The man certainly must have been very happy when he found out he could walk just like other people! The Bible says that he leaped, or jumped up and down. You couldn\\\\\\\'t blame him for that, could you?
Wouldn\\\\\\\'t it be wonderful if all the lame people in the world were made well? I suppose you are thinking that it would also be quite wonderful if all the blind people could see, and if all the deaf people could hear. Well, God has promised that this is just whit he will do for all such people when the right time comes.
In the 35th chapter of the Book of Isaiah, God tells us about this. There God says that those who are lame \\\\\\\"shall leap like an hart.\\\\\\\" A hart, you know, is another name for a deer. Have you ever seen deer in a zoo, or running wild in the country? If you have, you will know how well they can leap and jump.
Of course, when all the lame people are made well they won\\\\\\\'t keep on leaping and jumping all the time. Deer jump and run because they are happy—that\\\\\\\'s what God means. When all the lame people are made well, and the blind people are able to see, and the deaf people are able to hear, they will all be very, very happy.
You must be wondering when God will do these wonderful things for the people, so that is what I want to tell you.
After Peter had healed the lame man who sat at the gate of the temple, and explained to him about Jesus, Peter said that when Jesus came back to earth again it would then be the time for all the people to be made well. Won\\\\\\\'t that be a grand time? Peter called it \\\\\\\"times of restitution.\\\\\\\"
I hope you will remember that word \\\\\\\"restitution.\\\\\\\"
It\\\\\\\'s a wonderful word. It means to restore, or to bring back again. All the sick people will be restored to health. All the dead people will be made alive. How do we know? We know because Peter says that this is what God has promised. He tells us that God caused all his prophets to write down his promises, so that we might know what he plans to do for everybody in the whole wide world. And we know that all of God\\\\\\\'s promises will come true!
A LAME MAN MADE WELL
Will the time ever come when all the lame people in the world will be made well?
What does the word \\\\\\\"restitution\\\\\\\" mean, and how many of God\\\\\\\'s prophets mentioned it in their writings?
A Parisee Changes His Mind(개종한 한 바리새인)/행22:7
A PHARISEE CHANGES HIS MIND
HAVE already told you about the scribes and Pharisees. They were the religious rulers of the Israelites, many of whom were jealous of Jesus and Stephen, and caused them to be put to death. They were also the ones who put Peter and John in prison, and who said that they would have to stop telling the people about Jesus. Of course Peter and John continued to tell the people about Jesus because that was what God wanted them to do.
Now I don't want you to think that all the scribes and Pharisees were jealous and wicked men. Oh no! Some of them were good, sincere men. These good Pharisees persecuted God's people because they did not know any better. They thought Jesus and his disciples were doing what God did not want them to do, but these good Pharisees were wrong. We should always make sure that what we do is right, because we may think we are doing right when we are really doing wrong.
That is the way it was with one of the Pharisees by the name of Saul. Saul's home was in a city named Tarsus, so he was called "Saul of Tarsus." Saul was one of the Pharisees who decided that Deacon Stephen should be stoned to death. Saul didn't actually throw any stones at Stephen, but he held the coats of those who did throw the stones. But he didn't do this because he was jealous of Stephen. Saul thought Stephen was one of God's enemies, and therefore should be put to death, but he was wrong.
Many others besides Stephen were made to suffer by Saul, not only in Jerusalem but in other cities as well. While in Jerusalem, Saul visited the high priest of Israel who gave him letters of authority to arrest the disciples of Jesus wherever he could find them, and bring them to Jerusalem to be punished. So Saul started out to find as many of the disciples as he could. He was on his way to a city named Damascus, when suddenly he was surrounded by a very bright light. The light was even brighter than sunshine. The Bible tells us that it was a light from heaven.
When Saul saw this bright light shining all around him he fell down upon the ground. He was probably very much frightened. Then he heard a voice speaking to him, saying:
"Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?"
Saul just couldn't imagine who was speaking to him, so he answered the voice, saying:
"Who art thou, Lord?"
Saul knew that the voice he heard was not the voice of a man. The word "Lord" means "mighty one," and probably Saul thought he had heard the voice of one of God's mighty angels.
But the voice Saul heard was the voice of One much more important than an angel. Whose voice do you suppose it was? We will let the Bible answer that question. When Saul asked, "Who art thou, Lord?" the voice replied:
"I am Jesus whom thou persecutest."
Wasn't that wonderful! Jesus was speaking to Saul from heaven.
