|설교 한 주일||July 25, 2010|
Judges 16:15 – 22
When I see young people danced on this music, I had a dream that what if all the people in this world – young people – if they could dance, singing the song and saying, “Just release me from the shackle so that I can dance for the Lord…” That is the message of the song (entitled Shackles). It seems like that song showed me that kind of very clear picture that the people in this world, the young generation, are always staying in that kind of darkness. When I watched the movement in the song, I repeat it over and over again (I hope In-Hyuk can sing this song; I hope that he has this in his iPod, just remove thousand of very funny songs…). Next week also, I’m going to preach the title, In His Name, so I would like also to invite another dancing troupe in our church and I want you to do the same of what you have done last anniversary. It is very clear, next Sunday that the sermon is entitled “In His Name,” this is our church theme this year 2010. After that, next Sunday, I’m going to preach about Good Samaritan where you will have a little drama on stage.
Do you know the meaning of shackles in the Bible? I know, as a deck officer merchant marine, I dealt with shackles all the time. When I was a First Mate, I have to work in forecastle – only for First Mate – we call it monkey deck because the deck is very small so I stand up there and do everything when we have berthing and unberthing. When I have communication with the bridge, the captain says, “Let go the anchor…” So I order my crew to let go the anchor and then they release all the brake of length anchor. Anchor weighs several tens of tons; it was so heavy. It goes down like a dust with all the sounds and the chains fly like this (straight downward). The anchor chain is 25 meters per unit and we call it shackle because the anchor chain joined with shackle; we call it joining shackle. We count how many shackles go into the water and how many shackles on board so we report to the bridge so the bridge captain knows.
We are talking about the shackles; the main purpose of shackle means to hook up on purpose. Some shackle has screw, some has pin. In the prison in ancient times, many cases the prison has shackle with a weight mostly in his ankle to prevent escape from the prison. When we see in spiritual eyes, the people in this world are suffering from the shackle.
(Reading of Judges 16:15 – 22 NIV)
15 Then she said to him, "How can you say, 'I love you,' when you won't confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven't told me the secret of your great strength." 16 With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death.
17 So he told her everything. "No razor has ever been used on my head," he said, "because I have been a Nazirite set apart to God since birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man."
18 When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, "Come back once more; he has told me everything." So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. 19 Having put him to sleep on her lap, she called a man to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. [d] And his strength left him.
20 Then she called, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!"
He awoke from his sleep and thought, "I'll go out as before and shake myself free." But he did not know that the LORD had left him.
21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding in the prison. 22 But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.
You know the story how Samson had power from the Lord. Samson never put any razor on his head so he has power and secret – that was his secret where power comes. When we have a secret between God and you, you have power in Spirit. But when you don’t have any secret (secret means relationship), you want to be shackled by another purpose.
3M – do you know what it reminds you of 3M? 3M reminds me of a tape or transparent tape, we call it scotch tape. 3M is a logo; what kind of merchandise they produce? 3M – three stars of the modern industry (actually, I got this one when I was about twenty years ago; this is not a new story). Do you know the three stars of the modern industry? You can name it, not 3M, but 3S. People get money from these 3S.
First is SPORTS – Pacquiao. Do you know that Pacquiao gets money? No! Manny Pacquiao gets just a little. Some behind, the hidden hands, get such big money, do you know? Pacquiao is good so now he is in Malacañang, right? I want to be a fighter, not a Pastor so could be a President next time?
Second is SCREEN – movies. That industry makes money a lot.
Another S means SEX. All the industry in that SEX gives or produces a lot of money, uncountable money. That is why the people 20 years ago, not 3M but 3S was really good business. If you want to get money, just do that business – sports, screen or sex business. This is what people are talking about. If the 3S is concerned, moneywise is so big not million or billion but more than.
I would like to get another 3S today. I would say that this 3S is not for us – you and me – provide us with that money. But all I think in sports and movie – I’m very much sad in this modern age because recently, we don’t have real movie. It’s not movie! I’m sorry to say this; this is kind of a trash when you go to the movies. For very long time, I never visit any theater. What you saw – Iron Man…Batman…Waterman…Snowman…whatever…just put –man. Shrek, many are not allowed. Shrek got marry and got old now. Next movie, you will see the funeral of Shrek. The title will be The Funeral of Shrek. Maybe that was good; but, the other side of the screen that was maybe good, very dirty movies roaming around. Behind of the screen, we have to know the strategy of Satan. When you see it, it remains behind of your brain long term memory. You think you forget when you watched the television but it goes and penetrate into the long term memory. Then it popped up anytime when it is to be triggered. So it makes your character. That is why we have to be very careful to watch the television. Please don’t watch Korean Novel; it’s big lying. The same thing goes about the SEX. All these things are Satan’s controlling.
