Father of Everything,
Your presence fills all of Creation.
Again today, your kingdom has come.
Again today, I join my will to your will to make earth as heaven.
Again today, you’ll give us the bread we need for your daily work,
And you’ll show mercy to us just as much as we show mercy to others.
Again today, as we face times of testing, you’ll be with us in our trials.
Todd Wynward, Rewilding the Way, p63
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21st Sunday after Pentecost
October 17, 2021 9:00 am
THE WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
*THE CHRIST LIGHT
“Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” #127
THE CALL TO WORSHIP
L: We come before God as equal in God’s sight.
P: God knows us thoroughly and loves us completely.
L: None of us is perfect and without blemish.
P: Yet God has called us God’s children and asked us to be
compassionate and responsible in our caring and witness.
L: We are called to joyful obedience in God’s realm.
P: Thanks be to God who trusts us and pours God’s abundant
love on us. AMEN.
THE SHARING OF JOYS, PRAYERS AND CONCERNS
“Lord, in your Mercy,” “Hear our prayers”
THE PASTORAL PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER
May the peace of Christ flow through you
1st SCRIPTURE Mark 10:35-45
THE CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER
Lord, everywhere we look we see the imprint of your creative love. The wondrous works of nature show your majesty. As we gather today to celebrate your love and creation, keep us mindful that we are part of that created order, meant to be stewards and not destroyers. Prepare us to work for you in ministries of peace and justice. AMEN. service.
2ndSCRIPTURE Genesis 2: 2:7-9, 18-25
THE MESSAGE Genesis Sermon Series (2) Rev. Sean Kang
“Who Are We?”
*THE HYMN “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” #557
THE RECEIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
*THE DOXOLOGY #95
*THE OFFERING PRAYER Rev. Sean Kang
*THE DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING
L: You have been called to serve the Lord with gladness.
P: Go from this place knowing that God’s blessings have been
poured on you so that you may be a blessing to others.
L: Be at peace and bring the good news of God’s love and peace
to all whom you meet.
*RESPONSE “Sanctuary” TFWS #2164
* Going into the world with the light of Christ!
* Please stand as you are able *
“The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became
a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)
The Bible Text to Be Read this Week
Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c
Genesis 2:7-9, 18-25 / October 17, 2021
Rev Sean H Kang, Pastor
Genesis 1 answers the fundamental questions of “who is God, what kind of place is the world, and what kind of beings are humans?” God is the one who blesses all things in this world. This world is a very good place in God's eyes. Human beings are noble beings created in the image of God. Although Genesis 2 looks like another creation story, it is actually dealing with one of the three themes covered in Chapter 1, and trying to delve deeper into the topic of “what kind of beings are humans?”
Who are human beings? Who are we? The definitions of human beings vary from field to field. Biologists claim that humans are eventually one of many animals. Evolutionists say that we are a group of beings that has evolved amazingly with excellent conditions for survival of the fittest. And philosophers describe them as beings who can think and as the lord of all things. If so, what does the Bible say? What does Genesis 2 define human beings as? Let’s take a look at what we essentially are through the Genesis Chapter 2.
1. A Being Who Is Finite but Eternal
Let’s look at verse 7 first. “The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” It is said that God created man from the dust of the ground. The word ‘Adam’ means ‘man.’ It means that man is a dust-like being built from ‘Adama’(dust). Adam is not a proper noun, but a pronoun representing all human existence.
On the other hand, after God created man from the dust, God breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being. Here, the breath of life is ‘the breath of God.’ We need to notice that the human body was not a living organism until the breath of God breathed in. It means that a human needs the breath of God to become a real human. Without the breath of God in us, we are just a shell, a fleeting mass of dust.
At the end, Genesis 2 explains that God made man out of ‘lower earthly matter’ called dust and ‘upper heavenly matter’ called the breath of life. What does this mean? Human beings are both finite and eternal beings. We are ephemeral and insignificant like dust, but we are also eternal and sublime beings like God. It can be summed up in the definition of being made up of a human body and soul.
