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QTin November 2019: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word

QTin November 2019: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word

Автор Yangjae Kim

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QTin November 2019: Believing, Living, and Enjoying by the Word

Автор Yangjae Kim

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22 окт. 2019 г.
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It is a QT magazine for adults and young adults wanting to read the Bible from the context of redemption history and to change to a biblical value system. It was originally published only in Korean, 30 writers and editorial staff are humbly dedicated to spread the QT meditation movement of redemption history through English version for global re

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Publisher's Notes

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As a biological brother of Jesus, Jude did not acknowledge the fact that Jesus was the Messiah during His time of ministry. It was only after he had witnessed the crucifixion and the resurrection that Jude became a servant of Christ. The Epistle of Jude contains warnings against false and heretical teachings that penetrated the early church. Jude tells the readers that heretics will certainly be judged and urges to contend for the faith against temptations for there is no need for them to be afraid.

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, to those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ - Jude 1:1

First, we must have conviction that we are kept for Jesus Christ. The expression kept for Jesus Christ is only found in Jude, which has the connotation of being watched over and protected by God wherever we go or whomever we are with. As believers are kept for Christ, they must understand that all of Christ’s letters are love letters written specifically for them.

In order for us to be kept by Christ, we must first have the value of the Gospel established in our hearts. Once, a person shared her struggle with her husband to a friend, who suggested that she go to Wooridle Church before she began divorce proceedings; she ended up changing her mind after attending church that week. I believe that the friend was able to give her that suggestion because she had the conviction of her salvation. Moreover, a person who is kept by Christ is able to return from the ways of divorce, suicide, or running away from home. Because of my husband, who would often disregard me and keep me in contempt, I had many disastrous experiences. However, I can confidently say that I am here because I have been kept by Christ, who has continuously looked after me and taken care of me.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. - Jude 1:2

Secondly, we must have mercy, peace and love in order to contend for the faith. Mercy refers to God in deep torment. I also prayed for my husband with such a sense of torment and mourning, and it led me to feel a sense of peace and an understanding of what it means to love. I was able to experience the wave of the Holy Spirit no matter how much hardship came my way, which led me to be able to overcome difficult situations. It is when we do not have peace that we are not able to acknowledge the love of God or know what our family truly needs. A deacon experienced such disregard and contempt from her husband to the point of wanting to die, but she is now able to testify that it led her to understand what it meant to mourn and to only look upon God with a broken spirit. Are you mourning with a sense of mercy, enjoying peace, and loving each other? These are the keys to being able to contend for the faith.

Dear friends…I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. - Jude 1:3

Third, in order for us to contend for the faith, we must fight with an opposite spirit. Verses 1-3 all mention the word love, which is an integral part of a believer’s identity. If one does not hold and walk with the person who has fallen, their faith is for nothing. Faith is an element of righteousness that believers have acquired at once, but they must continue to contend for the faith because there is still a part of their faith that has not yet come to be. A believer must not become an attacker but a defender at this point, fighting from an opposite perspective. A hot-blooded person must be approached in peace, a liar must be approached in honesty, and a frowning person must be met with a smile. When we seek what it means to have an opposite spirit through our daily quiet time, God will give us wisdom.

For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. - Jude 1:4

Lastly, we must contend for the faith so that we may rightly use the blessing we have been granted. There are many who claim to have received the grace of God who struggle with sexual immorality. On the other hand, there were those individuals who had fallen into a false sense of piety even after they met Jesus, asking why He was staying at a Samaritan’s house or why His disciples were eating on the Sabbath. Today, such individuals consider anyone who can guarantee their children’s education, marriage, or employment to be their messiahs, pursuing them and trying to receive prayers from them. What such people have fallen into is no different from a form of heresy.

Dear readers of QTin, have you received the grace of God? It has been given to us not so that our own desires may be filled but so that we may serve the body of Christ, the Church, with it. I pray that we would be able to put the grace of God we have received through salvation and love to good use so that we have the conviction that we are the ones who are kept by Christ, contending for the faith with an opposite spirit and come out victorious on this year’s end.

Grateful for the grace of God,

Director, QTM

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Friday, November

You Are a People Holy to the

Lord Your God

Deuteronomy 14:1-21

Foreign Rules about Mourning That Are Forbidden

1 You are the children of the Lord your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead, 2 for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.

Rules about Clean and Unclean Foods

3 Do not eat any detestable thing. 4 These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, 5 the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope and the mountain sheep. 6 You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud. 7 However, of those that chew the cud or that have a divided hoof you may not eat the camel, the rabbit or the hyrax. Although they chew the cud, they do not have a divided hoof; they are ceremonially unclean for you. 8 The pig is also unclean; although it has a divided hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses. 9 Of all the creatures living in the water, you may eat any that has fins and scales.

10 But anything that does not have fins and scales you may not eat; for you it is unclean. 11 You may eat any clean bird. 12 But these you may not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, 13 the red kite, the black kite, any kind of falcon, 14 any kind of raven, 15 the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, 16 the little owl, the great owl, the white owl, 17 the desert owl, the osprey, the cormorant, 18 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat. 19 All flying insects are unclean to you; do not eat them. 20 But any winged creature that is clean you may eat.

Details Regarding Food Laws

21 Do not eat anything you find already dead. You may give it to the foreigner residing in any of your towns, and they may eat it, or you may sell it to any other foreigner. But you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.