Saul was certainly surprised! He had been arresting the disciples of Jesus and putting them in prison, and he had consented to the stoning of Stephen for preaching about Jesus. But now Jesus was speaking to Saul, and he knew from this that he had been doing wrong in causing the friends of Jesus to suffer.
When Jesus was made alive after he had been crucified, the scribes and Pharisees told the false story that someone had stolen his body from the tomb, and that he had not been made alive at all. Saul must have believed this story, but now he knew that he had believed a lie about Jesus. He knew now that Jesus had been made alive again, for he had heard his voice speaking to him from heaven.
Saul was a good man, but he had been deceived. Now Saul had found out he had been deceived, and he wanted to work just as hard for Jesus as he had been working against him. So Saul replied to his Master:
"Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"
Jesus answered, saying:
"Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."
Saul arose from the ground, and discovered that he was blind! The bright light from heaven was more than his eyes could stand, and it had blinded him. There were others traveling with Saul, and when they realized that he had suddenly become blind they led him into the city of Damascus.
He was taken to the home of a man named Judas. This was not, of course, the Judas who betrayed Jesus. There were many people then who had the same name as others, just as they do now. He remained in the home of Judas for three days, and during all that time he didn't eat or drink a thing.
At the same time God spoke to one of Jesus' disciples who lived in Damascus. He asked him to visit Saul and explain what God wanted him to do. God told his disciple that Saul had seen a vision and that he now believed in Jesus and wanted to serve him. This disciple was named Ananias. Ananias had heard about Saul, and knew that he had been causing the disciples of Jesus to suffer, so he was a little afraid to visit him.
But the Lord assured Ananias that Saul was a sincere believer and would be glad to see him. So Ananias went to the home of Judas, and when he saw the Pharisee Saul, who had changed his mind and now believed that Jesus was the great One whom God had promised to send to bless the people, he spoke to him, saying:
Ananias then explained to Saul what he was to do in the service of God.
Yes, Saul certainly changed his mind about Jesus. He had been on his way to Damascus to arrest the disciples of Jesus, but now that he was in the city and had learned the truth, he went to work preaching to the Jews about Jesus, telling them that he was the Son of God, and the great One whom God had promised to send. You see, when Ananias visited Saul and told him what he was to do for God, Saul's eyesight was restored. And now, wherever Saul went he told the people about Jesus.
A PHARISEE CHANGES HIS MIND
Who was Saul, and why is he called "Saul of Tarsus"?
Why was Saul going to Damascus, and what occurred before he arrived?
What work did God have for Saul to do?
A Prophet's Prayers Answered(응답받은 선지자의 기도)
A Prophet's Prayers Answered
THIS story is about a wonderful man whose name was Elijah. Elijah was a man who served God as a prophet in Israel. All of God's prophets were his faithful servants. Elijah lived very close to God, and God heard his prayers and answered them. One reason God answered Elijah's prayers was that he prayed for the things which were pleasing to God.
Elijah lived at a time when there was a very wicked king ruling over the children of Israel. This made it a very hard time for a prophet of God. It meant that he had to tell the king he was wrong and try to make him do right, and it was very seldom that a king liked to be told he was wrong.
When Elijah first became a prophet God asked him to tell the king that there wouldn't be any rain for a long, long time. Now the reason for this was that Ahab, who was then king, was wicked. Because he followed the advice of his wife, who was a wicked woman, he had allowed the priests of the false god, Baal, to establish idol worship among the children of Israel. That was contrary to the law of God! There was only the one true God whom they were to worship, so it was very wrong for their king to allow them to worship any other god.
So God sent Elijah to warn the king, and to tell him that there would be no more rain until the prophet said so. Now you can imagine that Ahab was very angry with Elijah. The good prophet had to run away and hide, or else he would have been killed. But God took care of him.
God always takes care of those who do what he wants them to do!
And how did God take care of Elijah? Why, he told Elijah of a nice quiet place by the side of a brook. The name of the brook was Cherith. Probably it was in a cool sheltered place in the woods where Elijah could hide. While he remained there God took care of him in a most unusual way. He sent ravens to Elijah night and morning with a supply of food. Yes, these ravens brought bread and meat to the prophet twice every day. Of course he had all the water he needed from the brook. Ravens, you know, are large black birds. They are very much like our black crows. We don't think crows are so nice, but if we were very hungry and they brought us food we would think differently, wouldn't we?
