Faith and Life
by Yo Han Lee
Faith and Life - Volume 3 [Part 1]
Yo Han Lee
International Section IOWC Office
4F. World-Building, 12-9 Udagawacho
Shibuyaku, Tokyo, Japan
1. Important Points of Moses' Course
2. History into Canaan
3. Sharing Destiny
4. Seeing All Aspects of an Incident
5. Maintaining an Internal Standard
6. Developing an Emotional Standard
7. The Three Miracles
8. God Tests Moses
9. Our Tests
10. Continuing to Fulfill the Purpose
11. Debt through Hesitation
12. Working without God
13. Taking Responsibility, not Complaining
14. Having Hostility to Evil
15. Revenge against Satan
16. Patriotic and Official Spirit
17. Experiences in Korea
18. Reaching out to Established Churches
19. Nutrition for Your Spiritual Growth
20. Never Forget the Way of Indemnity
21. The Result of Successful Foundation
1. Family Background
2. Parallels in Korea
3. Finding the Right Position
4. John's Mission
5. Why was Jesus Tempted?
6. We Need Satan
7. The Temptations
8. Motivation of Heart
9. On Seeing Satan's Domain
10. Laying a Foundation of Trust
12. Setting the Right Standard
13. The Third Course
14. Question: What is Internal Guidance?
1. Important Points of Moses' Course
There are five different points in the case of Moses' course.
1. Moses was in the place of God, substituting for God Himself.
2. Moses was the model for Jesus.
3. 'Image' Providence.
4. Racial Level.
5. Moses stood on the foundation of Joseph.
There were offerings in the providential age for the foundation of restoration. On these successful foundations, Moses could restore through indemnity the foundation of faith, merely by having established the 40-day foundation of separation from Satan centering on God's Words. He could stand on the heartistic foundation of formation, growth and perfection stages. Passing through these period; Moses' 40 year period of the Israelites, the time came for the Israelites to leave Egypt if they gathered centering on Moses.
Moses was in the position of child to the Messiah and was also able to stand in the position of Abel before the Israelites. Abel is in the position of a child who is responsible to fulfill historically what the parents left undone and at the same time he is in the position of parents of faith before Adam's descendants, mankind. The central figure like Jacob, Abraham, and Noah, labored quite a lot. But Moses was brought up in the court of Egypt. As he stood on the foundation of Joseph, he had to start from the court.
People who laid the foundation had labored very much, to fill up the gulf. They filled up the gulf of the fall. They laid the foundation to roll the ground. On this ground Moses appeared as a builder with the Israelites. This is how Moses was different from other providential figures.
Right now on the providence of the second advent, Korea is in the position to establish the foundation and you Japanese, as the representative of Eve nation, are the builders on the national and world-wide level. You are in the position to walk the course and to receive the glory on the successful foundation of labors.
The harder you work, the more you gain the results. We, the Korean members, have labored and repeated something which seemed to be a failure. But you are different. The more you move, the bigger the result becomes.
2. History into Canaan
They entered into Canaan on their third course of restoration into Canaan. On the first and the second course they failed at the start. On the third start they were led by Joshua and Caleb. The first course started at the end of 400 year slavery life in Egypt. The. Israelites were ripe emotionally. Each one of them wanted to be liberated from the authority of the Pharaoh even if they were killed. They were persecuted to the extent that all male children were killed. Moses was thrown into the river and taken from the water. So 'moses' means to take out from the water. Moses was 40 years old at that time. This means the Israelites had all their male children killed for 40 years and couldn't bear any more the slavery of Egypt. They had determined. Moses killed the Egyptian director. For the first time the Divine Principle explained the reason why. God always tries to indemnify the past, the present and the future through one incident. The indemnity has various meanings. Moses showed that he was a patriot before all the Israelites by killing the Egyptian director. Even though they didn't know what kind of man Moses was and the reason why Moses killed they were given the condition to respect Moses.
