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Rev Mar’s Sermon (Aug 12, 2007)

More on Rom. 8:28 (Psalm 13)

Continuation of past sermons on Rom. 8:28. We have learned that when a person continuous to love Jesus (1 Cor. 16:22; Jn. 14:21, 23; Ephe. 6:24) and heeds the calling of God's purpose (Matt. 9:13; 9:9; Jn. 12:26), all events that are happening in his life will work together for his good. This is an encouraging verse during trials and tests when we recall and remind ourselves that the Lord is upholding all things by the word of His power (Heb. 1:3) and all things are in His control. (Jn. 10:28) But while we are in that valley of death waiting for the Lord's deliverance we remind ourselves of the Lord's promises:

a. We cling on to the promises of Rom. 8:28 that though appearances may be contrary to our faith, but if we love the Lord Jesus Christ with sincerity (or with an incorruptible love) His grace is upon us (Ephe. 6:24) and we know that all things are working together for our own good.

b. We also recite Ps 23 to Jesus, our good Shepherd, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

c. We wonder when the Lord Jesus will finally deliver us out of trouble and we bring to mind, Eccl. 3:11-He hath made every thing beautiful in his time. But when one day seems like a thousand years, sometimes we ask ourselves, “has the Lord forgotten me?” But then, immediately, we remember His words, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5)

d. And so we persuade ourselves, “Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Jesus who loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8:37-39)

Truly, these verses gave us strength and encouragement when we were ready to throw in the towel.

This is the kind of situation David was in, in Psalm 13.

A. Ang tanong ni David sa Awit 13:1 (Until when will You forget me, O Jehovah? Forever?) ay nakapagtataka sapagkat:

  1. patungkol kay David:

a. ay sinasabi ng Panginoon patungkol kay David-“a man after mine heart who shall fulfill all my will (1 Sam. 13:14; Acts 13:22)

b. ay sinabing the Savior, Jesus, will be raised unto Israel in the house of His servant David (Lk 1:69- And hath raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.)

c. ay sinabing the Lord has establish the kingdom of David saying “let the house of David thy servant be established before thee.” (1 Chron. 17:24) and “There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.” (1Ki. 8:25; 9:5; 2Chron. 7:18)

  1. Sa pagka-Dios, hindi uubrang makalimot ang Panginoon sapagkat lakip sa Kaniyang pagka-Dios ay lagi Niyang alam ang lahat. (Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done.) (Isa 48:3 I have declared the former things from the beginning;)

a. Kaya ang sabi ni Peter kay Jesus, “Lord, Thou knowest all.” (Jn. 21:17; cf. Jn. 16:30) At hindi naman siya ni-rebuke ng Panginoong Jesus.

b. Clarify: Jer. 31:34– “for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” When the Lord says, “And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more”, it does not mean that the Lord has become forgetful, but rather that He will not bring up our sins against us for judgment because He has already forgiven our sins.)

c. Clarify further: Mat 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (cf. Mar 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.) Walang nakakaalam kahit tao, anghel o Anak ng tao kung kalian magaganap ang second coming. Iyong Anak diyan ay ang Panginoong Jesucristo. Bakit sinasabi Niya na hindi Niya alam kung kalian ang Kaniyang pagdating muli? Ang salitang “knoweth” doon ay ang salitang “oida” (Gr.) at hindi “gnosis” (Gr) na parehong translated sa salitang English na “know”. Iyong “gnosis” na doon hango ang salitang diagnosis o prognosis sa English ay may kahulugan na “to be informed about” o may pagkabatid. Iyong “oida” ay experiential knowing or to be in-charged o pamamahala. Sa 2nd coming, ang may kapasiyahan ng kaganapan kung kailan ang panahon, araw, oras ng muling pagparito ng Panginoong Jesus ay ang Dios Ama, hindi ang Dios Anak, hindi ang Dios Espirito Santo. Subalit ang magsasaganap ng 2nd coming ay ang Panginoong Jesus, kaya alam (gnosis) Niya, batid Niya kung kailan isasaganap ang 2nd coming subalit ang may kapasiyahan (oida) ay ang Dios Ama.

B. Going back to the question: Bakit sa Ps. 13:1a, tanong ni David, “How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? forever?”

1. Nakakalimot ba ang Dios? Hindi itinatuwa ni Jesus kay Pedro noong sabihin ni Pedro, “Thou knowest (ginosko, gnosis) all things.” (Jn. 21:17)

2. The first clause of verse 1 has to be understood with the 2nd clause-” how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?” Unang tanong: Hanggang kailan mo ako kakalimutan Panginoon? Iyong pangalawang tanong, “hanggang kailan mo ikukubli ang mukha mo sa akin?” Iyong sinasabi ni David na pagkalimot sa kaniya ng Panginoon ay kaakibat doon sa pagkubli ng mukha ng Panginoon kay David.

