Thankful for the Unshakable Kingdom Sarsılmaz Egemenlik için Şükürler Minnettar Olmak

This week in America is a celebration:  Thanksgiving.

While we are not an American church, I want to share about how important it is to be thankful.

In many cases, thankfulness is the antidote to anger, fear, confusion, frustration and doubt. When we are able to give thanks, rather than to give in to fear, etc. our lives are changed.

We must be people who give thanks.

There are several Bible verses about giving thanks, and today I want to present a couple of verses.

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Hebrews 12:28,29

28 Böylece sarsılmaz bir egemenliğe kavuştuğumuz için minnettar olalım. Öyle ki, Tanrı’yı hoşnut edecek biçimde saygı ve korkuyla tapınalım. 29 Çünkü Tanrımız yakıp yok eden bir ateştir.

İbraniler 12:28,29

PRAY

The Unshakeable Kingdom Sarsılmaz Egemenlik

According to this verse, the original readers of the book of Hebrews were receiving an unshakable kingdom (and so are we).  Those who originally read this letter would most likely have heard Jesus’ teaching regarding prayer.

This is because the gospels of Luke and Matthew which present what we call the “Lord’s Prayer” were already written and being circulated among the churches.

I find that I so often am thinking of the Lord’s Prayer in life.

Jesus taught us to pray like this

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’

for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13

“Bunun için siz şöyle dua edin:

‘Göklerdeki Babamız,

Adın kutsal kılınsın.

10 Egemenliğin gelsin.

Gökte olduğu gibi, yeryüzünde de

Senin istediğin olsun.

11 Bugün bize gündelik ekmeğimizi ver.

12 Bize karşı suç işleyenleri bağışladığımız gibi,

Sen de bizim suçlarımızı bağışla.

13 Ayartılmamıza izin verme.

Bizi kötü olandan kurtar.

Çünkü egemenlik, güç ve yücelik

Sonsuzlara dek senindir! Amin

Matta 6:9-13

So specifically, I want us to consider these words from that prayer:

“This, then, is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven, … …

   your kingdom come, … …

   on earth as it is in heaven … …’”

Matthew 6:9, 10

“Bunun için siz şöyle dua edin:

‘Göklerdeki Babamız, … …

Egemenliğin gelsin, … …

Gökte olduğu gibi, yeryüzünde de … …’”

 Matta 6:9, 10

There is a good chance that the first readers of the book of Hebrews were already praying this prayer and understood that the unshakeable kingdom is already here.  And let US continue to pray as we are going to receive this.

As we read this verse, we need to notice the term, “therefore?” “Therefore” is there for a reason. It tells us that what precedes this verse is related to this statement.

In the verses immediately preceding this verse the writer draws a distinction between the lives of the previous believers and holy people compared to our lives.

Here are some examples:

By faith [Abraham] made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Hebrews 11:9-10

İman sayesinde [İbrahim] bir yabancı olarak vaat edilen ülkeye yerleşti. Aynı vaadin ortak mirasçıları olan İshak ve Yakup’la birlikte çadırlarda yaşadı. 10 Çünkü mimarı ve kurucusu Tanrı olan temelli kenti bekliyordu.

 İbraniler 11:9-10

Abraham lived in tents but was looking forward to something that God would build.

Tents are not unshakeable. I thought of something else that is similar to Abraham’s tents: visas and residence permits are also not unshakeable.

Tents are nice and they are mobile, but have you ever been in a tent during a storm? Remember, they are NOT unshakeable.  On several occasions I have been in tents during storms and it is not easy.  As a child, my family and I were camping once and the wind was so intense that I went back to the car to sleep through the night. When I awoke, I saw that the tent had fallen on top of my brother and my father.

Another time I was with a group from church and we were camping in the mountains. One of the tents actually blew away in the wind (it was empty). We never found it.

Here is another verse about those who were before us:

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Hebrews 11:13-16

13 Bu kişilerin hepsi imanlı olarak öldüler. Vaat edilenlere kavuşamadılarsa da bunları uzaktan görüp selamladılar, yeryüzünde yabancı ve konuk olduklarını açıkça kabul ettiler. 14 Böyle konuşanlar bir vatan aradıklarını gösteriyorlar. 15 Ayrıldıkları ülkeyi düşünselerdi, geri dönmeye fırsatları olurdu. 16 Ama onlar daha iyisini, yani göksel olanı arzu ediyorlardı. Bunun içindir ki, Tanrı onların Tanrısı olarak anılmaktan utanmıyor. Çünkü onlara bir kent hazırladı.