As Moses kept it as a secret, it was only the Israelites who knew of the murder. The Israelites should have concealed the murder. They should have respected Moses because Moses killed the Egyptian whom the Israelites hated as an enemy. There was a historical reason. People on God 's position should not be accused by Satan. God never works miracles and judges if there is a condition to be accused by Satan. Satan cannot work before God and Heaven without conditions and God also cannot work miracles without conditions. Later Moses hit the rock and this also has a historical reason. The work of either God or Satan appears as a phenomenon. The reason why Moses killed the Egyptians: As Cain killed Abel, Satan, a historical criminal, has nothing to say. Satan cannot say a word in the spiritual world, because Satan knows what he has done. Satan can complain on the earth but not in the spiritual world. Moses might have been killed if he had been captured by Pharaoh. But spiritually there was no right to be accused. Jacob also had no condition to be accused. After he had worked for 21 years and when he left, he told Laban to check whether Laban's sheep were mingled into Jacob's property. They were all spotted sheep and this meant they were all Jacob's. Jacob had been righteous before God, Satan, his conscience, and the spiritual world. He crept and spent 3 days. But he had lived a righteous life.
There was a historical reason for Moses to smite the Egyptian. There was no spiritual accusation. But Moses was in Pharaoh's debt considerably. He was blessed than the other Israelite people. In order to pay the debt, he had to kill the Egyptian at the risk of his life. He had known that he couldn't stay in Egypt any more if he killed the Egyptian. So he killed the Egyptian with a strong determination.
3. Sharing Destiny
Moses himself had to make a determination to cut off his attachment to Egypt. After the murder, the Israelites were the only people he could depend on. Moses who committed the national-level crime, could be saved only through the Israelites. If the Israelites had concealed Moses' secret, Moses could have stayed in Egypt and stood on the national foundation. If the Israelites had respected Moses as a patriot, Moses could have stood in the position to appeal to Pharaoh. That was the only way. If this foundation was lost, there was no place for Moses to stand. Therefore, Moses showed his patriotic spirit to the Israelites. There was a hope that the Israelites would become one with Moses. If they saved Moses, they were saved by Moses who stood on their subjective position. They had to save each other. The Israelites had to save Moses and Moses had to fight with Egypt on the foundation of oneness with the Israelites. In this way either side had a reason. Messiah comes to be responsible for our sin. We must save the Messiah and the Messiah must save us. We cannot be divided into two. We should not have become two.
The sane thing can be said for witnessing. We are not saved unless we find our Cain. Cain can't be saved unless he meets with us. We meet for one purpose. If I lose you, I am destroyed and if you lose me, you are destroyed. Because you and me share one destiny. This is the relationship between the Israelites and Moses. Therefore, the Messiah cried for this race and tried to grasp them. If he lost this race, he would lose himself. If the race lost the Messiah, they would lose themselves. This race has a destiny to welcome the Messiah. So did the Israelites. The relationship between Moses and the Israelites was the same as that between the Messiah and this race.
That's the serious and critical moment. Moses stood by killing the Egyptian. He risked his life. The Israelites were in the destiny to perish if they left the situation as it was. Since Moses killed the Egyptian, he was not able to stay in Egypt. Moses' murder was the top secret in this critical moment. The day after Moses killed the Egyptian, he arbitrated the quarrel among the Israelites. One of them got upset and said to Moses, "You killed the Egyptian, yesterday. Today are you going to kill us?" He opened the secret of his subject whom he should respect. Moses lost the place to stay because he was accused by the person who should respect him. Then, Moses fled.
