A House Built on Rock(반석 위에 세운 집)/ Matthew 7:24-27(마7:24-27)/ 2009-10-24
A House Built on Rock(반석 위에 세운 집)
A House Built on Rock
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”(Matthew 7:24-27)
Today we celebrate foundation day. Today’s holiday celebrate Korea’s proud and cherished 5,0000 year history. We pray God will make Korea and Young Nak stronger in Christ. It is a Christian virtue to pray for stronger Korean nation coupled with crowded churches. Currently Young Nak church is holding a church conference entitled Remnant 2500. The purpose of this conference is to attract 2,500 new converts to Christ by the end of this year. So let’s go out and do our part: become a witness for Christ to strengthen the foundation of this church.
Witnessing about Christ to friends and close associates is similar to construction work. When we introduce Christ to a new convert, we are building new foundations. We teach about a new way of living. A new way of thinking. For the first time a new convert can experience real love, heart-felt joy, deep and inner peace, tender patience, radiating with kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are just a few of the important changes Christians experience when they adopt Christ in the center of their life.
Evangelizing is similar to building up a house build on rock. Going out to witness will strengthen faith. Faith is the foundation of Christian life. If faith is acted upon, you see hearts and minds transformed. You see the power of Christ. Evangelists’ build on the experience of going out in the field will produce fruits. Confidence increases. Love sways decision to continue to go out every week.
The Lord can do amazing things when you allow him to be your mouthpiece.
Evangelizing both seamen and factory workers every week is the cornerstone of the purpose of this English ministry. We are finding and building up new lives in Christ. These last few months we have been amazed to see many fruits in this church developing and growing. I strongly believe the Holy Spirit is working in the lives of this congregation since we are becoming a community of prayer warriors. Our numbers seem to be increasing every week … just like the number of buildings under construction keeps increasing every year in Korea.
I have always been amazed to see so many new buildings built in a short time in Korea. Everywhere you look, open spaces are filled up with new office buildings or apartments. The construction of a building from beginning to end seems to me overwhelmingly daunting. The amount of planning, from architect’s drawings to detailed construction plans, seemed endless. Step by step, a plan is made followed meticulously until it comes to completion.
One of the most impressive things I learned about the construction of Young Nak Church at the beginning of the Korean War was not only that this church is held up by over 1,000 wooden piles driven down into the clay and swampy marsh, but also that was far more piles than anyone imagined would actually be necessary to hold up this building. The original builders were determined to have a strong foundation.
Did you know that there are over 400 references in Scripture relating to building and construction, used as metaphors, examples, in parables? “Unless the Lord builds the house,” one Psalm says,
“those who build it labor in vain.” There is a “time to build,” Ecclesiastes says. “We have a building from God,” Paul says, “a house not made with human hands.” The church was called “the household of God.”
In our gospel lesson Jesus is completing his Sermon on the Mount, full of teaching about what it takes to build a sturdy, good life. And he tells the story of the wise man who built his house on rock, so that when the rains fell and the floods came, and the winds blew, it didn’t fall down. We are all involved, he is saying, in building our lives, stone by stone, brick by brick, board by board. Every experience we have, every good thing, every mistake, every wound we receive, all of that goes into the shaping of our souls.
Some of us start off with a lot of help getting our foundations in place. But plenty of us get off to shaky starts ― bad advice, no support, a lot that we have to overcome. However we start, though, we build our lives day by day. We make decisions, stone by stone, board by board. Good things happen. Someone helps us pay for college, or helps us get a job. Or we make mistakes, make foolish choices, get involved with ungodly people.
I remember a spiritual mentor saying something to me that changed the way I had looked at the wrong turns in my own life. God, he said, is frugal. God doesn’t waste anything in our lives. Even the wrong turns, the bad mistakes, the wounds we get hit with ― God finds ways for us to learn from them, to grow through them, and even to use that experience to teach us what we couldn’t have learned any other way.
Sometimes people lay out plans for their lives they later wish they hadn’t. I have heard more people than I can count say to me in one form or another, “I wish I hadn’t been so obsessed with work.” When I was looking to buy my first home, I inquired why did the owners want to sale this beautiful home? The real estate agent told me, “The owners were experiencing a marriage crisis. Both husband and wife worked hard and constantly to built this home. Finally, when the home was finally finished, their marriage was on the brink.” Later the wife applied for a divorce. The house stood empty.
At some point along the way we may discover that the building plan we have been working with will never get us what we really want. Are we laying the right foundation in our Christian life?