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a. Bakit kailangang ipakita ng Panginoon ang Kaniyang mukha? Tignan ang Num. 6:24-26 (Priestly Benediction):

“Yahweh bless thee, and keep thee:

Yahweh make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

Yahweh lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”

Ibig sabihin na kung nakabaling ang mukha ni Yahweh at pagliwanagin Niya sa Israel, ang favor ni Yahweh ay nasa Israel, ang pagpapala ni Yahweh ay nasa Israel, ang pagiingat ni Yahweh ay nasa Israel.

b. Itong mga Hudyo ay mayroong kultura na kapag may nagsasalita, ang kalooban ng iyong nagsasalita ay nababadha sa kaniyang mukha. Kaya sa kanila, sa mukha nababadha ang tunay na saloobin ng tao. Kitang-kita kung natutuwa at kitang-kita din kung nagagalit. Doon nababadha kung ano ang gusto at kung ano ang ayaw mo. Si David ay siyang sinasabing “a man after the heart of God who will do His will.” (Acts 13;22) Kaya sa 1Ch 16:11 ay sinasabi ni David, “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.” Inaalam ni David ang kalooban ng Panginoon sa paghanap ng mukha ng Panginoon sapagkat sa mukha ng Panginoon nababadha ang Kaniyang ganap na kalooban.

c. Hinahanap rin ni David ang mukha ng Panginoon dahil kapag sa iyo nakabaling ang mukha ng Panginoon upang ang biyaya at pagiingat ng Panginoon ay kaniyang masumpungan. Kailangan ni David ang pagbaling ng mukha ng Panginoon sa kaniya sapagkat ang kaniyang mga kaaway ay mapuwersa, “overwhelming” sila at gustong ipahamak siya. Sa ganoon na kalalagayan ay sinasabi ni David, “ipakita mo ang iyong pagiingat at ang iyong pagsanggalang sa akin sa lahat ng aking mga kalaban, ipakita mo ang iyong mukha, ipakita mo na kampi mo ako at kalaban mo ang aking mga kaaway kaya ipagtatanggol mo ako, Yahweh.

d. Ang testimony ni David ay “The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine (Goliath).” (1Sa 17:37) Kaya ang sabi niya kay Jonathan “there is but one step between me and death.” (“Iisang hakbang ang nasa pagitan ko sa kamatayan.”) (1Sam. 20:3) Buong buhay ni David nasa bingit ng kamatayan. He has lived on the edge.

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C. Sa biglang tingin, tila nakalimutan siya ng Panginoon. Hindi Niya ipinapakita ang Kaniyang mukha na kampi Siya kay David at ang mga kalaban ni David ay kaaway ng Panginoon. (Rom. 8:31)

1. Anong response ni David? Living by faith. Kahit hindi ipinapakita ng Panginoon ang Kaniyang favor sa akin, kahit napakalakas ang mga kalaban ko:

a. “but I have trusted in thy mercy, thy lovingkindness;”

b. “my heart shall rejoice (sa Hebrew language ay walang future tense. Ito ay hindi future tense kundi imperfect tense, meaning, “my heart is rejoicing”) in thy salvation;”

c. “I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.” (even in the face of adversaries)

2. Similar responses:

a. Job- Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him. (Job 13:15)

b. Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego-… “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” (Dan. 3:17-18)

3. Ikaw rin ba ay gaya kay David na tumutunton sa bingit? Tinatanong mo ba kung nakalimutan ka na ng Panginoong Jesucristo? Ikaw ba ay nasa bingit ng walang ikabubuhay, bingit ng walang kuwarta, bingit ng walang kalusugan, bingit ng pagkawasak ng buhay o tahanan?

a. Illustration: Si Eugenio Lopez III, Chairman/CEO ng ABS-CBN, Pres/CEO ng BayanTel, mayari ng mga iba’t ibang companya ng mga Lopez. Kapag nakita mong naglalakad, wala kang makikita sa kaniya na alahas o makikita sa kaniya na pera. Sa tingin ng mundo kung hindi siya kilala sa mukha, wala siyang pera, wala siyang kaya. Subalit sa isang pirma niya o isang tawag niya sa bangko, mapapagalaw niya ang milyon-milyon na financial resources niya.

b. Sa ganoon din na kalalagayan, akala ng mundo, nakalimutan ka na ng Panginoon. Akala ng mundo nasa kagipitan ka. Subalit ang pantustos mo, ang deposito mo, bagamat hindi kita ng mundo, ay nasa Panginoong Jesus. Sa kagipitan mong iyan, ubos ka na sana kung hindi ka itinawid ng Panginoong Jesucristo. Akala ng mundo, nakalimutan ka ng Dios. Subalit tatawag ka lang sa Panginoong Jesucristo, mapapagalaw mo hindi lang earthly resources kundi ang heavenly resources-“but I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with me.”

c. Illustration: Testimony of Sis. Irene: Sis. Irene is one of our song leaders in Payatas. She would strive to come to Payatas to serve the Lord, many times at the pain of sourcing fare. Even when she had no work, she would be in church faithfully leading congregational singing. Finally, the Lord gave her employment on a temporary basis. The work was far from ideal, she received verbal abuses but she always trusted in the Lord by doing her work diligently and faithfully. One morning, she had money just enough for her fare to her work and she would not know how to get back home later at the end of the day but she trusted in the Lord’s provision. That morning as she was about to enter her workplace, her Dad (who lives in a different place) dropped by to see her and handed her a P100 bill. That would have elated anybody without a cent to pay his/her way home. But later that morning, her boss called her to give her her differential pay because she was given a raise which she did not know about. Later on that same day, she was called again. She was given allowance to get her work uniform done because she has been made a permanent employee. Miracles of miracles.

Maaaring sinoman ay magsabing nakalimutan ng Panginoong Jesucristo si Irene. Maaaring sabihin ang kaniyang Panginoon na kaniyang pinaglilingkuran ay walang malasakit sa kaniya. Subalit kapag ang ginagawa mo ay paglilingkod sa Panginoong Jesucristo at gumagawa ka alang-alang sa Kaniya, hindi bale wala ang lahat. Mayaman ka sa Panginoong Jesucristo sapagkat makatarungan ang Panginoong Jesucristo na gumagantimpala sa mga naglilingkod sa Kaniya. (Col. 3:17, 23-24-And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him…And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ.) (2Pe 1:4 and Phi 4:19-By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises . . . And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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