10. The Genealogy of Death and the Genealogy of Life

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And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos: And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died. (Genesis 5:3~8)

Have You Ever Seen a Home Like Ours?

An elderly woman attended our church when I was in Dajeon. I was once holding a Bible study at an apartment complex and she gave her testimony of how she was tied to sin but had become saved. It was really good, so I asked her, “Grandmother, where do you live?” and she replied, “I live right here in Building 4.” I went with her to see where she lived and her husband came out to greet her. This gentleman became startled and said, “Pastor Park! What brings you to my home?” He then began to speak to me. When this gentleman was much younger, his son contracted a terminal illness. He tried everything to cure his son, but the doctors at the hospital told him that there was no hope for his son whatsoever. Then he went in search of prayer houses. He sold his house and tried everything to save his son, but ultimately, his son died. He also had a daughter who was sick. She suffered from cerebral palsy, and could not get up at all. She lived all 30 years of her life lying down. In this gentleman’s heart, he thought, “Why did God place these plagues upon me?” and he was filled with complaints against God. From then on, he completely cut himself off from God. This grandfather asked, “Pastor, have you ever seen a home like ours?” He said that he was so ashamed of his daughter’s condition that they never once moved during the daylight. If they had to move, they would pack everything and move like a thief in the night when no one would be watching.

A Rose Has Bloomed in My Heart

His wife then received salvation and began to come to our church, but this gentleman persecuted her. “Don’t go to church! Believing in Jesus is worthless!” He persecuted her continually, but this elderly woman continued to come to church with joy. One day, her two other daughters, who were already married, came to visit her and they were startled when they saw her sleeping on the bed. “Shhh! Be quiet!” they said. Their mother had always been insecure because of her son and daughter so she was never able to sleep deeply. She would be startled easily and wake up. But they saw that their mother was sleeping so peacefully. They understood that their mother had truly received salvation and though they were rejoicing, they were absolutely startled to see their mother sleeping so peacefully. The two daughters went outside, afraid that their mother would wake up and tearfully discussed this with one another. “Our mother has changed. The God she believes in is truly God. How could she change so much?” However, her husband continued to persecute his wife in order to keep her from going to church. One day he thought, “Why is this old woman so crazy about this church?” and saw a book entitled The Secret of Forgiveness of Sin and Being Born Again by Pastor Ock Soo Park on the desk. He became determined, thinking, “Good! Now I shall find what’s wrong with this church in this book and take my wife out!” So he read the book, but his heart changed as he read it. “I had no idea, but this is the love of God! God sent His son Jesus for me and Jesus was crucified for me!” In this manner, his heart had been completely opened, and when I had gone to his apartment, he said, “Pastor, there are so many homes in Dajeon. Why have you come to mine?” Soon afterwards, he received salvation. He then came to church and gave his testimony. “I had never once been joyful during my 70-year life. I have never once been h