Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of His Servant?

Archive for October 15, 2007

Evedyahu


This is the approximate Hebrew rendition of: The Servant of the Lord. It comes from the combination of the words eved = servant, and YHWH (the name of God in the Bible – also called the Tetragrammaton). The Biblical name closest to this is Obadiah (which is built on the same verb and personal name). More information about me can be found at: http://www.ttgst.ac.kr/sub.asp?gubun=01030000.

By God’s grace – my intention is to be one of the many servants of the Lord.


John Owen

I was listening to the biography of John Owen on my way to work (see Piper’s notes on this: http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Biographies/). There are many things that are amazing about Owen, but I was especially amazed by the attitude of this man of God.  He had 11 children of which 1o died young (as children).  He actually outlived his wife and only daughter who made it to adulthood. (He had on the average a child die every 3 years).  In spite of all this – his writings to not seem to betray any bitterness toward God.  He is rather passionate about Holiness and the glory of God!!! He definitely reminds me of biblical Job who  lost all 10 of his children (but all at the same time).

He has also taught me about the amazing providence of God.  This is something worth sharing, and it is also great as an illustration for Romans 8:28 etc.  I am posting a section of the article by Piper about the relationship between Owen and Bunyan:

Owen and Bunyan

It’s not clear to me why some Puritans at this time were in prison and others, like Owen were not. Part of the explanation was how openly they preached. Part of it was that Owen was a national figure with connections in high places. Part of it was that the persecution was not nationally uniform, but some local officials were more rigorous than others.

But whatever the explanation it is remarkable the relationship that John Owen had in these years with John Bunyan who spent too many of them in prison. One story says that King Charles II asked Owen one time why he bothered going to hear an uneducated Tinker like Bunyan preach. Owen replied, “Could I posses the tinker’s abilities for preaching, please your majesty, I would gladly relinquish all my learning” (see note 32).

One of the best illustrations of God’s hiding a smiling face behind a frowning providence is the story of how Owen failed to help Bunyan get out of prison. Repeatedly when Bunyan was in prison Owen worked for his release with all the strings he could pull. But to no avail. But when John Bunyan came out in 1676 he brought with him a manuscript “the worth and importance of which can scarcely be comprehended” (see note 33). In fact Owen met with Bunyan and recommended his own publisher, Nathaniel Ponder. The partnership succeeded, and the book that has probably done more good, after the Bible, was released to the world—all because Owen failed in his good attempts to get Bunyan released, and because he succeeded in finding him a publisher. The lesson: “Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,/but trust him for his grace;/behind a frowning providence/he hides a smiling face.”

Blessings and grace to all!


12 Romanian Women in Korea

The WOGA conference is starting today in Seoul, South Korea (see http://www.wogakorea.org/for info).  By God’s grace, 12 Romanian women were invited to come and made the trip here.  They arrived yesterday after 20+ hours of traveling (or 40? – some took the train to Bucharest).  They made it to their place of lodging (after some misses – the bus driver had a hard time finding the right place :), and they ate Korean food (some perhaps for the first time?).  Most of them liked the food (the kimchi was too spicy for most), but the hunger may have played a role too (?).

In any case – they are here, and they are open to learn from the speakers, and from each other.  It is a wonderful opportunity for all of them to get to know some of the Christian sisters from other places (there are women here from over 70 countries), and to be able to pray for those who are persecuted and restricted in their service for Christ.  It is – I believe – a time to learn to be humble, and to serve in communion with other saints, through prayer, encouragement etc.

I am posting this, to encourage these 12 women, and perhaps others, to share their thoughts about this coference with each other and with the loved ones at home.  Thus, this may become an English/Romanian conversation (?).  Blessings and peace to all! Psalm 133


Christian Service 24/7

I was recently invited to a retreat by Jubilee church in Seoul(www.myjubileechurch.com.). The retreat was nearby – at Osanri (?). This is the original prayer mountain.
I was blessed and impressed by the worship and atmosphere of this English speaking church from the city of Seoul, and I would like to continue praying for them. I also appreciate their prayers for me.

The theme of the conference was “Christian Service 24/7.” One thing that I learned by preparing for this conference, was that for real CHRISTIAN service to be possible, we have to enter the life of COMMUNION with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  In other words, before working FOR Christ, we have to let Him work for US, so we can become part of the Triune communion of the Godhead (We have to let Him ransom us – Mk 10:45).  You can “perform” CHRISTIAN service, only if you are IN communion.  See the very useful book of Seamands: Ministry in the Image of God (http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/code=3338), and the importance of Rublev’s icon on the Trinity (http://www.wellsprings.org.uk/rublevs_icon/trinity.htm).

Seamands puts it very well: “The ministry we have entered is the ministry OF Jesus Christ, the Son, TO [for the glory of?] the Father, THROUGH the Holy Spirit, for the sake of the church and the world.” To see a significant excerpt of this book go to http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/toc/code=3338.

Other useful information for this topic I obtained from John Piper’s site: desiringgod.org.  Just do a search on the word: SERVICE. 

Let us continue to serve with humility and passion (Romans 12:11), by trusting Him for future grace, and by honoring and prizing Him above all else.

May all of us fear to say say: “It is vain to serve the Lord.” 

We should rather serve Him as beloved children (Malachi 3:13-18), for those who labor “in the Lord” do not labor in vain (1 Cor 15:58).