Jesus tells the story about the man who built wisely, but he also talks about the unwise man who built his house on sand, and so when the rains came, and the rivers rose, his house was destroyed. “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand.”
Do you remember the sense of disorientation so many felt after Hurricane Katrina? It felt as if the rains and winds and floods had come. Our “houses” were being attacked. Churches were also flooded with people looking for something firmer –something that would last forever. Where was the foundation that could hold against the storm?
We have a foundation. “Christ is the cornerstone” of our building, Scripture says. There actually is a rock we can build on that cannot be shaken, and that rock is God, the Creator, and Christ, the one who comes to save and promises that none of us has to be lost. But it’s not enough just to know that. We have to build our lives on it.
In his Sermon on the Mount Jesus says to turn the other cheek, to be the light of the world, to forgive, to be faithful in marriage, to refuse to give back violence for violence, and above all to trust. Trust that the Holy One knows every hair on your head. Trust that you cannot ever fall so far as to fall out of God’s hands. Build your life on that, and you will have a sure foundation. Let go of the past; it’s history. Don’t worry about the future; you have no control over it. Live right now.
Trustingly, honestly, riskily, lovingly.
And learning to live this way is like learning a craft, a craft such as, say, bricklaying. You don’t just walk out one day and skillfully shape and arrange and secure brick. It takes apprenticeship and practice and patience learning the skills. Being a great administrator, or basketball player, or dentist takes meticulous, painstaking learning and practice.
And it needs to be a daily process of putting a God-consciousness into our days. The peace we experience by reading our bible and praying every day is something that we cannot get anywhere else in the world no matter how long we search for happiness ― a foundation for our lives, the rock that can sustain us for the rest of our days. When we commit our lives to glorifying our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are saying that there is a Power greater than life itself who us, and will go forth as we build our life on a foundation made of rock.
So let’s apply today’s sermon into our hearts. Here how:
1. Know we all need a firm foundation. But it takes time and energy to build it.
2. Learning the essential pieces of the faith so that you can lay down those foundations for our faith is essential. Trust God always- 100% of the time. Learn from the people in the bible who have found God trustworthy.
3. Learn to give and receive Christ’s love even if you hardly know who Christ is. How?
A. Reading a book in the bible will help you experience God’s love. (I suggest staring with the easiest book in the bible first, Psalms).
B. Read consistently. Make a goal of reading one or two chapters a day. There might be some verses which are unclear. Write them down. Come to church on Sunday. Ask someone who you trust to answer your question correctly.
C. Never forget to pray every day. Prayer will deepen faith, listening to what God is saying, reaching out to someone else’s need ― all that is building a foundation, so that when the storms and winds and floods come, you’re ready.
So when the storms come, and they will, isn’t that the attitude you would like to have ― would like to have ― a strong, sure foundation? Well, we can. Just build it, step-step, day-by-day, one brick at a time. Amen.
Young Nak Church
A Letter to Bill William D. Hyatt from Ray Stedman(William D. Hyatt에게 보낸 Ray Stedman의 편지)/ Acts 6:2-4(행6:2-4)/ 1990-12-29
A Letter to Bill William D. Hyatt from Ray Stedman(William D. Hyatt에게 보낸 Ray Stedman의 편지)
A Letter to William D. Hyatt from Ray Stedman
December 29, 1990
First, congratulations to you and Yvonne for 25 years together. It is always great to see couples demonstrating marriage fidelity in these days of quickie marriages and even quicker divorces! As you know, Hawaii is very important to Elaine and me as we began our marriage there 45 years ago last October! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time there.
I apologize for some delay in getting this letter back to you, but I was given a heavy assignment in writing by Intervarsity Press and was asked to get a manuscript back to them by Christmas. That meant writing-for 6-7 hours a day in the intervening time, hence my delay.
It was encouraging to me, however, to note your concern for the [PBC] South eldership. You are quite right that some remedial action needs to be taken immediately to get the elders back on the track of biblical eldering. You ask: How do elders actually come to understand where the Lord of the church is leading it? The answer is basically threefold:
1. By accepting the fact that this is their primary role! This is the way they are to use their time. They cannot use the excuse that they have no time for the methods that make this possible, for this is their major responsibility, given by the Lord himself. Jesus is present at PBC South and is active in doing exactly what he said he would do: to open doors for ministering by the people, and close other doors (Cf. Rev 3:7-6). He has revealed to his apostles how he plans to make those open doors known---by speaking to and through elders (Titus 15, Acts 20:26-29).