In fact, I often see that in people. There are people who are too small and fragile, but have indomitable courage and wisdom. On the other hand, there are people who have great power and abilities, but get sick in an instant and die. Human beings are finite but eternal beings, and eternal but finite beings. The Bible reminds us that we are both made of dust and of the Spirit of God. Let's keep this in mind.
2. A Being Who Gives a Name
Second, Genesis 2 defines a man as a ‘being who gives name.’ Look at verse 19. “The LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.” God saw what the man names creatures God made, and when the man gave them names, they became their names.
What does this mean? Does this mean that God created man as an ‘author of name’? What does this story say about humans? If we think about the meaning of ‘naming’, we can find a clue. Giving a name to something without a name creates value to an existence that was not important to us. Wild dogs and feral cats do not have names, but domestic dogs and cats each have a name. Dogs and cats given such names by humans have a different value to us than wild dogs or wild cats.
But to give a name is more than just to give a name to an unnamed object. There are things that we consider meaningless and worthless. They are failures, hardships, and diseases. But what if we name failure a ‘learning experience,’ disease an ‘alarm for a healthy life,’ and hardship a ‘process to become into gold.’ Then, what we considered worthless turns into something valuable, and a new creation takes place. Giving a name means participating in God’s creative work.
The same goes for people. There are people we don't pay much attention to: the poor, the powerless, and the uncomfortable. We treat them like nameless people. But giving them a new name makes them valuable beings. We could call the poor ‘the victim of my greed,’ the powerless ‘people who need my care,’ and the uncomfortable ‘people who can refine my character'. Giving a name like this is to turn things that were considered worthless into valuable ones.
I will introduce a poem that I tried to introduce in the last Bible study class, but did not properly introduce it. It is a Korean poem called <The Flower> by Kim Chun-su.
Before I called her name,
she was nothing more than a gesture.
When I called her name,
she came to me
and became a flower.
Like I called her name,
will someone please call my name
that suits my light and fragrance?
I, too, long to come to her
and become her flower.
We all long to be something.
You, to me, and I, to you,
long to become a gaze that won’t be forgotten.
3. A Being Who Loves and Helps Each Other
Third, Genesis 2 defines a man as a ‘being who loves and helps each other.’ Let’s look at verse 18 and 21-22. “The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” … So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.”
This text is often regarded as a text for young men and women who are about to get married. That's why it's often read at weddings. It is natural. In this text, however, man does not simply refer to ‘male’, but means ‘person in general.’ Remember that the word Adam is a word meaning ‘human being.’ Therefore, this text needs to be viewed not only as a message that describes the relationship between a man and a woman, but also as a message that describes the essence of all human relationships.
The core message of the text is that it is not good for the man to be alone. Again, it is not a matter of living single or married, but fundamentally that human beings live in relationships. So, how do we build a relationship? The text describes it as ‘being helper.’ We shouldn't just meet people for a certain need, but we should love each other and become helpers who fill each other's shortcomings because we were originally one, not separate beings.
The description that God made a woman from a man’s rib does not express woman’s inferiority or subordination to man, but rather it expresses that man and woman belong to each other and are connected to each other because the Hebrew word for rib means ‘part of a being.’ That is, you are a part of me, and I am a part of you. It means that we are one and belong to each other. Let us confess to each other that you are ‘bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.’
What kind of beings are humans? Who are we? Today, we looked at the answer to this question through Genesis 2. Let’s remember. Although we are made of dust, we are the beings that hold the breath of God, and we are finite but eternal. Also, we are the beings who continue the work of God's new creation, giving names to meaningless and worthless things. And we are not separate beings, but originally one being. You are bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. I am bone of your bones and flesh of your flesh.
We started studying the Genesis last week. Personally, what is regrettable is that many people cannot participate in Bible study. So, I thought, if I prepare the sermon series with Genesis, everybody could follow up the core messages of Genesis, and we could walk together on the journey of words on the same page. So, I am going to preach continuously in Genesis except during major seasons.