Of course ravens, or crows, or any other kind of bird, wouldn't bring food to boys and girls or to men and women unless God caused them to do so. We don't know how God directed those ravens to take food to Elijah. God does many things which we do not understand. We don't understand how he makes beautiful flowers grow. We just know that he does. The Bible tells us that God caused the ravens to bring food to Elijah, So we know he did, because we know that the Bible is true. And the ravens kept right on bringing food to the prophet as long is he stayed by the side of that brook.
But what do you suppose happened after awhile? You may think those ravens flew away and didn't come back. No, that wasn't it. Why, that brook dried up so there was no water in it! That was very serious, for no one can live without water, and eating bread and meat every day must have made the prophet very thirsty, so he just had to have water.
The brook dried up because of the weather. Just as Elijah had told the wicked king Ahab, there was to be no more rain for a long time. It is the rain that keeps brooks and rivers flowing, and when there is no rain for a long, long time, the water begins to get low in brooks and rivers; and if the weather continues without rain, finally they dry up entirely. Well, that is what happened to the brook Cherith that supplied water for Elijah.
And now what was Elijah to do?
Again God took care of him. God told the prophet to move to another place. The name of the place is very hard to pronounce, but you can try to pronounce it if you wish. It was Zarephath. God told the prophet that there he would find a widow woman who would take care of him. Elijah went where God asked him to go and there he found the widow. The dry weather had also caused a famine where this widow lived, and she was nearly out of food. All she had was enough flour to make one small cake, and a little olive oil to mix with the flour.
But God was taking care of Elijah and as long as he obeyed God, everything was all right. It didn't seem like a very nice thing for a man to do, but just the same Elijah asked this poor woman for that very last bit of food that she had. He did not do this because he was selfish. No, he did it because he was putting his trust in God. God told him that this widow would take care of him, and Elijah was sure that God was able to fulfill his promise.
The widow did as Elijah asked her to do, and then what do you suppose occurred? Why, that little supply of oil never ran out! The widow kept the oil in a pitcher called a cruse, and every time she used oil from the cruse, she found more oil there to take its place. Wasn't that wonderful! And it was the same way with the flour. So day after day both the widow and the prophet were supplied with food.
Now it really wasn't difficult for God to supply flour and oil in that way. You see, he Supplies all the flour and oil and all the other food that the whole world eats. Only he does it in a different way. He makes the grain grow, and he makes the olives grow from which we get the oil. We don't know how he makes the grain and the olives grow. We just know that he does. We don't know how God kept the widow's cruse supplied with oil, and why she never ran out of flour during that long dry spell.
This widow had a very dear son. He was just a young boy. One day that dear boy became very ill, and he died. His mother was heartbroken. At first she blamed it on Elijah, but of course Elijah had nothing to do with the boy's becoming ill and dying. But Elijah did something about it after the boy died. He carried that youngster upstairs in the widow's house, laid him down on the bed, exercised his arms, forced air into his lungs, and the boy came to life again. Wasn't that grand? Of course, it was really God who restored the boy to life. Elijah couldn't do that all by himself.
But we can imagine how happy that mother was to have her boy alive again. I like to think about that wonderful experience, for you know the Bible tells us that the time is coining when all who have died will be brought back to life again. All the boys and girls, and the grown-up folks as well, who have died are to be given life and they will be back home again with their families. That is something really worth knowing, isn't it? The power of God will do this. We know that God has power to do anything and everything he has promised to do. Yes, we know that his promises will come true! That is what the Bible tells us, and we know that the Bible is true.
It had now been three years since it had rained in the land of Israel, and the people were becoming quite worried. It was then that God told Elijah to go and show himself to King Ahab. He did this, and Ahab, of course, was very angry with the prophet, because he blamed him for the lack of rain. But Elijah made it plain to the king that the cause of all the dry weather was his own wickedness in allowing his wife to introduce the worship of the false god, Baal.
Then the prophet told the king what should be done. By this time the king was so worried that he was willing to do anything that Elijah suggested. You see, God did not keep it from raining just to make the people suffer, but to cause them to stop worshiping false gods.
So this is what Elijah told them to do: all the people were to be invited to assemble on a mountain called Carmel. The priests of the false god Baal were invited to come up onto the mountain also. There were four hundred and fifty of these priests, but Elijah was the only prophet of the true God. Thousands and thousands of the people traveled up Mount Carmel as Elijah had suggested. If you were ever up on a high mountain you know what a sight that must have been to look down over the Mountainside into the valley below and watch that great multitude of people slowly making their way over the rocky, dusty trails as they moved as near to Elijah as they could get.
