02.24.2021 – Animal Meat
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Message: Immanuel Church Sunday Worship, 1st Service- 08/02/2020
Title: Animal Meat
Scripture: Leviticus 11:1-8
>> The coronavirus pandemic is going for a long time, but there are also many important things. I’m experiencing through this coronavirus that there are many things we need to reinforce and repair. In actuality, even without the coronavirus, you need to wash your hands often. Even if you do just that, you can evade most diseases and sickness. Perhaps God sent the coronavirus to tell you to wash your hands more often, because you aren’t doing it enough. And not only that, there are many places where viruses spread. Sometimes, we just figure, “I guess I just have a cold”, but there are more severe illnesses that actually exist. It’s through this coronavirus that we’re able to realize all this. And there are many things that need to be fixed in our facilities as well. Because of this coronavirus, we took a look at a lot of our facilities and there are so many things to repair to the point where we thought, “If we didn’t do this, we would have been in much trouble”. When I saw our RUTC buildings, apart from the small things, I saw that almost all of it was poorly constructed. We’re confirming and repairing all this because of the coronavirus. There could have been great trouble if we didn’t do that. For example, the big speakers on the ceilings of our RUTC building. What would happen if that fell on top of people? They had temporarily hung them up with ropes that would eventually break loose. It really is the Lord’s grace. And in the past, people would just walk in and out with no order, but now everyone has to write all their information down before coming in. In actuality, that’s what we should have already been doing. We have to compare the lists and confirm everyone. Because in the case someone turns out to be sick, we have to confirm who was here and everything. That’s why we need to check the names of everyone who comes in. So that takes up a lot of time.
People who think about this are patient and understand, but those who don’t really think are complaining and wondering why it takes so long.
>> During the 40 years of their travel in the wilderness, everything came to the surface and was exposed. When I look at the national characteristics of our Korean people and many other people, I assume, “God might let the coronavirus last for a little longer”. Because of this, everything is being raised to the surface. The 40 years in the wilderness was a very dangerous path. As they were on this path, everything was exposed and revealed. But on the other hand, God was giving all the blessings. Today, you need to hold on to the covenant well. You must have success in the wilderness. What do you think? You need to hold on to this word. I say this to the remnants. They might say, “I’m in such a difficult environment”. That’s where you need to succeed. Why? Because God has prepared everything there. You must not fall into misconceptions. “I go to work, but it’s too difficult.” That’s where you need to have victory. Why? Because that’s where God has a plan. Maybe God might have a better plan and tell you to move from there, but you must absolutely hold on to the covenant well.
>> God has been perfectly explaining everything about the tabernacle and all the holy articles that are inside. Now, it’s about what to eat. There’s something very important in today’s scripture about the food. He tells them what they should and should not eat. If that’s how you understand this, it’s right, but there wouldn’t be any answers. In other words, what is that? Simply speaking? “Comprise your diet with the meat that is similar to the meta that was given as an offering in the tabernacle.” Simply put, He’s saying, “Don’t eat things like raccoons and bats”. Things like that. “Don’t eat rabbits. Don’t eat pig.” But people eat pig/pork these days? Let’s talk about that later. It hasn’t been that long since refrigerators came out. In the past, if people at these, there would have been problems. Some people say, “Eat salt” or “Don’t eat salt”, but that’s because they don’t know. Before the invention of the refrigerator, if you didn’t eat salt, you would die right away. But if you have too much today, you’ll fall ill and die. These words were given by God because they’re very important.
>> There’s something that we need to talk about first in the introduction today.
What is the reason why God gave so many covenants like this in the wilderness? We need to go over 3 things in the introduction before we move on.