Today, as the first sermon, I would like to deal with the profound words in Genesis Chapter 1. If you look at the preface of any book, you can see what the book is about and what it is trying to deal with. The Bible is a vast book that binds 66 books, and Genesis is the first book among them. And Genesis Chapter 1 corresponds to the preface to this vast book. Therefore, in Chapter 1 of Genesis, we can look into the outline of the entire Bible as to what the Bible is about and what it intends to deal with.
As we know, Genesis 1 introduces the story of God's creation of heaven and earth in the beginning. However, the story does not intend to introduce the creation event that took place at the first time in the universe from a scientific point of view. Therefore, we should not seek scientific information about the origin of the universe here. It is not intended by the Bible. Then, what does the Bible want to say through the story of creation? It intends to talk about the spiritual origin of God, man, and the world.
Who is God? What kind of beings are humans? What kind of place is the world? The answers to these questions are the very theme of Genesis Chapter 1 and the entire Bible. ‘God, man, and the world,’ these are the subjects of the Bible and Genesis 1. I'm going to deal with these three subjects in reverse order today. What kind of place is this world? What kind of beings are humans? Who is God? Let’s hear what Genesis Chapter 1 says.
What Kind of Place Is the World?
Genesis 1:2 describes the world before God created heaven and earth in this way. “The earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” However, when God said to this world full of chaos and emptiness, where darkness was over the surface, the world of chaos and emptiness turned into the world of order and life, and the dark world was filled with bright light. This process lasted six days. Genesis 1 expresses this process through a repetitive pattern.
First, God’s order was issued. It’s an expression that starts with “God said...” Then, as God said, everything was created: “it was so.”Then, the evaluation of God’s creation continued: “God saw that it was good.” Finally, the date was mentioned: “there was evening, and there was morning--the first day (the second day, the third day etc...)” This pattern, which introduced the process of creation, clearly showed what the creation story intended.
The creation story did not intend to introduce the detailed information of the creation work on how God created it through what process. Rather, it tried to emphasize that God was fundamentally the genuine master of this world, and that this world was originally such a ‘good world.’ In the text, there is something God said every day while creating the world. “It’s good!” Good! Good! Good! It’s repeated over and over again seven times. It is a message that we should not miss in the creation story.
What kind of place is the world? The creation story declares this: this world is a wonderful place for God to admire! Although we often look at this world pessimistically, the creation story reminds us that it was a good place and asks us not to just live pessimistically in a destroyed and corrupted world, but to restore the original world that was so good in God’s eyes. I hope that our lives can contribute to restoring the good and wonderful world that God created.
What Kind of Beings Are Humans?
On the sixth day of creation, God created man. However, there were two things that were different from the description of the creatures God had created so far. The first difference was an exceptionally long description. It was clearly longer than the descriptions of other creatures. As in general, when the Bible emphasized something, length was important. In books like Kings, some kings were described in a single line, but King David was introduced in dozens of chapters. This means that human beings were emphasized as being more special than other creatures.
The second difference was the method of creation. All other creatures were created by God's word, but man was made in God's image and in God's likeness. Let’s see verse 26. “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.” The plural of ‘us’ here does not refer to angels or to the Trinity, as is commonly known. Hebrew uses the plural form to express ‘a very noble being.’ Therefore, human beings are very noble beings created in the image of God.
If verse 26 is God’s sketch for creating man, verse 27 is explaining that God created man according to the sketch. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him.” This statement has two important implications. First, it means that human beings have ‘divine DNA’ called the image of God (Imago Dei), and secondly, it means that humans are fundamentally inseparable from God.
After all, what kind of beings are humans? Genesis 1 answers: Human are beings that have God’s DNA and that can never be separated from God! Let's remember. No matter how hard we try, we cannot be separated from God. Rather, we must preserve the divine DNA within us. Let's remember one more thing. Whether we are Eastern or Western, poor or rich, Christian or Muslim, without exception, we are all noble beings with God’s DNA. So respecting each other is not something special, it is a natural thing.
Who Is God?
We can define who God is in various ways, but it is worth paying attention to the very intentional emphasis of Genesis 1. It is emphasized three times in the text, and it is ‘God who blesses’. Let's look at verse 22 first. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” This is a scene where God, who continued his creation ministry, blessed everything he had created until the fifth day.
