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묵상 , 지도자의 헌신, 민 7:2
이스라엘 지휘관들 곧 그들의 조상의 가문의 우두머리들이요 그 지파의 지휘관으로서 그 계수함을 받은 자의 감독된 자들이 헌물을 드렸으니
이스라엘 12 지파의 지휘관들이 헌물과 제단의 봉헌물을 드린다.
Who is God
• 하나님은 우리의 헌물을 기쁘게 받으신다
• 하나님은 우리가 예배를 위한 예물 드리기를 원하신다.
• 하나님은 지도자의 헌신을 받으시며 그가 이끄는 공동체를 받으신다.
민수기 7장에서는 이스라엘의 지휘관들이 자원하여 드리는 각종 예물들에 대하여 자세히 기록하며, 광야 행진에 있어서 드리는 삶의 중요성을 가르친다. 민수기 7장은 민수기에서 가장 긴 chapter로 무려 89 절이 다 이스라엘 백성들의 지휘관들이 지파별로 드리는 동일한 예물들을 반복적으로 기록한다, 그만큼 하나님께 드리는 예물이 중요하기 때문일 것이다. 오늘 본문에서 지휘관들이 드린 예 헌물은 두 가지 목적이었다. 성막을 운반할 수레와 소를 헌물하였고 성막에서 제단의 봉헌을 위한 헌물을 드렸다, 그런데 오늘 특히 내가 묵상하는 것은 지도자들이 솔선 수범하여 자원하는 예물을 드렸다는 점이다.
하나님께서는 12 지파 각 지휘관들의 헌물을 받으시고 그 지휘관에 속한 각 지파를 받으셨고, 12 지파 지휘관의 봉헌 예물을 다 받으신 후, 이스라엘 전체를 향한 말씀을 주셨다. 하나님은 예수님의 희생제사를 받으시고 예수님께 속한 온 인류를 구원하셨다. 이처럼 영적 세계에서는 대표와 연합의 원리가 중요하다. 다윗 역시 드림에 있어서 백성들의 본이 되었다. 느헤미야서를 읽으며 느헤미야의 헌신에 감동을 받는다. 그는 12년간 총독으로 있으며 녹을 받지 않았다. 뿐만 아니라 매일 150명이 넘는 사람들과 함께 식사를 먹으며 엄청난 양의 식사를 준비하였다, 이런 지도자의 헌신 가운데 성벽재건의 역사가 대적들의 집요한 방해에도 불구하고 52일만에 끝났다, 이처럼 헌신은 먼저 지도자가 본을 보여야한다. 물질, 시간, 정성, 기도, 섬김 어떤 종류의 헌신이든지, 먼저 지도자가 본을 보이며, 가정에서는 먼저 부모들이 본을 보여야 한다. 나는 얼마큼 헌신의 본을 보이고 있는가? 너무나 부족한 것만 같아 부끄럽고 죄송하다
Sin to avoid, 헌신이 부족한 것 같아 하나님 앞에 죄송하다
Promise to hold, 하나님은 지도자의 헌신을 받으시고 공동체를 축복하신다
Action to take place, 더 헌신에 본을 보이자,
하나님 아버지, 아직도 헌신이 많이 부족하게 여겨집니다. 더 드리고 나누고 섬기고 기도하고 예배하며 본을 보이는 지도자 될 수 있도록 영육간에 강건하게 붙들어 주소서.
"First Things First" (to be dedicated to Him)
"Accept these things from them, that they may be used in the service of the tent of meeting, and you shall give them to the Levites, to each man according to his service. (Num 7:5)"
- After Moses sets up the tabernacle, anoints it and consecrates it together with all its furnishings, the altar and all the utensils, the leaders of Israel bring offerings (6 carts & 12 oxen), which are to be given to Gershonites (2 carts & 4 oxen) and Merarites (4 carts & 8 oxen), respectively. Then, they are to present their “dedication” offerings for each tribe.
Who is God?
- He is the God of order:
- Sanctification first, dedication after: When the sanctuary gets ready, He lets the leaders of the tribes dedicate themselves. Likewise, when our sanctuary is ready, He leads us to true dedication.
- He wills to quicken us to know we are together: Before they dedicated their tribes, the leaders were called to sacrificially and collectively support the “mission of God” together.
