I don’t have Facebook, my wife doesn’t check her Facebook too much, apparently. During the middle of service, I kept on getting these emails and texts and it happened to be from Steve Kim, Pastor Steve, my good friend that spoke last week. He said, “Hey South Africa..., (they either call me South Africa or Kenya, because he once heard my mom say, “Kenny-ya” so they called me Kenya, or as you heard last week, “Crazy Kenny.” He said, “Hey, South Africa, what’s wrong with you? Your not checking your mail, your wife is not checking her mail? I wrote a letter to your church.” Well, I just got it. It’s hot off the press!
Letter from Pastor Steve
Greetings form the Lord Jesus Christ. It was truly wonderful meeting, you last Lord’s day. Thank you for the honor of bringing God’s word as well as welcoming me and my family. Many of you ask of Pastor Kenny’s stories of Boston days. As fun, memorable, and crazy as those days were, it appears to me, the best “Kenny” stories are being made now with his loving family as well as the loving family of God, CCC. I’ve met many pastors in my day, Pastor Kenny and Dami are one of the most dedicated, sacrificial servants of God. So you’re blessed to have them, CCC. Likewise, CCC has to be one of the most joyful and vibrant churches i’ve seen in a very very long time. We throughly enjoy our times there, our kids who don’t like visiting churches, wishes they could go back. So Pastors’ Kenny and Brendon are also blessed to have such a supportive body in Christ. I’m sure that a loose soccer victory will come sooner rather than later. May Christ be honored, treasured, proclaimed and witnessed as you continually grow together. Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now to him who is able to do things far more abundantly than we could ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory and to the church for all generations, forever and ever. His Best, Pastor Steve.
Where is the hope?
Hope. hope is a wonderful thing. there are lots of things you can do when you have hope, there are lots of things you can’t do when you’re hopeless. There was a french woman that wanted to swim across the English Channel. All the boats were there, and it was foggy. She’s swimming and swimming and she reached a point where she couldn’t go on. As her body was aching, she started giving up. She couldn’t do it. She was pretty close, but she’d given up hope. She couldn’t do it. A year passes ,she tried again. She swam and kept swimming and she, again got to a point where she was really tired. She felt like her body couldn’t take it anymore. As her body was deteriorating, her coach was paddling alongside her, in a boat. He said, “I see it, It’s straight ahead, that’s it. I see it, I see the land." She kept swimming and she completed it. What was the difference? The difference was hope, there was the end of the line, it was just a little bit away. “ Hope. We all need hope in our days. If you live life more than just a couple of months, actually, you don’t often get your own way. A lot of times in life, we tend to lose hope. "Is there an end to this thing? What is life for?" You see, for the Christian , the world is not as it seems. we don’t merely look at the world, we see the world through the lens of God. So what does God see? In the last chapter of Genesis , we saw Cain, where the older brother killed the younger brother out of a sense of jealousy and a sense of entitlement. When you sin, you naturally go away from God. That’s how we’re designed. The more we settle with sin, the more and more we fall away from God. That’s exactly what happened to Cain. He became a wanderer, and he left God. He built a city, he settled, and he named it after his image, his son. We see a continual growing of that. Cain’s family, to survive without God, became technologically sound. They played the lyre, knew how to bend metal, made trumpets. You see that in our day in age, Christian artists vs. secular artists, For example, Keith Green, you don’t know him. But, Frank Sinatra, he’s great! We know the popular Hip hop, and R & B artists, because that is all that they have to their legacy. We see that, we live in a godless society. We expose ourselves in magazines, and we all want to look like that. We want to look like Giselle, or professional athletes. We like beauty and brains, power and influence. As Christians, we look at that say, “Where is the hope?” Where is God in all these things?” As we read the end of chapter 4 that is where we are right now. There is a little section that says, “And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.” To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.” (v. 1-3) There’s hope. There’s hope. We see that.
There’s a problem, it’s death.