İbraniler 11:13-16

They were longing for something unshakable and followed God for this. Abraham and all of the others were searching for this, and they saw it from afar.  We see this kingdom, now, as we have found Jesus.  Those who had gone before: Noah; Jacob and Joseph were looking for the unshakeable kingdom of God.

Jesus began his ministry announcing this Kingdom:

Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Mark 1:14, 15

İsa, Tanrı’nın Müjdesi’ni duyura duyura Celile’ye gitti. 15 “Zaman doldu” diyordu, “Tanrı’nın Egemenliği yaklaştı. Tövbe edin, Müjde’ye inanın!”

Markos 1:14, 15

This kingdom is what all were looking for, previously. And kingdoms were established, but they ended: Saul’s; David’s and Solomon’s.  What they sought, we have, what they were looking for, we have found, and what they predicted, we know has been fulfilled.

It required faith for those before Jesus to pursue God’s coming kingdom, just as it requires faith for us, today, to receive it.

Yet, if we could bring one of those Old Testament prophets to the future and sit down with them, we could ask them what they were pursuing. He would tell us of the kingdom to come to come, and we could tell him that the Kingdom that has come in Jesus.

The Consuming Fire / Yakıcı Ateş

When the Hebrews were at the base of Mt Horeb (aka Sinai), they were afraid of the cloud on the mountain that looked like fire.

15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, 16 and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. 17 To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain.

Exodus 24:15-17

15 Musa dağa çıkınca, bulut dağı kapladı. 16 RAB’bin görkemi Sina Dağı’nın üzerine indi. Bulut dağı altı gün örttü. Yedinci gün RAB bulutun içinden Musa’ya seslendi. 17 RAB’bin görkemi İsrailliler’e dağın doruğunda yakıcı bir ateş gibi görünüyordu.

Mısır’dan Çıkış 24:15-17

This “consuming fire” caused fear in the hearts of the Hebrews, and they didn’t want to come near God. As well, God doesn’t want sinful man to come near him.  He allowed Moses, but there were limits. When Moses asked God to show him His glory, God agreed to a point, as God said to Moses:

20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

Exodus 33:20

20 Ancak, yüzümü görmene izin veremem. Çünkü yüzümü gören yaşayamaz.”

Mısır’dan Çıkış 33:20

Though the people were afraid of the cloud in which God was, and they saw it as a “consuming fire,” and yet Moses, went into the cloud.  I cannot imagine anyone wanting to go into something that looked dangerous.  Yet, firefighters and police are trained to enter dangerous places.

In response to the fear of the Hebrews, God spoke this through Moses to the people:

15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.”

17 The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.”

Deuteronomy 18:15-18

15 Tanrınız RAB size aranızdan, kendi kardeşlerinizden benim gibi bir peygamber çıkaracak. Onu dinleyin. 16 Horev’de toplandığınız gün Tanrınız RAB’den şunu dilemiştiniz: ‘Bir daha ne Tanrımız RAB’bin sesini duyalım, ne de o büyük ateşi görelim, yoksa ölürüz.’ 17 RAB bana, ‘Söyledikleri doğrudur’ dedi. 18 ‘Onlara kardeşleri arasından senin gibi bir peygamber çıkaracağım. Sözlerimi onun ağzından işiteceksiniz. Kendisine buyurduklarımın tümünü onlara bildirecek.

Yasa’nın Tekrarı 18:15-18

Because God’s presence is too difficult to be tolerated by sinful man, God promised to send a greater prophet than Moses and God’s Word would be in Him. Jesus was sent so we could see God and live.

Jesus, the Consuming Fire and the Unshakable Kingdom / İsa, Yakıcı Ateş ve Sarsılmaz Egemenlik

Jesus is known as “the Word of God.”  Jesus is shown by Scriptures to be greater than the angels, even Gabriel;  and greater than all of the prophets, even Moses. He is the greatest High Priest of all.  Referring to the previous prophecies about himself, Jesus said,

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”

John 8:56

56 Babanız İbrahim günümü göreceği için sevinçle coşmuştu. Gördü ve sevindi.”

Yuhanna 8:56

There was an occasion that is referred to several times in the Bible known as the transfiguration. This was when Jesus and three of his disciples, Peter, James and John, when to the top of a mountain. While they were there, Jesus was transfigured, which meant that his divinity was shown and his glory was revealed. On this occasion, Jesus changed in such a way that his face was as bright at the sun and his clothing was whiter than bleach could make them, or even bright like lightening. Certainly, they couldn’t see all of his glory, or these disciples would have died, but they saw something. And they heard the voice of God the Father declare that Jesus was His Son.