2. Further, his instrument for making known his mind is the Word of God taught by the Spirit of God. Elders must be constantly studying the Word and discussing it together: It Is not enough to assume the knowledge they have gained in the past is sufficient. Light must spring forth from the Word continually. This studying is to be done individually, by twos and threes, and corporately at meetings of the elders together When various issues come before them they are to ask: what principles from Scripture bear upon this problem? If they haven’t time for this then they haven’t time to be elders at all, and ought to resign!
To have the time for this they are to deliberately refuse to get involved in solving what you call “practical” problems, the nuts & bolts of running a church. This is clearly the point of Acts 6:2-4: decisions about maintenance problems, building expansions, painting, carpentering, organizing an office, etc., etc., must be passed along to deacons (both male and female) who are qualified by knowledge to deal with such matters If elders allow themselves to get tangled up with such they are being unfaithful to the task for which the Lord called them!
Furthermore, what they learn in their studying, they are to teach to others---this is what Acts 6:4 calls “the ministry of the word” which elders are to give their attention to. This teaching is directed toward preparing others to be elders, or preparing them to teach in Sunday School or home Bible classes, or to minister from the pulpit, or in evangelistic outreaches. The elders are obviously to the local church what the apostles were to the church at large. They have the ministry of apostleship, carried on at a local level.
3. With this goes the ministry of prayer (Acts. 6:4 again). This, too, is an individual ministry and a collective one. Together they are to pray for wisdom in making decisions, for clarity in understanding Scripture, for harmony in their meetings and in the church, for healing for those who are sick, for vitality in worship, for courage to discipline biblically for power to be manifested in the ministry of the saints. Again, if they haven’t time for this then they haven’t time to be elders at all. They must not allow anyone to take this ministry of the word and prayer away from them for it is given to them by their Lord and it is to him they must give on account of their stewardship (Heb. 13:17).
So I urge you to share this letter with the brothers there and take the steps which the Lord will indicate by bringing about unanimous agreement to remedy this faulty situation. The church will never be stronger than its leadership, but if the leadership is faithful the Lord will do great things among them.
Give my loving greetings to all.
Pastor Ray C. Stedman
Running Away From True Love(진실한 사랑으로부터의 도피)/ Genesis 3:8(창3:8)/ Rev. W. N. B. Appiah/ 영한대역설교/ 2012-04-09
Running Away From True Love(진실한 사랑으로부터의 도피)
Sermon Theme: Running Away From True Love
Scripture Reading: Genesis 3: 8
Preacher: Rev. W. N. B. Appiah
One would wonder why I have chosen such a theme for my sermon today. One may ask is it possible that someone can run away from true love, knowing what love actually stands for? Yes it may sound ridiculous yet it is a reality not only in the Biblical times but also in today’s world. In the Biblical times we read in Gen.3: 8 about Adam and Eve running away from the love of God and in Luke 15 also we read about the prodigal son running away from his parental home. Similarly many people are running away from God’s love.
Why then can it happen like that? Let us now examine some of the causes, which lead to people running away from true love i.e. the Love of God. But let us consider first what is meant by the love of God since Adam and his wife run away from God’s love because they presumably did not understand it. They saw God’s love negatively as being harsh and deceitful laws that prevented them from knowing the truth. Today people continue to accuse God of the same thing. But God’s love is rather protecting and caring hence the commandment to Adam and Eve.
a. Lustful Desires
Living in the love of God, Adam was given the commandment ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die’ (Gen.2: 16-17). But the Bible says again that ‘when the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.’(Gen.3:6) These words ‘good for food’, ‘pleasing to the eye’, and ‘desirable for gaining wisdom’ are phrases that suggest the causes for man’s running away from God’s love.
i) Good for Food.
This is one of the reasons why the woman accepted to eat the fruit. ‘Good for Food’, does this suggest they were facing hunger that is why it seemed good for food in spite of God’s warning? There was no hunger because there were thousands of trees with fruits they could eat from. It rather suggests greediness in man. They were just greedy so instead of saying we have enough they rather sought for more. Greediness continues to keep many people away from the love of God. They are greedy for more money and therefore have no time for God. They are greedy for the things of this world that they will want to steal, cheat or kill to get more.
ii) Pleasing to the eye.
