|설교 한 주일||July 24, 2011|
“After the Flood”
(Reading of Genesis 11: 1 – 9 NIV)
1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
8 So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Before the great flooding occurred or came into human being, the people or sons of God like beauty of daughters of the earth. The sons of men like the beauty of the woman in this earth, not the woman per se but only the beauty. Beauty comes from human being. They say, “She is beautiful…” According to the Bible, “She is beautiful so regardless if she believes or belongs to God or not, the son of God get married.” What is his purpose? Because she is beautiful? According to the Bible, the son of God married the daughter of the earth, not only one marriage but again and again and again. So, they had many wives. How many wives do you like in your life? If you have two, that is not your wife; that is a partner in your crime. If you have another husband, it’s not your husband; he is the partner in your crime.
Korean old men say that if we have one wife, it’s not enough. But if we have two wives, that’s too much. How can you get one and a half wife? But sometimes, even one wife is too much just like my wife. The men of God like the beauty, not the woman but the beauty, how she looks like. They married not only once but twice; maybe beauty of face, maybe beauty of body, and maybe beauty of something – only that reason.
God decided to destroy the human being. Isn’t it a very big problem? If the men of God like the beauty of a woman of the earth, it is really big deal to God. I’m telling you, if you have your boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ, it will be dealt, a great problem in heaven. Maybe I’m wrong but I’m telling you the truth. “No, I will make him to believe…” Well, that’s good.
One thing I can find in the Bible is if you consider yourself as the son of man, do not go away from how God put His plan originally into human race. If you have your sons, sometimes your son or daughter bring someone, “Mommy, this is my boyfriend. Allow me to marry. She is beautiful. She is charming. She’s very intelligent. She has very good family…everything is very good except that she doesn’t know who Jesus is.” Only one thing, but that one thing is the most bigly things.
So, God said to one man named Noah, “Noah, come because I see that you are very good. You are walking with me. You are righteous in my eyes so I give you one order. You build a big ark.” Noah started his own business. Maybe he was before engaged in some other business. Maybe he was a hunter or a good farmer. I believe that he was very good in farming. Maybe he has many grapes. According to the Bible, it took 120 years to finish the ark. If you are really reading the Bible seriously, you will notice, it took Noah to build the ark 120 years.
God was so much disappointed to see his people because they were walking where God never wanted. So God decided, “Okay, I will prepare one flood…” Fire will leave some ash but water will leave nothing as many Korean says. “…I will sweep all people.” After 120 years, the men of God still got married with beautiful girls that belong to the earth. They lived according to what they like just like the people today… “I have money so I can do anything!” There are many things that you cannot do with your money. When the flooding comes, how can you save yourself with that money? – Because that ark is to be ready to float on the water for 120 years to be prepared. We sinned in this world, this universe. We sinned against God and then we live like there is no God. God is waiting just like God is waiting for 120 years upon the preparation of the earth. God is waiting today. Just like the flood or the big rain, (Don’t say that was only rain; it’s not rain, it was flooding. It’s not the rain that made that flooding) that flood itself comes from the hand of God. According to the Bible, the water even came out from the earth. Time does up for 120 years; of course, 120 years have some kind of meaning but it doesn’t matter. When time comes – 120 years – flooding has come. When time comes in this earth, we don’t know when that 120 years is to be closed, another way, another flooding, we call it the day of salvation for us – ultimate salvation but at the same time, the day of punishment is to come. That will be tomorrow which I really expect to.
After 120 years, maybe the people didn’t know or notice. Did you notice from the Bible that Noah even once proclaimed, “You ride into the boat!” didn’t you? Did Noah ever say to the people, “You come on board, please!” didn’t he? One thing also is one pair of animals was on board; eight people or family of Noah was on board. After 120 years, the ark has been finished. The flood has come. The eight people and the animals were saved because they were inside the ark. People don’t know even with so many missionaries, so many preachers, so many people who believe in Jesus. That is the time for preparation of ark in this modern era. Maybe you are the Noah.
Noah had three sons – Shem, Ham and Japheth. Cham or Ham’s name actually means ‘black’ or ‘hot’. If you are hot in your passion or temper, you will be a big problem. Do you know what Cham or Ham did to his father? Of course, Ham had four sons, actually, one named Canaan. And then Shem and Japheth, I have a name of one son of Shem emphasized; his name is Arphaxad. Do you know who he is? You know David…You know Jacob…You know Jesus…You know John the Baptist… Who is this guy, Arphaxad?