① He’s saying, “Actualize the spiritual things inside your life.” Remember that. “Actualize the things of God in the wilderness.” This isn’t simply just about food. Don’t ever be discouraged. In the hardships that you face, actualize/put into practice the spiritual things of God. Because you’re so frustrated, you get deceived. Don’t be deceived. In the place where you’re frustrated, actualize and put into practice the spiritual things of God. That’s what this means. Everything in the wilderness was important, but God is saying, “Restore real/true success. Gain your health there too.” This the message that God is giving to you. What does that mean? To actualize the spiritual things inside of your life? We have to talk a bit about people who have to do with Egypt before moving on, right? Joseph faced only unfair things in Egypt. With no fault of his own, he was sold into slavery. When a hardship has come, even if you enjoy the covenant for just 5 minutes, a 100-year answer comes. You must absolutely keep this in mind. When hardships, misunderstandings, or conflicts come to you, answers get pushed to the back, but if you grab hold of the covenant there, a 100-year answer absolutely comes. “Brothers, you did not sell me as a slave. God has sent me here. I will succeed here.” That’s right. That’s what we’re talking about. And he did have success. How aggrieved was he when he was sent to prison? There, the moment he held on to the covenant, he received more than a hundred years’ worth of answers. The works of that are still arising now. Today, you must grab hold of the answer in a brief moment.
>> What do you think? Moses. An astonishing thing happened. When he grew up, he realized he wasn’t an Egyptian. Isn’t that so? After he was weaned, he was sent to Egypt, but he realized that that wasn’t his home country. He realized that he had no sense of identity there either. But he discovered. It’s explained this way in Hebrews chapter 11. Moses discarded all forms of glory in Egypt for the sake of Christ. It looks like just one moment, but it’s not momentary at all. It’s the “today” within eternity, so what kind of problem are you facing today? While trying to break up a fight, he hit an Egyptian, who ended up dying. That’s why he fled to Midian. It’s a shocking thing. But it’s important. “In your field, your life, actualize the spiritual things that nobody knows of.” That’s where he recorded Genesis. He discovered a tremendous message. Then, he took the Israelites out of Egypt, did he not? What kind of works took place? As they’re traveling through the wilderness, they’re in much anxiety and hardships continue to come. That’s not it. It was the time when God gave them answers, more than a hundred years’ worth, moment by moment. May you hold on to the covenant. In the wilderness. Then that’s it.
② And what else? He was saying, “Don’t only eat the bread of heaven, but eat the bread of life.” While the Israelites went through the wilderness, God gave them manna. During their journey, God also provided them with quail. God even allowed water to appear. What does this mean? God is telling you not to be afraid in the wilderness and that there is this bread of life.
③ And what else today? He spoke even about the physical food. He was saying, “Only eat the meat of animals that have a parted hoof and is cloven-footed”. And among them, only the ones that chew the cud. “Don’t eat any animal/meat that doesn’t meet one of these conditions.” Right now, we’re living in an age where this doesn’t matter sanitarily, but there is a tremendous thing inside of this message. Simply put, the words, “hoof” and “cud” are what’s important.
1.Meal/Diet of the Wilderness→ Covenantal table of the Exodus that will bring spiritual victory
>> First. God is speaking about the meal/diet of the wilderness that makes you spiritually triumphant, like the things you offer on the altar. What is that? The moment they spread the blood of the lamb and ate that food, they came out through the Exodus. So the point of that message isn’t “Eat this kind of meat and don’t eat that kind of meat”. They needed to flee to the fearsome and distant path of the wilderness. “Eat the unleavened bread.” The food was different. What is the food that you need to eat today? It’s different. “Don’t eat something else. Eat the food through which you can have spiritual victory.” Why is that? Because your wilderness life is already a field in which you actualize the spiritual things. In the life path of a child of God, the bread of life has already been prepared. So even though there was a lot more to eat, God told them to eat that specifically to signify that day when they spread the blood of the lamb. They passed through the wilderness while eating the unleavened bread. That’s not all. During their travel, God gave them wheat and grains through the 3 Feasts. In other words, what does this mean? It means, “Have the diet through which you can have spiritual victory.” Don’t worry today. First have the spiritual diet through which you can have spiritual victory.” That’s what this means.