Another reason that made them to run away from the love of God, which is the true Love, is the lust of the eye. They were misled by the outward appearance of the fruit, the beauty of it. Many are deceived by seemingly smart adverts on T.V., Radio and on the internet. For example adverts sometimes show one is smart if one smokes cigarette. Therefore you see adverts with handsome ‘winners’ smoking to portray smoking leads to success. It rather leads us from true love, the love of God. It causes serious health problems, which in the final analysis leads the sick to question the love of God.
iii) Desirable for Gaining Wisdom.
Adam and his wife desired to gain wisdom without passing through the process of maturity. It is the same problem with us today as many people talk about seeking deeper knowledge and wisdom outside of the limits God has given to us. Many seek deeper wisdom from Theosophical learning, some also from scientific studies and other esoteric studies. But God’s way of showing His true love to man does not lie in worldly wisdom. It lay in the ‘foolishness’ of God dying on the cross. The apostle Paul says For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Cor.1:18). Let us approach the Cross of Christ that we may taste the true love of God, the Self sacrificing love.
Adam and his wife could not patiently go through the process of maturation before desiring to eat the forbidden fruit. If they had been patient in obedience to God’s command, they would have become wise without having to run away from God’s love. It is also an indication of insubordination. Their disobedience to God’s command is a sign of refusal to submit to His authority. In the same way many people are rebelling to the authority of God. Many people want to control their own life. They often say this is my life let me lead it as I choose. Some times we rebel without knowing that we are rebelling. Whenever we rebel against any authority in society i.e. against our parents, teachers or the elderly we are rebelling against God because God’s command is that we respect the commands of our parents and people in authority.
The prodigal son similarly, could not wait for the right time of his inheritance to come. He could not wait to go through the process of maturity through submission. So he rebelled against his father and took his inheritance away and spend it in an unwise manner.
Sometimes running away from love does not mean running away from home. In certain cases one could be living with parents in the same home and failure to submit (obey) to them. This cuts one from enjoying the parents’ true love though they continue to stay in the same house. This is the reason why in these days, many young ones often say their parents hate them. They have rather run away from the true love of the parents because of impatience and insubordination.
3. The outcome of running from true love
What is the result of running away from true love? In the two materials under consideration (i.e. Gen.3 & Lk.15: 11 ff.) we can see that the consequences are disastrous. There is wretchedness, poverty and hatred. The blissful life that Adam and his wife desired rather remained elusive and the earlier bliss they were enjoying in the garden turned into one of wretchedness, poverty and hatred when God threw them out of the garden. They became wretched because wickedness and hatred had taken the place of true love. The same thing happened to the prodigal son. Having spent his wealth, his life became wretched because he became poor and had no food to eat and no clothing to wear. God loves you and wants to show His love to you in the most affectionate manner you have ever wanted, if only you will turn and come to Him you have this love to enjoy.
4. Turning point
There needs to be a turning point in your attitude towards your parents, teachers, and other elderly people, those in authority and for that matter, towards God. The turning point of the prodigal son was when he came to his senses and said I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. (Lk.15:17-18) This decision brought him back into the loving arms of his father. If only we can follow this example and give up our lustful desires of greediness, and selfishness and come back to God, He will accept us back and show us His true love.
The apostle Paul says Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Ro.12:2) You only need to change your mind and respond to God’s love. There is no true love outside of the house of God i.e. the Church. The Psalmist saw this and responded appropriately I was glad when they said to me let us go to the House of God (Ps.122: 1; KJV). For it is there that one finds true love.
진실한 사랑으로부터의 도피
어떤 이는 오늘의 설교 주제로 왜 이런 주제를 택했는지 궁금할 겁니다. 또 어떤 이는 사랑이 실제 무엇을 의미하는지 알면서 ‘진정한 사랑으로부터 도망갈 수 있는 것이 가능한가?’라고 물을지도 모르겠습니다. 예, 우습게 들릴 수도 있지만 이것은 성경 시대뿐 아니라 오늘날의 세계에서도 현실입니다. 성경에서 보면 창세기 3: 8에서 하나님의 사랑으로부터 도망치는 아담과 이브가 있고 누가복음 15장에서는 부모의 고향으로부터 도망치는 탕아의 이야기를 읽을 수 있습니다. 마찬가지로 많은 사람들이 하나님의 사랑으로부터 도망칩니다.