The passage describes what happens before the leaders of the twelve tribes dedicate themselves to the Lord. First of all, and uniquely, the Scripture revisits the fact that it shall happen on the same day when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle, anointed it and consecrated it (together with all the furnishings, utensils and altar).
Indeed, true dedication is possible only because we have been called and made into the temple of the living God where His Spirit dwells (Rom 8:9, 1 Cor 3:16, 1 Cor 6:19) Hallelujah! However, because this tremendous treasure is still in the earthen vessel, our outer man, we are prone to err and sin. Thus, I shall repent before this gracious truth that even though I am only earthen, both fragile and hard the precious Holy Spirit lives on the inside of me. Have you fallen short? Have you erred again? Repent and recommit yourself to being the temple of God.
Still on the same day and yet before the dedication gets to commence with the tribe of Judah, there is yet another thing that is supposed to happen. All twelve tribes have to prepare something together for the mission of God, which is absolutely necessary to facilitate the journey and movement of the people of God and His glory in their midst. They have to prepare 6 carts and 12 oxen together, which will be eventually used by Gershonites (2 carts & 4 oxen) & Merarites (4 carts & 8 oxen), respectively. The notable thing is that at least based on the Scripture the carts and the oxen don’t get distributed with any tags of particular origin or destination. In other words, once they are offered from all tribes, they get “blended" together and communally distributed to the levitical group. Furthermore, each cart has be offered by 2 tribes together.
It will be--and it gets--SOO chaotic and painful if somebody thinks that they are dedicating themselves to God while they took no time to see themselves as part of the community. In fact, it is no help to building a community of God at all. I am here with my family, and I am humbly and painstakingly learning that it takes a whole family to love and grow, just like somebody mentioned a long while ago that it takes a village to raise a kid. I am becoming painfully aware of how much Dad has served and worked to support Mom. Yes, we are family and so we didn’t want to single it out as some kind of “additional work.” But I realize that what Dad has done and is doing must be acknowledged and thanked for. I am convicted to be changed, so in a self-quarantine, when I call the parents, instead of bypassing Dad and calling Mom, I am reminding myself to call him first and connect with him first and talk to Mom. Likewise, I have a younger brother. While he always lived and traveled across Asia and I live across the Pacific and the US continent, quite some time had passed with no or little “quality” time spent between the two of us talking and sharing with each other. But I need him and I am grateful that he tries. When we love and pray together for our Mom and Dad, we wouldn’t need any tags of origin (between us) and destinations (between our parents), because we are one together.
I think this realization should and does apply to our church ministry. Every servant is different and perhaps no one is perfect, but we are called to be together and serve together. A tough world and a tough situation so easily makes us both vulnerable and hardened that I have to admit over and over again that I am so prone to err and sin. But there is always a chance if you can repent and know that we are together and we are stronger together.
First things first. To be dedicated to God, let me always repent as His temple, giving His Spirit thanks and adoration. Also, to be dedicated to God, let me be humbled and remember that we are called to be together and are stronger together.
Father, thank You for humbling me once again with the painful yet much necessary realization that I am weak alone but I can always repent because of Your grace and also we are called to be together and we are stronger together. Father, help me not forget this lesson always and live it more deeply and genuinely. In Jesus Christ’s Name, I pray. Amen
1. Scripture: Numbers 7:2
“Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of families who were the tribal leaders in charge of those who were counted, made offerings.”
* Summary: When Moses was finished with setting up the tabernacle, the leasers of Israel entered into the tabernacle and brought gifts with them.
* Who is God?
God accepts our gifts.
God is pleased by our offering.
In response to the Aaronic benediction (6:24–26) which is God’s promise to bless His people, the leaders of 12 tribes brought offerings to God. Then the Lord accepts them gladly and instructed Moses to give them to the Levites.
Yes, our relationship with God is not just one-way. God is not just the object of searching and crying out for only when we are in need of help.
On the other hand, God is not the only God who commands and reigns over us. He is also our Father, our bridegroom, and our friend. God is a God who wants to have a relationship with us and wants to love us.
A loving relationship is never a one-way street. Our right response to the gracious Lord is to offer thanksgiving and worship; Be thankful for the priceless grace and share the blessings God has given me with our neighbors.
Then God will gladly accept our offering and he will give it back to us at the interest rate of Heaven, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.
Father, thank you for your priceless grace and everything you have done for me. Holy Spirit, please help me so that offer thanksgiving and worship in all circumstances!