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묵상,  삿 19:1,  하나님을 왕으로 모시라

이스라엘에 왕이 없을 그 때에 에브라임 산지 구석에 거류하는 어떤 레위 사람이 유다 베들레헴에서 첩을 맞이하였더니

OBSERVATION

Summary
레위 사람의 첩이 행음하여 아버지 집에 머물렀는가 4 달만에 남편이 데리러 가고 장인의 설득에 따라 체류를 연장한다.

Who is God
• 하나님은 이스라엘의 왕이다.
• 하나님은 우리를 인도할 말씀을 주신다.
• 하나님은 참된 즐거움을 주신다.
• 하나님은 레위인을 택하셔서 당신의 종으로 부르신다.

APPLICATION

이스라엘에 왕이 없었으나 하나님이 왕이시다.  하나님은 말씀과 성령에 의하여 이 세상을 통치하신다. 하나님을 두려워하며  말씀과 성령에 순종하면 하나님께서 다스리시는 거룩한 질서가 가정이나 국가에 세워진다.  당시 성령은 오지 않으셨고 오직 율법만 주어졌다,  레위인은  하나님의 말씀을 의지한 것이 아니라 보이는 상황과 인간의 감정과  사람의 권유에 따라 움직였다. 때문에 더 큰 비극으로 이어진다.  하나님을 왕으로 모신다는 것은 성령의 법과 하나님의 말씀의 법을 따라 살아가는 것을 의미한다.

Sin to avoid, 하나님의 말씀보다 나의 감정을 우위에 두지 말라
Promise to hold, 하나님은 성령과 말씀의 법을 통하여 이 세상을 다스리신다
Action to take place 더 기도하여 성령님 의지하고  말씀을 따름으로 하나님으로 왕되시게 하라,

하나님 아버지,  다시한번 하나님을 저의 왕으로 모셔드립니다. 저의 생각과 판단이 아니라 오직 성령과 말씀의 법가인데 순종하며 따라갑니다. 하나님의 말씀보다 저의 감정을 우위에 넣지 않게 하소서.

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Jdgs 19:1-7
The King is here

SCRIPTURE

His concubine played the harlot (or, felt repugnance) against him, and she went away from him to her father’s house in Bethlehem in Judah, and was there for a period of four months. (Jdgs 19:2)

OBSERVATION

Summary
- A certain Levite takes a concubine who is from Bethlehem, gets estranged by her, goes to her home town to take her back, and ends up spending some time with her father at his repeated urgings. 

Who is God?
- He calls us and works according to the “principle of representation.”
    - For example, He called Israel to be “My son, My firstborn (Ex 4:22),” implying that actually all the nations are His children and yet He called Israel to work through them to eventually redeem every child on the earth. In the same vein, He called Israel to be “My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine (Ex 19:5).” 
    - Then, out of Israel He took the Levites “instead of every firstborn.” To be “Mine (Num 3:12).”
    - Also, when He punished Egypt, He punished the firstborns as its representatives.
- He calls His people, therefore, to be holy onto Him (even as He is holy).
- He calls on His people to treat others with dignity and give preference to one another in honor (Rom 12:10, Eph 5:21, Phil 2:3)

APPLICATION

The Levites were sealed as God’s possession—“Mine” (Num 3:12). No doubt, then, a levite, anonymous thereby seeming to represents the Levites at large back then, getting his concubine indicates a serious anomaly, which only explain how things were (and are going to be) when there was no true King in His community.

In short, a disregard for the true King by either individuals, clergy and the nation was the hallmark of a “deformed” community—be it a family, a nation or the world. And, alas, that anomaly was soon going to be coupled with a disregard for fellow men and women (Lev 19:9-18; 1 Jn 4:19-21).

Now, a look at how the passage captures the degenerated state of a man, who, by being anonymous, is implied to be typical and symptomatic of the whole clergy and the nation of Israel.

- “Sojourning in the remote part”: He was disconnected from his levitical calling and community
- “Took a concubine for himself”: it was his own decision, a “fleshly” one for self-indulgence. It was not only a disregard for God but it must also have been an egregious disregard for his wife. What is often dubbed as the “objectification” of women is at fully display!
- “His concubine played the harlot against him”: On the surface, he reaped what he sowed. However, if we take a secondary meaning of the Hebrew word for “the harlot” she felt repugnance against him. Thereby, it implies how he (mis)treated her, which is all the likelier than not given that the levite intends to speak tenderly to her and bring her back home and that there is no sense of alertness on the part of the woman and her father upon the levite’s visit, which should have been the case had she committed adultery.
- “For a period of four months”: He seemed to be careless and nonchalant—as opposed to feeling urgent and take immediate actions to remedy the situation.

However, the problem is not confined to this man only. The interactions between him and his father-in-law seem to suggest how the concubine remains marginalized.

- He remained with him three days (no reference to the woman),
- Likewise, “they” ate and drank and lodged there.
- He initially went down there to “speak tenderly to her heart (v. 3),” but it was only for the sake of bringing her back. The conversations between the two men in fact betray the true focus was on his heart: “sustain your heart with a piece of bread (v. 5),” “let your heart be merry (v. 6),” and “sustain your heart (v. 8).”
- Whenever “both of them” are mentioned (vv. 6, 8), it refers to the Levite and his father-in-law, and NOT the woman,

Thus, even the solicitation for hospitality was offered and accepted at the “expense” of the woman. Then, perhaps the reason the father-in-law was “glad to meet him,” was he was going to be saved from the burden of having to take care of his divorced daughter and the shame associated with it. Here, the woman remains thoroughly objectified and marginalized.

Indeed, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:29-31)

Regarding loving our neighbor, the Scripture says: “Outdo one another in showing honor (Rom 12:10),” “be subject to one another in the fear of Christ (Eph 5:21), and ”regard one another as more important than yourselves (Phil 2:3).” Regarding the wife, in particular, the husband ought to “live in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.” (1 Peter 3:7)

Tomorrow is my wife’s birthday!!! God forbid, I almost forgot!! Oh no!! May I be reminded to honor her in all the ways I treat her and from the bottom of my heart, and do it indeed onto her heart! (cf. Isaiah 41:1). When the King is here, all must worship Him and act in ways pleasing Him.

PRAYER

Lord, help me truly love You with all my heart and love my neighbor as myself. In Jesus Christ’s Name, I pray. Amen


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