2.Meal/Diet of the Tabernacle→ In the wilderness, eat the meal that was in the tabernacle and gain strength.
>> What’s the second? Why does God tell them to eat of what is cloven-footed and chews the cud? This is the table (of food) for the tabernacle, isn’t it? If you try to interpret each word, it’ll be too complicated and you won’t be able to. But you must understand the Bible simply. This covenant is the table/meal that came out of Egypt and the table/meal of the tabernacle that went on the path of the wilderness. What’s in the tabernacle? The ark of the covenant. The promise of life was in there. It also had bread. It had the spiritual bread of life. It had the light of life. And there was incense that saves life. It also had water that saves lives. Isn’t that so? It also had the courtyards that saves many people. There was also oil. This is the worship that was in the tabernacle, isn’t that so? This is where they gave the burnt offering. This is where they had the grain offering. This is also where they gave the peace offering. This is where they gave the sin offering. And this is where they gave the guilt offering.
>> What does this mean? “Eat that food. In that way, gain strength and be victorious.” It holds tremendous meaning. And whenever they had the 3 Feasts, they gathered together. “Eat that bread of life and physical bread and gain strength in the wilderness.” If you hold on to the covenant well today, what kind of works take place? Tremendous works take place in the spiritual realm. The average person doesn’t know this. Even believers don’t know this so how can the average person know this? There are even some pastors who don’t know this. So how could they know? It’s quite ridiculous to see them use their wiles and rack their brains. They’re people who know nothing about the spiritual world. They try to rack their brains to use their wiles. They really don’t know the spiritual realm/world. I hope you hold to the covenant today. Simply speaking, “Eat the food of the Exodus. Don’t eat useless things. Eat the food that was in the tabernacle, on your path in the wilderness.”
3.Meal/Diet of the Tents→ You must eat the food of the offering/sacrifice that was given in the temple, triumph in the wilderness, nature, and save posterity.
>> And what is the final, third thin? “Eat this food in your own tent.” It’s tremendous, isn’t it? The animal He’s referring to, the one with a parted hoof that chews the cud, is the animal that was given during the burnt offering. And the grain that they gave during the grain offering. God is telling them to eat that and gain strength. Why? Because they need to travel through the wilderness. What’s another reason? They needed to fight against nature. They needed strength. When going through the wilderness, you need the strength that God gives. And why else? To save the next generation. The covenant that you lose hold of, the one you don’t think much of, brings tremendous loss to the next generation. It looks like you’re facing hardships right now, but not only does the covenant you hold to now bring a 100-year answer, it absolutely affects the next generation as well. You must not be deceived. God has guided us for the last 10 years and is now guiding us to a new location. To be accurate, it’s not something that we accomplished. If it had not been us, things could have gone even better, but because of us, God gave us this much grace. Isn’t that so? Many workers misunderstand like that. God needs to give you grace for you to live.
>> I remember even now. There was someone my age who was very good at studying. He studied so well to the point where he was first place in the entire grade from the beginning to the end. So of course, he could go to a good university. But on the day of the college entrance exam, he got sick. He couldn’t go to college. He couldn’t go even after that. He had a serious disease. On the day of the exam. So I thought, “There’s not a single person who can live without God’s grace.” It really was so unfortunate. He was a fine individual, but that’s what happened to him. Right now, we’re walking through the wilderness. It can be difficult. Sometimes, we’re hungry, cold, or hot. That’s why God promised.
>> If you lose hold of this important introduction, you’ll lose hold of the main portion too.
In the wilderness, eat the bread of heaven that actualizes the spiritual things in your life, which is more important than just eating. What does it mean? That God gave them quail and manna? “Don’t worry about the physical food. Eat the bread of life.” He was saying, “Don’t be afraid. Because your physical body is important, don’t eat the useless things. Eat this.” Then the main message/content would be, “What must we eat?”, isn’t that so? Eat the meal of the Exodus. Isn’t that so? You must firmly hold to the covenant. He was telling them to eat the meal/food that was in the tabernacle. “Take exactly that and eat it in your own tents.” God truly is kind and specific. He’s taking that spiritual blessing and driving it to their home.