When we have the World Cup 2010, people are waiting for the matches and games. Well, that’s good! But let’s think; do we really have ever been waiting big match or big encounter with the Spirit of God? If not, just think about that. Sunday morning – I don’t know why Pacquiao fights on Sunday morning? Sunday morning is the day of the Lord; that day, that time is for the Lord.
People saw money. People loved money. I don’t say that to be rich is sin; it’s okay. We have to be rich so we can use it for the Lord. But the problem is we always think about money. I do this because of money. I do that because of money. I learned because of money. I have to study because I have to get money; I have to be rich. All because of wealth, it seems like it is people’s well-being. I have money so I have influence. I have money so I have power. If I have money, I am famous. I get all the red carpet and spotlight on me because I have money. Am I right? Recently, I watched the last part of the movie Slum dog, maybe you know that. The last question to be a millionaire, he cannot solve that because he doesn’t know even his brother. He was challenged by the last question of the quiz (I don’t know the question) and he answered A. “Are you sure?” asked by the quiz master. “Nope,” he answered. “If you are not sure, how did you answer A as your final answer?” He said, “Whatever, it doesn’t matter because I found my love.” He found his first love on the phone so to be a millionaire is not an option. But the people around this world, to be a millionaire they will forget everything – first love, second love, too many loves and family, even brothers and sisters fight each other. Do you see that this one is all Satan’s strategy, shackling, hook up?
Screen never gives you pain. Sports never gives you pain. Sex never gives you pain. Yet, those give you pleasure. When you see Romans 1, men and women do things on unnatural way. So we have something that keeps us away from God. You know Samson always visits Delilah. You have something that you have to visit and then make you forget about your spiritual life, about your real being – if you have, that’s the shackle. Something keeps us UNSENSED because of twice: first time Delilah asked, “What is your secret?” “My secret is that…” then they tried to kill Samson. But think of the dumbness, without sensing that he always sees the mouth and face of Delilah. We know this is the problem, this is our trap, I was once trapped in this kind of situation before yet we are going to that trap again because we have something! If something keeps you, some situation keeps you UNSENSED, that’s the shackle.
Some things keep us spiritual weakness. When you see verse 20, after the Philistines cut all Samson’s hair, he thinks that he would have the same strength as before. We live after all our hair is cut down because of this kind of shackles without knowing that we fell asleep. Then somebody cut our own spiritual connections with God, yet we are thinking that we are still powerful! That is the spiritual weakness! Do you know what is the spiritual weakness? –That we don’t know we have power or not. If we know that I am weak, I will get the power of God; I am strong. So when I am weak, we are not weak anymore because I know that I am weak. But Samson, when he became weak without knowing that he was weak tried to see, “I will go out as before and shake myself free!” -Too late. That is weakness. If you have something that keeps your spirit weak, that is the shackle. Find out and we have to remove in that connection. Sometimes, we shackle our self because we like beautiful things: “This situation is more beautiful so I like to hook this one by myself.
Shackle keeps us also sightless. When you see verse 21, the Philistines seized him… What is the meaning of gouged? Do you know what gouged means? –Make deep hole and take it out – that is what gouged out means. That is what they did in his eyes. The Philistines never blind him. The ultimate purpose of shackle is not to blind you like this. That is the danger we have when we are entangled with that shackle.
Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to see that these all I said are about the disadvantages or dangers when we are entangled with the shackles but let’s see what is the remedy for the people from the Bible. Instead of 3S, instead of those things, let’s find the chain of love of Jesus Christ. How? Jesus calls our name. If we have our shackle or you shackled yourself, release it. If you tied yourself in another side, unleash it. Then you see yourself that you are shackled, you don’t have any sight anymore in spirit way. Then realized to yourself, that is the time of chain of love of Jesus Christ. That is what you have to find. We are not doggie. When I give my dog in our house a food, I put like in the manner of feeding a dog. But God never treat us that way. His love never treats us that way; we got to know that. He never treat us a dog and even if we get hungry and we are crying for the food, God never ever been treat us that way. That’s love of Jesus Christ. He calls your name. There are many sheep. He calls every sheep’s name, one by one. He never calls us, “Those…those…” but he calls us one by one. “You are sick, I know. You are hungry, okay…” one by one – that is the chain of love of Jesus Christ. Which one do you like to get of 3S? God never wants us to stay in that station stage of slavery. If you follow the way that of the sin’s way you are the slave. If you want to do something according to your girlfriend, you are already slave of your girlfriend. I know one who is actually working for American CIA. Because of his girlfriend, he sold out or he actually gave to his girlfriend all the confidential record of his country. It is happening. That is slavery. Finally, he said, “I lost my citizenship. She is my country.” When some things and situation hook you up, it drives you to be slave of that but Jesus never drive you to be His slave. But we want to be His servant.
Rev. David Bang