4. Seeing All Aspects of an Incident
That murder had a historical reason, it was to indemnify that age and its purpose was to make the Israelites and Moses one body, heartistically, for the future when they started for Canaan. The murder had these meanings. In this way, one incident contains various meanings. So does one indemnity condition we pay. Every incident has this kind of nature like cutting off attachment or being one with God in heart. When we are persecuted by our parents or hated by somebody, we must know that there is reason , We must take it with gratitude. The purpose of indemnity is to receive it and to set up the, deeper relationship with a subject through it. Nevertheless if you are away from the subject, and complain about, or was stimulated by the incident, and become emotionally unstable and treat the subject as an enemy whom you should love and cooperate with; then, you will lose your position. As for the Israelites, Moses killed the Egyptian for them. They would have succeeded if they had thought this incident happened for their benefit. Here is a lesson of how to deal with this kind of incident. If we meet with this kind of incident, we must understand that the incident happened for us. Then, we'll never fail. We don't meet with what is unnecessary for us. Even if he looks to be an enemy, he comes for us,. The people of faith experience this kind of experience. It is a blessing even if it looks to be bad. If we pass over it, it will become a blessing. For example, if we lose a family and property, we are in a miserable position. But if we endure it, we can indemnify the historical condition and discover a new world. It becomes a condition for us to be able to discover the new world before anyone else. We can imagine what kind of incident will happen before us in the future, if we learn this lesson from the past. We can see what kind of incident will happen when we understand our purpose and the meaning of this time.
5. Maintaining an Internal Standard
Moses fled to the wilderness of Midian. He went to the chief priest and became a shepherd. Moses who lived in the court suddenly became a slave. Ordinary people couldn't bear that. We can't bear this much degradation, even if we can bear the slight degradation. But Moses didn't change internally, because he was filled with a patriotic spirit. The external circumstance didn't influence him and change his mind. Because he was doing at the risk of his life. Whatever he might become, a shepherd or a beggar, it didn't matter. He lived in the court, but he didn't feel it was the court. He felt that he had lived under difficult circumstances for 40 years (sitting on the thorn). He met Jehovah in this difficult life. Externally he lived in the court, but internally he lived in a cage of thorns day and night. What does 'thorn' means? It means judgement or pain. He was so accused as not be able to move. Wherever he might go, he was surrounded by painful matters. Moses had thought of the Israelites day and night. There was nothing which gave him relief. When he thought of the future of the Israelites, he felt as if he had been in a pit of thorns. He might have felt more free when he became the shepherd than when he had been in the court. But he was so fired with the patriotic spirit and belief, he didn't care about change in circumstances. He fulfilled the loyalty and filial piety toward his parents with a belief that he would reach a deep spiritual life.
He became the slave suddenly and wherever he might go, he found only women and old men. Because male children were all killed and the men over 40 years old were all drafted. Just as in Japan there are only 3 chans (Ojiichan -- grandfather, Obachan -- grandmother, Okachan -- mother) who are engaged in agriculture, there were no young men. So Moses drew water from a well. Until then women were engaged in this work. Moses worked so hard that he came to be respected in the family and made the foundation of faith on the family level. Jacob could succeed and come home because he worked for 21 years as hard as he worked for his mother in his own home. Such a person who works hard in his family and doesn't work as a slave in the master's house can't attain the purpose even if he has hope. He can't attain one purpose because he changes his attitude to people and circumstances.
Unless we keep the same attitude towards good people or bad people, we can't make give and take action with Heaven. Even if we talk big, we can't develop ourselves if we change our attitude within a day, because we are not in the dominion of the Heaven. This is worth remembering. Moses kept the heart to love the nation and people, wherever he might go; in the court or in the wilderness of Midian. Therefore, he was a youth whom people respected considerably. Wherever we must go, we should not change our determination for God's will. To discriminate people is to discriminate ourselves. For example; we show the most sincerity toward Rev. Moon and less towards a local leader. This means that we are discriminating ourselves, not the people. If you think that you'll be moderate toward 'A' person because he is great and you'll not care for 'B' person because he is nothing, you are making yourself elevated or degraded according to the people. So this is your change. When you set up a certain standard, you must keep it, whatever works you are engaged in. If not, you can't progress. When you treat a minor matter as a matter of historical, world-wide, cosmic level or as a whole level matter, God admits you as person of a world-wide level. This is certainly sure.
6. Developing an Emotional Standard
When Moses worked in the family, he must have loved them, as if they had been the whole Israelites. He didn't think he became a slave in this family. He fulfilled the sincerity of the national level. Therefore, he could become a leader of the race. He became the national leader because he had a national-level belief and fulfilled the national-level sincerity. If you see a child and you think preciously of him, thinking of him as whole mankind, you can become a person of the world-wide level. The great person thinks of one man as the whole. This is true with Jesus' life. Moses than-'t change even though he became a shepherd. He spent 40 years. He established the 40 years foundation. This means that he made such a family where his wife would risk her life to go the place wherever Moses might go at the risk of his life.
