“And the word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai,
Arise, go to Nineveh, the great city, and proclaim against it, for their evil has come before Me. “
My wife found a big four leaf clover from the field.
Behold how the wild bugs made those holes!
It’s an art!
제 아내가 밭에서 네 잎 클로버를 발견했는데요, 자, 보세요!
벌레들이 구멍을 뚫었는데 완전히 예술이네요!
I was stopped in the midst of the forest by a little pond where many baby tadpoles were practicing their swimming, and many of them appeared to be new born black seeds. 숲속 한 가운데에서 발걸음을 멈추게 된 것은 작은 연못 속에 수많은 애기 올챙이들이 수영 연습을 하고 있었기 때문이었다. 그들 중 상당수는 갓 태어난 검은 정자들 같았다.
It was like God was speaking to me, “You see these little black tadpoles? I will use you to revive many seeds of Abraham…” The time is coming…
하나님께서 내게 말씀하시는 것 같았다. “이 작은 검정 올챙이들이 보이느냐? 내가 너를 사용하여 많은 아브라함의 씨들을 다시 살아나게 하리라…”
그 시간이 오고 있다…
Ecclesiastes chapter 3 starts with two Hebrew words ” לכל זמן ” which literally means “To everything time”
In our usual translations, we put “there is a” time; however, God used only two words : “לכל(lecol): toeverything זמן(zuman): time”
Although it is common to omit “there is or there are” in Hebrew expression, I believe God allowed us to add something between the two words to mean appropriate truth. For example,
To everything there is a time.
To everything God created a time.
To everything God attached a time.
To everything God NEEDS a time?
When i arrived at Beijing Airport to transfer flight (CA137) to Gimpo Seoul, South Korea, i tried to find a screen to search for the gate number for my flight to Gimpo. There were a dozen of screens here and there but to my disappointment, no screen really cared for my journey. I got a little nervous. I came to the information desk and asked for the gate number for my flight. She said “Sir, there were five hours left before the departure; you came Too early. The screen shows only two hours before!”
I thought “being early and prepared” is always good but not at this time. I hung around several hours in the airport and came back to the screen expecting the gate number to show up. Yes! The number was up there finally, E22!
It seemed that God wanted to teach me something: God needs a time to reveal His vision for me. Sometimes we think that the sooner we find our vision, the better we will be prepared. So we want a direction quickly; we want to rush to our destination because we do not want to wait.
However, there is a time to see God’s vision; there is a time to receive God’s direction. If we want to know it before the time comes, we might get frustrated and nervous. Yet let us remember
To vision- revealing God needs a time.
“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick:
but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life” Proverbs 13:12
I knew i entered the kingdom of God when i saw my apartment on the street named “Shlomo.”
Gean wants us to believe that God’s word = God in some way so that we can worship God’s word (=Jesus).
The only “proof” he can contrive is that the verb BARA is not used anywhere in Tanakh in reference to God’s word. Gean’s logic is as follows: BARA means creating something from nothing and since BARA isn’t used to describe how the Torah was made (in Proverbs 8) in contrast to the rest of creation where BARA is used, it means that the Torah (God’s word) has always existed. Therefore, we can worship God’s word because it has always existed like God Himself and is therefore equivalent to God for the purpose of worship.
Gean, first of all, you are admitting that the Torah is God’s word. So why don’t you worship the Torah? Would it be ok to worship the Torah? Did Jews ever worship the Torah? Did Moses worship the Torah? Did King David and King Solomon worship the Torah?
But the most important thing to know, Gean, is that there really is no such thing as Hashem creating something from nothing. Because Hashem is infinite, there is nothing apart or separate from Him – He includes everything. The different Hebrew verbs that mean to make and to form – BARA, YATZAR, ASAH, HOLAL – are all METAPHORS meant for the HUMAN PERSPECTIVE only. From Hashem’s perspective nothing comes from nothing and everything is equally open and revealed – darkness to Him is as bright as light (Psalms 139:12 – Even the darkness is not too dark for you
but the night shines as the day; the darkness is even as the light.)
These different verbs are used to describe different levels of hiddenness of Hashem’s hand/presence in any given object/concept/phenomenon from our perspective. So if we say that something comes from nothing – it doesn’t literally mean from nothing because it comes from Hashem Who is the REAL SOMETHING. It’s AS IF it came from nothing because Hashem’s presence is extremely hidden in these things in the sense that THEY APPEAR TO RUN BY THEMSELVES. Besides, the essential meaning of the word BARA is “outside” – it means to bring what was inside to the outside. So by Hashem saying that He BARA (created) the heaven and the earth (Genesis 2:4), it means that what was “inside” Hashem’s mind, He brought it “outside”. But there really is nothing outside of Hashem – not even the Satan and idols – even though from the human perspective THEY APPEAR to be outside of Hashem.
So, Gean, everything comes from Something. Nothing comes from nothing. Rocks don’t literally come from nothing, they come from Something too. The heavens don’t literally come from nothing. They also come from Something. It’s just that it’s much harder for us to connect to Hashem through studying the heavens and earth than it is for us to connect to Him through studying and fulfilling His word.
Let’s use a human as an analogy. It is much harder for us to connect to someone’s personality and soul if the person lacks the ability to speak. Sure we can see his facial expressions and his actions but because he can’t speak, it is very hard for us to get to know him. But through his words, it’s much easier for us to relate to him. But still the person’s words ARE NOT HIM. They can express a very deep part of him, but they can’t express all of him. So much of the person is still hidden and is unable to be expressed in any words.
A person is much more than his spoken or written words. We might love a person’s words, but it would be insane to try to carry on a relationship with his words. We only want a relationship with the person himself. Likewise, we can love God’s words, but it would be a sign of insanity to try to have a relationship with His words. We only want a relationship with the ONE Who spoke those words. As it is true of a human being, Hashem is also infinitely more than His words and can never fully express Himself in any words. We therefore need something else, something even greater than words, to take our relationship with Hashem and with our fellow humans to the next level.
Everything comes from Hashem – even His words. But let’s have a mutual relationship with Hashem and not with His words. To have a worshipful relationship with anything besides Hashem Himself is a sign of insanity.
Gean Guk Jeon:
Brother, i appreciate your thoughtful and intellectual articles. If i gave you an impression that i worship Yeshua rather than God, or Word rather than Hashem Himself, sorry that is not what i meant.
1. I dont bow down to the Bible nor work for the ink but bow down Hashem whose glory and power and amazing works revealed in the Word and i work for Hashem who gave the job description through the Word.
2. If the word of God become everything, why Isaiah 55:10~11 do not say like this; “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it but become water, earth, and bud ans seed… So is my word that goes out from my mouth and become everything without returning to me. ”
3. All you said about Hashem are words. Your concept of God is made of words. You pray to God through words. Is God wind? Picture? Man? Force? Visible star? Fire? Or mountain? No. I believe that as soon as you believe and meditate on all about Hashem, even in your quiet time of worshipping Hashem, you meet Him through the small voice or words from Him. The Nature SPEAKS the glory of Hashem, our experience SPEAKS to hear the voice of Hashem. When i hear His voice, i cannot help worshipping Hashem. Even in His silence, His silence speaks message.
“Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High. So He subjected them to bitter labor, they stumbled, and there was no one to help. 사람이 흑암과 사망의 그늘에 앉으며 곤고와 쇠사슬에 매임은 하나님의 말씀을 거역하며 지존자의 뜻을 멸시함이라 그러므로 그가 고통을 주어 그들의 마음을 겸손하게 하셨으니 그들이 엎드러져도 돕는자가 없었도다