왜 이 같은 일이 일어날까요? 진실한 사랑 -하나님의 사랑으로부터 도망치는 몇 가지 이유를 알아봅시다. 아담과 그의 부인은 하나님의 사랑이 무엇인지를 이해하지 못했기에 도망쳤으므로 하나님의 사랑이 무엇을 의미하는지부터 생각해봅시다. 그들은 하나님의 사랑을 모질고 거짓의 규칙이라고 부정적으로 보아 진실을 알지 못했습니다. 오늘날도 사람들이 같은 이유로 하나님을 단죄합니다. 그러나 하나님의 사랑은 아담과 이브에게 내린 계명이래로 사람들을 보호하고 돌봐주는 사랑입니다.
a. 음탕한 욕망
하나님의 사랑 안에 살 때 아담에게는 계명이 주어졌습니다 ― ‘동산 각종 나무의 실과는 네가 임의로 먹되 선악을 알게 하는 나무의 실과는 먹지 말라 네가 먹는 날에는 정녕 죽으리라 하시니라’ (창세기 2: 16-17). 그러나 성경에는 이런 구절도 있습니다. ‘여자가 그 나무를 본즉 먹음직도 하고 보암직도 하고 지혜롭게 할 만큼 탐스럽기도 한 나무인지라 여자가 그 실과를 따먹고’ (창세기 3: 6). ‘먹음직도 하고’, ‘보암직도 하고’, ‘지혜롭게 할 만큼 탐스럽기도 하다.’라는 이 말들은 하나님의 사랑으로부터 인간들이 도망친 원인들을 제시해주는 어휘들입니다.
i) 먹음직도 하고
여자가 과일을 먹은 이유 중의 하나입니다. ‘먹음직하다’라는 것이 배가 고파서 하나님의 경고에도 불구하고 먹음직스러워 보였다는 것일까요? 남자와 여자가 먹을 수 있는 수천 가지의 나무가 있었으므로 배고픔이란 없었습니다. 이것은 오히려 인간이 갖는 탐욕을 나타내주는 것입니다. 단지 ‘탐욕이 많아서 충분하다.’라고 하는 대신에 더 많은 것을 찾았던 것입니다. 탐욕은 끊임없이 인간으로 하여금 하나님의 사랑으로부터 멀어지게 합니다. 더 많은 돈에 대한 탐욕으로 하나님을 생각할 시간이 없습니다. 세상 것에 대한 탐욕으로 더 가지기 위해 훔치고 속이고 죽이고 합니다.
ii) 보암직도 하고
진실하신 하나님의 사랑으로부터 도망치게 만든 또 다른 이유는 눈의 욕망입니다. 겉모양인 과일의 아름다움에 의해 현혹되었습니다. 많은 사람들이 TV, 라디오, 인터넷에서 겉에서 보기에 멋있는 광고에 속고 있습니다. 예를 들면 광고는 때때로 담배 피면 멋있다고 보여줍니다. 잘생긴 ‘승자’가 담배 피우는 것을 광고함으로써 흡연이 성공을 이끌어준다고 광고합니다. 오히려 진실 된 하나님의 사랑으로부터 멀어질게 할 뿐입니다. 심각한 건강 문제를 일으켜서 종단에는 하나님의 사랑을 의심하게 만드니까요.
iii) 지혜롭게 할 만큼 탐스럽기도 한
아담과 이브는 성숙의 단계를 거치지 않고 지혜를 얻기를 열망했습니다. 이것은 하나님이 우리에게 주신 경계선 밖에서 깊은 지식과 지혜를 찾고자 하는 사람들에게서 보듯이 오늘날도 같은 문제를 안고 있습니다. 많은 이들이 견신(見神)론적인 학문으로 깊은 지혜를 찾고, 어떤 이는 과학적 학문적으로 어떤 이들은 비교적(秘敎的) 학문으로 지혜를 찾습니다. 그러나 하나님의 진실하신 사랑을 보여주는 하나님의 방법은 세상의 지혜안에 있지 않습니다. 이것은 십자가에서 돌아가신 하나님의 ‘어리석음’에 있었습니다. 사도 바울이 말하기를 “십자가의 도가 멸망하는 자들에게는 미련한 것이요 구원을 얻는 우리에게는 하나님의 능력이라” (고린도전서 1: 18). 그리스도의 십자가에 다가가서 하나님의 진실하신 사랑 - 자기를 희생하는 사랑-의 맛을 느껴보세요.