All day long they kept coining. What a sight!
Meanwhile, Elijah was preparing the people for a great demonstration to prove who was the true God. First he told the priests of Baal to prepare a sacrifice to their god, and then call upon him to send fire from heaven to burn the sacrifice. So they tried it, but there was no answer to their prayer. They kept shouting to Baal as loudly as they could all day long. Elijah mocked them. He said, "Cry a little louder!" suggesting that "perhaps Baal is asleep, or maybe he has gone on a journey." I suppose Elijah enjoyed that quite a bit, don't you?
Finally, as the evening drew near and the people were nearly all gathered where they could see and hear, Elijah's turn came to show what the true God could and would do. He had an altar built, and a sacrifice placed upon it. He gave orders to dig a ditch all around the altar and to fill the ditch with water. Then he told his helpers to pour water over the sacrifice and the altar. You see, he wanted the people to be convinced that the God of Israel was really the true God, the only living God with power to take care of his people.
When everything was prepared to the prophet's satisfaction, he prayed to God and asked him to accept the sacrifice of the young bullock that was being offered to him, and to show that he was accepting it by causing fire to come down and burn it up.
Then followed a marvelous display of God's power. Flames of fire appeared, burning, not only the bullock, but also licking up the water that was in the ditch around the altar. When the people saw this there arose a great shout of rejoicing, proclaiming that Israel's God was the true God.
From then on things changed. To complete the work of restoring the worship of the true God in Israel, all the priests of Baal were killed. A short time after that Elijah prayed that it might rain in the land of Israel, and the rain came.
Elijah had many more wonderful experiences, and he continued to be a faithful prophet of God. He came to the end of his life in a very unusual way. When his work was finished he was standing one day by the side of the Jordan River, when suddenly there arose a mighty whirlwind. Then Elijah saw a chariot of fire and horses of fire, and the whirlwind lifted him up from the earth, and he was seen no more.
Of course Elijah died. We know that, but no one could find his body.
I am telling you how Elijah died because some people think that he was taken up into heaven to live with the angels, but that is not so. We know this, because Jesus, years and years afterward, said that no one had gone up into heaven. We know that everything Jesus said is true. So let us remember that Elijah died, only that he died in a different way than most people die.
Everybody has to die now, but it won't be that way by and by. There is a time coming when no one will need to die. That is what the Bible says, and we know that the Bible is true.
A PROPHET'S PRAYERS ANSWERED
Who was the king of Israel at the time the Prophet Elijah's prayers were answered?
Why was there no rain in the land of Israel for a long time?
How did God feed Elijah while he lived alone by the side of a brook?
How did God answer Elijah's prayer on a high mountain called Carmel?
How did Elijah die?
A Shepherd Boy Is Made King(왕이 된 양치기 소년)
A Shepherd Boy Is Made King
YOU probably remember my story of the young man Joseph who was sold into slavery in Egypt and later became a ruler. Well, this story is about a young man who took care of sheep for his father and later became a great king to rule over the children of Israel. His name was David. He became the successor to King Saul. The Prophet Samuel, who appointed Saul to be the first king of the Hebrews, also appointed David, who was their second king.
King Saul was a good king in the beginning of his reign, but he didn't remain faithful to God. He became proud and did many things which were displeasing to God. After awhile, when King Saul continued doing wrong, God spoke to the Prophet Samuel and told him to appoint a new king to rule over the Israelites. Samuel felt very badly about this, for he loved Saul, and was very sorry indeed that Saul did not continue to do what God wanted him to do.
God told Samuel that he had selected a new king from among the sons of a man named Jesse who lived in Bethlehem. He asked the prophet to go up to Bethlehem and get acquainted with Jesse and his sons, and assured the prophet that it would then be made known to him which of the sons was to be the new king. Samuel was always willing to do what God wanted him to do, so he went to Bethlehem and there found Jesse and his sons. It was a fine family of boys. They were all healthy and good looking, and the very first one that Samuel saw was such an ideal young man that the prophet was sure he must be the one God had chosen to be the king. But God told Samuel that he was not the one.
Then Samuel asked to see the other sons, and Jesse, the father, had them all appear before the prophet, one after the other. But as Samuel looked at each of these fine boys God told him that none of them was the right one. Samuel began to wonder what God wanted him to do, and when Jesse did not bring another of his sons before him Samuel asked if he had seen them all. Then Jesse said, "No, there really is another son, but he is out in the field taking care of the sheep." The father said this as though his youngest son was not important, and that it didn't make much difference whether or not Samuel saw him.