The people of the ancestors of three stated sons moved eastward. We call it Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia actually means ‘in between two rivers’. Meso- means between, -potamia means river. So, they moved in that place, Mesopotamia, in between rivers. And then they decided, “Let’s make a city here. Let’s make like Olongapo City or Metro Manila here because we can do it! Okay, let’s make bricks out of earth…” God made Adam out of the earth; men made bricks out of the earth. “Let’s make bricks! We have asphalt; we can stick it together and we will make city walls. Let’s make tower so we can talk to God maybe…” When you see the Bible, it’s very high tower. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks…” Not only that, they said to each other, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower…” so we can still keep ourselves above the water when another flooding comes. That was how we live every day. “Let’s make this so when problem comes…” It’s not many years had passed; they still have the story of how God did to human being, to their fathers or grandfathers. “It was really very serious! Everybody died but only my father and my family lived. Now we have very high towers so we can spread our name…put there some speaker…” How many years they had? They forgot all that happened in flooding.
Sometimes God teaches us. Sometimes God taught us in a very severe, very special and particular way but we just beg, “Oh, Lord…” or we just plead with our confession, “Lord, help!” and then when the situation changes, we have a tendency to go back again to the same situation. Why? Because we are human being. Do you know what human being means? Do you know what humanity means? Full of guilt and full of sin, that’s humanity. “Don’t make your voice high, tao lang tayo (we are only humans)!” ‘Tao lang tayo’ means we are all the guilty person. Remember that as you believe in Jesus Christ.
We don’t know how they made the tower, but God change His mind. After the great flood, they carried out their plan, “Let’s build…let’s settle down here…because we have one language.” They spoke one language. They had also one place, “We have this place…” in Mesopotamia. They have very good plan but they never concern about God, how God was thinking about their plan. If you have a plan for your life, did you ever think how God is being considered or did you ever ask God if His plan is okay for you. Again, they forgot that God was there in their lives. They can do because they have earth so they can make bricks. They have water. They have sunshine. They have fire. They have everything so, “I can do it! I have time, I have knowledge, I have wisdom, I have power, I have people, I have relationship…money…I can do it! When you and I think, I can do it, we never think of the position of God which means you put yourself in the center of your life. “I don’t need God because I can do it!” But after 120 years, you cannot do anything when flooding comes. You only need salvation ship. Who or what is the salvation ship for today, for you?
So, a tower for what? Reaching to heaven? What is your purpose to reach to heaven? To proclaim the glory of God? According to the Bible, it was not. “Let’s spread our name…” if you ever have any tower in your life.
God made the people with one language so, “Today, I will make their language to be confused…” so they have problem. They speak to each other. They understand each other. They dealt to each other in one crime. In one crime, they speak to each other, “Yes! Very Good! So harmonized! Beautiful!” That was maybe the beauty in human being ever since God created the human being. God confused their language so they don’t understand each other. The word ‘understand’ in Hebrew is shama or shema. If you would interpret the word ‘understand’ we have some kind of problem called Semitic problem. Shema means to hear. At that time, when God confused their language, the people started not to listen to each other. Maybe you put some kind of tower. Maybe it’s so big. Maybe you can reach above three times or four times.
Why flooding came? Because they don’t listen to the word of God. What about Babel? Babel means confused, tower of confusion. After flood was Babel. And then what comes next? First, not listening to God then flooding; then Babel, not listening to each other; and next, what will come? Very simple, God is looking for somebody who is listening to. Who was listening to God, do you remember? In same chapter, Chapter 11, there’s one man, shining star named Abram. The time of not listening to each other, the time of not listening to God has passed. Now, the time has arrived, the one person God chose named Abram. What Abram did? He did nothing. If he was good, how good? God chose him and let him to listen to the word of God. Arphaxad is the father of father of Abram in the generation of Shem, his first son.
This is the time God is waiting for somebody who are listening to His word. If you are listening to His word, you are already in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ himself listened to the word of God. This is the time, the preparation of the 120 years. I don’t know how many years we have. God is still waiting. God is still selecting or God pull out from this world, we call it “ecclesia”. We just take or pull out from this world and He make us His believer, His family, His son and daughter. Today, I said the whole 66 books of the Bible in just one event in Genesis 11. But I talked about the salvation, the sinful man and their disability. We have only one solution which is the ark which is today we have Jesus Christ. God is waiting even today who is listening to His word, not the people at the time of flooding, not the people at the time of Babel. So, brothers and sisters make yourselves listening to the word of God.
Rev. David Bang