>> If that is so, your meal time is a very important time. The Jewish people conquered the world and they consider time to be the most important thing. Among the books about the Jewish people, there’s one you can read easily called, <The Jewish Way of Doing Business> (by Den Fujita). It may seem like a book that’s just about business, but there’s a lot to learn. The thing that remained in my head was, “dictate time”. What that means is that they plan their schedule/time table as soon as they wake up. It’s talking about that time. And they do everything according to what they plan. If a friend unexpectedly comes, they won’t meet them. Most times, when a friend comes, you’d go out to meet them. But they don’t meet that friend because they didn’t call ahead. Because it doesn’t go with the “dictate time”. They really value time. It’s to this extent. But for these people, their meal time, in a day, is 6 hours. So as I read the book, I thought, “This really is something else.” That means that each meal is about 2 hours long for them. In our case, we finish our meal in 10 minutes. Rev. Eun Chu Chung finishes his meal in 5 minutes. But they have 2 hours of meal time. These people, who value time so much. Why do they spend 2 hours for each meal? I read about the reason. They don’t just eat during that time. A tremendous time of forum goes back and forth during that time. They would even use images on the wall behind them to explain things. There are even some people who eat while lying down because they need to eat slowly and a lot. They have these presentations behind them and eat their meals while looking at that for 2 hours. They would also have panoramas behind them. I thought about a lot of things. Even with the preparation of a meal, you can cure or even kill diseases. So this means that the Jewish people know that very well and are doing exactly as the Bible teaches.
>> This meal time is a time in which you can gain the mystery of prayer and answers. During this meal time, you hold on to world evangelization. I’ve experienced this before as well. When I was young, my mother would take me to the adult services for worship and sometimes, that would drive me crazy. And when we were eating, she would basically have me forum about the message. How could I talk about it when I didn’t even listen? So starting from then, I would listen and bring back something to share because that’s I needed to eat. Honestly speaking, I thought I was going crazy. But that wasn’t it. The more time passed, as I realized the Gospel, answers came. So there’s not a single thing in the Bible that’s incorrect. How important is your meal time? This isn’t just about food or eating. There’s a tremendous message here. This contains the meal of the Exodus and the meal of the tabernacle.
>> When Esther was saving her nation, what did she do? When all the Israelites were about to die, Esther didn’t simply just go to King Ahasuerus to receive some kind of advice. When the king asked her why she came, what did she say? She said, “I’m preparing a great banquet/feast in my home. Will you come?”. So the king said yes. The king was there at the feast, but it’s not like he was there because he didn’t have anything to eat. This dining time is a time for tremendous forum. You’re going to need to restore many things. When you give worship, praise, and give offering, that time isn’t just any time. During the time when you give offering, you shouldn’t just be doing it. That’s when you’re giving your sacrifice to God. You’re that blessing exactly that way and eating it in your home.
So the king asked her. Because he knew that eating wasn’t the issue. He asked her what she needed. Esther gave the same response once more. “I’m going to have another feast tomorrow. Can you come?” The king said yes. That’s what this meal time is. So the king went again. Did the king have nothing to eat? Did he have no place to eat? That wasn’t what this was about. He asked the important question. “What is it?” That’s when Esther responded. “One person has conspired and now all the Jews are about to die.” The king knew because he was the one who sealed it. He asked, “But what about it?” She told him that all of that was a lie. “It’s a conspiracy that was planned by one person.” The king was so shocked. He asked, “How could this be?”. She said something that made the king almost pass out. That’s when she said. “I too, am a Jew.” All the Jews were about to be killed and she revealed that she was also a Jew. The king was so shocked and angry. He asked who did such a thing. And Esther said, “It’s Haman.” It says that the king was so angry that he couldn’t breathe properly. He had to step outside. These things, God’s amazing works, arose at the dining table.