But Samuel was very wise because he always did as God wanted him to do, so he asked Jesse to send for the boy who was caring for the sheep. He explained that God looks at us differently than we look at each other. A person may be all dressed up and look very fine to us, yet he might not be doing the things that are pleasing to God. God can read our thoughts, you know, and we should always remember that. We might think things that are wrong, and even say and do things that are wrong, and keep our parents or our playmates
from knowing about them, but God knows.
God knew why he didn't want any of the sons of Jesse whom Samuel had already seen to be Israel's new king, so Jesse sent for the voting shepherd boy whose name was David. As soon as Samuel saw him God told the prophet that this was the one to be appointed king. So Samuel anointed David to be the king of the Israelites.
Do you know what the word "anointed" means? It means that Samuel poured a very special, sweet-smelling oil on David's head. That was called anointing. When Samuel poured the oil on David's head it meant that David was the one whom God had chosen for king. People in those days knew what that meant, so there was no question in their minds about it.
But King Saul was still living, and it wouldn't be well to have two kings at the same time, so David did not attempt to become king right away. He conducted himself very wisely while he was waiting for the time to come when he would begin his duties as king.
Meanwhile King Saul continued to disobey God. He had a very bad temper, and sometimes he would become so angry that he would lose control of himself. That was very bad, wasn't it? His friends learned that one of the best things to help Saul when he became so terribly upset was to let him hear beautiful music.
Now the shepherd boy David was a wonderful musician. He could play the harp very melodiously. King Saul was told about David and he consented to have him bring his harp and play a few selections. Right away it did Saul a great deal of good, and he was so pleased that he gave David a very important position in his army—he made him his armor bearer.
At that time the army of the Philistines was causing the Israelites a great deal of trouble. When Saul first began his reign as king in Israel God helped him to defeat the Philistines and to drive them back into their own country. But now that God was no longer helping the king, he had not been so successful in battle and the Philistines had again become a real menace.
Saul’s army was out in the field preparing for a battle with the Philistines and three of David's brothers were in the army. David's father sent him to his brothers with supplies of food and to find out how they were getting along with the battle. Just as he arrived on the battlefield one of the Philistine soldiers ran out where he could be seen and defied the entire army of the Israelites.
And they were really frightened, for this Philistine soldier was a giant named Goliath. Probably some of you have seen giants at the circus. Well, this giant was probably larger than any giant you have ever seen He was well protected with a heavy metal armor, and he carried a huge sword. He really did look fierce and dangerous! But David was not afraid!
Of course David had not been sent into the battlefield to fight. He didn't want to disobey any of the rules of King Saul, but he kept thinking that if he was only given a chance he could deal with that giant, and he told some of them what he thought about this defiant enemy.
Saul learned about this, so he sent for David. Having played the harp so expertly for Saul, he knew that David was no ordinary person, but one who knew what he was talking about. David told Saul that he felt sure he could destroy this giant, and asked permission to go back onto the battlefield and do so.
King Saul was very much surprised at David's courage and assurance, but advised him against trying it. He told David that he was too young and too small to fight against that mighty giant. But David pleaded with the king. He told Saul that on one occasion while caring for his father's sheep a mighty lion had attacked the sheep, and that he had killed the lion. He told Saul, also, that one time he had killed a big bear which had tried to steal one of his father's sheep.
Of course David wasn't bragging. It is not nice to brag about what we can do. But, you see, David loved God, and he knew that God would help him to kill the giant because he knew that God loved the Israelites and wanted them to be delivered from the Philistines.
Well, Saul was impressed with David's courage and earnestness, and told him he could go and try. I suppose Saul thought it wouldn't make much difference if David was killed. So David started back to the battlefield.
First, though, Saul wanted David to put on his armor for protection. David tried it on, but it didn't fit very well, and he wasn't used to wearing armor, so he told Saul he thought he would be better off without it. What he did do was to get himself a slingshot, and several nice smooth stones. He knew how to use a slingshot. Lots of country boys do, even now.
So David, upon reaching the battlefield, challenged the giant to show himself. The giant did, and when he saw that young lad, who was small and didn't look very strong, he was terribly angry. He was insulted that such a youth, without sword or armor, should even think of fighting against him. Yes, that giant just fumed away against David and the Israelites. He told David that he would tear him apart and give his flesh to the dogs.
