The Look that Took
November 16, 2014 at 10:45 am Categories: King David, Sermons
Date: November 16, 2014
Speaker: Dr. Steve Elliott
Text: II Samuel 11
– Let some sparkling temptation stroll past my heart and all my obedient thoughts turn to infidels bent on looting and pillaging my soul.
– “On account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread.” – Solomon, Proverbs 6:26 (NASB)
– Never sacrifice what you want most in life for what you want in any given moment in life.
– “Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.” – Corinthians 10:6
– Because we all have blind spots, gaps in our spiritual journey.
– Most folks tend to define sin as the sum total of those acts which they themselves never commit.
– There is more of this David in us than we care to acknowledge, than we want to deal with.
– In this self-indulgence, he fed an appetite that grew out of all proportion.
– And temptation is centripetal, not centrifugal.
– All sin has a long ancestry… If someone commits some surprising sin, you can be sure that it’s an old, small sin now writ large.
David’s Three Self Problems
– Satan was out to eat his lunch. Why? Because there was this collection of David’s prior moral choices that had opened the lunch bag.
– “…each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” – James 1:14-15
– “If you live too long near a graveyard, you stop crying when somebody dies.”
– If I could practice safe sin… If the opportunity was there and no one would find out… Would I send for Bathsheba?
– “Sin begins as a spider web and becomes like a ship’s rope”