>> There’s a need for you to have new thoughts today. What would be the best way for us to have our dining table? It needs to be a table of the Exodus, through which we were saved, and the table of the covenant. It must be the dining table of the tabernacle on which the Word of God is fulfilled. What does that mean? It needs to be a dining table of the tents, that can save our next generation. “My family doesn’t even believe. How can I do it?” You must hold on to the covenant today. My mother was the only one who was a believer, but my entire family was evangelized. I said before, didn’t I? I talked about the person who evangelized the most in Busan. They passed away because they were elderly, but that person went to Yongdusan (Park) every day to evangelize. I explained the reason before. He had a daughter-in-law who was a believer. I guess these people considered believing in Jesus to be a strange thing. He beat his daughter-in-law because she went to church. That senior deaconess (the daughter-in-law) gave her testimony. She said that she really prayed. Every time she prepared a meal, she put down the cross and really prayed. You must know that your covenantal prayers bring about astounding works. Did she have any other strength? She just prayed as she scooped up the rice. Her father-in-law, who beat her, and her husband, who suggested that they both just die, both became elders later on. The person who beat her was the one who was always at Yongdusan Park, evangelizing. I went to his house before and he had a notebook with a list of people who accepted Jesus.
>> God gave us such a detailed, elaborate message today. We just eat our meals. We wash everything haphazardly as well. Because whatever it is, we don’t know the significance of it. We come to church and just sing our hymns. That’s not it. When you give your offering, you just do it without thinking much about it. But that’s not it. You’re giving the sacrifice. When you praise God, you’re standing before Him, giving the greatest glory. The force of darkness is being bound. This is a tremendous thing. These are the things that happen the moment you really hold on to God’s Word, the covenant. Even though I’ve only realized this covenant, this Word, just a little bit, I have assurance. Through worship, God is giving you the blessing of the Exodus, the blessing of the tabernacle, and the blessing of the tent when you return. Where did Jesus give his last message? It was at the table, during the last supper. That’s when he gave a tremendously important message. It’s the same thing.
>> You must know that the path of the wilderness, that you’re on today, is the path that fulfills God’s greatest will. Hold on to the covenant. If you have a hardship, that’s God’s sign that you need to be successful (through that) in the wilderness. Perhaps you think it’s ambiguous. But it’s not like that at all. Holding on to this covenant, we need to help the people of the world who are unaware of this. We need to save Egypt that thinks it has tremendous power. We have to save those 7 tribes in Canaan, that only know about what to eat. We need to save Babylon and Rome. The ones who are in the misconception that they’ve achieved great success. What happened to Egypt now? They misunderstood. Where is Babylon right now? They misunderstood. In this moment, when we’ve held to the eternal covenant and received God’s Word, the works of God are being fulfilled. I hope you really hold on to that covenant. Then when you go back to your field, you see things that shouldn’t be. If you don’t get deceived by that, a 100-year answer comes. I bless you in the name of the Lord, that today is that day.
>> Don’t just think about your worries, problems, or prayer topics, but put them down before God’s covenant today. You’ll be surprised. The time of worship is the time when you receive the most answers. I prayed during worship. “God, this is really not right. Lead me to a church where I can really share the Gospel. Send me to the church where I can really do the Gospel Movement. Wherever it is, I can go.” I did have in my heart, “Not to the countryside though” because it just really isn’t for me. But I prayed, “Send me to a place where I can relay the Gospel.” God really led me only to the places that shared the Gospel. Then does that mean I didn’t have anything after that? No. God gave me all the blessings to do world evangelization as I met you. Today, briefly, hold on to the covenant. Holding on to the covenant during worship is better than going to the mountain to pray 10 times. Fasting prayer is needed as well, but you must hold on to the covenant during the time of worship. Let us pray.
God, may today be the important time of the wilderness. Help us to hold to the meal of the Exodus today. In our path in the wilderness, help us to restore the meal of the tabernacle. Help us to restore the meal of the tent that will save the future. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.