아담과 이브는 금단의 열매를 희망하기에 앞서 성숙이라는 단계를 참을성 있게 견뎌내지 못했습니다. 그들이 하나님의 명령에 복종하는 참을성을 가졌다면 그들은 하나님의 사랑으로부터 도망칠 필요 없이 지혜로워졌을 것입니다. 하나님의 명령에 대한 불복종은 하나님의 권위에 따르기를 거부하는 한 표시입니다. 마찬가지 방법으로 많은 사람들이 하나님의 권위에 반항하고 있습니다. 많은 사람들이 자기 자신의 삶을 통제하고 싶어 합니다. ‘이것은 나의 삶이니 내가 선택한 대로 끌고 가게 해 주세요.’라고 말합니다. 그들이 반항하고 있다는 것도 모르고 반항할 때도 있습니다. 우리의 사회의 어떤 권위 - 부모님, 선생님, 어른들-에 반항하는 것은 하나님께 반항하는 것입니다. 왜냐하면 부모님과 권위를 지닌 자들을 존경하라는 하나님의 명령이 계셨기 때문입니다.
탕아도 마찬가지로 다가올 적정한 때를 기다릴 수 없었습니다. 복종을 또한 성숙의 과정을 기다릴 수 없었습니다. 그래서 아버지에게 반항하고 그의 상속을 훔쳐 지혜롭지 못한 방법으로 탕진했습니다.
사랑으로부터 도망친다는 것이 가출한다는 것만을 의미하는 게 아닙니다. 어떤 경우에는 부모님과 같은 집에서 살면서 부모님께 순종하지 않는 경우가 있으니까요. 이것은 같은 집에 살지만 부모님의 진실한 사랑을 누리지 못하게 하죠. 많은 청소년들이 부모님들은 나를 미워한다고 말하는 이유이기도 합니다. 오히려 그들이 조급함과 불복종으로 부모님의 진실한 사랑으로부터 도망쳤으면서도 말입니다.
3. 진실한 사랑으로부터 도망한 결과
진실한 사랑으로부터의 도피의 결과는 무엇일까요? 두 가지 경우 (창세기 3장, 누가복음 15: 11)에서 그 결과는 참담했음을 볼 수 있습니다. 초라함과 가난과 증오입니다. 아담과 그의 부인이 갈망하던 기쁨에 찬 생활은 기약할 수 없었고 하나님이 동산에서 그들을 쫓아냈을 때 예전에 누렸던 행복은 비참함과 가난, 증오로 바뀌었습니다. 사악과 증오가 진실한 사랑을 대신해버렸기에 그들은 비참해졌습니다. 똑같은 일이 탕아에게도 일어났습니다. 그가 가진 재산을 다 써버린 후 그는 가난하여 먹을 음식과 입을 옷이 없어 비참해졌습니다. 하나님은 여러분을 사랑하십니다. 그리고 하나님은 하나님의 사랑을 여러분이 원하던 가장 애정이 넘치는 방법으로 여러분에게 보여주시길 원하십니다. 여러분만 고개를 돌려 하나님께 나오면 여러분은 이러한 사랑을 누릴 수 있습니다.
부모님, 선생님, 어른들에 대하여, 하나님에 대하여 그들의 권위에 대한 여러분의 태도에 전환점이 있을 필요가 있습니다. 탕아의 전환점은 “이에 스스로 돌이켜” 말하기를 “ 내가 일어나 아버지께 가서 이르기를 아버지여 내가 하늘과 아버지께 죄를 얻었사오니” (누가복음 15: 17-18)입니다. 이러한 결정은 아버지의 사랑하는 팔로 돌아오게 했습니다. 만약 우리가 이러한 예를 따라 음탕한 욕망과 이기심을 버리고 하나님께 다시 돌아온다면 하나님은 우리를 다시 받아주실 것이며 그의 진실하신 사랑을 보여주실 것입니다.
사도 바울이 말씀하십니다. “너희는 이 세대를 본받지 말고 오직 마음을 새롭게 함으로 변화를 받아....” (로마서 12: 2). 여러분은 마음을 바꿔 하나님의 사랑에 응답해야 합니다. 하나님의 집 - 교회- 밖에서는 진실한 사랑이 없습니다. 시편의 작가들은 이것을 알았고 그래서 다음과 같이 적절하게 응답하였습니다. “사람이 내게 말하기를 여호와의 집에 올라가자 할 때에 내가 기뻐하였도다.” (시편 122: 1). 왜냐하면 진실한 사랑을 찾을 수 있는 곳은 그 곳이기 때문입니다.
아브라함 언약의 신약적 해석/ How Should Christians Relate to the State of Israel?(그리스도인들은 이스라엘 나라와 어떻게 연관되어 있어야 하는가?)/ 신4:25-27/ Rich Nathan 목사/ 2007-11-17