In Chapter 5 we begin with a brand new genealogy. "This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth." Cain is not apart of it. Because the bible is concerned of one thing, the lineage of God, where Jesus Christ will come. That’s what the bible is concerned about. People might say, “If the bible is so perfect, why was creation written in that way?” because that’s not the purpose of the bible. We see that it is not perfect. There is even a problem when we see the genealogy here, we see a pattern, starting in verse 4, "The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. When Seth had lived 105 years, he fathered Enosh. Seth lived after he fathered Enosh 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died.When Enosh had lived 90 years, he fathered Kenan. Enosh lived after he fathered Kenan 815 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died. When Kenan had lived 70 years, he fathered Mahalalel. Kenan lived after he fathered Mahalalel 840 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died.” and he died, and he died, and he died and he died. We are presented with a problem, death. Death comes to all, just like chapter four, the world seemed hopeless because Cain killed Abel, but there was little bit of hope. There was Seth and a little remnant started calling upon the name of the Lord. Even in that lineage there is a problem, death. we may ask, "Lord, how can there be death even among your people?” There's a problem, that problem is death.
God finds a way
We make movies about these. Fountain of Youth. Or movies where there are donor bodies to live longer, or some sort of technology to save us. We see that, because humanity longs for that, movies are from our deepest desire. Who wouldn’t like having power, like having blades come out of you, made out of Adamantium, this fictional metal that’s indestructible. Who wouldn’t want to be the Hulk? These heroes cheat death. But death is a reality and life is short. The bible knows that. The bible is saying, yes, the bad ones die, but also the good ones die. Death comes to all.There’s a huge problem, but as we go on, there’s a little blip on the screen. We say, "What’s going on? There’s glimmer of hope. We got life here!" In verses 21-24“ When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” He ceased to exist, God took him. God figured out a way to defeat death, somehow. You don’t understand the theological ramifications. God is all powerful, if God says it, he has to do it. He is perfect and whatever he utters is perfect and if whatever he utters is perfect, it has to utter into eternity. Truth, rings into eternity, and what is truth? God’s word is truth. How can Enoch walk with God? How can God coexist with a sinner like Enoch? I don’t know. You ever think about that? I don’t know. But somehow God was able to do it. God was able to take a sinful man to heaven. There’s hope.
the True Noah
We see that life goes on, somehow life goes on. In verse 25 to the end, "When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he fathered Lamech. Methuselah lived after he fathered Lamech 782 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Methuselah were 969 years, and he died. We concentrate on this person, Lamech, "When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the Lord has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” Lamech lived after he fathered Noah 595 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Lamech were 777 years, and he died. After Noah was 500 years old, Noah fathered Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” Noah means rest. Lamech must have been a hard worker, and to raise his family. He ’s looking at the amount of work he is doing, and it's’ just not paying off. The world is hard. So as his child comes into this world, his hope for this child is that he can give us rest. Rest from this toil. We know the Noah story, Noah does bring rest to this world, through flood and judgement, that wipes everybody. But death is still a problem. It’s alright there’s hope. Through Noah and through his descendants would come the true Noah, Jesus Christ, God’s son. He makes a way for you and I. Just like for Enoch, he made a way for us to walk with God.
You see brothers and sisters, Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God. Jesus Christ, is God incarnate. God saw the problems of our world, the problems of you and I. "Death, Death, and Death". What God says is ,”No more,” I‘m going to send my one and beloved son, and bring hope to a hopeless and dying world." He died and went to hell, and completely died. Dead as can be. To replace our death. God wants you to walk with him. Be his friend. When you have a good friend, it’s hard to hide from him. A friend has a full access to your life. Jesus wants to full access to your life. Jesus provides other friends, servants. Pastors, teachers, each other. As you get closer to Christ, as you walk with Christ you will walk with “Christ buddies” they are called “christians” and the "church.” So that you may overcome death, because Jesus demolished death on the cross, so that you can walk with Christ into heaven. Just like Enoch. Brothers and sisters, beloved CCC, Believe. Trust. Obey. Listen to what God’s says.