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Not by chance, but by divine Providence

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2020-04-06 (월) 20:19 조회 : 87
설교일 : 2020.04.05
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 9:1-10

April 5, 2020, Palm Sunday

‘1 Samuel’ Series #13

 

Not by chance, but by divine Providence

1 Samuel 9:1-10

 

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

 

    Today is the Palm Sunday of 2020.

    To celebrate the Passover in Jerusalem, a huge crowd of over 2 million Jews congregated in that city. And the majority of that crowd welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem by waving their palm branches and spreading their cloaks on the road, so today is called the Palm Sunday. But in the midst of their passionate welcome, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

 

    Why did the Messiah ride on a colt to enter Jerusalem? Was it a mere coincidence? No, it was not. We know that before entering the city, Jesus sent his disciples ahead to find a colt, in order to be in accordance with the prophecy of Messiah coming to us humbly, not haughtily.

 

    Zechariah 9:9 says, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

 

    Therefore, we realize that Jesus was riding on a colt not by any coincidence, but to manifest the Providence of God. Providence means ‘the hidden care and work of God’. We see that in the Bible, God always works with Providence and nothing is by chance. God manifests with Providence and works through Providence.

 

    It is the same with today’s passage.

    At last, we see the appearance of Saul in the Bible. He is described as a son of Kish, an impressive young man without equal and a head taller than any of the Israelites. He had a good family background as well as military prowess. As the answer to the Israelites’ request for a king, God raised up Saul to be their king.

 

    Now, we have to look for the workings of the Providence of God in the story of Saul.

 

 

1.  Providence always works with small things at first.

 

The story of Saul begins with the lost donkeys. Saul’s father Kish had lost his donkeys and he asked Saul to go and look for the donkeys. So, Saul went away, taking one of the servants with him.

 

Now the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys. (1 Samuel 9:3)

 

Why are we told that the donkeys were lost? Why does the story of the lost donkeys have any relevance to the life of Saul? We will soon find out the Providence of God, hidden in this story.

 

Why were the donkeys lost? Of all the people, why did the donkeys belong to Saul’s father? In ancient times, only prominent people could ride on donkeys, and Saul’s father delegated the search and recovery of those precious donkeys to his son Saul.

 

Of course, there was more to this story than the fact that Saul was trying to find the lost donkeys by his father’s order. The Providence of God was at work to lead Saul to Samuel. His search for the lost donkeys led Saul to Samuel and then, he was anointed by Samuel to become the king of Israel.

 

At the request of the Israelites for a king, God prepared to manifest His work through this Providence.

 

The Providence of God always starts with small things, which may not look like much at first, but will eventually lead to the manifestation of the Providence.

 

Not only to Saul, but also to countless others in the Bible, God manifested His Providence.

 

In the story of David, he had to go to the battlefield at the order of his father to take the lunches to his older brothers who were fighting there, and it was by the Providence of God. While there, David watched the Israelites’ losing battle against Goliath. He volunteered to fight against Goliath and then conquered him. It started with the lunches, but it ended up as the great manifestation of the Providence of God.

 

Some events in our lives may look like just coincidences, but they can be the work by divine Providence.

 

< When it was time for my military duty, at the urging of my maternal uncle, I enlisted in the Air Force, which requires a longer period of service. At that time, I had given up the path to become a clergyman and wanted just to continue with my education during my military service, and my uncle, who was an officer in the Air Force, promised to help me be assigned to the right place. But as soon as I enlisted, he was promoted to be a colonel and to serve elsewhere, so he couldn’t help me with my placement at all. In the end, I was assigned to Kang-Neung airport where I had to serve as the lowest-ranking soldier, and it was absolutely impossible to continue with my education. It was a new airport with a supply battalion and full of private first class and airmen first class soldiers. There was no soldier under me for a whole year.

 

I couldn’t even attend Sunday services. I couldn’t study, nor go to any worship services, so the only thing I could was to pray to God every day with all my heart.

 

 

Later on, I realized why my uncle was promoted right after I enlisted, and why I didn’t have any subordinates for a whole year. During such a desperate period, God changed my mind with His grace and called me back to the path to ministry. >

 

 

2.  Providence always works with the voices of others.

 

All the workings of Providence have the common characteristic of being led by the voices of others.

 

In today’s passage, Saul couldn’t find those donkeys, so he had to go all over the places; hills and valleys and even desert areas.

 

‘He passed through … and passed through …. But he did not find them.’

 

Saul was a sincere man, so he worked very hard to find the donkeys. He passed through all the lands of Benjamin tribe, such as the hill country of Ephraim, the area around Shalisha, the district of Shaalim, from the northern end to the southern end, for three days, but couldn’t find them.

 

Now Saul said to the servant, “Let’s go back. My father will start worrying about us.” He had a good judgment.

 

But the servant suggested the following.

“Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.” (1 Samuel 9:6)

 

This was the voice of the servant, urging Saul to go to Samuel, but it was not just a regular voice. It was an invitation from the Providence.

 

After hearing this voice of the servant, Saul agreed and set out for the town of Samuel. This was an amazing reversal. Now they are heading toward Prophet Samuel, having been led by the voice of the Providence.

 

There is another example of the voice of the Providence.

< The story of the commander Naaman of Aram and his maid servant had the same voice of the Providence.

Naaman was led to Israel by the voice of the maid servant, and when the Prophet Elisha wouldn’t come out to meet him and just sent a messenger asking him to go and wash in the Jordan River, he became very angry. But his servants urged him to follow the prophet’s instructions, and he was healed. Naaman was led by the voices to the Providence of God. >

 

< When I was in Middle School, my deaconess neighbor used to comment whenever she saw me, “You should be broken down. I know the Lord will do it to you!” I didn’t understand what she meant, so I asked my mother, but she wouldn’t explain it to me. Later on, at a Revival, after accepting the Gospel of Jesus, I finally understood what she had meant. >

 

There is the voice that leads us to the Providence.

 

Just as the voices led Saul and Naaman, we have the voices in our lives that lead us to the Providence and we just have to meet with them.

 

 

3.  Providence needs to have our obedience to bear fruits.

 

Saul decided to go to Samuel with his servant, but they had a problem.

 

Saul said to his servant, “If we go, what can we give to the man? The food in our sacks is gone. We have no gift to take to the man of God. What do we have?” (1 Samuel 9:7)

 

Their problem was that they had no gift to give to the prophet. Therefore, they didn’t have any justifiable cause to see him.

 

It was not always necessary to bring a gift to a prophet. Usually false prophets demanded excessive gifts. (Amos 7:12)

 

In this case, Saul’s problem of having no gift for the prophet was going to stop the Providence. Often in our lives, we are stopped from making bold decisions by our consideration of the situation and circumstances.

 

Because of the problems, we just give up, thinking that it is not going to work out. But at the same time, aren’t we supposed to keep on going despite of our problems, so that we will be able to bear fruits in the end?

 

Sometimes the circumstances hinder the workings of the Providence.

 

Back to today’s passage, the servant has a good answer again.

“Look,” he said, “I have a quarter of a shekel of silver. I will give it to the man of God so that he will tell us what way to take.”(1 Samuel 9:8)

 

A quarter of a silver shekel (11.4 g) is 2.9 g, which was the equivalent to a day’s wage for a man at that time.

 

The circumstances are always in conflict with the Providence and often discourage us from following the Providence. Therefore, at times we have to dig down into our pockets for the gift, in order to obey and follow the Providence.

 

Providence can bear fruits, only when there is obedience.

The Providence alone cannot bear fruits, if not accompanied by the obedience.

 

On the Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a colt, which was in obedience with the prophecy, in order to bring us great salvation!

 

This image of Jesus riding on a colt sustains me and leads me in my ministry. His amazing obedience has been leading all of us to go forward.

 

The obedience of Saul, and our obedience to dig down into our pockets for the gift, will help the Providence bear fruits.

 

We should overcome our excuses for not going forward. Digging down into our pockets will help us reflect upon our spiritual lives more thoroughly.

 

Now, they are going to the town of Ramah to see Samuel.

 

Then, there was this amazing Providence.

Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed this to Samuel: “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him leader over my people Israel.” (1 Samuel 15-16a)

 

God had already prepared to have Saul anointed as king by Samuel. His Providence was ready to bear fruits.

 

The consequence of losing the donkeys was the anointing of Saul. It was by the Providence of God to anoint Saul as their king.

 

The sequence can be summarized as follows.

    1)  The disappearance of donkeys

    2)  When ready to give up, a voice is raised

    3)  The circumstances to hinder the Providence

    4)  The obedience to dig down into the pockets for the gift

    5)  The encounter with the Providence of God

 

Today’s passage has told us the story of the Providence through these events.

 

 

< Let us do these things >

 

1.  Let us think about the Providence in the midst of small incidents in our lives.

 

Every day we run into many small incidents like that of losing the donkeys. But even in the midst of such unremarkable events, the Providence may be working to bear fruits, so we should search for the work of Providence in every event in our lives.

 

2.  Let us choose the Providence, when there is a conflict between the Providence and the circumstances.

 

The circumstances we are under will always push us to go to the opposite direction of the Providence and tell us that we have reached the limit. But with the help from the voice of God, we should keep on going forward toward the Providence.

 

3.  Let us dig down into our pockets to reclaim the obedience.

 

When the circumstances and situations stop us, we should fix our eyes upon the Providence again and make a bold decision. Even if sometimes we have to dig down into our pockets for the gift, let us make up our minds to follow the Providence with our utmost efforts.  

 

 

 

 


   

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설교일 : 2020.05.31
본문말씀 : 1 Samuel 14:36-46
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
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