Rev. Moon had concentrated on serving his young wife for 7 years in order to elevate her emotional standard as high as his own. Now she can work emotionally on the same level as he works. Without a word they can become one and have give and take. Moses had worked for 40 years as a slave and made such a strong emotional foundation so that Zipporah would go to any place with Moses at the risk of her life. For this foundation Moses had worked for 40 years. God doesn't let us labor once the emotional foundation has been set up.
When we witness, we need not favor if we can have an emotional connection with the guests. They bring us food or clothes. If you get a few people with whom you are emotionally connected, you will get more people who will serve you. When your emotional connection is not so keen, you have to labor.
In Japan, there must come a Heavenly fortune that men of property or capitalists come to back you up and let you have church buildings. It's a shame for Heavenly children to stand begging on the road. Why do we do this now? Its purpose is not to become a beggar group. The time will come when they will ask us to receive their offerings. We do ask them now to give us offerings with this forecast. We have a feeling of hostility that we will not receive their offerings even if they want us to receive them in the future. Through this activity we can connect ourselves emotionally as a group. That's the purpose for our laboring. The purpose of laboring is not for ourselves, nor for money. It is to bring up ourselves.
After Moses had spent 40 years, he met Jehovah. The voice of God in the burning bush told Moses to take off his shoes. The purpose of this saying is very strange. People lose their shoes in their dream after they listened to the Divine Principle. Actually the newcomers often lose their shoes. Even though there are many shoes at a Sunday service, the latest member's shoes are stolen. There is a reason. God orders him to take off his shoes. This means he has to liquidate his past life and human relationship.
Moses was told to take off his shoes and he came close and heard the voice of God. Why had he to meet God there? Jehovah appeared in the burning bush. Moses' life was a life of thorns and so were the lives of Jehovah and the Israelites. They started from there. Before we listen to the Divine Principle, we had a mental crown of thorns on our heads, like anxieties or contradictions. Jesus also wore a crown of thorns when he was crucified on the cross. These are all symbolic. We are now wearing this crown. We are picked by a mental thorn like anxieties. Jehovah who appeared there, ordered Moses to go to Pharaoh. He answered that he would not because the time had not come yet.
Moses was hot-blooded and had a nature of attachment and he would not listen to others once he had decided. He was a kind of man who attaches his past experience to judge whether a happening is righteous or not and who has yesterday's way of thinking today, too. He had kept the fear from when he fled away from Egypt 40 years before. He said he couldn't go back. Jehovah showed three great miracles and ordered him to go with a peaceful mind. These miracles have a significant meaning from the viewpoint of the principle. This is not only to let Moses believe or to let the Israelites see, but contains a significant meaning even towards us. These miracles show us the contents of our life from when we are restored to when we fulfill the purpose of creation.
7. The Three Miracles
When Jehovah shows us something we should not forget. it. Sins. Jehovah is a mod of eternity, He shows us with eternal contents. When we are shown, we think this is necessary only for this moment and don't think any more. Therefore, today's theology thinks of the Old Testament as mythology. In modern society, they think it is unnecessary. When God lets you dream a significant dream, you may think you dreamed because it was necessary only at that moment. "He lets me see it because it was necessary for my education only at that moment." But when we interpret the dream again, now, we'll see that a dream has a content which can educate ourselves today. When he threw down the rod, it became a snake. When he captured it, it became a rod again. This indicated that Adam was God's rod and His substantial body in the invisible- world. Moses stood on the position of God and the rod was what Moses depended on (inaudible).
The rod is, used to support a man. God created a human being as His rod. The second Adam coming in the future is the Messiah, Jesus. When he put his hand inside the fold of his cloak, his hand was leprous. He put it back again and took it out, then his hand was cured. A human being became leprous, being embraced by the first Eve and again a human being was to be embraced by Eve to become cured. Because Jesus didn't have his spouse, it meant the Holy Spirit. Next; he drew water and poured it into the ground. Then it turned to be blood.. Water means a fallen man and blood is an organic thing. Therefore, this meant a human being, would come back to a life and would be saved and become a true child.
