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4. July 4 Wed QT

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  • Jul 05, 2018
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4. ‘흥왕하는 말씀과 멸망하는 사람’ 행 12:13-25 7월4(수)

 

본문 관찰과 묵상

            베드로가 옥에서 풀려나와 마가라 하는 요한의 어머니의 집으로 갔습니다. 여자아이 로데가 베드로를 알아보고 기도하던 사람들에게 말했으나 믿는 사람들이 없었습니다. 베드로의 천사로 생각하였습니다. 베드로가 어떤 일이 일어났는지 설명하였습니다. 헤롯은 베드로의 탈옥을 놓친 파숫군들을 사형시키고 가이사랴로 돌아왔습니다. 두로와 시돈 사람들은 헤롯의 왕국에서 나는 양식을 의존하였기에 왕의 침소 맡은 블라스도를 자기편으로 만들어 헤롯에게 잘 보이려고 하였습니다. 백성들이 헤롯의 연설을 듣고 신의 소리라고 아부하였고 헤롯은 하나님께 영광돌리지 않으므로 벌레에게 먹혀 죽었습니다. 교회는 더욱 말씀으로 부흥하고 바나바와 바울은 예루살렘 교회에 부조하고 마가라하는 요한을 데리고 안디옥으로 돌아왔습니다.

 

QT를 통하여 듣는 주님의 음성

            기도하는 사람들도 막상 기도가 응답되었을 때 믿지 못하였습니다. 결국 그들은 베드로의 간증의 말씀을 듣고 믿었습니다. 베드로의 말씀전파로 교회는 더욱 부흥하였습니다. 베드로는 처음부터 일관성 있게 자신이 한 일이 아니라 죽으시고 부활하신 예수님이 하신 일이라고 예수님께만 영광 돌렸습니다. 그러나 헤롯같이 하나님께 영광 돌리지 않고 마치 자신이 하나님인 것처럼 행동한 사람은 벌레같은 미물에 먹혀 죽었습니다. 성도들이 기도하는 자리를 항상 베풀었던 마리아의 영향으로 그의 아들 마가라 하는 요한은 바나바와 바울과 함께 안디옥으로 돌아와 주의 종이 되었습니다.

 

결단과 적용

            공동체가 기도하는 데 전념하게 한 마리아는 그 아들이 축복을 받았습니다. 하나님의 말씀으로 교회가 부흥할 때 하나님께 영광 돌리지 않은 헤롯은 벌레에 물려 죽었습니다. 나의 간증은 오직 주님께 영광을 돌리는 간증이어야 합니다. 은혜 받은 것은 받은 것이요 주님께 영광 돌리는 것은 또 다른 은혜받은 사람이 마땅히 할 일입니다. ‘하나님의 성령으로 봉사하며 그리스도 예수를 자랑하고 또 육체를 신뢰하지 아니하는 우리가 곧 할례파라’(빌 3:3). 사도 바울의 고백이 나의 고백이 되게 하소서. 오늘도 주님께만 영광 올려드립니다.

 

4.  ‘The Prosperous vs the declining’     Acts 12:13-25      July 4 Wed QT

 

Observation and meditation on the text

     Peter went to Mark, who was called John, his mother Mary’s house upon being set free from the prison.  While the people there were in the middle of praying for Peter, none of them except a young girl servant Rhoda believed that their prayer had been answered.  They considered he was not Peter but his angel.  However, when Peter gave his testimony they began to believe in him.  Herod ordered to kill the guards who lost Peter in the prison, and went back to Caesarea.  Since the people in the cities of Tyre and Sidon depended upon the food from Herod’s territory, they bribed Blastus who was a trusted personal servant of the king Herod.  And they shouted at Herod out of ingratiation after hearing his public address that it was the voice of god, not of a man.  Herod was eaten by worms and died because he did not give praise to God.  However, the church was getting more prosperous as much as the word of God prosperous.  Barnabas and Saul returned to Antioch after delivering the alms to the church in Jerusalem.  They took John who was called Mark with them to Antioch.

 

I hear the voice of the Lord through QT

     The people who were praying for Peter did not believe the answer of their prayers.  After all, they believed in the Lord when they heard from Peter.  As Peter delivered the words of God, the church was getting more revived and prosperous.  From the beginning of his ministry after the day of Pentecost Peter consistently testified that it was not him but Jesus Christ who was crucified and resurrected who had brought about revival of church, not him.  He always gave all the glory to the Lord.  However, when Herod did not give glory to the Lord and behaved as if he was the one who had made his kingdom prosperous, he was eaten by a mere insect and perished.  Due to the spiritual influence of Mary who was the mother of John who was also called Mark, her son was induced to Barnabas and Saul to come to Antioch to become a servant of the Lord.    

 

Decisions and applications

     Due to Mary’s sacrificial ministry of prayer at her home, her son was blessed to become a servant of the Lord.  However, when the church was getting revived and prosperous Herod was eaten by an insect and perished because he did not give the glory to the Lord.  My testimony should be focusing on the glory to the Lord.  To receive God’s grace is one thing, and to give glory to the Lord is the other thing.  ‘For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh’ (Phil 3:3).  Lord, help me so that Pau’s confession should be mine.  I just give all the glory to the Lord today!

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