But David was calm. He told the giant he was not afraid of his threats, because he knew that God would help him. He said that Israel had a God who could really fight for them, and that he would now help him fight this mighty giant. Then David watched his chance, and with that little slingshot hurled a small stone at the giant.
The very first stone hit the giant in the forehead. Well, that was the end of the giant. This mighty giant was the champion fighter of the whole Philistine army and when the Philistines learned that he had been killed by David they all became afraid and ran away. Thus God helped David to deliver the Israelites from the oppressions of their enemies.
Although David had been chosen by God to be the king of Israel in the place of Saul, yet he was patiently waiting for God's time to make him king. Meanwhile he remained loyal to Saul; and after having killed the giant he reported the matter to him. At first Saul was very much pleased and he took David into his palace and made him a member of the family.
King Saul had a son whose name was Jonathan, and he and David became close friends. They were very good friends, and loved each other dearly. This was a good thing for David because later King Saul turned against him and would have killed him if Jonathan had not interfered.
The reason King Saul turned against David was that he became jealous of him. Yes, Saul became jealous of David just as Cain became jealous of Abel, and as the eleven brothers of Joseph became jealous of him. Jealousy is a terrible thing. Jealousy takes away your own happiness and leads you to do injury to others. In the else of King Saul, his jealousy became so terrible that he would have killed David if he had been able to do so. But God helped David. He helped him by giving him Jonathan to be a very good and trusted friend; and he helped and protected him in other ways.
You probably wonder why King Saul should have been jealous of David. The reason was that the people loved David so much because he had slain the giant, and had delivered them from the army of the Philistines. Saul's jealousy started when he was leading his army on a victory march from the place where the Philistines had been defeated. David was evidently in the parade with Saul, and as they marched through the streets the women came out of the houses and shouted praises to Saul and to David.
But they praised David more than they praised Saul. They said that Saul had killed thousands, but that David had killed tens of thousands. It really meant that they thought David was a much better soldier and leader than Saul. King Saul heard this and became jealous. He probably thought that sooner or later the people would want to make David king over Israel instead of himself. But even so, he should not have been jealous.
Neither should we be jealous when some friends of ours get along better than we do. Saul should have been happy and joined with the people in praising David; but jealous people don't do things like that. Instead of being happy about David's victory over the giant, Saul became an enemy of David, and he remained an enemy of David for the rest of his life.
The Bible tells us that David behaved wisely, which means that he obeyed King Saul and did everything he could to please him. David knew that God had chosen him to be king, but he was willing to wait for God's time to come in this matter. He remained in Saul's palace and served him as long as he could. Once while David was playing the harp for Saul, the king suddenly became angry and threw a big knife at him. David jumped out of the way of the knife and thus escaped being killed.
Finally Saul became so determined to kill David that he found it necessary to leave the palace altogether. Jonathan advised David that this would be the wisest thing to do, and he helped David make plans to escape.
This was very hard for both Jonathan and David because they had become such bosom friends. True friends, however, will always give advice that is best for those whom they love, even though it may not be the best for themselves. It was best for David to leave the service of King Saul, but it was hard for Jonathan to see him go.
Their parting, however, was very sweet. They asked God to watch between them and to guide and protect them. That was really wonderful; for, after all, God is the very best Friend any of us can have! And God will be our Friend if we love him and try to do the things which please him.
After David and Jonathan had parted and Saul learned that David had escaped, Saul was very angry, and for the remainder of his life he did all he could to find David and to kill him. But God was with David, and protected him. David tried to be like God, so he was very kind toward Saul. He didn't hate Saul and try to kill him. Once while Saul and his soldiers were hunting for David they spent the night sleeping at the entrance of a cave in the side of a mountain.
David and his friends were hiding in this cave, and while Saul was sleeping David could have had his friends go out and kill him, but he refused to do it. He allowed Saul to finish his sleep and move on unharmed. That is one reason God loved David so much.
Finally Saul died, and then it was time for David to be made 'king of Israel. Not all the people knew David, and some of them wanted another king, so again David waited patiently for God to show the people who their real king was to be. David, the shepherd boy, thought of himself as being one of God's sheep, and he put his trust in God, just as sheep put their trust in their shepherd. He knew that God wanted him to be the king, and that God would make him king when the right time came. So he waited for God, and finally he became the beloved king of all the Hebrew people.
A SHEPHERD BOY IS MADE KING
Who was David, and why did Samuel anoint him to be king of Israel before King Saul died?
How did David kill the Philistine giant, and why did this cause King Saul to be jealous of David?
For how long prior to his own death did King Saul seek to destroy David?