The three great miracles have three great meanings. They are: true Parents must appear on the earth and bear true children and look for the family. Moses, after seeing these miracles, came to have a faith to go down to Egypt. But he didn't know the meaning of the miracles. He came to know it now.
8. God Tests Moses
Because Moses was not good at speaking, God set up Aaron and Miriam. He went down to Egypt centering on the three great miracles. On the way there was circumcision by Zipporah. God ordered Moses to go and the Angel tried to kill him. Why did God tell him go and not? It's a usual way of God. Moses was going to Egypt because he saw the three great miracles. Therefore, God once stopped him. He should have gone to Egypt several times for spying, in order to fulfill his mission before God showed him the miracles. He should have gone to Egypt, even if there had been no miracles. But it's better for him to work without miracles. But it's not ordinary case of a fallen man. We don't move either, unless we've gotten something from the Heaven. "First give me some thing. then I'll work." This is our way. We ask God to give us something better than what we have now and then we'll decide to dedicate ourselves to God.
Moses was considerably worried about the Israelites. But he didn't think to go to Egypt, even though the time had come. Therefore, God made him go, giving the miracles. He had to go for himself, not by Heaven. He was almost killed because Jehovah this time had to deny His order. He asked where Moses was going and tried to kill him. There, he should not have to change his mind. He was saved after his wife circumcised their child. They shed blood through the circumcision. This meant that they made up their mind to go their way even at the risk of their lives. This was an opportunity for them to start by their own will.
Rev. Moon asked pioneer missionaries whether they would go out because of themselves or because of Rev. Moon. He asked why they were going. He said it was wrong if they would start by Rev. Moon's order. He just teaches us the right time to do something because we are ignorant of the time. Moses didn't know the time, even though he had cried for the Israelites all the time. Therefore, God had to order, because he had so much interest in them.
If Eve had asked God whether she could eat the fruit of the tree of good and evil, God would have dominated her. If our interest becomes strong, God will dominate us. But this dominion is not a proper one. We must, start by our own free will. Therefore, Moses had to be smitten by God. Moses started again, being resurrected by the cooperation of a mother and a child.
There are three meanings in circumcision. Its meaning is to purify the blood of death, Satan, and to restore man's dominion. It is a promise that a man stands on the position of a true child. Moses' family started for Egypt. They were resurrected after they were denied.
Even though we have no merits and conditions to be blessed by God, God treats us on the foundation of faith which had been set up by the successful men in the history. So we have a debt We are not qualified to be dominated by Heaven or to receive the blessing. Because of the benefits of the age, we, a penniless can rent the historical matters for free. The archangel likes to be given. Because we are archangels, we like to receive freely. If we are given a salary, we will work together. If the salary is not high, we complain. In Heaven, they work first. Moses became al debtor and went the way of death on that position. He denied once, and was able to pay back this debt.
9. Our Tests
We denied ourselves considerably. After we listened to the Divine Principle, we had a time when we were denied.
God takes away what once, He gave, us after several days have passed. God gathers what once He gave. We stand on a more severe position after hearing the Divine Principle. We wish if we did not hear the Divine Principle. After hearing, we are sometimes completely at loss, not knowing what an how we should do. At that time we must fight with the same attitude which we had when we could manage very well by renting the heavenly power. Then we can stand on the position that we start and work by ourselves. This is necessary because Satan is always with us. If God leaves this situation, Satan accuses, saying why did God give to them freely and then leave them.
Job is such a case. Satan said that Job was pious because he became rich and was blessed with many children. Satan said to God, "Why don't you take away all that you gave him? Deprive him of his property and kill his children. Then, will Job still believe in you? No, not at all." Satan accused in this way. God answered that Satan could do anything except kill Job. So Satan deprived him of all his property, children and health. But Job didn't change to the last. He was the same when he was blessed and when he was deprived of that blessing. Therefore, that blessing came to be Job's and was given back to Job. God smites us either after He blesses us, or before He blesses us. This is because Adam and Eve disbelieved God and went to Satan's side. They made God resentful. A human being gave resentment to the Creator and went to Satan's side. When he comes back to God's side, God must smite him once. He smites several times. It depends on his determination. He smites in his formation stage, growth and perfection stage. It depends on his determination.
