Sermon: (August 30, 2015) “The Last Appendix”
Date: August 30, 2015
Speaker: Steve Elliott
Text: 2 Samuel 24
“Wait. Wait and trust that God will still look after my future.”
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” (James 1:13)
In Hebrew thought there is seldom any room given to secondary causes: if God permitted it, God committed it.
“But when it was all done, David was overwhelmed with guilt because he had counted the people, replacing trust with statistics. And David prayed to God, “I have sinned badly in what I have just done.” (2 Sam. 24:10)
– Eugene Peterson’s The Message
He is counting on his soldiers instead of trusting in his God. We would call that walking by sight and not by faith.
Money is the most winsome substitute for God in all the Bible. Money is the golden horse and the golden chariot of reliance.
“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re really not your values: they’re your hobbies.”
-Jon Stewart (1962 – present)
Have you found as I have in my own life that selfishness of any kind can often be blinding to the human conscience?
Could it be this text is telling us that you and I are only in good hands if they are not our own?
“‘What punishments of God are not gifts?’ ”
-J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)
“What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly: it is only the dearness of something that gives everything its value.” –Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809)
The price we insist on paying says something about what we truly value.