7.16.2016

Philippians 2: 5-11 (3)

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Humility and Dream (vision)
Reading: Philippians 2: 5-11, Philippians 2:6-8
Additional readings: Gen 37:5-11, Gen 45:7-9
Blanks: mindset, equality, servant, humbled, above, glory

Have you ever watched a Korean drama called “Dae Jang Geum (jewel in the palace)”?
I heard about it over and over.
I heard that in Iran, many people loved this drama.
It was so popular.
So recently I watched this drama.

I guess it is a bit fictional story of Jang Gum.
Through various events, she became a person who helped many people.

In this story, we see that Jang Gum had various teachers.
They noticed that she had a good intellect and a lot of energy.

But some of them wanted her to have a humble attitude.
Some of them wanted to have a right attitude toward life.
She was learning slowly about humility and patience.
Then as she learned more and gained more medical knowledge, she was able to help many people.

The story of Joseph is similar in a sense.
I am sure you have read the story of Joseph in the Bible, right?
I am sure that you are very familiar with the story.

Do you know that even Disney made a movie out of it?
It is called "Joseph King of Dreams"?
Have you watched the movie?

Anyway, let me briefly summarize the story of Joseph, ok?
Joseph was his father’s favorite.
His father loved him more than any other sons.
So his brother had a very different opinion about this Joseph.

Then one day, Joseph was starting to have dreams.
Through dreams, he learned about his future.
He learned that he would be a great leader and even his brothers and family would bow down to him.

But then he made a mistake.
He told his dream to his family.
Then Joseph really made his brother upset.
They didn’t want to hang out with him anymore.
He really evoked his brothers' jealousy.

Then, one day when his brothers got a chance, they threw him into the pit.
Then they sold him into slavery.
So Joseph was taken to Egypt from Israel.
There he worked as a slave.
He had to learn to speak Egyptian and learn to live there.
He lived like this without his earthly father who loved him in Israel.

But it seemed that Joseph trusted that God would make the dream come true.
He continually tried to live well and faithful to God.

But even then unfortunately, he was thrown even into a prison.
There he might have really questioned about his dream.
Joseph couldn’t understand what happened.
He had no idea how his dreams would come to pass.

In the place like this, people may make mistakes feeling that God does not help.
Then they may worry and choose to do wrong things.
But Joseph decided to wait for God and continually do what is right even here.

At this time, we come to this portion of movie at "Joseph King of Dreams."
So, let’s watch this.
Here Joseph was in prison looking back his life.
Let’s listen carefully to the lyric of the song.
Because it may explain about the mind of Joseph:
https://youtu.be/8oL6HlzQZLo


His dream brought him to this prison.
He was growing as a person.
Joseph was getting ready.
He was trained to save a lot of people.
After all these humbling experiences he was able to save many people.

The lyric of this song goes like this: (Written by John Bucchino, Dallyn Vail Bayles)
I thought I did what's right
I thought I had the answers
I thought I chose the surest road
But that road brought me here
So I put up a fight and told God how to help me
Now just when I have given up the truth is coming clear

You know better than I
You know the way
I've let go the need to know why
For You know better than I

If this has been a test
I cannot see the reason
But maybe knowing I don't know is part of getting through
I tried to do what's best
But faith has made it easy
To see the best thing I can do
Is to put my trust in You

For You know better than I
You know the way
I've let go the need to know why
For You know better than I
For You know better than I

I saw one cloud and thought it was a sky (a mistaken thought)
I saw a bird and thought that I could follow (a mistaken thought)
But it was You who taught that bird to fly (I start to see you and live humbly)
If I let You reach me
Will You teach me

For You know better than I
You know the way
I've let go the need to know why
I'll take what answers you supply
You know better than I

After these experiences, God helped him to get out of the prison.
He found himself in the right place just like his dream told him many years ago.

You know the story:
Joseph was called to interpret the Pharaoh's dreams.
When Joseph heard the dreams of the king of Egypt, he understood that this dream was saying that there would be 7 years of great harvest and then 7 years of famine.
So the Pharaoh trusted him and gave him power and authority.

With this new power and authority, he worked to save enough grains during 7 plentiful years.
Then he and Egypt was ready to face 7 years of severe famine.

Then during 7 years of famine, Joseph saved many people who came to him and Egypt.
During those 7 years of famine, he could continually provide food to everyone who came to him.
In this way, his dream came true.

During this time, even his brothers came to ask for food.
Then later his family came to Egypt and lived there.
Then he was able to meet his father again.

But if you read the Bible, after his father Jacob passed away, those brothers said to Joseph something like this:
“We are so sorry that we have sold you into Egypt.
We apologize for all the things we have done against you.
Now, please accept us as your slaves."

But then Joseph grew this much to say something like this:
"Don’t be afraid.
Am I in the place of God?
Even though you intended to harm me, God intended it for good.
God has sent me here to save many people from famine.
That is what God has done here.
So don’t be afraid.
I will provide for you and your children."

Joseph understood God who knew better than he.
Joseph experienced God enough to be humble like this.
Then he forgive them.
Joseph had grown up this much.
God helped him grow this much, because God wanted to use Joseph.

(2) Joseph might have understood this graph:
At first, God humbled Joseph.
God trained him and protected him.
Then Joseph learned to be patient and humble.
Then God honored him and lifted him high.
God made the dream come true.

Jesus also understood this graph:
Before he went through anything, he understood this graph.
Then he went through it all for us.
What does that mean?

When Jesus had a great dream of saving all people, he voluntarily humbled himself.
Jesus was God.
But Jesus voluntarily became poor and powerless.
He voluntarily lived a life of sufferings.
Jesus understood in order to save all the people, he needed to start from here.

(3) Today’s scripture explained this very well:
Even though Jesus is God, he humbled himself and became a man.
After becoming a man, he humbled himself even more.
Then he obeyed God and died on a cross!
Jesus chose to live humbly and obediently, because he believed in the humble God who is so powerful.

So God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, because the Son of God voluntarily humbled himself like this.
Then God wanted that everyone should bow down and worship Jesus.
Everyone should confess that Jesus Christ is the Master of all and that Jesus is the glory of God.

The humble God wants all people to worship the humble Jesus.
So, we come here to worship Jesus who is humble and kind.

But here is something more.
We may become like Joseph and Jesus.

I mean God is still speaking and still gives God’s dreams to people.
You know, God may give you God’s dreams or God’s callings.
You may already know what God’s dreams is for you.

When you receive God’s dreams, and God’s calling, and if you said yes to that dream and calling, what do you think God may teach you next?

God may teach you to be humble and patient.
When that lesson is over, God may bring you to the right place so that you may serve many people.
God may save many people and help many people through you.
In this way, God may make the dream come true.

When we receive God’s dreams, or God’s calling, as a family, what do you think God may teach our family?
God may teach our family to be humble and patient.
When that lesson is over, God may bring us to the right place where our family may serve many people.
Then God may save many people and help many people through our family.

When we receive God’s dreams, or God’s calling, as a church, what do you think God may teach us?
God may teach this church to be humble and patient.
When that lesson is over, God may bring us to the right place where this church may serve many people.
Then God may save many people and help many people through this church.
Like this, God’s dream may come true.
Right?
May we be able to learn the lesson and become God’s conduit for God’s blessing.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, you are amazingly humble.
You are amazingly patient and loving.
So, you have the name above every name.

So, we come here to worship you and honor you.
May we worship and honor you through our life.
We pray this in your name.
Amen.

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