10. Continuing to Fulfill the Purpose
Moses appeared in front of the Israelites and let Aaron speak instead of him. He asked Pharaoh to let them have three days to give offerings. But Pharaoh never permitted it. Then, he started performing the miracles with the rod. The ten calamities; the plague of the flies or the water's turning to blood or the locusts' eating all the crops. Then, there was a thick darkness throughout the land of Egypt for three days, but there was brightness over the villages of the Israelites. Today those who believe have a heavenly light in their heart, but those who don't believe are in the darkness. Internally this symbolizes Jesus and Satan.
Finally all the first born were killed, including the animals. But the Israelites painted the lamb's blood around their doors. The plague passed over the Israelites and it touched only the Egyptians. Their first born died. This was the last plague. This was the same kind of indemnity on a national-level as that which Moses had paid on a personal level when he killed the Egyptian.
When Satan doesn't accept a condition, we continue to smite, until we fulfill our purpose. In the evening of the 14th day of the first month, they ate much bread and bracken so that they would not become hungry the next day. They went out of Egypt, stealing the treasures while the Egyptians were crying for their first born. You should not simply think you can go to your physical parents and steal something ,because God had the Israelites steal from the Egyptians' houses. Once there was a member who stole cows from his own house and sold them to build the church. Of course it caused a big problem. In the case of the Israelites, they were not thieving. The Egyptians had the Israelites work hard as slaves and didn't pay them wages. Therefore, they could take what they should have been given them. But no more than that. Even if the Egyptians told theta to take more, they should not take any more. They took as much as their sweat and labors were worth.
God never works the providence outside the principle even towards Satan. He can't. The Absolute never takes away the things from the blind even though he doesn't notice it. Therefore, we can believe God. God gives what He should give even to a stranger. Even a certain man gives God much worry now, God blesses him to the value that he had served in the past. It is always and surely a blessing. John the Baptist trained himself and labored considerably. Even though he didn't become one body with Jesus, God admitted his labor. God had to save his spiritual body. God killed him with the sense of responsibility. If God had left him as he was, his spiritual body would have become dry and it would have been better for him not to have been born. So God cut his head off and saved at least his spiritual body.
11. Debt through Hesitation
If the Israelites had started when Moses killed the Egyptian spontaneously by their own will, it would have been much easier, because they would not have been in debt to God. But they saw many miracles and complained. They were about to be permitted to go ten times. Pharaoh became obstinate. There the Israelites and Moses couldn't become one. Pharaoh said that he would let the Israelites go but he refused to let them go after each plague was over. And after the plague, he suppressed the Israelites more severely.
The Israelites complained. "Where did Moses come from and why is he tormenting us like this? Because Moses started this, we must labor in this way." The Israelites didn't believe in Moses so much. Finally they started anyway. But they didn't start spontaneously but were forced to start with the help of miracles. Therefore, three days later the Egyptian chariots followed them to attack. Then, the Israelites started complaining to the leaders. They complained that they had to die, trampled by horses beside the Red Sea. One group leader suggested to dismiss there. He thought they -would be all killed if they were wandering about at a loss. The wise men thought horizontally that they could survive if they fled away by twos and threes as they wanted, forgetting Jehovah. At that moment, they forgot the existence of Jehovah. Until then, God had led them by day as a pillar of cloud and by night as a pillar of fire. But they did not know God and they thought for themselves. Moses should have ordered the Israelites to kill themselves rather than being trampled by the horses. He should have ordered them to go forward and he should have been the first to jump into the Red Sea. Then, the Red Sea would have been split into two, by the faith of Moses, without using the rod. But he stood still and carne into debt. He stood still and he smote the Sea by God's order. Then, they crossed the Sea.
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