Also in verse 28, God created man and woman on the sixth day and blessed them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” This is a scene where God blesses humans. On the seventh day, God had finished the work he had been doing and rested from all his work. The special point is that he blessed the seventh day and made it holy. God blessed even the day of the Sabbath. During the last three days of creation, He proclaimed blessings not only to all creatures and humans, but also to the Sabbath.
In the days of the first readers of Genesis, the gods of the Ancient Near East were mostly ‘gods of judgment and punishment.’ They were terrifying gods who mercilessly punished people when they sinned and judged them when they did wrong. Therefore, the motive of their religious life was fear, and they worshiped God to avoid judgment and punishment. Genesis 1 intentionally emphasizes that God is completely different from such gods. God blesses all creatures, humans, and even rest.
Who is God? Genesis 1 answers: He is the one who blesses and blesses and blesses. God is not judging and punishing humans. He is essentially the One who loves and blesses all that He has created. Therefore, the relationship with God should be a relationship of deep trust and close friendship, not a relationship of one-sided obedience and service. God should not be treated like the gods of the ancient Near East. Let's remember God is the one who blesses and blesses and blesses us.
Genesis was written around the end of the Babylonian Exile. For the Jews at that time, the world was a hopeless place, humans were unreliable, and God was the one who punished them. The message of Genesis encouraged them to rethink the world, humans, and God. The creation story tells them that the world is a good place in God’s eyes, that humans are beings in the image of God, and that God is the one of love and blessing. This message kindled a fire in the souls of the desperate Jews.
I think that modern people’s perceptions are similar to those of Jews at the end of the Babylonian captivity. Today many people are pessimistic about the world and humans, and view God as a god who punishes and judges. We need to meditate on the creation story again. Let’s remember. The world is a good place in the sight of God. Humans are noble beings with the divine DNA of God. God is not a judge, but the one who blesses, blesses, and blesses.
The Pandemic of 2020 leaves us with with much to think about; the deaths of so many people, worldwide and in our country. How do we incorporate this major catastrophe into our psyches and lives?
Making frequent spaces in our "busy" lives helps us to "catch our breath" and to rearrange what is important to us. We've learned life is fragile. We've learned what is precious. We've learned to pay attention to the brevity of our own existence.
What a better place than to visit a cemetery near us to meditate and contemplate our own existence.
Memorial Day is coming. Grass needs mowed. Iris are blooming. Spring is bursting forth all around us. Bees 'a humming, birds 'a chirping,and humans are breathing again without masks! We have arrived ... we are home!
We have much for which to be grateful. Each day let us commit to give thanks, to be mindful of our breath in prayer, to pray for one another, and continue our walk in the Light. It's time to discipline ourselves with acts of compassion to everyone as we remember our ancestors for whom we've come.
While you are alive! that is! Phew! You thought I made a mistake. Nope, but ... Our own spot will come soon enough. But for now take time to connect your past to the present as your live, appreciating the now.
These Old Oaks, were here before we were born. The Mountain range in the distance eons before that. The land on which we stand has seen many cultures and is sacred ground. All cultures, all ground, all humanity is sacred.
And life goes continues
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Rev. Sean Kang graduated from the Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul and became an ordained minister from the Eastern Conference of the Korean Methodist Church. He served as an Associate Pastor in a Methodist Church in Seoul, then moved to Canada in 2000, where he studied Spiritual Theology and Spiritual Direction at the University of Toronto. While studying there, he began a new church for college students and young adults and served there for five years.
Rev. Kang accepted an invitation by the Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington and moved to Virginia in 2006; where he served as an Associate Pastor for seven years. In the spring of 2013, he started a new church in Ashburn, Virginia, and spent six years as it's Leading Pastor. Rev. Kang is very interested in Contemplative Spirituality and Spiritual Formation. In this context, his pastoral focus is geared toward spiritual sermons, spiritual exercises, and prayer practices.
We look forward to Rev. Kang's ministry with us ... as our journey continues.
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