While this story is told in three of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), John refers to it in his Gospel, but doesn’t tell the story. He refers to Jesus as the “Word:”

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

14 Söz, insan olup aramızda yaşadı. O’nun yüceliğini –Baba’dan gelen, lütuf ve gerçekle dolu biricik Oğul’un yüceliğini– gördük.

Yuhanna 1:14

Peter referred to this event, too, when he wrote his second letter:

17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

2 Peter 1:17, 18

17 Mesih, yüce ve görkemli Olan’dan kendisine ulaşan sesle, “Sevgili Oğlum budur, O’ndan hoşnudum” diyen sesle Baba Tanrı’dan onur ve yücelik aldı. 18 Kutsal dağda O’nunla birlikte bulunduğumuz için gökten gelen bu sesi biz de işittik.

  1. 2. Petrus 1:17, 18

We follow Jesus because there has never been and there will never be anyone greater than Jesus. He is not only the One Who proclaimed the unshakeable Kingdom, but He IS the unshakeable Kingdom.

The writer of the book of Hebrews showed a distinction between those who believed before Jesus and those who believed after. This writer and his audience knew of another distinction, as well, between those who believe and those who don’t. The Apostle Paul, under the influence of God’s Holy Spirit wrote these words about this distinction:

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God,

Colossians 1:13-15

13 O bizi karanlığın hükümranlığından kurtarıp sevgili Oğlu’nun egemenliğine aktardı. 14 O’nda kurtuluşa, günahlarımızın bağışına sahibiz.

15 Görünmez Tanrı’nın görünümü,…

Koloseliler 1:13-15

Our Response / Bizim Verdiğimiz Tepki

How do we respond to this information? The Scripture we looked at to begin with today tells us how to respond:

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Hebrews 12:28,29

28 Böylece sarsılmaz bir egemenliğe kavuştuğumuz için minnettar olalım. Öyle ki, Tanrı’yı hoşnut edecek biçimde saygı ve korkuyla tapınalım. 29 Çünkü Tanrımız yakıp yok eden bir ateştir.

İbraniler 12:28,29

Let us respond with thankfulness and by worship.

How do we thank people?

  • We tell them.
  • We give them a card.
  • We buy them a gift.
  • We hug them.
  • We give them attention

How do we express thanks to God?

  • By telling Him, and
  • Following Him.

As well, we are to worship acceptably and in awe.

God is greater than we can understand and yet, He understands us and chooses to be concerned with us. God is the most powerful force in the universe and yet, He withholds His wrath from us and does not destroy us as our sins deserve. God chooses to love us, and He reaches out to us, but let us not forget that He is a consuming fire.

Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to us not merely to help us be freer in our worship, though that is wonderful, but His Spirit is with us that we would be with Him. That He would be able to correct us and we would hear it. His Spirit is with us so that when we hear something that goes against God’s Will, we would not applaud it, but we would speak a loving word of correction.

God calls us into a relationship with him, a relationship of worship. This is acceptable, and pleasing.

This week, I met a man from Syria who is ethnically Christian, but has no relationship with God through Jesus (he declares himself to be an atheist). I told him that we pray every week and some of us are praying, daily, for Syria. He wasn’t impressed, but instead told me that recently there was a group of people praying in a church and a rocket hit the church and destroyed the building.

This man didn’t understand that the church building, like a tent, is NOT unshakeable. Jesus is unshakeable, and yes, people died, but if they had a relationship through God by Jesus, then they were already part of the unshakeable kingdom.

As I close, I want us to look at Psalm 100.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Ey bütün dünya, RAB’be sevinç çığlıkları yükseltin!


    Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

O’na neşeyle kulluk edin,

Sevinç ezgileriyle çıkın huzuruna!

Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are him;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Bilin ki RAB Tanrı’dır.

Bizi yaratan O’dur, biz de O’nunuz,

O’nun halkı, otlağının koyunlarıyız.

 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

Kapılarına şükranla,

Avlularına övgüyle girin!

Şükredin O’na, adına övgüler sunun!


For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Çünkü RAB iyidir,

Sevgisi sonsuzdur.

Sadakati kuşaklar boyunca sürer.

           Psalm 100/Mezmur 100

Let’s pray

 

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