Notes

Hyrax: a type of herbivore that travels in groups, a hyrax is assumed to be close to a rabbit in its appearance.

Black Vulture: A type of a sea eagle, a black vulture has a lot of hair under its beak and lives on fish it catches from the river or the sea.

Screech Owl: A type of a hawk, a screech owl eats small animals or insects.

Desert Owl: A bird that lives in the desert or the wilderness; it is sometimes translated as a bird of prey or a pelican (Psalm 102:6; Isaiah 34:11; Zephaniah 2:14)

Osprey: A small eagle found in the Palestinian region

Cormorant: A type of a water bird with a long beak and webs on its feet which allow it to swim as it catches fish in the water.

Hoopoe: A type of a bird that eats insects from manure, builds nests from its own excrement or other garbage in the soil (Leviticus 11:19)

Scripture Summary Moses tells the Israelites not to follow Gentile customs as they are children of God. He tells them not to eat any detestable thing but do eat all clean things, designating what constitutes clean and unclean animals. Lastly, Moses tells them what rules to follow around food as the people holy to the Lord God.

Intercessory Prayer: May the idolaters become a people holy to the Lord God through the Gospel preached by missionaries so that they may live holy lives.

Meditation Guide Deuteronomy 14:1-21

Foreign Rules about Mourning That Are Forbidden (v. 1-2) As the children of God, Moses tells the Israelites not to follow any foreign rules on mourning. At the time, followers of Canaanite religion believed that cutting themselves and bleeding before the dead would calm their gods. Shaving the front of the head was also a funeral rite that was closely related to Baal worship. The reason the world chooses to mourn the dead to the point of harming their body is because they live only for earthly success and happiness and they desire to protect them from death. However, as children of God, believers’ inheritance is God Himself. While believers may mourn the dead and offer comfort, they must also look to the resurrection and live for their ministry of salvation.

Do you find yourself excessively mourning for the dead to the point that you are unable to carry on with life? How can you live as a witness to the resurrection and a child of God saved by His grace? (v. 1-2)

Rules about Clean and Unclean Foods (v. 3-20) The reason food regulations are provided to the holy people of God is so that they may become aware of the notion of inner purity through food, a basic element for human life, and grow spiritually mature. Animals with a divided hoof and chew the cud, such as the ox, the sheep, the goat, may be eaten. When we do not take the Word for granted but meditate on it every day, which helps us to understand that sin leads to a broken spirit, we can apply it in our lives without stumbling and run towards salvation. It is only when we have the fins that can go up against the tide of the world and the scales that protect us from the temptations of the world that we can stand before God. To eat clean food is to stay away from falsehood, lewdness and hatred and to dwell in a faith community to live a life of worship, the Word, and service.

Do you listen and meditate on the Word as if you are chewing the cud and lamenting the sin in your heart? Is there a place from which you need to depart in order to leave a life of violence, falsehood, lewdness and hatred? (v. 4-9)

Details Regarding Food Laws (v. 21) Though the animal itself may be clean, it is advised not to eat such an animal that has been found already dead. God tells the Israelites not to eat the blood but to spill it on the ground as life is in blood(12:23-24). The same principle applies here because the animals that have died from a natural cause or have been killed by another animal have blood still in their meat. As life belongs to God, there are things believers cannot do for the sake of God and for salvation, unlike the people of the world. To cook a young goat in its mother’s milk was a violent custom of the Gentiles, who disregarded the dignity of life. They would do this for the sake of a tasty meal or for shamanistic purposes. Believers of God must abandon selfishness from their everyday life and to practice love and compassion to their neighbors and even animals and plants.

What are some things that are permissible for the people of the world but not for believers, for the sake of God’s salvation? Do you find yourself acting violently towards others for the sake of your own benefit or pleasure? (v. 21)

Prayer Lord, I ask that as a believer of God who has been granted salvation from death that I would look upon the resurrection and live according to Your unchanging principles. May I always meditate on the Word and march boldly towards my calling with a lamenting spirit. Please help me to understand that life belongs to God so that I may apply the teachings of the cross for the sake of salvation and take care of my neighbors and nature with love and compassion.

Testimony

A Divided Wedding by Sang-Geon Kim

Until I began attending church about ten years ago, I lived my life drenched in worldly meetings. Instead of prayer meetings, I was busy with gatherings of drinking and golf. I must be successful, I told myself over and over again, reminding myself that there is nothing that cannot be done if I am willing to die for it. What happened in my life, however, was a completely unexpected divided hoof - divorce. Because I lived with a sense of perfectionism, I found the gaze of the people to be the most fearful. I was embarrassed by the stamp of divorce as it felt like a divided hoof(v. 6). Trying to hide the divorce from my family, friends, and co-workers, I lived in hell for a long time.

Afterwards, once I began to belong to a faith community, I was able to remarry and have two children, but my oldest son from my ex-wife, came to live with us a little while ago. He turned 20 years old this year, and my other two children, who are in kindergarten, were overjoyed to discover that they have an older brother.

One day, when we were having a family worship service, my second son, now 7 years old, asked out of curiosity: Is my older brother from mom’s belly or someone else’s? I knew this was an issue I had to face one day - I just had not wanted that day ever to come. I answered by saying that yes, his brother was from the belly of another mom. He asked where she lived, and I answered that she lived elsewhere. He looked puzzled, then asked, Then dad, why aren’t you living with that mom? I answered that we had divorced. What is divorce? he asked, and I said that it was when two people no longer live together because they were fighting too much. My son

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